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DPE’s Platform Evangelism team has just shipped the RTM release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Online Training Course on Channel9. This free resource is the online companion to the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit. Developers can now browse all of the presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos included in the training kit online. You can download individual pieces of content, or download the entire training kit.
Design Resources for developers and designers to help you build beautiful apps on Windows Phone 7 has been updated for the Windows Phone Developer Tools in beta and Windows Phone 7 in technical preview.
The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 has been updated for beta. With additional information and a new layout we hope you will find more readable, this guide provides detailed information about UI elements and controls, UI system behaviors, and the interaction model for the touch interface based on the design system codenamed “Metro”. Designers and developers should read this guide to learn about the dos and don’ts of UI implementations for their Windows Phone applications.
Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011 according to a post on Technet, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta Frequently Asked Questions.
You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008.
Microsoft Project Code-Named “Houston” provides a web-based database management tool for SQL Azure that lets you do basic database management tasks like authoring and executing queries, designing and editing a database schema, and editing table data. The first community preview has been released.
A new white paper helps you understand the concepts of identity in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, how Kerberos authentication plays a very important role in authentication and delegation scenarios, and the situations where Kerberos authentication should be used or may be required in solution designs. The concepts are important for your applications that work with SQL’s business intelligence and reporting functionality.
A new book, "Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume 1" is now available as a free PDF download. You can also view the book on slideshare.net (requires Slideshare login to download).
The “Preview 1” release of ASP.NET MVC 3 is now available. Preview 1 features the “Razor” view engine. Razor is optimized around HTML generation using a code-focused templating approach. Razor is intended to be compact, expressive, and fluid as well as easy to learn. It works with any text editor.
Tami Reller, corporate vice president and chief financial officer for the Windows business, detailed the tremendous partner opportunity with Windows 7 at Worldwide Partner Conference. She announced the beta release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, which enhance the deployment and management of virtualized desktop infrastructure.
Microsoft is expanding its technology certification options to include offering tests for non-IT majored students so they may receive a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification.
The benefits for MSDN subscribers have now doubled the initial Windows Azure benefits by extending the offer from eight months to 16 months.
Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft Corp. showcased new capabilities that are coming in its next-generation customer relationship management (CRM) solution. The highly anticipated Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 — formerly code-named “CRM5” — will be publicly available as a beta release in September 2010, beginning with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.
An update the free SQL Server Compact Edition (SQL CE) database to work within ASP.NET applications enables a light-weight, easy to use, database option that now works great for ASP.NET web development.
At Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft today introduced a Windows Azure platform appliance, the first turnkey cloud services platform for deployment in customer and service provider datacenters. Dell Inc., eBay Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and HP are early adopters of a limited production release of the appliance.
Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, a new process template for Team Foundation Server 2010 can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Gallery or through the Visual Studio Extension Manager. This new template is the first new process template introduced by Microsoft since the MSF Agile and MSF CMMI templates first shipped with Team Foundation Server 2005.
The Windows Demo Toolkit 5 is now available to Microsoft partners.
At the center of the Windows Demo Toolkit is a deployment of the Windows 7 operating system tailored specifically for use in demonstrations.
If you are unable to attend WPC 2010, you can watch the vision keynote addresses live on Digital WPC. Vision keynote addresses start at 8 A.M. Eastern Time on July 12 and 13, and at 9 A.M. Eastern Time on July 14. Keynotes and selected sessions will also be available on-demand for later viewing after the conference.
The Silverlight PivotViewer makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data on the web in ways that are powerful, informative, and valuable.
Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools went beta earlier this week. And now you can start learning how to use it with an updated Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh.
Microsoft has released a refresh of the Windows Phone Training to meet the changes in the Windows Phone Beta tools release.
Developers in the United States are being offered a month free to develop your applications in Windows Azure. You also get free no-cost phone, chat and email support during and after the Windows Azure virtual boot camp with the Microsoft Platform Ready for Windows Azure. No credit card required.
Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements and will be in Redmond October 28-29.
A new version of Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools adds new extensions and fixing bugs. You can ability to turn off individual extensions and there’s a Solution Navigator tool for coders.
If you have the Productivity Power Tools installed already, you will get a notification that a new version is available the next time you restart Visual Studio. Otherwise, you can get the update from Productivity Power Tools in the Visual Studio Gallery.
ScottGu has announced Microsoft WebMatrix. WebMatrix includes several parts for beginning and experienced developers.
WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an embedded database). It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps.
A new version of Microsoft’s Internet Web server, IIS, simplifies building and testing websites for corporate developers and ISVs.
IIS Express will work with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. IIS Express combines the ease of use of the ASP.NET Web Server with the full power of IIS.