March, 2010

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    Office OpenXML SDK 2.0 RTW

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    Today we announced the availability of the Office OpenXML SDK 2.0 worldwide. For all the details check out Bryan Jones & Zeyad Rajabi’s blog post with the full announcement: http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2010/03/12/announcing-the-release-of-the-open-xml-sdk-2-0.aspx
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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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    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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    Free End-to-end Developer Platform Shown for Windows phone 7

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    Building on the excitement of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series , Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of .NET Developer Platform, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone Program Management, showed the opportunities for developers Microsoft Silverlight and the XNA Framework to build new mobile applications and 3-D Games. Free Developer Tools Available for Windows phone 7 To further support an end-to-end development experience, Microsoft announced the availability...
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    Join Online for Live Keynotes, Channel 9 from MIX10

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    The Channel 9 crew will be broadcasting live, unscripted and 100% interactive from The Commons on Days 1 & 2 of MIX 2010 in Las Vegas. MIX10 is the premier three-day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites. Not everyone can make it to MIX10 in person and bump into Bill Buxton or The Gu for a quick chat in the corridor. Channel 9 Live provides those unable to attend with an opportunity to be a part of the MIX experience and converse directly with...
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    Windows phone 7 Details Set to Highlight MIX10

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    The three-day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites, MIX10 , begins Monday. Follow the news from MIX10 online on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 at 9 AM P.D.T. (G.M.T. -9 hours) with keynotes by delivered by Scott Guthrie, Joe Belfiore, Dean Hachamovitch, Doug Purdy, and Bill Buxton.  Learn about “The Future of Web Design and User Experience”. Follow the buzz from MIX10 with this new app.  Get updates about what is going on at...
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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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    New Video - Talking with Pervasive Software Inc. about electronic document exchange and Azure

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    Video Link - Talking with Pervasive Software Inc. about electronic document exchange and Azure Larry Gregory talks with Mike Hoskins of Pervasive Software Inc. Pervasive Business Exchange is a hosted service for trading busines documents with trading partners. While initially seen as a horizontal solution Larry and Mike talk about how this could target vertical markets such as healthcare. In addition Mike explains some of the issues which led Pervasive to work with the Microsoft Azure Platform...
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    New Video - Talking about high tech manufacturing with Axonom Inc.

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    Video Link - Talking about high tech manufacturing with Axonom Inc. Warren Wilbee talks with William Barrow, CTO of Axonom Inc. about their use of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to support the needs of high tech manufacturing vertical solutions. Axonom Inc. supports Microsoft Dynamics both in an on premise and in the cloud deployment, In addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Axonom is working with the Microsoft Azure Platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
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    Join in Windows Azure FireStarter Online

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    You are invited to join in a day-long FireStarter event for Windows Azure. The event is available online and in person in Redmond, WA April 6 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time (11:20 AM – 9 PM Eastern). We have some rock stars from the Azure Product Team including Steve Marx who’ll be talking about Microsoft’s vision for Cloud Computing and more specifically how Developers can get ready to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer. If you attended the recent MSDN Azure Events or if you have...
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    Screencasts Show How to Parallelize Your Application

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    I’ve put together three screencasts on Channel 9 that show how you can use new features in .NET Framework 4 to take advantage of multi-core processors. In Part 1 of the series, we show why you care about multiple processors and how it can effect the performance in your application. See How to Parallelize Your Application - Part 1 Why Do It? In Part 2 we compare the new Tasks feature in .NET with threads. See How to Parallelize Your Application - Part 2 Theads v Tasks In Part 3 we show...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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