August, 2009

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    Microsoft IT's Top 10 SQL Server 2008 Features

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      Today, more than 4,700 Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 instances with about 100,000 databases on dedicated hosts support 1,300 applications across several teams in Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT). Because it has deployed SQL Server 2008 since early beta, Microsoft IT has had time to assess and report the top 10 features of the product in its environment. Download Article , 116 KB, Microsoft Word file Following are 10 key reasons why Microsoft IT is excited about the enhancements...
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    Join the 1st BizSpark MeetUp in New York City Sept. 14th

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    Exciting news, if you are a start-up in the NYC metropolitan area :-). Adrian Manazon will  organize the first BizSpark meetup in NYC on Sept. 14th. Mark your calendars and sign up for the first of many BizSpark meetings in New York City. http://www.meetup.com/bizspark/ The Entrepreneurial Revolution is upon us and we dedicated to leading the March towards freedom and innovation. Bizspark is a group of Entrepreneurs in the NYC area who are developing and creating businesses and technology that...
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    DreamSpark Adds Free Design, Developer Tools for Students

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    Microsoft Dreamspark has recently added new designer and development tools. The program now includes Expression Studio 3 , Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 , and XNA Game Studio 3.1 . All are now available as no-cost downloads to all eligible high school and university students. Microsoft currently has the following 16 tools available: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer XNA Game Studio 3.1 Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2 Microsoft Robotics...
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    Bing SDK Available for Silverlight, iPhone, Mac

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    A Bing software development kit (SDK) for iPhone and Mac is available for download on the Microsoft CodePlex community development site. The kit includes source code. The kit allows you to integrate results from Bing Search for Web, Image, Video, News, and Phonebook results into your applications. The announcement was made on the Bing community site in a posting, Sprinkle Some Cocoa on Bing . The SDK for iPhone provides: The ability to easily query Bing from within your Cocoa or Cocoa Touch application...
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    Popfly Game Engine Released to Codeplex

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    Ben Anderson just released the source code for the Popfly Game Engine on codeplex.  It’s an interesting bit of code showing how to create a simple game engine in C# on Silverlight.  This should also provide an avenue for those of you who would like to take the leap from the world of the GUI game builder, look under the covers to see how things work and actually get your hands dirty with some real code. It doesn’t include the creator nor any server-side support code. You can read Ben’s full...
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    Azure Reference Architecture Explored with Project Riviera

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    If you’ve been wanting to see how a multi-tenant architecture works with Windows Azure Platform , you’ll want to see Project Riviera . The project has been released on MSDN and includes source code. The application shows an architecture completely hosted on Azure with multi-tenancy, extensible business logic and experience, supports various service level agreements (SLAs) for storage, and leverages federated identity and on premise identity. The application cold sample a customer loyalty program...
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    Join David Chappell on Windows Azure World Tour

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    You are invited to join Dave Chappell when he discusses Windows Azure and Cloud Computing across the United States. Chappell is leading authority on cloud computing and has written the white paper for Microsoft describing the Windows Azure Platform architecture. See Azure Services Platform . Cloud computing looks like the biggest change to hit our industry in many years. The advent of cheap, scalable computing power available over the Internet will affect almost everybody who works in IT. But taking...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Moves Into Enterprise

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    Your customers will be getting Internet Explorer 8 through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) this week. IE8 upgrades Windows XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. The update is available in the “Update rollup” category, and will appear in your WSUS administration console of Windows Servers for your customer ITPros according to a post on the IEBlog, Internet Explorer 8 is now available via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) . Features For Developers Windows Internet Explorer...
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    Changes Coming in .NET Framework 4 Config Files

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    Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of .NET Developer Platform, describes the changes coming in .NET Framework 4.0 in the first in a series of blog postings. You’ll encounter this improvement the first time you do a File->New Project within Visual Studio 2010 and create an empty ASP.NET 4.0 Web application The new .NET 4 machine.config file now automatically registers all of the ASP.NET tag sections, handlers and modules that we’ve added over the years, including the functionality for: ASP...
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    You’re invited to the Windows Azure World Tour – Cambridge, MA – 9/18/2008

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    I’m pleased to announce that you are cordially invited to the Microsoft Windows Azure World Tour featuring David Chappell. David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates ( www.davidchappell.com ), and writes extensively about Microsoft tools and technologies.  David has been the keynote speaker for conferences and events on five continents, and his seminars have been attended by tens of thousands of developers, architects, and decision makers in forty countries.  His comments...
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    Windows 7 Toolkit Validates Against All Requirements

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    The Windows 7 Client Software Logo Toolkit helps you figure out how ready your software is for Windows 7. In fact, almost all applications that work with Windows Vista are already ready. We recommend getting the logo gives your customers confidence that your software is ready for Windows 7,  Even if you don’t get the logo, the using the toolkit to test you r products gives you confidence that you too can announce support for Windows 7. The current Beta 2 release of Windows 7 Client Software...
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    Getting Started with ‘Patterns in the Cloud’

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    Everything that you read these days seems to suggest that you should be moving to the cloud. But where do you start? Which applications and services should you be moving? How do you build the bridge between on-premises and the cloud? And more importantly, what should you be looking out for along the way? In this video, learn architectural patterns and factors for moving to the cloud. Based on real-world projects, the talk explores building block services, patterns for exposing applications, and challenges...
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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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    How to Ready Your Web Applications for Windows Server 2008 R2

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    The Chief Technology Officers (CTO) of ISVs that I work with are asking me how they can set their applications apart from their competitors. One of the most visible ways is to show you are a thought leader and support the next generation technology, like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 . So this posting describes some steps you can take to demonstrate your partnership with your customers. And how in particular you can set your Web application apart. Windows Server 2008 R2 gives your customers...
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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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    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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    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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    Join in Person or Online for Silverlight 3 Firestarter Event

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    Come join Scott Guthrie, Tim Heuer, Brad Abrams, Karl Shifflett and others for a Firestarter on Silverlight 3. A Firestarter gives you places to start in writing your application. The event is Thursday, September 17 in Redmond, WA. You can join in person or join on line. Register for the In-Person event : In-Person Event Registrations If you can't join us for the In-person event, Register for the online experience! (Entire event will be broadcasted online via Live Meeting - must Register...
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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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    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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    Driver Adds Capabilities on PHP for SQL Server, SQL Azure

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    New capabilities have been added for building PHP applications with relational data using SQL Server or SQL Azure as your database. The community preview for Version 1.1 of the SQL Server Driver for PHP is available from Microsoft Downloads SQL Server Driver for PHP 1.1 CTP includes: Support for SQL Azure Support for PHP version 5.3 Support for UTF-8 Support for Scrollable results, row countMigration to SQL Server 2008 Native Client framework that provides for performance enhancements. The SQL Server...
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    Turn Streaming Data into Near Real Time Customer Data with StreamInsight

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    If you have or want to build an application that receives a lot of bits of data from multiple sources and turn it into meaningful information in near real time, then Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight August CTP is for you. Use StreamInsight when traditional store and query techniques are impractical for timely and relevant processing of data. The community preview has just been released on TechNet and MSDN or you can download it from SQL Streaminsight . The announcement was made at the Data Platform...
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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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    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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    Real Life Designers Explore Silverlight

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    Ever want to see how designers approach Silverlight development in the real world using Macs? Microsoft Partner Mess Marketing is pulling together their experiences as they ramp up on Web and UX technologies. The effort is subtitled The (mis)adventurs of a small creative team’s foray into Silverlight developing in their Mac-based environment on their new site called Mess With Silverlight and includes Expression and third party tools they use in day to day projects. Rob describes their efforts, “Right...
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