October, 2009

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    '7 Days of Windows 7' Means Hardware Deals

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    PC Magazine reports of great deals on Windows 7 hardware for the first 7 days after the release of Windows 7.   With the big launch just a day away, Microsoft is trying to make moving to Windows just that more enticing, and more importantly, affordable. The week following the launch will comprise what the company is calling 7 Days of Windows 7 , with deals on netbooks, laptops, and desktops. BestBuy is offering a total home makeover package: An HP netbook, laptop, and desktop trio for just ...
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    How to Get Started with Multi-Core: Parallel Processing You Can Use

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    One of the great features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been the ability to support processing on machines with multiple cores. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support 256 processors. Computers with that kind of processing power aren’t available at commodity prices. Yet you probably have a 64-bit computer with dual cores and many with quad cores. In order to take advantage of all those processors, you need the ability to write parallel code and to debug that code. And in the...
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    Disable SQL Azure Firewall

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    Ok, the title of this post is a little scarey, but some developers have been trying to do this at least while initially testing SQL Azure. A little background first... As you may have heard over on the SQL Azure blog , an October CTP was released for SQL Azure which includes (along with other features) the ability to choose which IP addresses can connect to SQL Azure for additional security. The default firewall setting is to block all incoming connections, so you'll need to open up some acceptible...
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    FREE Antivirus protection with Microsoft Security Essentials

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    Microsoft Security Essentials has been released. Check out the formal press release from Microsoft here - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/sep09/09-28securityessentialspr.mspx Check out the post on Network World - http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/092809-microsoft-security-essentials-ships.html?hpg1=bn You can download software from the Microsoft Security Essentials website at http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/     Now you can get antivirus for your new copy...
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    Great Windows Azure projects on CodePlex

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    Here’s a great list of new Azure and cloud related projects on CodePlex. All of these are very helpful tools. Client Cloud Services , Client Cloud Services (CCS) is a set of Windows Azure-based services which help application developers integrate licensing, trial management, feedback, error reporting and product usage into their applications Azure Storage Manager , Azure Storage Manager helps you organize your Azure Storage Accounts and to modify data on them. It is written in C# 3.5 and has no other...
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    NEW series on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight

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    Rob Bagby has started a new series (blog posts and screencasts) on Patterns-Based Development with Silverlight .  The series illustrates various design patterns while building a sample application (see screenshot below).  The patterns covered include the Repository, the Pipeline, the Service Agent and Model View ViewModel. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation        http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG US ISV...
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    Windows Phones Now Available in Stores Worldwide

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    A new generation of phones from leading manufacturers and mobile operators offer an intuitive user interface, powerful Web browsing, and access to an online library of downloadable services and applications. Windows ® phones — a new brand for phones running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system — are now available in retail stores worldwide in a broad range of styles and prices. For more information, see the Windows Mobile team blog post, New Windows Phones are Here! The new phones are...
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    Walkthrough New Visual Studio 2010 Features

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    Been wanting to get started using the new features in Visual Studio 2010? The Visual Studio Development Center is a great place to start. You can find Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Walkthroughs . SharePoint Development Visual Studio 2010 provides an alternative to creating SharePoint applications through SharePoint Designer. Visual Studio promotes rapid SharePoint development by providing such features as advanced debugging tools, IntelliSense, statement completion, and project templates...
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    Functional Programming Fundamentals Video Starts Lecture Series on Channel 9

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    A talk on functional programming on Channel 9 begins a series is a new format for Channel 9 called C9 Lectures . A lot of Channel 9 is about a conversation with developer. But this series is entirely focused on education. It;s a series of high quality technical lectures on a single topic; a lecture can span several videos. The functional language purist and high priest of the lambda calculus Dr. Erik Meijer starts off the series with C9 Lectures: Dr. Erik Meijer - Functional Programming Fundamentals...
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    New Visual Studio 2010 + MSDN Packages Offer More Value

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    Microsoft is making updates to the MSDN website and subscription details/benefits to better meet our customers’ needs. Microsoft is adding new benefits including complimentary e-learning, Azure compute hours and Team Foundation Server. For more information, see Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta . What’s New in Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is an integrated environment that helps simplify the entire development process from design to deployment. Now, developers...
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    Microsoft Exchange 2010 Reaches RTM

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    The Microsoft Exchange team has signed off to release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft Exchange 2010 . Exchange 2010 is a 64-bit-only release. Exchange 2010, together with Microsoft Outlook 2010, will give people more control over their communications with features such as these: MailTips. Warn users before they commit an e-mail faux pas such as sending mail to large distribution groups, to recipients who are out of the office or to recipients outside the organization, helping protect against...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Training Kit Videos, Labs Available

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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available publicly. You can download the edition you want to try from Download Beta 2 . You’ll have your choice of each edition in Visual Studio 2010 or .NET Framework 4, including the free Express versions. Although this is a community preview, Beta 2 comes with a “go live” license which means you can start using the product for production related work. Team Foundation Server (TFS) is now available with all versions of Visual Studio 2010.  You can get started...
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    SQL Server Team Announces PowerPivot for Excel

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    The SQL Server team has announced that Project Gemini has been named Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel 2010 . The announcement was made at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. PowerPivot for Excel is a data analysis tool that delivers unmatched computational power directly within the application users already know and love—Microsoft Excel. Leveraging familiar Excel features, users can transform enormous quantities of data from virtually any source with incredible speed into meaningful...
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    Outlook Format Documented, Released Under OSP

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    Microsoft is releasing documentation for the .pst file format – the format in which data is stored in Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders. As more and more information is stored and shared in digital formats, the ability for people to reuse their data across various applications and platforms has become increasing important.  Providing access to the documentation will facilitate interoperability, enabling customers and vendors to access their data in .pst files across a variety of platforms. ...
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    IronRuby, IronPythom CTPs Support .NET Framework 4 Beta 2

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    IronRuby and IronPython Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for .NET 4.0 Beta 2 are the third preview of IronRuby and IronPython running under the Dynamic Language Runtime that is built directly into .NET 4.0. This release allows you to use IronRuby objects and types as .NET 4.0 dynamic objects from within C# and Visual Basic code. These binaries are roughly equivalent to the functionality found in IronRuby 0.9 and IronPython 2.6. This release is all about the integration between .NET 4.0 and DLR...
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    Editor Choice - Architecture Journal Editor Explores Infrastructure, Silverlight, Web Resources

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    Architecture Journal editor has chosen several articles that may be of interest. Topics represent forward thinking regarding how you architect your systems. The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of IT architecture. Scalibility: 10 Ways to Take your Site from One to One Million Users...
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    Watch Windows 7 Events

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    On Thursday October 22, customers can walk into a retail store and purchase a copy of Windows 7. And to celebrate the event, you can watch events online. There are more than 50,000 developers from 17,000 companies supporting Windows 7 plus more than 5,500 independent software vendor (ISV) partners in 93 countries committing to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 through Green Light and Front Runner . Press Event, WebCast At 11 am Eastern (8 a.m. Pacific) October 22, Steve Ballmer will host...
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    Join in The New Efficiency Launch Event Live for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Experience The New Efficiency Microsoft launch event live from San Diego October 26 virtually. This online event is good way for IT Pros and developers to attend a launch event “virtually” if they could not get to one of the live events. You’ll learn about Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. View and download 18 IT Professional and Developer focused live sessions from San Diego starting at 9am PDT October 26 . Focusing on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server...
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    Zune HD Level Program Written in XNA

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    Joel Ivory Johnson has written a great article on Codeplex showing how you can build a level applicatoin for the ZuneHD using its built in accelerometer. If you have not looked at ZuneHD yet you may not have known that you can write software for it using our XNA Framework. In addition to the accelerometer the ZuneHD also supports multi touch. Check out this indepth article here . In addition to supporting the ZuneHD our XNA development system is also supported on the Xbox 360. Still hard to believe...
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    Scott Guthrie Shows New Features in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0

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    Scott Guthrie gives a presentation with lots of demos of our new development environment VS2010 with our new .NET 4 Framework.  The presentation is about two hours long and posted on Channel 9 at Scott Guthrie: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 . In a second presentation he talks about ASP.NET MVC 2. See Scott Guthrie: ASP.NET MVC 2 . The event was organized by DotNED developer community.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Register Your Win 7 Compatible Application, Get Windows 7 Ultimate Free

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    ISVs in the United States who register your application in Front Runner as being compatible with Windows 7 will receive a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows 7 comes out next week. This is your last chance at this offer. For those outside the US, you can register your application as being compatible at ISV App Compat , but the offer for the free copy is limited to the United States. Be one of the first to get Windows 7 BEFORE it launches to the public on October 22. Here’s all you have to do...
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    Roadmap for Windows Azure Transition From CTP to Business

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    Windows Azure team has announced the transition from the Community Technology Preview (CTP) to the release and had provided information for developers who want to continue development. Transition from CTP to Business Windows Azure will go live at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09). The conference marks transition from a CTP to a business. For your planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that you should be aware of. At PDC 2009, on November 17, 2009, a number...
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    Developers, Architects, Decisions Makers Converge on PDC09

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    Professional Developer Conference (PDC09) launches in Los Angeles,CA November 17 –19. Pre-sessions begin November 16. PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the technical strategy of the Microsoft developer platform. At the PDC, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and connect with the people behind the technology.  If you’re a developer, architect or technology leader involved in making strategic technology decisions, this is the conference you need to attend. Are you focused...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 for ISVs

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    ISVs are always interested in anything that can increase developer productivity … as SQL Server keeps improving, ISVs can benefit from many features without any developer coding at all . Just by ensuring your product is compatible with SQL Server 2008 , for example, your customers get to benefit from improved performance, manageability, scalability, and availability. Improved Business Intelligence features like Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and data mining also come along for the ride. ...
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    Is Your Application Listed in Windows 7 Compatibility Center?

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    Microsoft has announced the availability of two great tools to help your customers determine if you are ready for Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 Compatibility Center The announcement was made on the Windows Team Blog at Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and Windows 7 Compatibility Center now available . Both tools are available at www.windows.com/compatibility . ISVs who have declared applications in Front Runner or on the ISV App Compat site are included. Also applications that have passed...
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