April, 2010

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    Discover No Cost Hosting for Website Files

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    Learn how to use Office Live for Small Business to host website files without using the Microsoft Office Live website templates. You can get a no-cost website and hosting from Microsoft through Office Live, and you can delete the Office Live website templates and then just publish your own. Tony Bailey, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, provides you with a guide on how you can create your own content and host it on Office Live. Get the guide on MSDEV at Website Hosting for No-Cost . About Office...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh!

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    Original Blog - http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wpdev/archive/2010/04/29/windows-phone-developer-tools-ctp-refresh.aspx Beginning today you can download the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh (WPDT CTP) from http://developer.windowsphone.com , which means you can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010). While this update is primarily intended to enable development using the final release of VS2010 there are a few new things here too. Examples...
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    Podcast for Startups, microISVs Helps You Pursue Your Dream

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    My colleague Patrick Foley hosts and ongoing series of weekly podcasts for startups that help make microISVs, startups, Mac indies and everyone pursuing the dream, challenge and reality of starting their own software company more successful. You can get each podcast at The Startup Success Podcast . Foley co-hosts the program with Bob Walsh. There have been 65 podcasts in the series so far. Favorites Patrick tells me these are his favorites. Seth Godin Author and marketing authority...
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    Add a Windows Azure CloudPoll to Your Facebook Page

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    The CloudPoll Facebook application has launched and is hosted on Windows Azure . CloudPoll is available for free to all Facebook users to create, manage, and evaluate polls for their pages, all using blob storage, SQL Azure, and compute hosted in Windows Azure. What is CloudPoll? CloudPoll is Live, hosted on Windows Azure, and ready for the everyone on Facebook to create funny, serious, strange, informative, silly, and cool polls. Just follow these three simple steps: 1. When signed into Facebook...
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    ISV Video - SARANGSoft Data Backup, Disaster Recovery Lights Up on Windows 7

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    SARANGSoft incorporates Windows 7 features of jump lists, icons, and taskbar thumbnails in next version of their data backup software. The video is on Channel 9 at SARANGSoft Data Backup, Data Recovery Software Lights Up on Windows 7 . filexpertéz is a powerful yet simple to use file management tool for desktop and server computers that replicates, deletes, backs up and restores files using a simple UI. By incorporating the features of Windows 7 SARANGSOFT cues users to their current application...
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    Windows Live Wave 4 Completes Windows Experience

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    The Windows Live team has shifted focus to the next major release internally known as Wave 4. The announcement was made by Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live, on the Inside Windows Live team blog , Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 4 . Jones writes, “We will then roll out updates to our web services, followed by betas of our software for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. Our approach is to release betas to the public once we think the build is in pretty good shape, learn through...
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    List Your SharePoint 2010 Application on Microsoft PinPoint

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    If you have an application that supports SharePoint 2010, come join other ISVs are listed in the SharePoint 2010 Solution Gallery . Partner-provided solutions are designed to solve the challenges that organizations face as they convert business processes to SharePoint. SharePoint ISV Partners build solutions that Connect to, Extend, or Build On SharePoint. This listing of SharePoint ISV solutions consists of a few of the partners that have announced they plan to support the SharePoint 2010...
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    From Paper to the Cloud Part 2 – Epson’s Windows 7 Touch Kiosk

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    In Part 2 of From Paper to the Cloud , Epson Software Engineer Kent Sisco shows how Windows 7 Touch can be used in a kiosk setting with a printer and scanner. Epson Imaging Technology Center (EITC) team has created an application called Marksheets that converts marks on paper forms into user data on Windows Azure Platform . Mark sheets are forms that can now be printed on standard printers and marked similar to the optically scanned standardized tests that we've all used. You can apply this technology...
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    Learn SharePoint 2010 Administration in Free Video Training

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    A new series of videos by MSDEV prepares you for SharePoint 2010 Administration. Sessions are available free and on-demand....
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    Microsoft Roadmap for Dynamics Revealed at Convergence 2010

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    Microsoft opened Convergence 2010 in Atlanta, GA by delivering on our vision for Microsoft Dynamics . Of special note for ISVs, a new service update provides new developer tools in the updated Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK enable the connection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with other on-demand and on-premises applications and services such as Windows Azure . For more information about the updated SDK, see New innovations with CRM Online . Announcements at Convergence...
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    100 Million Copies of Windows 7 Sold

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    More than 100 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold since the launch in October 2009. More than 10% of all PCs worldwide are running Windows 7 today, making Windows 7 by far the fastest-selling operating system in history. The announcement was made as part of announcements around Microsoft’s Third Quarter Revenue . “Business customers are beginning to refresh their desktops and the momentum of Windows 7 continues to be strong,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer. “We are also...
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    Expression Blend 4 SDK for Windows Phone Streamlines Development

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    Expression Blend enables you to rapidly take your ideas from concept to completion helping you deliver innovative applications on Windows Phone. Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone provides exactly the same streamlined development workflow for Windows Phone that was previously only available for Silverlight and .NET applications, including features such as behaviors, sample data, and the visual state manager. As part of this release, two new project templates are included: one for standard Window...
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    Microsoft Offers Political TownHall Software for Windows Azure

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    Microsoft is offering TownHall , a new Windows Azure -hosted engagement platform that fosters, moderates and houses conversations between groups. TownHall is an ideal tool for politicians and other public officials (among others) who want to host online social experiences that drive richer discussion around top interests and concerns with the American public. TownHall allows you to easily create a destination for folks to voice opinions, identify problems, offer solutions and come together around...
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    New Video - Aspect leverages storage + compute in call center application

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    Video Link - http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/jodonnell/Aspect-leverages-storage--compute-in-call-center-application/ Aspect Software, Inc. describes their recent project to move storage and processing of screen capture and voice conversations from their call center application into Azure. As call centers have to retain large amounts of voice data recordings for many years, using Azure ensures the customer does not have to maintain hardware for potentially five years or more. Windows Azure takes...
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    Epson Brings Paper to the Cloud on Windows Azure

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    The team at Epson Imaging Technology Center (EITC) has created an application called Marksheets that converts marks on paper forms into user data on Windows Azure Platform . Mark sheets are forms that can now be printed on standard printers and marked similar to the optically scanned standardized tests that we've all used. Epson software developer Kent Sisco talks with me about how he created this sample application in the video on Channel 9 titled From Paper to the Cloud -- Epson's Cloud App for...
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    patterns & practices Releases Enterprise Library 5

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    The patterns & practices team has released version 5 of the Microsoft Enterprise Library. This major release of Enterprise Library contains many compelling new features and updates that will make developers more productive. These include: Major architectural refactoring that provides improved testability and maintainability through full support of the dependency injection style of development Dependency injection container independence (Unity ships with Enterprise Library, but you can replace...
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    90 Seconds to Prototyping Your Next App

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    Want to discover how fast you can prototype your next application? Want to know what SketchFlow is and how it can help you in your next project? The solutions is here: Jon Harris presents SketchFlow in just 90 seconds in this video , and does so with a friendly British accent to boot. It does not get any shorter (or better) than that. About SketchFlow SketchFlow prototypes are designed by drawing out flow diagrams, composition, screens and states of an application UI. SketchFlow is included in Expression...
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    Download, Participate On-Demand New Silverlight 4 Training Kit

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    We’ve just released a new free Silverlight 4 Training Kit that walks you through building business applications with Silverlight 4. You can also download the entire offline version of the kit here . Use the 8 modules, 25 videos, and several hands on labs online or offline from links on the Channel 9 site. I’ve included a breakdown and links to all of the content here in this post. The key to this training material is not the features it covers (though it covers a variety them) but rather that...
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    Microsoft Brings Business Intelligence Deep to Enterprise With SQL Server 2008 R2

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    Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , the industry’s most complete information platform for managing, accessing and delivering information. SQL Server 2008 R2 will be available to customers in early May through Microsoft’s distribution and partner channels. More than 2,000 global ISVs have indicated their plans to build solutions based on SQL Server 2008 R2. Ted Kummert, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Business Platform Division...
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    SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 Supports PDO (PHP Data Objects)

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    Microsoft is releasing a new technical bridge for PHP developers to SQL Server. It reduces the complexity of targeting multiple databases and will make it easier for PHP applications like Drupal 7 to interoperate smoothly with Microsoft’s SQL Server, versions 2005 and later. The announcement was made on the Microsoft Interoperability blog post, SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 CTP adds PHP's PDO style data access for SQL Server . The post describes how you can port Drupal 7 to SQL Server using the...
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    RES Software Stores Desktop Profiles on SQL Azure

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    RES Software uses SQL Azure to offer cloud storage for user desktop configurations. The company also offers on premises storage options. Channel 9 Video: RES Software Stores Desktop Profiles on SQL Azure . In this short video on Channel 9 , I talk with CTO Bob Janssen about how and why they company offers both SQL Azure and SQL Server storage options for their customers. RES Software is the proven leader in user workspace management. They driving a transformation in the way today’s organizations...
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    Vote for Best Design Idea for US in Worldwide Imagine Cup

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    Students across America have been dreaming up ways to solve the world’s toughest problems using the magic of software. They are competing in the Imagine Cup , the world’s premier student technology competition hosted annually by Microsoft Corp. Through April 23 you are invited to learn more about the U.S. finalist teams, view videos about their innovations, and vote for their favorite Software Design idea at http://www.imaginecup.us/peopleschoice.aspx . “We believe that students have the power to...
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    xRM Showcase Challenge: Are you Ready?

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    A social contest to highlight great solutions built with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and its flexible application development framework, xRM . Partners and customers can compete for fame and fortune by submitting their solutions to a vote of our online community. Although voting doesn’t open until April 22, the contest site is now LIVE and ready for partners to submit solutions at www.xrmshowcase.com . The contest will launch during Convergence 2010 Atlanta , our Microsoft Dynamics event taking place...
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    Getting Started with SQL Azure Data Sync

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    MVP Glenn Berry has put together a guide to getting started with SQL Azure Data Sync. SQL Azure Data Sync is a free tool that allows you to easily create a SQL Azure database, and then synchronize the data periodically (on a table by table basis) with an on-premises SQL Server database. The post, Playing With SQL Azure Data Synch , provides screenshots and the steps you can take to synchronize your data with SQL Azure. The SQL Azure Data Synch Developer Quick Start page has instructions and links...
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    Learn Windows Phone 7 Development in 7 Minutes Each

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    MSDEV presents Windows phone 7 Series development in a set of 7-minute classes each. This series of short, code-focused videos you’ll learn how to build applications for Microsoft’s revolutionary new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7 Series....
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