November, 2010

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    Get Started with LightSwitch at New Developer Center

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    lightswitchLightSwitch is a rapid development tool for building business applications. LightSwitch simplifies the development process, letting you concentrate on the business logic and doing much of the remaining work for you. By using LightSwitch, an application can be designed, built, tested, and in your user’s hands quickly.

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    Windows Azure Free Pass Returns for US Developers – No Credit Card Required

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    mpr_logoMicrosoft Platform Ready is offering US developers free Windows Azure for a month.

    We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass, so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required.

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    Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

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    You can now build and release Silverlight applications and games for Windows Phone built in Visual Basic to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Please note: This initial release of the Visual Basic add-on for the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is not supported. If you do not have VS 2010 Pro or higher, you can download a trial version here . This release is only for Silverlight projects only; the Visual Basic...
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    No-Cost, Online Test Tool Now Available Through Microsoft Platform Ready

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    We've made application testing simpler and faster with a new, no-cost, online test tool available through Microsoft Platform Ready for the following technologies: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Windows Azure Platform Microsoft Dynamics 2011 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Microsoft Lync 2010 You can use results from Microsoft Platform Ready testing to qualify for Microsoft Partner Network Competencies . Applications that pass testing for Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows...
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    New Feature Pack for Visual Studio Boosts Silverlight Testing, Code Visualization, Modeling

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    ee402630_VisualStudio_lg(en-us,MSDN_10)A new Feature Pack for Visual Studio MSDN Subscribers is now available that extends testing, code visualization and modeling capabilities in Visual Studio 2010.

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    Windows Azure Platform Training Course November 2010 Update

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    The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of hands-on labs and videos that are designed to help you quickly learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. This release provides updated content as related to the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010) and Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK V2.0 (October update). Some of the new hands-on labs cover the new and updated services announced at the Professional Developers...
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    Imagine Cup Solve This Unites ISVs with Students to Solve UN Millennium Goals

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    74581_168112076555133_141882375844770_375660_5933404_nThis last week, I served as one of the many judges who reviewed the submissions for Image Cup 2011. The entries were amazing, with students from around the US solving worldwide problems. ISVs participate as mentors and get the added benefit by working closely with the highest quality college students on a common problem.

    Now in its ninth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to become a global competition with more than 325,000 students representing 100 countries and regions entering the competition last year. The theme for the 2011 competitions is “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”

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    Dynamics CRM 2011 Web Seminars

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    Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2011: The Power of Productivity The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is coming soon and promises to deliver The Power of Productivity to customers and partners through familiar, intelligent and connected experiences.  In preparation for this release, we are pleased to bring you web seminars highlighting the new features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, for no additional charge. Get ready for the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 by attending these events...
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    Bing AJAX map control V7 Released

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    Performance: V7 is less than 1/3 the size of our v6.3 control. This helps V7 load faster than the previous control. V7 renders multiple points on a map up to 3 times faster than v6.3. This helps deliver more and faster information to users. T Performance is based on internal tests of compressed controls, including all secondary JavaScript, CSS and image-files. Other Significant New Features: Optimized for mobile web . Built for mobile browsing. V7 delivers in these scenarios with a small control...
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    Lync Server Developer Kit Now Available

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    mslync-logoTo help developers build custom communication experiences, I’m happy to announce that the Lync Server 2010 Developer Training Kit is now available for download on MSDN Downloads.

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    Northwest Gamers Come to the Cloud in Sessions on Windows Azure

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    Knowing the competitive landscape of gaming, especially here in the Northwest, we want to invite you to a two-hour session to learn about building your next game on Windows Azure. Hear from a game developer just like you, Sneaky Games, who has successfully leveraged the cloud and Windows Azure to build and deploy Facebook games such as Fantasy Kingdoms.  The Windows Azure Platform can revolutionize the way you do business, making your company more agile, efficient and flexible while allowing...
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    Elevate the Security of Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Centers

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    solutionacceleratorsThe Microsoft Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the release of new resources that you can use in combination with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Together with the tool, these resources are designed to help organizations efficiently manage the security and compliance process for some of the most widely used Microsoft products.

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    Internet Explorer 9 Developer Preview 7 Available for Download

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    ie9_logoMicrosoft launches the seventh platform preview of its Internet Explorer 9 browser. You can get it atwww.ietestdrive.com.  The Internet Explorer team has been tuning the JavaScript engine for more of the patterns we’ve found in real world sites.

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    Explore Data in Walkthrough of Windows Azure DataMarket

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    datamarketMy colleague Lynn Langit has put together a walkthrough of Windows Azure DataMarket. In the walkthrough, she shows you how to get to the data viewer, so that you can take a look at the dataset that you are interested in before you decide to work with it in your application.  You can work with datasets on the site itself or you can use other methods to explore the data. she starts by using the (recently released) new feature of Excel Power Pivot 2010. 

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    Use Bing Visual Search to Find Windows Phone 7 Applications

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    The Bing and Windows Phone teams have announced the Bing Visual Search Gallery for Windows Phone 7 apps in the US or UK. It’s a great tool to easily find an application by making it very easy to narrow down your search criteria.  On the left rail Filter the search criteria from 16 categories, 25 subcategories and price.  Use this tool and you’ll quickly find the application you’re looking for.  Click the link to the app and Bing will display the details page with a direct link to Zune...
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    How to Get Started on Windows Phone 7 for the Absolute Beginner

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    b0908630-1ab3-4042-8733-6ba595117c80A new video series on Channel 9 will help aspiring Windows Phone 7 developers get started. We'll start off with the basics and work our way up so in a few hours, you will know enough to build simple WP7 applications, such as a GPS aware note taking application.  We'll walk you through getting the tools, knowing what an if statement is, to using the GPS built into the phone and much more!

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    Scott Guthrie Goes Unplugged Friday

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    This Friday, November 19 Scott Guthrie, vice president in the Microsoft Developer Division, is doing another online Linked .Net Users Group session .  Join in the Live Meeting from 10:00am to 11:30am Pacific Time. They discussions tend to be lively, especially this time. Attendees can submit any questions they want to me, and listen to him and Scott will answer them live via LiveMeeting. Registration is free here . Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation
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    Microsoft Lync 2010 Launches in New York City Today

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    Microsoft Lync 2010 now delivers on our vision to transform communications by connecting people in new ways. Lync integrates enterprise voice, instant messaging and web, audio and video conferencing into a connected single communications experience. Today our partner network, which includes companies like Polycom, HP and Logitech, is announcing 70 new devices optimized for Lync.  And with Lync’s commitment to open standards and extensive interoperability across a wide variety of platforms we...
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    How Microsoft Helps Protect Your Phone Application

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    wp7marketplaceYou might be interested learning about how your apps and games are protected. As a Windows Phone developer you can be assured that Windows Phone Marketplace is operating as designed in providing a level of protection that is in-line with industry practices and sufficient for our own valued content.

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    PRISM 4 Supports WPF, Silverlight, Phone in Latest Release

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    pnp_logoPrism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications and Silverlight Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and Windows Phone 7 applications.

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    Bioscience “BLAST” Comes to Windows Azure, HPC Connects to the Cloud

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    windows-azure-logo-lgToday at the Supercomputing (SC) 2010 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure. The new application enables a broader community of scientists to combine desktop resources with the power of cloud computing for critical biological research. At the conference, Microsoft showcased the enormous scale of the application on Windows Azure, demonstrating its use for 100 billion comparisons of protein sequences in a database managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

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    Build Your Partner Channel (US)–Meet and Greet

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    Microsoft invites you to an informal meet and greet sessions in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco. Partners have been asking for Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. This event offers a great opportunity to develop relationships with other Microsoft partners from your local area that have similar goals. You can also meet with other members of the Microsoft team to chat about your plans and challenges for the coming months...
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    How to Set Up Your SharePoint Development Computer on Windows 7

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    sharepointMy colleague Mithun Dhar has put together a blog post about how to setup your SharePoint developer environment on a Windows 7 computer.

    One of the biggest advantages of SharePoint 2010 is that you can run it on Windows 7. In his blog post, SharePoint 2010–Everything you need to know,  he walks through the steps for you to successfully install SharePoint server on Windows 7 in about an hour.

     

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    Video Explores What’s New in SQL Azure

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    Several key announcements came out at PDC10 around SQL Azure, including announcement about SQL Azure Reporting Services, SQL Azure Data Sync, and a database manager for Azure.

    sql-azure-logo-lgDavid Robinson has created a new video of how you can build Web applications quickly with SQL Azure Databases and familiar Web technologies. 

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    Microsoft Silver Testing Requirements for the Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software Competency

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    Silver Competency Testing Details (Effective October 2010) I wanted to outline one of the requirements of earning the Microsoft Silver ISV/Software competency. Your organization must deliver one software application or solution that must pass one of the following application tests. Please visit the partner site for all details. Windows 7 Platform Ready Windows Server 2008 R2 Platform Ready Windows Azure Platform Ready SQL Azure Platform Ready Certified for Microsoft Surface Qualifying applications...
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