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Windows Azure, as an application hosting platform, must provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data. It must also provide transparent accountability to allow customers and their agents to track administration of services, by themselves and by Microsoft.
A white paper on Windows Azure security describes the array of controls implemented within Windows Azure, so customers can determine if these capabilities and controls are suitable for their unique requirements.
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.
A 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.
With 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.
The first set of sessions for MIX11 have been announced. Another hundred are in the works.
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.
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.
With 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.
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.
SharePoint 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.
The final version of Internet Explorer 9 will be available for download March 14 beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.
Several updates regarding Windows Phone Marketplace were announced today on the Windows Team Blog. Free app limit is raised to 100 and a new way to submit apps globally has been announced. The team also announced the future support of additional open source licensing models.
A new ISV video on Channel 9 shows Blue Dot’s Advanced Mobile 311 crowd-sourcing solution for Public Sector that enables citizens to quickly and easily create non-emergency Service Requests through their Smart Phones. Leveraging the power of Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, Blue Dot has developed a ‘Mobile 311’ application that is freely available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
ISV Video: Crowd-Sourcing Public Sector App for Windows Phone, Azure.
The new service pack to Visual Studio will be available today to MSDN subscribers from their subscriber downloads. If you're not an MSDN subscriber, you can get the update on Thursday, March 10.
New features improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling.
Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight (NESL) is a toolkit gives Silverlight developers access to cool Windows 7 features like sensors, speech recognition, portable devices, Windows 7 taskbar etc. from within their applications. The latest version adds support for full Windows 7 touch including gestures, manipulations and inertia as well as Windows 7 notification area integration, and improved portable device support. It also contains full API and developer documentation, and several new short feature demo applications illustrating usage.
NESL version 2.0 is now available for download
Step-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.
The 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.
Lead developer Johnny Simmons of Simzz Dev describes how he learned to write Windows Phone 7 applications. He learned by watching videos and finding code samples.
Video Link: Teenager Makes Money Writing Windows Phone 7 Apps with AdCenter
Microsoft 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
The latest update for the Identity Training Kit and Course include refactoring instructions to match the look and feel of the newest Windows Azure AppFabric portal and for Windows 7 SP1.
The February 2011 release of the Identity Developer Training Kit contains hands-on labs and resources.