March, 2010

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    Download Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows phone 7

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    Windows Phone Developer Tools Preview is available now as a free single download at Windows Phone Developer Tools . It includes: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone Windows Phone Emulator. XNA Game Studio 4.0 We are also announcing that not only is this preview available for free, we will make the final version free as well! One cool thing about this download package is if you already have another version of Visual Studio 2010 RC installed this will act as an add-on to...
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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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    SharePoint 2010 Licensing Explained

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    Lots of questions lately from partners and customers about SharePoint 2010 licensing. I created a post to help explain it at SharePoint 2010 Licensing Explained . Check it out on my blog at www.MurrayGordon.com . Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation   MurrayGordon.com US ISV Team Blog
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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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    XNA Tutorial Gets Game Developers Ready for Windows phone 7

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    If you’ve been wanting to get started as a game developer on XNA or have wanted to move to Windows phone 7 + XBox + Windows, your time is now. Game Development with XNA Framework is a lab available on Channel 9 where you can get started writing code. This lab introduces you to XNA Game Studio game development on Windows Phones, as well as to the basics of XNA Game Studio game development. During the lab you will build a simple XNA Game Studio game that introduces key concepts in XNA Game Studio game...
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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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    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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    Windows 7 Taskbar Features in .NET 4

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    .NET 4.0 introduces the System.Windows.Shell namespace which makes it very easy for you to leverage the Windows 7 taskbar enhancements in your application such as: Jump List Progress Icon Overlays Custom Categories in your Jump List Thumbnail Preview Thumbnail Toolbar Buttons Most of these features can literally be implemented in a line or two of .NET code or XAML. I wrote this brief white paper and downloadable sample project to demonstrate how easy it is to build this functionality...
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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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    WCF RIA Services Toolkit Updated to RC

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    As announced at MIX10 , WCF RIA Services Toolkit has been updated to release candidate (RC). Download WCF RIA Services Toolkit March 2010 . WCF RIA Services enables the creation and consumption of REST-based data services for Web applications, such as ASP.NET or Silverlight . For more information about what’s new, see RIA Services RC and Toolkit March 2010 now available… This update of WCF RIA Services supports OData. This means you can use WCF RIA Services to easily expose data in your database...
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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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    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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    Get Your Data to Customers via OData, Code-name “Dallas”

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    Two announcements at MIX10 provide technologies to get your data to your end users. Microsoft has released an SDK for OData . The second CTP has shipped the information marketplace called Microsoft code-named “Dallas” using OData. The technologies enable you to build immersive, cross-platform Web and phone applications that use data delivered from the cloud. ISVs can think of these announcements from a several perspectives: Providing data to new customers through a subscription...
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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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    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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    Approaching Parallelism

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    Reed Copsey has written a series of blog postings on how to look at your application to make it run on multi-core processors. He approaches the issue by focusing on what you are trying to accomplish. This is an indepth series that shows code and details in how you can Here’s a list of his posts so far: Parallelism in .NET – Introduction Parallelism in .NET – Part 1, Decomposition Parallelism in .NET – Part 2, Simple Imperative Data Parallelism Parallelism in .NET – Part 3, Imperative Data Parallelism...
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    Facebook accelerator meets the Cloud!

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    +  = Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook One of the exciting announcements last week at sxsw was the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook ( http://bit.ly/azurfb ) on codeplex as announced by Jim Zimmerman (Thuzi) and Gunther Lenz (Microsoft).  The Windows Azure Facebook toolkit provides the ability to rapidly develop Facebook applications that leverage Windows Azure to profit from all the benefits of the cloud with a solid framework based on best practices. Facebook applications...
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    Code Access Security and .NET 4.0

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    There have been some significant changes (for the better) made to how security policies are applied in .NET 4. Shawn provides a good 1-stop shop explaining these changes here: http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnfa/archive/2009/06/12/clr-v4-security-policy-roundup.aspx The most important change is that; " By default, unhosted applications are not subject to managed security policy when run under v4.0. Effectively, this means any managed application that you launch from the command prompt or by double clicking...
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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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    Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive Ready for Developers

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    Industry standards and innovation took center stage at MIX10 , including Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview including expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine. You can get Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview to evaluate code refreshes about every eight weeks leading up to the beta release. Developers can download the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview at http://www.IETestDrive.com . Microsoft also announced that it will contribute...
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    ASP.NET MCV 2 Ships

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    ASP.NET MVC 2 is now available for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express with ASP.NET 3.5. You can download and install it from the following locations: Download ASP.NET MVC 2 using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer Download ASP.NET MVC 2 from the Download Center The final release of Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 will have ASP.NET MVC 2 built-in – so you won’t need an additional install in order to use ASP.NET MVC 2 with them. Some of the new features and...
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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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    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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    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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    Windows Azure AppFabric Goes Commercial April 9

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    Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be commercially available on a paid and fully SLA-supported basis on April 9. You can find our pricing for AppFabric here . You can also go to the pricing section of our FAQs for additional information as well as our pricing blog post . For more information, see Announcing upcoming commercial availability of Windows Azure platform AppFabric . About Windows Azure AppFabric The Windows Azure platform AppFabric provides secure connectivity as a service to help developers...
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