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  • Blog Post: How to Sign up for the New Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    My colleague Hanu Kommalapati provides the step by step instructions on how to go from your Windows Azure account and add the new Windows Azure Virtual Machines features. See Sign-up Process for Azure Virtual Machines Preview . About Windows Azure Virtual Machine Windows Azure Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: ...
  • Blog Post: Second Service Pack Ties High Performance Computing to Azure

    The second ‘service pack’ (SP2) for Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 focuses on providing customers with a great experience when expanding their on-premises clusters to Windows Azure, and we’ve also included some features for on-premises clusters. You can download the service pack at HPC...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Updates Announced for Data Center at Tech•Ed

    Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V. The announcements include: System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across...
  • 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: New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

    The new System Center 2012 , announced at Microsoft Management Summit , will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Delivered

    Microsoft have released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to OEMs. On February 16, both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program and subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet. On February 22, both will be available to all...
  • Blog Post: Migrate Server Applications to Cloud Using VM Role on Windows Azure

    The Windows Azure team has introduced VM Role and elevated privilege to make the process of migrating existing Windows Server applications to Windows Azure easier and faster. To join the beta, log on to the Management Portal , click Home , and then click Beta Programs. The pricing model for the...
  • Blog Post: .NET 4 Coming to Server Core

    .NET Framework 4 will be supported as a Server Core installation option on Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Availability has bee publicly been stated to release in Q1. Like in .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.5, with .NET Framework 4, you will be able to build and run managed applications that use ASP.NET...
  • 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: ISV Video: Plexipixel Creates HTML 5 Animations Online with Okapi

    Plexipixel developer Lisa Smith and designer Stephanie Newcomb talk with ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle about their work with Okapi, a Javascript framework that allows developers to create animation in HTML 5 online. See Plexipixel Creates HTML 5 Animations Online with Okapi . The site...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program Offers On Ramp for Private Clouds

    If you're looking to get started implementing a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure, the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are currently being offered by six Microsoft hardware partners...
  • Blog Post: High Performance Computing Adds Cloud with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft announced the availability of Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 today at High Performance Computing Financial Markets Conference. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite is the third version of Microsoft’s solution for high performance computing (HPC). Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2 64-bit...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Ships

    Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 is the big v3 release. The team has continued to increase performance while adding new features. Windows HPC Server R2 will help enable the next generation of simulations in biology, chemistry, physics, finance, weather and more. The team has made improvements in the developer...
  • Blog Post: Free Developer Support Offered Through ‘Microsoft Platform Ready’

    Microsoft offers partners free support, training, and marketing benefits on nine specific emerging technologies. The new Microsoft Platform Ready takes the program formerly known as Front Runner worldwide. My colleague Jared Bienz has put together a post about the marketing and training benefits and...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Will Ship in 2011

    Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011 according to a post on Technet, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta Frequently Asked Questions . Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is an update for consumers and IT Pros that helps keep your PCs supported, provides...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches Beta

    Tami Reller , corporate vice president and chief financial officer for the Windows business, detailed the tremendous partner opportunity with Windows 7 at Worldwide Partner Conference. She announced the beta release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, which enhance...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs

    Datacastle uses PowerShell to work with Hyper-V for quicker tests across many configurations and for quicker and improved deployment at customer sites. ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs Datacastle Vice President of Quality Assurance Barry...
  • Blog Post: Learn Parallel Computing with Developer Training Kit

    New Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit are available on MSDN Code Gallery as hands-on-labs specializes in parallel computing. Sample are now available on MSDN Code Gallery (hands-on-labs): Introducing Parallel LINQ Introducing .NET 4 Parallel Extensions Introducing the C++ Concurrency...
  • Blog Post: Roadmaps Announced at TechEd for Client, Server, Cloud

    Roadmaps for the first service packs (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Windows Server AppFabric, Big Maps, and Microsoft Unified Communication Server, and Windows Client were announced at Tech Ed North America today. Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 SP1 Beta...
  • 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: See How to Call PowerShell Scripts From Your Application

    Join James Brundage, Tester from the Windows PowerShell team, and me for a quick introduction to how embed PowerShell within your C# application. See how you can easily reference the PowerShell assembly and start embedding PowerShell cmdlets inside of a C# application with PowerShell V2. C# Sample Code...
  • Blog Post: Computational Apps Scale with Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

    Scientists, engineers and analysts tackling complex, data-intensive problems need more computational power to be successful. Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 provides the answer. HPC is designed for high-end applications that require high performance computing clusters. The second beta for Windows HPC Server...
  • 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...
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