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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Platform Ready Website Updated to Include Office 365

    The MPR website has been updated to include Office 365 under the Develop Tab . Here are some of the resource available at the site: Microsoft Office 365 Resources Online Services Get free access to Office 365 tools and resources by signing up for the online services beta to get a full-featured...
  • Blog Post: Special $150 Rebate for SQL Azure Core in June

    Receive 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. How to take...
  • Blog Post: 14-Year-Old Windows Phone ‘Hero of the Week’ Wins Unleashed Contest

    Johnny Simmons, 14 and lead developer of Simzz Dev of Salt Lake City, UT won the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed developers contest Friday in Bellevue, WA. Voting for the top spot was made by fellow participants in the day-long event, which helped developers get started writing applications. Each participant...
  • Blog Post: New Feature -- Migrate Your Free App From Free to Active Paying Account on Windows Azure

    Once you have tried out Windows Azure on a 30-day Pass, no credit card, free accounts , you can now migrate your work into a paid account. Move your Azure application, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure AppFabric to a Azure account without losing all that hard work. Your free Azure account is, with your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool Videos for Windows Azure, SQL Azure and SQL Server 2008

    This session discusses the steps involved getting up and running using the MPR Test Tool. It also demonstrates how to use the tool and the steps involved testing your applications. This session focuses on Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Please download the Test Tool Guide as well here .
  • Blog Post: Get $250 USD when you complete your FIRST Windows Azure Application via Microsoft Platform Ready

    Get $250 USD to help market your Windows Azure compatible application when you verify application compatibility through Microsoft Platform Ready ! To participate : Take a screenshot of the Test Tab in Microsoft Platform Ready indicating that your application is verified compatible between April...
  • Blog Post: US Offer: Verify Your App Is Compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready, Get Microsoft Office Pro

    Verify your application compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server Express, SQL Server 2008 R2 or Windows Azure between today and May 31, 2011 to receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010. In a few steps, you verify your...
  • Blog Post: Tips, FAQ for Passing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Platform Ready Test

    ISVs around the world are using the Microsoft Platform Ready test to certify their SQL Server applications. When you pass the test, you are through the first part of earning the ISV/Software Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides cool benefits including Visual Studio Professional...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Enters Public Beta Bringing Online Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync

    Microsoft Office 365 makes its public beta debut in 17 countries and 38 geographies worldwide. The new cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes. Microsoft Office 365 lets you and your customers work from virtually anywhere and on almost any device...
  • Blog Post: Blue Dot Solutions Wins Windows Phone 7 Contest for State, Local Government

    Congratulations to the winners of the state and local government Windows Phone 7 applications contest. The contest highlights winners of the best Windows Phone 7 applications for State and Local Governments . Among the winners is Blue Dot Solutions for Advanced Mobile 311 . See my video about Advanced...
  • Blog Post: Tips, Tricks to Pass the Windows Server 2008 R2 MPR Test

    Teams around the world have begun testing applications to certify them on Windows Server 2008 R2. Earning the certification will get you the Works With Windows Server 2008 R2 logo that you place on your marketing materials and Website. Earning the logo also qualifies you for a significant step in...
  • Blog Post: Check Out These Windows Azure Blogs

    Colleagues on my team have put together some great blog posts to help you in your work on Windows Azure . Greg Oliver Accommodating Batch Window in Windows Azure . Greg describes how you can run your application on Azure in batches. Ricardo Villalobos Cost of Architecting Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform 30 Day Pass

    We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass , so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required . Sign up for Microsoft Platform Ready to get access to technical, application certification testing and marketing support . Use this Promo Code : DPWE01 Sign...
  • Blog Post: New MSDEV Developer Training for Azure Highlight Diagnosis, Data Manager, Sync Framework

    Three new training courses from MSDEV show you how you can diagnosis your service and perform troubleshooting, show you how to use the new lightweight data manager for SQL Azure, and how to get started using Sync Framework with SQL Azure. Windows Azure Diagnosis . This webinar shows you how to implement...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Free Pass Returns for US Developers – No Credit Card Required

    Microsoft Platform Ready is offering US developers free Windows Azure for a month. We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass , so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required. Use this link: Microsoft Platform Ready Free Azure Pass . Use this...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Helps Protect Your Phone Application

    You might be interested learning about how your apps and games are protected. As a Windows Phone developer you can be assured that Windows Phone Marketplace is operating as designed in providing a level of protection that is in-line with industry practices and sufficient for our own valued content. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silver Testing Requirements for the Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software Competency

    Silver Competency Testing Details (Effective October 2010) I wanted to outline one of the requirements of earning the Microsoft Silver ISV/Software competency. Your organization must deliver one software application or solution that must pass one of the following application tests. Please visit the partner...
  • Blog Post: Leverage the Windows Summit 2010 to Learn More About IE9

    The Windows Summit is a for those that want to build solutions with Internet Explorer 9 and/or those that test Windows 7 PCs, devices, and software. The team has just posted IE9 sessions that highlight the latest web platform capabilities in IE9. There are eight presentation s that cover many aspects...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 App Submission Opens November 3

    On November 3, Windows Phone 7 app submission will be open to all registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers. Please take full advantage of your Marketplace developer account by planning to submit your Windows Phone 7 apps or games after the submission process opens on November 3. How to Submit...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Platform Ready Announces Free App Compat Test Tools

    Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool delivers a simple, self-service way for software publishers to quickly verify application compatibility, fix errors, and receive benefits for innovating on the latest Microsoft platform technologies. Passing the test helps you meet requirements for Microsoft Partner...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update Available for Download

    The WP Developer Tools October update is available here on the Microsoft Download Center . This October 2010 release provides: Updated Bing Maps Control that improves map performance during user gestures Capability Detection tool, which scans your application and reports on detected phone capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure Training Kit

    Microsoft released the latest version of the Windows Azure platform training kit. The kit is now in 2 versions, one for vs2008 developers and one for 2010 developers. You can download the kit from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Resources On Microsoft Platform Ready

    I’ve included a few links from the Microsoft Platform Ready site to get you started developing your Windows Phone 7 applications.  Microsoft Platform Ready is a great program to help you get your application to market faster through technical and marketing support. Microsoft Platform Ready is a...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developers - New Benefits for Microsoft Platform Ready

    If you are developing Windows Phone 7 applications please sign up for the Microsoft Platform Ready Program (MPR).  In addition to the standard MPR benefits you’ll also be able to receive a $99 Marketplace rebate after 2 applications are accepted into the Marketplace. The rebate details are still...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Released to Web

    The final release of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools was released to web (RTW) today. You can download the tools here . The Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools package includes everything you need to write awesome applications and games for Windows Phone 7. All of the tools included in it are absolutely...
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