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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.