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The 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.
My 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft 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.
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).
Prism 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.
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.
Today 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).
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.
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.
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).
Microsoft would like to invite you to a special event specifically designed for ISVs interested in learning more about the Windows Azure Platform.
This 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.”
LightSwitch 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.
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.
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.
A new Feature Pack for Visual Studio MSDN Subscribers is now available that extends testing, code visualization and modeling capabilities in Visual Studio 2010.
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.