March, 2010

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    Save the Date for Worldwide Partner Conference

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    Save the dates of July 11-15 for this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Registration will open in late March. Use our Conference timeline to start making your plans and see how you can start connecting now to the U.S. WPC 2010 team and partner community. For the conference timeline, see Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on the Microsoft Partner Network site. With over 15,000 attendees expected, WPC 2010 is going to be big. WPC 2010 Awards Program The WPC 2010...
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    Screencasts Show How to Light Up Your App on Windows 7 Taskbar

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    Yochay Kiriaty has put together a set of screencasts that show how you can light up your applications using the new Taskbar on Windows 7. Yochay writes for developers on the Windows Team Blog . Application ID Programming the Windows 7 Taskbar – Working with Application ID This screencast provides a quick overview of the Windows 7 taskbar and its functionality. We also provide a closer look at programming the Windows 7 taskbar using the taskbar Application ID to control the way windows are grouped...
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    90 Million Copies of Windows 7 Sold

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    NInety million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold so far, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein. The announcement was posted on the Windows Team Blog at Windows 7: More than 90 Million Copies Sold! At Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Klein also brought three great PCs on stage to show off: Sony VAIO X which is so sleek and portable it could fit inside a MacBook Air Dell Adamo XPS which is the thinnest PC in the world HP Envy 13 which combines breakthrough industrial...
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    Learn, Try in Parallel Computing Platform Developer Lab

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    You are invited to come to the Microsoft Partner Adoption Center in Redmond, WA for a three-day developer lab on parallel computing. This event is for Microsoft Partners and Customers seeking to incorporate either .NET4 Parallel Extensions or C++ Concurrency Runtime features into their new or existing applications. Gain expertise with new Visual Studio tools including the Parallel Debugger and the Parallel Performance Analyzer . Opportunities for attendees include: Gain expert design assistance with...
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    Offers For Developers Using Visual Studio Standard

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    Upgrade your Visual Studio Standard Edition to Visual Studio 2010 through programs announced by S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Developer Division in his blog post New Offers for Visual Studio 2010 . Standard Offer Promotion The Standard Offer enables customers who purchased Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 Standard Edition to upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 at the previous Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition $299 retail price. Standard customers can take advantage of this offer April 12-October...
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    Developer Training Kit Updated for SQL Server 2008 R2

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    The March 2010 release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is now available. You can get the training kit from Microsoft Download Center at SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (March 2010 Update) . The kit contains videos, presentations, demos and hands-on-labs used for Metro trainings. 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 2008 R2 Update...
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    Windows Server AppFabric CTP Updated

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    Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is available at the Microsoft Download Center at Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 . First publicized at PDC 2009, Windows Server AppFabric is a set of application services focused on improving the speed, scale, and management of Web, Composite, and Enterprise applications. Windows AppFabric provides a set of integrated technologies that make it easier to build, scale and manage Web and composite applications that run on IIS. Windows Server AppFabric targets applications...
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    Build, Distribute Demos on VHD

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    The VHD Test Drive Program provides ISVs with the opportunity to build virtual appliances that contain Microsoft and partner software and distribute the software stack as a virtual hard disk (.vhd) to customers and channel partners. You can provide your customers with an enhanced Windows Server-based software evaluation experience that can be deployed faster and easier than conventional software evaluation. The VHD Test Drive delivers pre-built and pre-configured software solutions from Microsoft...
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    MSDEV Introduces SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services

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    In a new series of videos, MSDEV introduces Master Data Services (MDS) . This is a new SQL Server 2008 R2 component that will help your organization effectively manage master data in a centralized location. You can see the videos at An Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services . MSDEV Videos In this eight-part series you will be introduced to Master Data Services. You will become familiar with the installation procedure and get an understanding of how to build, deploy, and...
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    Forefront Identity Manager 2010 Simplifies End-User Identity Provisioning

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    For ISVs who need to provision and maintain identity information in you own data centers or who support customers who have the same needs, Microsoft has ships products that help. Forefront Identity Manager 2010 , which shipped last week, dramatically simplifies enterprise identity management through end-user self service capabilities and IT administrator tools to automate tasks. Forefront Identity Manager 2010 is the successor to Microsoft’s Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 . You or your customer...
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    Micorosft Shares Ultra-Modern Data Center Vision

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    At the DatacenterDynamics conference in New York recently, Microsoft data center general manager Kevin Timmons outlined some prototype work to design next generation of data centers. The work is in collaboration with Microsoft Research. Microsoft's data centers may not be huge buildings of tightly packed with server racks, but rather rows of small, stand-alone IT units spread across acres and acres of cool, cheap land. Diagrams from Timmons’ presentation depicted facilities with no side walls and...
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    Office 2010 is on Track for an April RTM

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    The Office team has just posted some great news on their blog. Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 are all on track to RTM next month! Another great announcement in the post is that beginning today, if you buy and activate Office 2007, you will be able to download Office 2010 at no cost when it becomes available. That’s right, a FREE upgrade!! See the details here: www.office.com/techg You can read all about it in the full blog post on the Office blog. UPDATE: We now...
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    Essential Business Server Development Ending

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    Microsoft will be ending development of our midmarket-focused Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) on June 30. The announcement was made by the Windows Essential Business Server Team Blog, New IT Trends Bring Change to Mid-Market Product Line . Essential Business Server combined several Microsoft Server products for small-to-medium businesses, including Windows Server 2008 Standard, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard and Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007. It also added certain management...
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    Microsoft in The Cloud – ‘We’re all in’

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    In a speech at the University of Washington in Seattle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed what’s ahead for computing, with a focus on how cloud computing will change the way people and businesses use technology. Ballmer said, “Microsoft is uniquely delivering on a wide range of cloud capabilities that bring increasingly more value to our customers.” He outlined the five dimensions that define the way people use and realize value in the cloud: The cloud creates opportunities and responsibilities...
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    New Video - Talking with Chatfe at the recent BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York

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    Video Link - Talking with Chatfe at the recent BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York The BizSpark team had an opportunity to interview Chatfe at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York . During this camp the Chatfe team immersed themselves in Windows Azure for two days. Chatfe lets you talk with real people in real time about topics that interest you. Start a conversation with Chatfe today. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft...
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    New Video - Talking with Conexus Software at the Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York

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    Video Link - Talking with Conexus Software at the Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York The BizSpark team had an opportunity to interview Conexus Software at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York . During this camp the Conexus team immersed themselves in Windows Azure for two days. Conexus builds solutions to let web sites present more revelant information to the end user by looking at a user's social networking connections. John O'Donnell Microsoft...
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    New Video - Talking with Marketers Anonymous at the recent Microsoft BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York

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    Video Link - Talking with Marketers Anonymous at the recent Microsoft BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York The BizSpark team had an opportunity to interview Marketers Anonymous at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York . During this camp the Marketers Anonymous team immersed themselves in Windows Azure for two days. Marketers Anonymous specializes in helping small businesses market themselves through social media and search engine optimization. John O'Donnell...
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    New Video - Talking with the No Excuse Accounting team at a recent BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York

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    Video Link - Talking with the No Excuse Accounting team at a recent BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York The BizSpark team had an opportunity to interview No Excuse Accounting at a recent Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York . During this camp the No Excuse Accounting team immersed themselves in Windows Azure for two days. No Excuse Accounting extends time and billing systems directly to a mobile device. No need to visit the office to create your invoices any more! ...
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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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    Microsoft Office Launches May 12

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    Microsoft has announced that May 12, 2010 is the launch date for SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010. Also Office 2010 , SharePoint 2010 , Visio 2010 and Project 2010 are on schedule and will release to manufacturing (RTM) next month. For businesses , we will launch the 2010 set of products, including Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 worldwide on May 12. To find out more about the Worldwide Business Launch, visit see 2010 Launch Events . For consumers , Office 2010 will be...
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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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    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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    Silverlight Testing Tools

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    Tim Heuer’s got a great blog post on Silverlight testing tools at http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-testing-frameworks.aspx . He’s provides a quick overview of 3 different options: Microsoft Silverlight Unit Test Framework SilverUnit Selenium Definitely worth checking out! Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation MurrayGordon.com US ISV Team Blog
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    Internet Explorer Team Working on HTML 5

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    Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team is working with the members of the W3C on the future of browsers, particularly with HTML 5. In a posting on the IEBlog , Working with the HTML5 Community , the team shares what is happening. Providing feedback on HTML5 Testing HTML5 Ensuring new specifications enable accessibility Indexed DB Proposal DOM Level 3 Events You can also read an interview with Paul Cotton from Microsoft and co-Chair of the W3C HTML Working Group on the W3C Blog. For more information,...
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    ASP.NET Site Gets New Look

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    The ASP.NET site has a new look as it gets ready for ASP.NET 4. The new look boasts icons to help you get started, download files, find a hoster, or discuss. There’s a spotlight section where you can find the latest news and great links to postings about ASP.NET. If you are new to ASP.NET, you can find an overview view, tools to download ASP.NET, a video on how to choose between the technologies offered in ASP.NET, and how to build your first application in under 20 minutes. You can get ASP.NET for...
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