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    New and Updated Windows Azure Services at a Glance

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    Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business, introduced several Windows Azure services (currently in Preview release) to thousands of developers during a keynote at Build 2012. Windows Azure Mobile Services Windows Azure Web Sites...
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    Free One-Day Workshop for ISVs in the United States in Feb 2015

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    My team (vertical ISV aka vipp) is hosting a series of free workshops in various cities in the United States for the next two months. If you are an ISV, individual developer, startup, small or medium-sized company, working on apps or solutions (desktop...
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    Top 10 Tips for Building a Windows Phone App

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    In this Visual Studio magazine article , my colleague Max Zilberman shares top 10 tips for developers to build Windows Phone apps in a right way. Embrace Metro Leave Some Space Respect Margins Get Controls out of the Way Make Navigation Predictable Learn...
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    Developer Dinner Event on Dec. 15, 2010 at Reston MTC

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    Just a reminder that the developer dinner event is scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 at Microsoft Reston MTC. The agenda is as follows: Introduction to Siverlight 5 Unit Testing with Microsoft Pex and Moles Also, Marc Schweigert will share his first...
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    Introducing Microsoft ISV Partner Program (VIPP)

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    Recognizing the needs of startups and small- and medium-sized companies that develop technology solutions, Microsoft launched a worldwide partner program last year, with a goal to help partners adopt new technologies and accelerate existing and new solutions...
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    Microsoft Surface Available for Pre-Order

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    http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US Surface with Windows RT starting from $499. Surface with Windows 8 Pro coming soon.  
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    Webcast: Leveraging SQL Azure in SharePoint Online, 2-3pm, 3/6/2012

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    REGISTER TODAY!   Starts: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00PM, Time zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Abstract: SharePoint Online is the portal/collaboration platform of Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service. SQL Azure provides...
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    Windows Azure Dev Camp at DC, Dec. 14, 2011

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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. Sign up today here . Get Windows Azure SDK , Free...
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    Accelerate Your Career with Private Cloud

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    This is an opportunity to advance your IT career with Microsoft private cloud technology and solutions and become the next cloud expert in your organization. So grab a cup of coffee and get set for a fast-paced, demo-heavy day of learning. We'll start...
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    Webcast: Top Tips to Get your App through Windows Store Certification

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    Join us Thursday, October 18 at 4pm PST for a special webcast , presented by Kevin Ashley that will answer your questions about how to get your app or game into the Windows Store. Our Windows 8 Technical Evangelist team will be live, online to answer...
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    Windows Phone Marketplace Web Site Goes Live!

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    Microsoft's Windows Phone Web Marketplace is now available to Windows Phone users to discover and purchase applications from within a browser. There is also a new category “ Government and Politics ” for applications that are created for public sector...
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    Windows Azure and Windows Phone Presentation at MN IT Symposium

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    Thanks to all of you who attended our workshop of “Emerging Technologies and Trends” at the MN IT Symposium. You can download my presentation on Windows Azure and Windows Phone here . http://www.mngts.org/itsym/program-descriptions.php
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    Windows Azure Contest: Rock Paper Azure Challenge

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      In this online game, based on Rock Paper Scissors , developers code their own player "Bot", host it on Windows Azure , and battle other competitors for weekly prizes. Here's how it works: Get Your Windows Azure Account : Don't have one...
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    Webcast: Leveraging SQL Azure in SharePoint Online (Presentation for Download)

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    Thanks to all who attended today’s webcast. You can download Ed Hild’s presentation here . His demo code will be made available later on. Also, you can download the one-slide Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector PPT file here.  
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    US Public Sector CIO Summit 2012, 2/28-3/1

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    Registration for US Public Sector CIO Summit February 28 - March 1, 2012 Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA Just Announced: Steve Ballmer speaking at the CIO Summit! The Transformation of IT for a Better Tomorrow Never before has the role of technology...
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    SLC Camp New York City Oct 20-21 2012

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    SLC camps are informal conferences where developers can come together to contribute, discuss, share and problem-solve, and are an important tool of open source code development. The SLC camps are open to teachers, students, administrators, IT pros, generalists...
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    Vimeo Windows Phone App Available Now

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    If you’ve watched Vimeo videos from the web, you can now do so on Windows Phone. The newly released free Vimeo Windows Phone app provides the following capabilities. • Watch and manage all your existing Vimeo videos • Watch videos from your Vimeo inbox...
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    Curt Kolcun Talks About Microsoft’s Plan for Government Community Cloud

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    In a recent blog post, Curt Kolcun , V.P. of Microsoft U.S. Public Sector, talks about Microsoft’s commitment to delivering a government community cloud. Read the full post here . Today we offer our customers the choice between Office 365 public or private...
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    Share Your Windows Azure (Cloud Computing) Ideas

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    Mike Wickstrand, Senior Director of Product Planning for Windows Azure, has set up a web site where you can easily share your great ideas about Windows Azure, features, tools and service offerings, to name a few.  You can vote on others’ ideas. To...
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    Microsoft Kinect Effect Reaches Into Hospitals, Senior Centers

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    Tiger Place, an independent living center in Missouri, uses technology such as Kinect to closely monitor seniors’ movement to help prevent functional decline that can lead to falls and decreased mobility. More info here .   Developers can create...
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    Vote for Your Favorite Finalist Among Imagine Cup USA 2011 Finalists

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    Vote :  http://on.fb.me/2011ImagineCup What is it:  An 18 day voting period to rally around the 22 national finalists.  Vote EVERY DAY When: Wednesday 3/23 at 00:01 - Saturday April 9 th at 11:59pm For Students: 1 Game Team & 1 Software...
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    Watch Windows 10 Story Live Event Today

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      http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/
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    Free App Dev Tools for Students

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    Microsoft and a number of partners team up to offer application development tools to students. More detail here . If you're a student aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study, the GitHub Student Developer Pack is for you....
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    Windows Phone $100 Challenge at CES 2012

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    At CES 2012 Ben Rudolph of the Windows Phone team gives away $100 to other smartphone users who can beat him in getting a task done faster than him. Watch the youtube video to find out how he is doing.
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    Azure RemoteApp Resources

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    While preparing a RemoteApp virtual lab, I gathered a handful of white papers, articles, blog posts and FAQ. To help those who are interested to evaluate the technology, I put together the list of resources and hope that you find it useful. Note that...
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