Microsoft's Application Architecture Guide 2.0 (Beta 1) has been released on codeplex. This is a guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.

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Microsoft showed off publicly for the first time Windows 7 at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC08) on October 28.

You can see some screen-shots from the presentation on flickr.

An here's a list of new features of Windows 7, including:

  • The New Windows Taskbar
  • Jump Lists
  • New Moves on Aero
  • Unified Search
  • Fewer Annoying Pop-ups
  • Device Stage

UPDATE: Here's a great overview of new desktop features on Gizmodo.

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Old news for some, but I need to mention this announcement from Microsoft a month ago (just for the record :-).

Microsoft described the next release through the following five focus areas:

  • riding the next-generation platform wave,
  • inspiring developer delight,
  • powering breakthrough departmental applications,
  • enabling emerging technology trends such as cloud computing,
  • democratizing ALM (application life-cycle management).

S. “Soma” Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, stated that:

With Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, we are focused on the core pillars of developer experience, support for the latest platforms spanning client, server, services and devices, targeted experiences for specific application types, and core architecture improvements. These pillars are designed specifically to meet the needs of developers, the teams that drive the application life cycle from idea to delivery, and the customers that demand the highest quality applications across multiple platforms. You can expect to hear a lot more about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 in the coming months.”

The new version will feature modeling tools through Architecture Edition, enabling both technical and non-technical users to create and use models to collaborate and to define business and system functionality graphically. The new version supports both UML (Unified Modeling Language) and DSL (Domain Specific Language), so development organizations will have the right tool for the right job. Microsoft has already developed support for five types of UML diagrams, previous versions having only one type of diagram (Class Diagram).

UPDATE: The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP has been released after PDC08.

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I'm blogging from Paris airport in France, on my way to Tunis in Africa.

I just stumbled on this post on webmonkey. It's news worth notice, if proves to be true, as the first time since Windows 3.1, that actual version number has been part of the name.

It could be a cool new trend for Windows, as many don't have a clue what "XP" or "Vista" are really meaning.

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