January 2008 - posts - Ruud de Jonge

Ruud de Jonge

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January 2008 - posts

Microsoft is software aan het ontwikkelen voor éénjarigen
http://www.dutchcowboys.nl/software/12634

Microsoft is software aan het ontwikkelen voor éénjarigen

Kinderen worden op steeds jongere leeftijd geconfronteerd met de digitale wereld. Op weblogs en fora schrijven hun moeders al vóór hun geboorte over hun vorderingen. Ook in de wereld van het jonge kind speelt de digitale wereld al snel een grote rol. Een kind kan al met al niet vroeg genoeg wennen aan de omgang met software.
Vanuit de gedachte dat ouders bang zijn dat hun kind bij voorbaat al een digitale ontwikkelingsachterstand oploopt, is Microsoft gestart met de ontwikkeling van software voor éénjarigen.
De software voor éénjarigen is specifiek gericht op de nog niet volledig ontwikkelde fijne motoriek van het jonge kind. Gebruik van vrolijke kleuren en een zeer eenvoudige interface moeten het jonge kind prikkelen en uitdagen om te gaan spelen.

Hoewel Microsoft met dit nieuwe product het beste voor lijkt te hebben met jonge kinderen, is er een aanzienlijk commercieel belang met de nieuwe software gemoeid.
Microsoft haalt een oud trucje van stal om toekomstige klanten al op zéér jonge leeftijd te binden. Vroeger kreeg je, als je vader een nieuwe auto ging kopen, een dinkytoy van hetzelfde merk om mee te spelen. Zodat je later, als je groot was, óók in dat merk ging rijden. Babies die al op zéér jonge leeftijd gewend taken aan de vormentaal van Windows zullen op latere leeftijd niet meer van deze voorkeur afstappen. In de digitale wereld verandert alles snel, maar sommige dingen blijven gewoon hetzelfde.

Oproep

Ouders die geinteresseerd zijn kunnen zich opgeven bij : http://www.mediassist.nl/

Posted: Jan 29 2008, 09:54 AM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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LEAP 2008 : Een boodschap van Dik

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Beste LEAP-ers,

Hieronder de mail die ik bij Microsoft intern heb doen rondgaan, vooral naar de ‘mentale’ sponsors van LEAP en van hen waarvan ik hoop dat ze LEAP meer wereldwijd gaan ondersteunen . De echte sponsors zijn jullie natuurlijk zelf; of moet ik zeggen: jullie werkgevers.

De reden dat ik jullie onderstaande mail doorstuur is niet omdat ik te lui ben om voor jullie een bericht te componeren – hoewel ik, net aangekomen vandaag, me voel zoals jullie gisteren en eergisteren – maar omdat ik geloof in transparantie. LEAP is alleen maar een succes omdat jullie er door je enthousiaste – en soms wat minder enthousiaste J - deelname aan bijdragen. Nieuwe aanmeldingen voor LEAP krijg ik vooral van mensen die het van een (ex-)LEAPer gehoord hebben en zelf ook graag willen meedoen. Maar LEAP is voor ons Microsofters natuurlijk wel een instrument om jullie perceptie over Microsoft positief te beïnvloeden. Alleen doen we dat heel gewoon door te laten zien wie we zijn en wat we hebben (en gaan doen); en niet door schreeuwerig gebakken lucht te verkopen. Want dat werkt alleen maar averechts. Jullie prikken snel door flauwekul heen. Voor jullie is het een waardevol programma; dat is de afgelopen jaren wel steeds duidelijker geworden.

Ik heb van velen van jullie al mondeling of per email een compliment gekregen voor LEAP: zowel de inhoud als de organisatie. En dat is belangrijk voor mij en ook de reden waarom ik de afgelopen jaren ermee ben doorgegaan. Serge van Schie gaat nu het LEAP-stokje van mij overnemen. Ik ga hem het aankomende jaar nog wel ondersteunen. Hij gat het succes van LEAP vast continueren en hopelijk zelfs vergroten. Pat Helland kreeg van jullie een bijna perfecte score van 8.94. Het zou mooi zijn als ook LEAP ooit zo’n score gaat halen. We blijven nu ‘steken’ op 8.1; maar daarmee ben ik zelf eigenlijk best tevreden.

Binnenkort krijgen jullie een bericht over het vervolg na LEAP. Dat zijn we nu wat anders aan het opzetten, maar dat is nog niet helemaal rond. Nog even geduld dus, maar het komt er aan.

Ik ga mij vanaf nu vrijwel volledig richten op het nieuwe werken: het schrijven van een boek voor MS Press (komt uit in september), het spreken op conferenties (a.s. donderdag bij ambtenaar 2.0 is alweer de eerstvolgende), het geven van introductiesessies aan en bij MT’s van middelgrote bedrijven (met een mobiele nieuwe werken kit) en het opzetten van een Nieuwe Werken Academie (start hopelijk in oktober).

Nogmaals hartelijk dank voor jullie deelname en de reacties na afloop.

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Dik

From: Dik Bijl
Sent: zaterdag 26 januari 2008 15:47
To: ….
Cc: ….
Subject: LEAP2008: We did it again!!

We have just yesterday concluded the LEAP2008 program with 220 architects being present at the 3-day LEAP@Redmond conference: 204 from Holland and 16 from Ireland. The LEAP program is a 5 month education program aimed and the heart and mind of the (aspiring) architect. It is now in its fourth year – we started in 2004/2005 with 40 architects- and over time we have managed to grow not just in numbers of participants but also in quality; the latter being considered the most important.

I will not bother you with all details. I will give you just the bottom line. On a 10-point scale there was an 8.1 appreciation of the complete 5-month program. The other important rating we have is the change in perception - both heart and mind – by the architects of Microsoft over that 5 month timeframe. Participants jumped from an 6.84 perception to 7.75: an increase of 0.91 (or 13%).

One other number I have to share. LEAP is now a 1+ Million dollar program, but we work with a zero budget. Every participant pays approx. 4700 dollars for the complete program: 5 local master classes and a 5-day trip to Redmond including everything. It is considered a training program (to them), not a marketing event (as it is for us). And as you can see, they really appreciate it. I already have a list for 30 architects who want to participate in the next LEAP and we haven’t even started on that one. Word by mouth is the most important instrument we ‘use’.

I want to thank everybody helping making LEAP2008 a success again. There are just too many involved to mention each and everyone, but I have to thank Allie and her team from Dynamic Events who delivered again a perfect organization. The overall organization of LEAP@Redmond got a 8.7 rating. I also want to thank to Dutch EPG STU department who created and delivered the content for the local master classes and really know how to talk to architects: no hard selling, but just informing them and discussing with them, showing them who we are and what we’ve got (something I call: ‘soft selling’). Great job, guys!!

My manager, Ruud de Jonge,  believes we have now reached the limits of LEAP as far as number of participants is concerned. Besides being a manager and blogger (e.g. on LEAP) he was also the official LEAP photographer. We always take a picture of the complete group at the end of the conference when (almost) everyone is wearing their LEAP poloshirt. This time however Ruud came to the conclusion: “the group is too big, they don’t fit on the picture anymore”. So next year we might scale it down slightly J, but anyway here they are:

Class of LEAP2008.

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Posted: Jan 28 2008, 08:26 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met 12 comment(s)
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LEAP 2008 to the US : Size does matter ?

Groep 014 letterbox 

Wow .....

Posted: Jan 24 2008, 09:28 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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LEAP 2008 to the US : Avond dag 2 in foto-blog

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http://cid-9a6b06cb3b074239.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/LEAP

Posted: Jan 24 2008, 06:40 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met 2 comment(s)
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Leap 2008 : Shop until you drop en zo - Woensdag deel 2

Leap Woensdag 017Vandaag was het de eerste mogelijkheid om te kunnen shoppen in de Microsoft Company store. Daar werd enhousiast gebruik van gemaakt. Natuurlijk kan je de baby-kleertjes met een Microsoft logo niet laten liggen :-). Daarnaast is alle Software & Hardware te koop voor MS Employee prijzen...

Het was druk in de shhuttlebussen en eea. resulteerde in een uitgelaten sfeer. Goeie content en koopjes. : wat wil een echte Hollander nog meer ?

En daarna : weer aan de slag. 2 Parallele presentaties (OBA of DSI voor de TLA (Three Letter Acronyns) liefhebbers. Ik ben bij beide presentaties ff naar binnen geslopen om de onderstaande foto's te nemen. Als echte standwerkers werd de verse waar verkocht.

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Daarna was het de beurt aan Pat Helland om ons te vermaken. Pat is een persoon met een grote historie. Na een korte uitstap bij Amazon is hij weer helemaal terug bij Microsoft. Ik heb grote sympathie voor mensen die hun fout inzien als zij Microsoft verlaten en gewoon weer terugkeren (misschien vertel ik de lezers ooit nog wel iets over mijn Endemol sabbatical :-))

Het onderwerp van Pat's presentatie is : "The Irresistible Forces Meet the Movable Objects". Dat lijkt mij duidelijk dus .... Er staat een PDF versie van zijn presentatie online.

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Posted: Jan 24 2008, 12:36 AM door Ruud de Jonge | met 2 comment(s)
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Vista one year vulnerability report : Yeah ....

imageEen plaatje zegt alles, toch ?

Het volledige rapport is hier te vinden.

Lees natuurlijk de blogposting van Jeff Jones.

Posted: Jan 23 2008, 10:42 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met 2 comment(s)
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Leap 2008 to the US : Dinsdag en woensdag : Deel 1

Gisterenavond stond er een "social event" op het programma. Snookeren tegenover het hotel in "The Parlo Billiard & Spirits" in Bellevue.

Het was een gezellige avond waar er gemiddeld 3.5 drankje p.p. werd geconsumeerd (voor de trivia liefhebbers onder ons). Ik heb mij vermaakt met het maken van VEEL foto's die allemaal hier te vinden zijn.

Natuurlijk kan ik er niet omheen om er een paar hier te plaatsen. De keuze is redelijk random :

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Woensdag

De woensdag werd ingeluid met een presentatie van Dan Rasmus over "The New World of Work". Nu ligt dit onderwerp bij de Nederlandse organisatie nogal onder de aandacht. Dik heeft hier o.a. een boek over geschreven.

Leap Woensdag 006 webDan is onderuit gegaan in zijn garage.

Tijdens zijn presentatie van 75 Mb heeft Dan ons meegenomen in overzicht hoe wij de komende perionde gaan werken met de rake kanttekening dat hij het meest succesvol was bij het voorspellen van het verleden (ja, je leest dit goed).

Verder ... een mega verhaal.

 

 

 

De presentatie werd gevolg door een presentatie van Kim Cameron. Kim is beroemd geworden door zijn werk op het gebied van Identiteit. Zie ook zijn website.

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Kim is bekend geworden door de "Laws of Identity" :

1. User Control and Consent:

Digital identity systems must only reveal information identifying a user with the user’s consent. (Starts here…)

2. Limited Disclosure for Limited Use

The solution which discloses the least identifying information and best limits its use is the most stable, long-term solution. (Starts here…)

3. The Law of Fewest Parties

Digital identity systems must limit disclosure of identifying information to parties having a necessary and justifiable place in a given identity relationship. (Starts here…)

4. Directed Identity

A universal identity metasystem must support both “omnidirectional” identifiers for use by public entities and “unidirectional” identifiers for private entities, thus facilitating discovery while preventing unnecessary release of correlation handles. (Starts here…)

5. Pluralism of Operators and Technologies:

A universal identity metasystem must channel and enable the interworking of multiple identity technologies run by multiple identity providers. (Starts here…)

6. Human Integration:

A unifying identity metasystem must define the human user as a component integrated through protected and unambiguous human-machine communications. (Starts here…)

7. Consistent Experience Across Contexts:

A unifying identity metasystem must provide a simple consistent experience while enabling separation of contexts through multiple operators and technologies. (Starts here…)

Ja, dit is zware kost :-)

Het is nu bijna pauze : hop, hop, in gallop naar de Microsoft Company Store ...

Deel 2 volgt later op de dag....

Posted: Jan 23 2008, 08:21 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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Leap 2008 to the US : Eerste dag met presentaties

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Vandaag is het zo ver ... De eerste dag met presentaties. Het was errug duidelijk vanochtend dat iedereen er zin in had. Er was de mogelijkheid te vertrekken vanaf het hotel tussen 07:00 en 07:45 naar de Microsoft Campus.

Ik kwam vlak voor 07:00 beneden en trof daar ... ruim 200 deelnemers aan die allemaal rond vijf uur rechtop in bed zaten en eindelijk om zeven uur iets mochten doen. Jippie !!!

De dag werd ingeluid met een Amerikaans ontbijt : de aanwezige "bagles" waren dermate beton-achtig dat je er minimaal 1 dag plezier van hebt ...

 

Dik begon de dag met een welkomstwoord. Dat wil je dus niet missen en vandaar deze video-clip : (5:19) : http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=04a1b676-0ad0-488a-9235-364760f7ca02 

 

 

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De setting van de dag was zeer comfortabel : iedereen een goede plek, tafeltje voor je neus, internet access en gratis koffie.

 

 

 

 

Hoogtepunt van de dag was een presentatie van Erik Meijer. Veel energie, veel content en ik begrijp er niets van ... maar dat ligt zeker aan mij.

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Probeer voor de lol de tekst van de slide eens te lezen.

Vanavond wordt er gesnookerd (raar woord overigens) en andere rare bar-spelletjes. Ik zal foto's maken (dus je bent gewaarschuwd). Overigens zijn de foto's hier te vinden.

Posted: Jan 23 2008, 01:13 AM door Ruud de Jonge | met 1 comment(s)
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Partners in Learning : Education for the 21st century

Throughout history, a person’s prospects in life were largely determined by where he or she was born. An average child in a rich, advanced society would likely live far better and significantly longer than even the brightest, most talented child in a poor country.

That’s probably still true today. But it’s less true than ever before.

What’s changing is that information and communications technology is making it easier for people and businesses in far-flung locations to communicate and do business with each other. Enormous opportunities are opening up for many more people to participate in the global economy, wherever they may live. Soon, if not already, the prospects of a highly educated young person in China, India, or almost any other emerging economy will exceed those of an unskilled young person in Europe or the United States.

This trend, while it poses a competitive challenge to advanced economies, could help raise billions of people out of poverty and help create a more stable, peaceful, and just world. To thrive in this new world, developed and developing countries alike need to focus on building the productive capacities of their workforce. One way to boost productivity is through investments in information and communications technology. Even greater competitive advantage can come from strengthening workforce skills through investments in education. In an increasingly globalized economy, knowledge and skills are the key differentiators of nations as well as individuals.

Fortunately, powerful new tools are available to help disseminate knowledge. Nearly 35 years ago, when I applied to study at Harvard University, I was attracted partly by the chance to hear great lectures from Nobel laureates and other members of Harvard’s brilliant faculty. Today, universities are offering online lectures, discussion groups, examinations, and degrees to students all over the world. Technology is making higher education—and economic opportunity—available to more people, regardless of their location.

Likewise in primary and secondary schools, educators are integrating technology tools into the curriculum, so that classroom experiences more closely parallel the ways students use the Internet, multi-media and instant messaging to interact with each other outside of school.

At Microsoft, I have seen how the magic of software helps millions of people be more productive and creative. I believe that software can also play a critical role in helping societies address their most difficult challenges. Software and technology innovation can help strengthen healthcare, protect the environment, improve education, and extend social and economic opportunities.

Because information technology and education are so critical to creating economic opportunities, Microsoft is deeply committed to improving technology access and fostering innovative teaching and learning methods. In developing countries and in less prosperous communities where we do business, we believe in equipping students with the practical skills they need to thrive in today’s knowledge economy.

To achieve these goals, in 2003 we launched a five-year, US$250 million initiative called Microsoft Partners in Learning. Since then, we’ve worked closely with educators, government policymakers, and community leaders in more than 100 countries. To date, Partners in Learning programs have reached more than 3.6 million teachers and school leaders, and more than 76 million students.

Some examples of the impact of Partners in Learning include Project Shiksha in India. Through this program, Microsoft has worked with government officials and educators across India to provide training for more than 160,000 teachers during the last four years on how to use information technology in the classroom. In Hungary, Partners in Learning has played a key role in reducing the number of students who receive no technology skills training from 34 percent nationwide in 2005 to just 8 percent in 2007. And in Columbia, we’ve helped bring about a dramatic increase in the number of computers in schools, so that today there is one computer for every 48 students, compared with one for every 142 students in 2002.

This week, I am pleased to announce that Microsoft is renewing its commitment to Partners in Learning by making a second five-year investment that will bring total spending in the program to nearly $500 million. Our plan is to intensify our focus on the needs, interests and dreams of young people, who hold the keys to the economic and social future of every nation. Our goal is to expand programs to help transform education in order to reach more than 250 million students and teachers over the next five years.

Computers and the Internet have changed our world, but their ultimate impact will be far greater than anything we have seen so far. In the future, as technology continues to advance, it will play even more important roles in education, business, government, the economy and society. By working with educators to help improve student learning, Microsoft seeks to make sure that more of the world’s people have opportunities to enjoy the full benefits of technology, regardless of where they were born.

Posted: Jan 22 2008, 10:13 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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Harnessing the Power of Virtualization for Dynamic IT

The potential for information technology to drive business success has never been greater. Advances in software, devices, and networks are transforming the way companies streamline communications, automate processes, and enable employees to access the information and capabilities they need to respond to new opportunities.

At the same time, the complexity of IT has never been higher. Business success increasingly depends on providing mobile employees with easy access to corporate computing resources. People who use instant messaging, social networking sites, and other relatively new communications technologies at home expect to use similar tools at work.

The result is a growing number of contradictory requirements: ease of access vs. security and compliance; performance vs. cost; innovation and agility vs. reliability and continuity. For IT professionals, the real challenge is resolving the tension inherent in trying to create an infrastructure that provides both the flexibility to enable employees to drive business success and the control to protect corporate resources, maintain compliance, and provide continuity.

Helping companies find the right balance is one of Microsoft's most important priorities. To do that, we are focused on technology innovation that will enable companies to build systems that have the flexibility and intelligence to automatically adjust to changing business conditions by aligning computing resources with strategic objectives. This is a vision we call Dynamic IT. Virtualization technologies that provide powerful new tools for creating more efficient, flexible, and cost effective IT systems will provide a critical foundation for bringing this new vision to life.

In previous executive emails, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer discussed advances that are revolutionizing communications, improving productivity, and transforming the way companies use information. Because you are a subscriber to executive emails from Microsoft, I want to share my thoughts about virtualization with you. As senior vice president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, I know that virtualization is helping IT departments reduce costs and improve business continuity and compliance, and I believe that over the long term, it will have a significant impact on the way businesses run IT. It is still early for this important technology--ultimately, virtualization will play an important role in improving business agility by making IT systems more flexible and more responsive to changing business needs.

Understanding Virtualization

Virtualization is an approach to deploying computing resources that isolates different layers--hardware, software, data, networks, storage--from each other. Typically today, an operating system is installed directly onto a computer's hardware. Applications are installed directly onto the operating system. The interface is presented through a display connected directly to the local machine. Altering one layer often affects the others, making changes difficult to implement.

By using software to isolate these layers from each other, virtualization makes it easier to implement changes. The result is simplified management, more efficient use of IT resources, and the flexibility to provide the right computing resources, when and where they are needed.

There are different types of virtualization. Machine virtualization uses software to create a virtual machine that emulates the services and capabilities of the underlying hardware. This makes it possible to run more than one operating system on a single machine. On servers, this approach is called server virtualization; on end-user PCs, it is called desktop virtualization.

Application virtualization separates the application from the operating system, reducing conflicts between applications, which can simplify deployments and upgrades. Presentation virtualization enables an application on a computer in one location to be controlled by a computer in another.

There is also storage virtualization, which lets users access applications and data without having to worry about where they are stored. And network virtualization allows remote users to tap into a company network as if they were physically connected.

Virtualization is not new. IBM first introduced virtual machine technology for mainframe computers in the early 1960s. Microsoft Windows NT included a virtual DOS machine. Virtual PC was introduced by Connectix in 1997 (Microsoft acquired Connectix in 2003). EMC's VMware introduced its first product, VMware Workstation, in 1999. Softricity introduced SoftGrid, the first application virtualization product, in 2001 (Microsoft acquired Softricity in 2006).

Currently, industry analysts estimate that fewer than 10 percent of servers are virtualized, despite the fact that virtualization has been around for many years. But its significance is growing as companies have introduced products that target today's high-volume, low-cost hardware. Now, more and more companies are using server virtualization to save money by consolidating the workload of several servers onto a single machine.

Virtualization: A Foundation for Dynamic IT

As important as server virtualization can be in reducing costs, saving money is just the beginning of the value that virtualization offers. At Microsoft, we believe that virtualization will play a significant role in enabling companies to create IT systems that are not only highly efficient, but that have the self-awareness to adapt automatically as business conditions change.

By separating the layers of the computing stack, a virtualized IT environment makes it possible to quickly deploy new capabilities without having to configure components. In a virtualized environment, testing requirements and application compatibility issues are reduced, processes are easier to automate, and disaster recovery is easier to implement.

In the data center, virtualization not only supports server consolidation, but it enables workloads to be added and moved automatically to precisely match real-time computing needs as demand changes. This provides greater agility, better business continuity, and more efficient use of resources.

On the desktop, application virtualization reduces management costs. And when the operating system, applications, data, and user preferences are all virtualized, it makes it possible for users to access the computing resources they need anywhere, from any machine. The result is tremendous flexibility for employees and greater efficiency and agility for IT departments.

Microsoft Virtualization Products and Solutions for Dynamic IT

While each layer of virtualization delivers an important set of benefits, the real power of virtualization comes when companies implement an integrated virtualization strategy that extends across their IT infrastructure. Today, Microsoft provides a comprehensive set of virtualization products, tools, and services that span from the datacenter to the desktop:

Server Virtualization: With Microsoft Windows Server 2008, server virtualization will be available as part of the operating system with the new "Hyper-V" feature. Microsoft's design approach improves virtualization efficiency and delivers better performance. (This technology is also available separately through Microsoft Hyper-V Server.) Hyper-V technology--as well as the currently available Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2--supports server consolidation, re-hosting of legacy operating systems and applications on new hardware, and disaster recovery based on application portability across hardware platforms.

Application Virtualization: Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization transforms applications into centrally-managed virtual services that are streamed to desktops, servers, and laptops when and where they are needed. SoftGrid dramatically accelerates application deployment, upgrades, and patching by simplifying the application management lifecycle.

Presentation Virtualization: With Microsoft Windows Server Terminal Services, a Windows desktop application can run on a shared server machine and present its user interface on a remote system, such as a desktop computer or thin client.

Desktop Virtualization: Microsoft Virtual PC runs applications that are not compatible with the operating system on a desktop PC by supporting multiple operating systems on a single machine. It also accelerates testing and development of new software and systems. In addition, with the Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop license for hosted desktop architectures (also known "virtualized desktop infrastructures"), an entire desktop can be hosted on a server and remotely delivered to another desktop computer.

Our goal is to provide companies with the underlying technology they need to implement a flexible infrastructure that delivers the capabilities that employees and customers need, when and where they need them.

The Importance of Integrated Management

In a virtualized environment, a comprehensive management approach that provides the ability to monitor and track physical and virtual resources becomes critical. To achieve Dynamic IT, management solutions must also provide the foundation for automating the allocation of resources as business conditions change. It is the combination of virtualization technologies running across computing layers and orchestrated by a single set of management tools that provides the foundation for Dynamic IT.

Microsoft System Center delivers management software that enables IT professionals to manage all of their computing resources--both virtual and physical. System Center provides provisioning, monitoring, and back-up tools for virtual and physical environments across desktops and servers, and operating systems and applications. System Center enables companies to capture information about their infrastructure, policies, processes, and best practices so they can automate operations, reduce costs, and improve application availability.

Dynamic IT from the Server to the Desktop

Although virtualization has been around for more than four decades, the software industry is just beginning to understand the full implications of this important technology. Server virtualization to consolidate multiple machines into a single server is the most common form of virtualization in use today but it is still very early in the adoption cycle. At Microsoft, we believe that in the coming years, sever virtualization will become ubiquitous. Adoption of other forms of virtualization is just beginning, too, and their potential value remains largely untapped.

To help make this valuable technology more accessible, Microsoft is delivering innovations that make virtualization more affordable and less complex. We also are actively working with industry partners to develop new products and services that will unlock the power of virtualization for companies of all sizes.

Already, virtualization products from Microsoft and our partners are helping companies match computing capabilities to business needs. Imagine, for example, if your employees could access their personalized desktop, with all of their settings and preferences intact, on any machine, from any location. Or if workloads running on the servers in your data center automatically redeployed to respond to a sudden surge in demand for a specific capability. Or if your entire infrastructure could restore itself instantly following a catastrophic power outage.

Today, using existing Microsoft technologies, these Dynamic IT scenarios are already possible. Tomorrow, they will be the norm as we continue to bring new innovations in virtualization and systems management to market that help companies build truly dynamic infrastructures, from the server to the desktop.

Bob Muglia

Posted: Jan 22 2008, 06:17 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met 1 comment(s)
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LEAP 2008 to the US : Wordt er hier nog wel gewerkt ?

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Na mijn post van gisteren zou de indruk kunnen ontstaan dat het bij LEAP alleen om de lol gaat. Dat is niet helemaal waar ....

Onderstaand overzicht laat zien welke onderwerpen er op het menu staan. En de namen spreken voor zich... top sprekers !!!

 

Dinsdag

Track 1     Kodiak

Track 2    Cascade

08.30 - 10.00 The Architectural Last Mile
by Norm Judah, CTO Microsoft Services
 
10.30 - 12.00 Software + Services: The Next Operational Challenge
by Ulrich Homann, Solutions Architect Microsoft Services
.NET 3.5 and beyond Overview
by James Conard et al, Director Platform Evangelism
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch  
13.30 - 15.00 Internet Service Bus Overview
by Clemens Vasters, Senior Program Manager, Connected Systems Division
Software Factories Overview
by Don Smith, Product Manager, Patterns & Practices
15.30 - 17.00 Democratizing the Cloud with Volta
by Erik Meijer, Principal Architect Microsoft SQL Server
 
18.00 - 21.00 Evening Program: Food & Fun  

Woensdag

Track 1     Kodiak

Track 2    Cascade

08.30 - 10.00 The New World of Work
by Dan Rasmus, Director of Information Work Vision
 
10.30 - 12.00 Digital Identity
by Kim Cameron, Partner Architect Connected systems Division
 
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch  & Visit Company Store  
13.30 - 15.00 Office Business Applications Overview
by Karthik Ravindran, Principal Architect Architecture Strategy Team
Dynamic Systems Initiative, the next wave
by Anders Vinberg, Distinguished Engineer,Management and Services Division
15.30 - 17.00 The Irresistible Forces Meet the Movable Objects
by Pat Helland, Partner Architect, .NET Development Platform
 
18.00 - 22.00 Evening Program: Food & Spectacular View  

Donderdag

Workshop Day

Workshops to Choose From

07.30 - 08.30 Breakfast Internet Scale Computing - the real stuff
08.30 - 10.00 Morning Workshop (part 1) Software Factories (2 different workshops!)
10.00 - 10.30 Break Enterprise Architecture using Infrastructure Optimization 
10.30 - 12.00 Morning Workshop (part 2) Office Business Applications
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch  & Visit Company Store Software plus Services/ SaaS
13.30 - 15.00 Afternoon Workshop (part 1) Dinner Now: .NET Application Architecture Walkthrough
15.00 - 15.30 Break Fun Tour
15.30 - 17.00 Afternoon Workshop (part 2) NB each workshop will be executed twice (unless noted); once in the morning and once in the afternoon
17.00 - 17.30 Wrap-up and closing the LEAP conference                    by Dik Bijl, LEAP program owner  
18.00 - 21.00 Evening Program: Food & Relax  

Morgen een impressie van de eerste dag met video's, foto's enne ....

Posted: Jan 22 2008, 12:25 AM door Ruud de Jonge | met 1 comment(s)
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LEAP 2008 to the US : Dag 1

Het is uiteindelijk zo ver ... De Lead Enterprise Architect Program deelnemers van het jaar 2008 gaan naar de US. Verspreid over 2 dagen vliegen ruim 220 Leapers naar Seattle om 3 dagen ondergedompeld te worden in de haute couture van de Architectuur.

Leap 2008 dag 1 004 - web Het vertrek verliep een beetje chaotisch op de zondag aangezien de groep 4 keer was ingeboekt en de(ze) Airbus heeft toch echt geen 400+ stoelen.

Uiteindelijk werd dit probleem opgelost door KLM medewerksters met veel gouden strepen op de mouw. Eigenlijk zijn die toch wel handig :-)

Ook tijdens de vlucht zat het niet mee ... door sterke tegenwind hebben wij ruim 11 uur zitten snurken, lezen, film kijken en bijpraten op weg naar de US.

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Maar uiteindelijk was het zover : US, here we are !!!!

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Toch is reizen niet meer dan wachten, wachten en wachten ... Voor de douane, voor de koffers, nog een keer voor de koffers, voor het informatie pakket, voor de bus, voor het hotel enz.. Rond 17:00 lokale tijd waren we bij het hotel (Hyatt in Bellevue) en dat maakt veel goed :-).

De avond en de maandag zijn voor deze groep zelf in te vullen.. Er zijn mogelijkheden genoeg rondom het hotel om je te vermaken (shoppen, shoppen, shoppen, eten, bioscoop) en oh ja, binnenkort begint toch echt het serieuze programma beginnen, maar daarover morgen meer ...

Meer info over de trip is te vinden op : http://maps.live.com/?v=2&cid=714CE4A1A0D1C36D!560&encType=1 (Met dank aan Serge van Schie)

Posted: Jan 21 2008, 03:30 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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Patent op "Big Brother" software door Microsoft ?

In de engelse Times heeft een artikel gestaan met deze strekking en de Automatiseringsgids bericht hierover. Tja ... Het artikel (van de Times) was al geschreven voordat men ons (in de UK) om reaktie vroeg en daar hadden dan wel 45 minuten de tijd voor :-) Resultaat : onjuist en sensationeel ....

Officiële reaktie van een MS bobo :

Horacio Gutierrez, Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing: 

“Microsoft is constantly developing innovative, rich technologies in a wide variety of areas.  We have over 7,000 patents worldwide and we are proud of the quality of these patents and the innovations they represent.  As a general practice, we do not typically comment on pending patent applications because claims made in the application may be modified through the approval process by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

“It is important to note that this specific application, mentioned in the Times of London piece, was made public as part of Microsoft’s standard patent application publication policy.  As a matter of practice, Microsoft publishes all its patent applications 18 months after they are filed, and we make them publicly available through the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.  Typically the approval process for a patent application takes 3-5 years. 

“This particular patent application, in general, describes an innovation aimed at improving activity monitoring systems and uses the monitoring of user heart rate as an example of the kind of physical state that could be monitored to detect when users need assistance with their activities, and to offer assistance by putting them in touch with other users who may be able to help.  It is important to keep in mind, that with most organizations in the business of innovation, some of our patent applications reflect inventions that are currently present in our products and other applications represent innovations being developed for potential future use. 

“It is also important to point out that privacy is a top priority for Microsoft.  Our top privacy priorities include issues of consent, access, security and enforcement, data integrity and onward transfer, and can be achieved through technology innovation, industry cooperation and appropriate regulation. Microsoft partners with customers, industry and governments to help develop standards and technologies that enable people to effectively manage their personal information. Protecting privacy makes good business sense and we are committed to making sure our customers feel safe whenever they do business with us.”

Posted: Jan 17 2008, 11:52 AM door Ruud de Jonge | met 1 comment(s)
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Windows Live Platform: Services for Building Community-Driven Applications.

The Web has evolved and user expectations right along with it. The Windows Live Platform enables developers, designers, and enthusiasts to quickly and easily create compelling Web applications with open and easily accessible APIs. By combining your imagination with the power of Microsoft web services, building on the Windows Live Platform will help you deliver rich, innovative and memorable experiences across the Web.

Learn It

Discover how the Windows Live Platform and Microsoft web services can help you create personal and engaging websites. Watch our 5-Part Webcast series - Windows Live Platform: Services for Building Community-Driven Applications.

(Register to get follow-up e-mail with related content, updates, new ideas and other valuable information from the Windows Live Platform Team)

Get It

Create vibrant communities and make better connections with your Web visitors. Download the Windows Live Platform Quick Applications (QuickApps) and get a customizable out-of-the box solution to create specific Web scenarios.

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Nov. 20th - Session 1 – Windows Live Platform Technical Overview (200 Level)

Get a broad look at the Windows Live development platform and discover the various ways you can integrate Windows Live APIs and controls into your applications and deliver rich web content in exciting and innovative ways.

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Nov. 27th - Session 2 - Windows Live Platform Technical Drilldown, Part 1 (300 Level)

Find out more about user authentication through Windows Live ID and how Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live and Microsoft Expression Encoder can help you create more exciting web content.

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Dec. 4th - Session 3 - Windows Live Platform Technical Drilldown, Part 2 (300 Level)

Learn about the Storage and Sharing services from Windows Live to help you build more vibrant online communities. This session covers integration with Windows Live Contacts API, Windows Live Spaces APIs and the controls for user sharing.

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Dec. 11th - Session 4 - Windows Live Platform Technical Drilldown, Part 3 (300 Level)

Find out how you can improve your website’s Communications and Connectivity services through integration with Windows Live Messenger and Presence APIs and Windows Live Alerts.

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Dec. 18th Session 5 - Windows Live Platform Technical Drilldown, Part 4 (300 Level)

Discover how to deliver more interactive and engaging Find and Locate services through integration with Windows Live Search and Microsoft Virtual Earth.

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Posted: Jan 16 2008, 05:17 PM door Ruud de Jonge | met no comments
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MSDN Intrack: User Experience

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MSDN Intrack: User Experience
dinsdag 19 februari, Barneveld

User experience krijgt steeds meer aandacht bij het ontwikkelen van software. Deze InTrack geeft een overzicht van de manier waarop Silverlight en Expression Studio ingezet kunnen worden.

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