August, 2009

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    The Windows 7 Advantage, PartnerPoint WebCast

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    Line of Business Applications, Challenges, Opportunities, and Features Presented By Gunther Lenz, ISV Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Date:         Tuesday, Aug. 25th @1:00pm EST Register:   http://partnerpoint.com/Webcasts/tabid/953/Default.aspx Details:     Now is the time to start leveraging the new Windows 7 features for your competitive advantage.  In this webcast Gunther Lenz will discuss the new features in Windows 7 and its opportunities...
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    Get Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM from MSDN, Dev Training Kit Available

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization tools, Web resources, management updates, and Windows 7 integration reduces costs, and provide for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available today through your MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. You can also download various editions and languages of the Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation . Here’s a list of updated and new features in the Windows Server 2008 R2 release . The server will be publicly available October...
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    Zune HD Available for Pre-Order Today

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    Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft Corp.’s portable digital media player, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune and includes powerful playback technology to give you a different way to experience media on the go. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts and more...
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    New Features Supporting Blobs Now Available in Windows Azure

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    Windows Azure team has announced new features for blobs. Windows Azure now enables applications to store and manipulate large objects and files in the cloud. The blobs (files) can be up to 50GB in size for the CTP. The release was made on the Windows Azure blog, New Windows Azure Blob Features – August 2009 . The new features: Let you add blocks, remove blocks, replace blocks, shuffle the order or existing blocks, or any combination. All storage accounts can now have a single root blob...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    What do you get when you combine Dynamics CRM + xRM + Robotics?

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    After our own humorous video on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM concept it is good to see another amazing xRM video from a partner. Somebody over at Streamline Solutions has some awesome design skills and perhaps an interest in robotics :-) John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (w) http://channel9.msdn.com/Wiki/DynamicsCRM/HomePage/ (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Available for ISVs on August 14

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    The Windows Server blog has posted the dates for when you can get the release to manufacturing version of Windows Server 2008 R2. The posting is at When to expect Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM . Here’s a summary of the various methods and dates. OEMs : July 29 (English and Language Packs); August 11 (remaining languages) MSDN subscribers : August 14 (in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish); August 21 (remaining languages) TechNet subscribers : August 14 (in English, French, German...
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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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    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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    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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    How to Move Your Windows XP Application to Windows 7

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    Yochay Kiriaty has put together a series of posts to help you move your Windows XP application to Windows 7 on the Windows Team for Developers blog. The series began with Is Your Application Ready for Windows 7 RTM? and continues with User Account Control Data Redirection . Other posting are promised. But these two provide the keys to most issues. With general availability of Windows 7 coming on October 22, now is the time to move those Windows XP applications to Windows 7.  Almost all applications...
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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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    Register Now for PDC, Save

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    You can register now for Professional Developers Conference (PDC) and save $500 for the full conference pass. Discounts expire September 15. PDC is being held at Los Angeles Convention Center . Workshops are November 16, Conference is November 17-19. One-day and pre-conference registrations are available. See PDC Registration for more details. The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is Microsoft’s premier gathering of leading-edge developers and architects. Attendees come from around the...
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