Silverlight 5 Available for Download Today

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/silverlight/archive/2011/12/09/silverlight-5-available-for-download-today.aspx

New features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.

In addition, Silverlight 5 extends the ‘Trusted Application’ model to the browser for the first time. These features, when enabled via a group policy registry key and an application certificate, mean users won’t need to leave the browser to perform complex tasks such as multiple window support, full trust support in browser including COM and file system access, in browser HTML hosting within Silverlight, and P/Invoke support for existing native code to be run directly from Silverlight. 

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 has been release, here is the list of links to download the SP1 and the language packs:

You shoud also deploy the June 2011 CU Update – http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=2536599&kbln=en-us

And also the Server Pack 1 for Office 2010

Browser File Handling avoiding Permissive mode

A change in behavior from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 is that only file types marked as "safe" are allowed to be opened in the browser or opened on a download request (instead of just saved to disk).

To work around this is to set the Browser File Handling policy to Permissive, from Strict, on the Web Application. 

This has a negative impact on security as clients may open harmful content from SharePoint without being prompted to do so.

The preferred way of handling this is to leave the Browser File Handling on the Strict mode, then from the SharePoint Command Shell, run:

   1: $webApp = Get-SPWebApplication("http://webAppUrl")
   2: $webApp.AllowedInlineDownloadMimeTypes.Add("application/pdf")
   3: $webApp.Update()

This example is to add the MIME type for PDF to be allowed to open within the browser window.

Highlights from Microsoft’s CES 2011 Keynote

Windows Phone 7 edition

Steve also gave us the latest WP 7 stats:

There are currently around 5,500 apps available on the Marketplace
100 new apps added every 24 hours
22,000 registered developers
Most customers are downloading a new app every day
9/10 Windows Phone 7 customers on AT&T would recommend it to a friend

The update that will automatically be pushed to customers soon and will bring Copy/Paste support, CDMA support, bug fixes, and “significant” performance improvements when opening and switching apps.

Games coming soon/available on Windows Phone:

Rise of Glory
Full House Poker
Zombies!!!
Pac-Man
Fable Coin Golf
Halo Waypoint
Fruit Ninja
DeBlob Revolution
Parachute Panic
Tetris
Game room: Centipede
Game room: Shao Lin’s Road
Game room: Asteroids Deluxe
Assassin’s Creed
Monopoly
Pocket God
Zombie Attack! 2
Butterfly
PES 2011 (Pro Evolution Soccer)
The Sims 3
Need for Speed Undercover
Star Wars: Cantina

XBOX 360

They’ve sold a huge amount of Kinect — 8 million, far more than the 5 million they predicted.

Surface v2.0

Size: Gone is the gigantic, 500 pound box of death. The wall-mounted surface that Microsoft demonstrated on today was about the thickness of a mid-range LCD TV.

Clunkiness: Surface v2 uses something called “Pixel Sense”, which Microsoft says “uses every pixel as a camera”.

Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites [MSDN]

MSDN made public the Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 Publishing Sites (this article was provided by two SharePoint MVP's Andrew Connell and Randy Drisgill).

 You can get the code from MSDN Code Gallery here  and read the article on MSDN Library here.

This article walks designers through the process of creating a custom brand in SharePoint Publishing sites as well as helping developers take the design and implementing it as a custom brand using Features and Solutions.

When you are ready to create a great design for a SharePoint site, you first need to take time to plan the site well. Use a planning phase to gather design requirements for site elements such as master pages and page layouts. By properly understanding what the business objectives are before starting to code, you can avoid difficult and time-consuming rewrites later in the project lifecycle.

Raúl Ribeiro is Microsoft Certified Professional Developer SharePoint 2010

Microsoft Certified Professional DeveloperLast May I’ve taken the beta versions of the two SharePoint 2010 Developer exams: 70-573 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development and 70-576 PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications. Last week I received two e-mails saying that I successfully passed both exams and another e-mail saying that i received the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer SharePoint 2010 status.

Opening HTML Files in Sharepoint 2010

By default, Sharepoint 2010 is blocking the ability to open HTML files directly from a document library. 

This can be changed in the browser file handling option. To change this option go to:

1. Central Admin\Application Management\Manage Web Applications.
2. Select General Settings for the specified web application
3. For Browser file handling, select permissive. The default is strict​

browserfilehandling

New SharePoint 2010 Content Query WebPart (CQWP)

The SharePoint 2010 Content Query WebPart have this new feature the Content to Content concept.

Content to Content introduces two tokens that can be used in the Content Query Web Part filters:

  • The PageQueryString token allows you to include in the query a valuefrom a query string parameter.
    • You have use the token [PageQueryString:PARAMETERNAME] in the CQWP filters and the CQWP will replace this token with the value of the specified query parameter. (The value of the PageQueryString property must be the exact name of the URL parameter)
  • The PageFieldValue token gives you thepossibility to filter the query results using a value of another field on thesame page.
    • You have use the token [PageFieldValue:FIELDNAME] in the CQWP filters and the CQWP will replace this token with the value of the specified field.

This makes it extremely easy to provide functionality such as related content.

Another interesting new feature is the possibility to add new Fields To Display just by adding the to the XSL used in the CQWP, see this post on Liam Cleary blog.

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