June, 2011

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  • US ISV Evangelism

    Special $150 Rebate for SQL Azure Core in June

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    sql-azure-logo-lgReceive a $150 rebate when you sign up for one 10 GB Database in SQL Azure. This works out to $74.95 per month and is a one-time promotional offer that represents 25% off of our normal consumption rates. It requires a 6 month commitment beginning in June.

    Offer valid until June 30.

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    Video Shows New Windows 8 Features

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    This week, Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

    The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

    A first look at the new "Windows 8" user interface

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  • US ISV Evangelism

    Download the May 2011 Update of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

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    The May 2011 Update release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available for download at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868 The May 2011 update is a maintenance release which provides support for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1. Additionally, any demos or hands-on labs that no longer have a Visual Studio 2008 dependency were updated to Visual Studio 2010.  There is no new content in this release.
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    Register For BUILD Conference to Re-imagine Software on Windows 8

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    imageBUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world.

    Register for BUILD before August 1 for the early bird discount.

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  • US ISV Evangelism

    Microsoft Unveils Windows 8

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    In Taipei, Taiwan, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, showed hardware partners “Windows 8” to help the partners build devices that take advantage of the new user experience. Microsoft Corp. showed hardware partners the next version of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” to help the partners build devices that take advantage of the new user experience. As part of this technical preview, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated how “Windows 8” is optimized for newer touch-centric hardware, including tablets, while still delivering the flexibility, connectivity and power that people have come to expect from Windows today.

    The technical demonstration also highlighted the new operating system’s ability to work across both x86 and ARM-based architectures, with a variety of early prototypes shown running the new operating system. Microsoft and silicon chip makers AMD, Intel Corporation, NVIDIA Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. initially announced plans in January to work together on the next version of Windows.

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    ISV Video: Avalara Maps Sales Taxes on Windows Azure

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    Turns out that sales taxes are more difficult to calculate than it might seem. More than 15,000 taxable regions inside the US form a mosaic for sales tax calculation. Fire districts, state districts, special taxation districts, and state rules on items all play a part. Avalara put together a new product to show the lines between taxation districts on Windows Azure.

    clip_image001ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle talks with Jared Vogt, Avalara's CTO, about how they developed the services, how they needed to think about moving an application from their data centers into Windows Azure. When they wanted to show on a map how a tax is calculated, they turned to Windows Azure and Bing Maps. Jared provides a demo too of GeoSalesTax.com.

    Link to ISV Video: Avalara Maps Sales Taxes on Windows Azure

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