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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 User Interface Gets Better in RC

    The user experience design team at Microsoft dev tools division has made several improvements to Visual Studio 11 user interface after gathering significant response and feedback from the community. The changes focus primarily on the following three areas. An overall desire for more visual “energy” and...
  • Blog Post: Bing Search API Will be Available on the Windows Azure Marketplace

    For the past several years, the Bing Search API has made search data available for developers to innovate and build upon. Today we are announcing that the Bing Search API will transition to an offering made available on the Windows Azure Marketplace . The Windows Azure Marketplace is a one stop shop...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows Defender Offline (Beta)

    Windows Defender Offline Beta can help remove hard to find malicious and potentially unwanted programs. You can download the beta tool here . To use Windows Defender Offline Beta, you need to follow four basic steps: Download Windows Defender Offline Beta and create a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Restart...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Beta Released

    You can download the bits here . Also, check out this post for more info on creating WP7 apps by the Windows Team. Supported Operating System Windows® Vista® (x86 and x64) ENU with Service Pack 2 – all editions except Starter Edition Windows 7 (x86 and x64) ENU – all editions except Starter Edition Hardware...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Natal Device Is Seen at TechFest

    Microsoft’s Project Natal is an add-on device to its Xbox game console that allows for hands-free gaming. Quentin Hardy reports at Forbes.com that “As a device Natal is a thin bar about 12 inches across, with sensors that measure a room's depth, the available light and the size and motion of up to two...
  • Blog Post: Find Out if Your Word Documents Contain Custom XML Markup

    Gray Matter talks about a custom tool that helps detect if any Word documents (.docx and .docm) contain custom xml mark. You can find the detail about the tool and how to use it here .
  • Blog Post: A Remondmag article on Silverlight 2.0 beta availability, MIX08 and ...

    A recent article by Kathleen Richards, the senior editor at redmondmag.com, provides the latest on Silverlight 2.0 beta availability, MIX08, Silverlight vs. WFP, Visual Studio .NET and Expression Blend, and NBC’s plan to provide contents of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing via Silverlight streaming...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark -- a software giveaway campaign for college and high school students

    Microsoft will launch a software giveaway campaign named "DreamSpark" that will provide developer tools to millions of college and high school students around the world. The program will initially start in 10 nations, including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. It will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Launch Events

    You can find event launch and updated registration information at www.heroeshappenhere.com For information on products and technologies, visit links below. Windows Server 2008 : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx SQL Server 2008 : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/default...
  • Blog Post: The 2008 Microsoft Office System Developer Conference is only a month away!

    Conference highlights: Special keynote address by Bill Gates , Microsoft Chairman Kurt DelBene , CVP, Office Business Platform Group Rajesh Jha , CVP, Office Live Richard McAniff , CVP for Microsoft Office Gurdeep Singh Pall , CVP, Unified Communications Group · Executive Track for...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 will be held in Las Vegas, March 5-7,2008

    Detail at http://visitmix.com/2008/default.aspx MIX is an intimate conversation between developers, designers and business professionals to explore: High-fidelity commerce, content, media, services and security How new technologies can help find, retain and up-sell customers The latest...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Launch Announced!

    Today, over 7,000 organizations rely on BizTalk Server to integrate systems, automate processes and communicate across global supply chains. With the introduction of the fifth full version, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 builds upon the Business Process Management and SOA/ESB capabilities in prior releases to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 1.0 has been officially released!

    The final version of Silverlight 1.0 and Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh have just been released to the web. They are available for download at http://silverlight.net/GetStarted It's worth noting that Microsoft has established a formal partnership with Novell to provide a Silverlight implementation...
  • Blog Post: Photoblog @ MSN.COM

    I have not spent much time at the photoblog site of msn.com until tonight. The old saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words" is absolutely true to describe my initial impression. But this site offers much more. People have repeately used the word "WOW" in their comments. For me it is just an...
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