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Ignition Showcase is a site focused on building and enhancing the vibrant ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors and start-ups on the Microsoft platform.  The goal of Ignition Showcase is to bring together the right people and experiences from across Microsoft to provide ISVs with the resources they need to create new opportunities on our emerging technologies.  Through briefings, readiness programs, social networking, blogs, and other events, we hope to empower partners to succeed on the Microsoft platform. Stay tuned to our blog for info on resources and activities! 

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    AboutYOU Windows Phone App Released

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    There is an old joke: "But enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?" Smile A more serious description would be “Find out what people are saying about you on the web”. IMHO this is the ultimate vanity app that a lot of people would want to use. It is not just “about me”.

    You can:

    • Search the web using the Bing API for news about <YOU>.
    • Display a list of references.
    • Page through the list of references
    • Select an entry in the list to allow you to browse the referenced web page
    • Change and save your search criteria for future requests.

    Design

    Application Tile

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    Main Page

    • Display search result references
    • Refresh button to re-issue the request
    • Settings button to change the search criteria
    • Help button to provide a help page

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    Details Page

    • Displays the referenced page

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    Settings Page

    • Criteria field for editing the search criteria
    • Save button to permanently save the criteria
    • Clear button to clear the entry
    • Help button to provide a help page

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    Price

    Free, No advertising for widest distribution Smile

    Note:  Somehow this got installed into the Games Category.  So when you install it it will show up incorrectly in the Games Hub and not in the normal apps list.  I am working with them to move it. So if you don’t find it in the apps list after you install it look in the Games hub on your phone.

    Technical

    This is a native phone app built using the Windows Phone Databound Application template.

    It retrieves a previous value for the search criteria from the phone’s Application Settings and issues a web search using the Bing API. Then it parses the returned XML with Linq to XML to populate a viewmodel that is then bound to the references page list. The list includes the web page title, description and a hidden link to the web page. The user can then select an entry from the list. Selecting a list entry routes you to a page with an embedded web browser control to display the referenced page.

    The Settings page can be used to edit the search criteria.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Agile Manifesto This version is only Iteration 1 of the app. Subsequent versions may:

    • Use Mango to run constantly in background reporting new references to a live tile.
    • Include Polling interval, Method of notification (email, SMS, Notify service, etc.)
    • Add other sources such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • Use more sophisticated search algorithms.

    It all depends on the feedback that I get from this version.

    Enjoy Smile

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    Announcing free inbound data transfers to Windows Azure!

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    News Flash: All inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free for all billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011.  

    This can represent very significant savings if an application currently has substantial amounts of inbound traffic or if you have large quantities of existing data that you want to migrate to the cloud. 

    See here for more details.

     

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    Microsoft wins Best Cloud Service award at Cloud Computing World Series Awards

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    Microsoft has won the Best Cloud Service award at the 2011 Cloud Computing World Series Awards.

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    Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards was presented to attending winners at the 3rd annual Cloud Computing World Forum on June 21st in Olympia, London.

    Since the Windows Azure platform became generally available over a year ago, it has been adopted by customers across 41 countries.  These customers are creating new services and gaining greater efficiencies as they take their companies to the cloud, enabling them to able to address customer needs quickly with innovative solutions that are cost effective and reliable.

    “It’s fantastic for us to see this type of recognition for the Windows Azure platform. We’re seeing companies creating business solutions in record times, reinforcing the new possibilities created by the cloud,” said Michael Newberry, Windows Azure lead, Microsoft UK.

    For more information on Microsoft visit http://www.microsoft.com  or attend the Microsoft Partner Zone at the Cloud Computing World Forum.

    For further information on the Awards or about the Cloud Computing World Forum please contact charlie@keynoteworld.com.

    And to try Windows Azure free see this blog post on how to get a Free Windows Azure Platform 30 Day Pass.

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    New this week on Ignition Showcase 6-22-2011

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    Important News for All Partners

     Try Windows Azure in 30 Minutes!

    Get up to $150 cash back* when you buy one SQL Azure Core subscription

    Events

    Announcing the Rock Paper Azure Challenge – Grand Tournament

    Vote for your Imagine Cup team today

    Ithaca College Imagine Cup team heading to NYC for the Worldwide Finals

    Windows Azure Platform & the Cloud

    Windows Azure AppFabric - June CTP Released

    Creating Facebook Apps That Can Easily Handle a Crowd

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    Windows Azure AppFabric - June CTP Released

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    We have announced the release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP which includes capabilities that make it easy for developers to build, deploy, manage and monitor multi-tier applications across web, business logic and database tiers as a single logical entity on the Windows Azure Platform.

    See this Channel9 blog post for a new episode of AppFabric TV.  In this episode Ron Jacobs is joined by Karandeep Anand Group Program Manager for AppFabric Platform Services as they take a look at the exciting new capabilities featured in this CTP release.

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    Announcing the Rock Paper Azure Challenge – Grand Tournament

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    Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors? Then you already know how to play the game. Now’s your chance to code your own player “bot” and test your skills online against players from seven countries.

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    The Grand Prize tournament winner will take home $5,000, Second place wins $1,000 and the 10 runners-up each get $250. Everyone who participates and uploads a bot will receive the official Rock Paper Azure Challenge t-shirt.

    Will your bot have what it takes to crush the coding competition? Play and find out! Visit http://www.rockpaperazure.com to sign up, download the tools, and watch screencasts with step-by-step instructions. Entries must be submitted by 6:00 pm Eastern Time on July 13th to be eligible.

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    Vote for your Imagine Cup team today

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    Activist, actor, author and philanthropist Eva Longoria invites you to celebrate the amazing work of student humanitarians by voting for the Imagine Cup 2011 People’s Choice Video Award. The videos in this post are by many of the 2011 Worldwide Finalists who imagined a world where technology helps solve the world’s toughest problems. Hear their stories, see their vision, and learn more about each of their amazing projects – and you too will be inspired!

    Imagine Cup 2011

    The 2011 Worldwide Finalist team with the most "likes" by July 12, 2011 at 21:00 GMT wins the People's Choice Award and $10,000 USD.

    Vote Today!

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    Creating Facebook Apps That Can Easily Handle a Crowd

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    With 600 million users, even marginally successful apps and promotions need massive scale.  Learn how to do so here.  Then get your own no-cost Azure account CODE webcastpass, and deploy your 1st app in as little as 30 mins

    Facebook welcomes 750k new users per day. Consequently, it's not unheard of to create a promotion or application that draws 150k+ views in 3 days. Add "friend status" to your app and updates could skyrocket to a million records daily. In this session, we walk through assets you can use today and cover applicable lessons that will help you architect for scale.

    Try the cloud 30 days for free! Here’s an opportunity to try out the Windows Azure Platform and explore the possibilities it holds. Use promotional code WEBCASTPASS to activate your free trial.

    See the video here.

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    Ithaca College Imagine Cup team heading to NYC for the Worldwide Finals

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    The Ithaca College Imagine Cup team is heading to NYC for the worldwide finals in mid-July.  They were profiled recently in an Ithaca Times article: Ithaca College students competing in worldwide game design finals

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    This July, four Ithaca College students will head to New York City to battle other student teams from around the globe while strutting their game design skills at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals.

     

    The team, known as ICsquared, is made up Ashley Alicea, Corey Jeffers, Evan Marinaro and Marc Howard, all members of the college's Game Developers Club.

     

    For more details see this article.

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    New this week on Ignition Showcase 6-15-2011

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    Important News for All Partners

    Try Windows Azure in 30 Minutes!

    Get up to $150 cash back* when you buy one SQL Azure Core subscription

    Events

    Cloudy in New York!

    Windows 8 Changes Everything!

    Startups

    Startup Weekend Boston at Microsoft NERD

    Building a Startup in a Weekend with BizSpark & SQL Azure

    Windows Azure Platform & the Cloud

    Webcast: Building Phone Applications with Windows Azure

    Looking for Good Windows Azure Guidance?

    Building a Startup in a Weekend with BizSpark & SQL Azure

    Windows Azure Appliance News

    Windows Phone

    Webcast: Building Phone Applications with Windows Azure

    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Changes Everything!

    Visual Studio

    Building Line of Business Applications with Visual Studio LightSwitch

     

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