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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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    Windows Store is now open for paid apps, company accounts

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    See detail at the Windows Store for Developers post . Note: you’ll need an RTM build of Windows 8. On August 15, the RTM build will be available to MSDN subscribers and there will be a trial version available via TechNet. On October 26, Windows 8 will...
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    Windows 8 Released - August 1, 2012

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    Windows 8 has been released to PC OEM and manufacturing partners, and it will be available to end users on October 26, 2012. For more detail read Steven Sinofsky’s blog post “ Releasing Windows 8 - August 1, 2012 .” You can download Windows 8 Release...
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    Switching Between Outlook.com and Hotmail.com

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    A preview of Microsoft’s Outlook.com personal email online service is available now. Read this blog post “ Introducing Outlook.com - Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes ” to find more info on the new service. Note: You can try the preview by logging...
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    Integrating Windows Azure with Office 365

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    Check out Scott Guthrie’s blog post, “ Windows Azure and Office 365 ” to learn how to integrate Windows Azure into your Office 365 solutions.
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    Launch Your Windows App in 30 Days

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    If you’ve got an idea and wanted to get started with creating your app quickly, check out Microsoft’s Generation App program. Whether creating a Windows 8 app, or a Windows Phone app, you can sign up the free program to receive information, download the...
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    Microsoft Build 2012 Conference at Redmond Campus 10/30-11/2, 2012

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        Announcing BUILD 2012 October 30 - November 2, 2012 Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington Registration opens August 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM PDT Download the Windows 8 Release Preview Go download the Windows 8 Release Preview now! In a recent...
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    Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector – July 2012 Update

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    I updated the resource kit ( http://aka.ms/cloudinfokit ) and added links to Windows 8 resources. Download the PPT file here. Web Links: http://aka.ms/URL Example: http://aka.ms/ zxazure90day Developer Tools Windows 8 Release Preview and...
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    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference at Toronto, July 8-12

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    The 2012 WPC keynote line up will feature many of the key Microsoft executives who will showcase the roadmap for 2013, conveying their vision and strategies for business direction, customer campaigns, upcoming launches and more. Watch the keynote on demand...
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    Understanding Windows Azure–Watching the 6 Minute Overview Video

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    My colleague Steve Plank based in UK puts together a great short and sweet video about Windows Azure -- IaaS Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Identity, Service Bus, Cache and so on. Enjoy the 6-minute video below.
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    Free Microsoft 8 Workshop on 7/3 at Reston VA: Getting Started with Creating Windows 8 Apps Using Geospatial Data

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    My colleagues Frank La Vigne, Joel Reyes and I will conduct a half-day workshop on Windows 8 on Tuesday July 3, 1:30 - 5:00 PM at the COM.Geo conference , a 3-day international conference on computer science and technology for geospatial information research...
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    Windows Azure Training Kit - June 2012 Available

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    The Windows Azure training kit is one of the great learning and training resources I recommend to customers. You can download and install the training kit on your computer here. The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes over 42 hands...
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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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    Publish ASP.NET applications to a Windows Azure Web Site

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    Windows Azure Web Sites is a new service on Windows Azure. How can you publish an existing or new asp.net web applications to a Windows Azure web site? Read the blog post, Web Sites Series: Windows Azure Web Sites Experience on .NET and Visual Studio...
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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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