February, 2011

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    Microsoft Platform Ready Testing Videos

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    If you or your company is part of the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) program these videos should provide insight on the MPR Test Tools. These four videos cover Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure/SQL Azure, and SQL Server 2008 R2. If you are not familiar with the MPR program ; MPR provides free technical, marketing, and certification support for independent software vendors (ISV) that are developing applications on the Windows Azure platform, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2...
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    Expose Data as OData Through Web Services

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    app_1_110786998958803_3409WCF Data Services Toolkit has recently been released to make it easier to expose arbitrary data sources as OData services. Whether you want to wrap OData around an existing API (SOAP/REST/etc.), mash-up SQL Azure and Windows Azure Table storage, re-structure the shape of a legacy database, or expose any other data store you can come up with, the WCF Data Services Toolkit will help you out.

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    New Windows Phone 7 Game Tutorial Part 7, 8 and 9 for Triangle Shooter

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      Kenny Spade has updated his blog with 3 new parts to his game development tutorial for the Windows Phone. In part 7-9 of the TriangleShooter project, Kenny covers: Spawning More Enemies Adding Shooting Refactoring and Death Behavior The previous tutorials covered an introduction to XNA, using multi-touch, and basic collision. If you missed the previous steps or want to drill deeper into this tutorial please visit Kenny’s blog .Join Microsoft Platform Ready for free technical and marketing...
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    Migrate Server Applications to Cloud Using VM Role on Windows Azure

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    windows-azure-logo-lgThe Windows Azure team has introduced VM Role and elevated privilege to make the process of migrating existing Windows Server applications to Windows Azure easier and faster.

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    W3C Moves HTML 5 Standard to ‘Last Call’

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    Earlier this week the W3C announced that it had extended the charter of the HTML Working Group , including clear milestones for HTML5. HTML 5 is the next version of the platform-neutral HyperText Markup Language standard used worldwide for rendering Web pages, and the cornerstone of W3C's Open Web Platform for application development. Peter Galli reports on what this means to developers in his posting HTML5 Moves Forward . Next Steps with HTML 5 Peter reports: (1) Under the milestone timetable announced...
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    Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java Available for Download

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    The Community Technology Preview (CTP) Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java , enables Java developers to simply configure, package and deploy their web applications to Windows Azure. Developers can choose to upload the Java environment of their choice and run it on on Windows Azure.The goal for this CTP is to get feedback from Java developers, and to make sure that configuring, packaging and deploying to Windows Azure integrates well with common practices. The primary benefits are: This Starter Kit...
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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools January Update Supports Next Phone OS

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    WP_logo_smThe Windows Phone Developer Tools January Update is being made available through CDN worldwide.

    You will be able to build apps using some updated assemblies which will ship in the next Windows Phone OS update. It supports the addition of copy and paste, improved app performance and other enhancements for Windows Phone.

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    Windows Azure Now Offers Extra Small Instances

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    windows-azure-logo-lgWe are introducing the Extra Small Windows Azure compute instance to make the process of development, testing and trial easier for enterprise developers on Windows Azure. The beta for Extra Small instances is available now in your management portal.

    You can choose the size of the virtual machines that run applications on Windows Azure based on your resource requirements.

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    Create Jump Lists, Thumbnails, Progress Bar Icon, Overlay Icon for Windows 7

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    windows_logoA new MSDEV video series shows you how to add jump lists, thumbnails, progress bar icon, and overlay icons in a series of short videos.

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    Terabytes Supported in SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse

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    Microsoft announced SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 at TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas. Fast Track Data Warehouse is a set of Reference Architectures that help you reduce time to solution and cost.

    Fast Track also provides significantly increased performance and scale through pre-tested and pre-tuned configurations.

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    Monthly Windows Azure Tips for Microsoft Platform Ready

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      If you are developing an application, you might be interested in the following resources to help you get compatible and to make the most of the Windows Azure platform. For more information please visit Microsoft Platform Ready and MSDEV. If you have any questions please contact the team at: 1-888-346-3129  via email HelpNow@microsoft.com . or Online Chat Free Testing Tool Available Application testing is now simpler and faster. Now you can test your Windows Azure application against common...
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    New Video: Windows Azure Market Place Data Market with Allan Naim

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    Allan Naim is an Architect Evangelist focused on the Windows Azure platform in Silicon Valley. Here’s a great overview video that he created. The Data Market is a service that provides a single consistent marketplace and delivery channel for high quality information as a cloud service.Content partners who collect data can publish it on Data Market to increase its discoverability and achieve global reach with high availability. Data from databases, image files, reports and real-time feeds is provided...
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    New Video: Interview with Windows Phone 7 Developer–Ash Morgan

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    Ash Morgan is a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft during the day and at night he builds Windows Phone 7 applications.  Ash has five applications in the Windows Phone Marketplace today under the publisher name: Junannamono. In this interview we discuss Ash’s experience developing Windows Phone 7 applications. To Get More Information about Developing on Windows Phone 7 Please Visit – AppHub and join Microsoft Platform Ready   to get free technical and marketing support  ...
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    SQLInsights Update: New SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services Unit Now Available

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    Today we published the third unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN designed to help developers learn how to develop an ETL process (extract, transform, load) with SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services. Developers use SSIS packages to populate data models that are optimized for easy, high performance reporting and analytics experiences. Download the SQLInsights on the MSDN Training Certification Resources Watch the videos and review...
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    Service Pack for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Delivered

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    Windows_generic_h_webMicrosoft have released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to OEMs. On February 16, both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program and subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update and will also come preinstalled on new servers ordered.

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    ISV Video: Accumulus Makes Subscription Billing Easy for Windows Azure

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    The Accumulus Subscription and Usage Billing System enables businesses to find more success with subscriptions and recurring payments. The system includes a suite of integrated tools designed to help a business grow its customer base by improving customer acquisition, fully automating the customer life-cycle and maximizing customer retention. The system handles promotion tracking, usage tracking, fee calculation, credit card processing, provisioning, billing statement emailing and customer support...
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    ISV Video – Vorsite Delivers Email Information Management on Azure

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    ch9vorApps for SharePoint Online delivers an email enabled information management solution leveraging the power of Microsoft SharePoint Online.

    Diane Gallagher of Vorsite Corp talks to Greg Oliver, ISV Architect Evangelist, about how vorApps was built on Windows Azure and how Office 365 customers can use it with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

    Video Link: Azure Email-Enables Lists, Low-Cost Storage for SharePoint 

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    Samples Show Table, Queue, Blog Storage for Windows Azure for REST, .NET Side-by-Side

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    David Pallmann has posted a sample code that is useful for anyone who wants to store data in Windows Azure. The samples show REST implementation and a .NET StorageClient implementation with identical functionality. And he shows every single operation you can perform in the Windows Azure Storage API against blob, queue, and table storage.

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    Windows 7 Desktop Integration Added to Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate

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    ie9The release candidate for Internet Explorer was available for download today from the Web.

    Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined design, fewer dialog boxes to click through, more intuitive navigation, and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. Features like Pinned Sites let you pin your favorite website directly to the taskbar for one-click access. Other features, like hardware acceleration, deliver an all-around faster browsing experience.

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    Nokia, Microsoft Team Around Windows Phone

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    phone7-brandNokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

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    Pinned Sites Boost Website Use in IE9

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    The new Site Pinning feature in Internet Explorer 9 lets users add a shortcut to a site from any page of their own to sit on their Windows 7 task bar. In addition your site can add interactivity, like putting site-specific notifications, navigation in the Windows 7 jump list, and information in contextual menus that sit behind the icon.

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    Support Touch in Your Windows 7 Application

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    imageA new video in MSDEV shows how you can build support for Windows 7 Touch and Multitouch in your applications.

    The video, How Do I: Use Multitouch in a Windows 7 Application?, demonstrates how you can create a Multitouch application for Windows 7. The sample demonstrates a simple WPF photo viewing application where you can drag, zoom, and rotate an object, and drag several objects at a time.

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    Windows 7 Logo Toolkit –Common MPR Submission Error and Resolution Scenario

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      The purpose of this blog post is to help provide guidance around a common scenario where the partner receives submission errors when they directly upload the XML results into MPR. I’d like to thank Monty Nail on the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) team for contributing content for this blog post. Scenario: Application was tested using the Compatible with Windows 7 Logo toolkit. The resulting XML file indicated a Pass or Pass with Warning. Attempted to upload the XML file into the MPR website...
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    Windows Phone 7 Connector Released

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    Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software. With Windows Phone 7 Connector, you can: Sync music, movies, TV Shows and podcasts, from your existing iTunes library, to your devices Sync photos and videos, from your existing iPhoto library, to your devices...
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    Join Us for WebCamps – Free Web Developer Training – Around the World

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    webcampInterested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft's Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you're currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today.

    Web Camps are completely free of charge

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