August, 2010

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    Games: Silverlight 4 XNA Platform Game Level Editor for Windows Phone 7

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    Games are a big business opportunity for developers across personal computers, consoles and mobile devices.  The good news is that XNA Game Studio 4.0 is supported across multiple platforms. XNA Game Studio 4.0 is developed by Microsoft to help ease game development across Windows, Xbox360 and Windows Phone 7 devices. This allows the developer to leverage code across platforms and helps increase the size of the potential market. In this series of blogs post by David Rousset , he discusses how...
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    Migrate MySQL, Access Databases to the Cloud with SQL Server Migration Assistant

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    sql-azure-logo-lg Microsoft has updated the SSMA (SQL Server Migration Assistant) family of products to include support for both Access and MySQL. This release makes it possible to move data directly and easily from local Microsoft Access databases or MySQL databases into SQL Azure. Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with this latest v4.2 release.

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    Security White Paper on Windows Azure Answers Many FAQ

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    windows-azure-logo-lg A white paper that answers many of the customer frequently asked questions about Windows Azure is now available for download. The white paper provides details on how Windows Azure provides confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data. It also provides detail on how we provide accountability for customers and their agents to track administration of services.

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    Get Your Windows Azure One Month Pass

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    This is a great opportunity to get started with the Windows Azure Platform without having to include your credit card number.

    This offer is limited to the first 500 developers to respond each calendar month between August 1 and ending October 31, 2010 (US Only)

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    What You Need to Know to Port iPhone Application to Windows Phone

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    i2WLogo2_thumb Jesse Liberty has stated a series of tutorials for iPhone developers that focus on the minimum you need to know to add Windows Phone 7 development to your skill set.

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    Update to Azure’s AppFabric Access Control Service Supports Multi-Vendor Single Sign On

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    appfabric-logo Support for identity providers such as Google, Facebook, LiveID and OpenID is being added to Windows Azure AppFabric. The Access Control Service (ACS) allows you to integrate Single Sign On and centralized authorization into your web application. It works with most modern platforms, and integrates with both web and enterprise identity providers. The August Azure AppFabric update is available via the AppFabric LABS environment where the AppFabric team showcases some of its early bits.

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    MSDEV Video Series Highlights Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

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    msdev A new set of videos from MSDEV explains Internet Explorer 9 Platform for developers. Platform Preview 4 of Internet Explorer 9 has features like a new SVG engine, the “Chakra” JavaScript engine now integrated into the browser instead of a separate object called via COM. It has better Acid3 (95/100) and WebKit SunSpider scores.

    A set of four videos explore some of these features.

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    MSDEV Offers Free Developer Training for Windows Phone 7 in Seven Minutes Each

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    A new series of videos from MSDEV can help you get started with Windows Phone 7. Each short, to-the-point video in this series highlights a feature of Windows Phone 7 in less than 7 minutes. This is a series for developers who want to pick up the basics quickly with brief explanations and hands-on examples.

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    SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL Released

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    SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others include Oracle, Sybase, Access, and an analyzer for PowerBuilder. The toolkits were designed to tackle the complex manual process customer’s deal with when migrating databases. In using the SQL Server Migration Assistants (SSMA), partners can reduce the manual effort; as a result the time, cost and risks associated with migrating are significantly reduced. A recent SSMA survey showed that 94% of SSMA downloader’s would...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Beta Coming in September

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    ie9 Microsoft plans to release a beta version of its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser sometime in September. Better performance, “same markup” and improved Acid3 test scores are expected.

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    101 Visual Studio Tips in 55 Minutes

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    Sara Ford is a Developer Evangelist based in Northern California.  Sara was recently on tour presenting her 101 Visual Studio Tips in 55 Minutes.  Here’s the first five and if you want to see the presentation click this link: Sara Ford’s – 101 Visual Studio Tips Tip #1       How to not accidentally copy a blank line TO – Text Editor – All Lang – Gen – Apply cut or copy commands to blank lines Tip #2      How to cycle through the Clipboard ring...
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    New PHP Drivers for SQL Server Support Improved BI, Connection to SQL Azure

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    Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0 are now available. The new drivers adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO) and supports integration with SQL Server business intelligence features and connectivity to SQL Azure.

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    Get Early User Feedback for Your Windows Phone Application

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    WP_logo_sm Mobile App Match aims to bring together the people who build Windows Phone apps with the people who use them. You can post your apps or video demonstrations so that users can give you feedback before the first Windows Phone 7 devices even ship. Users can also submit app ideas for developers to build.

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    Where are the Windows Azure CDN Nodes Located

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    The Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) enhances the user experience by placing copies of data at various locations on the network. Today, the Windows Azure CDN delivers Microsoft products such as Windows Update, Zune videos and Bing Maps. This is the list of the 20 physical nodes for the Windows Azure CDN that was posted on the Windows Azure <TEAM BLOG> . Visit the link to learn more. United States Ashburn, VA Bay Area, CA Chicago, IL San Antonio, TX Los Angeles, CA Miami, FL Newark...
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    Free Developer Support Offered Through ‘Microsoft Platform Ready’

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    Microsoft offers partners free support, training, and marketing benefits on nine specific emerging technologies. The new Microsoft Platform Ready takes the program formerly known as Front Runner worldwide.

    My colleague Jared Bienz has put together a post about the marketing and training benefits and walks you through the steps on signing up and getting benefits. You can find Jared’s posting at Getting Help – Microsoft Platform Ready.

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    IE9 Beta Launches September 15

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    ie9 Internet Explorer 9 will be launched at an event in San Francisco September 15. The launch celebrates the Beauty of the Web. More information is available on the Windows Team Blog  posting Announcing the Beauty of the Web event for IE9 Beta Launch.

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    Sample Code, Video Demonstrates Canonical REST Service

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    NET-WCF_rgb Canonical -- conforming to accepted principles or standard practice.

    A new Canonical REST Entity Service sample code on MSDN code gallery demonstrates a REST Service built with WCF 4 that fully complies with HTTP specs for use of GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE, and includes unit tests to test compliance.

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    Office for Mac 2011 due in October

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    The next edition of the leading productivity suite for the Mac will be available at the end of October. There will be two different edition available at retail – Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home and Business 2011. In addition, each version will be available in either single install or family/multi install packs. Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 includes: Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac and Messenger for Mac, and it will retail starting at...
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    Windows Marketplace for Mobile: Registration and Application Submission Walkthroughs

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    If you’re looking for some guidance on the application registration process, the Marketplace team has created two walkthroughs Windows Marketplace for Mobile Developer Registration Walk Through View more presentations from Mike Francis .
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    Service Update to SQL Azure Now Supports Database Copy

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    sql-azure-logo-lg The updated version of SQL Azure now supports Database copy, adds new How-to documentation, and an update to Project “Houston”.

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    What Codecs are supported in Windows Phone 7?

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    This question comes up frequently so I’ve listed them below for reference. If you want more information about specific containers, and supported scenarios please visit the Supported Media Codecs for Windows Phone on MSDN . Please note that this information contains pre-release information and is subject to change in future releases. Audio WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC-LC, HE-AAC v1, HE-AAC v2, AMR-NB Video WMV (VC1) Simple, Main and Advanced Profiles MPEG-4 Part 2 – Simple MPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264...
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    Developers Get Started with Internet Explorer 9 Preview 4

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    ie9 The fourth preview of Internet Explorer 9 has been released to developers. Try out fully hardware-accelerated HTML5, try out modern SVG and see native JavaScript integration in action. The announcement was made on the IE blog at HTML5, Modernized: Fourth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers.

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    Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta Provides New Rapid Development Tool

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    lightswitch The beta of Visual Studio LightSwitch was released today. Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch gives you a simpler and faster way to create professional-quality business applications for the desktop, the web, and the cloud. LightSwitch is a new addition to the Visual Studio family.

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    PDC10 Registration Now Open

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    pdc10 Professional Developer Conference 2010 (PDC10) registration is now open. PDC10 will be held October 28 – 29 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA where leading-edge developers and architects will gather to hear firsthand from Microsoft’s leaders about the next generation of Cloud Services, Phone, Tools & Technologies, Internet Explorer and Gaming Platforms.

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    Windows Phone Design Day Recordings

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    A few weeks ago a few invited partners and agencies participated in an event called “Windows Phone Design Days ”. This was a 1.5 day deep dive into their inspiration, philosophy, goals and implementation. The event was recorded and listed in order below. If you’re ready to get started take at the links below the videos. Videos Ana and Miles, the Windows Phone personas (  Tracey Lovejoy, 3:33 ) The Metro Design Language, the inspiration   ( Jeff Fong, 29:48) Deconstructing a Windows Phone...
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