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    Cloud-based Solution Helps Campaigns to Reach Voters

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    In a recent post, Kim Nelson , Microsoft US Public Sector executive director of eGovernment, talks about how technology is already playing a central role in elections and voting. She highlights one cloud solution, Campaign Live and writes: The site contains...
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    MSDN cloud benefits on Windows Azure

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    Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you get free access to Windows Azure each month, and up to $3,700.00 in annual Windows Azure benefits at no extra charge. Click HERE   for more info or HERE to download the Windows...
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    WOWZAPP 2012 – Worldwide Hackathon for Windows November 9-11, 2012

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      Be part of the app revolution. Join thousands of developers around the world as we build apps for the next generation of Windows. There will be dozens of event venues from college campuses to Microsoft offices, all buzzing with energy, music, free...
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    Microsoft Azure .NET Services July 2009 CTP Available

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    Microsoft .NET Services is part of the Azure Services Platform. Microsoft .NET Services includes two services: the Access Control Service and the Service Bus. You can download the July CTP here.
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    Creating iPhone iPad Apps Using Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    iOS developers can now use Windows Azure Mobile Services in their iPhone and iPad apps. Better yet, you can create an iOS app using the wizard available at Windows Azure management portal simply by downloading the code, compiling it in Xcode, and running...
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    Kinect for Windows SDK (Beta) Is Here

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    You can download the sdk (beta) here . Check out the Kinect Quick Starts and view the Kinect Project Gallery on Coding 4 Fun.     You can also Watch the Kinect SDK Beta Launch Live at Ch9 today.
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    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Available

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    The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework Beta 2 is available to MSDN subscribers on Monday, October 19th, with general availability on October 21st. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/dd441784.aspx...
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    Microsoft Build 2012 Conference Schedule Published

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    Build 2012 will be held this week at Microsoft’s Redmond campus from Oct 30-Nov 2. See detail at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012   If you can’t attend it in person, you can watch streaming live for all four days of the conference: keynotes...
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    Eight Scenarios Where Developers Can Build Cloud Apps on Windows Azure

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    While websites, social apps and mobile apps are common scenarios for cloud-based application development, developers should be aware and become familiar with several other scenarios. You can find more detail about each of the eight scenarios that are...
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    Learning Windows Azure through Hands On Labs Online (HOLO)

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    Sign up for our Hands-on Lab Online (HOLO) event today. 1. Hands-on Lab Online: Introduction to Cloud Services (The second one is a repeating session) October 30, 2012, 9 am Pacific Time http://aka.ms/WAHOLO121030 November 13,...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update

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    The Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update, available for download here , includes:   Windows Phone Emulator Update – Exposes copy/paste functionality in the Windows Phone 7 emulator. For more information, see How to: Test Copy and Paste...
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    Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services

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    This MSDN article authored by Mark Simms and Michael Thomassy provides thoughtful guidance based on real-world customer scenarios for building scalable applications on Windows Azure and SQL Database, leveraging the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach...
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Available for Download Today

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    Be the first to download and experience the preview here . More info on the preview at http://preview.windows.com   Whether you have a logo PC or you’ve built your own PC, the recommendations for the Consumer Preview include: 1 GHz or faster processor...
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    SharePoint as a Development Platform in Federal Government

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    The SharePoint Products & Technologies platform has become a compelling platform for the delivery of innovative, public-facing internet websites for a variety of public sector organizations.  Some of the more notable advances in this area with...
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    Cloud Computing User Group Meeting at Reston

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    Software Plus Services in Azure .NET Services: Integration through ACS, ServiceBus and Workflow Event Code: 138684 Registation: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=138684 6/18/2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome Time...
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    Open Government Data: From the Cloud to the Phone–Dev Dinner Event Nov. 17, 2011

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      Event ID: 1032498321 Event Title: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Dinner Event: Open Government Data: From the Cloud to the Phone Event Date: November 17, 2011 Registration: 17:30 Event Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Event Location: Sheraton Reston Hotel...
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    Silverlight 3 Beta 1 is Available

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    Thanks to ianwij for commenting this latest info at the mix09 site, http://visitmix.com/News/For-the-Audience-at-Home Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 SDK Beta 1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d09b6ecf-9a45-4d99...
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    Innovation Showcase: Silverlight and IE8 Recap

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    Than you all for attending the Innovation Showcase events. We covered Silverlight 3 and Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices and Accelerators. You can download the contents at the link below. http://blogs.msdn.com/innov8showcase/archive/2009/09/23/innovation...
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    Paul Miller Discusses with Piyush Lumba About Windows Azure Marketplace

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    Dr. Paul Miller, host of the cloud of data , recently talks with Piyush Lumba , Director of Product Management for Azure Data Services at Microsoft, about what the Marketplace can do today and shares some of his perspectives on ways that the data marketspace...
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    Microsoft Web Platform Installer

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    Microsoft Web Platform Installer makes installing the latest components of the Microsoft web platform and open source ASP.NET and PHP applications much easy. One nice thing about the installer is that it lists all required components for an applicaiton...
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    Windows Azure Media Services - a new service to Windows Azure

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    Windows Azure Media Services simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of media to almost any device including Microsoft Xbox, Windows Phone handsets and Windows PCs, as well as non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS,...
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    Can iOS and Android Developers Make Money on Microsoft Platform?

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    My colleague Kevin Ashley has shared with us his first-hand app dev experience and his success with a few Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. His message was very clear to us: be there, be the first, be a change enabler for the industry. I will not say...
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    Hands On Labs Online HOLO for Windows 8 and Windows Azure Developers

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    MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can...
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    Use the Caching Service for your Windows Azure Applications

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    Caching increases performance by temporarily storing information from other backend sources, and can reduce the costs associated with database transactions. Similar to the caching services available for ASP.NET web applications, the Windows Azure Caching...
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    Getting Started with SQL Azure Development

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    This article explains differences between SQL Server and SQL Azure, walk you through the process of setting up a SQL Azure database, and creating applications using a SQL Azure database. It discusses data migration, data access, and data administration...
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