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  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Release Candidates Now Available

    Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download . Windows has made also available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8 blog for the official announcement by Steven Sinofsky. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview bits here . ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

    The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support . The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Touch-Enable Your App for Windows, Surface with New SDK

    You can target both Microsoft Surface Hardware and Windows 7 Touch enabled PCs with a single SDK. The Surface teams calls this feature “Write once - touch anywhere”. The same binary can be used in both types of hardware. The Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK allows you to target Microsoft Surface...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Training Kit Updated, Includes ALM Developer Training

    June 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course adds new courses on application lifecycle management (ALM) and updates developer training. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help...
  • Blog Post: ISV Talk - appStrategy showcases their integration and automation suite for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    In this video John O’Donnell talks with Ryan Smith from appStrategy about the benefits and features of appStrategy’s two products - the new appCompass 5 and appRadius Enterprise . appRadius is an integrated solution for building portals for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The appCompass 5 product...
  • Blog Post: Debug Cloud Apps with IntelliTrace in New Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio

    Microsoft has shipped the June 2010 release of Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . This brings the power of IntelliTrace to cloud services running in Windows Azure for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate customers. One of the challenges of developing for Windows Azure is being able to "see into...
  • Blog Post: MSDEV Updates Visual Studio 2010 Developer Training for RTM

    MSDEV offers a new series of videos that update some of the changes in the final Release to Market RTM of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It includes ten short demonstration videos, each of which focuses on one feature that's new in the RTM. You can see the videos at Visual Studio 2010 RTM Update . New...
  • Blog Post: Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 Supports Visual Studio 2010

    Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 package has been released. The updated WIF works with .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. The announcement was made on the Federated Identity and the Identity Metasystem Team 's blog at Announcing the Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0 targeting Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

    Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ISV Partners Adopt Microsoft Technology

    Microsoft partners have been building great software using Microsoft technologies. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve found. Windows 7 Light-up Windows 7 represents some great opportunities for ISV. Light up features include Windows 7 ribbon, task bar, thumbnails, federated search, and PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: How to Migrate Your .NET 3.5 App to .NET 4

    Your .NET Framework 3.5 installs side-by-side with .NET Framework 4 . So your application will work as expected when your customer installs .NET 4. But when you take your current code from .NET 3.5 and recompile it and target your application for .NET 4 in Visual Studio 2010 , you may find some breaking...
  • Blog Post: Surface Meets Windows 7 with New Toolkit for Windows Touch

    You can now create advanced multitouch applications for Windows Touch PCs with a new toolkit from the Microsoft Surface team. Microsoft released the Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta for you to use some of the same controls that are used by developers on Microsoft Surface onto Windows...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Launches

    Visual Studio 2010 launched today. You can get the new version in your MSDN subscription. Download from: MSDN Subscriber Downloads Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) Download test drive editions Visual Studio is available in four versions: Professional Premium Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: Whirlwind Screencasts Highlight New Features in C# 4

    Stuart Celarier and I continue the set of screencasts on Channel 9 about new language features in C#. It's a Whirlwind Tour of the important language features of C# 4 . Stuart describes each major feature and why it is useful. But he doesn't get into best practices nor suggested usages. Just the facts...
  • Blog Post: Watch Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4, Silverlight 4 Launch Online

    Please join us for the launch of Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4, around the world or online at Microsoft Developer Tools Virtual Presskit . Come celebrate all our engineers’ hard work to hand the products over to you, our customers, and prepare for the amazing experiences you...
  • Blog Post: Create Silverlight Apps Using Plug-in Components

    Application requirements change frequently and software is constantly evolving. As a result, such applications often become monolithic making it difficult to add new functionality. Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a new library in .NET Framework 4.0 that addresses this problem by simplifying...
  • Blog Post: 2nd xRM Acceleration Lab in Redmond, WA during week of 24th May’10

    We are ready to host our 2 nd xRM Acceleration Lab from 24 th May’10 to 28 th May’10 at Platform Adoption Center in Redmond, WA Campus. We would cover Executive Briefing (EB), Architecture Design Sessions (ADS), and Proof of Concept (POC) with the help of your team, on-site Microsoft experts including...
  • Blog Post: Approaching Parallelism

    Reed Copsey has written a series of blog postings on how to look at your application to make it run on multi-core processors. He approaches the issue by focusing on what you are trying to accomplish. This is an indepth series that shows code and details in how you can Here’s a list of his posts so far...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Taskbar Features in .NET 4

    .NET 4.0 introduces the System.Windows.Shell namespace which makes it very easy for you to leverage the Windows 7 taskbar enhancements in your application such as: Jump List Progress Icon Overlays Custom Categories in your Jump List Thumbnail Preview Thumbnail Toolbar Buttons ...
  • Blog Post: Code Access Security and .NET 4.0

    There have been some significant changes (for the better) made to how security policies are applied in .NET 4. Shawn provides a good 1-stop shop explaining these changes here: http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnfa/archive/2009/06/12/clr-v4-security-policy-roundup.aspx The most important change is that; "...
  • Blog Post: Join Online for Live Keynotes, Channel 9 from MIX10

    The Channel 9 crew will be broadcasting live, unscripted and 100% interactive from The Commons on Days 1 & 2 of MIX 2010 in Las Vegas. MIX10 is the premier three-day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites. Not everyone can make it to MIX10 in person...
  • Blog Post: Screencasts Show How to Parallelize Your Application

    I’ve put together three screencasts on Channel 9 that show how you can use new features in .NET Framework 4 to take advantage of multi-core processors. In Part 1 of the series, we show why you care about multiple processors and how it can effect the performance in your application. See How to Parallelize...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Site Gets New Look

    The ASP.NET site has a new look as it gets ready for ASP.NET 4. The new look boasts icons to help you get started, download files, find a hoster, or discuss. There’s a spotlight section where you can find the latest news and great links to postings about ASP.NET. If you are new to ASP.NET, you can find...
  • Blog Post: Learn, Try in Parallel Computing Platform Developer Lab

    You are invited to come to the Microsoft Partner Adoption Center in Redmond, WA for a three-day developer lab on parallel computing. This event is for Microsoft Partners and Customers seeking to incorporate either .NET4 Parallel Extensions or C++ Concurrency Runtime features into their new or existing...
  • Blog Post: "Dev 10" Training Online

    Shortly after PDC ’09 we put together a hands-on training session in Waltham, MA for some managed ISV partners diving into many of the new technologies around Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010. We called this session; “Dev 10 Training”. Below you will find those recorded courses and links to hands on...
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