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    Bing's Best 2 – A New Theme for Windows 7

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    Windows 7 comes with a few carefully selected out of the box themes – Windows 7 (default), architecture, characters, landscapes, nature, scenes and United States. The Bing’s team at Microsoft released the first Bing’s Best Windows 7 theme pack last October...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Incompatible with Visual Studio 2010 RTM

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been officially released, you may be wondering if you can use the RTM version, along with the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP version, to create/test Windows Phone 7 applications. The answer is NO, not until an upgrade...
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    Free Book: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series

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    This “draft preview” book helps get you started in writing great programs for the Windows Phone 7 Series. Its much longer ebook will be completed and published later this year. Visit www.charlespetzold.com/phone for information about this book and later...
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    .NET 4.0 & Windows Azure

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    Now that .NET 4.0 Framework has been released as part of Visual Studio 2010 .NET 4.0 support in Windows Azure will be available within 90 days as previously announced. This will make it possible to develop applications for the latest on-premises...
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    Developing for Windows Azure in Visual Studio 2010

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    Now that Visual Studio 2010 has been released you have a new platform to enable the development of of internal and cloud based applications. This blog post points to a series of useful resources that will show you how to develop applications for Windows...
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    Migrating a Legacy Application to Windows Azure

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    In this blog post Jim Nakashima outlines how to migrate an existing ASP.net application that uses SQL Server to Windows Azure . To illustrate this process he used a well-known reference application: Nerd Dinner that has been used to illustrate good ASP...
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    Windows Azure Performance?

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    The Extreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research Labs now has a web site (in Azure of course) devoted to Windows Azure performance information. This site will present the results of regularly running benchmarks on the Windows Azure platform. On this...
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    What's new in C# 4

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    If you’ve wanted to get up to date on the new features in C# 4 that is part of Visual Studio 2010, see the set of Whirlwind screencasts on Channel 9. Whirlwind 9 - Introducing C# 4 The screencasts feature MVP Stuart Celarier and ISV...
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    ARCast.TV - Tool Assisted VB6 to .NET Migration

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    There are millions (if not billions) of lines of VB6 code out there. For many businesses, they need this code moved to .NET but they can't just throw the baby out with the bathwater and start from scratch. They might not be able to afford this, or maybe...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Released

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    The latest and greatest edition of Visual Studio, the premier developer tool suite form Microsoft, launched today. MSDN Subscribers may download the product from the MSDN subscription site . There is an impressive collection of content available on line...
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    Better Coding with Visual Studio 2010

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    Need a good overview what’s coming in Visual Studio 2010?  Check out this MSDN Magazine article by Doug Turnure that provides an informative look at some of the more compelling features in Visual Studio 2010 – along with instructions for exactly...
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    Ford, Microsoft team up on electric-car system

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    Sarah Parsons has posted an article on Inhabitat about Microsoft Hohm .  Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft Corp. have signed a deal to work together on a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies to help manage energy use....
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    Windows Phone 7, Silverlight Are Business-ready

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    The new Microsoft mobile platform, Windows Phone 7, and the rich Internet application platform technology, Silverlight, are business-ready, writes Paul Krill at InfoWorld . In the article, he quotes Jonathan Zuck, president of the Association for Competitive...
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    Expanded View of IE8 Accelerators

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    Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 help you quickly perform your everyday browsing tasks without navigating to other websites to get things done. Simply highlight text from any webpage, and then click on the blue Accelerator icon that appears above your...
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    Take the .NET ParallelExtensions Tour

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      See how to really speed things up with the new ParallelExtensions in the .NET 4.0 Framework.  These extensions to the framework make it super easy to add support for parallel computing and let you take advantage of all those multi-core processors...
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    Customizing Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7

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    IE 8 comes with Windows 7. Organizations who are interested to customize IE 8 as companies like eBay, Yahoo and Google did don’t have to look too far; the solution is the Internet Explorer Administration Kit , which is freely available at Microsoft Technet...
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    Internet Explorer 9 posts Impressive Initial Performance Numbers

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    Last month at MIX10 , Microsoft released a preview of IE9 and gave earlier reviewers a glimpse of what was in store for performance improvements with the new browser version. Microsoft SunSpider Benchmark Tests Show IE9 Runs Faster than IE8 The WebKit...
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    Tab Isolation in Internet Explorer 8

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    Ever wonder what Tab isolation is really all about and and how it can help protect you from browser crashes? Tab isolation is a way to improve a browser’s reliability by containing the impact of a crash. Depending on how it’s implemented, tab isolation...
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    Using the Windows Identity Foundation SDK with Visual Studio 2010

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    Looking to get started building the next generation of applications using the Windows Identity Framework and Visual Studio 2010? Windows Identity Foundation enables .NET developers to externalize identity logic from their application, improving developer...
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    ARCast.TV - Improving SharePoint Development with WCF Services

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    In this interview , Sahil Malik , a SharePoint expert and Microsoft MVP, shares with Zhiming Xue , a.k.a. “Dr. Z”, his extensive experiences on SharePoint (MOSS) development. Mr. Malik describes a SharePoint development approach that relies on WCF...
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    Silverlight for Symbian Developer Experience

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    Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight might have stolen the show at the MIX10 conference last month – but one of the best stories at MIX was the announcement that Silverlight would also be supported on the Nokia Symbian S60 operating system… Check out this...
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    Best RSS Feeds for Office and SharePoint 2010 Developers

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    Looking for a great way to consolidate and digest all the great information coming out on a daily basis for Office and SharePoint 2010 development? Check-out this blog post for all the headlines from July 1, 2009 to present for all of the Office and SharePoint...
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    Understanding Windows Phone 7 Platform

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    Microsoft distinguished engineer Istvan Cseri presented a great session at MIX10 about Windows Phone Application Platform Architecture . He explains the five key components of the Windows Phone 7 architecture – hardware foundation, software architecture...
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    Windows 7 Multitouch Application Helps Streamline Business-critical Operations

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    Named one of “America’s 200 Best Small Companies” by Forbes magazine in 2009, Tyler Technologies built a Windows 7 multitouch solution for a public sector customer. Using the Windows 7 operating system for its enhanced touch capabilities, and the upcoming...
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    CSC Uses Windows Azure Platform to Offer Managed Hosted Software as a Service

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    Hong Choing has written an article that details how CSC, a global leader in  providing technology-enabled solutions and services, is leveraging Windows Azure to provide their Legal Solutions Suite® Software as a Service. Legal Solutions Suite creates...
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