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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.
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.
The Windows Phone 7 team has announced more than one million downloads of the free Windows Phone 7 developer tools.
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.
Seven videos from the SharePoint 2010 FireStarter event help you learn how to integrate the features in SharePoint in your application. The videos from January’s live event are now online on Channel 9.
Developers can build collaboration applications on the platform features of SharePoint 2010.
Developers can now order Windows Phone 7 without having to get a carrier plan.
Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Zones.com for all of our handset OEMs and mobile operator partners to sell phones to developers without requiring a voice or data contract. The phones are still carrier locked (varies by region), but you can purchase a Windows Phone 7 for your development purposes.
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.
Interested 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.
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Check out the January Issue of MSDN Magazine where James Henry shows how you can build a data-driven Website in five minutes.
In the article Build a Data-Driven Enterprise Web Site in 5 Minutes, James provides the keys to building a database application that Creates, Reads, Updates and Deletes (CRUD).