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  • Blog Post: WebMatrix & Razor: A new option for beginning developers

    We' just announced WebMatrix , a new, simple IDE to build and customize Web sites. As someone who believes we need to provide a better offering for beginners and non-professional developers, WebMatrix, and specifically, the Razor syntax is a huge leap forward. Given that most customers are familiar with...
  • Blog Post: New Popfly Game Creator Features

    Adam Nathan recently blogged about some of the new features they've added to Popfly Game Creator including the color swapper for skinning actors, guidelines and snapping for aligning characters, actor stamping for easier tiling, new events, and the ability to clone a level! All-in-all, this should make...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Express 2008: Now in two flavors

    As I blogged about on Channel 9 earlier (I love that we can have text *and* video posts now), SQL Server 2008 RC0 is now available for download . On the download page, you may have noticed that there are two versions of SQL Server Express SQL Server 2008 Express SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

    Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he'll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here's the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Free Microsoft software for students

    DreamSpark is a new program that launched today (Feb 18th) at Stanford Univ. with Bill Gates giving the keynote. If you're a student you get Windows Server 2003 Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition Microsoft Expression Studio including FrontPage Expression...
  • Blog Post: MS.com Home Page: Bill Gates, BDLC, and Visual Studio Express

    Kudos to Jacqueline for getting the Beginner Developer Learning Center and Visual Studio Express on the home page of Microsoft.com. Screenshot below :)
  • Blog Post: Learn HTML for free with For Dummies book on Beginner Developer Learning Center

    Yesterday we officially announced a partnership with Wiley Books, the creators of the "For Dummies" book series, to add 17 chapters from three popular book titles: Creating Web Pages All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies – Whether you're opening an e-business or just want to show off the family...
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