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Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)

BGI International Embraces Microsoft's .NET Technology

BGI International, a provider of logistics and dock scheduling software, announces the introduction of its highly anticipated scheduling solution built on the .NET framework. SmartDock .NET leverages the ease-of-use of BGI's award-winning SmartDock Scheduling System with the Web savvy integration capabilities of Microsoft's .NET platform. The result is a fully Web-enabled, robust-yet-agile dock scheduling tool that's highly scalable, allowing implementation by the smallest warehouses and the largest manufacturers and distribution enterprises in the industry. SmartDock .NET can be... (more)

.NET News: Microsoft Unveils Unified Communications Product Road Map and Partner Ecosystem

Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division has unveiled the company’s vision, technology road map and partner framework for unified communications at a strategy event in San Francisco. Microsoft's approach to unified communications will break down today’s silos of e-mail, instant messaging, mobile and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephony, and audio-, video- and webconferencing. Through software, Microsoft and its partners will put people at the center of communications through a single identity across all modes and integrate communication into ... (more)

JetBrains Releases ReSharper 3.0

JetBrains announced the release of ReSharper 3.0 - offering unrivalled C# productivity and code quality tools plus full-featured support for Visual Basic .NET, with extensive cross-language functionality. Version 3.0 features in-depth code analysis for C# and a host of new productivity-enhancing features such as a superior unit testing solution, efficient handling of to-do lists, plus new navigation and search commands. Another major boost is the addition of Visual Basic .NET support, backed by cross-language functionality between C# and VB.NET. ReSharper also brings versatile s... (more)

Dell Accountants Nailed for Insider Trading

The plot thickens at Dell where the SEC has now charged three accountants with insider trading in 2005. Using put options they basically sold short ahead of poor numbers coming out. Two of them have settled already. Salvador Chavarria is paying ~$325,000 including $153,240 in illegal profits; John Nieto will pay ~$35,000 including $16,677 in illegal profits. A case is still pending against Glenn Leftwich. Microsoft Mum on Second EC Appeal In France Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wouldn't tell the AP whether Microsoft is going to appeal the decision of the Court of First Inst... (more)