January, 2010

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    NEW Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server

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    Microsoft Previews Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server Microsoft has released a new preview version of a tool that enables users of the MySQL database to migrate to Microsoft's SQL Server . On Jan. 11, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL toolkit. This tool dramatically cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides...
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    How Companies Use Web Slices, Accelerators

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    Web slices and Accelerators are important new features in Internet Explorer 8 . What you may not know is how easy they are to implement and how much value they bring to your Web sites. Hear what country music star Dolly Parton has to say about Internet Explorer 8. Business Value of Web Slices, Accelerators Many companies and ISVs and those hosting applications online are finding Web Slices and Accelerators help increase customer awareness and responsiveness to their Web applications. For example...
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    Guthrie Weighs in on Technical Debates

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    Scott Guthrie , Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft, weighs in certain technical debates. In particular he discusses the ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC debate. In a blog posting, About Technical Debates (and ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC debates in particular), he provides some overall insights. For example,  he describes how developers debate and compare languages, frameworks, APIs, and tools as being both “annoying and a waste of time” and “a sign of a healthy...
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    Free Windows Azure Training Events Nationwide

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    Come join in a 15-city tour of Windows Azure events for developers and IT Pros. Join your local MSDN Events team as we take a deep dive into cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform. For more details and for other events in your area, see MSDN Live Events for Developers . Windows Azure Training Events Agenda Windows Azure for IT Pros Windows Azure for Developers SESSION 1: The Next Wave: Windows Azure The future of highly available, high-performance...
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    New Video - Gabriel Torok from PreEmptive Solutions talks with Murray Gordon at PDC 2009

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    Video Link - Gabriel Torok from PreEmptive Solutions talks with Murray Gordon at PDC 2009 Murray Gordon talked with Gabriel Torok of PreEmptive Solutions about their solutions to help you get better insight into your code. In addition Gabriel talked about the new Runtime Intelligence solution that helps you gain insight into your codes performance in the field. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http...
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    Best Practice to Minimize you Windows Azure Compute Hours!

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    Starting 1st of February you will be charges for the use of Windows Azure deployments. In order to minimize you usage and cost you can find best practices to minimize your usage by: Understand how we charge Take advantage of the introductory offers Develop and test locally Delete applications you no longer need from the cloud Use the right number of instances of an application You can find more information here . Gunther’s blog
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    New Video - Peak 15 Systems builds Tour Operator Software using Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    Video Link - Peak 15 Systems builds Tour Operator Software using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Peak 15 Systems have worked with Microsoft Dynamics CRM to transform it into a system that can be used in the Tour Operator industry. In this video James O'Leonard and Tim Klooster from Peak 15 System talked to us about why and how they built their solution on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com...
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    Word (.docx and .docm) Custom XML Scanning Tool

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    To assist you with determining if you have documents that may be affected by the recent court ruling on Custom XML and Word 2007 ( more info here ) we have released a tool that will scan your .docx and .docm files to determine if they contain Custom XML markup or not. You can get more info and the tool, including source, from this post by Gray Knowlton.
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 To Ship in May

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 will be generally available in May. The release date was announced on Data Platform Insider blog . SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well managed Business Intelligence on a self-service basis for your users. Download the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP, as well as Microsoft's complete Business Intelligence...
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    Developing Mobile solutions on the train to PDC 2009 from Seattle to LA

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    Loke Uei Tan had fun with multiple teams of mobile developers on the train from Seattle to LA for PDC 2009. In Loke's own words.. "We organized this event the weekend prior to PDC 2010 where we invited 8 developers to join us on this 36 hour trip from Seattle to Los Angeles on the Amtrak Coast Starlight express. The theme was “Green”, seeing that we were taking the most efficient method of transportation down the west coast, we had these 8 developers form 4 teams to conceptualize, design and develop...
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    Windows Phone at MIX10

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    Yes, at MIX10 you’ll learn about developing applications and games for the next generation of Windows Phone. Yes, we’ll have Phone sessions, and we can’t say more…yet. Stay tuned and check back often or join the MIX mailing list . 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/jodonnel
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    View Local, National Technical Events on MSDN

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    The MSDN Events and TechNet Events landing pages will now incorporate all US technical audience events. You can get a comprehensive view of local and national event offerings in their community. New to the sites’ functionality are zip code search pulling in all events in a 300 mile radius; Keyword/topic search; Microsoft Virtual earth with event locations plotted across the US; and an event video teaser. The sites also feature presenter bios, a customer poll, evangelist blog postings by state, an...
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    Grande Finale of the BizSparkCamp in NYC :-)

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    Top Start-up Pitches and Award Ceremony Join us for the exciting finale of this two day event! January 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm http://bit.ly/BizCampNYC BizSparkCamp is a 2 day event where startups can leverage expert help from Microsoft, third parties, and the Business world. The start-ups will work on their products or services related to the "cloud" using Windows Azure (Windows in the cloud). The program is free and features ½ day of training, 1 day of active prototype/development time...
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    New Video - Mid America Consulting Group talks about the benefits of building applications on Dynamics CRM

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    Video Link - Mid America Consulting Group talks about the benefits of building applications on Dynamics CRM Sanjay Jain talked with Mandar Pikhani, Raymond Wong and Lenin Lopez of Mid America Consulting Group at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago Mid America Consulting Group worked with their advisor to see how Dynamics XRM could be used to build line of business applications. During the week the team worked with our offshore developers to finalize their security model. As mentioned in...
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    New Video - Interbankfx discovers how Dynamics XRM can be used in the foreign currency trading industry

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    Video Link - Interbankfx discovers how Dynamics XRM can be used in the foreign currency trading industry Sanjay Jain talked with Mike Trionfo and Ryan Plant of Interbankfx at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago Interbankfx produces systems to enable investors to trade in foreign currencies. During the week Interbankfx learned how Dynamics XRM can be used to build many different types of line of business applications. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft...
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    New Video - Infinity Info Systems reviews their week at a Chicago XRM Lab with Sanjay Jain

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    Video Link - Infinity Info Systems reviews their week at a Chicago XRM Lab with Sanjay Jain Sanjay Jain talked with Mike Hammons and Bob Peskin of Infinity Info Systems at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago Over the course of the week Mike an Bob learned new technologies including Dynamics XRM, Silverlight 3 and 4. 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...
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    New Video - EKI talks with Sanjay Jain about Dynamics XRM at a Chicago XRM Lab

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    Video Link - EKI talks with Sanjay Jain about Dynamics XRM at a Chicago XRM Lab Sanjay Jain talked with Bennett Johnson and Diego Perez Mesa of EKI at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago EKI is a technology advisor in the area of business process re-organization. During the week EKI worked on a prototype for a new product and expanded their knowledge of the Microsoft XRM platform John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com...
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    FastCGI v1.5 Released for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1

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    I’m pleased to inform you that Microsoft has released FastCGI version 1.5 for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1, as per Ruslan’s posting on blogs.iis.net up on http://blogs.iis.net/ruslany/archive/2010/01/18/fastcgi-extension-1-5-for-iis-5-1-and-iis-6-0-rtw.aspx . FastCGI is the handler for PHP requests on IIS, and now features: Monitor changes to a file (php.ini as an example). Will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool. Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. Set by default now. STDERR stream...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4 Release Date Set

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    The release date for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 has been set as April 12 according to a one-line post on a Developer Division’s Marketing and Communications Manager Rob Caron’s blog . Visual Studio 2010 features built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and interoperability with technologies such as the database, ASP.NET model view controller, Unified Modeling Language (UML), Microsoft...
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    Scientific American Reveals Technology Behind Project Natal

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    In developing the Project Natal motion-tracking system, Microsoft researchers accumulated a vast amount of biometric data to help develop accurate movement technologies. Scientific American magazine reveals how Microsoft studied the human body to train its latest motion-tracking gaming technology to work without the need for controllers in Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360 . Project Natal was the world’s first gaming device to combine an RGB camera...
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    Free Developer Training for Windows Mobile 6.5

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    A new series of videos from MSDEV will help you develop your applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. This series of Web seminars will lead you through common application development scenarios in Windows Mobile 6.5. Some of the topics that will be covered are embedded databases, SMS messaging, touch-screen-enabled Gesture APIs, and building GPA-aware applications. The series includes these videos: Getting Started with Application Development for Windows Mobile 6.5 Using SQL Server Compact Edition with...
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    Children Create Video Games Using Kodu from Microsoft Research

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    Microsoft is introducing children to programming and helping them advance their design, math, and problem-solving skills wth Kodu . With Kodu, budding developers string together simple and intuitive cartoon icons that define the rules of their game world, rather than using complex programming language. The result: Anyone from seven to 70 can create a game in minutes. Kodu is a game developed by Microsoft Research that invites users to create their own worlds while teaching them the basics of game...
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    Windows Azure Operating System Versioning

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    If you are working with Azure already then you probably were wondering how versioning of the operating system will work and how you can make sure that upgrades and patches do NOT have any negative impact on your cloud application. Now we got some answers on that issue: Operating System Versioning in Windows Azure Customers can now choose when their applications receive new operating system updates and patches by selecting which version of the operating system their applications will run on in Windows...
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    Free Developer Training for SharePoint

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    MSDEV presents a series of hour-long videos provide you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS). Topics include Installation & Configuration, Administration, Security and Customizing Workflows. See: MOSS Overview for the Technical Decision Maker MOSS Installation and Configuration MOSS Administration MOSS Security MOSS: Customizing Workflows All are available now. See Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Fundamentals . Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft...
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    Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit Offered

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    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) just got easy with SEO Toolkit , an extension for IIS. The IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit helps Web developers, hosting providers, and Web server administrators to improve their Web site’s relevance in search results by recommending how to make the site content more search engine-friendly. The IIS SEO Toolkit includes the Site Analysis module, the Robots Exclusion module, and the Sitemaps and Site Indexes module, which let you perform detailed analysis...
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