February, 2009

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    So What's the Story About Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View?

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    The Internet Explorer 8 team has committed to interoperability and Web standards. It means that viewing pages in IE8 Standards Mode isn’t opt-in , it’s the way the product works out of the box . The Internet Explorer 8 team has put together a blog posting, entitled Just The Facts: Recap of Compatibility View . The posting explains what the team has done with Internet Explorer."We want to both respect the site author’s intent AND create a positive end user experience," the posting says. There...
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    Prevent Clickjacking on Your Site with a Metatag

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    Clickjacking is one of those nightmare situtations for your customers. And the attack on your Web site is one of those common attacks. A metatag can help make the Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attack ineffective. The Internet Explorer 8 team has been working on how to effectively mintigate the vulnerability. In a blog posting, IE8 Security Part VII: ClickJacking Defenses , the team describes the issue and provides a solution for ISVs. In the posting the team says, "ClickJacking is a term which...
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    DreamSpark, BizSpark Programs Help Students, Startups

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    The DreamSpark program has added high school students to those who qualify for Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge. Both college and high school students can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career. If you know of students who qualify, send them to DreamSpark site to get starated. Students can get XNA Game Studio, Visual Studio 2008 Professional, Windows Server 2008 Standard, It Academy Student...
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    Get Started with Azure Services Platform 'How Do I' Videos

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    The first nine 'How Do I' videos show how to get started writing for Azure Services Platform . Videos are short, about 10 minutes each. The videos include code snippets so you can follow along. these are task-oriented, so you can see exactly what is include in the video from the title. Here's the list of the first set of videos: Windows Azure Get Started Developing on Windows Azure? Deploy a Windows Azure Application Store Blobs in Windows Azure Storage? Leverage Queues in Windows...
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    You're Invited to XamlFest DC - March 4 + 5

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    The XamlFest US Tour continues, this time stopping in the DC metro area at Reston, Virginia. The invitation appears below - please join us there! jmp Description Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest! XamlFest...
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    Moonlight 1.0 Ships, Brings Silverlight to Linux

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    Novell has announced the official 1.0 release of Moonlight , an open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight. The release lets users of the Linux to view content compatible with Silverlight 1.0. Silverlight 1.0 now runs on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Moonlight is distributed as a Firefox plugin and can be downloaded from the official Moonlight web site. It supports 32-bit and 64-bit systems and has been tested against several Linux distributions, including openSUSE...
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    Silverlight Tools Offered for Eclipse

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    Eclipse tools for Silverlight project has announced the release of , an Eclipse IDE plug-in for developers to create applications that run on the Microsoft Silverlight. The project was launched in October . You can view demos that gives an overview of the developer experience of creating a basic Silverlight application in Eclipse, shows how collaborating with a designer could work, and finally you’ll see a sample Silverlight application talking to a Java web service. For more information, see...
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    Windows Presentation Foundation, .NET Framework 4 Serves as User Interface Base for Upcoming Beta of Visual Studio 2010

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    The user interface for Visual Studio 2010 will be based on Windows Presentation Foundation and .Net Framework 4.0 technologies. it will leverage WPF's capabilities for rich text display, multiple Windows support, and improved rendering of geometry. The user interface was shown at VSLive Conference in San Francisco. Developers will find it easier to organize products and source code. Advanced editor extensions make it simpler to provide data; references are offered for navigating source code, and...
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    Big Savings Now on for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio Team System 2008

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    Depending on the Visual Studio solution you already use, you can select and save up to 30 percent when you step up to either Visual Studio 2008 Team Editions or Visual Team System 2008 Team Suite. MSDN Attach. Save up to $500 on a MSDN Subscription. For a limited time, save up to $500 when you add a MSDN Premium or MSDN Professional subscription to Visual Studio 2005 Edition or Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition license. Plus, if you start a new 2- or 3-year MSDN Premium or MSDN Professional...
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    www.microsoft.com Now Runs on Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 , the next version of Windows Server that is current in beta, is running one of the world's busiest Web sites, www.microsoft.com . If you look closely at the headers, you'll see that www.microsoft.com is being handled by a server reporting as “Microsoft-IIS/7.5”. IIS 7.5 is the Web server in Windows Server 2008 R2, that also includes IIS Extensions such as FTP , WebDAV and the IIS Administration Pack . Windows Server 2008 R2 also provides full ASP.NET support on Server Core...
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    Videos, Fact Sheets Help You Explore Internet Explorer 8 Features

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    Great new customer facing content is now available around Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for developers & IT professionals. The content includes a series of 28 How Do I Video’s, 10 Virtual labs, and a series of corresponding fact sheets with code snippets to highlight key features in IE8. Internet Explorer 8 “How Do I” Video Series (28 videos) Short “YouTube” style videos around key features/functionality in IE8. Each video covers quick/short overview of the feature (what it does), why you...
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    E-Book Covers Microsoft Virtualization Technologies

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    A new e-book covers all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies even the newest, such as the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and VDI. You will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V , System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2009 , Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 , Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization...
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    SharePoint Developers Get Big Boost in Visual Studio 2010

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    SharePoint developers who write software for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or Windows SharePoint Services will get a boost from Visual Studio 2010 according to S. "Soma" Somaseger, senior vice president of the Microsoft developer division He wrote in his blog entry, SharePoint tools support in Visual Studio , that Visual STudio would provide two major features: Project templates, designers, and deployment infrastructure that will make any .NET developer instantly more productive on the...
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    Join Front Runner for Technical, Marketing Support for Your Projects

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    Want to be among the first to develop on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or Microsoft User Experience technologies including Silverlight , Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Vista or IE8? Join Front Runner for Innovate On , our early adopter program that helps you get to market faster, giving you both technical and marketing support. Here are some of the benefits from joining Front Runner: Targeted Training Telephone Technical Support Test Fee Waiver Project Planning Support and...
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    Support Statement for VB 6.0 on Windows 7

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    Evangelism is primarliy focused on forward looking technologies, but I often get many questions about legacy support for VB 6.0 amongst ISVs. Many of those ISVs with legacy VB code will sleep a little better knowing that Microsoft has just updated their support statement for the core Visual Basic 6.0 runtime to include supported for the full lifetime of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. This is five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support as documented here: http:...
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    Microsoft Rolls Out 'My Phone' Syncing Service - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

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    Very exciting news! Microsoft has formally introduced My Phone, a free service that enables users to sync content between their Windows smartphones and the Web. My Phone, backs up a phone's contacts, calendar, text messages, media, Office documents and tasks once daily or on demand. It also lets you edit your PIM information or upload photos to your phone using the Web. On your phone, you can select which items you want to back up. Bottomline - My Phone helps you manage your phone, sync your information...
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    Submit Your Silverlight Game for a Chance to Win $5000

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    Have an idea for a Silverlight game? You can join in the fun in the Silverlight Developer Contest with your game at www.serverquestcontest.com . Use the Silverlight SDK to build your game, then submit it to the ServerQuest site. Prizes will be determined by the overall user of Silverlight, number of features used, and the popularity of your game. The contest ends April 30. And you'll be able to play the top 15 games on April 1. The winner will be announced May 25. As of this posting, there...
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    Developers Ramp Up on SharePoint Server

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    Ramp Up* program for developers has just launched a brand-new learning track: SharePoint for Developers, Part 2 . This track, along with the other currently offered ones such as Visual Studio 2008, teaches important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. We have high hopes for this track, especially since the first one was record-setting. Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based program that can help users save time in learning Microsoft technology. The...
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    Model-driven Development Platform 'Oslo' Gets Community Preview Update

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    The Microsoft "Oslo" team has updated the community technology preview (CTP) and release its software developer kit (SDK). Oslo provides you with tools, SDK, and experience to help you and your users model data and processes. "Oslo" is the code name for the Microsoft's next generation application development platform. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain across the application lifecycle (design, development, and management). "Oslo" leverages domain-specific models, languages...
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    Insure Application Compatability with Ecosystem Readiness Program Tools, Resources

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    The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Ecosystem Readiness Program now features tools and resources for ISVs to test existing applications, devices, and systems to ensure compatibility. The program is for hardware and software partners only. You can join the program at Software partners can join by going to: www.msdn.com/windows You can get access to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta builds, development and test toolkits, technical documents and application testing labs via Microsoft...
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    Enterprise-Class Data Warehousing for Less With SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse

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    Three hardware vendors and Microsoft have develop a set of configurations to provide customers with a faster, less expensive path to creating data warehouses , called SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse . The offering comes from the DataAllegro acquistion. Preconfigured hardware from Bull, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard is designed to let you build data warehouses for as little as $13,000 per terabyte. The configurations provide a appliance-like experience for data warehousing. Hardware vendors will...
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    Jumpstart Your Web Application with Free Hosting

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    Free hosting offerings have been launched to help jump start your Web applications. That includes ASP.NET or PHP apps. Microsoft partners will host your application or Website on the most up-to-date Web platform, and you get a great deal. You get Free hosting for 60 days*. Free Microsoft Expression Web** ($299 value) Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition. Free $100 Microsoft adCenter search advertising credit. Here's the summary of what can be included: ...
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    Innovation of Your Very Being

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    Sometimes it's valuable to pause for a moment and look at a bigger picture, at ourselves, and how we relate to our callings. Microsoft Research Principal Scientist Bill Buxton offers some tips on how to keep innovating in an article he wrote for Business Week, How to Keep Innovating . He explains, "The dogged pursuit of excellence might be the wrong strategy." Buxton explains that the tought is peculiar, perhaps provocative. To me, his thesis is about how we can approach our passions, our professional...
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    Windows Phones, Windows Marketplace for Mobile Announced

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    The latest version of Windows Mobile operating system for smartphones was announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The new Windows Mobile 6.5-based phones will feature a completely redesigned user interface and an improved browsing experience. Microsoft also announced other new software products for Windows phones: My Phone , to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web. Windows ® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone...
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    Getting Started with BI with Bite-sized Webcasts

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    Lynn Langit has put together a series of 33 bite-sized Webcasts on business intelligence (BI). The Webcasts are 5 to 15 minutes long. And there's 33 parts on SQL Server Analysis Services. So you can zero-in on what you're interested in. For more information see Lynn's posting at 'How Do I...BI?' screencasts available . Join the experts as they discuss the numerous ways that Microsoft BI solutions can help you, your team, and your entire organization think bigger and improve business performance...
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