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Service 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.
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.
Just 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.
Scott 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.
HTML5 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.
The 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.
Announcements at MIX11 myriad of new Windows Azure services and functionality that include:
Three offers to ISVs made it easier to get started and to continue your development efforts on Windows Azure:
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Microsoft 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.
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.
Microsoft 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.
The 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.
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
Build 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.
The 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!)
Microsoft 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:
ISVs 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.
ISV 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
The 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.
Microsoft 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.
You 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.
Office 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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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