September, 2009

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    Windows 7 Enterprise Trial Version Now Available to Download

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    You can now download a 90-day trial version Windows 7 Enterprise from Microsoft TechNet . If you have not had access to Windows 7 release, this is a good way to see it now. It is designed specifically for IT Professionals and ISVs to test your software and hardware on a final version of the product. In addition, you can become more familiar with the key improvements and experience firsthand how Windows 7 can make your PC environment more productive, secure, and manageable. If you qualify under one...
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    Best Practices for Your Software Available for Free

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    Here’s a quick summary of software and tools that offer best practices for you to use in your software from patterns & practices : Enterprise Library v4.1 is a collection of reusable software components that help developers with common development needs such as logging, validation, data access, and exception handling. They can be used “as is” or extended or modified by developers as needed. Unity Application Block v1.2 is a lightweight extensible dependency injection container with support for...
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    Best Practices For Developing on SharePoint Shared

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    As ISVs, you may want to extend your application into your customer SharePoint sites. The patterns & practices team has put together guidance to assist you  building collaborative applications that extend your line-of-business (LOB) systems. The recently published guidance. This guidance will help architects and developers design and build applications that are both flexible and scaleable. It shows you how to provide IT Pros with the information they need to maintain those applications and...
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    Action Pack Subscription Includes Windows 7, Training, Sales Guidance

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    Many members of the Microsoft Partner Network are enrolled in a program called Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) . Action Pack provides Registered Members of the Microsoft Partner Network with internal-use, full-version software and sales resources to help you meet your sales goals, stay competitive, and grow your business. The download-only version costs $299 plus tax per year. To help drive value for you and your customers with Windows 7, we’re sending a Windows 7 Special Edition Toolkit...
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    Get Trained, Get a Free SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition

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    When you take selected SQL Server 2008 training through a Learning Solutions partner between now and December 31, 2009, you will receive a free, fully licensed copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition (worth US$850) while supplies last. The offer includes one client access license (CAL). These are instructor led training classes offered by Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions, the premier training providers for Microsoft. Course 2778A : Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008...
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    Let Us Know You’re Windows 7 Compatible, Get Windows 7 Free

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    Be one of the first to get Windows 7* BEFORE it launches to the public on October 22nd. Here’s all you have to do to be eligible to receive a copy of Windows 7: Join Front Runner Profile your solution at: www.msdev.com/frontrunner Attain application compatibility with Windows 7 Gain “Front Runner” status** before October 21st 2009. It’s that easy. Profile today. Front Runner is an early adopter program that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies (“Application...
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    Free Caching Servers Can Improve Performance for AJAX Applications

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    Microsoft has launched Microsoft Ajax CDN (Content Delivery Network) service that provides caching support for AJAX libraries (including jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX ).  The service is available for free, does not require any registration, and can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. These are "edge cache" servers that are placed around the world at key Internet network points.  These "edge cache" servers can be used to cache and deliver all types of content...
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    Silverlight Comes to Windows Embedded CE

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    Silverlight comes to Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 for handheld devices and gadgets. Windows Embedded CE will also support touch and gesture features similar to those coming in Windows 7 and includes improvements for Web browsing. You’ll use familiar tools such as Visual Studio and Expression Blend to bring your software to small footprint devices. The new Platform Builder for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 is based on Microsoft's Visual Studio programming software, and helps you create rich user interfaces...
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    State Machines, Literate Programming Explored by Microsoft Research’s AsmL

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    AsmL is the Abstract State Machine Language . The language was developed by the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE) group at Microsoft Research. It is an executable specification language based on the theory of Abstract State Machines . The AsmL compiler compiler targets .NET code. The compiler was originally developed by the FSE group as well. In addition to the compiler itself, there is an add-in for Microsoft Word that facilitates literate programming. AsmL is useful in any situation where...
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    Silverlight Screencast – How to create a Resource Dictionary

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    Jason Campbell, User Experience Evangelist at Microsoft, just posted a new screencast on how to create a Resource Dictionary for your Silverlight applications. Here’s the link to the screencast: http://www.silverlightswitch.com/2009/resource-dictionaries/ If you are developing application in Silverlight and need to create Resource Dictionaries, it is definitely worth checking out. There’s the various places you can find other info from Jason and the technologies he focusses on in his role at Microsoft...
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    Scott Guthrie Surveys Features in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4

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    Scott Guthrie , corporate vice president of .NET Developer Platform, describes the changes coming in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 in a series of blog postings that promise to last a couple months. For the up-to-date list of postings, see VS 2010 and .NET 4 Series . Try the latest Beta version of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 and provide feedback to the team at Make Visual Studio the Best It Can Be . Here’s a quick summary of what is coming in the releases as posted so...
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    Extend Web Applications with New Toolkits

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    You can extend your Web application with a set of samples, templates, and documentation. The extensions are packaged as Web Application Toolkits and are available on MSDN’s Code Gallery. Web Application Toolkits help you get up and running quickly and easily. One of the key criteria around the Web Application Toolkits is to enable Web Developers run right out of the box. Once you have the prerequisites installed using the Web Platform Installer , the goal of Web Application Toolkits is for a Web...
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    New Silverlight Training Offered on MSDEV

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    MSDEV brings you a series of training videos on Silverlight 3 at Microsoft Silverlight 3 Series .This series of on demand web seminars will walk through the technology fundamentals, data, graphics, and .NET RIA Services of Silverlight 3. The series includes eight courses lasting between half an hour and an hour. All are free on demand Web Seminars Microsoft Silverlight 3: Technology Fundamentals . This session is a walkthrough of Silverlight 3 solution in Visual Studio with an emphasis on "all...
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    Simple API for Cloud Application Services Project

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    Microsoft, Zend and others have launched the Simple API for Cloud Application Services project, a new open source initiative that allows developers to use common application services in the cloud. In essence, this project will allow you to write basic cloud applications that work in all of the major cloud platforms. The first deliverables will include interfaces for file storage, document database, and simple queue services from platforms like Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Nirvanix Storage...
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    Optimize Download Time for AJAX Web Applications

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    Interested in a tool that makes pages more responsive by decreasing the initial download size of complex AJAX web applications? Doloto is now available from MSDN DevLabs . Doloto analyzes AJAX application workloads and automatically performs code splitting of existing large web applications. Only the portion of client-side JavaScript code necessary for application initialization, and the rest of the application is stubbed out. The actual function code is transferred lazily in the background or on...
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    Windows Azure Business Side Explained From Developer Point of View

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    The business model from a developer point of view for Windows Azure is explained by Microsoft veteran and Software Architect George Moore in a video on Channel 9. Moore is involved in defining and implementing an how Microsoft is taking Windows Azure from technology preview to enterprise business ready. Specifically, Moore is responsible for all integration of all Azure services (Windows Azure, SQL Azure, .NET Services) to other systems at Microsoft. This includes the billing system integration across...
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    Free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Supports Live Migration

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    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 that includes live migration is now available from Microsoft Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 . Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 a stand-alone hyper-visor that includes live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. You can consolidate workloads onto a single physical server and is ideal for development and test environments. The R2 version also includes: Support for physical computers with up to 8 physical processors Support...
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    Developer Training Kit Includes Updates for SQL Azure

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    An update to the Windows Azure training kit includes new SQL Azure hands on labs and presentations that you can use as overviews of the service. SQL Azure Database, a part of the Windows Azure platform, is a cloud-based database service built on Microsoft SQL Server technology.   With SQL Azure organizations will benefit from a pay-as-you grow model with enterprise-class availability, data protection, scalability, and security. The new labs include: Building ASP.NET MVC Applications with...
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    SOA Explored in Latest Architecture Journal

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    The latest Architecture Journal ( Journal 21 ) focuses on Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow. Eight articles discuss aspects such as business alignment, service modeling, governance, federation, infrastructure, reusability, convergence, and coexistence with cloud computing and event-driven complementary approaches (among others), and they're accompanied by guest columns that analyze other tangential aspects. Architecture Journal 21 Articles Design Considerations for Software plus Services and...
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    Microsoft BizTalk Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4

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    Brief Description The Microsoft® BizTalk® Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 enables integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and other business applications. Overview Microsoft® BizTalk® Server Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 4.0 enables integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and other business applications. This lets you do the following operations: Use Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a send adapter. Discover and use the schema of any Microsoft Dynamics...
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    Update Your Server Application Certification

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    If you have passed the Works with Windows Server 2008 application certification Microsoft will pay for you to certification to Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 . No charge through October 31. You have your choice of testing partners too. By developing your applications to comply with Microsoft-recommended practices, you can help your customers  deploying your application on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.  First step is show support for the Windows Server 2008 R2 OS by completing...
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    Windows 7 Compatibility Seminar, Drop In Clinics Available in Redmond in October

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    Windows 7 application compatibility experts are on hand for free seminars and drop in clinic. You can get help getting the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo for your products. Both events follow the The New Efficiency launch events. The events are for ISVs and enterprise developers with an application that you’d like to have run on Windows 7, we’ll help. Technical Seminar is October 13. Drop in Clinics are available October 14 or 15. Register now. Space is limited. The events are being held...
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    APIs Released for Azure Services Management

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    The Windows Azure Service Management API has been released to help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice to manage their services. This is a REST-based API that uses X509 client certificates for authentication. Users can upload any valid X509 certificate in .cer format to the Windows Azure developer portal and then use it as a client certificate when making API requests. The following operations...
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    Windows Azure World Tour Comes to Reston, Dallas, Silicon Valley

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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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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 on Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2

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    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Team has issued a statement on their blog saying that Dynamics CRM 4.0 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. The product will be officially be supported on Windows 7 when it lauches on October 22 this year. Congratulations to the Dynamics CRM product team on ensuring Dynamics CRM 4.0 and Windows 7 work well together. You can read the official statement here John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft...
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