April, 2011

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    Office, SharePoint Service Pack Due Mid-Summer

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    imageService Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is due mid-summer. Announcements of specific features will be made on team blogs according to the post Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is Almost Here.

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    Arizona State Wins US Imagine Cup

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    41791_21006300654_5578_n[1]Students from Arizona State University took the top prize today in the U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup. The project enables low-vision students to take notes in class with the assistance of a custom-designed, portable camera, a touch-screen Tablet PC, and Microsoft OneNote.

    Michael Astrauskas, David Hayden, Shashank Srinivas and Qian Yan from Team Note-Taker will represent the U.S. at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York City this summer. They are competing against student teams from more than 70 countries and regions around the world.

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    Internet Explorer 10 Preview Demonstrated at MIX11

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    imageJust four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 10 at MIX11. In his keynote, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how the next version of Microsoft’s industry-leading Web browser builds on the performance breakthroughs and the deep native HTML5 support delivered in Internet Explorer 9.

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    Windows Azure AppFabric Release of Caching, Single Sign-on for Access Control Service

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    windows-azure-logo-lgScott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, has announced the first release of Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service and a release of a new version of the Access Control Service. The announcement was made at his keynote during MIX11.

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    HTML5 Labs Provides Early Prototypes of Emerging Standards

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    imageHTML5 Labs shares prototypes of early and unstable standards. Microsoft regularly update these prototypes and add additional prototypes based on what will most help with the testing of the specifications. Prototypes shown at MIX11 include FileAPI, a new WebSockets demo, and announcement for plans for a demo of the Media Capture prototype.

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    Next Releases of Dynamics ERP Moves to Windows Azure

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    imageThe next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions will run on the Windows Azure platform. The announcement made at Convergence 2011 in Atlanta.

    Announcements included roadmaps for a new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release and shared the strong momentum experienced by its portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions.

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    Windows Azure Updates SDK with New Deployment Tool, CDN Preview, Geo Performance Balancing

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    windows-azure-logo-lgAnnouncements at MIX11 myriad of new Windows Azure services and functionality that include:

    • A new Web Deployment Tool that is part of an updated SDK.
    • Preview of Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) for Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming.
    • Preview of Windows Azure Traffic Manager.
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    Special Windows Azure Deals for Developers Extended

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    windows-azure-logo-lgThree offers to ISVs made it easier to get started and to continue your development efforts on Windows Azure:

    • Windows Introductory Special is offered at no charge through the end of September.
    • MSDN Ultimate and Premium Benefits increased
    • Cloud Essentials Pack offers

    See details ...

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    Windows Phone Roadmap Includes Free Developer Tool Update in May

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    windows phoneMicrosoft executives today showcased the next version of the Windows Phone operating system and other powerful next-generation applications that span phones, PCs and other devices.

    The free Windows Phone Developer Tools for the new Windows Phone OS will be available to developers in May.

    Microsoft also demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the standards-based Web with Internet Explorer 9 on PCs running Windows and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone.

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    Kinect SDK Due This Spring

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    Since Kinect launched in November 2010, enthusiasts have been exploring the potential of Kinect in a number of unexpected, nongaming scenarios. At MIX11, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring.

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    Silverlight 5 Goes Beta with Video, 3D Enhancements, XAML Debugging

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    silverlightMicrosoft announced at MIX the immediate availability of the beta for Microsoft Silverlight 5, which provides advances in rich media and application development.

    New capabilities include Hardware Video Decode, for enhanced video quality and performance, and “Trickplay,” which provides variable-rate video playback with audio pitch correction.

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    Service Pack for the Free Hyper-V Server Ships with Dynamic Memory, RemoteFX

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    HomeThe free standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 has shipped with two features that enhance your virtualization scenarios: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

    These features help you better utilize memory resources of Hyper-V hosts and provide rich end user experience for VDI and session virtualization.

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    Speed up your Journey to the Cloud with the FullArmor CloudApp Studio (US)

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    We know that getting to the cloud is not always straight forward. That's why we are committed to bringing you the latest tools and resources to help you to quickly get your solution cloud-ready.

    We would like to introduce you to the FullArmor CloudApp Studio, it makes it easy to rapidly deploy applications and websites onto the Microsoft Windows Azure platform - making development into the cloud simple.

    It's a tool designed to be used by anyone - not just developers - and doesn't require coding knowledge. Using a familiar interface it can take just a few minutes to get your application or website ready for Windows Azure.

    You are invited to take part in a three month preview of the FullArmor CloudApp Studio, starting on April 14, 2011 and ending on June 30, 2011.

    Steps to Get Started with the FullArmor CloudApp Studio Preview

    1. Sign up for a CloudApp Studio Preview Account.
    2. Log-in to the Windows Azure Dev portal as normal.
      • If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, you can try Windows Azure for 30 days – at no cost. Click here and use Promo Code DPWE01 for your free Windows Azure 30 Day Pass. No credit card required*.
    3. Select Beta Programs, then VM Role, then Apply for Access [takes 3-7 business days].
    4. Once your VM Role access has been enabled, download the FullArmor CloudApp Studio Quick Start Guide for information on how to get started.
    5. That's it! Log into FullArmour CloudApp Studio to start migrating your applications or websites onto the Windows Azure platform.

     

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    Windows Phone 7 App Challenge for the MS Worldwide Partner Conference

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    imageBuild a cool Windows Phone 7 app, earn bragging rights and a chance to get a free ride to WPC 2011. You could be selected for the best app!

    Welcome to the Windows Phone 7 App Challenge for WPC 2011! You can participate by developing an application, evaluating and scoring applications, or both. The terms and conditions provide information about the types of applications you can enter, as well as the contest information and dates.

    Important Dates
    • Begin:March 25, 2011
    • End:June 6, 2011
    • Final judging:July 10-14, 2011
    • For your entry to be valid, your application must meet Microsoft’s requirements for applications and be accepted by Microsoft.
    • The application also must be available for download on Marketplace by June 6, 2011.
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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Heroes

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    imageThe Windows Phone 7 Developer Heroes, spotlights a select group of talented Windows Phone 7 developers by promoting the individuals behind the applications. The first Developer Hero showcased on the site is Elliott Forde, a 12 year old self-taught developer who has already created and submitted two apps on Marketplace: Time Tracker and Ricochet. Read on to find out where Elliott got his ideas, how he brought them to life, and his superpower of choice. (Though he might already have one – this developer hero is 12 years old!)

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    Microsoft Virtual Academy for IT Professionals–Cloud Computing

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    imageMicrosoft Corp. has launched a new virtual training portal aimed at IT professionals who want to learn new skills and enhance existing ones for cloud computing environment. The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers no-cost training for IT professionals with 100 and 200-level content. It takes you right to the heart of the latest advances in cloud computing, guides you through real-life deployment scenarios and the latest technologies and tools. By selecting the courses that match your needs, you can get up to speed quickly without wasting time on areas you are not interested in.

    MVA modules include:

    • Introduction to SCVMM, Architecture & setup
    • Creating VMs, Template & Resources in VMM
    • Managing Windows Azure
    • SQL Azure Security
    • Identity & Access
    • Data security and cryptography
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    Tips, FAQ for Passing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Platform Ready Test

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    SQL08r2_h_rgbISVs around the world are using the Microsoft Platform Ready test to certify their SQL Server applications. When you pass the test, you are through the first part of earning the ISV/Software Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides cool benefits including Visual Studio Professional licenses.

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    ISV Video: StorSimple Integrates On-Premises, Cloud Storage with Windows Azure

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    imageISV StorSimple provides a hybrid storage solution that combines on-premises storage with a scalable, on-demand cloud storage model. StorSimple integrates with several cloud storage providers, including Windows Azure.

    Dr Iam Howells, CMO for StorSimple, talks with Developer Evangelist Wes Yanaga about how the team created a solution that enables companies to seamlessly integrate cloud storage services for Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Windows Server. Howells describes why the company offers storage on Azure and how that benefits its customers.

    Video link: StorSimple Integrates On-Premises Storage to Windows Azure

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    Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Updated

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    sdlThe Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process guidance illustrates the way Microsoft applies the SDL to its products and technologies. A new update has been released on Microsoft Download.

     

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    Office 365 Enters Public Beta Bringing Online Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync

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    ofc365_h_rgbMicrosoft Office 365 makes its public beta debut in 17 countries and 38 geographies worldwide. The new cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes. Microsoft Office 365 lets you and your customers work from virtually anywhere and on almost any device whether you are a professional or a small business.

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    List Your Application in the Office 365 Marketplace

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    imageYou can join others whose applications are listed in the Office 365 Marketplace. It is the online destination, based on the Pinpoint platform, for customers, partners, and Microsoft field to find the applications, solutions, and services that you offer supporting Office 365.

    For Microsoft partners, Office 365 brings opportunities to reach new customers and develop new revenue streams. To help you take advantage of these new opportunities, we would like to introduce you to the Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace, powered by Microsoft Pinpoint.

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    Developer Training Kit Now Available for Office 365

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    logo-office-365Office 365 also provides developers and ISVs a platform for building cloud-based collaboration and communication solutions for the cloud. Office 365 Training Course for Public Beta helps developers make the transition to building solutions for the cloud with Office 365.

    The kit includes 7 sessions, over 10 hours of video, and 16 labs as both an offline training kit as well as an online training course on MSDN.

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    US ISV Developer News is Now Available for Windows Phone 7 and Android

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    MS ISV Dev News Blue 200x200  Small Mobile App TileIf you would like to get the latest news and content from our blog while you're on the go, download our new mobile apps for both Windows Phone 7 or Android (2.1 and higher) from either the Windows Phone Marketplace or the Android Market.

    The Windows Phone 7 version of the application includes RSS feeds from the US ISV Evangelism Blog, our Channel 9 video content and MSDN Events (US only)

    Please Download the App Here:

    Download the US Dev News WP7 App.

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    HTML5 Community Night: HTML5 and Browsers Webcast on Tuesday April 26

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    HTML5_Badge_thumb2We are hosting a joint HTML5 event in Silicon Valley with the Mountain View JavaScript Meetup Group on 4/26 at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA.

    Time: April 26, 2011 (Tuesday) from 6 pm – 9:40 pm (PST)

    Event Description: If you are interested in HTML5 and understanding how it supports the browser(s) – this is a great event to attend either live or via the web. You will be listening to the experts from the Chrome and Internet Explorer teams. They will discuss the coolest HTML5 features in Chrome and IE9. You will also be listening to experts who will provide advice on how to get ready for HTML5 with different browsers. A panel discussion with the experts will follow the talks.

    Registration, Agenda, and Speakers - http://bit.ly/dFAMCu

    If you are outside of Silicon Valley and can’t attend in-person, a Webcast will be available to you at, no registration required: http://bit.ly/gEbtHY

     

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    How to Connect SharePoint 2010, Windows Azure

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    imageWindows Azure offers SharePoint developers the opportunity to apply their existing skills in the cloud. The integration between Windows Azure and SharePoint is based on:

    • Data integration and content delivery.
    • Leveraging Windows Azure Blob storage and the capability to build compelling BI dashboards.
    • Servicing multiple customers through common cloud applications and extending on-premises code.
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