March, 2010

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    New Videos Show How to Migrate MySQL to SQL Server

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    A new video series from MSDEV shows how you can migrate your database from MySQL to SQL Server. This migration workshop will guide you through the process of migrating MySQL databases to SQL Server 2008 R2. The focus will be on using tools such as the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) to solve potential migration issues and will highlight common “gotchas.” You will also learn how organizations can benefit and make their database environment more cost effective and manageable. See Be a FrontRunner...
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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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    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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    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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    FREE AppDev eLearning Events - Coming Soon

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    There’s some great FREE training events coming up from AppDev. They are worth checking out if the topics are of interest. "What's New in ASP.NET MVC 2: MVC Matures" with Don Kiely Wednesday, March 24th from 1pm - 2:30 pm CST (Free)  Register Now "Exploring Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools" with Chris Menegay Wednesday, April 7th from 11am - 12:30 pm CST (Free)  Register Now "Content Management in SharePoint Server 2010" with Doug Ware Wednesday, April 21st from...
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    Free Silverlight, Expression Blend Training

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    .toolbox is a structured curriculum-based program that features two core learning tracks with materials that increase in difficulty to build individuals’ knowledge and understanding. In Design Scenarios , designers and developers learn to create dynamically-rich Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. In Design Principles , designers and developers learn fundamental UX concepts (e.g., choosing the right colors) along with tips in how to apply them. Badges are earned and accumulated in both...
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    Try Out Visual Studio 2010 RC on VPC

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    Virtual PCs images and Hyper-v images of Visual Studio 2010 RC are now available. You can try out the new Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server without having to change your current machine. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate simplifies solution development, lowering risk and increasing return. The virtual machine image in this download contains both Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate and Team Foundation Server 2010 Release Candidate and the requisite trial software...
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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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    Windows XP Mode No Longer Requires Virtualization Hardware

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    In several announcements virtualization at Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization , Microsoft announced new investments around desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), to help organizations of all sizes increase flexibility, employee productivity and IT cost savings. Of particular interest to ISVs, regards Windows XP Mode that allows applications that run on Windows XP to run on Windows 7 . Windows 7 has several built-in tools to help...
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    Designers Get Update for Expression Blend for Windows phone 7

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    Expression Blend 4 Beta enables you to create: Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4 applications for the Web Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and WPF 4 applications for the desktop. And now it supports Windows phone 7 Series design too. Download the community preview at Microsoft Expression Blend 4 Beta . Expression Blend provides support for prototyping, interactivity through behaviors, special Silverlight functionality, and on-the-fly sample data generation. Expression...
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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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    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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    ISVs Can Tailor Language Translation on Your Websites

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    No matter how many machines we can throw at translation, ISVs have specific knowledge for language translation. Collaborative Translations Framework – a technology that combines the scale and speed of automatic machine translation with the accuracy and context awareness of human translation. At MIX10 , Microsoft Translator API version 2 was announced. In addition to bringing real-time, in-place translations to your Web site, the Microsoft Translator web page widget v2 adds collaborative features...
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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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    Innovative Cryptography CTP Protects Organizations, Users, ISVs

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    U-Prove is an innovative cryptographic technology that enables the issuance and presentation of cryptographically protected claims in a manner that provides multi-party security. Issuing organizations, users, and relying parties can protect themselves not just against outsider attacks but also against attacks originating from each other. At the same time, the U-Prove technology enables any desired degree of privacy (including authenticated anonymity and pseudonymity) without contravening multi-party...
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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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    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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    Simplify Your URLs with IIS URL Rewriter 2.0

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    Microsoft just announced the final release of IIS URL Rewriter 2.0 RTW . URL Rewriter is an extension for IIS that makes Web addresses simple for customers to remember and search engines to find. URL Rewriter will help Web administrators implement simple and consistent Web addresses, generate customer and search engine friendly results, and leverage seamless integration with existing IIS features. For more information or to download, see Free URL Rewriter page.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect...
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    Microsoft to Add New Features to jQuery JavaScript Library

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    At MIX10 , Scott Guthrie announced Microsoft is helping to make the jQuery JavaScript Library a primary way to develop rich JavaScript based client-side internet applications. Microsoft is investing resources to contribute to the development of the jQuery JavaScript Library to help improve the development process of standards-based Web applications. Microsoft will also work to provide better interoperability between ASP.NET and the jQuery JavaScript Library by enhancing ASP.NET so .NET developers...
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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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    Download Windows phone 7 Developer Training Kits

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    Developer training kits are now available for Windows phone 7 Series. This training kit is geared for beginners who want to get started with developing applications for the latest Windows Phone operating system. Even if you don’t know Silverlight or XNA Framework, you’ll find this Training Kit useful. More seasoned Silverlight developers should also find this kit useful, as it explains some of the differences between Silverlight and Silverlight for the phone. Get the course on Channel 9 at Windows...
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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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    User Experience Kit Released at SXSW

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    A user experience toolkit was released at at SXSW . The Microsoft User Experience Kit is targeted at technical and creative leads who want to better understand the tools, technologies, and scenarios that span Microsoft’s User Experience ecosystem. Key topics range from “Building Immersive Multi-channel Solutions using Expression Studio” to “High fidelity and high Performing Desktop Touch Applications using Windows 7” to “Web Branding and Audience Targeting using SharePoint”. The kit’s contents...
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    Release Candidate for Silverlight 4 Ships at MIX10

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    Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4, available for download today at MIX10 . Silverlight 4 builds on the beta version released at the Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. Get started with Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 RC provides powerful media and enterprise application and media capabilities, out-of-browser flexibility and world-class tools support via Visual Studio and Expression Blend with Sketchflow to enable robust application development and...
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