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McObject has eleased its Perst for .NET Compact Framework, a version of its open source, object-oriented Perst embedded database system for Microsoft’s smart device development framework. The pure C#, high-performance Perst for .NET Compact Framework offers a smaller footprint than the standard Perst embedded database, adding to its compatibility with applications running on resource-constrained Microsoft Windows CE- and Pocket PC-based mobile phones, set-top boxes, PDAs and other smart devices. Effective immediately, McObject is offering Perst for .NET Compact Framework as part of its Perst for .NET distribution, which can be freely downloaded for evaluation and use under the GPL license. McObject also sells Perst support as well as commercial licenses. Despite modifications to run optimally in the compact subset of Microsoft’s .NET Framework, Perst for... (more)

Microsoft Teams Up With CompUSA to Deliver Windows Vista Business and Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 Early

Small-business owners who visit participating CompUSA stores nationwide will be able to purchase Windows Vista Business and Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 — products specifically designed for small businesses — through Microsoft’s Small Business Value Program. The program includes volume licensing offers tailored to provide a simple, flexible and cost-effective way for small businesses to purchase and manage Microsoft technology across multiple PCs. Available in select CompUSA stores upon business availability on Nov. 30, 2006, Microsoft plans to extend th... (more)

Windows Source Code Shared with MS MVPs: OS Boon or Useless Bone?

(October 23, 2003) - As part of its Shared Source Initiative source licensing program, the Most Valuable Professional Source Licensing Program (MVPSLP), Microsoft is delivering Windows source code to eligible MVPs. Microsoft views the program as a reward to its most dedicated professionals, but does the code-sharing have practical value? "By giving source code only to those experts who have demonstrated the deepest dedication to the Windows community, Microsoft should be able to leverage many of the benefits of Open Source without running the risk of major intellectual property t... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

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... (more)

Infragistics Offers NetAdvantage for .NET

Infragistics has announced the release of NetAdvantage for .NET 2006 Volume 2, a toolset for creating "great developer and end user experiences, in both Windows Forms and ASP.NET applications," the company says. This new version of NetAdvantage for .NET includes all the user interface components tools necessary to deliver robust, high performance, polished applications to end users. NetAdvantage for .NET 2006 Volume 2 includes grids, charting, scheduling, navigation, editors and more, in both ASP.NET and Windows Forms toolsets. With NetAdvantage for .NET organizations can leverag... (more)