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  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

    Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create 'boards' which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud, Windows Azure MPR Test to Apply to ISV Competency

    Private Cloud test will apply to the Silver ISV Competency in the coming months and a Windows Azure MPR test will apply to the Gold ISV Competency in October. The announcements were made on the Microsoft Partner Network site. Changes to Other Competencies Also of interest to ISVs, changes to the...
  • Blog Post: MSDEV Videos Show How to Integrate QuickBooks Apps on Windows Azure

    MSDEV has produced a series of videos to help you get started with the Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform (IPP). IPP enables you to build a great application on the Windows Azure platform that leverage the go-to-market services, such as single sign-on, billing and data web API’s, user...
  • Blog Post: Find Out More about Front Runner For Windows Azure Platform

    Interested in getting started with Windows Azure? Come join in Front Runner program for Windows Azure . When you join the Front Runner program, you’ll get access to one-on-one technical support from our developer experts by phone or e-mail. Then, once you tell us that your application is compatible,...
  • Blog Post: Is Your Company Ready for S+S?

    Are you ready for Software+Services ? Have you been thinking about your S+S strategy? Software-plus-services is the next logical step in the evolution of software development and represents an exciting growth opportunity for independent software vendors. By leveraging the software-plus-services model...
  • Blog Post: Azure benefits through MSDN and BizSpark!

    On January 4 th , the Windows Azure Platform launched commercially (i.e., customers must begin paying for the service) in the following countries: Austria Belgium Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland India Italy Japan The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Singapore...
  • Blog Post: Commercial Availability of Windows Azure Platform

    Today, we are announcing to customers the commercial availability of subscriptions for the Windows® Azure™ platform, which includes Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric. In addition, we are announcing new pricing and availability for Windows Azure platform AppFabric. Customers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure platform AppFabric Update

    The Service Bus and Access Control features of the Windows Azure Platform, once known as .NET Services, are now known as “Windows Azure platform AppFabric”. Of course, they are still on track to be commercially available this January alongside Windows Azure and SQL Azure. This update reflects our vision...
  • Blog Post: Share Real-time Premium Data with Codename "Dallas"

    Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" is a new service allowing developers and information workers to easily discover, purchase and manage premium data subscriptions in the Windows Azure platform . Dallas was announced at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09) . Dallas is an information marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Everything Developers Need to Know About Azure

    MSDEV has come up with another great set of training for Windows Azure. This set of videos quickly immerses you in the world of the Windows Azure . You’ll learn what Azure is all about, including the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and Windows Azure. You’ll learn why you should target Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Identity Foundation Simplifies User Access

    Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation has been released to the Web (RTW). It helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools. Users can benefit through single sign...
  • Blog Post: Get Your App in the Cloud with Front Runner for Windows Azure

    The new Front Runner program for Windows Azure is the best way to get ahead in cloud computing. It's designed to get your application compatible quickly and to market more effectively. Plus, you'll enjoy early access to new Microsoft products, one-on-one tech support from experts, training and special...
  • Blog Post: New Version of Silverlight Unveiled at PDC

    The Silverlight 4 Beta was unveiled at the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. The list of features for business developers is long, so here’s a list of keywords fo features to get you started: printing, clipboard, right click menu, rich text editing, html control, command key...
  • Blog Post: Bring Silverlight, WPF to Facebook Using New SDK

    You can now use Microsoft technologies such as Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in conjunction with the Facebook social platform. Microsoft SDK for Facebook . No matter what your application flavor is, the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform supports the development of applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Ships

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide to help businesses reduce costs, protect communications and delight e-mail users. Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop made the announcement at Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 conference in Germany. Elop described cost savings of up...
  • Blog Post: White Paper: The Time to Move to the Cloud is Now

    “The challenge for software vendors is no longer about when to include or even shift entirely to SaaS, software-plus services, or other Cloud-based solutions. The time is now. The challenge is how to make it happen,” according to a white paper written by Saugatuck Technology. The Microsoft-funded white...
  • Blog Post: Security Intelligence Report Details Threat Landscape

    The seventh Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) describes the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. The release of the SIR is the seventh volume and includes data derived from hundreds...
  • Blog Post: Video, Photos Shows Windows Azure Data Centers

    A video from CNET shows the new data center in Chicago that hosts Windows Azure. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers. Each of the servers can host e-mail, manage instant messages, or run your...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap for Windows Azure Transition From CTP to Business

    Windows Azure team has announced the transition from the Community Technology Preview (CTP) to the release and had provided information for developers who want to continue development. Transition from CTP to Business Windows Azure will go live at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09). The conference...
  • Blog Post: Developers, Architects, Decisions Makers Converge on PDC09

    Professional Developer Conference (PDC09) launches in Los Angeles,CA November 17 –19. Pre-sessions begin November 16. PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the technical strategy of the Microsoft developer platform. At the PDC, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and connect with the...
  • Blog Post: Register Your Win 7 Compatible Application, Get Windows 7 Ultimate Free

    ISVs in the United States who register your application in Front Runner as being compatible with Windows 7 will receive a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows 7 comes out next week. This is your last chance at this offer. For those outside the US, you can register your application as being compatible...
  • Blog Post: Discounts for PDC Extended through October 30

    Discounts for registering for Professional Developers Conference (PDC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA PDC have been extended through October 30. The conference event dates: Conference | Nov 17–19 Workshops | Nov 16 PDC is the definitive developer event focused on the technical...
  • Blog Post: Notable Software + Services articles and entries from Microsoft

    I was recently hunting down some good articles where Microsoft is talking about S+S. Here’s a few of the ones I found very helpful. Ozzie's Cloud Hangs over Silicon Valley , In a talk at Silicon Valley's Churchill Club on Thursday, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, discussed the impact...
  • Blog Post: SOA Explored in Latest Architecture Journal

    The latest Architecture Journal ( Journal 21 ) focuses on Service Orientation Today and Tomorrow. Eight articles discuss aspects such as business alignment, service modeling, governance, federation, infrastructure, reusability, convergence, and coexistence with cloud computing and event-driven complementary...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure World Tour Comes to Reston, Dallas, Silicon Valley

    You are invited to join Dave Chappell when he discusses Windows Azure and Cloud Computing across the United States. Chappell is leading authority on cloud computing and has written the white paper for Microsoft describing the Windows Azure Platform architecture. See Azure Services Platform . Cloud computing...
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