November, 2009

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP Now Available on MSDN

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    Among the announcements at TechEd Europe today was the public availability of SQL Server 2008 R2 . MSDN and TechNet Subscribers can download the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP today. Non-subscribers will be able to download the November CTP later this month. The R2 release brings significant new capabilities and enhancements that can help your business keep pace with today’s growing and changing data management needs. Increase productivity and reduce data management costs by taking advantage of...
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    Our Picks for Must See PDC Videos

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    Our team has put together a list of videos from Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) that we think are important for ISVs. All the videos are online. You can access the video itself or just the slides. The videos include the screen and a video of the speaker giving the presentation. You can get a list of all the recorded sessions at PDC09 Videos . Here are the list of some of our team’s picks: Evolving ADO.NET Entity Framework in .NET 4 and Beyond . See how the ADO.NET Entity Framework enables...
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    New Video - FandomU brings worldwide enthusiasts and passionate individuals closer via events/conferences

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    Video Link - FandomU brings worldwide enthusiasts and passionate individuals closer via events/conferences Larry Gregory talked to Christopher Stuckey, Stephen Reid, Jessica Merriman from FandomU at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week @ Atlanta , hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort FandomU developed a prototype on Windows Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell...
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    Interview with the Father of Visual Basic, Personas

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    See the video of Alan Cooper, Father of Visual Basic, as he talks about computer languages and what’s coming for the industry at The Visual Studio Documentary - Alan Cooper, the Father of Visual Basic . For over 30 years Alan Cooper has been a pioneer of the modern computing era. His groundbreaking work in software invention, design and construction has influenced a generation of programmers and business people—and helped a generation of users. Alan is the author of two best-selling books, About...
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    Windows Identity Foundation Simplifies User Access

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    Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation has been released to the Web (RTW). It helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools. Users can benefit through single sign-on and seamless collaboration across organizational boundaries. At PDC, Microsoft announced that Windows Identity Foundation will be available in Windows Azure. This means that a federated identity...
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    New Video - EyeMail delivers personalized audio/video emails from Windows Azure

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    Video Link - EyeMail delivers personalized audio/video emails from Windows Azure Larry Gregory talked to Lisa Jones, Robert Joseph, Vincent Thomas from EyeMail at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Atlanta hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort EyeMail ported their Audio/Video content to Windows Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn...
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    New Video - CoreMotives combines the power of Dynamics xRM and Windows Azure Platform to offer new Marketing Automation solution

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    Video Link - CoreMotives combines the power of Dynamics xRM and Windows Azure Platform to offer new Marketing Automation solution Larry Gregory talked to Rhett Thompson, Jeremie Desautels from CoreMotives at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Atlanta hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort CoreMotives ported their Microsoft Dynamics xRM application to Windows Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
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    New Video - Izenda brings the power of self-serve BI from cloud

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    Video Link - Izenda brings the power of self-serve BI from cloud Larry Gregory talked to Sanjay Bhatia from Izenda at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week In Atlanta hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort Izenda ported their hosted web application on Windows Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (t) http://www.twitter.com...
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    New Video - LessMeeting improves the productivity and efficiency of enterprise meetings

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    Video Link - LessMeeting improves the productivity and efficiency of enterprise meetings Larry Gregory talked to Blake Byrnes, Ryan Connelly, Richard Makerson from LessMeeting at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Atlanta , hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort LessMeeting converted an innovative idea to a working prototype on Windows Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn...
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    New Video - Linxter brings MonitorGrid to manage servers from cloud

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    Video Link - http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/jodonnell/Linxter-brings-MonitorGrid-to-manage-servers-from-cloud/ Larry Gregory talked to Jason Milgram, Ryan Parsley from Linxter at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week in Atlanta , hosted by Sanjay Jain . With a few days of design and development effort Linxter created an Agent based System Monitoring solution to watch the health of servers. Enjoy the show! John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
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    Channel 9 Learning Centers Offer Developers Free Training

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    Visit this new destination on Channel 9 for free technical training on emerging Microsoft products There is a collection of continually updated courses at the new Channel 9 Learning Center.  Each one includes a set of videos, hands-on labs, and source code samples help to bring your team up-to-speed quickly. There will be landing pages for each course offering, and the first two are now available: Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4 Windows 7 for Developers In addition to the great course...
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    Video, Photos Shows Windows Azure Data Centers

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    A video from CNET shows the new data center in Chicago that hosts Windows Azure. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers. Each of the servers can host e-mail, manage instant messages, or run your applications in Windows Azure . For a view inside, see Photos: Inside a Microsoft data center . Photos include a traditional data center, how the containers work, the air skates on which the containers...
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    Free SharePoint 2010 1 Day Developer Workshops

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    Paul Stubbs and Jim Blizzard will be presenting two different 1 day developer workshops in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa in December.  If you are a developer interested in learning about Microsoft’s fastest growing development platform this may be for you. SharePoint 2010 is the Business Collaboration Platform for creating rich enterprise applications. Seating is limited. Click on the links below to see more details and sign up. Sign up now Fort Lauderdale December 3rd 2009: http://msevents.microsoft...
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    SharePoint 2010 Developer Resources

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    Developers have been asking about resources available for SharePoint 2010 training. Here’s some resources that will help. Developer Resources For developers, SharePoint 2010 provides the business collaboration platform you can use to rapidly build solutions and respond to business needs. See Getting Started with SharePoint 2010   The series includes: · Module 1: Getting Started: Building Web Parts in SharePoint 2010 · Module 2: What Developers Need to Know About SharePoint 2010 · Module 3: Building...
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    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Highlights from “the New Efficiency” Launch

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    At this free event we’ll cover the “best of” content and deliver highlights from “the New Efficiency” Launch events taking place nationwide. ATTEND this special event and learn about these exciting new products and discover how: Windows 7 simplifies everyday tasks, improves productivity and works the way you want.  Windows Server 2008 R2 delivers new functionality and powerful improvements to the core Windows Server operating system to help organizations increase control, availability, and flexibility...
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    Software Architecture Workshop in Issaquah, WA

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    Just days after the Professional Developer Conference ( PDC09 ) we are organizing a Software Architecture Workshop (SAW) for our managed partners and independent experts. The event will be an intense and interactive one day event that is specifically targeted to address problems and opportunities for ISVs. Event is planned for the Microsoft office in Issaquah, WA on December 7. Register here . Who should attend? Software Solution Architects Technical Decision Makers Lead Software Developers Benefits...
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    Two New Editions Join SQL Server 2008 R2 Roadmap

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    Bob Muglia and Ted Kummert delivered a keynote address to more than 2,00o attendees at PASS Summit 2009, where they made key announcements: Upcoming SQL Server 2008 R2 community technology preview (CTP)  would be available in November. SQL Azure is now feature-complete and goes live in January. Two new editions of SQL Server to address high-end, mission-critical scenarios: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (formerly project code-named...
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    The SQL Azure Platform Advantage

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    The launch of the Windows Azure Platform is only days away.At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles from November 16th until November 19th Microsoft will launch the next generation cloud platform. Therefore, let’s look at the value proposition of SQL Azure as relational data storage in the cloud: Existing SQL Server apps &  tools, including PHP, can run on SQL Azure , triple redundancy included, provides instantaneous automated failover with no patching downtime, offers...
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    On Your Mark… Get Set… Go! It’s Time to Get Ready for the Windows Azure Platform

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    In efforts to help you get ready for the Windows Azure Platform, we have developed several key resources to assist you in learning about Azure as well as deep technical training to help you build applications. Understanding the Windows Azure Platform and Benefits Windows Azure Platform Partner Quickstart Portal This portal is an excellent resource to learn more about Windows Azure.  From videos and blogs to trainings and events, this can be your go to destination for materials and information...
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    Windows Azure Platform: Microsoft .NET Services

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    Microsoft .NET Services enable ISVs and other developers to connect cloud-based and on-premises applications and services. They include the .NET Access Control Service which provides identity federation and authentication, and the .NET Service Bus which enables communication across network and organizational boundaries. .NET Services enable developers to focus on their application logic, in the same way the Microsoft .NET Framework does, instead of having to deal with deploying their own cloud-based...
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    Windows Azure Platform: Microsoft SQL Azure

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    Exciting progress is being made in SQL Azure: Technical Preview Available Now:  Create a new SQL Azure account and register for the CTP. The SQL Azure Database CTP is available for free. Click here to create your account with your Live ID, and we will send you an invitation code. (Due to high demand for the SQL Azure Database CTP, there may be some delays in receiving your invitation codes as we onboard new participants.) New SQL Azure Evidence Available:  The Azure SQL team has posted...
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    Security Intelligence Report Details Threat Landscape

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    The seventh Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) describes the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. The release of the SIR is the seventh volume and includes data derived from hundreds of millions of Windows computers and some of the busiest online services on the Internet. This will be of value for ISVs with data centers as you evaluate the threat landscape. The report also provides...
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    New Video - Attachmate Describes Benefits of Joining Front Runner for Windows 7

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    Video Link - Attachmate Describes Benefits of Joining Front Runner for Windows 7 Kris Lall, Product Marketing Manager, at Attachmate describes the benefits for joining the early adopter program, Front Runner for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Now with the launch of Windows 7, there's still time to join Front Runner . Front Runner is an early adopter program for ISVs in the US that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies. Once you tell us that your...
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    White Paper: The Time to Move to the Cloud is Now

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    “The challenge for software vendors is no longer about when to include or even shift entirely to SaaS, software-plus services, or other Cloud-based solutions. The time is now. The challenge is how to make it happen,” according to a white paper written by Saugatuck Technology. The Microsoft-funded white paper, A Sense of Urgency for Software Companies:  Partnering for Success in the Cloud , shows that by year end 2010, nearly half of firms worldwide will be depending upon SaaS as part of their...
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    Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Course Launches on Channel 9

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    Channel 9 launches the Windows Server 2008 R2 Training Course for Developers. Channel 9 has always been about giving Developers insight into new Microsoft platform technologies. The Channel 9 Learning Center extends that objective with self-paced learning experiences. Windows Server 2008 R2 , “Not your average R2!” Explore this significant Windows Server release via a self-paced training course of videos and hands-on-labs with a focus on performance, web, management, and other server solution...
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