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After nearly a decade of work and industry cooperation, the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) has successfully concluded its charter to document best practices for Web services interoperability across multiple platforms, operating systems and programming languages.
If you’ve been thinking of moving from earlier versions of Visual Studio and wanted detailed information on what is involved, you’ll be interested in this free eBook from MSPress.
Get started developing for Windows Phone 7 by downloading this free ebook from one of the world’s foremost authors, Charles Petzold. This 1000+ page book takes you from “Hello World” up through building applications in both XNA and Silverlight.
The increasing importance of "client and cloud" computing raises a number of important concerns about security. A new white paper helps you understand how Microsoft addresses potential security vulnerabilities during the development of “client and cloud” applications using the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL).
Rob Tiffany has put together a series of blog posts describing how to move data to your Phone applications from the cloud. Issues for your apps include slow service connections. For device apps to be successful, they must pre-fetch the data they need and cache it offline so a user can keep working when the network is not around. This is not typical SOA, calling Web Services on-demand to help drive your application.
The BizSpark Graduation Offer allows BizSpark startups to keep, at no charge, all the software they acquired through the BizSpark program. They also have an option to purchase a subscription or maintenance program so they can stay up-to-date when future releases are available.
If you're looking to get started implementing a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure, the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures.
Today from PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” and released the first Community Technology Preview (CTP1).
CNET and Windows 7 are offering an exciting and unique opportunity for software publishers to be featured in a Microsoft-sponsored showcase on CNET Download.com.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse is now available. The announcement was made at PASS Summit 2010. Also announced a new Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, which provides an end-to-end experience across the complete life cycle of mission-critical appliances, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse.
CIOs of companies moving to Windows Azure Platform want to insure that the application is responding as expected. Release Candidate (RC) of the Monitoring Management Pack (MP) for Windows Azure (version 6.1.7686.0) can be immediately deployed by customers running System Center Operations Manager 2007 and Operations Manager 2007 R2.
Windows Phone 7 goes on sale today at AT&T and T-Mobile stores throughout the United States. The phone takes a new approach to smartphone design, hopefully addressing some of the “Bad Mobile Phone Behavior” called out in a new survey released today.
App Hub is the new single destination for both Windows Phone and Xbox Live indie developers. The Windows Phone 7 app submission process on App Hub is now open to all registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers. Please take full advantage of your Marketplace developer account by submitting your Windows Phone 7 apps or games to the Marketplace now.
The Windows Azure Team Blog has posted registration links to all-day Firestarter events. The events combine presentations, demos and hands-on labs to help you better understand where the cloud and Windows Azure can take you.
Here are the dates for events in the Eastern US.
Microsoft is announcing the final names, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview. Pricing and additional user information can be found at the team’s announcement Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011.
Visual Studio Async CTP (Community Technology Preview) aims to make asynchronous programming more approachable so code is as easy to write and maintain as with synchronous code.
The Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special offer (includes the SQL Azure Free Trial) has been extended through March 31, 2011. This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of theWindows Azure platform at no charge.
A new Microsoft Partner Network debuts today. Gone are the old Gold Certified and Certified partner status. In their place, you’ll find new competency designations, such as Microsoft Silver Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software competency or the Gold ISV/Software competency. In addition, you’ll find programs to help ISVs to earn those competencies, such as BizSpark and WebsiteSpark.
The Internet Explorer 9 Beta Guide for Developers provides a look at the features and improvements in Internet Explorer 9 Beta. By using this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to take advantage of these enhancements.
At 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.
Here are some more announcements of interest to ISVs.
A new OData Client for Windows Phone 7 makes it easier to consume feeds from a Windows Phone7 application. Starting today, you can access several new feeds from sources like EBay and Twitpic. Finally, we’re making available a set of libraries to make creating custom OData feeds easier on the Windows Azure Platform.