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Well, we know one thing about the next, post-Vista, desktop Windows. It's code named Windows 7 now, not Vienna, and Microsoft is taking another round of blood oaths about it not taking five years to see market although it already looks like it's been pushed back. Microsoft says it's "scoping Windows development to a three-year time frame and then the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar." Three years, of course, would be 2010 and Microsoft previously suggested it would be 2009. Anyway, the company has started talking about it with folks like its US sales force and its antsy Software Assurance customers, some of whom are bent out of shape over Microsoft's repeatedly delayed delivery of Vista. Microsoft needs their money so it has to make sure they don't jump ship as some have. ... (more)

Native WPF & Silverlight Report Viewer & Printing Control by DevExpress

DevExpress.com has announced the immediate availability of its newly added Silverlight and WPF Report Viewer Control. This new Report Viewer Control renders reports created with the award-winning DevExpress Reporting System and prints natively within any Silverlight and WPF application. -- Client/Server Interaction via the WCF Technology Reports are downloaded using Microsoft WCF Technology and rendered in your Silverlight applications. -- Exporting and REST API Reports can be exported to numerous formats like PDF, RTF, XPS, CSV, HTML, Microsoft Excel and others. A RESTful API is al... (more)

Longhorn to Tackle Data Storage Problems

(October 15, 2003) - When details about Longhorn, the update of Microsoft's Windows OS, are unveiled at the PDC later this month, developers will welcome the system's enhancements in the area of data storage. The existing file system, NTFS, will be augmented by a new data storage system, WinFS, that promises to make information easier to locate and view. Working with NTFS, but not replacing it, WinFS is designed to help make the transition to Longhorn easier. WinFS will incorporate XML labeling capabilities, as well as the querying capabilites of MS' SQL Server relational databas... (more)

.NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Named Microsoft "Most Valued Professional"

Related Links: An Interview with Don Box - The King of COM .NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief, Derek Ferguson, has been named by Microsoft Corporation a "2004 Microsoft Most Valued Professional" (MVP). The MVP Award Program was established by Microsoft more than eleven years ago. Since then, each year, Microsoft awards MVP status to individuals who are active and credible experts in technical communities worldwide and who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm to share their technical expertise about Microsoft products. In addition to his editorship of .NET Developer's Journal, F... (more)

NEON Systems CEO Helps Pioneer a Unified Approach to Mainframe Integration - Live on SYS-CON.TV

News Announcement Is the mainframe in decline? Absolutely not, according to Mark Creswell, CEO of NEON Systems. Speaking exclusively to .NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson on SYS-CON.TV (http://sys-con.tv), Creswell explained: "It is still the system of record for about 60% of the world's data," Cresswell explained, "and if you look at the transaction flow among the Fortune 500, the majority of that transaction flow still runs through the mainframe." "Over the past 15 years or so," Cresswell noted, "much has been written about the demise of the mainframe, and ... (more)