April, 2011

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    Create Great SQL Applications with Microsoft Platform Ready

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    We’ve brought the entire SQL Server family into MPR, including SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express or SQL SQL Serveimager 2008 R2.There's still the same great technical resources, training support and testing tools available, but now for the entire SQL Server family. Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) is designed to give you what you need to plan, build, test and take your solution to market. We’ve brought a range of platform development tools together in one place, including technical, support and marketing resources, as well

    You can now test your applications against common compatibility issues, get remediation advice, and receive product logos upon success. Your results also help you qualify for Microsoft Partner Network competencies, providing you access to additional software licenses and marketing benefits. Go to the Test tab to begin testing your apps today. as exclusive offers. It’s easy to get started here are some step-by-step instructions to get your application with SQL Server into MPR:

    1. Sign in at www.microsoftplatformready.com as usual with your Windows Live ID.
    2. Head to the My MPR tab and click on pencil to edit your application.
    3. Under MPR Technologies, select SQL Server and choose your version of SQL Server:
      • SQL Server 2008
      • SQL Server 2008 Express
      • SQL Server 2008 R2
    4. Click Save & Submit.
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    Windows Azure Helps Power eBay’s iPad Marketplace

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    I often get asked of examples of where the Windows Azure platform is being used. I read this blog posting on the Windows Azurimagee Team Blog this morning and thought that I would share this with you.

    In 2009, the value of goods sold on eBay was nearly $60 billion, which translates into approximately $2,000 in sales every second. Maintaining the massive technical infrastructure needed to support these sales volumes means eBay is always looking for ways to drive IT efficiencies and service improvements. In 2010, eBay and Microsoft began working with Avanade and Accenture to explore how the Windows Azure platform might enable eBay to deploy and scale applications more quickly and cost effectively in eBay's highly customized, Java-based environment.

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    ISV Video: Startup Creates XNA Game Development for Phone in One Sitting

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    ch9A small mobile app development shop of professional video game developers who create XNA games for Windows Phone 7 in their spare time. This video features their founder, Jason Weimann, talking about their Alpha Strike game, which these developers made virtually in one sitting.

    Video Link: XNA Game Development on Windows Phone 7 in One Sitting

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    Survey: Build and Deployment of Windows Azure Applications

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    Microsoft is committed to understanding and improving the experience of development teams working with Windows Azure. We have put together a survey to find out more about how teams are building and deploying applications to Windows Azure, including understanding your requirements, challenges and solutions.

    If you are currently or have recently worked in a team project deploying to Windows Azure, we would appreciate you taking 5-10 minutes to complete the following survey. The results will be used to help Microsoft understand what we can do to improve the build and deployment experience in the future, and no information will be shared outside of Microsoft.

    The survey can be accessed from http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/507243/Windows-Azure-Build-and-Deployment

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    Internet Explorer 9 To Roll Out to Users via Windows Update at End of June

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    Internet Explorer 9 updates will begin being rolled out on Windows Update the end of June, according to a blob posted by the team A thoughtful approach to measuring browser adoption.

    According to the post, “Every browser has a mechanism for updating their users from a previous version of a browser to the latest and greatest.”

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    TechNet Events Presents: Managing Assets in the Cloud

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    The continued rapid evolution of computing requires IT Pros to stay nimble and adjust their skills to meet the needs of their changing networks. Virtualized computing environments and the growth of “cloud” computing mean that the physical servers and workstations we have had on premise for years are quickly being virtualized or being placed in cloud based datacenters. How do we manage these assets that we can’t touch?

    System Center Essentials 2010 and Windows Intune bridge the gap between the physical, the virtual, and the cloud for IT Pros and Network Administrators.

    System Center Essentials 2010 combines several of Microsoft’s flagship System Center family of products into an easy to use, unified management solution. Combining deployment, configuration, management, reporting, alerting, configuration and more into a single console for physical and virtual assets gives IT Pros a unified view and control over all aspects of their small to medium size networks. Designed for networks with up to 50 Servers and 500 workstations, System Center Essentials 2010 gives IT Pros the information they need to monitor and maintain their entire network.

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    Insider View, Jump Start Videos Help You Develop for Windows Phone 7

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    ch9Channel 9 is a communication channel that Windows Phone 7 teams (and other teams at Microsoft) use to get in touch with our developer community and get their honest feedback.

    We have put together two series of videos to start the conversation on different topics to help you on your development projects for Phone.

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