July, 2009

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    How to Get Started Now with Touch in Your Windows 7 Applications

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    Martin Heller at Infoworld has put together an article that describes why and how ISVs can support Touch and Multi-Touch in Windows 7 applications and Silverlight 3 applications. The article is entitled, Targeting Windows 7? Support touch . He says, “Many Microsoft Windows developers have ignored touch support; it's time for that to change.” In fact, all Windows programs should be touchable. Supporting Touch will get your applications noticed in the marketplace. Just as accessible software benefits...
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    First Preview Released for ASP.NET MVC Version 2

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    Scott Guthrie , vice president of Microsoft Developer Division, has announced the preview of next version of ASP.NET MVC in his blog posting ASP.NET MVC V2 Preview 1 Released . The preview works with .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008, and can be installed side-by-side on the same machine as ASP.NET MVC 1.0. ASP.NET MVC V2 will include a bunch of new capabilities and features. This preview includes: Templated Helpers . You can automatically associate edit and display elements with data types. For example,...
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    What will you manage with Microsoft Dynamics xRM - its not just about Sales and Marketing anymore

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    I spend much of my time talking with solution developers and architects to convince them that they can build many systems using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 as a development platform or Microsoft Dynamics xRM. Time afer time we see opportunities where development companies can get their solutions to market faster by leveraging our Dynamics xRM platform however the question is still asked, do you have some examples of what can be built. Now we have a video that can really show you what can be built...
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    Partners Report Higher Profits with Microsoft Web Platform

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    According to IPED research, “Solution providers who partner with Microsoft earn higher profits—in some cases 40% higher—than those who partner with open-source vendors.” Independent report (funded by Microsoft) finds that Microsoft partners have a higher sales closure ratio and larger deal size, and are more often able to solicit repeat business. These are just a few reasons our partners succeed over counterparts whose Web-based commerce solutions are built on open-source technologies. To read the...
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    Windows 7 Incubation Week In Reston, VA

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    Are you or do you want to be an Entrepreneur ? Do you have a great idea about a software product or service ? Could you use technical expertise from Microsoft experts to implement your idea? Could you use exposure of your product and company through the Microsoft channels ? If your answer to one ore more of the questions above was yes, then the incubation week is for YOU and best of all, it is free! To apply or if you have any question simply apply by contacting Sanjay Jain or Ashish Jaiman...
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    Transactional Memory Technology Supports Multi-Core Development

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    Today we made available STM.NET on MSDN DevLabs . STM.NET is an experimental enhanced version of .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 that enables software transactional memory for C# programmers. S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President Developer Division, announced the project in a blog posting, STM.NET on DevLabs . Transactional memory is a technology that frees developers from worrying about the mechanics of fine-grained locking and synchronization in multithreaded applications by providing transactional semantics...
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    Customer Value Proposition Resources for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    As IVS you may be approaching your customers to talk about the value of you supporting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. And for that discussion, you may be looking for resources that describe the value proposition for your customers. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date. So what is story that applies for your customers? #1 Compatibility. Windows 7 is highly compatible with...
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    Windows 7 Offers Faster Graphics

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    Windows 7 will offer significantly improved graphics performance over its predecessors due new abilities to more efficiently delegate work to 3D graphics cards. In an article posted on InformationWeek, Windows 7 Promises Faster Graphics , Windows 7 is said to be the first Windows operating system to treat the graphics processing unit (GPU) as a real peer to the CPU. ISVs writing applications with heavy graphics requirements, including gamers, engineers, artists, and others can take advantage of the...
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    Tool Helps Assess Cost of Windows Azure

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    ISVs can monitor how many computing resources it requires when running on Windows Azure and find out how people are using it using a tool from PreEmptive . The tool is part of a new release of its existing Dotfuscator Suite. PreEmptive's tool allows applications to be monitored for usage behavior as well as resource consumption on the platform. The tool helps you decide which components of an application they may want to host on Azure and which parts they may want to sell for an on-premise deployment...
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    Microsoft Wave Site Offers Look at Cool Software, Hardware

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    Microsoft Wave is now online to show off the cool software and hardware Microsoft develops. That includes Live Mesh , Photosynth , pptPlex , Songsmith , WorldWide Telescope , AutoCollage , DeepZoom , Tag , Surface , Xbox Project Natal and some Xbox games. You know, the cool stuff. "Microsoft Wave is a cool new site from our UK team that is something we've long been without - a cool site that isn't trying to sell anything, simply showing the breadth of cool technology that Microsoft is involved...
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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile Accepts Apps, Contest Announced

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    You can now post your application onto Windows Marketplace for Mobile . Submissions for mobile-device applications will be accepted from 29 supported countries. Todd Brix made the announcement on a blog posting on the Windows Team site titled The Race to Market . Windows Marketplace for Mobile will go live this fall. Initially Windows Marketplace for Mobile will support applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Windows Marketplace for Mobile will also be available to Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 devices...
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    Resources for PHP on Windows Server IIS

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    Here’s a collation of links for PHP+IIS with a sprinkle of Silverlight. I got these links from various places and a big chunk of them was from my colleagues across different geographies. Installing PHP on IIS Microsoft Web Platform – PHP on Windows Microsoft Web Platform Installer – The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download, install and keep up-to-date with the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services...
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    Deep Zoom Composer Updated, Supports Silverlight 3

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    Deep Zoom Composer has been updated and is now available to download.  Deep Zoon Composer prepares images for use with the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 3. Deep Zoom in Silverlight allows your users to see images on the Web like they never have before. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing should be. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom and this tool allows the user to create...
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    Azure Tools Updated, Available for Download

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    The July 2009 Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio and the included Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to enable the creation, building, debugging, running and packaging of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure. Windows Azure launches in November 2009. Update Features...
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    Videos Show How to Connect PHP on Windows

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    You can now view offline recordings of the Connecting PHP to Microsoft Technologies Webcast presented by Sumit , who demoed PHP projects (samples toolkits, frameworks and SDK) that we announced in May ( Announcing PHP SDK for Windows Azure… and much more! ). These projects enable PHP developers to easily extent their web applications using some of the Microsoft technologies. Here’s a recap of the current projects: PHP Samples for Silverlight : add Silverlight to PHP web applications PHP Samples for...
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    Windows 7 Taskbar Extensibility

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    As Bruce mentions in his post , the Windows 7 taskbar is one of the key must-implement features in Windows 7. Thankfully, it's straight forward and relatively easy to implement these features in your applications. This video walks you through the features of the Windows 7 Taskbar describes the exensibility points for your application. Note there is no code in this video, for implementation details check out the links in Bruce's post.
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    Nominations Open for Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Reston

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    We are inviting nominations from BizSpark Startups interested in developing Windows 7 applications.  Incubation Week for Windows 7 is designed to offer following assistance to entrepreneurs. Learning and building next generation application utilizing new and unique Windows 7 capabilities with help of on-site advisors and off-shore development team Getting entrepreneurs coaching from guest speakers and a panel of industry experts Generating marketing buzz for your brand Creating opportunity to...
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing and has the same release dates to customers as Windows 7. Partners & OEMs will be able to download from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download English versions starting August 23rd. Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download English versions on August 6th. Key Features in R2 Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization tools, Web resources, management updates, and...
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    Expression 3 Ships For Designers, Developers

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      Expression 3 has launched; see Expression Web site and and download the 60 day trial . Expression 3 supports the new version of Silverlight and incorporates SketchFlow. Microsoft Expression Studio opens up a new world of creative possibility. Its professional design tools give you the freedom to make your vision real—whether you’re designing for standards-based Web sites, rich desktop experiences, or Silverlight. Expression consists of several products that are stand alone or in the Studio...
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    Special Offers Extended on Visual Studio

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    Get up to 30% off step-ups from Visual Studio Pro to a Visual Studio Team Edition, and up to 45% off step-ups from a Visual Studio Team Edition to Visual Studio Team Suite. Some restrictions apply. Offer expires September 30, 2009. Save 30% when you step up from Visual Studio Professional Edition with MSDN Premium to Visual Studio Team System Development Edition with MSDN Premium. Save 45% when you step up from any Team System Edition with MSDN Premium to Team Suite with MSDN Premium! Buy Team System...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 4: Gain Strategic Advantage Using Windows 7 Features

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. The version that goes public in October will be available in late July. So you have time to be ready before Windows 7 goes public. In parts 1 - 3 of this series, we explored the business reasons to support Windows 7 and how you can be sure your application is compatible, and three features you should incorporate right away. Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 3: Three Must Do Features For Your Users

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    Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to add value for your users. "...ISVs that are not gearing up for Windows 7 are missing an opportunity to prepare for a product that stands a much better chance of achieving widespread adoption than Windows Vista." "There are a number of things users are going to like about Windows 7. The usability features that stand out for me include the taskbar improvements, including the jump lists and the fullscreen previews." -Al Gillen, Vice...
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    Windows 7 Release Dates Announced

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    Brandon LeBlanc posted the detailed release dates for Windows 7 on The Windows Blog . Below you can find a summary of the information: For Partners & OEMs download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th . Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th . Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August...
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    Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 2: Microsoft Programs to Help Get Apps Compatible

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    Windows 7 is on it’s way. Windows 7 will be generally available (GA) on October 22. The version that goes public in October will be available for you in late July. In Getting Ready for Windows 7 Part 1: Why Be Ready for Windows 7? , we explored the business case. The first order of business is to be sure your applications are compatible with Windows 7. The steps are straightforward. And there’s plenty of help. This post will help guide you through the various programs and help you make the most out...
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    Blogs to Watch for Office 2010 Features

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    Many ISVs use Office as the platform for building front ends for data entry, integration with documents, and using a user interface that is familiar to users. If you are interested in following up on the announcements of the new features of Office 2010, the place to check out is the various Office 2010 blogs. The Office team has assembled a list of key blogs that are of interest: Blog URL Access http://blogs.msdn.com/access/ Excel http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/ Global Experience http://blogs.technet...
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