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(Note: if you just hate everything Microsoft, now’s a great time to skip this post. 🙂 ) So what’s the difference between Microsoft Empower and Microsoft BizSpark (of which I’m now a Network Partner, meaning you can get in through me.)? I think it depends on your circumstances. I was in Empower – and found it a great help in getting my microISV product out the door. Empower is good, the tech support is a…

Something I’ve noticed working with a fair number of microISVs and startups: constraints are a good thing. The digital entrepreneurs who’ve been successful and therefore have the luxury of time and money are the those less likely to get to the point of releasing a new product. Another version of this is the developer who wants to do a microISV, but is overwhelmed by all the possible kinds of software they can create, all the…

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The rich are not like you and me,” he could have been just as easily referring to the gap between programmers swaddled in their nice little cubicles and those of us who for better or worse are out here in the cold and dark peddling our microISV wares and startup services. Gone are the easy days of knowing exactly what is the absolute! best! programming methodology: it’s the one your…

Yesterday, Google got into the microISV funding business when it announced Google Gadget Ventures Google Gadget Ventures will be funding microISVs in two ways: “First, we’ll invite promising gadget developers (individuals or businesses) to apply for $5,000 grants to fund further development. These are not loans or equity investments; they’re simply grants for gadgets that already have a thriving user base and we think have potential for even more improvement. To be considered for a…

As I mentioned here, after listening last week to Dan Appleman talk on .NET Rocks! about the custom Google search he’s created for .NET programmers (the search is http://www.searchdotnet.com/; also see this post and this post), I’ve decided this is a tool worth putting some serious time into and making available here. Spurred on by the creation of another custom Google Search in the last day or two (http://isvoogle.com/), I’ve created and will be maintaining/improving…

The powers that be at Microsoft – “Soma” Somasegar, corporate vice-president of Microsoft’s Developer Division – have heard the word from developers and relented yesterday from their bone-headed position that Expression Blend is too cool a tool for codemonkeys: “Following the announcement we received a lot of questions about why we did not include some of these products, particularly Expression Web, within customers’ MSDN subscriptions…. Based on this feedback, I am pleased to say that…

Specifically, for the past month I’ve had two programs with issues on Vista – the Logitech mouse driver and Apple iTunes. While Logitech had a Vista ready update to setpoint.exe up on its site January 29th, Apple is warning its Windows customers not to install Vista iTunes is not compatible with it. In fact, Apple says none of it’s Windows software is Vista ready. Not QuickTime, the iPod shuffle reset utility, Bonjour for Windows, AirPort for Windows,…

Tim Sneath is a Microsoft Vista Technical Evangelist doing yeoman duty blogging about WPF apps he’s been working with pre-Vista launch: For the last few years, I’ve been spending much of my time working with a small selection of customers and partners who have participated in our early adopter programs. As a celebration of the general availability of Windows Vista, for the next few weeks, I’m going to try to highlight as many of those…

Lee Brimelow, a senior guy at frog design (yes, that frog design) has a 14 minute tutorial on using both Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Expression Blend at the same time to create WPF applications. So what? He creates the guts of a video player that looks great, plays well and has realtime reflection of the video in about 8 minutes flat. If you wonder if WPF matters to your professional career or micro-ISV product,…

By Bob Walsh If you’re a developer and you caught the coverage Tuesday of the Apple iPhone the thought after “I want one!” was “Can I write applications for it?” Will the iPhone be a closed box, locked down and buttoned up with nothing running on it that doesn’t have an Apple trademark in its name? That’s the call of various tech media and blogs who after their predictable swoon over the iPhone Tuesday indulged…