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Kicking off PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced the upcoming SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named “Denali.”
SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional datacenters and private and public clouds. Features such as Power View (formerly Project “Crescent,”) and SQL Server Data Tools (formerly “Juneau”) expand the self-service BI capabilities delivered with PowerPivot, and provide an integrated development environment for SQL Server developers.
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV team has produced a demo of the application running on Windows Azure. The product was demoed at Directions US, which is an event for Dynamics NAV Partners run by Dynamics NAV Partners.
Today we released the first version of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit. This kit includes hands-on labs to help you understand how to take advantage of the variety of enhancements in Visual Studio 11 and the .NET Framework 4.5, how to support and manage the entire application lifecycle, and how to build Windows Metro style apps.
A new architect certification program, Microsoft Certified Architects (MCA) for SharePoint, was announced by Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President Office Business Platform, at the SharePoint Conference.
He said those who become certified architects “will have a level of depth and training and certification that is unmatched on complex SharePoint enterprise deployments and application development.”
You can now share your private data with groups of your friends, coworkers, and those outside your work organization courtesy of a new free product, Glassboard, from social media company Sepia Labs. Users can connect with each other's Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone. Soon users can connect from within a Silverlight part in Office 365.
ISV Video Link: Social Media Goes Mobile with Glassboard on Azure
In his keynote at PASS 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced new investments to help customers manage “big data,” including an Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks Inc. and Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse.
Microsoft plans to expand the business critical services delivered by Office 365 and Azure and make moving to the cloud even easier for customers. By the end of the year, the first round of service updates to SharePoint Online since Office 365 launched will be complete and will enable customers to use Business Connectivity Services (BCS) to connect to data sources via Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Web Services endpoints. BCS lets customers use and search data from other systems as if it lives in SharePoint—in both read and write modes.
The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit is now available for download free of charge. The kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions. New and updated content will be released periodically and can be downloaded on-demand using the Web Installer Preview.
The SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release will be available by end of 2011 and is aimed at simplifying elastic scale out needs. Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits & SQL Azure Federation. Key features include:
A database conversion tool help you convert you SQLite database to SQL Server Compact. The tool and examples combined with previous extensive guides (for Android, iPhone, and Symbian Qt) to accelerate your ramp up time and improve your experience in porting apps to Windows Phone from iPhone and Android.
Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers in Silicon Valley Oct 28-29. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.
At the Azure DevCamps, you’ll learn what’s new in developing cloud solutions using Windows Azure. Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers.
Microsoft's one-day Web Camps are a smaller version where you can learn and build websites using the Web and HTML5 and more.
These events will cover 1 of the 3 topics and will include presentations& hands on development.
WebCamps events are Free
Windows Azure Marketplace will help sell your Azure applications globally. This online marketplace was launched in July 2011 and now is available in 25 additional countries. Partners can elect to list-only applications or sell applications directly within the marketplace. It is free to list applications in the marketplace. For applications that are commerce enabled, Microsoft uses a 20/80 revenue sharing model.
Windows Azure Marketplace is now available in 26 countries with 17 currencies.
My colleague Kevin Ashley has created new cheat sheets for Windows Phone 7.5 developers – one for Live Tiles, another on Additional Controls and Toolkits.
The cheat sheets show XAML, sample code, and key points that you need to know to use the features.
Two new Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for SQL Azure have been announced at PASS Summit 2011 that are aimed at enhancing BI capabilities and connecting data in the cloud and on-premises.
At Azure DevCamps, you’ll learn what’s new in developing cloud solutions using Windows Azure. And then you’ll participate in hands-on labs.
Azure DevCamp will be held in Silicon Valley, CA October 28-29. Register for Azure DevCamp.
Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure provides an operating system and a set of developer services used to build cloud-based solutions.
The Azure DevCamp is a great place to get started with Windows Azure development or to learn what’s new with the latest Windows Azure features.