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    MICROSOFT ARCHITECT COUNCIL | Innovation is the Name of the Game

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    Architects: Adverse times are also best times for innovation! Choosing the right battles to fight, and reinventing ourselves with less resources are par for the course today. However, not all innovation needs to be revolutionary or transformative. In...
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    Windows 7: Application Compatibility and Windows XP Mode

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    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...
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    Adding Microsoft Bing to your Web Site

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    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...
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    Microsoft Retail Stores?

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    As Microsoft gets ready to launch Win7, the retail stores, when they are open for business, will be really convenient for consumers and users. Check out this cnet.com report on "Microsoft will open stores in Arizona, California".
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    Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7 @ Reston VA, Aug 24-28, 09

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    See detail at my colleague Ashish Jaiman's blog . The Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows 7 will be held at Microsoft Technology Center, Reston, VA from Mon 8/24/2009 to Fri 8/28/2009. This event consists of ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of...
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    Windows 7 RTM Schedule

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    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...
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    Windows 7 Code7 Contest!

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    Code 7 is where your ingenious application meets the opportunity to get millions of eyes on your work, plus a trip to LA for PDC09 and up to $17,777 in cash! https://www.code7contest.com/
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    Microsoft Windows Azure Pricing Announced

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    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.
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    Microsoft Silverlight 3 and Microsoft Expression Studio 3

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    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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    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, NEW ORLEANS, JULY 13-16

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    You can find the latest information on the event at http://www.digitalwpc.com Throught Digital WPC, you will be able to view all the Vision Keynotes live and all Solutions and Segment Value Keynotes within 24 hours of the keynotes occurring.
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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 2 Available

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    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is the recommended process and toolset for automating desktop and server deployment. MDT 2010 will support deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista, Windows Server...
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    Microsoft Azure .NET Services July 2009 CTP Available

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    Microsoft .NET Services is part of the Azure Services Platform. Microsoft .NET Services includes two services: the Access Control Service and the Service Bus. You can download the July CTP here.
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    LIVE, HD Broadcast of the Michael Jackson Memorial

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    A Microsoft team will be broadcasting the Michael Jackson memorial, live in HD from the Staples Center in Los Angeles using IIS Smooth Streaming and Silverlight to the world on July 7th, 2009. Visit http://inmusic.ca/news_and_features/Michael_Jackson
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    Taking Advantage of Microsoft Online Services (BPOS)

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    Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) is hosted online services by Microsoft that includes business-class e-mail, instant messaging, and the latest messaging and collaboration features. BPOS offers solutions for small businesses...
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    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

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    Download MAP Toolkit 4.0 Beta now! The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right Microsoft technologies...
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    Cloud Computing User Group Meeting at Reston

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    Software Plus Services in Azure .NET Services: Integration through ACS, ServiceBus and Workflow Event Code: 138684 Registation: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=138684 6/18/2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome Time...
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    Integrating your ASP.NET Web Application with Online Payment Services

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    I recently completed an asp.net application that shows how to integrate with two leading online payment service providers, PayPal and Google Checkout. It is based on the classified app from the asp.net starter kit. Development tools and technologies include...
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    Bing IT On

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    Bing is Microsoft's new search engine and search brand name. I have started paying attention to the backgroud image and the remarks attached to the image. You can easily find them by moving your computer mouse cursor over the image. Try Bing today and...
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    1/2 Day Windows 7 AppCompat Lab Engagement at Reston MTC, 6/8-6/12 (Free)

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    Microsoft is conducting a series of Windows 7 AppCompat Labs at Microsoft Technology Centers over the next couple of months. The purpose of these labs is to assist companies verify that their applications will run on Windows 7 and to provide feedback...
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    Windows Azure Tools and SDK May 2009 CTP

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    · Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (includes SDK) May 2009 CTP has just been released. New for the May 2009 CTP: · Support for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 · Update for Visual Studio 2008 · Improved integration with the Development...
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    Cloud Computing User Group Meeting, June 18, 2009

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    Software Plus Services in Azure .NET Services: Integration through ACS, ServiceBus and Workflow Event Code: 138684 Registation: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=138684 6/18/2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome Time...
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    MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow – Summer 2009

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    Session 1: Developing on Microsoft Windows 7 Building applications that are easy to use, visually appealing, and offer high performance is a challenge that developers face every day. Innovative applications can greatly improve the user experience...
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    TechTalk: Enabling Architects with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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    At TechEd North America 2009, I had a great opportunity to chat with Cameron Skinner about what developers and architects can do with the Team System architecture edition 2010, UML support and the design goals for addressing issues developers and architects...
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    CAST USA Annual conference

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    I will be hosting a Microsoft BizSpark session (with some give aways) during the lunch break at the annual CAST USA conference. Also, I will be presenting a Microsoft Azure cloud computing session in the afternoon at the conference. The program detail...
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    Cloud Computing User Group Meeting: Architecting an n-tier application for the Azure Platform

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    In this session we will take an existing n-tier .NET application and discuss how it can be re-architected to take advantage of the Azure platform. Through several demonstrations and code walkthroughs, we will take a deep look into the key mechanisms enabled...
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