October, 2009

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    Learn How You Can Prototype Your Next Application Using SketchFlow

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    MSDEV has a new series of free training for developers and Web designers on how to prototype your next application. You can use SketchFlow to help build your application so designers and developers can work together to build out a completed application. The series is entitled Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3 . Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for user experiences in early stages of the design process...
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    Dungeons, Dragon Experience Shown Using Microsoft Surface

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    Ever wonder how you might want to create a cool user interface for your software? Check out this walk-through of the current build of proof of concept for a Dungeons & Dragons experience on the Microsoft Surface. Created by the Surfacescapes team at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough from Surfacescapes on Vimeo . You can find out more about how you can get started writing for Surface by joining the Surface QuickStart as a Microsoft...
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    SharePoint 2010, Office 2010 Begins Beta in November

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    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the public beta of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 will become available in November. Announcements were made that the SharePoint Conference yesterday in Las Vegas, NV. SharePoint Server 2010’s new features range from wikis to workflows. Here are some of the features that will interest ISVs: A new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and customization of SharePoint sites easy Deep Office integration...
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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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    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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    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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    Now Available: SharePoint 2010 resources

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    This morning at the SharePoint Developer Conference 2009 Steve Ballmer announced that SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 will have a new public beta available in November. To get you ready the following resources are now live. I’ll be blogging more in the coming weeks about new functionality in SharePoint 2010 and about the Ddveloper story in particular. SharePoint 2010 Website - to view SharePoint 2010 in action SharePoint 2010 forum - for SharePoint 2010 questions SharePoint 2010 Developer Center...
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    Add Cool New Features With Windows 7 Developer Kit

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    With general availability of Windows 7 this week, you’ll be wanting to learn more about how to add new features to your product that take advantage of Windows 7 features. One easy way to get started is by using the Windows 7 Developer Training Kit . The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers 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. This content is up to date and is designed to help you learn...
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    Microsoft Dynamics® CRM Partner Technical Training

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    Microsoft Dynamics® CRM Partner Technical Training Attend Microsoft Dynamics CRM training TODAY! We offer a broad variety of technical training opportunities, which allows you to enhance the skills you need to be successful. Technology Partners Can Expect: Education to help achieve the certification requirements for the MBS competency. Assistance in building skills, relaying tips and tricks, and good implementation practices. Insight into exam preparedness. Materials that...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Available, Launch Date Announced

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    Microsoft is making announcements that will make a difference to developers using Visual Studio and MSDN. Visual Studio 2010 Available This Week Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 will be available to MSDN subscribers on Monday, October 19, with general availability on October 21. The official launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 is March 22, 2010. New Packaging of Visual Studio + MSDN To provide organizations with simplified ways to purchase and license core development...
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    Microsoft Updates Ajax Library Preview

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    Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6). Scott Gurthie announced the update on his blog in a posting, Announcing Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6) and the Microsoft Ajax Minifier . This update includes a bunch of new capabilities and improvements to our client-side AJAX library, and can be used with any version of ASP.NET (including ASP.NET 2.0, 3.5 and 4.0), and can be used in both ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC projects. The update includes a new, simplified code syntax...
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    Stay up to Date with MSDEV on Twitter

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    You can now stay up to date with MSDEV on Twitter . Follow all the latest and greatest training by subscribing to @realmsdev on Twitter. MSDEV provides news and online training for developers. You’ll find free courses on .NET, Business Development, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Exchange Server, Expression Suite, HPC Server, Hyper-V and Virtualization, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Services, Microsoft Dynamics, migration to the Microsoft platform, Office System, how to partner...
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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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    Discounts for PDC Extended through October 30

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    Discounts for registering for Professional Developers Conference (PDC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA PDC have been extended through October 30. The conference event dates: Conference | Nov 17–19 Workshops | Nov 16 PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the technical strategy of the Microsoft developer platform. It is for leading-edge developers and technology leaders involved in making strategic technology decisions for their companies and organizations. Register...
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    NEW features added to Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)

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    The October Service Update for Microsoft Online Services includes several new features and enhancements designed to improve the service experience for both administrators and users. The Service Update is currently being deployed into production data centers. Many of these service enhancements are the result of customer and partner feedback. The following features and capabilities are included in the October Service Update: Bulk Activation of Users PowerShell commandlets will be added to streamline...
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    Video posted - XE-XI builds location aware solution to help you find your way around town

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    Larry Gregory talked to Carlos Reinoso or http://www.xe-xi.com at a recent BizSpark incubation event hosted by Sanjay Jain . http://www.xe-xi.com uses location based services to deliver the ability to find businesses around you as you travel with a mobile device or even from your desktop. Businesses will sign up with Xe-Xi to be part of their portal such as restaurants, shopping and more. Video Link John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http:/...
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    Video Posted - Freeltor uses WPF and Windows 7 Touch to drive increased business for real estate agents

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    Larry Gregory talked to the team of Adrian Manzano and Rene Nario of http://www.freeltor.com at a recent Bizspark incubation event hosted by Sanjay Jain . Their solution reduces the administration overhead of running a business for the real estate agent and frees them to focus on their clients and buying and selling property. In a few short days Freeltor took advantage of touch in Windows 7 and Expression Blend to deliver both an administration tool as well as a Windows 7 gadget. Link to video ...
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    Architect Innovation Cafe Explores Silverlight, Windows 7 Deployment

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    You’re invited to join in the Architect Innovation Cafe series of Webcasts. Each session is about 90 minutes and focuses on the latest trends and topics about how new technologies can align with your business needs. The first sessions are on Silverlight 3 and Windows 7. An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3 October 27, 2009 at 11 am Pacific (2pm Eastern) Link to Register: An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3 Abstract : Many .NET developers are becoming more and more interested in the...
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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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    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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    Intertouch Media Technologies innovates on WPF and Multitouch at BizSpark Incubation Week

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    Larry Gregory talked with David Marra and James Cadd from Intertouch Media Technologies at a recent BizSpark incubation event hosted by Sanjay Jain Intertouch Media delivers platforms to enable companies to build very compelling interactive systems such as airport kiosks that take advantage of Windows 7 and Multitouch. In addition their solution leverages inertia in their controls so the user really feels compelled to interact with the display. Do not miss the demo which starts at time index 6:00...
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    How to Make Your Application Better on Windows 7

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    S. Somasegar has posted how you can make your application sparkle with Windows 7 . He describes features in Windows 7 that your applications can use. Soma leads the teams responsible for providing tools and developer platform technologies targeted at developers, designers and teams involved in software development. He provides views into in the features and apply them to C++ developers, MFC developers, and for C# and VB.NET developers. Here’s a quick summary of his post: Multi-Touch Touch-based interfaces...
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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - November 9 - 12, 2009

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    http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/fargodeveloperconference/ Home Agenda Registration Sponsors Speakers & Sessions Travel & Accommodations * Post Training Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 Make plans to attend the Microsoft Dynamics® GP Technical Conference, November 9 - 11, 2009. This conference will provide learning opportunities for the developer and highly technical community. This event is focused on the product, development...
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    Innovation with the Microsoft Pressure Sensitive Keyboard

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    In an earlier blog post I wrote that Microsoft was working with pressure sensitive keyboards. Recently the keyboards were sent out to forty international teams to see what solutions they could come up wth. The winners were announced at the ACM UIST Conference . I tried hard to pick a favorite but they all offer something so compelling. In particular there is a demo of a biometric solution where the keyboard is used to detect how hard you press keys, timing between keys and so on. Keyboards just became...
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    Students from GMU build medical record solution on Windows 7 at BizSpark event

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    Larry Gregory talked to the student team of Bo Yu and Changwei Liu from George Mason University at a recent BizSpark incubation event hosted by Sanjay Jain . Their research interests and technology focuses on making it easier to access your medical records in a secure manner. Both students gained great insight into developing using Windows 7 and .NET during this event. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell ...
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