Is it possible that Microsoft’s security problems are really to blame for its sudden inability to release new products?

Just read on an article from windows magazine, the author saying a lot about the original expected released date for some Microsoft Products. This is attracting me to read on it. Many of my friends and students keep asking me when the WinXP SP2 will be released. Well, it should be in the second week of the Aug 2004 from the latest news I got. Yes, again. Delay and delay again. But I can say, it is normal to IT Field. As a Developer, I did worked on many projects, and sure found out that the “True” or “Final” products always delay.

That article also point out few things, like…..Yukon suppose released on 2003, not 2005, the same as Longhorn. And the author point out that Microsoft keep polling our focus to Longhorn. But actually, there is another one after Longhorn—— Blackcomb. You may not heard of  this CodeName of product of Microsoft. But it is ture, I heard this codename and saw some presentation from Microsoft Hong Kong in the mid of 2001, when the WinXP just released in that time. The funny things is, the author voice out a question,  Longhorn was suppose to be a minor project, just a interim release on the way to Blackcomb?…….Originally expected in 2003, and recently delayed
until 2006, Longhorn might never ship.

After that, I search on google and found some interesting news, you may not believe, Longhorn will be only as a client product, Not the same as in the past, a project will be release on both Desktop and Server side.
I would like to say, ”Longhorn is really never ship(but in server side)”.

“Longhorn“ will be only in Tablet and MediaCenter Edition, as Graphic and Audio Area
“Blackcomb“ will be on Both WorkStation and Server Edition, as Functional Area

WinHEC 2003: Blackcomb to be Phased in Over Time [Updated]
Microsoft: Longhorn on the Desktop, Blackcomb on the Server
Windows Roadmap Leads to Longhorn in 2005

* Windows Server 2003 SP1–This release will feature an intriguing new roles-based Security Configuration Wizard, but like most other Windows-oriented products, SP1 is waiting on XP SP2. After the SP2 release to manufacturing (RTM), Microsoft can begin work on Windows 2003 SP1 in earnest. But promises of a late 2004 release now seem
unrealistic. Don’t expect this update until the first half of 2005.   
* SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio (VS) 2005–The next versions of SQL Server and VS will include various functional enhancements, but the most notable aspect of these products is how often they’ve been delayed. SQL Server 2005, previously code-named Yukon, was originally due in late 2003. It will now ship almost 3 years later. And I don’t have the space to discuss the Software Assurance (SA) concerns that arose in the wake of SQL Server’s delays.
* Longhorn–Does anyone else remember when Longhorn was a minor, interim release on the way to Blackcomb? Today, Longhorn’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink philosophy appears poised to make this release the next Windows NT Cairo. And although I’m one of those rare proponents of Longhorn’s optional and misunderstood Palladium security technologies, I have to wonder what benefit these features can have if they never ship. Originally expected in 2003, and recently delayed until 2006, Longhorn might never ship. Again, it’s disheartening.

Visual Studio 2005 Team System

I started to use Visual SourceSafe since Visual Studio v5.0, and I was wondering why there is no new version on Visual SourceSafe since VS.NET2002. I also discuss this with my MCAD class students.

In this afternoon, I was searching something in msdn site, and found this “Visual Studio 2005 Team System” and there will be a GREAT DEMO on TechEd2004. I am not sure if Microsoft Hong Kong TechEd2004 will really have this demo, but read from the Related web page and telling about this.

More info? Here you are: VS2005 Team System(MSDN Link) 

Win an Xbox with Xbox Live subscription and Halo 2!

This summer, why not put your coding skills and creativity to good use for a chance to win an Xbox with Xbox Live subscription and Halo 2!*

That’s right, Microsoft is giving away six Xboxes each with an Xbox live kit that includes a one year subscription and a copy of the soon-to-be-released, Halo 2. The Summer of Express contest is a worldwide skill contest where developers are challenged to create “non-business” applications using the newly announced Express products. The Express products (VS 2005 Express Edition & SQL Server 2005 Express Edition) are lightweight, easy to use, easy to learn tools for hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students who want to build dynamic Windows applications and Web sites

Microsoft Jet OLE DB Provider and Replication Objects (JRO)

HOW TO: Compact a Microsoft Access Database by Using Visual Basic .NET
Wow…..Again, I am creating an Windows Application which the DB is Access97, as most of the computers are win98 only. And so, I found out the .mdb file is getting bigger and bigger while it add and delete a lot of data.
So…..have to find out a way to compact it without opening it.(As I rename the file extention to .mdbx and so noone will try to double click on it and have a look on it…..heheheheh, .mdbx……Access.NET? v1.0 or v1.1? hahahah)

And sure, lucky that I found it. And I would like to be share with you all althought that it is not a new technology. But I do sure there are many programmer/developer is being same situation as  I am being, doing solution with Access.

Neither ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) nor ADO .NET provide the means to compact or repair Microsoft Access databases. However, you can accomplish this task by using the Microsoft Jet OLE DB Provider and Replication Objects (JRO) that was introduced with Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) version 2.1. ADO .NET allows the use of COM-based object libraries through the Interop layer.
Microsoft Jet OLE DB Provider and Replication Objects (JRO)

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition!!!!

Wow~~beside VS 2005 Express Family, there is also a new Edition for SQL Server 2005, which is also called Express Edition. It is an entry-level database for hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students developers and so the same “EXPRESS“ to VS 2005. The SQL Server Express is a version of SQL Server 2005 designed for building simple, dynamic applications. SQL Server Express helps developers build robust and reliable applications by providing a powerful database that is also free and easy to use. Too often database systems are overly complex for building simple applications. SQL Server Express and the other Express products reduce this complexity by providing a simple but powerful development environment for building data-driven applications. You can design schemas, add data, and query local databases, all inside the Visual Studio 2005 environment. If you need more advanced database features, then SQL Server Express can be seamlessly upgraded to more sophisticated versions of SQL Server.

More info? Here you are,