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    Watch the MIX Keynotes Live, Apr 12 & 13

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    Can’t attend MIX in-person? Watch the keynotes live from Las Vegas, April 12 & 13 at 9am PDT (4pm GMT), via live.visitmix.com . MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable...
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    Imagine Cup Windows Azure Challenge – Sign Up Now

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    The Imagine Cup Windows Azure Challenge is about getting you and your Team started on the “next big thing” by leveraging Windows Azure platform features to build a web application. We encourage you to keep an open mind and apply your creativity when considering...
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    Open Source Release of the .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 client libraries for the Open Data Protocol (OData)

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    The current release at http://odata.codeplex.com contains a Visual Studio 2010 solution with the source code for the OData .NET 4, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Client library. To use, unzip the file locally and open the solution in Visual Studio...
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    Microsoft Silverlight 3 and Microsoft Expression Studio 3

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    The Silverlight 3 RTW and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 are now available on the Silverlight and Expression sites. T he RTM of the entire Expression 3 suite is slated to come out shortly.
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    Microsoft’s Commitments to Silverlight and HTML5

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    Chances are that you’ve seen Bob Muglia’s blog post that provides clarifications on one comment he made during the PDC 2010 conference on Silverlight . Below is an excerpt: The purpose of Silverlight has never been to replace HTML, but rather to do the...
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    Improvement over Windows Azure In-place Updates to Deployed Services

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    Windows Azure now supports a wider range of changes to a deployed service without requiring the use of a VIP swap or a complete delete and re-deploy of the service. To see the detail of the improvement, read the blog post by the Windows Azure team. Other...
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    BarCamps in the Mid-Atlantic Region

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    The Washington DC's BarCamp recently held an event, or "unconference" as it is called by attendees. Kim Hart of Wahstington Post wrote an article " Twittering Types Share Ideas Offline " about the event: "About 120 self-described geeks got together...
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    Vote your Favorite Imagine Cup 2012 Teams

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    Last year, over 325,000 students participated in Imagine Cup. Today, 22 teams from across the country have made it to the Imagine Cup US finals. Now it’s up to you: These teams need your votes to win the Imagine Cup People’s Choice award. The team with...
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    Microsoft Windows Azure Demonstrates High Performance Over Competition

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    Network World reports that Windows Azure demonstrates high performance based on Nasuni’s tests. Below is an excerpt. More detail here . Nasuni conducted the tests on five of the largest CSPs: Azure, AWS, HP, Rackspace and Google Cloud. A write/read/delete...
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    Microsoft is Launching WebMatrix, Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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    Microsoft WebMatrix is a new web development tool that makes it easy for anyone to create a new web site.   Users can start from any of the built-in or online templates or any of the free popular open source ASP.NET or PHP web applications, such...
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    Public Sector Developer Dinner Event Jan. 26, 2011: Rescheduled

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      Due to inclement weather and snow forecast tonight the public sector developer dinner for Jan. 26, 2011 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the same location, Reston MTC. Here is the event agenda, which will remain unchanged when...
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    The Future of Silverlight Starts Now: Firestarter Event on December 2, 2010

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    Interested to find out the latest on Silverlight from Microsoft? Sign up the December 2 Firestarter if you are interested to attend it at Redmond WA or watch it online. Scott Guthrie will provide an update on the future of Silverlight in the keynote....
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    Windows Phone App Diagnoses Malaria From Drop Of Blood

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    LifeLens is smartphone application that provides a robust and low-coast mobile diagnostic solution for malaria testing. The project team of LifeLens participated in Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 competition and was one of the four winning finalists. To understand...
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    A Walk-through for Trying Office 365

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    This post walks you through the simple steps and screens to sign up (try) for Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (for free for 30 days).   1. Visit the Microsoft Office 365 site here or www.office365.com , and click “Get the trial...
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    Apps for Entrepreneurs Challenge–Get Started TODAY!!

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    Apps For Entrepreneurs Challenge Win $20,000 in prizes - PLUS $10,000 if you build for Windows Phone DESCRIPTION : The Federal Government offers useful programs and services for small business and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, they are not always...
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    Windows Azure Billing Starts Today

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    Pricing detail is available here . Developers with MSDN subscriptions can take advantage of an MSDN offer here . Dan Kasun offers some guidance on how to keep your costs down in his post .
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    Adding Push Notifications to your iOS Apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    The Windows Azure Mobile Services provides full support for iOS developers with a number of improvements to the native, iOS Objective C SDK and support for Push Notifications via APNS. To try mobile services for free, sign up for the Free Trial  ...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate

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    The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC) is available to MSDN subscribers on Monday, February 8th, with general availability on February 10th. Click here to find out more detail. Scott Guthrie talks about a few known issues and...
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    Windows 7 Touch Deep Dive Session at PDC09

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    Check out Reed Townsend’s Windows 7 touch deep dive session at PDC. This session is targeted at developers interested in building touch-optimized experiences. You can watch the presentation online or download the presentation file (ppt) and video here...
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    7 Ways to Change the World with Windows 7

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    To celebrate the launch of Windows 7 we are launching an exciting new online competition called 7 Ways to Change the World on October 21 st 2009.   The competition encourages people to create a two minute video explaining how they believe a Windows...
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    Microsoft Enterprise Developer & Industry Solution Conference 2009

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    Please join us for the 7th annual Microsoft Enterprise Developer and Industry Solutions Conference 2009 where you will learn about solutions in Microsoft technologies relevant to the Financial Services and Health & Life Sciences industries, as well...
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    TechFest at University of Maryland Presentations

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    Thanks to all students who attended the TechFest event last night at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland . We hope that information Dan Kasun, Ashish Jaiman and I shared with you was useful and that you enjoyed Dan’s Kinect...
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    ISV Software Architecture Workshop

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    My colleague Ashish Jaiman will be hosting a one-day event at Reston MTC on Dec. 8, 2009. Agenda: UPDATE on Microsoft technologies fresh form PDC. Opportunity to Network with other ISVs in the area, Microsoft delegates, and Microsoft MVPs Learn about...
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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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    Developer Series: Building Windows Store Applications with Dr. “Z”

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    At this series of free, in-person developer events at Microsoft Store at Mall of America , you will learn how to build Windows Store applications focusing on healthcare, education and government/citizen with Dr. Z, Microsoft technical evangelist. In some...
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