August, 2009

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    Windows 7 Available to ISVs Today

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    ISVs and customers who have MSDN or TechNet subscriptions are now able to download and use English-language version of Windows 7 today. You can get the release through MSDN and TechNet for 32-bit and 64-bit.  For more information on Windows 7 availability in other languages and other license agreements, see When will you get Windows 7 RTM? I wanted to provide some ways ISVs can take advantage of discounts and programs Microsoft has help you get the tools to write software for Windows 7. Ways...
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    Build Skills, Knowledge at SharePoint Conference 2009

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    SharePoint Conference 2009 will be the conference to learn about SharePoint 2010 . Be the first to learn about the improvements we’ve made to the platform and how many of those investments can be quickly implemented to add value to your organization and businesses. If you’re an IT Professional , an IT Decision Maker , an Architect or a Developer you’ll find a deep set of technical content to give you a kick start for SharePoint 2010 and further your skills and knowledge with SharePoint Server 2007...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Open to All

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    The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to you from TechNet . To get it, you'll fill out an online form that will redirect you to the Microsoft Download Center . You'll find Enterprise and Expression editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 in 32-bit, 64-bit, and ia64. SQL Server 2008 R2 Report Builder 3.0 is also available in the 32-bit flavor. You may also want to check out the Release Notes as well as the Readme . SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value...
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    Updated Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo for RTM Has New UI

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    The Compatible with Windows 7 software logo toolkit has been updated for RTM.  The new tool includes a graphical user interface making it easier to use.  The software logo toolkit work on the released version of Windows 7. You can get the released version of Windows 7 from MSDN or TechNet subscriptions. Once your applications are tested, you upload the results to WinQual. Once your results are uploaded, you can register your application with Compatibility Center. If you register your application...
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    Inside the Azure Pricing Model

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    Doug Hauger, Azure General Manager, owns the business side of the Windows Azure Platform pricing. How was the pricing determined? This interview on Channel 9 describes the thoughts behind the pricing and what it means to partners. Meet one of the key minds behind the Azure business model and learn about some of the reasoning used in constructing the official plan : Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services will be commercially available at the Professional Developer Conference 2009 and...
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    Put Your Data Into the Cloud with SQL Azure Community Preview

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    You can help your customers move data into the Microsoft-hosted cloud. SQL Azure allows your customers to store data, accessible through the world, scalable to their storage needs, and without the need for an expensive infrastructure. And you can use T-SQL code to build out your database, just as you do with your current SQL Server applications. You can join in is the first community technology preview of SQL Azure Database, a cloud-based relational database service built on Microsoft SQL Server...
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    Windows 7 Videos, Podcasts Find New Home on Channel 9

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    Windows 7 has found a new home on Channel 9. You can now find Windows 7 video content for users, developers, and ITPros in one location. The area of Channel 9 will accommodate future iterations of Windows, so don't just think of this as the Windows 7 area on C9. It's the home for Windows on Channel 9. If you want to learn about how to develop for Windows 7, we've categorized all of our programming content to fit neatly under a new C9 "taskbar" button, Programming Windows 7 . If you want to...
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    Integrate Data with New Microsoft Office 2010 Features

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    Microsoft Office offers real opportunities for ISVs. You’ll be enabling your customers to work together in real time, use multimedia to express ideas, and enjoy the freedom of working virtually anywhere. Key selling point is that your customers will connect to their data across PCs Browsers Mobile devices But this means more than just saving files on each of those devices. It means that customers can co-author documents, presentations, and data. It brings data closer to where the decision-makers...
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    Embed Huge Pictures Using Seadragon

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    Huge images on the web just haven't been fun in the past. Microsoft Live Labs has released tools to make it easier for huge images on the Web. Between the downloading, the snapping from scaled to full-size, and navigating around, it's just not the experience that high def images should have. Microsoft Live Labs has launched Seadragon.com , a site that allows you to share virtually any size image on the web. You can now point the web service to your massive image (hosted on your site or any number...
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    Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) and Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 are currently in RC

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    Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) is seamlessly integrated into the Windows 7 desktop and among many new features offers one called Virtual Applications. You can work in full desktop mode with the new WPVC, but the Virtual Applications feature enables applications that run in the Virtual Machine to present themselves seemlessly in the Windows 7 taskbar and desktop experience. Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) and Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 are currently in Release Candidate. Please check out the WVPC Engineering...
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    Live Framework CTP Ending, Revamping

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    The community preview for Live Framework is ending on September 8. In a posting, Important Updates to Live Services , on the Live Framework developer site  David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President, Live Platform Services, writes, “We are focused on making the next release of Windows Live the very best for you. Our vision is to provide you with deeper access to the more than 500M Windows Live users and a more consistent programming interface for both our services and controls. We want to make...
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    VB, C# Get New Language Features

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    Next versions of Visual Basic and C# each get new language features that are outlined in a post by S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Microsoft’s Developer Division. In a blog post, VB and C# enhancements in VS 2010 , he details the coming features that make it easier to write your code. Visual Basic The key enhancements to Visual Basic include: You no longer will need the underscore (“_”) character when breaking a code statement across multiple lines in most cases. Auto-implemented properties...
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    PHP Toolkit Connects ADO.NET Data Services

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    A new toolkit makes it easier for PHP developers to take advantage of the ADO.NET Data Services. The announcement was made on the Interoperability blog , on a blog post titled A new bridge for PHP developers to .NET through REST: PHP Toolkit for ADO.NET Data Services . The toolkit lets PHP developers connect to Web services offered by ADO.NET Data Services. See the Channel 9 video entitled Consuming data over the web between PHP and .NET with REST and ADO.NET Data Services . About ADO.NET...
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    PC Manufacturers Confirm Support for Touch

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    Seven leading PC makers have announced or been reported to confirm plans to release touch-screen PCs running Windows 7 according to an article on ComputerWorld . Here’s a list of the announced and the reports of companies planning on Touch computers: Hewlett-Packard introduced a touch-screen TouchSmart computer in January 2007. Dell sells the touch-screen-enabled Studio One all-in-one consumer desktop. Lenovo Group Ltd. has said plans to release a touch-enabled version of its new all-in-one PC, the...
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    Developer Training Kit Available for Windows 7 RTM

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    The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers based on the RTM version of Windows has been released. It includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos designed to help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7. The Kit help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7 by utilizing key Windows 7 features such as: Taskbar Libraries Multi Touch Sensors and Location Ribbon Trigger Start Services Instrumentation and ETW Application...
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    Windows API Code Pack for .NET Released

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    The Windows API Code Pack helps you write Windows 7 applications using .NET. It lets you light up your application with the Windows 7 features from managed code. Previous version had supported the prerelease versions of Windows 7. This new release supports the RTM Version of Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows including Windows Vista. The Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing...
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    Code Offer Windows identity Foundation Example, Controls

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    Three Windows identity Foundation samples have been published to Code Gallery . The identity team published the release in its blog posting, Identity Samples available on Code Gallery : FabrikamShipping . This is a fairly complete example of how to use the Windows identity Foundation for addressing common tasks in the development of web solutions: accepting identities from an external identity provider, driving the UI using claims, invoking back-end WCF services via delegated authentication, handling...
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    Windows Embedded Development Center Updated on MSDN

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    There’s a new design for its MSDN site devoted to Windows Embedded operating systems. Windows Embedded operating systems are available to OEM system builders only, who make it available to end users pre-loaded with the hardware. ISVs The site now includes a Learn tab where you can find learning materials by content type, version and learning level; Search a dedicated database for CE tips, and links to forums. The update was announced on the team’s blog MSDN Embedded Pages have been Revamped where...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Adds Support for Debugging, Profiling, Analyzing Parallel Applications

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    Parallel programming gets a big boost in Visual Studio 2010 . S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division describes how Visual Studio 2010 supports Debugging, Profiling and Analyzing Parallel Applications in his blog post. He provides a good tour of features. Debugging . You can select a cluster head node, how many cores you want, and type F5 to debug your MPI program. The feature is available in Visual Studio 2008 through a plug-in and has been incorporated into Visual Studio 2010. One...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Preview Now Available on MSDN

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    The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. A public version of the CTP should be available August 17 from TechNet Eval Center . Versions are available for 32-bit and 64-bit processors. SQL Server 2008 R2 Books Online Community Technology Preview August 2009 has been posted on the Microsoft Download Center. The documentation includes tutorials. The R2 release improves efficiency by reducing the time and cost of developing...
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    Dynamics GP 10 Compatible with Windows 7

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    I am pleased to be able to announce that the Dynamics GP 10 team are the first of our Dynamics ERP product teams to report that they are compatible with Windows 7 now. You can read the blog entry here for more details and also see the new updated systems requirements page for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 if you have access to Partnersource. if you are a customer using a version of Dynamics GP earlier than GP 10 now might be the time to start taking a look at Dynamics GP 10 and see if it is time to upgrade...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 – Application and Multi-Server Management

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    Investments in application and multi-server management will help organizations proactively manage database environments efficiently at scale through increased visibility into resource utilization for improved consolidation and efficiencies across the application lifecycle—all with tools that make it fast and easy. Top Features The new control point explorer in Microsoft® SQL Server® Management Studio provides dashboard and drill down utilization views of instances and applications...
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    What is exciting about a keyboard?

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    The usual answer is not much, when was the last time you got excited about a new keyboard? Perhaps a wireless keyboard was cool as it removed at least one cable from your desk but when was the last time there was ever a true innovation on the computer keyboard? Microsoft's hardware division has been working on a keyboard that has pressure sensitive keys. Thats right, the keyoboard knows then you have pressed a key hard and when you have pressed a key lightly. In addition the keyboard can register...
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    Announcing Mobile Incubation Week Washington DC! - September 28 - October 2

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    Original Blog - http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/Blogs/brian_hoskins/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=24 Mobile Incubation Week is back, and this time we’re heading to our nation’s capitol in search of the best and brightest mobile entrepreneurs. The fourth Mobile Incubation Week will be held at Microsoft’s offices in Washington, D.C., September 28 through October 2, 2009. If you’re an entrepreneur and have an idea for a great Windows Mobile application, would like to port your existing app, or...
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    Windows 7 Compatibility - We’re Here to Help

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    Did you know Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22 nd and is already available for download on MSDN and TechNet? Did you know computer manufacturers could begin shipping Windows 7 PCs as early as this month? Many large IT departments have been saving their upgrade budgets for Windows 7, and we want to do everything we can to help ISVs confidently state their support for this exciting new OS. Getting compatible with Windows 7 is probably easier than you think, and here are...
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