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Office 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.
At 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.
Submit 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.
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.
If 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.
The 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.
On November 3, Windows Phone 7 app submission will be open to all registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers.
As 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.
Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate, Lync 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.
The 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).
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.
One 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.