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 Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I have seen this in the labs in MSFT Corp Redmond at the Centre of Information Work for some time. I am so glad that it is finally out and will be available to the public.

What is even more cool is that the user interface of Surface is done in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). How about that ?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:31:37 PM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Friday, May 25, 2007
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  •  Sunday, May 20, 2007

    I had talked about Yahoo! Pipes here. It didnt take long (well, maybe longer than some of us would like ..) before MSFT Corp came up with something even better ... AND I mean real better with Silverlight and the works.

    I have played around with it and I am IMPRESSED and HOOKED. Upsize my mashups, please.

    While Microsoft Popfly is still in alpha, you can still check it out here. To find out what it actually is, there is a good demo-ONLY video here.

    Welcome to the Social.

    Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:23:23 PM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Friday, May 18, 2007

    I have spent the last couple of months getting up-to-speed on Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server (MOSS) 2007 and I must say - I AM IMPRESSED.

    A recent article in Wall Street Journal by By ROBERT A. GUTH on the April 24, 2007; Page B1 sums it up really nicely and I quote a couple of sentences from there:


    Microsoft Embeds Sleeper in Business Software (I, personally, think the 'Business Software' bit is a bit of a misnomer)

    openquotes.png SharePoint is now Microsoft's contender in an emerging battle over collaboration software with companies from a cross section of the technology industry ...

    To date, largely unheralded, Microsoft has sold 85 million licenses to the enhanced version of SharePoint across 17,000 companies. No marketing campaigns are in the works closequotes.png

    Read the full article here.

    I say it takes a lot, besides features and functionality, to be able to sell without any marketing blitz. Really, what today comes free (pre-installed) that offers Web 2.0 features and functionality (RSS, Blogs, Wikis, Suverys, Sites, Discussion Forums, Document Library), right-out-of-the-box ?

    And - We are not done. MOSS 2007 SP1 will come with additional features and functionality that will anchor it as probably one of the best-kept secrets and sleeper Microsoft products of all time that will really make it hard for anyone (customers, partners, communities, alike) to ignore.

    Watch out in the blogsphere or here for those announcements.

    Friday, May 18, 2007 12:48:43 AM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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  •  Thursday, May 10, 2007
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  •  Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    Finally, OASIS announced last week that it is calling for participation for Web Services Federation. The formation of the WS-Federation Technical Committee is announced here.

    WS-Fed is an important addition to the WS-* protocol suite that enables users to sign-in seamlessly to systems outside of their own organization without requiring (more) new usernames and passwords using Single-Sign-On (SSO) between separate organizations with an established trust relationship.

    WS-Fed builds upon and composes with other WS-* protocols:

    • WS-Fed extends WS-Trust
    • WS-Fed composes with WS-Security and WS-SecureConversation to ensure data integrity and privacy
    • WS-Fed composes with WS-MetadataExchange and WS-Policy to enable simple provisioning and trust relationship configuration

    Does WS-Fed compete with Liberty SAML?

    • Both SAML and WS-Fed enable browser-based identity federation (Passive-Mode)
    • However, WS-Fed enables a superset of scenarios, including:
      • Seamless federation with Web Services and/or Rick-Client applications
      • Separation of identities, token types, protocols and encodings
      • Multi-purpose Security Token Service (STS) that can return tokens stating different assertions based upon the scenario

    WS-Fed adds identity federation capabilities to the existing WS-* suite of protocols resulting in:

    • A single protocol stack that supports the majority of your needs and scenarios
    • Simplified development, deployment, management and control

    The formation of the Technical Committee to drive the standardization of the WS-Fed is an important step in evolution of the industry-wide effort to create a single, comprehensive communication protocol suite that enables many current and new scenarios most effectively.

    Wednesday, May 02, 2007 3:39:08 AM (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Disclaimer 
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