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Get Visual Studio 11 ALM Virtual Machines, Hands-on-Labs, Demos
A virtual machine for you to try out the new Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM is now available. It includes hands-on-labs / demo scripts. Brian Keller explains in his post Visual Studio 11 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts that you can use the virtual machine...
2 Mar 2012
New Microsoft Certified Architects (MCA) for SharePoint Announced
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...
4 Oct 2011
Silverlight 5 RC Available for Download
The release candidate for Silverlight 5 is now available to developers on the Silverlight developer site. You can get the release itself and additional details on Silverlight Downloads . About Silverlight 5 Silverlight delivers the richest set of capabilities available to developers today through...
2 Sep 2011
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....
25 Aug 2011
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...
23 Aug 2011
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...
5 Jul 2011
Debug Code without Keeping All That Code in Your Head
Debugger Canvas from DevLabs is a new user experience for stepping through code in the debugger in Visual Studio Ultimate. It displays the code of each of the methods you step into on a canvas with call lines between them, helping you keep track of the bigger picture as well as the details. Debugger...
14 Jun 2011
Vote Daily in Imagine Cup 2011 People's Choice Awards
You can vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Awards chosen for the United States finalists in Imagine Cup . The finalists represent the top students applying innovation in business, technology, digital media, and more to real-world challenges. Vote each day until April 9 and return...
27 Mar 2011
Upgrade Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server
With modern features like state-of-the-art version control, integrated bug tracking and flexible build automation, Team Foundation Server 2010 ensures the delivery of quality software faster. The reality of Visual SourceSafe (VSS) is that it fails to meet many of these modern requirements and has...
15 Mar 2011
Visual Studio SP1, TFS Project Server Integration, Load Test Pack Available Today
The new service pack to Visual Studio will be available today to MSDN subscribers from their subscriber downloads . If you're not an MSDN subscriber, you can get the update on Thursday, March 10. New features improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling. ...
9 Mar 2011
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...
20 Jan 2011
Beta of First Service Pack for Visual Studio 2010 Arrives
Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now ready for download to MSDN subscribers -- general availability on December 9. Jason Zander, General Manager of the Visual Studio Team, announced the update on his blog Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta . You’ll find the download links...
8 Dec 2010
No-Cost, Online Test Tool Now Available Through Microsoft Platform Ready
We've made application testing simpler and faster with a new, no-cost, online test tool available through Microsoft Platform Ready for the following technologies: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Windows Azure Platform Microsoft Dynamics 2011 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010...
26 Nov 2010
New Feature Pack for Visual Studio Boosts Silverlight Testing, Code Visualization, Modeling
A new Feature Pack for Visual Studio MSDN Subscribers is now available that extends testing, code visualization and modeling capabilities in Visual Studio 2010. Visual Studio 2010 Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack features are included. Testing features: Use Microsoft Test Manager to...
24 Nov 2010
Microsoft Launches Office 2010, SharePoint 2010
Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the next wave of Microsoft Office and related products. Designed to deliver a unified experience across the PC, phone and browser, this wave includes Microsoft Exchange 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft...
12 May 2010
Report Shows ROI on Virtual Test Labs
Virtual lab management technology delivers immediate, measurable benefits and return on investment (ROI). As ISVs you want to rapidly provision and deliver an environment for testing, development. And the results help sales, marketing, training, technical publications, support. It can enhance business...
29 Mar 2010
Silverlight Testing Tools
Tim Heuer’s got a great blog post on Silverlight testing tools at http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-testing-frameworks.aspx . He’s provides a quick overview of 3 different options: Microsoft Silverlight Unit Test Framework SilverUnit Selenium Definitely worth checking...
9 Mar 2010
Beta for Enterprise Library Released by patterns & practices
BETA1 releases of Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 and Microsoft Unity 2.0 have been released by the patterns and practices team . You’ll find improvements made to the overall Enterprise Library architecture and configuration experience in both of Enterprise Library and Unity. Enterprise Library is also...
12 Feb 2010
First Look at Workflow in .NET 4
Windows Workflow Foundation programs coordinate with a minimal ceremony. It provides a programming model, in-process workflow engine and rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within .NET applications. In .NET Framework 4, Windows Workflow Foundation introduces a significant...
10 Jan 2010
Get Started with Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machines
New Visual Studio 2010 virtual machines are available for you and your customers to download and try. This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows  Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting...
6 Jan 2010
Guide Explains How to Build On-Premises, Cloud Identity Aware Apps
Windows Identity Foundation (previously known as “Geneva” Framework) makes federation and claims-based identity first-class citizens in the .NET Framework. Developers can now rely upon a single, consistent model for creating identity-aware applications on ASP.NET and WCF. We just published a guide that...
29 Dec 2009
Videos Show How You Can Light up Your Applications with Windows 7 Features
Windows 7 offers a real opportunity for ISVs to enhance the user experience of your software with new features. Many of these features are straight forward, such a support for libraries and jump lists. Your developers can learn about the effort and how to implement these features in a series of videos...
13 Nov 2009
Sign Up Now for Code-Fest Online Virtual Lab for Windows Server 2008 R2
You’re invited to attend a virtual deep dive for developers who are actively working on projects to leverage the Windows Server 2008 R2 features December 8-10, 2009. This event is a 3-day remote-access "code-fest" type event for developers. The event is for Microsoft Partners and customers...
12 Nov 2009
Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit Goes RTM
The toolkit used by ISVs to insure that you’re software is Compatible with Windows 7 is reached final. Previous versions of the toolkit were considered prerelease although thousands of applications received the logo using it. Applications that pass and are registered with WinQual qualify for partner...
10 Nov 2009
Software Architecture Workshop in Issaquah, WA
Just days after the Professional Developer Conference ( PDC09 ) we are organizing a Software Architecture Workshop (SAW) for our managed partners and independent experts. The event will be an intense and interactive one day event that is specifically targeted to address problems and opportunities for...
6 Nov 2009
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