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Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Visual Studio, announced a key pillar of the next version of Microsoft Visual Studio at Tech•Ed North America today. He also demonstrated a connector that will improve the interaction between the development and operations teams.
The ‘Powered by Windows Azure’ logo is designed for applications that have been verified as running on Windows Azure and meet the requirements outlined here.
Earning the logo is one of the important steps to earning the Silver ISV Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Benefits of earning the ISV Competency include Internal-use rights for software relevant to the Silver ISV/Software competency, marketing campaigns, and more.
This post explains each step you need to take to earn the ‘Powered by Windows Azure’ Logo
W3C’s HTML Working Group has announced that the HTML5 specification has reached Last Call status. This is an extremely important milestone as Last Call is the point at which W3C thinks the group’s work has reached a point of reasonable stability.
Last Call is also essentially a call for all communities to confirm the technical soundness of the specification, after which the group will shift focus to gathering implementation experience and building a comprehensive test suite.
At Tech·Ed North America Microsoft announced that the next public community preview SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is expected in summer 2011.
You can sign up today for the community preview.
Learn how to authenticate against Microsoft SharePoint Online in client applications using the SharePoint client-side object models. The paper reviews SharePoint 2010 authentication methods, provide details for some of the operation of SharePoint 2010 with claims-mode authentication, and describe an approach for developing a set of tools to enable remote authentication to the server for use with the client-side object model.
A new toolkit helps you connect your iPhone apps to the cloud. Check out Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS. This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.
The May service update has been released for SQL Azure that includes Management REST API, multiple servers per subscription, a JDBC driver, and DAC Framework update.
Microsoft announced new enhancements and features specifically requested by developers and IT professionals for a future release.
Now that Office 365 is in Beta, we’ve seen increased demand for information about the service and the platform. TechEd North America 2011 was no exception, with packed sessions that covered both IT Pro and Developer topics on SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online.
Below you’ll find links to the hot Office 365 sessions from TechEd 2011, links to the Office 365 Training Course on MSDN and details on how to sign up for your own Office 365 Beta account for self-paced training and customer demos.
Previews have begun worldwide of the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” through a series of media events around the world. “Mango” will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The “Mango” release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall.
You can get the tools from developer tools for Windows Phone.
With the “favorite” functionality on the app, Greektown Casino-Hotel guests can check whether their favorite slot machine is occupied or open. This exciting feature allows guests to maximize their time, whether it’s by checking out other slots or enjoying a break at one of the casino’s dining spots — Bistro 555, The International Buffet, Shotz Sports Bar & Grill Or the Eclipz Lounge. The Application can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace
Additional features include:
The application was developed by Bally Technologies, a Las Vegas-based company that designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems, and server-based solutions worldwide. The Greektown app is integrated with Bally’s SDS® slot management and accounting system, CMP™ player-tracking system, iVIEW™ player user interface network, and Bally Business Intelligence™ solutions also in use at Greektown.
Windows Azure AppFabric has released enhancements to Service Bus as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP May release, and an upcoming release of the AppFabric Developer Tools and Application Manager as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP June release.
Announcements were made on the team blog and at Tech·Ed.
Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) v3.5 Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol enables .NET developers to build applications for the enterprise and government that require SAML 2.0 Protocol support and interoperate with identity services on a wide variety of platforms.
Windows Azure SDK for PHP version 3.0 has been released. This Open Source SDK gives PHP developers a “speed dial” library to take full advantage of Windows Azure’s coolest features. On top of many improvements and bug fixes for this version. We’re particularly excited about the new service management possibilities and the new logging infrastructure.
Microsoft's Web Camps are events that allow you to learn and build websites using HTML5 technology and more. This event is a unique opportunity, partnering classroom learning and hands-on-labs, and leveraging experts to help you build new and exciting websites. No matter what your expertise in web development, these Web Camps are the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience and 'unleash your coding genius'.
This session discusses the steps involved getting up and running using the MPR Test Tool. It also demonstrates how to use the tool and the steps involved testing your applications. This session focuses on Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Please download the Test Tool Guide as well here
Get $250 USD to help market your Windows Azure compatible application when you verify application compatibility through Microsoft Platform Ready!
Please Note: Only the first Windows Azure compatible application registered per company is eligible.
When your user drags your Web page to their Windows 7 taskbar, desktop, or start menu, Windows creates a shortcut to that Website and can expose additional functionality (like tasks in a jumplist). The feature, called Pinned Sites, lets your Web application acts and feels like an installed Windows application in Internet Explorer.
My colleague Jennifer Marsman has published a 10-part series on pinned sites in Internet Explorer. She describes what it will mean for your Web application and how to provide tons of Windows 7 features from your Web page.
Johnny Simmons, 14, of Salt Lake City, UT won the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed developers contest Friday in Bellevue, WA. Voting for the top spot was made by fellow participants in the day-long event, which helped developers get started writing applications.
Each participant began their application the morning of the event that included speakers and introductory developer demos. For Johnny’s winning application, a user creates a signature block and is able to email or send it via SMS. He showed the application to the other participants, who also showed off their applications, including applications that would report the value of the homes given your current location, an accident reporting app, and a time tracker for handymen.
Today the Interoperability team released the fourth update to the WebSockets prototype on our HTML5 Labs site, bringing the implementation in line with the recently released WebSockets 07 Protocol Specification.
This latest release updates both the server and client prototype implementations based on 07 specification. The majority of the changes in this update are around client-to-server masking.
Developers submitting 5 new Windows Phone 7 apps will get Free advertising promotion for 1 of their 5 apps. Their choice app will get 25,000 impressions of WP7 mobile advertising across MSN, Windows Live and Fox Sports Mobile networks, approx. 60 days. This offer will end 6/30 and is limited to 4 per developer and a total of 200 offers. The full offer details page will not be active until Monday. http://bit.ly/WP7DevOffer
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ian Howells, the CMO of StorSimple, about the benefits of hybrid cloud storage leveraging the Windows Azure platform. StorSimple’s is the leader in application-optimized cloud storage for Microsoft Server applications. StorSimple's mission is to bring the benefits of the cloud to on-premises applications without forcing the migration of applications into the cloud. At the time of the interview, Ian was authoring an eBook about building an enterprise architecture for secure high-performance hybrid cloud storage. The eBook was recently released and can be downloaded here.
The books covers several topics including:
Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V.
Customers have begun ordering the HTC Trophy, the first Windows Phone 7 device to come to Verizon Wireless.
The HTC Trophy is available online at www.verizonwireless.com, and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on June 2.
Soma Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Developer Division at Microsoft, has put together a blog post that describes the tools that you can use to build sites that use HTML5, ECMAScript 5, and CSS3.
To learn more about developing in HTML5, CSS3 and JScript, see ScriptJunkie.