June, 2010

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    Gunther Lenz chats with Jim Zimmerman, CTO of Thuzi

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    Gunther Lenz ISV Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, interviews Jim Zimmerman, CTO of Thuzi and author of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook and the CloudPoll reference application. Learn what the toolkit has in store and check out CloudPoll http://bit.ly/CloudPoll reference application, built on the Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook, and free to use for any Facebook user :-). http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/GLenz/Gunther-Lenz-interviews-Jim-Zimmerman-CTO-of-Thuzi-and-author-of-the-Windows-Azure...
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    Toolsets Build Onto Visual Studio for Editing, Navigation, Modeling

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    Two toolsets that build on the core Visual Studio 2010 platform were announced at TechEd. Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools focus on improved code editing and navigation, along with new ways to work with files and tab behavior. That includes selecting whole lines of code and text, a searchable Add Reference Dialog, colorized parameter help, and HTML Clipboard and Tab Well support among other extensions. The Visualization and Model Feature Pack extends the modification and validation functionality...
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    Controller-Free Game Device Named ‘Kinect for Xbox 360’

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    Microsoft today unveiled Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free gaming device that Microsoft is positioning as an entirely new way to experience entertainment in the living room. Previously code-named “Project Natal,” the Kinect label was released before the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (E3) as part of a Cirque du Soleil performance that was inspired by Kinect’s technology.

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    SQL Azure Pricing Provides Flexibility

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    New pricing was announced at Tech-Ed for pricing of SQL Azure.

    SQL Azure today offers two editions with a ceiling of 1GB for web edition and 10GB for business edition. With our next service release. Ceiling sizes for both web and business editions will increase 5x.

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    MSDEV Offers Videos, Lab for PHP on Windows Azure Platform

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    This series of Web seminars and labs from MSDEV is designed to quickly guide PHP developers on how to work with Windows Azure. You’ll learn the essential concepts of the Windows Azure Platform, and then you’ll learn how to use some of the Azure services from PHP and deploy your PHP applications to Azure.

    See the videos and download the labs and source code at PHP and the Windows Azure Platform.

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    OEMs End Sale of Windows XP October 22

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    As of October 22, 2010,OEMs will no longer pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs. You probably won’t notice because most hardware manufacturers already ship Windows 7

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    PST File Format SDK Released

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    The Outlook team has announced the availability of the new PST File Format SDK.  The SDK is available at on codeplex: PST File Format SDK You can read a little more at the Outlook team blog here: Announcing the PST File Format SDK John Wiese ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation john.wiese@microsoft.com
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    Windows Phone 7 Private Distribution, Marketplace Policies Unveiled at TechEd

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    Microsoft is making several announcements at TechEd this week that developers should be sure to catch, like the introduction of our new Windows Phone Marketplace policies . We’re also providing more details about some developer features, one of which I think is worth exploring more closely; private beta distribution through Windows Phone Marketplace . Windows Phone 7 Private Test Distribution The public model enables developers to market and distribute applications to all phone users globally or...
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    Learn Valuable Skills with Free Week on Windows 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 VI any time during June 14 and June 21 and work at your own pace.

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    Concept Searching Builds on SharePoint 2010 Features

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    Recently I sat down with John Challis, CEO of Concept Searching via Live Meeting.  During our disucssion we talked about Concept Searchings SharePoint 2010 product, migrating from 2007 and taking advantage of new SharePoint 2010 features.  John Challis also gives us a short demo of their concept Classifier product. conceptClassifier for SharePoint is the only SharePoint solution that delivers automatic identification and extraction of concepts from within content as it is created or ingested...
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    Wall Street Network Embraces SharePoint 2010 with New Release of Clearview Insight

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    Recently I sat down to talk with Lester Pierre, CEO of Wall Street Network, inc. During our discussion Lester shared a little background on Wall Street Network, their SharePoint 2010 product Clearview Insight as well as a demo.  Clearview is the first modern ECM solution designed to provide a new era of content aggregation, unification and access across your business organization. The innovative Clearview Iriss desktop gadget application as well as the Clearview Windows and Web clients can easily...
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    2nd xRM Acceleration Lab Videos

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    We had a great time at 2 nd xRM Acceleration Lab in Redmond, WA during the week of 24 th May 2010. 9 ISVs built their solution prototypes using Dynamics CRM “5” xRM Framework. Few teams opted to record Video interviews. Enjoy the following videos: ISV Video Interview Aplicor Hyland Software Lattice Engines Simplifi Sanjay Jain ISV Architect...
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    Expression Studio 4 Launches

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    Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Expression Studio 4.

    The lines of development and design are becoming increasingly blurred, demanding a toolset that effectively blends the two disciplines into one seamless workflow. For ISVs, this means that great design takes passion, skill and inspiration. It also takes tools that enable you to transform your ideas into that perfect vision.

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    Windows Azure Training Kit Updated for Visual Studio 2010

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    The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has been updated. The kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. The June release includes new and updated labs for Visual Studio 2010.

    Get the kit from Microsoft Download at Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - June Update.

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    Next SharePoint Conference Announced

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    Over on the SharePoint team blog they just announced that the next SharePoint Conference will be held October 3-6, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the complete details from their post: Save the Date for SharePoint Conference 2011, the premier worldwide conference dedicated to SharePoint and related technologies being held October 3-6, 2011 in Anaheim, California. SharePoint Conference 2011 will be the conference to learn more about Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010, the business collaboration...
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    SQL Azure Capacity Grows to 50 GB, Data Sync Service Offered

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    Several announced were made about SQL Azure at TechEd North America this week.

    Microsoft announced it will offer spatial data support and access to 50GB of SQL Azure Database capacity allowing for higher scalability, flexibility and easier management of applications and services. Further enhancements to management capabilities include the public preview of SQL Azure Data Sync Service, which provides more flexible control over where and how data is distributed and synced across multiple datacenters, and Microsoft SQL Server Web Manager, a lightweight and easy to use tool to help develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications on the cloud.

    Here’s some more details.

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    Policies for Windows Phone Marketplace Announced

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    oday, Microsoft introduced the new set of Windows Phone Marketplace policies that will govern the application submission and certification process as Windows Phone 7 comes to market. We’re taking the next step with Marketplace to attract a much wider range of professional and non-professional developers and designers.

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    Debug Cloud Apps with IntelliTrace in New Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio

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    Microsoft has shipped the June 2010 release of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio.  This brings the power of IntelliTrace to cloud services running in Windows Azure for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate customers.

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    MSDEV Videos Show How to Integrate QuickBooks Apps on Windows Azure

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    MSDEV has produced a series of videos to help you get started with the Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform (IPP). IPP enables you to build a great application on the Windows Azure platform that leverage the go-to-market services, such as single sign-on, billing and data web API’s, user management, available through IPP. In addition, you can publish your app to an existing marketplace in the Intuit App Center.

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    Roadmaps Announced at TechEd for Client, Server, Cloud

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    Roadmaps for the first service packs (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric, Big Maps, and Microsoft Unified Communication Server, and Windows Client were announced at Tech Ed North America today.

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    Channel 9 Live Follows Tech.Ed Keynotes

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    Can’t make it to Tech.Ed North America 2010 in person? Tune in to Channel 9 Live immediately following the keynotes for live interviews, product demos and panel discussions all day. Be a part of the conversation by tweeting your questions and comments to @ch9live where they’ll be answered in real time by our guests. Joining us on stage will be Bob Muglia, Tony Scott, Jason Zander, Bill Laing, Mark Russinovich, Jeffrey Snover and many more technical leaders and experts. The full schedule of live sessions...
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    First Look – Windows Azure Toolkit for Facebook

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    In this quick overview, Gunther Lenz ISV Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, shows how to set-up a Facebook developer account and configure the Windows Azure toolkit for Facebook to run the samples provided in the Codeplex download. The toolkit significantly streamlines development of Facebook (and other) applications that connect Windows Azure Table Storage as well as SQL and incorporate best practices for scalable cloud solutions. Also check out CloudPoll http://bit.ly/CloudPoll reference application...
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    Outback Steakhouse uses CloudPoll on Facebook, powered by Windows Azure

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    Outback Steakhouse started a series of polls on Facebook to learn more about the demographics, preferences, and habits of their fans. CloudPoll gives them a fully featured, easy to use, free Facebook application to just do that. CloudPoll provides the scalability needed for Outback to handle potential rapid grow of the poll in Facebook. Check the application out at http://bit.ly/brzlsZ and you can also create and manage your own polls with the scalability of a Windows Azure based cloud solution....
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    MSDEV Offers On-Demand Video Series for Developing on Office 2010

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    A new on-demand series of videos shows how you can develop for Microsoft Office 2010 from MSDEV . The series is Programming Microsoft Office 2010 . This series will show how a developer can extend Office 2010 products, by using an application such as Word as the basis for custom applications – called Office Solutions – to take advantage of the existing interface which is already familiar to users. It includes information on how to customize the functionality and the interface of an...
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