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If you haven’t registered for BUILD Windows Conference in Anaheim, CA, watch the B8 blog for details. BUILD is September 13-16.
Microsoft will be announcing the developer strategy for Windows 8 at the BUILD Windows conference.
You can now test your Windows Phone apps before submitting them to the Marketplace. One of the new features in Windows Phone SDK is a tool that lets you test your app for certification requirements on your machine.
The SDK lets you run the same technical cert tests that the Marketplace team runs.
Microsoft made several important announcements related to our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) offerings last week.
Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad.
A new set of tutorial shows you how to get started with Windows Azure. The tutorial begin with explaining how to get the latest tools and how to deploy your first sample application, build an application with ASP.NET MVC, and how to build a code first data application with SQL Azure.
Download the datasheets, white papers, technical presentations, demonstrations, and links to videos that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server code name 'Denali.' The release is available as community preview 3.
The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide contains the latest datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running demonstrations, hands-on lab previews, technical presentations, and other useful links to help you evaluate the SQL Server code name 'Denali' CTP3 release. The Product Guide organizes the content for easier viewing.
Saas provider Coreconnex explain in a new video on Channel 9 why they chose Windows Azure to deploy their product for small businesses. Their product enables non-financial people to understand the financial graphical "picture" of their business.
CEO Frank Coker and Chief Architect Torsten Kablitz talk with Azure Incubation Architect Evangelist Greg Oliver about the business of financial dashboards and the technology decisions involved in moving such a system to Windows Azure.
A new product guide can bring you up to speed on SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3).
The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide download contains the latest datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running demonstrations, hands-on lab previews, technical presentations, and other useful links to help you evaluate the SQL Server code name 'Denali' CTP3 release.
Windows Phone MVPs i.e. Rob Miles and Andy Wigley will host this two-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone 'Mango' Platform.
Updates have been released for Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure Platform Training Kit for developers.
Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live Division, has penned the first posting on a new Building Windows 8 blog. He writes, “Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices, and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new and old, used by well over a billion people globally. … We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product.”
You can create better Phone apps with the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit (August 2011) add-on. This is a great new release provides extra controls to those in the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK.
Microsoft will soon release two new Hadoop connectors to help customers exploit the benefits of unstructured data in both SQL and non-SQL environments.
Connectors will include:
Special programs are offered through the Microsoft Partner Network can help your company with development and sales of your Windows Phone applications.
Earning the Mobility Competency provides many benefits, including internal use licensing and advisory hours.
Cloud Power! What are the options? Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud? Which one is right for your business?
Join us as we discuss the basics of cloud infrastructures and the details of how to build your own private cloud.
Only 5 Weeks Left Until SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim, CA October 3 – 6.
Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 is the biggest and most comprehensive event dedicated to Microsoft SharePoint 2010. SPC11 will provide you with the training, insights and networking you need to successfully develop, deploy, govern and get the most from Microsoft SharePoint 2010.
The price of a Windows Azure extra small compute instance will be reduced by 20 percent beginning October 1. You can also use extra small compute hours to power small instances at a ratio of three extra small compute hours per one hour of small compute.
Additionally, current Introductory Special offer customers and customers who sign up for this offer prior to October 1 will receive both 750 extra small compute hours and 750 small compute hours for the months of August and September to ensure maximum value and flexibility in advance of this enhanced offer.
Microsoft Research showed high-quality 3D models being created from a moving Kinect sensor at at SIGGRAPH. Engadget called it “jaw dropping”.
Today you can begin will submitting and certifying Windows Phone ‘Mango’ apps through the Windows Phone App Hub. This means that new and existing titles optimized for Mango features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles, better Search integration and more will begin publishing in a matter of days. A new SDK is provides you with the tools and ‘Go Live’ license for you to publish to Windows Phone Marketplace. The Microsoft Advertising SDK is included.
Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Updates 1 to 4.
Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, wrote a blog post on Wednesday looking back on the past 30 years of personal computing. The IBM 5150 personal computer was unveiled August 12, thirty years ago.