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  • Blog Post: Moving Data from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008

    I recently helped move data from a small SQL Sever 2000 database to SQL Server 2008 from one hosting environment to a different hosting environment. I tried several approaches and fortunately found one that worked well. You can find the detail in the post. Approach #1: SQL Server Import/Export Wizard...
  • Blog Post: Watch Microsoft MIX10 Live Keynotes March 15 & 16

    Join us to learn what’s new with Microsoft’s web platform and development tools such as Visual Studio 2010, Expression and Silverlight 4, and get the latest about Windows Phone 7 Series!
  • 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 Free Antivirus Program: Microsoft Security Essentials

    A few months ago Microsoft released a free antivirus program named Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). It is mainly for consumers and home users. You can download it here . To see how MSE works, check out this blog, Introducing Microsoft Security Essentials . With MSE, you don’t need to run other antivirus...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

    Would it be nice to share a computer simultaneously with multiple users? Yes, when Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 becomes available next year. While the new product is useful for many environments, it is ideal for educational institutions that want to provide more teachers and students with access...
  • Blog Post: Introducing SharePoint 2010 (Beta)

    SharePoint Server 2010 Beta provides an extensible platform to rapidly build solutions using familiar tools such as Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010. Beta is available for download here . To learn more about SharePoint 2010, visit Microsoft SharePoint web site . Also, check out David Chappell...
  • Blog Post: PDC09 Demo App: Tailspin Travel (Visual Studio 2010)

    You can now download the Tailspin Travel application from Codeplex ( download here ). System Requirements:   Tailspin was built using Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, and there are a few features in use in the demo that require that version (e.g. coded-UI tests). If you’re using a different SKU, you...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2009: Announcing Availability of ASP.NET MVC 2 (Beta), WIF (RTM) and AppFabric (Beta)

    At PDC ’s keynote Bob Muglia announced availability of several products and technologies. Some of them will be available for download shortly. a. ASP.NET MVC 2 Beta (for Visual Studio 2008 SP1) ASP.NET MVC 2 is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Toolkit for .NET Developers

    Microsoft has just released a Facebook SDK that enables .NET developers to quickly and easily leverage the various features of the Facebook Platform. This toolkit has evolved over time with input from the community and from Microsoft. The latest release (v3.0) includes new architectural improvements...
  • Blog Post: The Toolshed Man Starts a New Chapter

    A colleague of mine, who I got to know while working out of the Microsoft New England office, decided to start a new chapter after 12 years of service. He is best known as Russ’s  Tool Shed. If you think developing .NET applications can be fun, you are absolutely right. Check out one of his episodes...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Developing Windows 7 Applications

    Microsoft has put together a list of online resources to help developers get started with creating Windows 7 applications, including links to application compatibility tool, Windows SDK, managed code for Windows 7 APIs, and the training kit. See more detail here . The training kit includes many sample...
  • Blog Post: Intel CEO Paul Otellini Speaks about Windows 7 and PC Refresh Cycle at FoxBusiness

    (Starting at 2'50" of the video clip) Why asked by FoxBusiness reporters why businesses may not put off upgrading to Windows 7 this time, Intel CEO Paul Otellini responds by saying that three are three things coming together. Most corporations are using XP. That's been almost ten years old now....
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Available

    The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework Beta 2 is available to MSDN subscribers on Monday, October 19th, with general availability on October 21st. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd441784.aspx Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Walkthroughs...
  • Blog Post: Setting Beautiful Bing Pictures as your Windows 7 Background

    To set beautiful Bing pictures as your Windows 7 desktop background, download the custom theme file, install it on your Windows 7 computer and optionally modify the setting. A blog post outlines the three steps in detail. If you are curious about how the custom theme works behind the scenes, and how...
  • Blog Post: Insights to Six Concerns Over Windows Azure

    In his blog post titled “Outlook for Azure – scattered clouds but generally sunny”, Vishwas Lele , CTO of Applied Information Sciences, addresses concerns over pricing, scalability, performance, remote desktop access and applicability of Windows Azure, and offers his insights based on his knowledge of...
  • Blog Post: An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3

    October 27, 2009 at 11:00am – 12:30pm PST Title: An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3 Presenter: Tim Heuer Abstract: Many .NET developers are becoming more and more interested in the Rich Internet Application development space, and in particular Silverlight.  In this session we will step...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 from an Infrastructure Architect’s Perspective

    October 28, 2009 at 11:00am – 12:30pm PST Title: Deploying Windows 7 from an Infrastructure Architect’s Perspective Presenter: Doug Klokow Abstract: We’ll discuss 5 key areas centered on deploying Windows 7: Developing business justification – Evaluate the capabilities provided by Windows 7 and develop...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Right Version of Windows 7

    While Microsoft has made great effort to simplify the choice of the latest operating system -- Windows 7, there are still confusions among consumers and users as to which version of Windows 7 is the best for them. The Microsoft web site lists 3 versions, with retail pricing and high-level feature comparisons...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Azure Database Community Technology Preview (CTP) Just Released

    The SQL Azure Database CTP includes: · Relational data model supporting Transact-SQL (T-SQL) , including T-SQL stored procedures. Access SQL Azure with familiar data access APIs such as ODBC, OLE DB, ADO.Net, PHP, etc. The high degree of compatibility with SQL Server enables easy migration of existing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - August Update

    The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. You can download it here .
  • Blog Post: Windows 7: Application Compatibility and Windows XP Mode

    Many commercial and custom developed applications running on Windows XP and Vista should just work on Windows 7. However, it is highly recommended that customers test the applications before moving them to Windows 7. Microsoft provides many resources on application compatibility testing including Windows...
  • Blog Post: Adding Microsoft Bing to your Web Site

    TechFlash reports that Washington state goes with Bing . You can test how the Bing search engine works at the official website . If you are interested to add Bing search box to your own web site, it is rather easy to do so. The detailed instructions are provided at http://www.bing.com/siteowner ....
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM Schedule

    The Windows 7 Blog announced the following Win7 release schedule. ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th, 2009 . If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Azure Pricing Announced

    Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services will be commercially available at the Professional Developer Conference 2009 and we hope you will continue building on the Community Technology Preview (CTP) at no cost today. See detail here.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight 3 and Microsoft Expression Studio 3

    The Silverlight 3 RTW and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 are now available on the Silverlight and Expression sites. T he RTM of the entire Expression 3 suite is slated to come out shortly.
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