Install Live Mesh Developer and Beta versions Side-by-Side

One of the things I was struggling with was the possibility to have both the http://www.mesh.com client version of the client working, as well as the http://developer.mesh-ctp.com client version.

Why do I need this?

I have several Folders shared with different people and so it’s normal that we all use the www.mesh.com version of the client, because this is the most stable one, but when developing Mesh-Enabled Application and interacting with the new version of Mesh, the http://developer.mesh-ctp.com the new client is also needed, and so this causes an issue, that is who will I leave behind? Will it be all my customers and friends that I share Mesh folders with, or will it be the Mesh-Enabled Apps?

In my opinion this was an issue that should have been thought right from the start by the Live Mesh team, and so I’ve been struggling with this for some while now, but now I’ve found a solution in this Microsoft Social Entry.

Maybe it was me but it was not easy to find this solution. I think it should be more of the public knowledge, and so because of that, here is this post to help all of you that are facing the same issue.

TechDays – Defy All Challenges

Hi all,

    There’s going to be a very interesting WorldWide online event called TechDays – Defy all challenges, and you can register here.

    This events is very interesting because it will be a 24-hour online event with several different tracks like:

  • Windows Development and Frameworks
  • Windows Mobile Development
  • Office and Sharepoint Development
  • Developer Tools, Languages & Practices
  • Web Development & User Experience

    You can view the several session here and don’t forget to attend my session about “Developing Mesh-Enable Applications” where will talk about what is the Live Framework and how do we need to think our application in order to address this possibility of having the same application across several different devices and all of them in sync between themselves with the less effort possible.

    So don’t forget to register and be part of this great event that is being built to you by Microsoft.

Mix09 Day 1 – “Go beyond Best Practices : Evolving the Next Best Practices to Prosper in the 21st Century” with Lou Carbone

How does your business causes its customers to feel?

   This is important because some of us lost track of what’s the purpose of the business, because the purpose is bringing value to the business and having the profit has an added bonus.

    Running businesses as being made of Greed is not the way, but this is so in the community that even in bills we have phrase like “In greed we trust”. Isn’t this scary?

   Movements that Lou Carbone is involved:

     – Experience Management Institute

     – Phoenix effect

   There’s too much effort in the company and too less in the customers

   “Emotions are important determinants of economic behavior …”

  Firms of Endearment

   – Amazon.com

   – Costco

   – JetBlue

   – Apple

   – Harley Davidson

   – BMW

   – Google

   – Toyota

   – IKEA

   – Commerce Bank

   – Carmax

   – ….

  What make this firms so unique?

     – They developed the SPICE Model that is:

- Society

- Partners

- Investors

- Customers

- Employees

    – Thinking about things without putting in case any of the constituents

    – It’s important to think what people give attention to. example: St. Patrick’s  Day, Some companies placed that inside their we site and businesses other didn’t, that causes impacts.

Experience Management

       – Behaviors

       – Attitudes

       – Emotions

Value relationships

       – Brand Value – How we feel about the company

       – Customer Value – How customers see your company

Types of clues

Categories of clues

        – functional – rational

        – mechanic – emotional

        – humanic – emotional

“You cannot NOT have an experience”

We need move from the ROI obsession to

    – ROY(Return of Y(Why’s)) obsession

         – Y are we Doing it (Effect)

         – Y will it make a difference

         – Y wouldn’t we do it

         – Y does it make sense

MIX09 – Keynote 1

   Scott Guthrie on Advances in the Design Experiences

     – Web

           – powerful set of tools and technologies

           – Expression Web 3

                  – Standard based web authoring

                  – Multi-language targeting

   Erik Saltwell (Group Program Manager) about Expression Web 3.0

      -   Preview Feature that allows us to test the same design against several browsers and versions, and look at what are the differences

   Announcement – Super Preview: IE 6,7,8 Beta Available Today also with a free version

   Announcement – ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Already available for download

   ASP.NET 4.0 and VS2010

       – Improvements

             – WebForms

             – MVC

             - AJAX

             – Distributed Cache (Velocity)

       – Visual Studio 2010

             – Distribution

             – Database deployment support

            – Several versions of configuration files without tricks

   Web Server Extension (all for free)

        – IIS Database Manager

        – New FTP Server with Security

        – Request Routing

   Microsoft Web Platform Installer

     - Version 2.0 will be release this week

     – Install latest versions of Microsoft Web Platform tools, server, database and so on

     – Free download in www.microsoft.com/web

   Windows Web App Gallery

     – Allows us to find free web applications both in ASP.NET and PHP

     – www.microsoft.com/web/gallery

     – View, Review and Install the applications via Windows Platform Installer, possible to every known browser like, IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and so on.

     – Customization of the install is possible inside the Web PI (Web Platform Installer)

   Commerce Server 2009 (Available Now)

   Azure Services Platform

     – Preview launched in October last year

     – User-demand driving new features

         – Windows Azure: FastCGI/PHP and .Net full trust

         – SQL Data Services: Relational Database

         – .NET Services: More Web Standards

     – On track for a commercial releases this year

   BizSpark

   Silverlight 3.0

       – Netflix sample

       – Media

            – GPU hardware accelarated

            – New codec support H.264, AAC, MPeg-4

            – Raw bitstream Audio/Video API

            – Improved logging

            – IIS Media Services

                  – On-demand smooth streaming – with VC1 and H.264

                  – Live smooth streaming – Take software or hardware encoders that get live feeds and stream it on the network

                  – Edge Caching

                  – Web playlists

                  – Bit-rare throttling

                  – Advanced Logging

        – Graphics

                 – GPU Acceleration and hardware composition

                 – Perspective 3D

                 – Bitmap & pixel API

                 – Pixel Shader effects

                 – Deep Zoom Improvements

 

       – Application Development

                 – Deep linking, navigation and SEO

                 – Improved text quality

                 – Multi-touch support

                 – 100+ controls available

                 – Library caching support – Similar to GAC

 

       – Design Workflow

                 – Expression Blend 3

                     – Sketch Flow – prototyping applications

                     – Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator imports

                         – File remain editable

                     – Behaviors

                     – Design with Data

                     – Source code Control support

                     – XAML, C# and VB.NET Support inside

        – Data

                 – Data-binding improvements like element to element binding

                 – Validation Error Templates

                 – Server data push improvements making it possible for the server to notify the SL for changes being made on data used by the application

       Announcement SAP NetWeaver support

 

    Silverlight Outside the Browser

      – Scenarios 

           – Both for Windows and Mac

           – Extend Media Experiences

           – Companion applications for your web site

      – Capabilities

          – Simple consumer friendly experience

          – Safe, Secure, still sandboxed environment

          – built-in auto-update support

          – Built offline-aware applications

               – An event is fired when the network change status

          – Integrate with underlying operating System

 

    Silverlight Download Size

          – Thousands of new API

          – Hundreds of new features

          – New codecs

          – Out of browser support

          – Smaller 40k as SL2

    

    Available Today

          – SL 3 Beta

          – Expression Blend 3

          – SL3 Tools for VS2008

          – IIS Media Services

MIX’09 – Keynote 1

  Here we are for the start of great event MIX’09

  Starting with Bill Buxton from Microsoft Research with “Return of Experience – By Design”

    – This is the right time to think in Design

        In this troubled times this is what drives the differences

        – Examples: 

                – Raymond Loewy 1929, Coca Cola, and so on…

                – Walter Dorwin Teague 1926, Vanity Kodak in 1928, iPod Mini 2003, learning from the past

     – What’s Experience Design?

          – It’s Balancing between multiple approaches and the value of them, by using Sketching

          – Steps:

                 – Sketches

                 – State Diagram

                 – Define all things about the transition as well as the States because other way it will go wrong

     – Six Degrees

           – All teams in Microsoft are in the process, from the Design to the Development always thinking about the Experience