August, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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