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Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office release
MSDN Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Beta Experience Newsletter No. 3, May 9, 2006 MSDN
Dave Webster  
Welcome the third edition of the Beta Experience newsletter for Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system!

Some of the most exciting changes in the 2007 Microsoft Office system for developers are on the server side and that is why most of this issue is dedicated to giving you a preview of the 2007 Office Server Components.
For many of you this will be your first look at the 2007 Office Server Components. We have an Office Server Developers Overview – a server side developer roadmap from our good friend Ted Pattison. Ted also kicks off the first of a two part presentation on Creating Portal Applications. Click here. 
We also take a look at the 2007 version of Excel including the new Excel Server Components. Click here for the Demo. There is a lot to cover in Excel 2007 and we go into more depth with Excel Server in our Security and Business Intelligence issue scheduled for September.

Finally as part of our executive interview series, Doug Mahugh talks to Kurt DelBene Corporate VP of Office Server Group about SharePoint V3. Click here for the Interview. 

Our next edition should occur after the general release of 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2. As soon as the beta software is available you will receive a notification!
By that time you will have had the chance to download the bits and build environments of your own to experiment with, so in our next edition we will bring you more detailed examples with sample code you can try out.

Dave Webster
Chief Editor for Microsoft Office content
Developer & Platforms Group
Microsoft EMEA Beta Experience Team

Hungry for Data – RSS support in Windows Vista
RSS support in Vista   
With more than 60 million blogs out there, chances are that you are reading what is going on in the blogosphere. MSN spaces alone host more than 14 million blogs.
The weblog phenomenon, and the sheer numbers of Microsoft internal bloggers made the Internet Explorer team to include an RSS reader in the upcoming version 7 of Internet Explorer.
But this would not be reason enough for this month’ Beta Experience newsletter to focus on RSS. The real reason is: you can participate from the RSS phenomenon by programming against the Windows RSS Platform API.
Current versions of RSS and syndication standards make it possible not only to distribute blogs and newsfeed: you can use them in exciting new ways. Feeds can be used as a versatile notification and distribution mechanism - for any kind of data including multimedia files.

In order to better transport and consume structured data such as lists, Microsoft is proposing the 'Simple List Extensions' as a convention how to represent lists. This works equally well in RSS 2.0 and Atom Feeds.
Read more about Programming RSS in Windows Vista!

RSS Links
Integrate Data: An overview of RSS in Windows Vista
RSS in Windows Vista
The IE Team Blog
Simple List Extension Specification
Windows Vista RSS Platform API Reference
Windows Vista RSS Platform API Documentation on MSDN

2007 Microsoft Office system
Office 2007 client presents developers with new an exciting opportunities to create applications with a compelling user experience. The new Ribbon Interface presents end users with friendly and context sensitive navigation options and Customization options provide the developers with the tools to add custom controls, and thus enhance the user experience.
To learn more about the Office 2007 User Interface click here!

On March 21, 2006 Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, debuted many of the new development possibilities afforded by the 2007 Microsoft Office system to an audience of professional developers attending the Office Developer Conference. See what Bill and Office Servers VP, Kurt Delbene had to say about developing on the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Want the inside track on what the Microsoft Office development teams are up to? Read their thoughts on everything from the new Office user interface to file formats to SharePoint. Check out the Office Developer Center blogs!

Internet Explorer 7 and RSS
Internet Explorer 7   
Download and evaluate the newest, layout-complete build of the Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview and explore the improvements in security, user interface, and development platform.
Internet Explorer 7 automatically detects RSS feeds on sites by illuminating an icon on the toolbar. A single click on the icon allows you to preview and optionally subscribe to the site's RSS feed, and then be automatically notified as content is updated. Read RSS feeds directly in the browser, scan for important stories, and filter your view with search terms or site-specific categories.
Internet Explorer 7 provides rich functionality for downloading, storing, and accessing RSS feeds across the entire operating system, and enables more users than ever before to embrace RSS. Once a feed is subscribed to in one application, that subscription, and all the associated content, will be made available across the operating system for any application that wishes to consume it.

Visit the Internet Explorer blog to learn and discuss the latest issues concerning Internet Explorer.

Find the latest Internet Explorer 7 developer information and participate in Internet Explorer 7 newsgroups! Click here

Code Master Challenge   
Calling all developers, system builders, and ISVs: build the best new application with Windows Vista and win US$50,000. There are no limits to what you can create, and the app is yours to keep or sell. We won’t even ask for your coding secrets. Learn more
Emanuele DelBono   
Emanuele DelBono is a Software Architect and .NET developer at Managed Designs. He is known as a teacher, author for programming magazines and speaker at technical conferences and workshops.
Read his article on RSS and his blog!

Windows Vista References and Workshops
Sample Reference Application: Fabrikam Fine Furniture

The Fabrikam Fine Furniture reference application is a feature-rich, fully-functional reference application. The source download includes a Visual Studio .NET solution containing the end-to-end application, and you can also download separate components to assist you in building mobile PC and Tablet PC solutions.

Windows Communication Foundation Virtual Lab Series

Windows Communication Foundation (previously codenamed "Indigo") is Microsoft's unified framework for rapidly building distributed applications.

Windows Vista Developer Workshop

This workshop for Microsoft Partners focuses on new development tools and includes hands-on technical exercises highlighting the platform enhancements in Windows Vista. Courses begin on May 15 and are being offered all over the U.S. Check for available dates and locations.

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