April, 2009

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    Alpha Version of Windows Logo Testing Kit Ready April 14

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    In an announcement to subcribers of the Windows Logo program, the first community preview of the Windows Logo Test Kit will be available for download April 14. The toolkit is a simple, light-weight, automated command-line tool to verify an application’s compliance against the Logo requirements. It generates a compliance report based on the outcome of the Logo tests. You may opt-in HERE to be notified via email when the Alpha toolkit is released. The validations performed by the toolkit are...
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    Walkthrough to Get Your Applications Ready for Windows 7

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    The release candidate (RC) for Windows 7 is just around the corner. Dates for the Windows 7 RC were announced earlier this week. This blog posting is meant to be a one-stop introduction to next steps for the process of getting your application Windows 7-compatible and then lighting up your application with the new features in Windows 7. This is a real opportunity for your company to lead in your market. The Microsoft Partner Program has a good list of Windows 7 resources of ISVs including white...
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    Nominate Your Startup for Windows 7 Innovation Week

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    We are inviting nominations for Innovation Week for Startups interested in building Windows 7 applications that target the following scenarios: Windows touch (ink, multi-touch gesture support, handwriting recognition) applications Sensor network applications (GPS, light, motion) Rich client/animation applications If selected, Incubation Week will provide an opportunity to: Learn and build next generation application on Windows 7 platform with the help of on-site advisors. ...
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    Opportunities for ISVs to Step-up, Subscribe, Upgrade, Switch to Visual Studio, MSDN

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    There are a number of great opportunities for ISVs that are currently available for Visual Studio and MSDN subscripltions. Click on the links to find out more about each offer, the eligibility, and the benefits. 1. Step-up to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 and save up to 30% Step-up to Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Development, Database, Architecture, Test Editions, or Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite at up to a 30% discount. Valid December 1, 2008 to June 30...
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    SQL Server 2008 Updates Reporting Services, Office Integration, Data Mining, and More

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    Several updates are available for SQL Server 2008 at the download center. SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 . Includes cumulative update 1 to 3, Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates, Slipstream, Service Pack Uninstall, and Report Builder 2.0 Click Once capability. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition Service Pack 1 . SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs. Microsoft...
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    Windows 7 Release Candidate Dates Announced

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    The Windows Team has announced the availability dates for Windows 7 in blog tonight, Windows 7 Release Candidate Update . Brandon LeBlanc writes, "I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th." You can see what is new since the beta release in posting on Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC A few more changes from Beta to RC… Compatibility Readiness...
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    Leverage Web Technologies for Windows Mobile with Mobile Widgets

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    A new programming paradigm called mobile widgets has emerged in response to these recent trends. Widgets enable web developers to write application-like experiences that run outside of the existing browser, but are powered by the same technologies [HTML, JavaScript and CSS]. Widget Platform gives your Mobile application the same to look and feel, to the end user, as a normal standalone application does. They have their own start menu icon, they show up as an individual apps in task manager and...
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    First Look of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 Available On Demand During May, June

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    Introducing Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 is a set of Webcasts that will available on demand from msdev.com during May and June to give you an indepth look at the upcoming framework. Links are provided here for the Webcasts. You can see them as the come online. Overview of Visual Studio 2010, .Net 4.0, and Managed Languages Provides an overview of Visual Studio 2010, and .NET 4.0 including a brief explanation of the most significant new features. Also includes a discussion...
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    Draw User Interface Ideas Soon Using SketchFlow

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    How many times have you sat down and drawn out your application design literally on a napkin? Those early stage designs provide the powerful insights into what you want your application to do. But what if you can turn those diagrams into something that works? Or at least something that helps you think through your application? S. Somasegar, Microsoft's Senior Vice President of Developer Division, has announced a set of tools that add on to Expression Blend 3 called SketchFlow on his blog at Prototyping...
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    Reasons to Consider Using ASP.NET MVC in Your Web Projects

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    Dan Wahlin has pulled together his top five reasons to take a closer look at ASP.NET MVC . Wahlin is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional who looks at ASP.NET MVC from a developer perspective. His article in Dr. Dobbs Journal is entitled 5 Reasons For Taking a Closer Look at ASP.NET MVC . ASP.NET MVC enables you to build Model View Controller (MVC) applications by using the ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the clear separation...
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    Learn How to Decrease Time to Market in Business Action Virtual Tour

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    Join us for the Business Action Virtual Tour worldwide next week. The tour shows how you can get to market quicker using Microsoft technologies. We know that differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. If you’ve considered using Dynamics CRM as a line-of-business platform, Silverlight or WPF to build compelling experiences, Office or SharePoint to build on the familiar skills of your end-users or Partner-Hosting or Azure Services...
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    NEW “How Do I” Videos for Windows Azure

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    New HDI videos for Windows Azure were posted online. One of the most exciting ones shows accessing Live Framework from PHP apps ! There are even Code snippets included where relevant. This is really cool stuff that you should check out if you are planning in, or interested in, moving your application into the cloud. Visit the overall HDI landing page regularly and sign up for the RSS feeds . The HDIs are a great tool to get a first look into the Microsoft Cloud Platform without installing the CTP...
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    High Schools, Students Offered Free Web Design Software Through DreamSpark

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    DreamSpark program now includes high school students worldwide. DreamSpark, originally available only to University students, makes professional-level developer and designer tools as well as access to training available to students at no charge. The program supports and advances student learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities . DreamSpark for University students was announced just over 12 months ago, and since then, there have been nearly...
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    Dates Updated for Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs

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    Your company is invited to participate in a half-day, complimentary Windows 7 AppCompat Lab ($1,000 value). This offering will give you the opportunity to test your application on Windows 7 in order to determine compatibility and performance characteristics. Work with Microsoft Technology Architects at a Microsoft Technology Center to understand how to manage and optimize your product for Windows 7. The purpose of these labs is to assist ISVs verify that your applications will run on Windows...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Pushed to Users in April

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    Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 will get a notification through Automatic Update about Internet Explorer 8. Unlike other updates, which can download and install automatically per the user's settings, IE8 may download to the PC -- but it requires the user's consent to install. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time...
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    Expand What Your Application Does Using Web 2.0 APIs

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    Scott Hanselman has put together a blog posting that provides the source code and application programmer interfaces (APIs) for you to use .NET Framework for you to access information in Web 2.0 sites. His posting is named The Weekly Source Code 22 - C# and VB .NET Libraries to Digg, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Live Services, Google and other Web 2.0 APIs . You'll find links to source code and Hanselmann's review of the code and how it works. You'll also see code snippetts so you can check...
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    Exchange 2010 Beta Highlights S+S

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    The first public beta of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, part of Microsoft’s unified communications family, was released today. You can get the beta from Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Try It . Exchange 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products and is the first server in a new generation of Microsoft server technology built from the ground up to work on-premises and as an online service. This release of Exchange 2010 introduces a new integrated e-mail archive and features...
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    Alpha of the Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit Released

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    The alpha toolkit for the Windows 7 Software Logo Program is now available. The toolkit provides you with a quick and agile, automated, light weight command-line tool to verify their application’s compliance against the technical requirements . The toolkit is being made available and supported through the Windows 7 Software Logo Connect site . Anyone can access the connect site, but to download the alpha toolkit or leave feedback, you need to have an invitation code. Sign up to receive updates...
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    Getting Started with Live Tools for Visual Studio

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    When you use hotmail.com or Live Messenger or even Live Search, you've used Live Services. Live Services include more than 15 services and is part of Azure Services Platform . Users can share files, photos, and contacts, synchronize them automatically between different devices, and more. As ISVs your applications, with user permission, can interact with all these services. You can get an idea of the Live Services that are available to you as an software developer: Identity service supports...
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    SharePoint Server Service Pack Begins Groundwork for SharePoint 2010

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    Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server SP2 include fixes and enhancements designed to improve performance, availability, and stability in your server farms. SP2 provides the groundwork for future major releases of SharePoint Products and Technologies. For more information, see Service Pack 2 Overview . Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox support are updated. SP2 introduces a new Upgrade Checker, also known as stsadm operation preupgradecheck , to check if the server...
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    Windows Server 2008 Foundation Offers ISVs Opportunity to Sell Software as Appliance

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    If you sell your product onto servers for very small businesses, Microsoft has a new Windows Server for you and your customers. Windows Server 2008 Foundation was announced this week and available in the second half of 2009. It's designed for businesses with 15 or fewer users purchasing new systems. It is Windows Server 2008 so it already runs your Windows Server software. The idea is for Foundation to be the first Server for businesses. It is sold only by Original Equipment Manfacturers (OEMs...
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    Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Beta Offers Live Migration, Provisioning

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    ISVs are using Hyper-V to test and host applications. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) offers a centralized way to manage your virtual machines, whether they be on Hyper-V , Virtual PC, or VMWare. Use VMM to manage the great new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta including: Live Migration Clustered Shared Volumes “Hot add” storage to virtualized infrastructure Use the VMM console to manage the virtual machines. Administrators can migrate virtual machines among...
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    BizTalk Server 2009 Supports Latest Platforms, Enhances Developer Productivity

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    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 has now shipped. It introduces enhancements and new featured in four main areas: Support for the latest platforms from Microsoft including server, database and development environment. Enhanced developer productivity and new application life cycle management experience for development teams. New capabilities for implementing agile SOA integration solutions across heterogeneous technologies and Line of Business systems. Enhanced B2B and RFID...
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    Azure Services Platform Training Kit, Management Tools Get Update

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    Updates to the Azure Services Platform Training Kit and Azure Services Management Tools have been released. Azure Services Platform Training Kit Update Today we released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit. The first Azure Services Training Kit was released during the week of PDC and it contained all of the PDC hands-on labs. Since then, the Azure Services Evangelism team has been creating new content covering new features in the platform. The Azure Services Training Kit...
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    Partners Invited to Virtual Windows 7 Readiness Day

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    Please join us for Windows 7 Virtual Readiness Day online on May 9. The online meeting begins at 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern. At this event you will have the opportunity to learn about Windows 7, the next-generation operating system from Microsoft. Online attendees can take advantage of the readiness and marketing tools made available specifically for partners to help prepare for the Windows 7 business opportunity. Windows 7 Partner Readiness Day will provide the resources you need to become...
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