June, 2009

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    Special Offers for Visual Studio, MSDN Subscriptions Continue Through June

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    Special offers are still available through the end of June for Visual Studio. For more information, see Special Offers on Visual Studio . Upgrades Available From To Special Offer Visual Studio Professional Edition with MSDN Premium Visual Studio Team System Development Edition with MSDN Premium (includes Database Edition) 30% off Visual Studio Team System Edition with MSDN Premium Visual Studio Team Suite with MSDN Premium 45% off Eclipse, ActiveState Komodo, NetBeans, Express or something else Visual...
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    Server Core Enhanced for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Server Core is ideal for hosting your Web application on Windows Server 2008 R2. You manage IIS and your application through a command line interface. The biggest advantage is a reduced attack surface, but your customers are able to deploy applications using command line or PowerShell scripts. And with Windows Server 2008 R2, you now get .NET Framework and ASP.NET. Server Core is where you run Windows Server without the graphical user interface. Think of Server Core as an application server. It means...
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    Get Started Lighting Up Windows 7 with New Training Kit

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    The Windows 7 RC Training Kit for Developers has been released part of our ongoing effort to enrich existing content and provide additional valuable content for the developer community. This version of the training kit includes 10 presentations and 8 Hand-On-Labs, covering most of the Windows 7 light-up features as well as application compatibility topics. This training kit is designed to help you learn how to build applications that shine on Windows 7 by utilizing key features such as: Taskbar Libraries...
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    Add Bing Maps Visualization To Your Applications

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    You can add maps to your application for customers to visualize geographic and location-based information by combining online maps with your data. Virtual Earth has a new name, Bing Maps . But there is no change in the enduring values of useful functionality, global coverage, performance, reliability, and a bit of “wow” factor for your Web sites and applications. You have access to rich tool sets, user forums, and enterprise-level Microsoft support for building solutions to gain, and show, more...
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    Clean Prototyping with Compositions

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    By now you’ve hopefully seen SketchFlow and how it can help you conceptualize your projects before turning them into reality. If not, I highly recommend you check out the Mix ‘09 session Sketch Flow: From Concept to Production . One of the tasks common to prototyping and actual development is planning navigation between pages (or screens). Luckily, Blend make this as easy as right-clicking on any button and choosing Navigate To – <Screen Name> . When you do this, Blend builds links into the...
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    Bing Search Launches

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    Microsoft has just released a great new search service called Bing. ISVs are using Bing for search. So we’ve put together a list of things you can try out with Bing. Here’s some cool things you can try: Better results Get hard to find information, like customer service numbers, with authoritative results. Try it. Save time with a 5 day weather forecast for your location. Try it. Find instant real time traffic for your area. Try it. Organized results Categorized search results with the Explorer Pane...
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    Getting Started with Office System as Platform for ISVs

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    New research from Forrester and reported in CIO Magazine shows most enterprises are sticking with some version of Office System productivity suite over alternatives. The research was reported in Forrester: MS Office Still Sitting Pretty in the Enterprise . In a recent survey of IT decision-makers at companies of all sizes, nearly 92 percent are supporting either Office 2007 or Office 2003 or earlier. This makes Office System a solid platform product integration with your products. Office offers several...
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    Free Online Training Courses Offered for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, .NET Framework 4.0

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    This free online video training series, Looking at Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 in the Technology Community Preview ,  for developers is an early look at the new Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. It includes sessions covering Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0 Framework, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, Velocity, Parallel Computing, Test Driven Development, and Visual Studio Team System 2010. Each session is a half hour to hour long.  Here are the sessions and released dates: Introduction to...
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    Online Training Courses Offered for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    MSDev.com is providing a set of free online courses for developers for Windows Server 2008 R2. Built on the proven foundation of Windows Server technology, the R2 release expands on existing technology and adds a host of new features. In this series of webcasts, you’ll get to know Windows Server 2008 R2, learn about what’s changed and get a jump start on developing for this new platform. Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 is for developers. Sessions include: Introduction to New Features . This session...
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    Extend Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Using SDK

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    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features. It lets you create extensions to Visual Studio itself like those you can find on VS Gallery .  ISVs often use extensions to help developers on their teams incorporate their company’s coding guidance and methods. Jason Zander, General...
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    Microsoft, Sun Announce Interoperability Best Practices Project at JavaOne

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    The majority of professional developers rely on .NET or a combination of .NET and Java. As ISVs you are selling into enterprises where interoperability can be key to your sale. Microsoft and Sun have announced that Sun will participate in the Apache “Stonehenge” project , which was created by Microsoft, WS02, Red Hat and Progress Software last fall. Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development; Steven Martin , Senior Director, Developer Platform Product Management;...
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    Build Out Your Web Servers Using Free Tools in Web Platform Installer

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    Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president .NET Developer Division, describes the Microsoft Web Platform Installer that makes installing and configuring web server and web development stacks really easy in his posting Microsoft Web Platform Installer . ISVs can use Web Platform Installer to be sure customer sites are ready to accept your software. And you can use it to help build out your test servers. It is a free tool that you can download from the Microsoft site for Web . Here’s the direct link...
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    More Gadgets Run on Windows, Get Better User Interfaces

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    You can now build more attractive user interfaces on embedded devices using skills your developers are already using. Microsoft introduced the latest version of its operating system for gadgets called Windows Embedded CE . There are already one billion devices made each year that are neither computers nor cell phones that have embedded processors. These include industrial robots, medical test equipment and digital signs, many of which already use versions of Windows CE. We’re extending the operating...
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    IIS SEO Toolkit Beta Now Available

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    Today, we announced the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit Beta – a free toolkit that helps Web developers, hosting providers, and server administrators improve their sites’ relevance in search results by recommending how to make them more search engine-friendly. The SEO Toolkit Beta is available for installation via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta . The IIS SEO Toolkit Beta is a piece of the larger Microsoft Web Platform strategy, which enables developers and end-users to...
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    Developing for Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile

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    At last you can now download the latest SDK for Windows Mobile 6.5. Check out these features http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=20686a1d-97a8-4f80-bc6a-ae010e085a6e Overview The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This document contains important information about this package. For general...
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    General Availability for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Set for October

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    Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be broadly available about the same time. Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division, has announced the general dates at Computex, the largest computer exhibition in Asia and the second largest in the world. Windows 7 will be released to manufacturers (RTM) in the second half of July. The announcement was also made on the Windows Team blog at The Date for General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 is...
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    Free Training for Getting Started as a Developer

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    While I suspect that most who read this blog are seasoned developers, others are here looking for tips on how to get started and how to take the next step as a professional or hobbyist. For those who would like to start at the beginning, Microsoft provides free training courses online and free tools at Development for Beginners . Find your path to success in a centralized learning environment specifically targeted to beginning programmers at Development for Beginners. The rich array of content starts...
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    You’re Invited for Half-Day Windows 7 Application Compatibility Labs Across the US

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    You’re invited to the next Windows 7 AppCompat Labs at Microsoft Technology Centers across the US in June. The purpose of these labs is to assist you in verifying that your applications will run on Windows 7 and provide feedback to the Windows product group as issues arise. 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 to determine compatibility and performance...
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    New Storage Features Come to Windows Azure

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    New storage features have been released as part of Windows Azure. The Windows Azure storage team announced the update on their blog at New Windows Azure Storage Features – May 2009 . Features described include: Entity Group Transactions for Windows Azure Table – It is now possible to perform a transaction across entities stored within the same table and same partition. Copy Blob for Windows Azure Blob – We now allow applications to copy a blob from a source blob to a destination blob within the same...
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    Community Preview for “Oslo” Released

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    A new community preview of “ Oslo ” has been released May CTP. "Oslo" is the code name for Microsoft’s next generation modeling platform. This CTP includes: "Quadrant" – a visual modeling tool "M" – a modeling language Repository – a SQL Server 2008 database to store models UML domain models and a loader to import UML diagrams in XMI format into the repository CLR domain models and a loader to import .NET assemblies into the repository Oslo consists of four primary components...
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