March, 2011

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    How to Get Started with HTML 5

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    html5-displayWith the release of Internet Explorer 9 this week, you may be looking for resources to get started with your HTML 5.

    Here’s a list of resources to help you get started.

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    How to Link to Your Windows Phone App in Marketplace

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    Download for Windows PhoneRemember to use the Download for Windows Phone 7 button to help users find your application. You can download the Windows Phone 7 button kit.

    The kit includes the button artwork in three colors, five languages, and five sizes; the button usage policies; a pointer to the deep linking documentation; and our branding guidelines.

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    How to Get Started with Java, Tomcat on Windows Azure

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    imageStep-by-step instructions on building a Java application in Eclipse and installing it on Windows Azure have been published in the Interoperability Bridges and Labs Center.

    The post by Ben Lobaugh shows how you can take advantage of the high availability and scalability of the Windows Azure cloud using Java on Eclipse.

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    Expression Web 4 Service Pack 1 Available for Download

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    Microsoft Expression Web 4 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains significant fixes and improvements in publishing, in the SuperPreview feature, in file management, extensibility, and in other areas of the program. Visit this site for more information/download


    Issues that are resolved in this service pack:

    • Fixed several issues to improve product stability.
    • PHP include statements now update when included filename is changed in Web.
    • PHP pages now correctly start the development server when they are previewed.
    • Improved Insert Silverlight video.
    • Improved performance of Team Foundation Source Control with large sites.
    • Improved UI behavior of the Publishing pane.
    • User-selected character encoding for a page is now correctly recognized, resolving problems with extended characters.
    • Linking to a bookmark at a remote URL now works correctly.
    • The Bookmark dialog box now displays the correct hyperlink.
    • CSS IntelliSense no longer reports errors for valid values.
    • Replacing text in table cells now functions correctly.
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    Download Windows Azure Jump Start Videos

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    Download Windows Azure Jump Start Videos

    The Windows Azure Jump Start video series is for all architects and developers interested in designing, developing and delivering cloud based applications leveraging the Windows Azure Platform. The overall target of this course is to help development teams make the right decisions with regard to cloud technology, the Azure environment and application lifecycle, Storage options, Diagnostics, Security and Scalability. The course is based on the Windows Azure Platform Training Course and taught by Microsoft Press authors, Manu Cohen-Yashar and David S. Platt.

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    Upgrade Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server

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    visual_studio_logoWith modern features like state-of-the-art version control, integrated bug tracking and flexible build automation, Team Foundation Server 2010 ensures the delivery of quality software faster.

    The reality of Visual SourceSafe (VSS) is that it fails to meet many of these modern requirements and has clearly reached the end of its evolution. No new VSS versions, or updates to current versions, are planned by Microsoft. Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the replacement for VSS and with so many benefits to be gained by moving to Team Foundation Server, there is no better time to move to Team Foundation Server, than today.

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    How to Set Up SharePoint 2010 Developer Machine without Hyper-V

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    SharePoint 2010SharePoint Easy Setup Script is a new tool released by Chris Johnson and Paul Stubbs to help you set up a SharePoint 2010 developer machine without requiring Hyper-V. The Easy Setup script will set up the machine, either as a native install or on a bootable VHD file.

    Paul and Chris have a video on Channel 9 that shows you how.

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    Developer Training Kit for Visual Studio 2010 SP1, .NET Framework 4 Includes Silverlight, Azure Labs, Demos

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    clip_image003A new March 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course has shipped this week that supports Visual Studio 2010 SP1. It includes new hands on labs for Windows Azure and Silverlight 4.

    The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, ASP.NET 4, Parallel computing, WCF, Windows Workflow, WPF, Silverlight and Windows Azure. The kit now contains 50 labs, 22 demos, 16 presentations and 12 videos.

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    Getting Started with the Windows Azure Platform

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    I recently began a series of 3 Day Instructor Led Trainings (ILT) in Irvine (Orange County), Silicon Valley and Redmond. The course is a 200/300 level and uses the Windows Azure Training Kit as the primary learning curriculum.The training kit is quite large, and the instructor (Vivek Bhatnagar @vivekbhatnagar) selects the most relevant topics/labs to cover over the 3 day period. The students have plenty of material to cover after the training is completed.

    If you weren’t able to attend a local training event, you can download the Windows Azure Platform Training Course and get started on your own. I’ve provided a link for a free 30 day Azure pass, system requirements and required software below:

    Azure AccountGet a Free Windows Azure 30-Day Pass by Using Promo Code DPWE01

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    Try Out Internet Explorer 9, Compete in HTML 5 Contest

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    ie9Windows Internet Explorer 9 is now available in 39 languages across the world.  This is our ninth and final release of IE9 in less than a year – and we can’t wait for you to download and experience it.

    Push HTML5 to its limits and compete for over US$40,000 in prizes. Participate in the IE9 developer contest today.

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    How To Shake Your Phone App

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    Every Windows Phone has a built in accelerometer that's accessible via the Microsoft.Devices.Sensors namespace. Using the Accelerometer API is easy; however, the sensor output contains raw information, and it's up to the developer to figure out what to do with it.

    But if you want to your application to respond to a shake, a new library can help.

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    Expression Web Service Pack Supports HTML5, CSS 3, Expanded PHP, IE9

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    imageMicrosoft Expression product team has announced Microsoft Expression Web Professional Service Pack 1 (SP1). Many of the enhancements came from customer requests ensuring our technology is keeping pace with current web standards and fully supports new technologies like Internet Explorer (IE) 9.

    Expression Web 4 SP1 1 provides complete support for HTML 5 in the Code Editor and significant support in Design View. IntelliSense in the code editor makes it easy to insert the new HTML5 tags into your markup. Block and inline elements are easily selectable in Design View, where they can be styled and adjusted.

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    Windows Phone Development Quickstarts

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    There are many places to get information about developing Windows Phone applications.  If there is one site that everyone should visit frequently it is the  APP HUB . If you are new to Windows Phone Development or want to learn about a specific feature or scenario, please check out the Windows Phone Development QuickStarts on the APP HUB.  These quick starts are laid out like discrete subjects in a book. Please feel free to jump around based on your needs. Getting Started & Fundamentals...
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    Build Your First Business Intelligence (BI) Solution with Update Developer Kit for SQL Server 2008 R2

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    sql r2The SQL Server 2008 R2 developer training kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 improvements from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training.

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    Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2

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    Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way for developers of all skill levels to develop business applications for the desktop and cloud. With LightSwitch, you can build custom applications. Get a head start by using pre-configured screen templates that give your application a familiar look and feel. LightSwitch also provides prewritten code and other reusable components to handle routine application tasks, along with helpful step-by-step guidance. If you need to write custom code, you can use Visual Basic or C#. You can deploy to the desktop, browser, or cloud to share your application.

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    Arrive a Day Early and Attend a Boot camp at MIX11

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    Want to get the most out of MIX11? Attend a full day of pre-conference Boot Camps designed to get you up-to-speed on the most important technologies in web design and development. Need to ramp up on Silverlight, HTML5, CSS3, or jQuery. Want to learn how to take advantage of the Cloud or how to build Silverlight applications for SharePoint? There’s a Boot Camp for both. Perhaps you’d like to learn how high-profile, complex sites and games are built using the latest web technologies? We have speakers from some of the top interactive agencies in the world deconstructing their projects right before your eyes. Whether you’re a designer or a developer you can take advantage of some of the best, most comprehensive content available from some of the industry’s most regarded presenters.

    The popular MIX11 pre-conference Boot Camps are lecture style and will include high-quality visuals, code examples and walk-trough's, as well as materials you can take with you for later reference.

    Boot Camps take place on Monday, April 11 and cost only $350

    Boot Camps | April 11, 2011
    Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89119

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    ISV Video: Windows 7 Slates Show Off ‘Thumb-driven Workflow’

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    ch9Blue Dot’s Advanced Mobile Work Management & Inspections Slate Edition is an intuitive, finger-friendly mobile Line of Business (LOB) solution specifically designed for Windows 7 powered Slates and Tablet devices. Randy Starr, VP Technology at Blue Dot Solutions, talks with me and demos the Advance Mobile Work Management on Windows 7 Slates.

    ISV Video: Thumb-Driven Workflow on Windows 7 Slates from Blue Dot Solutions

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    Internet Explorer 9 Launches Today at SXSW

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    The Web is about to get more immersive with Internet Explorer 9. Along with designers and developers from around the world, Internet Explorer 9 delivers a more beautiful Web for Windows.

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    Register Today with Early Bird Discount for Worldwide Partner Conference

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    imageYou re invited to this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles, California, July 10–14. Registration for WPC is now open and I encourage you to take the time to sign up today to reserve your place at this valuable event.

    WPC is your time to hear about the Microsoft strategic road map, spend time with other partners and Microsoft team members and executives, and learn about new ways to grow your business. WPC is the best chance all year to connect with people who can help you shape your strategies and expand your business.

    This year’s conference can also help you build your cloud strategy. You’ll have the opportunity to hear about the full range of Microsoft cloud solutions so that you can stay up-to-date on this growing market.

    Register today and get a $300 USD discount! Early-bird pricing is in effect now through April 25.

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    Study Reveals Microsoft Partner Ecosystem Revenues of $580 Billion in 2010

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    mpnGlobal research firm IDC issued a new white paper which estimates that members of the worldwide Microsoft ecosystem generated local revenues for themselves of $580 billion in 2010.

    The IDC study estimates that for every dollar of revenue made by Microsoft Corp. in 2009, local members of the Microsoft ecosystem generated revenues for themselves of $8.70.

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    Build Windows Phone 7 Apps–No Coding Required with AppMakr

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    What is AppMakr?
    AppMakr is a browser-based platform, that makes developing Windows Phone 7 Apps quick and easy. No coding required. Anyone clip_image004[6]with existing content can use it and build Windows Phone 7 apps for free.

    • No Coding Required
    • No Cost to You
    • Build an App on Windows Phone 7 in
      under 30 minutes
    • Customizable
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    ISV Video: BI Analytics Solution Links On-Premises To Azure

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    ch9The Star Command Center is used by enterprises across major industries to manage and automate disparate reporting, planning, and analysis environments with applications, data warehouses and business intelligence tools from multiple vendors.

    By orchestrating interoperability between on-premise and Cloud applications on the Windows Azure Cloud platform, the new edition will allow users to accelerate business decisions by accessing time-sensitive automated application processes using mobile phones, tablets or PCs.

    Video Link: BI Solutions Join On-Premises To Windows Azure Using Star Analytics Command Center

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    ISV Video: ProModel Adds Simulation, Visualization to Microsoft Project

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    ch9Microsoft partner ProModel creates software to help business solve complex problems. In this video, ProModel Product Manager Kevin Jacobson talks with ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle about how ProModel's Enterprise Portfolio Simulator extends Microsoft Project to help project managers analyze project portfolios.

    Video Link ProModel Adds Simulation, Visualization to Microsoft Project

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    MIX11 Sessions Highlight Phone, Azure, HTML5, More

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    clip_image001New sessions for MIX11 have been announced.

    MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and design. Explore the future of the standards-based web – join the conversation at MIX11.

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    Get Started with VS LightSwitch Beta 2 with New Developer Training Kit

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    clip_image001Along with the general availability of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2, you can now learn how to get started with the Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 Training Kit. The Training Kit contains demos and labs to help you learn to use and extend LightSwitch. The introductory materials walk you through the Visual Studio LightSwitch product and shows you how to rapidly build advanced applications.

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