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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
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.
A white paper, Developing Applications for SharePoint 2010, contains guidance documentation, detailed examples, and a reusable class library. These resources help solution developers and architects make the right decisions and follow proven practices when designing and developing applications for Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
The guidance focuses on the building blocks that every developer needs to understand to become an effective SharePoint developer or architect.
One of the many features announced at MIX was that the next version of Windows Phone, called ‘Mango’, will include SQL Compact.
Find out what you missed at this year's MIX11 event - the latest news from Internet Explorer, Windows Phone, and Silverlight, great technical and UX content, and more than 150 top speakers in the web community.
The April Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
Microsoft has made available a guide for developers for your SharePoint Online development.
This guide walks you through some of the rich features in SharePoint Online that are available to developers and designers. It provides an overview of the feature set and extensibility points for SharePoint Online, and a discussion of how to create solutions for this new environment.
Through its Datawire service, NewsGator aggregates approximately 1.6 million content sources on an hourly basis. This service used to be housed in their own data center; NewsGator recently moved this service to Windows Azure.
The VP of Mobile and Data Services, Walker Fenton, and Software Developer Brian Reischl describe tips and tricks of moving this high availability service which aggregates more than 3.25 million posts per day from their own data center into Windows Azure.
Video Link: NewsGator Moves 3 Million Blog Posts Per Day on Azure.
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.”
Cloud Development is one of the fastest growing trends in our industry. Don't get left behind. Join us for an overview of developing with Windows Azure.
We'll cover both where and why you should consider taking advantage of the various Windows Azure's services in your application, as well as providing you with a great head start on how to accomplish it.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Microsoft Platform Ready is offering $250 checks* to independent software vendors (ISVs) in the United States that confirm via a screenshot that your application is compatible with Windows Azure.
The first 250 eligible companies that complete promotion procedures, register, and verify a compatible Windows Azure Platform application on http://www.microsoftplatformready.com site (“Compatible Application”) between April 15, 2011 and June 17, 2011 will be eligible to receive $250 USD that can be used for marketing or other purposes.
Limited time offer. Conditions apply.
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.
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:
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
Three offers to ISVs made it easier to get started and to continue your development efforts on Windows Azure:
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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.
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.