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WCF 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.
The 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.
We 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.
The 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.
A new MSDEV video series shows you how to add jump lists, thumbnails, progress bar icon, and overlay icons in a series of short videos.
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.
Microsoft 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.
vorApps 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
The 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.
Nokia 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.
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.
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.
A 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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The roadmap for Windows Phone 7 was shown today at Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain today including several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone.
Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub.