News from Microsoft TechEd 2007

TechEd, Microsoft's annual showcase event for enterprise IT professionals and application developers, was held June 4th-8th in Orlando. Find out what topics were the talk of TechEd this year!

TechEd, Microsoft's annual showcase event for enterprise IT professionals and application developers, is being held June 4 to 8 in Orlando. Whether you're a developer in search of a sneak peek at the latest tools or an IT pro looking for new ways to boost productivity, Tech·Ed 2007 can help you polish your skills. Check out the articles below to learn more about what's happening at this year's event.

Windows SharePoint hits its stride
Installations of Microsoft's SharePoint have quickly multiplied in enterprises as Windows shops make this technology a priority.

Five Vista security tips .NET developers should know
Windows Vista introduces numerous security measures, from BitLocker to CardSpace to the User Account Control. Here are five security tips .NET developers should keep in mind.

At TechEd: BizTalk rev includes wizard for SOA development
At TechEd in Orlando, Microsoft detailed updates to BizTalk Server that include an interface for connecting applications in a service oriented manner. BizTalkServer 2006 R2 also brings improved asynchronous modeling for RFID projects, and integrates visual development software based on Dundas Data Visualization controls just purchased from Dundas Software.

Visual Studio Shell to bring configurable IDE to developers
The first Visual Studio 2008 SDK will contain a stripped-down version of the IDE that developers can use, royalty-free, to host custom tools or other programming languages.

Spring.NET 1.1 application framework described at TechEd
At least a bit of open-source software was visible at Microsoft TechEd in Orlando via Interface21. The company released its Spring.NET 1.1 application framework and discussed its potential role in improving developer productivity through AOP and better dependency injection at two technical sessions. The software is available through an Apache-style license.

Better connections promised in next Forefront beta
With the upcoming beta of Microsoft's Forefront, code-named Stirling, IT managers can look forward to managing security threats to the client and server from a single console.

More free tools coming under Sysinternals brand
Look for Sysinternals to expand its lineup of free Windows tools and adding others from the Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft's TechEd – high concepts, few products
At Microsoft's biggest Windows confab, IT managers learned about a new generation of security tools, IIS 7.0 integration with Windows Server and little else.

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