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    Windows Azure Management Portal Enhancements

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    In a recent post ScottGu provides a detailed count of a number of improvements to Windows Azure management portal. Service Bus Management and Monitoring Support for Managing Co-administrators Import/Export support for SQL Databases Virtual Machine Experience...
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    State & Local Government Summit – October 16 & 17, 2012

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    Our 5 th Annual State & Local Government Summit is coming up and it’s a great opportunity for all of us to reach out to our customers and invite them to a great couple of days with Microsoft. This year’s theme is – The Changing Landscape: Forging...
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    Sign Up for Free Windows Azure Developer Camp Near You (Sept – Nov 2012)

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    Available in select cities, the Windows Azure Developer Camp will get you hands on with the latest development tools. The groups are small—led by local Microsoft partners who specialize in Windows Azure—and you'll get practical experience all day long...
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    Project Austin – An Easy to Use Digital Note-taking App for Windows 8

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    I had an opportunity this weekend to download, compile and test a great note-taking app for Windows 8. You can download the source code of the app at codeplex.com and read Jorge Pereira’s blog post about Project Austin. Make sure you follow the steps...
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    Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) Camp Boston, September 29-30, 2012

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    What is SLC Camp Boston? The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) Camp Boston is a hands-on event that bridges education and technology. The Boston event, which is a targeted two-date combination Tutorial and Tagathon, provides educators and developers...
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    .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2012 Launch Road Trip

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    On 9/29 .NET Rocks and That Conference are throwing a special 1 day only free event. Attendees have a day to immerse themselves in Windows 8, Visual Studio Azure and at the end watch a live recording of .NET Rocks. This is great opportunity for anyone...
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    Sign up and Become a Windows Store Developer

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    Windows Store now open to all developers in 120 markets. Read the Windows Store blog post for more detail. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. (Eligible subscriptions include...
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    Creating Windows 8 Applications using Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    In this video Scott Guthrie shows how using Windows Azure Mobile Services one can add a cloud backend to a Windows 8 application in a few minutes.   You can create Windows 8 apps using Windows Azure Mobile Services with the following development...
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    Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview Program Open to Developers

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    To apply, please visit the Microsoft Connect site and complete a short application. Be sure to have your Developer ID and Application’s Product ID on hand, as well as the name of your local Phone Champ (if you don’t know your local Phone Champ, you can...
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    Learn What’s New in Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5

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      Learn what’s new in Visual Studio 2012 and the .NET Framework 4.5 from the Visual Studio virtual launch event currently available on demand here. .NET 4.5 and languages Learn the latest capabilities of .NET Framework 4.5, including enhancements...
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    Free Developer Tools: Choose the Right Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition

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    Microsoft has released several editions of Visual Studio 2012 Express. Depending on your needs, you can install and use anyone of them side by side. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is your...
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    Election Hackathon in DC Oct. 6-7, 2012

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      The Washington Post Event Space 1150 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005 Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM   What is the Election Hackathon? The Election Hackathon is a chance for developers to show off their...
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    MoDev Tablet 2012 in DC Sept 13-15, 2012

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    The 3-day event consists of workshops on Thursday 9/13, MoDev Tablet conference on Friday 9/14 and Hackathon on Saturday 9/15. Come see the latest Tablet devices in action, learn the best methods for developing and marketing native, web and hybrid apps...
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    Windows Azure Mobile Services Preview Release Available

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    Windows Azure Mobile Services (currently preview release) allow you to connect your Windows 8 apps to a cloud backend hosted in Windows Azure and easily store structured data, authenticate users, and send push notifications. To start using Mobile Services...
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    Windows 8 App: Bay County Tax Collector Makes It Easy to Find Property Tax Records

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    You can download and install this free Windows 8 app from the Windows Store. It is listed under the government category but you can search on “tax” and find it from the store.   It is really easy to use the application. You can browse the list of...
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    Windows Azure Training Kit - August 2012 Available for Download

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    Windows Azure Training Kit - August 2012 is available for download now. The update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 41 hands-on labs and 35 presentations . Some of the updates in this version include: Added 7 presentations specifically designed...
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    Windows 8 Sample and Reference Apps August 2012 Update

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    I will update the list periodically to include as many Windows 8 apps as I see that are helpful for developers. You can help me keep the list updated by contacting me via “ Email Blog Author ”. Windows 8 app samples http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps...
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    Microsoft Build 2012 Conference Open For Registration

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    Microsoft Build 2012 conference will be held on the Microsoft Redmond Campus, October 30 – November 2. It will cover how to design, build and sell Windows 8 apps. It will also cover Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012...
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    Working with Windows 8 Notifications and Leveraging Windows Azure Storage

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    My colleague Jim O’Neil has written a series of blog posts with excellent explanations and code snippets on how to work with notifications in Windows 8 apps. In a recent post he discusses how to leverage Windows Azure to store and serve images for your...
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    Windows 8 Developer Resources: Programming Windows 8 Apps (eBook)

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    You can download the book below. Eric Ligman lists a large collection of free Microsoft eBooks for you, including SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. Detail here .
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    Windows 8 Developer Resources: Windows 8 Camp in a Box, Release Preview Edition

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    This download includes the hands-on-labs, presentations, samples and resources from the Windows 8 camps. The Windows 8 camps are free training events for developers ramping up on Metro style app development. To sign-up for a Windows camp, please visit...
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    Windows Azure DevCamps 2012

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    Windows Azure Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned. Check the schedule below and get signed up for a...
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    Windows Phone DevCamps 2012

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    Windows Phone Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned. Sign up today! Download and install free developer...
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    Windows 8 DevCamps 2012

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    Windows 8 Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers and chances are there is one coming to a city near you. Check the schedule below and get signed up for a Windows 8 Camp today! Download and install free developer tools for your...
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    Free One-Day Windows 8 Developer Event: DevCamp Public Sector Series

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    Please join the DPE Public Sector Team in kicking off their Windows 8 DevCamp Series! Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity that combines the broad reach of Windows, our best in class developer tools and a re-imagined user experience with a new...
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