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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.
Changes are being made as the Microsoft Partner Program completes its evolution to the Microsoft Partner Network in October 2010. Beginning in October, the Certified and Gold Certified Partner designations will be retired. In their place will be Communities, Partner Competencies and Subscriptions.
This blog post summarizes the changes for ISVs. Get details about the changes at Prepare for Upcoming Changes to the Microsoft Partner Network on the Microsoft Partner Network site.
New Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit are available on MSDN Code Gallery as hands-on-labs specializes in parallel computing.
Sample are now available on MSDN Code Gallery (hands-on-labs).
A new beta shows off new Home & Hub pages for MSDN. The focus is to build a better developer on-ramps for each platform with several important realizations in mind.
Microsoft's new Envisioning Lab shows off technology that provides a vision into the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Please join us in Washington, D.C to hear the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Guest Speaker President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States on Wednesday July 14. He's speaking on In addition to this fantastic reason to attend the conference this year, you won’t want to miss the following tracks, which will provide insight into Microsoft's vision and product roadmap.
ISV Architect Evangelist Patrick Foley talks with Dewey Hou and Dean Craven from TechSmith about how TechSmith uses Windows 7 jump lists and task bar progress in Camtasia Studio, the popular screen recording and production software. Snagit, and Morae are also discussed, along with what to expect next from TechSmith.
ISV Video: TechSmith Lights Up Windows 7
Datacastle uses PowerShell to work with Hyper-V for quicker tests across many configurations and for quicker and improved deployment at customer sites.
ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs