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  • Blog Post: Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL

    So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Developers with Office 2013

    This week Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office...
  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Team Announces Developer Roadmap

    Developer tools for the new Windows Phone 8 are coming later this summer and will include a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8 and new Visual Studio 11-based development tools. In addition, game developers will profit from supports from popular gaming middleware New features for...
  • Blog Post: Try Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Features in new Virtual Machine

    A new Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine lets you try out the seven main scenarios supported by Visual Studio 2012. You also get 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts and another 11 scenarios which were introduced in Visual Studio 2010. The virtual machine provides a single virtual environment for learning...
  • 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: Getting Acquainted with Node.js on Windows Azure

    Node.js at its root is a command line tool that lets developers run JavaScript programs by typing node my_app.js . Node provides a JavaScript application programming interface (API) for accessing the network and file system. It works well to develop scalable networked programs where low response times...
  • Blog Post: Harness Power of Windows Azure in Your Windows 8 Metro App

    Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 helps you create Windows 8 Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure . The idea is to connect your Windows application to data in the cloud. The toolkit makes makes it easy to send Push Notifications to your Windows 8 client apps from...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance TechEd North America Early Bird Discount Expires Tomorrow

    The $200 Early Bird Savings will expire in only a few more days (February 29) for TechEd North America. Please help us capitalize on our biggest registration driver by reminding your customers of the substantial savings. Take advantage of the $200 Early Bird Savings ending February 29. Join in...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11, .NET Framework 4 Beta Offers Fast, Collaborative, Focused Development

    Microsoft has announced the beta of the “Visual Studio 11” and .NET Framework 4.5 will be available February 29. It includes a “go live” license, and a new free edition for small team collaboration. The beta of the next version of Visual Studio simplifies common workflows,...
  • Blog Post: Detect Sites Changes in IE10 with Compat Inspector

    Compact Inspector detects if Internet Explorer platform changes affect your site, according to the IE Blog post IE10 Compat Inspector . Compat Inspector was developed during the course of IE9 to speed up the process of recognizing common issues across different sites and have now updated it for IE10...
  • Blog Post: Change the World with Kinect for Windows Coming in February

    Microsoft announced that new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1. The announcement was made at Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World . Kinect for Windows will be available in 12 countries (United States...
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap Features Support Windows Phone 7.5

    All the features of in the new version of PhoneGap version 1.3 are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to...
  • Blog Post: New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started

    The new Windows Azure tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others. Developer Tools The new Azure site that launched this...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Release Supports Open Source Libraries Node.js, MongoDB, Hadoop, Solr, Memcached

    The December release of Windows Azure brings many cool new features including extensive support of open source libraries. An overview of the support was announced on Port 25 on Openness Update for Windows Azure . The announcement includes: We are releasing the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js as...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 Released with New Features for Developers

    Silverlight 5 has been released. Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. These are non-trivial features like a full 3d stack, parsing performance improvements, tons of enhancements to binding and much more. My favorite features have to be Implicit Templates and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Developer Training Kit Offers Labs on Async Programming, ALM, Metro, ASP.NET

    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...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Cheat Sheets for Phone Developers on Live Tiles, Controls

    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. Check them out at Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit Helps You Market Your Phone Apps

    You've built a great Windows Phone app – now you need to market it. The Windows Phone Marketing Kit for Marketplace App Publishers is now available on App Hub. This easy to use toolkit is designed to help you start promoting your Windows Phone app in all your marketing activities and on your...
  • Blog Post: Build, Connect Cloud Apps to Windows Phone Using Updated Toolkit

    Wade Wegner has written a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that explains how you can Build Windows Phone Applications Using Windows Azure . The post explains how to get started building cloud apps using the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone , how to get the toolkit, how to start your application...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Available as Community Preview

    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...
  • Blog Post: How to Test Your Windows Phone Apps Before Submitting to Marketplace

    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....
  • Blog Post: Tools, Marketplace Ready for You to Go Live on Windows Phone ‘Mango’

    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...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone Updated for ‘Mango’

    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. For more details, see The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available for ‘Mango’ application...
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