February, 2010

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    Windows 7 RC Expiration Notifications Begin in February

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    Windows 7 RC (release candidate) users will start seeing notifications on their PCs on February 15 to indicate that the system will expire and their data needs to be backed up.  Important Dates February 15 – Notifications begin and the frequency increases as it gets closer to the March 1 st . March 1 – Time bomb. The system reboots every two hours (or blue-screens depending on the system failure settings in Startup and recovery options). June 1 – License expires. The system goes into Notification...
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    Zend Framework Supposts Windows Azure

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    Z end Technologies Inc. has announced the availability of Zend Framework 1.10 , which among other new features includes support for Microsoft Windows Azure cloud services. With this announcement, PHP Developers now have great choice when it comes to writing web applications targeting Windows Azure. Besides the Windows Azure SDK included in Zend Framework, there is Windows Azure SDK for PHP which is already prepackaged in Windows Azure tools for Eclipse and the more simpler Simple Cloud API.  ...
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    Nike Application Shows Off Windows Azure Features

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    Check out www.jumpman23mosaic.com . It’s a five gigapixel “social mosaic” of photos of Air Jordan shoes submitted by fans. Windows Azure currently supports the following two types of roles: Web role : A web role is a role that is customized for web application programming as supported by IIS 7 and ASP.NET. Worker role : A worker role is a role that is useful for generalized development, and may perform background processing for a web role. Fans submit photos of their shoes online. Then every ten...
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    Upgrade Your Windows Azure CTP Account Today

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    If you have a billing location in one of our initial launch countries, beginning February 1, 2010 any Windows Azure CTP account(s) not already converted to a commercial subscription will be deactivated. To avoid interruption of service you must upgrade your CTP account to a commercial subscription by visiting our offers page to get an account. For more information, see Commercial Rollout plan . The Windows Azure platform offers a flexible, familiar environment for developers to create cloud applications...
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    Windows Azure Drive Beta Released

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    A beta release of Windows Azure Drive is now available. It was announced as XDrive at PDC 2009. Customers have told us that they want to take their already running Windows applications and run them in the cloud using the standard Windows NTFS APIs, and make sure that the data is durable. With Windows Azure Drive, your Windows Azure applications running in the cloud can use existing NTFS APIs to access a durable drive. This can significantly ease the migration of existing Windows applications to the...
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    Check out ‘Quick Hit’ Videos on ASP.NET 4

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    Check out the new “Quick Hit” videos about ASP.NET 4. They’ll give you a great way to quickly learn about many of the cool new things coming with the release. Most videos are shorter than 5 minutes. You can learn more about some of the new ASP.NET 4 features by watching these 22 ASP.NET Quick Hit Videos . ASP.NET Chart Control . Learn how to use the ASP.NET Chart Control to create simple, intuitive, and visually compelling charts. Dynamic Metadata . Learn about Page.MetaKeywords and Page.MetaDescription...
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    Security Development Lifecycle Template Supports Agile

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    A new Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) template supports rapid applications development. It works with Visual Studio Team System 2008/Team Foundation Server and integrates SDL with the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) and Agile development practices. You download the template from MSF-Agile plus Security Development Lifecycle Process Template for VSTS 2008 . The template automatically creates workflow items to meet SDL security requirements each time code is checked in to the server. There...
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    Sensors Measure the Physical World in Your Windows 7 App

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    Yochay Kiriaty has pulled together a blog post describing how you can use the Windows 7 Sensor API to build compelling applications. His post is I Can Feel You – Using the Windows 7 Sensor Platform on the Windows Team Blog. Windows 7 includes native support for sensors, which are devices that can measure physical phenomena such as temperature or location. For example, automobile engines typically use a variety of sensors. These sensors are monitored by an onboard computer that continuously adjusts...
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    SQL Azure Q&A

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    The SQL Azure team has put together a set of questions and answers in their blog post, SQL Azure Database Now Generally Available – SLAs in effect . Q: What is Microsoft SQL Azure Database? A: Microsoft SQL Azure™ Database is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud.   SQL Azure Database enables easy provisioning and deployment of multiple databases...
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    Free Developer Training -- Windows 7 Features in Seven Minutes

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    MSDEV has produced a set of videos to help you light up your application with the features of Windows 7. The online videos are available today. Get to know Windows 7, 7 minutes at a time! In this series of short, code-focused videos you’ll see how to take advantage of the great new features in Windows 7. Each video is under seven minutes long, so you can check out a new video in less time than it takes to check your mail or grab your morning cup of coffee. Windows 7 Taskbar “Thumb Buttons”...
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    New ‘Quick Hit’ Videos Show Visual Studio 2010 Features

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    A series of short videos introduces you to the new features of Visual Studio 2010 . The videos are shorter than 7 minutes. Code Optimized Profile. Learn how to use the "Web Development (Code Optimized)" profile option in Visual Studio 2010 that hides the designer tab and focuses on a source-only editing experience . Code Search View Hierarchy . IntelliSense Smart Lists . Learn about list filtering in Visual Studio's IntelliSense. Multi-Monitor Support . Learn about Visual Studio's support...
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    Videos for Developer And Designers Building Web 2.0

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    A new series of videos has been launched on MSDEV for developers and designers. The “Think Like A...” series is a collection of topics presenting a developer's point of view and a designer's point of view on what goes into making a WEB 2.0 website. The purpose of this series is to help developers understand and appreciate a designer's viewpoint on creating a website, and on the flip side, to help designers understand and appreciate a developer’s viewpoint on creating a website. The series launches...
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    ASP.NET MVC 2 New Release Candidate Available

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    Scott Guthrie has announced the availability of  ASP.NET MVC (Release Candidate 2) for VS 2008/.NET 3.5.  You can download it here . The RC2 release of ASP.NET MVC 2 is a follow-up to the first ASP.NET MVC 2 RC build that we shipped in December.  It includes a bunch of bug fixes, performance work, and some final API and behavior additions/changes.  For a list of changes, see ASP.NET MVC 2 (Release Candidate 2) Now Available . ASP.NET MVC is a free, fully supported, Microsoft product...
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    Free BI Developer Training Kit for SQL Server 2008 R2 Released

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    The SQL Server Evangelism Team has released the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download center. Download the kit from SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit . You can download SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Preview at Get the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP . SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server...
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    The Future of FAST on Linux and Unix

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    Bjørn Olstad, CTO of FAST and Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, has penned a blog post on the Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog that details the future plans for FAST. Here is just a snippet, be sure to check out the full post for all the details: We will always interoperate with non-Windows systems on both the front- and back-end. Our search solutions will crawl and index content stored on Windows, Linux, and UNIX systems, and our UI controls will work with UI frameworks running on any operating...
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    Find Out More about Front Runner For Windows Azure Platform

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    Interested in getting started with Windows Azure? Come join in Front Runner program for Windows Azure . When you join the Front Runner program, you’ll get access to one-on-one technical support from our developer experts by phone or e-mail. Then, once you tell us that your application is compatible, you’ll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know that you’re a Front Runner. Technical Benefits Get application support from our development expert by phone and/or e-mail....
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    Whiteboard Characters Answer ‘Why Windows Azure?"’

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    MSDEV presents a video series where Bill Lodin uses a whiteboard to help illustrate why people should adopt Windows Azure. The series takes an interesting turn when the whiteboard’s personality emerges and it becomes a co-host. The series answers the question, Why Windows Azure . Episodes Episode 1 - What Is Windows Azure and Why Is It In the Cloud? In this first episode, Bill and his whiteboard sidekick introduce the concept of Cloud Computing and Microsoft's implementation of Cloud Computing with...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4 Release Candidate Ships

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    The release candidate for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 is available for download. The downloadable release candidate was offered to MSDN subscribers on Monday. Non-members can get it on Wednesday. The RC includes a go-live license for people who want to deploy in their production environment. For more information, see “Going live” with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate . The launch of Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 for April 12. Visual Studio 2010 features capabilities...
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    Got Feedback on Visual Studio 2010?

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    The release candidate of Visual Studio 2010 was made available this week. We’re making the RC build widely available so you can try it out with your projects as well.  You can report your feedback through our survey site and any issues through Connect. Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2010 Now Generally Available

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    Jason Zander has announced the general availability of the release candidate (RC) of Visual Studio 2010 in his blog post Visual Studio 2010 / .NET Framework 4 RC Ready for General Download . The release candidate (RC) bits are now ready for general download here . In his post, he provides a FAQ. He’s a quick summary: Silverlight 3 is supported in the release. Express Editions will be available on release in April. You should uninstall Beta 2 before installing the RC. VS 2010 runs along side VS 2008...
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    Join MSDEV Fan Page on Facebook

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    MSDEV is now on Facebook! Become a fan and you'll be entered to receive a "I'm a dev" t-shirt! Join the MSDEV fan page on Facebook . MSDEV site provides free developer training and videos online.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation  
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    Visual Studio 2010 RC + Silverlight 4 – Heads up!

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    Heads up everyone!  If you’re doing Silverlight 4 development, you’ll need to remain on the Beta 2 build of Visual Studio 2010 - Tim Heuer explains why this is case in a recent blog posting . I found this out the hard way in my enthusiasm to upgrade to the latest public build – hope it doesn’t catch any of you by surprise. jmp
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    Beta for Enterprise Library Released by patterns & practices

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    BETA1 releases of Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 and Microsoft Unity 2.0 have been released by the patterns and practices team . You’ll find improvements made to the overall Enterprise Library architecture and configuration experience in both of Enterprise Library and Unity. Enterprise Library is also easier to extend. Our Enterprise Library Contrib community has been active releasing additional providers and new blocks . The new version runs side-by-side with earlier versions. A new Developer...
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    Microsoft Technology Supports Vancouver Olympics

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    Microsoft is once again participating in the Winter Olympics with Silverlight’s IIS Smooth Streaming technology, Bing, and more. Microsoft is behind the scenes of NBC's online video coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. NBColympics.com 's video browser and player run on Silverlight , The offering will be made on NBCOlympics.com on MSN . Silverlight For all 15 Winter sports, NBC Universal is offering exclusive digital event coverage that includes more than 400 hours of live competition and more than...
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    Windows phone 7 Series Debuts at Mobile World Congress

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    Today, we announced the next generation of Microsoft’s mobile phone business.  At Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Steve Ballmer unveiled Windows Phone  7 Series .  With Windows Phone 7 Series, we have taken a generational leap forward to deliver a unique, delightful customer experience with inspiring hardware from our OEM partners. The new fully integrated mobile phone experience will be available in stores this fall, said Ballmer. "The new generation of Windows Phone...
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