February, 2010

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    Get started with Microsoft Test Manager

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    I been getting a lot of questions lately about the testing story for Visual Studio 2010. Here’s a little summary and resources to get you started. Products that include Testing features Three products provide testing functionality in Visual Studio 2010: Visual Studio Test Professional : This is primarily for the generalist tester who wants to create manual test cases, run these tests and view the results as part of a test plan. This SKU includes the new application called Microsoft Test Manager....
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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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    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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    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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    SharePoint 2010 configuration, migration and feature breakdown

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    Here’s some great info on SharePoint. John Weise, ISV Architect Evangelist at Microsoft, pointed me at this TechNet info and thought I’d pass it along.  If you have anyone doing SharePoint work there is some great stuff here on configuration, migration and new feature breakdowns.  These are all is PDF and great to have in your back pocket when talking through a SharePoint rollout. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263199(office.14).aspx Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers...
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    Popular Web Applications Available Free on Windows Web App Gallery

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    Today, Microsoft announced as February’s monthly spotlight: the Windows Web App Gallery , available via the Web Platform Installer. The Windows Web Application Gallery provides instant access to the most popular free web applications available today. With just a few clicks you can install applications and be up and running within minutes. The Windows Web App Gallery offers: The Most Popular Web Applications Seamless Installation Ability to Choose with Confidence For more information or to download...
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    Windows Azure Resources for Decision Makers

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    Jared Bienz, an ISV Architect Evangelist on our team covering the South Central Region, came up with this fairly comprehensive list of great resources on Windows Azure and Live Framework. This content is great for business decision makers. Don’t miss the link to the SQL Azure Migration Wizard at the bottom. If you haven’t seen it, this is a powerful tool. Windows Azure Links Windows Azure Homepage The main public landing page for Windows Azure. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/ Windows Azure...
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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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    New MultiPoint Server Offers Schools Affordable Computing

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    MultiPoint Server 2010 , a new Windows product that increases access to affordable computing in educational scenarios such as classrooms, labs and libraries by allowing multiple users to simultaneously share one computer using multiple screens. Microsoft is announcing new partnerships that create a strong global ecosystem of hardware companies that give customers a breadth of choices to buy and use Windows MultiPoint Server solutions. Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 is an operating system that enables...
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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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    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 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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    IEEE Student Members Get Microsoft Developer Tools

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    Microsoft and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – better known as the IEEE – have partnered for IEEE student members will have free access to of Microsoft development tools. "IEEE student members will benefit from access to free Microsoft software, training and opportunities to connect to the Microsoft community," Cecelia Jankowski, managing director of IEEE member and geographic activities, said in a news release , "through speaker invitations, connections to Microsoft...
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    Explore 3D World with Photosynth

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    ISVs looking for new and interesting ways of exploring information may want to look at Photosynth . Photosynth creates an amazing new experience with nothing more than a bunch of photos. Creating a synth allows you to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. There's an interesting video on YouTube from Binary Millenium showing how to make a 3D model out of real objects using Microsoft's...
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    SQL Server Service Packs Scheduled

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    Service Packs for SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 have been announced. The announcement was made on the team’s blog at Microsoft SQL Server Release Services . SQL Server 2008 SP2. Microsoft targets release in third quarter of this calendar year. SQL Server 2005 SP4 is targeted for release in the fourth quarter of this year. Based on current support volume as well as the fact that SQL Server 2005 will enter into extended support on April 13, 2011 we anticipate this to be the last Service Pack...
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    Outlook .PST File Format Spec Released

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    A while back we had a post talking about how we were going to be releasing the .PST file format spec which would allow application developers to tap into a .PST file without having to launch Outlook or build an add-in to Outlook.  Well, the day has finally come, we have published the spec here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff385210.aspx
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Video - Making business decisions with rules technology from InRule Technology

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    Video Link - Making business decisions with rules technology from InRule Technology Loren Goodman and Theresa O'Neil of InRule Technology talked with Greg Oliver about business rules in traditional as well as cloud deployments. Callable business rules allow rules to change without going back to the development organization for implementation. 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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    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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    Architect Innovation Café Explains Visual Studio, Windows 7

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    Architect Innovation Café is a set of 60-minute Software Architect-focused Webcast to educate on the latest trends/topics and how new technologies can align with your business needs.  Two sessions are offered this week that are of interest. Visual Studio Tools For Architects February 25, 2010 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Come learn how the new code visualization, UML, and Architectural Validation tools inside Visual Studio 2010 come together to help you understand existing code bases, model domain...
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