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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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    Adventures in Windows 8: Blog Posts on Windows 8 Metro App Development

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    My colleague Frank La Vigne has written a series blog posts “ Adventures in Windows 8 ”, in which he covers a number of topics ranging from working with WinJS.xhr to migrating WP7 apps to Windows 8. See below. Great series. Download Windows...
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    Windows 8 Release Preview on Youtube

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    Watch the fun video below to learn cool things about Windows 8. Download and install Windows 8 Release Preview here .
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    New and Enhanced Services of Windows Azure

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    Today, we are ushering in the new era of Hybrid Cloud, bringing together the best of on-premises and cloud computing. Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Web Sites are now available as new preview services for Windows Azure. SQL Reporting is now Generally...
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    Startup Weekend in DC June 15-17, 2012

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    In partnership with Code for America , we invite you to join us on June 15-17, 2012, at Microsoft’s Chevy Chase office to solve real-life problems faced by federal and local government agencies, citizens, and businesses or to breathe a new life into existing...
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    Windows 8: New and Improved Security and Privacy Features

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    The recently released Windows 8 Release Preview comes with several new and improved security and privacy features that both consumers and enterprise customer will find useful. This blog post summarizes these features and include links to resources with...
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    Acer Unveils Two Windows 8 Slates Iconia W700 and W510 at Computex 2012

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    Zach Honig at Engadget just blogged about the two slates running Windows 8 (beta) that Acer introduced at Computex 2012 . The Iconia W700 has a 11.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display whereas the Iconia W510 comes with a 10.1-inch IPS display and a detachable...
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    Meet Windows Azure Live Online Event June 7th 2012 4pm EDT

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    Mark your calendar today and join us on June 7th 4pm EDT to learn Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing technologies… The online event will be made available at http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/ Also, learn Windows Azure June 11 - Live, Online Event...
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    Installing Windows 8 Release Preview with Upgrade Assistant

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    You have two options to install the Windows 8 Release Preview : using the upgrade assistant which includes an optimized download and built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive, or using a bootable DVD or USB which can create from an ISO...
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    Download and Install Windows 8 Release Preview (RP)

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    It is available here … Windows 8 is simply beautiful!!! With Windows 8 RP you will experience tens of thousands of refinements across the product, such as increased personalization options for the Start screen, improved multi-monitor support, refinements...
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    Volunteering your Technical Expertise to Address Global Challenges

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    Are you interested to volunteer your technical expertise to help address global challenges? If so, sign up for and attend one of the RHoK events near you this coming weekend (June 2-3, 2012). More detail at http://www.rhok.org/events Atlanta GA  ...
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    CloudNinja for Java – a Multi-tenant java Application for Windows Azure

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    In a recent post Persistent Systems introduced CloudNinja for Java -- a multi-tenant reference application designed to help the Java community develop Java applications for Windows Azure. It is available at github . This application is built on several...
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