March, 2010

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    Get ‘Cloud Ready’ at Azure Firestarter Event Online

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    In response to overwhelming feedback, we've organized a special, all-day FREE Windows Azure Firestarter event April 6, 2010, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PT) at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington to help developers learn more about how they can take full advantage of cloud services.  This one-of-a-kind event will focus on helping developers get ‘cloud ready' and will include sessions about Microsoft's strategic vision for the cloud, the end-to-end view of the Windows Azure platform from a developer...
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    Front Runner Offers App Compat Support for SharePoint, Office

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    When you join the Front Runner program, you can access one-on-one technical support by phone or e-mail from our developer experts, who can help you get your application compatible with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 . Once 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 . SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 join Front Runner programs to help ISVs in the United States get their applications compatible with Windows...
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    SteamInsight, Multi-Server Management Highlight SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Kit Update

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    The update to the SQL Server 2008 R2 developer training kit is now available. The March 2010 Update 2 release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit which contains new modules for Application and Multi-Server Management (AMM) and StreamInsight . The training kit also highlights key “better together” scenarios with Visual Studio 2010 , Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 .  The training kit is free, easy to download and install, and contains dependency checker and installer...
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    Create Silverlight Apps Using Plug-in Components

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    Application requirements change frequently and software is constantly evolving. As a result, such applications often become monolithic making it difficult to add new functionality. Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a new library in .NET Framework 4.0 that addresses this problem by simplifying the design of extensible applications and components. Reusable Components MEF presents a simple solution for the runtime extensibility problem. Until now, any application that wanted to support a plugin...
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    Report Shows ROI on Virtual Test Labs

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    Virtual lab management technology delivers immediate, measurable benefits and return on investment (ROI). As ISVs you want to rapidly provision and deliver an environment for testing, development. And the results help sales, marketing, training, technical publications, support. It can enhance business alignment as it removes barriers and lowers costs, particularly capital expenditures (CAPEX). This voke research is based on interviews from August 2009 to February 2010. It identifies market readiness...
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    VM Support in Windows Azure

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    Many of my customers and partners have raised questions around Windows Azure and the pilot program that Microsoft announced with Amazon Web Services. While Windows Azure is not participating in this pilot, Microsoft is actively monitoring the feedback and will leverage the results this pilot to shape their future offerings.  Microsoft has committed to enabling customers to purchase Windows Azure through a combination of existing and new licensing agreements. Additionally they will also ensure...
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    Update to Office Communications Server Unveiled

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    Code-named Office Communications Server "14" was unveiled at VoiceCon. The new version is part of the Office 2010 wave of products and is due out before the end of the year. Communications Server will be tightly integrated with SharePoint Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010....
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    See Microsoft Research Innovations Videos from TechFest 2010

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    See the innovations and cool technologies that were shown during TechFest 2010 by Microsoft Research. Research includes advances in security, cloud, and media....
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    Architecture Journal Topics Model, Processes

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    The new Architecture Journal covers modeling and processes in software development. This 23rd issue of The Architecture Journal is on Architecture Modeling andProcesses . The articles that were selected for this occasion deal with aspects such as: Change-enabled architectures. Brandon Satrom and Paul Rayner advise us on how to keep architecture relevant, and not forgotten, after the solution has been implemented. Architecture verification. V. Gnanasekaran explains ways to confirm that a given approach...
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    New Video - MIX10 Event Summary with Larry Gregory and Warren Wilbee

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    Video Link - MIX10 Event Summary with Larry Gregory and Warren Wilbee MIX10 was an exciting event for both designers and technologists. I caught up with Warren Wilbee and Larry Gregory to get their thoughts at the end of the event and what they thought were some of the highlights. 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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    New Video - MIX10 Day Two Windows Phone 7 Series Recap with the Windows Phone Champs

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    Video Link - MIX10 Day Two Windows Phone 7 Series Recap with the Windows Phone Champs John O'Donnell , Jared Bienz and Ahmed El-Ramly got together at MIX10 to give their thoughts on the second days Windows Phone 7 Series sessions and what features has them reaching for the new free developer tools. Links to sessions mentioned in the video Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 1 Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 2 Dynamic Layout and Transitions...
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    New Video - MIX10 Day One Windows Phone 7 Series Recap with the Windows Phone Champs

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    Video Link - MIX10 Day One Windows Phone 7 Series Recap with the Windows Phone Champs Windows Phone 7 Series has generated a huge amount of excitement at MIX10 . John O'Donnell , Jared Bienz and Ahmed El-Ramly got together to give their thoughts on the first days Windows Phone 7 Series sessions and what features has them reaching for the new free developer tools You can also keep up with Jared at his blog John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
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    Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook!

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    Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook -- Jumpstart the development of YOUR Scalable Facebook Application One of the exciting announcements we made last week at SXSW Interactive 2010 was the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook . This new toolkit, built by Thuzi in collaboration with Microsoft, incorporates best practices, enabling the rapid development of flexible, scalable, and architecturally sound Facebook applications. In addition to the framework you can download the Simple-Poll sample...
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    Web Deploy 1.1 has shipped!

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    Microsoft is happy to announce that we just shipped an update to our RTW 1.0 bits with a set of bug fixes that have been reported on our forums and through the feedback channels. Read more on my blog at Web Deploy 1.1 has shipped! .   Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation   MurrayGordon.com US ISV Team Blog Technorati Tags: Web Deploy 1.1 , IIS , Microsoft
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    Discover How to Move from Flash to Silverlight

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    Project Rosetta site has been updated to include a new a series of Flash to Silverlight tutorials. It includes an updated API Guide with a quick reference list and a full list of recommended tools, code samples and frameworks to download. Review the: Getting Started Series with Setting up the Tools , The Beginning , Storyboard Animation , Procedural Animation , Color Scale and Rotation API Guide with Quick Reference , Fundamentals and Tools , Graphics and Images , Displaying Objects , MovieClip to...
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    Registration for Worldwide Partner Conference Opens

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    Come with your business challenges and ideas. Leave with solutions and connections.  Join us July 11-15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) . WPC 2010 is the must-attend event of the year for partners worldwide to hear Microsoft’s roadmap for the year, network with other partners and Microsoft employees, experience the latest product innovations, and brainstorm solutions. Don’t miss out! Register today . New Passes Available This Year New for WPC 2010...
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    PHP Command-Line Tool Eases Azure Deployment

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    A new Windows Azure Command-line Tools for PHP Community Technology Preview (CTP) helps you easily package and deploy PHP applications to Windows Azure using a simple command-line tool, without any Integrated Development Environment (IDE).  These tools also allow the creation of new applications or conversion of existing PHP applications to Windows Azure by creating the deployment package (.cspkg) and Configuration file (.cscfg) that can be used for both the local Development Fabric and Windows...
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    Dynamics CRM “5” CTP3 Released

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    Today we are happy to release the Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) for the next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, code-named “CRM5.” This CTP is primarily aimed at software developers within the broad partner base of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including independent software vendors (ISVs), global system integrators (GSIs), hosting partners and value-added resellers (VARs), giving them (400+ select partners) an opportunity to start early development and testing of their solutions for this new...
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    Be a Windows Phone 7 “Rockstar”

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    As you may have heard, we have announced the availability of a preview of the Windows Phone developer tools . The buzz around Windows Phone 7 Series has been so great that we want to encourage students to be amongst the first to get cracking with our platform. Today, we’re announcing a new Windows Phone 7 “Rockstar” Award for Imagine Cup 2010 . Details of the contest The contest will require students or student teams to build applications written in Silverlight or XNA for Windows Phone...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Improves Developer, User Experience

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    New features in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services provide an improved developer and user experience. Developers can build reports in components and then use Report Builder to pull together the components into unique views. Datasets are cached externally from the report and are updated as the developer specifies. You can now nest aggregates to provide more complex data, such as averages of sums. Users get new data visualization tools. For more information about the business intelligence (BI) tools...
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    Internet Explorer 9 – All you can eat!

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    I have had  lot of enterprises and software development companies (ISV’s) asking about Internet Explorer 9 lately. So I thought I would create a good list of resources. If you want to get up to speed on IE9, I suggest you the IE keynote and the other sessions from MIX listed below. Internet Explorer 9: Platforms Demos <- Get a copy of the preview and run the demos http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ Mix10:IE9 Keynote Day 2 with Dean Hachamovitch. IE9 Preview Demos http://live.visitmix.com...
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    Download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

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    The Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview is here! Download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview NOW!   Check out the new capabilities of the next Internet Explorer, with the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. Find demos of HTML5 and the hardware-accelerated performance with background compiled JavaScript. There are 3 great groups of demos on the Test Drive site   You can also download the Windows Internet Explorer Platform Preview user guide and release notes . You can also find...
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    Demo Shows Game Running Across PC, Xbox, Windows phone 7

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    Eric Rudder, Microsoft's Senior Vice President of Technical Strategy, demoed a way to use the cross-platform capabilities of gaming on the Windows phone 7 Series platform at Tech-Ed Middle East. Rudder's demonstration uses a simple platform-scrolling title to showcase the Cloud-themed capabilities of Windows phone. With it, you'll be able to transfer your gaming progress across all supported devices. Rudder starts the game on his desktop PC--keyboard controls and all. He then switches over...
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    Register for Visual Studio Launch in Las Vegas

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    Join us for the Launch of Visual Studio 2010 - and get in-depth sessions from the best speakers in the industry. On April 12, Microsoft will launch Visual Studio 2010, and by joining us at the Microsoft Visual Studio Conference & Expo, you will not only experience the launch alongside the Visual Studio team and industry legends - you'll get three days of sessions by the best speakers in the industry on the latest and greatest technologies, such as Silverlight and .NET 4.0. The topics will range...
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    2nd xRM Acceleration Lab in Redmond, WA during week of 24th May’10

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    We are ready to host our 2 nd xRM Acceleration Lab from 24 th May’10 to 28 th May’10 at Platform Adoption Center in Redmond, WA Campus. We would cover Executive Briefing (EB), Architecture Design Sessions (ADS), and Proof of Concept (POC) with the help of your team, on-site Microsoft experts including several Dynamics CRM MVPs , and off-shore development team, plus you would have access to Microsoft Dynamics Executives, all in one week. By end of the week, your team would have a working prototype...
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