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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.
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.
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.
This year's patterns & practices Symposium will feature five days of workshops, sessions, open forums, peer networking, social events, and a lot of interaction with the patterns & practices team, top rated industry leaders and members of many Microsoft product teams. The event is in Redmond, WA October 18-22.
The Silverlight PivotViewer makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data on the web in ways that are powerful, informative, and valuable.
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.
An updated version of the Windows Identity developer toolkit is now available from Microsoft download center. The new release does not contain any new labs, however it now include a complete set of slides on Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and embedded players pointing to the recordings of the latest WIF training event.
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.
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).
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.
The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 in their applications, as well as for developers who are new to SQL Server.
You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements and will be in Redmond October 28-29.
Today at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Jon Roskill, Microsoft’s new channel chief, unveiled business strategies and resources to help partners of all types seize new opportunities in the cloud.
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.
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.