I really enjoyed the chance I had to meet with and talk to so many developers who are interested and passionate about Vista and .NET 3.0. I decided to post a list of the most popular questions and answers that I had yesterday. I am sure these are not comprehensive but hopefully it will point you in the right direction.
Q: What was the name of the health care company you were talking about?
A: I thought I was clear that the PR agreement doesn’t let me tell you who they are. I know a few of you came up and guessed on the name and some of you were correct and some of you were incorrect. I really hated not being able to tell you who the company is but I had a bigger point to make. I wanted you to realize that there is honest to goodness business value happening out there with connected systems. Things that were not possible or were cost prohibitive before are now becoming possible. I know when I first saw WPF I was a huge skeptic. I thought if Word were written to take advantage of 3-D and transparency and all that it would be a great proof point but until then it would be a hard sell. I expected the media companies of the world (Disney, Turner Broadcasting, etc.) and some of the companies that make extensive use of graphics now on their web sites and applications to be the only adopters. I even told a lot of you that I expected main-stream CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) type data applicatons to stick with the “battleship gray” user interface that they have had for the last 10 years. Now I have to recant that statement and say I was wrong. As I have come to see what can be accomplished I am becoming a believer. If I can search and find all my medical records including X-Rays, CT Scans, EKG, whatever else and have a way of collaborating and annotating the data it will increase customer satisfaction and decrease cost as people look all over for important data. In other fields such as retail we showed you some good examples of the way that you could use the technologies. Think about the impact to manufacturing, if they could get away from EDI to communicate with partners and suppliers, see their inventory levels compared to projected sales, and get a report on what products are in demand so they can shift manufacturing to cover it. The point I was hoping to make is that it doesn’t really matter who the company’s are who are working with WPF, WCF, and WF, unless of course they are your competitors and will steal away your market share, as much as you should be looking at the technologies and trying to determine how they can give you a competitive advantage.
Q: Where can I find more information or the demo you did on X
A: Some of the demos are applications written by companies and not public. Others are. Here are the public ones that I know about.
Download of .NET Framework 3.0 for Windows XP and Windows 2003 available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=10CC340B-F857-4A14-83F5-25634C3BF043&displaylang=en
Community site with dedicated areas for each of the technologies is available at http://www.netfx3.com
MSDN information on .NET Framework 3.0 http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa663309.aspx
Dinner Now sample application with links to source code and an RSS feed at http://www.dinnernow.net
Videos and interviews with Microsoft people (you will have to do some looking around but the navigation on the left will help) – http://channel9.msdn.com
Q: When upgrading my system/application what will work?
A: The generic answer is if it is new it *should* work. That is not all that comforting and not a good answer so here are some links.
Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 – Find out if your application will work - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=24da89e9-b581-47b0-b45e-492dd6da2971&DisplayLang=en
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor – Find out if your XP machine will upgrade to Vista - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=42B5AC83-C24F-4863-A389-3FFC194924F8&displaylang=en
Windows Easy Transfer for Windows XP and Windows 2000 – Transfer files and settings to your Vista machine - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2B6F1631-973A-45C7-A4EC-4928FA173266&displaylang=en
Of course using Live Search for “connected systems”, Windows Vista, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow, or any of the other technologies we talked about will also get you a lot of good information (and some bad) about the products from the people who have created them, bloged about them, and are using them.