October, 2010

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    Windows Phone 7 - Top 10 Tips for a Successful Marketplace Certification

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    There’s a growing wave of developers submitting WP7 applications for certification and inclusion in the catalog. Although several applications passed testing, there is a trend in applications failing certification testing over these past weeks. Following are the top things to consider before submitting an application for certification to help increase the chances the application will pass testing the first time. 1) READ the docs!!! Understand the application policies that represent the...
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    Announcing Office 365 - Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010 and Lync Server 2010 in the Cloud

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    logo-office-365Office 365, the next major update to Microsoft Online Services, was announced today.  Office 365 includes new versions of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online (each based on the 2010 versions of those servers) as well as Office Professional Plus 2010 as part of the subscription.

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    Cloud Roadmap Includes Virtual Machine Role, SQL Azure Reporting, Windows Azure Marketplace, and More

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    pdc10-aAt the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to take full advantage of the underlying platform.

    These include Virtual Machine Role for Windows Azure, SQL Azure Reporting, Windows Azure Marketplace, Team Foundation System on Azure, AppFabric Caching, more control over IIS and elevation of privileges, improved support for Java apps, numerous improvements in the development experience, and a new offering for Microsoft Partners.

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    Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Released

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    The Windows Azure Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure. Feature Summary Discovers Windows Azure applications. Provides status of each role instance. Collects and monitors performance information. Collects and monitors Windows events. Collects and monitors the .NET Framework trace messages from each role instance. Grooms performance, event, and the .NET Framework trace data from Windows Azure storage account. Changes...
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    Publish Two Windows Phone 7 Apps, Get $99 Rebate

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    phone7-brandSubmit two or more apps to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and receive a $99 rebate.  Register for the Windows Phone Developer Program and you will be notified when rebates are available.

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    Windows Server AppFabric Training Kit Online, Downloadable

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    ee695849_WS-AppFab_h_rgb(en-us,MSDN_10)We have just released a full online (and downloadable) training kit for Windows Server AppFabric.  This kit is comprised of the 4-day technical training course that explains all about the new capabilities in Windows Server AppFabric.  It includes the lab exercises and the full HD streaming of recordings of an actual delivery of the class.   

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    Windows Phone 7 Course for iPhone Developers

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    phone7-brandIf you’re an iPhone developer accustomed to working with Xcode and Interface Builder, check out this video where you’ll find all about the tools for developing Windows Phone 7 apps! You’ll learn the fundamentals of Visual Studio 2010, the Windows Phone emulator and Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone.

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    BizTalk Server 2010 Ships, Supports Windows Server AppFabric

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    The seventh major release of BizTalk has been released to manufacturing and becomes available to customers October 1. BizTalk Server 2010 includes new support for Windows Server AppFabric to provide pre-integrated support for developing new composite applications. Customers maximize the value of existing Line of Business (LOB) systems by integrating and automating their business processes, and putting real-time, end-to-end enterprise integration within reach of every customer. The new BizTalk Server...
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    ISV, SI Join Windows Azure Platform University in Redmond

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    You are invited to attend the Windows Azure Platform University in Redmond, WA on the Microsoft Campus on October 12. This is in-depth sales-focused readiness training for our strategic independent software vendors and systems integrator partners. The goal of Windows Azure University is to bring together business and IT leaders from leading partners along with senior Microsoft sales and product group representatives to discuss the partner business opportunities with Windows Azure Platform. Attending...
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    Benefits for Windows Azure Extended for MSDN Subscribers

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    windows-azure-logo-lgThe Windows Azure Platform benefits offered as part your MSDN subscription have been extended from 8 months to 16 months. In addition new Azure benefits have been announced.

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    Live in LA? Register for the Underground Powered by PDC10 on November 9

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    The Underground powered by PDC10 is one of the hottest events of the year. Sponsored by Microsoft, this year’s event is focused on the Southern California technology and startup community. The event is on Tuesday, November 9 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at Club Nokia at LA Live. The night will open with a highly anticipated Q & A session with tech luminaries Dan’l Lewin , CVP for Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft and Blake Irving, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer...
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    Windows Phone 7 App Submission Opens November 3

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    phone7-brandOn November 3, Windows Phone 7 app submission will be open to all registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers.

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    New Video - Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio, Cars and Home Automation with Stacy Harris and John Mullinax

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    Video Link - http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/jodonnell/Microsoft-Robotics-Developer-Studio-Cars-and-Home-Automation-with-Stacy-Harris-and-John-Mullinax Robotic technologies can be applied to many aspects of our lives including some that may not seem as obvious. We have all seen scifi movies where there are many robots running around assisting in our daily lives of the future. However what about now? In this video Stacy Harris and John Mullinax talk about adding robotic systems to both a car and...
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    Seven Important Tips To Help Your App Ace Certification

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    windows phoneAs you ready your Windows Phone 7 app for submission, check out these top seven tips to help your app sail through certification testing the first time.

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    Lync Server 2010, SDK Release Candidate Now Available

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    lyncandexchangeLync Server 2010 Release CandidateLync 2010 Release Candidate and the Lync platform SDKs are now publically available for download. Lync Server 2010 and Lync 2010 provide the infrastructure and the client for an integrated communications experience, where it’s easy to find contacts, get presence information and communicate from your PC, browser and mobile device.

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    One Year After Windows 7 – 240 Million Sold

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    compare-ultimate-upgrThe Windows 7 Team Blog reports today that more than 240 million licenses of Windows 7 have been sold. Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history. As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st).

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    APP HUB is the New Centralized Site for Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers

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    App Hub is now the single place where Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE Indie Games developers can register; find development tools, support and resources; and submit and manage their apps for Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE. Every Windows Phone 7 customer will get all of their apps and games from the Marketplace Hub on their phone and from the desktop Zune software . App Hub is another step of making it easier for you to create and distribute great apps and games across Windows Phone, Xbox 360, PC and the...
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    Global Portfolio, XBox Live Gaming, Your Applications Coming to Windows Phone 7

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    Nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.

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    Introducing the Nasuni Filer 2.0, powered by Windows Azure

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    Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez and Microsoft Architect Evangelist Gunther Lenz present Nasuni Filer 2.0. Now supporting Hyper-V, Windows Azure and VFS, the Nasuni Filer turns cloud storage into a file server with unlimited storage, snapshot technology and end-to-end encryption. Join Nasuni and Microsoft for this free event and learn how to take advantage of the cost-savings and scalability of cloud storage . Event Sponsors: http://www.nasuni.com/resources/cloud-storage-webinars/Introducing-Filer2-webinar...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update Available for Download

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    The WP Developer Tools October update is available here on the Microsoft Download Center . This October 2010 release provides: Updated Bing Maps Control that improves map performance during user gestures Capability Detection tool, which scans your application and reports on detected phone capabilities which will be applied during ingestion to marketplace. Visit this link on MSDN to learn more The WP Connect utility, which enables creating a connection between the Phone and your PC without require...
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    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate - New Virtualization Innovations

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    Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFX TM , to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops. Dynamic Memory lets Hyper-V administrators pool available memory on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to any virtual machine(s) running on that host. RemoteFX lets Windows Server 2008 R2 administrators...
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    Want to Know When You Approach Your Azure Limit?

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    windows-azure-logo-lgOne issue customers have had in the past is that they would exceed their predefined limits on Windows Azure Platform without notification (especially when using MSDN offerings and such).  Now we have a way to notify you. 

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    Developer Events Unleash Windows Phone 7 Across US

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    Windows Phone 7 events  for developers are coming to a city near you. Events have been added for Seattle, Boise,and Bellevue. And you can still register for launch events in Sign up today for launch events and Unleashed events. Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch The first day takes you inside the all-new Metro interface paradigm with basic fundamentals of Windows Phone 7 application development. The next day is a hands-on app building workshop. Register at MSDN Events . Date City State October...
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    Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Available for Download

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    Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is the tool you need to sync your favorite music, photos and videos, movies and TV shows, and podcasts from your Mac to your Windows Phone 7 device. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software. You can download the beta here . Supported OS: Apple OSX 10.5 and above
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    Updated Windows Azure Training Kit

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    Microsoft released the latest version of the Windows Azure platform training kit. The kit is now in 2 versions, one for vs2008 developers and one for 2010 developers. You can download the kit from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en . What’s New: Updated all hands-on labs and demo scripts for Visual Studio 2010, the .NET Framework 4, and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio version 1.2 release Added a new hands-on...
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