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TeamExpand, a developer of products complimentary to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS), announced the commercial version of its TX Chrono, a timesheet tracking application targeted at software development organizations standardizing on the Visual Studio .NET environment. Besides a number of bug fixes, the commercial version of TX Chrono features new workflow functionality and complete TSF compatibility to make software development activities more visible and predictable. A trial version of the product will also be available for free download. Automated time tracking with TFS timesheet “Traditionally, VSTS/TFS users suffered from a lack of timesheet reporting capabilities,” said Andrei Yurkevich, CTO of TeamExpand. “TX Chrono expands the time reporting limitations of the system, helping team members easily submit their time reports and enabling project manage... (more)

On the Myth of .NET Purity

Scott Hanselman's article on "The Myth of .NET Purity" (articlenews.cfm?id=356) struck a chord (with even .NETDJ editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson jumping into the discussion). Why the Myth Exists at All... I think this article is right on, but felt that we should confront the issue of why this kind of rebuttal is needed (and it is needed). We find people who are earnest only in so far as they can justify their existence. Therefore they brand something heresy as soon as they abandon the practice themselves. Let's assume that COM interop was a horrible waste of resources; it still w... (more)

.NET-Based SYSPRO 6.0 Delivers Across-the-Board Enhancements

SYSPRO has announced SYSPRO 6.0, Issue 010, the newest release of SYSPRO Enterprise Software. The new release offers across-the-board enhancements that provide deeper functionality in all areas of the core SYSPRO product - Finance, Distribution and Manufacturing. In addition, this latest release introduces new modules as well as new customization capabilities that empower users to tailor the software to their individual requirements, thereby maximizing utilization and interaction to achieve even greater levels of business efficiency. SYSPRO 6.0, Issue 010 debuts SYSPRO Reporting ... (more)

Bill Gates to Leave Day Job at Microsoft

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (pictured) will relinquish his other title of Chief Software Architect, effectively ending his day-to-day participation in the ongoing operations of the company he co-founded three decades ago, Microsoft Corp. Ray Ozzie, who came over to Microsoft with the Groove Networks deal, will now serve as Chief Software Architect. Gates had relinquished his CEO title to Steve Ballmer some time ago, as he started to spend more time with his philanthropic activities with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In announcing that he will no longer be involved with... (more)

Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Rejection Announcement

Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft's previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!: It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties. We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The co... (more)