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    Get cashback from Microsoft Live Search!

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    Microsoft announced the Live Search Cashback program back in May 2008, and I realized a $200 saving from the program last night when I used Microsoft Live search and purchased an item from eBay using PayPal. All I had to do was search for an item that...
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    Join us for a 3-day TechDays event in the DC area, Oct. 28-30, 2008

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    If technology is the backbone of your business, you won't want to miss out on the TechDays '08 event in Washington DC. Filled with exclusive product information presented by insider experts, TechDays '08 will show developers, IT professionals, IT executives...
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    jQuery, ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC

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    Good news for javascript fans. Microsoft has recently announced that it is going to make jQuery part of its official devevelopment platform. That is, JQuery will come with Visual Studio in the long term, and in the short term it'll ship with ASP.NET MVC...
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    Silverlight 2 is officially released to web!

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    Download the latest version of Silverlight 2 RTW (2.0.31005.0) at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ You can find additional detail on Silverlight and what's new in Silverlight 2 from Tim Heuer's blog and debugging Silverlight applications on Mac from...
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    Grady Booch on Software Archcitecture

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    IEEE Software is delighted to introduce a new regular podcast by Grady Booch. Grady has recorded all of his On Architecture columns from IEEE Software. The recordings are available at http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/computingnow/onarchitecture ...
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    TechDays DC Event Contents

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    Thanks so much for attending the TechDays DC event, " A Day of REST with WCF, ADO.NET Data Services, and ASP.NET MVC." As I promised, I uploaded the the PPT slides from today's sessions and they are available for download. Note: I will post the RESTful...
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    jQuery and AJAX Support in ASP.NET MVC Applications

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    As ScottGu announed in his blog a month ago, Microsoft will be shipping jQuery (a lightweight open source JavaScript library) with Visual Studio going forward and extend Microsoft product support to jQuery later 2008. jQuery will be used to implement...
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    Windows 7 Beta 1 for MDC Attendees

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    Breaking news!!! Attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD. Register today and you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services...
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    Learn How to Create Solutions with Microsoft CRM?

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    The 1 st CRM Incubation Week is being held at Microsoft Technology Center, Reston, VA from Mon 12/15/2008 to Fri 12/19/2008. This event consists of ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for packaging...
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    Building and Deploying WPF Applications Using the .NET Client Profile

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    What is the .NET Client Profile? Check out this Channel9 video: a simple demo of building a "Hello World" WPF application with Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and then deploying it via ClickOnce to a clean Windows XP machine using the .NET Client Profile...
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    Creating Scalable and Performant Web Applications with Microsoft "Velocity"

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    “Velocity” is a project codename for Microsoft's distributed in-memory application cache platform. With Velocity, architects and developers can create scalable, available, and high-performance applications. You can find more info on "Velocity" from the...
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    MSDN Developer Conference is coming to DC/Reston VA ...

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    Missed the PDC? Catch the content LIVE at the MSDN Developer Conference. We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and...
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    Silverlight Chosen to Stream Obama's Inauguration

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    A CIO article reports that Microsoft's Silverlight technology has been chosen to stream U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony live on the Presidential Inaugural Committee's Web site. Click here to check out the detail.
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    Join Us in this Evening Event on Software Plus Services at Reston VA, Jan. 28, 2009

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    Software + Services is Microsoft's approach for the next generation of computing. Central to the strategy is bringing together the best of cloud-based services and the software that resides on a world of devices. The power of local client or on-premises...
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    Windows Azure SDK Jan. 2009 CTP Available for Download

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    Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
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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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    Get Real-time Information From your Mobile Phone by Calling 800-555-Tell

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    The good news is that you can use any mobile phone to get the latest information by calling 800-555-Tell and asking for what you want to find out, e.g. weather in a city of your choice. Other than your calling minutes, the TellMe service offered by a...
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    Silverlight Developer Contest

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    Interested to develope a cool game using Silverlight and possibly win $5000? Find more detail at http://www.serverquestcontest.com
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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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    Porting Flash Code/Content to Silverlight?

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    One question I get asked a lot while talking about Silverlight is if there are Flash to Silverlight (currently in version 2 beta 2) conversion tools available. The quick answer is there are not many such tools in the market at present. But you can find...
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    Workflow Capabilities Available in BizTalk Services

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    The most exciting new capability that has been added to BizTalk Services R12 Release “R12” CTP is Workflow. These new cloud-based Workflow capabilities enable ‘service orchestration’ from the cloud. This specialized cloud-based, or hosted, Windows Workflow...
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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 Home Server Power Pack 1 Available

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    If you have a Windows Home Server, you may be interested to download the Power Pack 1 release (file size 22.5 MB). This release includes many improvements , including the following: • Support for home computers that are running Windows...
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    RDA Architecture Team Blog

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    David Makogon is a co-lead for RDA’s Architecture Guidance evangelist team. According to him, they have just created a team blog at http://rdaarchitecture.blogspot.com . Check it out when you get a chance.
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    A Computer Science Professor Who Has Inspired Millions of People in the World

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    According to MSNBC , Randy Pausch, a computer science professor who has inspired millions of people in the world through his "Last Lecture: Achiving Your Childhood Dreams" and a best-selling book, has died at a young age of 47. You can find the video...
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