April, 2010

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    A Little VHD (Boot2VHD) Goodness

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    It appears that our friends Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell have created a very handy little utility. Have you ever gone through the process of rebuilding your machine and thought “If only I could turn this into a VHD that I could use as a base image to reuse with Boot2VHD”?  I know I have.  The problem has been that there was no easy way to turn an existing volume into a VHD, until now!  Check out the new tool Disk2VHD This tool allows you to turn an existing disk volume into...
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    Cool Office Tools Now Available

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    Today we released two new tools to help users transition from Office 2003 to Office 2010. These new Silverlight based tools for Word and Excel can be found at http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/training/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-HA101794130.aspx#_Toc256784678 with more coming for the other Office apps soon. Office 2007 users can find similar tools at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/training/HA102295841033.aspx All a user needs to do is click the menu option...
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    White Paper Shows How to Implement Windows 7 Taskbar in .NET

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    You can implement features in Windows 7 by using .NET 4 by following a whitepaper published on MSDEV . My colleague, Jason De Lorme of the US ISV team, has posted a sample project and white paper that shows you the steps to implement key light up features in Windows 7. The sample project gives you the code for a straight-forward application that uses jump lists, progress bars, icon overlays, thumbnail previews, and more. A white paper provides a detailed code walkthrough on what you need to know...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Benchmark: 100K Concurrent Users with Hyper-V

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    Recently we conducted a new benchmark test involving 100,000 concurrent users. Benchmark testing was performed on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation that included Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2, two Dell PowerEdge servers running Intel® Xeon® Processors 7500 Series-based with storage managed by a Dell PowerVault™ MD1220 with solid state drives. Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s multi-tenant capabilities were employed to create five organizations running...
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    How to Migrate Your .NET 3.5 App to .NET 4

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    Your .NET Framework 3.5 installs side-by-side with .NET Framework 4 . So your application will work as expected when your customer installs .NET 4. But when you take your current code from .NET 3.5 and recompile it and target your application for .NET 4 in Visual Studio 2010 , you may find some breaking changes. Migration issues between the .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework version 4, including fixes, changes for standards compliance and security, and changes based...
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    PHP Developers Get SDK for SQL Server Reporting Services

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    A new software developer kit (SDK) helps PHP developers work get new business intelligence capabilities with a free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP . The SDK works all editions of SQL Server including the free SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition, featuring the SQL Server 2008 database and graphical administration tools and Reporting Services server components. And it works with The library is designed to make simple for developers to call the SSRS remote APIs to perform...
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    Empower Program for ISVs Transitions in May

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    The main offering for ISVs starting out on Microsoft technologies is changing on May 21. The Empower for ISVs program will be replaced by Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design subscription . The new offering provides internal-use, full versions of the latest software releases, key development and testing tools, development guidance, and broad market visibility. If you are nearing the end of your first subscription period for Empower program, you may renew as early as 90 days before your expiration...
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    See How to Get Started Using MSDN Azure Benefits

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    Here's three short and useful videos about signing up for Windows Azure as an MSDN Premium subscriber. Part 1: What you get for Windows Azure development with your MSDN benefits How to sign up for Windows Azure using MSDN benefits Tips on using your MSDN Windows Azure account frugally and training resources, etc. Sign up for an account at http://bit.ly/GetAzureAccount For more information about your benefits offered through MSDN for Windows Azure development, see Windows Azure Platform Benefits for...
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    Marketron Leads Radio Industry with Windows 7, BI

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    Marketron works with about 80% of the radio stations tracking, placement, and payment of radio ads. Marketron’s developers are adding business intelligence features using SQL Server 2008 R2 and user interface improvement using Windows 7 . Marketron Broadcast Solutions is a compilation of the most successful software products ever developed for the media industry. More than 7,000 stations depend on Marketron for the support, service and development of their critical operating software. Marketron solutions...
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    Silverlight 4 is Now Available

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    You can get Silverlight 4 now online at Get Microsoft Silverlight . Tim Heuer has put together a blog post that describes the tools that are available, See Silverlight 4 released. Availability of tools announcement on Tim Heuer’s blog. Here’s some helpful quick update information for you: Download the bits Understanding what is in the bits RIA Services Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools VS2008 and VS2010 on same machine Other resources Also see Business-Ready Silverlight 4 Ships April 15 . Get Started...
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    See How to Tell Your Story in RIA Design Tool

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    MSDEV offers a series of videos for designers and developers on using Expression Blend to tell your ISV and line-of-business stories. These 15-minute videos show how you can build interactive animations, manage content and storyboards, Microsoft Expression Blend: States Story Behaviors . Learn to use states and behaviors to manage the content and storyboards of a simple website using Expression Blend. Learn to add another level of interaction with a simple color changer. Microsoft Expression Blend...
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    Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 & Project 2010 RTM Caping a Great Week!

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    What a week it has been here at Microsoft! We began the week announcing the RTM of Visual Studio 2010, then yesterday we announced that Silverlight 4 had been released to the web (RTW) and now we are pleased to announce that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 & Project 2010 have all been released to manufacturing (RTM). The Office products will be available to businesses on May 12th and we will have a virtual launch on that day, please join us for that event by registering here: http...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Named a Leader in Customer Service Contact Centers 2010 Magic Quadrant

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been positioned as a leader in the "2010 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Service Contact Centers," issued by Gartner, a leading independent technology research firm. See the details here . About the Gartner Magic Quadrant: The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure...
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    How to Enable Your Users to Search Your Server Applications

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    Windows 7 introduces support for search federation to remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies that enable users to access and interact with their remote data from within Windows Explorer – this is called Federated Search. This Video shows how to build a Web-based data source that can be searched using Windows federated search. By following the best practices described in this video, you can enable the rich integration of your remote data sources with Windows Explorer without having to write...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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