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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 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 Phone 7 Updates Available on AT&T’s Samsung Focus

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    Finally it’s here. You should have received a notification on your WP7 device about the availability of the February/March 2011 (aka NoDo) updates. Or, if you connect your WP7 to your PC, you’ll see an update note under “Phone Software”, similar to a...
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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Creating Rich Interactive Learning Materials Using Microsoft Semblio

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    The Microsoft Semblio SDK is built on the .NET Framework 3.5 and provides the necessary tools for content professionals to create rich interactive learning material. The Microsoft Semblio SDK provides the API's which enable the packaging and collating...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Windows 7 Productivity Tip: Sticky Keys

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    The Sticky Keys feature has been around since Windows XP and made easier to use in Windows 7. However, many users are not familiar with it. (I have to admit I was one of “them”.) What is the Sticky Keys and why do you need it? Here is one of lots of situations...
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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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    Choosing the Right Version of Windows 7

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    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...
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    Dynamically Selecting Theme in Silverlight 2 Applications

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    Nikhik in his recent blog explains how to dynamically select a theme from multiple themes in Silverlight 2 applications, e.g. based on a user's profile. This improved feature addresses several shortcomings associated with the StaticResource approach....
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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 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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