April, 2009

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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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    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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    'Velocity' Preview Boasts Security, Performance Enchancements, Updated API

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    Code Name “Velocity” CTP3 has been released. This release contains several security and performance enhancements and a new cache notifications feature. Cache notifications allows clients to be notified when changes are made at either the key, region, or cache level. In addition, it also includes numerous refactorings to its application programmer interface (API) making it more conformant to the .NET Framework guidelines as well as easier to consume. "Velocity" is a distributed in-memory application...
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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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    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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    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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    How Do Those Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs Work?

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    So just how do those Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs work? We asked the team who works the labs with you. Here's the questions and answers: 1) Can I get some details of what is a typical experience for this lab? Do I have somebody working with me all the time? Do I get shown a lab environment and use it on my own with questions answered as needed? The lab will be setup with the Base Win7 OS(x86 /x64) and will have Visual Studio. Since there will be two customers at the same time...
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    How to Update to Windows 7 Release Candidate

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    The Windows 7 team has asked that those who have upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta restore your PC to Vista before upgrading to Windows 7 Release Candidate. On a team blog posting Delivering a quality upgrade experience , the engineering team wrote, “As an extended member of the development team and a participant in the Beta program that has helped us so much, we want to ask that you experience real-world setup and provide us real-world telemetry.” The team acknowledges the issues...
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    Resources for ISVs Available on MSDEV.COM

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    For the past year ISV Innovation has been the home to our ISV focused developer enablement activities that are specifically focused on broad scale ISV developer Web based training. And now, the site has been updated into MSDEV.COM . You will find web seminars, virtual events, live events on .NET Framework, business development, cloud computing, Exchange, Expression, high performance computing, Hyper-V, Internet Explorer, IIS, Dynamics, Office System, VSTO, SharePoint, Next Web, Web UI, Silverlight...
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    Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 Ships

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    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. You can update any SQL Server 2008 edition. Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains all the cumulative updates and fixes issued since SQL Server 2008 was released in August 2008. It also makes it easier to deploy SQL Server 2008. A few specific features have been added: A feature called Slipstream allows users to install the database and service pack at once, easing the process of loading the software onto hundreds or thousands of servers. ...
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    SharePoint Designer Now Available For Free

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    You can now use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to automate your business processes, build efficient applications on top of the Microsoft SharePoint platform, and tailor your SharePoint site to your needs. And you can do so for free. The Office System team has announced that SharePoint Designer is now available as a free download from SharePoint Designer 2007 . Going forward, SharePoint Designer will ship simultaneously with our next release of SharePoint. Expression Web and the full Expression...
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    Generate a Server-side Documents Using PowerTools for OpenXML

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    ISVs often want to be able to take data and generate documents. It's a common batch processing scenario. The hard part has been figuring out how to generate the documents without putting 2007 Office System on the server. After all, it wasn't meant for servers. Lawrence Hodson has written a blog posting entitled Generating a document using PowerTools for Open XML and PowerShell . He takes this scenario and shows how to create a report from WMI data. The scenario could be enhanced to use data from...
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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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    Live Framework Examples Interop with Many Technologies

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    A code gallery for Live Framework samples and posted six new samples not included in the Live Framework SDK have been updated. The samples show how you can access and participate with users and Windows Live information with your applications. Sample Name Description Technologies Used Livefx Office Addins Demonstrates how to integrate Live Framework capabilities with Office products using the Live Framework .NET Toolkit. C#, Visual Studio Tools for...
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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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    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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    Join in a Windows Client Training Event for Line of Business Developers

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    WPF for LOB Tour (Line of Business Applications) is a two-day training event designed to teach developers how to create Line of Business (LOB) applications using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). · Day One is an introduction to the WPF graphics subsystem, the tools used to build WPF applications, and the core UI services: styling, data binding, templating, layout and input- · The second day begins with interop (Windows Forms and Win32) and then quickly dives into LOB topics, including...
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    Sign up Now for Windows 7 Compatiblity Labs at a Nearby MTC

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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. You will have the opportunity to work with Microsoft Technology Architects at a Microsoft Technology Center to gain understanding of how to manage and optimize your product in a Windows 7 environment. The purpose of these labs is to assist...
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    Tool Analyzes Your Crashes to Determine Security Exploits

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    !exploitable Crash Analyzer , a tool that helps you identify security holes in your software, has been released by the Microsoft Security Engineering Center . The release includes source code and binaries for both x86 and x64. "!exploitable" is pronounced “bang exploitable”. The program is a Windows Debugger extension that identifies crashes that occur during application development and testing and attempts to group them and highlight their security implications. The tool first creates hashes...
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    CTP for ADO.NET Data Services Adds Features For Row Count, Paging, BLOB, and more

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    Data Programmability team released the first CTP of the upcoming ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 . This release represents a preview of the enhancements being made to both the client and server aspects of ADO.NET Data Services in its next version. It introduces numerous new features that will make the data service development experience much stronger, including: · Row count · Server-driven paging · Entity Containment · Friendly Feeds · BLOB streams · Dynamic data service providers...
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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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    Discover a new way to build line of business applications at Chicago May 4th and Mountain View, CA May 6th

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    Microsoft Business Action World Tour: The place to see a new way to build line of business applications. Imagine a development system that could give you the ability to rapidly build line of business solutions, perhaps saving up to 70 percent of your development time. Would that be of interest to you? Imagine the same system already coming pre-built with the capability to be multi-tenant and multi-lingual. Would that save your development team some coding hours? How about a pre built form designer...
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    You're Invited to XamlFest Chicago - April 29 + 30

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    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 is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s also chance...
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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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