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    Setting Beautiful Bing Pictures as your Windows 7 Background

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    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...
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    Developer Tools for Creating Client, Cloud and Phone Apps on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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    You can download and install Windows 8 Consumer Preview first and then Windows 8 tools and SDK. The latter includes Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8, which is your tool to build Metro style apps, the Windows 8 SDK, Blend for Visual...
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Developer How To Series

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    Last week I completed 30 blog posts for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How to Series . Now it is time to focus on application development on and for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In this How To series, I will share application development tips...
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    A New Microsoft Site Devoted to IT Pros -- Thrive

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    " Thrive " is a newly launched Microsoft initiative for IT Professionals. You can find information related to your IT career development, technical skills, and alignment with business. Also, check out the videos on virtulization and desktop optimization...
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    Windows Azure SQL Database Partition and Federation Code Examples

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    By default, Windows Azure SQL Database supports up to 150 databases in each SQL Database server, including the master database. You can create up to 149 databases in each SQL Database server. An extension of this limit may be available for your SQL Database...
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    Windows Azure Showcase Apps for Governments, Healthcare and Education

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    You can find Windows Azure-based showcase applications at http://www.windowsazure.com . Since there isn’t an industry type category, I listed cloud applications for the public sector below, including governments, healthcare and education. This list is...
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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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    Converting Silverlight Event Handlers in Javascript to .NET Code

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    Should Silverlight 1.0 RC code just work in Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh? That's my understanding, but I ran into some issues with Silverlight event handlers in one example , which displays the CurrentState of a MediaElement. I kept getting the following...
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    Getting Started with HTML5

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    Brandon Satrom has written a number of MSDN articles on HTML5. I found them very useful and would like to share them with you. (Click on the image below to check out test drive apps optimized for IE9 and IE10.) Also, check out Doris Chen's blog post including...
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    Silverlight Assembly: agclr.dll

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    Where a Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh project is created with Orcas 2008 beta 2, references are set by default to several assemblies, which are stored in the Microsoft Silverlight directory, such as agclr, mscorlib, system, System.Core, system.silverlight...
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    Windows Azure Store Preview

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    Today, we're making third-party application and data services available directly from the Windows Azure Management Portal, with the announcement of the Windows Azure Store (Preview). The Windows Azure Store provides third-party application services and...
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    Setting Up IIS Smooth Streaming Services In Windows Azure

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    My colleagues Todd Furst and Michael Ganotti at the Philadelphia MTC demonstrated how to set up IIS Smooth Streaming Services in Windows Azure by using a hosted Windows 2008 R2 server virtual machine and configuring it for Internet access with IIS Services...
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    Windows Phone Summit June 20, 2012

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    Windows Phone will be hosting a half day summit in San Francisco on June 20th. Join us for a sneak-peek into future of Windows Phone from experts and executives including Terry Myerson, CVP WP, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program...
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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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    Mobile Clients for Microsoft Lync Available on Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android

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    Mobile clients (smartphone apps) for Microsoft Lync are available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android users. For more info on Lync mobile clients, click here . Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivers complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing...
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    Flight Kintroller Using Kinect for Windows SDK

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    My colleague Russ Williams at Microsoft Technology Center creates a flight simulator dubbed “Kintroller” using Kinect for Windows SDK (beta), Bing Maps 3D control, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and his own simulator algorithm. The demo flight...
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    A Windows Phone 7 Application Starter Kit

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    You can download the application along with source code (both VB.NET and C#) here . Though this application, created by Mark Frydenberg at Bentley University, is for a school, you can easily replace the logo, links to RSS and web sites in the xml files...
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    Windows 7 Application Compatibility Factory (ACF) Program

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    The Windows 7 Application Compatibility Factory (ACF) Program helps customers identify and resolve potential compatibility issues they may face when migrating desktops and applications to Windows 7. Microsoft has teamed up with world class service partners...
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    Microsoft to Build a Cloud Computing Data Center at Boydton, Virginia

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    DataCenterKnowledge reports that Microsoft has selected a site near Boydton, Virginia for a major new data center project, with plans to invest up to $499 million in the rural community in the southern part of the state. The company plans to build a cutting...
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    Choosing Between Windows Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues

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    Windows Azure supports two types of queue mechanisms: Windows Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues . Windows Azure Queues , which are part of the Windows Azure storage infrastructure, feature a simple REST-based Get/Put/Peek interface, providing reliable...
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    Visual Studio 11 User Interface Gets Better in RC

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    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...
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    Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

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    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...
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    Creating Windows Store Apps Using Store Ready Templates

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    A Microsoft team in India has created fabulous fifty Windows Store app templates. These templates will be available soon. For more detail check here .  
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    Creating Windows Store Apps Using 55 App Templates

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    They are available for download now at here .  
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    Microsoft TechFest Silverlight Event -- Recorded Sessions

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    I finally completed encoding all videos from the one-day Microsoft TechFest Silverlight Event , and uploaded them to my Silverlight Streaming account. Due to file size limit, I have broken each session into multiple parts and posted five of them. The...
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