March, 2011

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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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    Microsoft Shares Security Lessons in SDL Progress Report

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    sdlDevelopers should be doing more to secure consumer applications, according to a new report from the Security Development Lifecycle team. The SDL Progress Report shares data and analysis from various groups in our organization. We hope you find valuable information on secure development lessons learned at Microsoft, how we've applied security science, and the correlation between holistic security processes, risk reduction, and organizational efficiency.

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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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    ISV Video: Food Buster Game Achieves Scalability with Windows Azure

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    ch9A web-based video game startup help educates kids on how to make healthier eating choices, recent winner of the White House’s Healthy Apps for Kids contest.

    Built using ASP.NET MVC and jQuery, founder Aaron Coleman had to migrate off of traditional hosting and onto Azure the day he discovered he had won the White House’s contest. He needed to scale quickly in anticipation of the press Food Buster was going to receive. Aaron explains how he was able to adapt his ASP.NET application to take advantage of Azure’s native features and redeploy everything in a day.

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    Windows Azure, Aidmatrix and Bing Maps Aid Japan’s Disaster Recovery Efforts

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    Two new portals built on the Windows Azure platform have just been released to aid Japan’s disaster recovery efforts. These portals are designed to help provide relief workers and the world wide community with real-time access to the latest news and product donations. As the nation's first food bank, Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) collects food that would otherwise go to waste from food manufacturers, farmers, and individuals, and distributes them to people across Japan who are in need, such as children in orphanages, families in shelters, and the homeless. To provide the 2HJ community of supporters worldwide and relief agencies on the ground access to the latest updates, resources and information about recovery efforts from the recent earthquake and tsunami, Microsoft and The Aidmatrix Foundation have launched the Second Harvest Japan Emergency Response Portal. From this site, supporters can receive the latest situation reports, review the latest news, make financial donations or see relief supply needs and make product donation offers.

    Bing Maps Technology Specialist Johannes Kebeck worked with Microsoft Japan to deploy the Road-status After the Earthquake website that shows current status of roads in Japan following its recent natural disasters. Delivered as a Bing Map and built on the Windows Azure platform in just days, this website provides real-time searchable status of roads across Japan and is accessible from multiple platforms and browsers, including most mobile devices.

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    MSDN Virtual Lab: A Lap Around IE9

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    Take a lap around IE9 with this virtual lab. After the lab you’ll be familiar with some of the new features in IE9 such as DOM filtering, SVG support, support for webimage standards, performance instrumentation, and developer tools. IE9 is available in 39 languages at www.BeautyofTheWeb.com. Release notes for Developers are located here and here. To take advantage of the new features in IE9, see How to Get Started with HTML 5.

    HTML 5 Game, Music Contest - Push HTML5 to its limits and compete for over US$40,000 in prizes. Participate in the IE9 developer contest today.

    Dev Unplugged is a contest that challenges web developers to push the limits of a modern browser without the use of plug-ins.

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    Watch Countdown to MIX

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    ch9Find our more about what’s happening at MIX on Channel 9. Jennifer Ritzinger (event owner) and Mike Swanson (keynote and content owner) host a weekly video show to talk about the latest news and ‘behind-the-scenes’ information about the MIX event.

    Visit the MIX Countdown page on Channel 9 to view current and past episodes.

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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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    Vote Daily in Imagine Cup 2011 People's Choice Awards

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    195759_141882375844770_8370842_nYou can vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards chosen for the United States finalists in Imagine Cup. The finalists represent the top students applying innovation in business, technology, digital media, and more to real-world challenges.

    Vote each day until April 9 and return to find the winners on April 11. Just a few votes separate the top places. You can make an impact by voting 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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    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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    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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    Developer Videos Show How to Get Started with AdCenter on Windows Phone

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    imageMicrosoft Advertising recently updated its SDK for Windows Phone 7 so developers can build ad-enabled mobile apps using either Microsoft Silverlight or the Microsoft XNA Framework.

    Get started with AdCenter and take advantage new videos..

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    Better Together -- Build Phone + Azure Apps with New Toolkit

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    phoneplusazureA new toolkit helps you join Windows Phone applications with Windows Azure. Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 helps ease the building Windows Phone 7 applications that use services running on Windows Azure

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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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    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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    Windows Phone 7 Update Delivery Begins

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    phone7-brandMicrosoft began to deliver our first updates to Windows Phone 7  earlier this week. Users will now benefit from new functionalities and improvements that will make their experience with Windows Phone 7 even better. This update include copy and paste functionality and faster start-up time when loading apps. It also includes wifi performance, messaging improvements.

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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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    New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

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    imageThe new System Center 2012, announced at Microsoft Management Summit, will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies.

    ISVs are using Microsoft virtualization to deploy server applications like Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server. Your customers use Microsoft virtualization to deploy and manage your custom Line of Business (LOB) applications.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Blue Dot Solutions Wins Windows Phone 7 Contest for State, Local Government

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    phone7-brandCongratulations to the winners of the state and local government Windows Phone 7 applications contest. The contest highlights winners of the best Windows Phone 7 applications for State and Local Governments.

    Among the winners is Blue Dot Solutions for Advanced Mobile 311. See my video about Advanced Mobile 311 in action at Crowd-Sourcing Public Sector App for Windows Phone, Azure.

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