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Compuware Corporation announced at the launch event for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 new versions of two of its DevPartner products, Compuware DevPartner Studio 8.0 and Compuware DevPartner Fault Simulator 1.5. These new releases offer full integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, enabling development teams to find and fix defects early in the life cycle, institutionalize best practices for improved quality and maximize developer productivity through expert development advice, the company said. "DevPartner Studio 8.0 and DevPartner Fault Simulator 1.5 are a great complement to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System," said Rick LaPlante (pictured), general manager of Visual Studio 2005 Team System at Microsoft Corp. "Compuware's integration of its DevPartner products with Visual Studio 2005 Team System helps development teams efficiently deliver high-quality, ... (more)

Microsoft Demonstrates Innovations Across Windows Server System

At the Microsoft Tech-Ed 2004 Conference, Andrew Lees, corporate vice president for Server and Tools Marketing at Microsoft Corp., introduced the Windows Server System Common Engineering Roadmap, Microsoft's long-term plan for delivering common services across Windows Server System products, including services designed to support and implement Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative. Lees detailed the first delivery of that plan, the Common Engineering Criteria for 2005, a set of capabilities that will be available in all Microsoft Windows Server System servers released after Jan.... (more)

Microsoft Unleashes Yukon, New Version of SQL Server 2005 in San Francisco

A new version of SQL Server 2005, codenamed Yukon, is to be launched at a gala event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco today. As the next version of Microsoft's flagship database management platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is being unveiled by Mike Tuchen, general manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2005 features significant enhancements in Enterprise Data management, Developer Productivity and Business Intelligence. First benchmarks for SQL Server 2005, says Microsoft, have established it as the price and performance leader among enterprise database manag... (more)

Contrary Opinion: Microsoft Is In a "Bed-Ridden Condition," Claims John Dvorak

"This is not a media publishing company," says John Dvorak (pictured), referring to Microsoft, "it's a software publishing company." And, according to Dvorak anyway, it's a software publishing company that is "bed-ridden." The company is "not about to stop making gobs of money. It's just that there is virtually nothing interesting or exciting happening," Dvorak adds. (He does allow one "lone exception" to the tedium - the X-Box360.) The software giant is "dead in the water," Dvorak says. He then goes on to enumerate the welter of ways in which, in his view, Microsoft is falling sho... (more)

Infragistics Unveils NetAdvantage for .NET 2007 Volume 1

PRINCETON, N.J. and ELSTREE, England, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Infragistics, the world's largest publisher of reusable presentation layer development tools for Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Tablet PC and Java, has today released the highly anticipated NetAdvantage for .NET 2007 Volume 1. NetAdvantage for .NET 2007 Volume 1 allows developers to quickly build applications and style user interfaces powered by NetAdvantage controls, providing both standardized UIs, such as the new Office 2007 UI, as well as the ability to create professional custom styles. A new NetAdvantage AppStylist tool... (more)