January, 2010

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    Register Now for Early Bird Special for MIX10

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    This year’s MIX10 , a 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites. MIX is March 15-17 in Las Vegas. Free Hotel Stay + $795 pass for customers expires on Friday, January 15th   If you register by January 15, 2010, you will get $600 off their pass and a free night stay at Mandalay Bay. Voting is LIVE for the Open Call for Content Now through January 15, anyone can go vote for the community-submitted sessions that they’d like to see at MIX...
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    Tool Eases Migration from MySQL to SQL Server

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    A new tool enables you to migrate from MySQL database to SQL Server . A community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit. Others include Oracle, Sybase, Access, and an analyzer for PowerBuilder. The toolkits were designed to tackle the complex manual process customers deal with when migrating databases. SQL Server Migration...
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    Free Developer Training for WPF 4

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    What’s New in Windows Presentation Foundation 4 presents a series of short, “how-to” videos to introduce the various new features that have been added to WPF with .NET 4.0. Each video provides a code-focused look at how you can leverage a new feature or set of features in your WPF applications. Each video from MSDEV is shorter than 15 minutes. Learn about: New Windows Presentation Foundation Controls. This video introduces three new controls in WPF – DataGrid, Calendar and DatePicker. You’ll see...
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    Why MySpace Uses SQL Server

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    MySpace uses SQL Server for more than 400 databases within the company. In an article in SQL Server Magazine thing month, they explain why MySpace chose SQL Server. The article is MySpace Answers the Question: Why SQL Server? The article discusses the architecture, scaling issues when moving from one million to three million users, data integrity and replication. See how MySpace runs their data center on SQL Server.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Upgrade your 2008 SharePoint Projects to 2010 Projects

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    Are you itching to get going on SharePoint 2010? Do you already have a number of projects you will need to continue working with after you migrate to SharePoint 2010? We just released the beta of a tool that will convert your VSeWSS (Visual Studio extensions for Windows SharePoint Services) projects to Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint projects. Check out this blog post for more info and links to the bits: http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/archive/2010/01/11/just-published-the-beta-for-the-vsewss-to-visual...
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    New “Fact or Fiction?” Ads for PHP Developers

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    Just read about this new “Fact or Fiction?” ad campaign for PHP developers that Wintellect completed for Microsoft . These pages are navigated to via banner ads from a media buy that will target PHP developers (see attached image examples). The idea is to draw PHP developers into the ASP.NET and VSTS platforms. A big media buy went along with this to post these banners around the web… So we should be seeing these ads around the internet soon. I love these ads. You get the Fiction, then...
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    Interesting article on IE, Firefox, Chrome and future of browser wars

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    Normally I don’t spend a lot of time reading about the browser wars, but one of my colleagues, Bruce Kyle – prolific blogger on the Microsoft US ISV Team Blog , pointed me to this article called Microsoft IE's downfall 'far fetched,' says researcher Lock on enterprise ensures long life for IE; Firefox in danger of being replaced by Chrome http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9143918/Microsoft_IE_s_downfall_far_fetched_says_researcher It’s definitely worth a read. Love this quote: ...
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    Free Developer Training for Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4

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    A new series of on-demand videos covers some of the new features in Visual Studio 2010, as of the Beta 2 release, and some of the new language features in .NET languages including C#, Visual Basic.NET, and F#, as of version 4 of the .NET framework. The videos are available from MSDEV today. Topics available today include: Parallelism ADO.Net Data Services F# Office Programmability Topics available next week include: ASP.NET AJAX ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET Web Forms Managed...
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    Phizzpop 2010 Contest launches today!

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    Phizzpop 2010 contest site http://www.phizzpop.com/ launched today, and a MSFT Press Pass article also went out $50,000 PhizzPop Design Challenge: Agencies Called to Design New Web Site for Boys & Girls Clubs of America .  The more official launch email will go out to agencies after Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure you are aware so you can please inform you all.  Partners will need to submit their Design Challenge entry (up to 10 page PDF) by February 19, 2010 – so get your submissions...
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    Ballmer Picks Natural User Interface As Next Big Trend

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    An interesting article in the Huntington Post by Steve Ballmer discusses the tends in technology. He writes, “trends like the proliferation of ever cheaper and lighter HD screens, the combination of smart devices and powerful PCs connected to the cloud and the changing nature of television when combined with innovative software.” He chooses Natural User Interface as the next big trend. “But I believe we will look back on 2010 as the year we expanded beyond the mouse and keyboard and started incorporating...
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    Make a Business Case for Attending Conferences

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    Here’s a great blog post from Sean Gerety on how to make a business case for attending conferences. I’m guessing there are a lot of us who have had to go through this exercise with our companies. With the conference season about to heat up, this is very timely. Check out Sean’s post at http://ideakitchn.com/blogs/sean/archive/2010/01/04/so-you-want-to-go-to-a-conference.aspx Here’s some added goodness from Doug Turnure at Microsoft to help skin Sean’s suggestions. You could enumerate...
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    New Video - FieldPoint prototypes field service solution with Dynamics XRM at Chicago XRM Lab

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    New Video - FieldPoint prototypes field service solution with Dynamics XRM at Chicago XRM Lab Sanjay Jain talked with Andy Leitzinger of FieldPoint Service Applications Inc . at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago Over the course of the week Andy looked at how Dynamics XRM could be used in the mobile service professional market. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde ...
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    First Look at Workflow in .NET 4

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    Windows Workflow Foundation programs coordinate with a minimal ceremony. It provides a programming model, in-process workflow engine and rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within .NET applications. In .NET Framework 4, Windows Workflow Foundation introduces a significant amount of change from the previous versions in .NET 3.0 and 3.5. In fact, the team revisited the core of the programming model, runtime and tooling and has re-architected each one to increase...
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    Future of Enterprise Library Discussed in Video

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    The Microsoft Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges. Application blocks are provided as source code plus documentation that can be used "as is," extended, or modified by developers to use on complex, enterprise-level line-of-business development projects. Grigori Melnik and Bob Brumfield discuss the future of Enterprise Library. Enterprise Library v5 preview...
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    New Video - DAXKO prototypes new membership management solution at XRM Lab in Chicago

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    Video Link - DAXKO prototypes new membership management solution at XRM Lab in Chicago Sanjay Jain talked with Austin Merritt and Daniel Rehner of DAXKO at a recent XRM Acceleration Lab in Chicago DAXKO currently focuses on building solutions to meet the needs of YMCA's such as membership management. Over the week they were able to prototype a solution based on Dynamics xRM and got to work with Silverlight. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b...
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    Build WPF Data Controls for Outlook Add-ins Easily with VS2010

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    Learn how you can use drag-and-drop data binding and the new WPF designer in Visual Studio 2010 to quickly create controls without writing one line of XAML yourself. http://blogs.msdn.com/bethmassi/archive/2009/12/21/build-wpf-data-controls-for-outlook-addins-easily-with-vs2010.aspx
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    Free Azure for January

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    The Windows Azure Platform is available to you at NO COST for the remainder of January.  Choose from an array of offers for The Windows Azure Platform and all of its features.   You have the opportunity to track your usage and preview exactly how billing will work before you need to start paying.  Use Windows Azure to build applications and services in the cloud that are scalable, efficient, flexible, and fast! Don’t wait another minute and download the SDK and tools , and enroll...
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    New Video - Lieberman Software talks about being a Microsoft partner at PDC 2009

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    Video Link - Lieberman Software talks about being a Microsoft partner at PDC 2009 Phil Lieberman from Lieberman Software talked with us at PDC 2009 about their business, being a Microsoft partner and also the benefits of getting your product certified. Be sure to watch to the end to hear the great comment Phil makes about Windows XP and Windows 7. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn...
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    Microsoft Research Reveals New Muscle User Interface

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    Check out this Microsoft Research video that shows the concepts discussed in the patent filing -- including a demonstration of how to use muscle movement to play Guitar Hero, air-guitar style. For more information, see Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle .   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Is Your Company Ready for S+S?

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    Are you ready for Software+Services ? Have you been thinking about your S+S strategy? Software-plus-services is the next logical step in the evolution of software development and represents an exciting growth opportunity for independent software vendors. By leveraging the software-plus-services model, you can expand service offerings and generate new revenue streams. And you can explore numerous options to fit your business. You can: Add Web services to your existing products. Build new products...
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    Office 2010 Pricing Announced

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    Office 2010 will be offered in four versions, to make it easier to choose a version of Office that’s best for you – Office Home and Business, Office Professional, Office Home and Student, and Office Professional Academic. Here’s a chart that outlines the features and pricing for each version. Version Boxed Product Product Key Card Office Home and Student $149 $119 Office Home and Business $279 $199 Office Professional $499 $349 Office Professional Academic $99 N/A Office Home and Student boxed product...
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    New Video - Talking with NewsGator at PDC 2009

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    Video link - Talking with NewsGator at PDC 2009 PDC 2009 was a great place to talk with our partners and learn about their excitement of working with Microsoft Technologies. In this video Glenn Berry of NewsGator Technologies talked to us about their work with Microsoft technologies as an RSS platform company. 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...
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    Get Started with Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines

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    New Visual Studio 2010 virtual machines are available for you and your customers to download and try. This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities. Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 2010 – Beta 2, WITH SAMPLE DATA This virtual machine includes everything you need to learn and demonstrate the application...
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    Boost Your Business in the New Year in Microsoft Partner Network

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    The Microsoft Partner Network offers programs to help software companies bring your ideas to market. There’s no cost to join. Enrollment Re-enrollment Microsoft Partner Network membership, you can create new opportunities, increase demand, and achieve your business objectives. Leverage unique resources to help drive business innovation and form a trusted foundation for strategic decision making, increased agility, and long-term competitive advantage. Why Join? By partnering with Microsoft, you can...
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    Azure benefits through MSDN and BizSpark!

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    On January 4 th , the Windows Azure Platform launched commercially (i.e., customers must begin paying for the service) in the following countries: Austria Belgium Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland India Italy Japan The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Singapore Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members in the countries listed above are now able to sign up for a special introductory Windows Azure platform...
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