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Microsoft New Downloads : June 8th

This will be the first time I’ll be doing this, and many more to come with subsequent updates. I’ll be sifting out all the new downloads and listing down those that will be of interest to me, and hopefully yourself too.

  • SQL Server 2005 Books Online (May 2007)
    Download an updated version of the documentation and tutorials for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
  • Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” SDK – June 2007 CTP
    This CTP includes tools, documentation, and samples for developers to write, build, test, and deploy extensions for Visual Studio code name “Orcas.”
  • Microsoft Code Name “Acropolis” CTP 1
    Microsoft code name “Acropolis” is a set of components and tools intended to make it easier for developers to build and manage modular, business focused, client applications for Microsoft Windows on the .NET Framework.
  • DirectX SDK (June 2007)
    Download the complete DirectX SDK, which contains the all the software required to create DirectX compliant applications in C/C++ and C#.
  • Exchange Best Practices Analyzer v2.8
    The Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their Exchange servers and topology. The tool scans Exchange servers and identifies items that do not conform to Microsoft best practices.
  • Exchange Load Generator (32 bit)
    Exchange Load Generator is a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers.
  • Exchange Load Generator (64 bit)
    Exchange Load Generator is a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers.

Alright. Now the featured download for this week is…

Microsoft Code Name “Acropolis” CTP 1

I’ll be looking into this new Client Application Framework (CAF) during the next few days to give you the low-down on what exactly it is. From the description, it seems to be a set of components and tools to help developers create windows client applications. Here are some resources with more information on “Acropolis”.

Apparently, they just announced this at TechEd 2007.

From a few discussions I’ve read so far about “Acropolis”, it is meant to replace Microsoft Composite UI Application Block (CAB) and Smart Client Software Factory (SCSF), taking the lessons learnt and good stuff with both of them to combine what we know as “Acropolis”.

Well, more about “Acropolis” CAF in a few days time.

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