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    SQL Azure: Frequently Asked Questions

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    This paper provides an architectural overview of the SQL Azure Database, and describes how you can use SQL Azure to augment your existing on-premises data infrastructure or as your complete database solution. SQL Azure Database is a cloud based relational...
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    DoodlePad - A Sketching App for Windows Phone 7

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    Our Developer Evangelist David Isbitski recently completed a nice sketching application for Windows Phone 7 and documented the thought process behind the fun project in a blog post . If you are interested to see how the app works and maybe improve it...
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    Do Architects Need to Code?

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    Ruth Malan writes on her online blog ‘A Trace in the Sand’ on the topic of ‘ Do architects need to code? ’. In part, architecture is about enabling many people to work on a complex system , and still achieve something that is coherent. So the architect...
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    Pete Brown Lights Up on Silverlight & WPF 4 – Connected Show #29

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    Peter Laudati & Dmitry Lyalin host the edu-taining Connected Show developer podcast on cloud computing and interoperability. Check out episode 29 “ Get LIT with Silverlight & WPF 4 ”.  Microsoft’s own Pete Brown joins Peter to discuss the...
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    Second IE9 Platform Preview Now Available

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    Today, Microsoft announced the release of the second IE9 Preview.  This release builds on the first Platform Preview from MIX10 and now contains: More improvements to IE9’s performance and support for standards. Additional tests submitted to the...
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    How fast is Azure?

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    The Microsoft Extreme Computing Group regularly publishes an extensive set of benchmarks on all aspects of Windows Azure performance at http://azurescope.cloudapp.net/Default.aspx .  (Note that it is itself a Windows Azure application.) We blogged...
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    Refactoring to the Cloud

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    In talking to customers one of the questions that I get asked repeatedly is how to migrate a legacy application into Window Azure . In the first of this this multipart screen cast series Brian Hitney from Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism...
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    High-Quality Touchscreens for your Windows 7 Multitouch Applications

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    Windows 7 provides native APIs for developers to create multitouch applications. However, selecting right devices, e.g., integrated PCs and notebooks, screens, panels or monitors, that support multitouch capabilities has not been an easy task for developers...
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    Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio 2010

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    Did you know that the Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio 2010 now provides visual design support for creating Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications? You can now build XAML-based user interfaces for your applications by...
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    Executing Unit Tests in parallel on a multi-CPU/core machine

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    Here’s a brilliant use of the new parallel computing capabilities exposed in the .NET 4.0 framework and Visual Studio 2010 – the ability to run your Unit Tests in Parallel across multiple cores. In Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft introduced the ability...
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    Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Whether you are currently running Hyper-V or just getting started, Microsoft has released a great toolset that will help guide you towards a better, more efficient virtualization environment. You can use this Analyzer to run Powershell scripts to check...
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    SharePoint 2010 for Developers: What’s New

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    Looking to get a great working summary of what’s new in SharePoint 2010 for developers? Check-out this blog post by the Microsoft ISV team for a complete rundown on all the cool new features for developers in Sharepoint 2010 such as: New Visual Studio...
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    ARCast.TV - Accenture: Enabling the Mobile Workforce with Windows Azure

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    When most people think of the cloud, they generally look at is as means of building and hosting highly-scalable, highly-available applications to their customers and partners. However, many forward looking companies see the cloud as a way to enable and...
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    Bring Panoramic View to Your Windows Phone 7 Applications

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    My colleague Stephane Crozatier created a nice panorama control for Windows Phone 7. It is a sample implementation of a Silverlight control that allows to create "Hub" applications on Windows Phone 7 Series. You can find more detail about what...
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    Microsoft: We are “All In” Cloud Expo

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    Lest there be any doubt that Microsoft is “All In” the cloud, we recently were one of the primary sponsors of Cloud Expo at New York’s Javits Convention Center. Highlight of the expo was a complete Azure Data Center in a box, a 30 foot compute and...
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    Financial Institutions See Benefits of Windows 7

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    Several financial services customers recently shared their Windows 7 deployment stories with Microsoft, and emphasized the advanced power management, lower TCO and utilization costs and improved performance they’re seeing. More detail here .
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP For Visual Studio 2010 RTM

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    The wait is over; you can now download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh from the Windows Phone web site at http://developer.windowsphone.com . With this CTP, you can develop and test Windows Phone 7 apps on the RTM version of Visual Studio...
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    Microsoft Innovation Showcase Win a Zune Sweepstakes Promotion

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    HOW DO I ENTER? You can enter by visiting the web site for the Sweepstakes and completing all of the registration requirements including completion of a short survey. All required survey questions must be answered to receive an entry. We will only accept...
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    Web Application Publisher Combines Data Across Clouds

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    DreamFactory Software is a leading publisher of rich web applications for cloud platforms. The DreamFactory Suite delivers enterprise class project, document and data collaboration software to over 10,000 businesses using different cloud platforms. ...
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    Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Technologies to Device Manufacturers

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    Microsoft just announced the release to manufacturing of Windows Embedded Standard 7 . Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division at Microsoft, shared more insight around recent OEM and partner activities...
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    CMO’s Toolkit: Harnessing Facebook Using Cloud Computing

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    In this blog post by Jeff Barnes , he tells the story of the highly successful Outback Bloomin’ Onion Facebook campaign that was presented at the Cloud Computing Expo event held last week in NYC.  In the brave new world of Social Networking - one...
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    New IE9 Developer Tools: Network Tab

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    Did you know that IE9 now includes a nice set of built-in Networking Tools? The new IE9 developer tools include some new capabilities and improvements over the great tools in IE8: A new tab for inspecting network traffic. Improved performance working...
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    Sharepoint 2010 Designer Released!

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    SharePoint Designer 2010 is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Versions –> Released

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    Here are the links to the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express editions now available for download: Express Package If your system is? If your system is? If your system is? Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Express X86 X64 WOW64 Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Express...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Report Viewer Available

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    The Microsoft Report Viewer control enables applications that run on the .NET Framework to display reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology. In server mode , the ReportViewer control can connect to and leverage the features of SQL Server...
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