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Microsoft Launches Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Service Globally

Posted on 23 January 2011 by Alex Katsoulas

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the cloud version of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release that delivers new levels of productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations. The on-premises and partner-hosted versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be globally available on Feb. 28, 2011.

Read more on Microsoft News Center: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/jan11/1-17MSCRMOnlinePR.mspx

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Steve Jobs takes ‘medical leave of absence’ from Apple

Posted on 23 January 2011 by Alex Katsoulas

Steve Jobs told staff at the company today that he was taking a “medical leave of absence”.  He did not reveal specifics about the reasons.
Our best wishes to Steve to get well soon.

Read more in Apple’s Media Advisory: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/01/17advisory.html

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Microsoft PDC big on Azure, quiet on Silverlight

Posted on 01 November 2010 by Alex Katsoulas

During his Thursday keynote, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer made it clear: HTML5 is the future strategy. The only mention of Silverlight was as a development environment and a runtime platform for Windows Phone 7.

See more: player.microsoftpdc.com

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“Dawn of a New Day” – A great post from Ray Ozzie

Posted on 28 October 2010 by Alex Katsoulas

After four years of silence Ray Ozzie is back.

I will underline a phrase in his post that encloses pure wisdom: “Those who can envision a plausible future that’s brighter than today will earn the opportunity to lead.”

Read the post http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day/

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PDC09 Session Picks

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Alex Katsoulas

PDC09 started and there are two sessions that all should attend.

Build a .NET Business Application in 60 Minutes with xRM and SharePoint” in 502A on Thursday at 12:45 PM

Managing the Solution Lifecycle for xRM Applications” in 515A on Tuesday at 12:30 PM

For those are not in PDC09, all keynotes will be streamed live and all sessions will be delivered on demand here.

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Sharepoint 2010 – A developer’s view

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Alex Katsoulas

In few days the official beta of Sharepoint 2010 will be released, but here you may get detailed information about all features. My best pick is the one describing how to execute code in Sandbox.

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It is official, Apple’s Steve Jobs received a liver transplant.

Posted on 24 June 2009 by Alex Katsoulas

It is official, Apple’s Steve Jobs received a liver transplant.

Steve Jobs received a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee two months ago. Steve is recovering without implications and his prognosis is excelent.
You may read more details at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124581022674545337.html

Our best wishes to Steve to get well soon.

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The new Apple iPhone 3GS is already on the shelf.

Posted on 22 June 2009 by Alex Katsoulas

The new Apple iPhone 3GS is already on the shelf (http://www.apple.com/iphone/buy/), so it is time to drill down to its features.

Apple iPhone 3GS

Apple iPhone 3GS

Although it has the exact same design, the same size (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches) and almost the same weight (135 grams vs 133 grams) as iPhone 3G, it works (launching applications and rendering web pages) much faster and consumes less energy. There is a new processor, the ARM Cortex A8, running at 600 MHz, a PowerVR SGX graphics card (hardware 3d graphics support means better 3d games) and 256MB of RAM (http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/19/iphone-3g-s-gets-the-quick-and-dirty-tear-apart-treatment-alrea/).
The battery life is extended to 12 hours of talk time on 2G and 5 on 3G, with a up to 300 hour standby time. On the other hand you will get 5 hours of internet use (3G), 9 hours on wi-fi internet, 50 hours of audio and 10 hours of video playback.
Although it supports (as its predecessor) three band UMTS/HSDPA, four band GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, it is also supports the 7.2Mbps 3G standard, which means that you will get data faster to your iPhone. As you probably know the “S” stands for Speed, and there are some benchmarks against competitors (http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/20/iphone-3g-s-and-pre-head-to-head-benchmarks-iphone-barely-wins/) that confirms it almost clearly.
In addition, there is a new camera, with increased resolution to 3 megapixels, autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance — and just as expected, now supports 30fps VGA video recording with editing features. You will find also special macro and low light modes, and photo&video geotagging functionality.
Closing let’s talk about new features, such as the Magnetometer, which works with a Compass application, third parties, and it is integrated into the new Google maps app, showing your orientation with a small semitransparent cone. In addition, you will get voice control functionality which means that you can call people just saying their names and some accessibility features, like zooming on text, inverting video, and voice over when you touch whatever text is on screen.

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New SharePoint Themes

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Andreas Vamvatsikos

Microsoft released 10 new SharePoint Themes a few days ago. The themes are an improvement over the already existing ones but not really anything to be very exited about.

Here is the download link from MS: New MOSS Themes

A better way to get then (and the way MS should also have provided them) is through a single WSP. Daniel Brown did it for us! :

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Google goes semantic

Posted on 24 March 2009 by Andreas Vamvatsikos

Google seem to have embraced the semantic trend that has been developing over the past few years, as it has incorporated into its search engine some initial semantic functionality.

This development will enable the market leading search engine to better understand associations and concepts related to a search, expanding the accuracy of results provided by the classic keyword approach.

For example, according to the blog post announcing this new feature, the search engine, upon encountering a query such as “principles of physics,” will now be able to calculate that “angular momentum,” “special relativity,” “big bang” and “quantum mechanics” are also related terms, and offer them as alternative search suggestions at the top or bottom of the page.

Google will be using a mixture of semantic algorithms and on the fly data mining – as Ori Allon, Technical Lead of the Google Search Quality Team (and blogger) has stated earlier this year in an interview – and will not use semantic technology more broadly just yet, not wanting to decrease its famous search performance. At Google they see semantic capabilities as a part of their search algorithm and not as a full replacement for their traditional keyword analysis.

This move was expected since Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt made a short reference to it during the announcement of Google’s fourth-quarter results : “Wouldn’t it be nice, if Google understood the meaning of your phrase, rather than just the words that are in the phrase? We have made a lot of discoveries in that area that are going to roll out.”

Google was also under some pressure as many of its competitors already were working on semantic search engines to better serve users by understanding their queries and so undermining Google’s dominance of the Search Market. Microsoft acquired Powerset Inc in 2008 to gain access to the start-up vendor’s semantic search technology. Also in 2008, Yahoo announced plans to support Semantic Web standards as part of its new open search platform. Other vendors are already offering semantic capabilities in their search engines like Ask.com (or at least trying very hard to get it right).

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