May, 2010

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    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 Supports Visual Studio 2010

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    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 package has been released. The updated WIF works with .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. The announcement was made on the Federated Identity and the Identity Metasystem Team 's blog at Announcing the Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 targeting Visual Studio 2010 . The new kit includes out of the box WIF templates that work with Visual Studio 2010 and samples that work with .NET Framework 4.0. You can download the WIF SDK 4.0 setup package from here ....
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Released to MSDN, Trials Available

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    Subscribers to Microsoft's TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) services now have access to four editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 . Products currently available for download on those subscriber portals include the Standard, Enterprise, Developer and Workgroup editions. The releases are in English only, according to the SQL Server team blog. They can be obtained in either 32-bit or 64-bit editions. See SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers . Trial editions...
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    Try Windows Azure, SQL Azure Free for a Week

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    Learn Windows Azure at your own pace, in your own time and without travel headaches. Windows Azure one week pass is provided so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. NO credit card required. You can start Virtual Boot Camp III any time during May 3rd and May 10th and work at your own pace. The Windows Azure virtual boot camp pass is valid from 5am USA PT May 3rd through 6pm USA PT May 10th How to Get Started Request a Windows Azure One Week Pass here – Passes will be given...
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    What’s New in SharePoint 2010 for Developers

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    SharePoint 2010 was released to manufacturing. You’ll be able to access the RTM bits early in May. This version helps developers in three key areas: Developer productivity. Platform services. Flexible deployment. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 provides enterprise-scale capabilities to meet business-critical needs such as managing content and business processes, simplifying how people find and share information across boundaries, and enabling informed decisions. Using the combined collaboration...
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    Labs Help You Get Started with Enterprise Library 5

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    Check out the download center for free hands-on labs for Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 and Unity 2.0. These labs were built by developers for developers, and they cover all application blocks and advanced configuration scenarios. Labs include Caching, Configuration Sources, Cryptography, Data Access, Exception Handling, Interception, Logging, Security, Validation, and Unity. All labs come with solutions and detailed instructions. C# and VB.NET are available. You can download the labs from here...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Raises Max Database to 10 Gigs

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    The maximum size of databases supported by SQL Server 2008 R2 Express has been raised from 4 gigabytes to 10 gigabytes. SQL Server Express continues to ship in four different editions, but several changes to the installation wizard to simply the installation process. SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Download Microsoft SQL Server2008 R2 Express with Advanced Services Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Management Tools Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Management Studio Express For more information...
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    Single Sign-On Simplified With AD FS 2.0

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    Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS 2.0) has been finalized and is now available for download. This is the server part of how you can handle identity in your applications. AD FS 2.0 is a role in Windows Server that simplifies access and single sign-on to both on-premises and cloud-based applications. Using “claims-based” identity technology, it helps enable secure business collaboration and productivity within the enterprise, across organizations, and on the Web. Some of the top...
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    White Paper Compares SQL Server, SQL Azure

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    If you've been wondering what differences are between SQL Server and SQL Azure, a new white paper about the databases will help. The white paper can compare the following features of SQL Azure Database with SQL Server: Logical administration vs. physical administration Provisioning Transact-SQL support Data storage SQL Server Integration Services and with other features and capabilities. The white paper also explains the benefits of using SQL Azure. These include manageability, high availability...
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    New Video - David Bankston of INgage Networks, talks about social networking and Azure

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    Video Link - David Bankston of INgage Networks, talks about social networking and Azure Greg Oliver, MS Developer Evangelist, talks with David Bankston, CTO of ISV Gold partner INgage Networks , about their SaaS based enterprise social networking platform and moving to Azure. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    MSDEV Updates Visual Studio 2010 Developer Training for RTM

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    MSDEV offers a new series of videos that update some of the changes in the final Release to Market RTM of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It includes ten short demonstration videos, each of which focuses on one feature that's new in the RTM. You can see the videos at Visual Studio 2010 RTM Update . New Features in Entity Framework Part 1: Self-Tracking Entities . Demonstrates how to create self-tracking entities, which are objects that can keep track of their state for database updates, using ADO.NET...
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    Released: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Statement of Direction April-2010

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    Learn the latest updates on CRM “5”, Accelerators, Integration Adaptors, SDK, CRM Online, Globalization, and Azure AppFabric. You can download the Statement-of-Direction here (requires access to PartnerSource). Sanjay Jain ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation Blog : http://Blogs.msdn.com/SanjayJain Twitter : http://twitter.com/SanjayJain369
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    Learn to Prototype, Design for RIA, Websites Using Expression Suite

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    The Expression Studio helps you design and prototype your Web and RIA applications. You can use Expression to create websites, Silverlight or WPF applications, to create graphics, and to encode your videos. You can use the same techniques to create user experience for Windows Phone 7 . Developer & Designer Training Videos I've put together a list of videos and training to help you get started using Expression. The latest is an introduction to prototyping using Sketchflow that is part of Expression...
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    Best Practices for Data Storage Security on Windows Azure

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    J. D. Meier of the patterns & practices team is writing Azure Security Guidance as a series of application scenarios and solutions. The goal is to show the most common application scenarios on the Microsoft Azure platform.

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    Pricing Announced for Azure Content Delivery Network

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    Pricing for Microsoft's Content Delivery Network (CDN) has been announced. The announcement was made on the Windows Azure team blog posting, Announcing Pricing for the Windows Azure CDN.

    The Windows Azure CDN enhances end user performance and reliability by placing copies of data at various points in a network so that they are distributed closer to the user. The Windows Azure CDN today delivers many Microsoft products – such as Windows Update, Zune videos, and Bing Maps - which customers know and use every day.

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    Microsoft Launches Office 2010, SharePoint 2010

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    Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the next wave of Microsoft Office and related products. Designed to deliver a unified experience across the PC, phone and browser, this wave includes Microsoft Exchange 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Microsoft’s Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 beta programs were the largest ever, with three times the number of participants compared with the Office 2007 beta program. As a result...
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    ISV Video: Social Networking Site Supports Eco-Friendly Activities on Windows 7, Windows Phone 7

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    Social networking site Every Day One Thing promotes user actions to help the environment and community. Small actions can add up to global changes. Users post actions, such a riding in a car pool or recycling, on the site and into their Twitter feed.

    Video link: Social Networking Site Supports Eco-Friendly Activities on Windows 7, Windows Phone 7

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    Windows Azure FireStarter Videos Up on Channel 9

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    The videos from the Windows Azure FireStarter event in Redmond are now available for on Channel 9. You can watch or click to see the videos: Windows Azure FireStarter- Windows Azure Storage with Brad Calder Windows Azure FireStarter- SQL Azure with David Robinson Windows Azure FireStarter- Bui…for the Cloud with David Aiken Windows Azure FireStarter- Migrating Applications to the Cloud with Mark Kottke Windows Azure FireStarter- Panel Q&A Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist...
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    ISV Video: Panopto Features Windows 7 for Audio, Video, Presentation Capture

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    Panopto lights up Windows 7 features for the latest version of their audio, video, screen and presentation capture software. Panopto implements Taskbar Progress, Taskbar tools (actionable command buttons), and Jumplists. As a result Panopto software is easier to use in educational scenarios because the app doesn’t distract from the lesson.

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    Virtual Boot Camp IV Offers Free Pass to Try Windows Azure, SQL Azure

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    Learn Windows Azure at your own pace, in your own time and without travel headaches. Windows Azure one week pass is provided so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. NO credit card required. You can start Virtual Boot Camp IV any time during May 17 and May 24 and work at your own pace. The Windows Azure virtual boot camp pass is valid from May 17 at 5am PT (8 am ET) through May 24 6pm PT (9 pm ET). Get Started with Virtual Boot Camp Request a Windows Azure...
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    Front Runner Helps Your Move Your Apps to SharePoint 2010

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    Front Runner for SharePoint can help software companies move your SharePoint 2007 application to SharePoint 2010 . When you join the Front Runner program, you can access one-on-one technical support by phone or e-mail from our developer experts, who can help you get your application compatible with SharePoint 2010. Once your application is compatible, you'll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know that you're a Front Runner. Front Runner Benefits Access new...
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    3D User Interface Lets You Pinch-the-Sky

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    Pinch-the-Sky Dome is a large immersive installation where several users can interact simultaneously with omni-directional data inside of a tilted geodesic dome. Pinch-the-Sky has been developed by Microsoft Research . The system consists of an omni-directional projector-camera unit in the center of the dome. The projector is able to project an image spanning the entire 360 degrees and a camera is used to track freehand gestures for navigation of the content. The interactive demos include: ...
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    Start June with Free Time to Learn Windows Azure, SQL Azure

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    Learn Windows Azure at your own pace, in your own time and without travel headaches. Windows Azure one week pass is provided so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. NO credit card required. You can start Virtual Boot Camp V any time during May 31 and June 7 and work at your own pace. The Windows Azure virtual boot camp pass is valid from May 31 at 5am PT (8 am ET)  through June 7 at 6pm PT (9 pm ET). Get Started with Virtual Boot Camp Request a Windows Azure One Week...
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    ISV Video: Nubifer Expands Enterprise Mashups to Azure

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    Cloud:Link from Nubifer monitors cloud-based applications and any URI in an enterprise from Windows Azure .It monitors your enterprise systems in real time, and strengthens interoperability with disparate owned and leased SaaS systems includes Windows Azure. Nubifer Cloud:Link monitors your enterprise systems in real time, and strengthens interoperability with disparate owned and leased SaaS systems. When building "Enterprise Mash-ups" , custom addresses and custom source codes are created by...
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    New Video - John Ayres of Symon Communications talks with Jared Bienz at MIX10

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    Video Link - John Ayres of Symon Communications talks with Jared Bienz at MIX10 John Ayers from Symon talks to Jared Bienz from Microsoft about building powerful mobile applications. John talked about their mobile player and plans to use Windows Azure for scale. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell (b) http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde (t) http://www.twitter.com/jodonnel
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    ISV Video: Medical Records Software Migrated to SQL Server

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    When AdvancedMD acquired their electronic medical records product, they standardized on SQL Server for their Software-as-a-Service product. Troy Young, Chief Architect at AdvancedMD, explains the decision to me in this video on Channel 9. AdvancedMD has been a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner for years. AdvancedMD leverages their existing ITPro staff knowledge and used Microsoft tools to accomplish the migration. Video link: AdvancedMD Migrates Electronic Medical Records Product to SQL Server Microsoft...
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