The biggest idea to get across about the Windows Azure Appliance, which some are calling Azure in a box, is that it's a work in progress.
Microsoft believes its programming model for the fledgling Azure helps set it apart from cloud competitors.
IronRuby represents the marriage of the Ruby language to the .NET Common Language Runtime.
By adding OS-level support for RSS in Vista and making that support available to .NET developers, Microsoft has provided an easy way to build completely new classes of applications with little additional effort.
Although intended primarily for large teams, sometimes VSTS can simplify life on smaller teams as well. Find out whether your smaller teams might benefit.
AppForge's latest version of Crossfire lets you write mobile apps in .NET languages for numerous devices. While this release adds support for Research In Motion's Blackberry, it currently lacks access to PIM and native Blackberry Java functionality.
Debugging is hard enougheven without the complications involved in debugging multithreaded programsso tools that can simplify your debugging tasks are definitely worth evaluating. SmartInspect lets you log and view any type of data, and is particularly useful for multithreaded debugging tasks.
IronPython brings the interactivity and productivity of the Python language to the.NET world.
Developing cross-platform programs that rely on Windows Forms takes a big step forward with the latest release of the Mono platform.
Running basic ASP.NET applications on other platforms using Novell's open-source Mono project is as easy as copying the files to the new system. For ASP.NET 1.x authors, cross-platform code is fast becoming a reality.