Free MS software for students and startups

Over the last couple of months, Microsoft launched 2 programs that provide free software usage of developer and server solutions to students (DreamSpark) and technology startups (BizSpark). BizSpark creates a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that enables every participant to get exactly the technology they need for success. · Software. Receive fast and easy access to current…

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2 great architect interviews on ARCast.TV

ARCast.TV – Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic on the Impact of Cloud Computing Mark Hindsbo from Microsoft interviews Mickey Williams and David Pallmann of Neudesic.  They discuss the impact of Cloud Computing as it relates to the application developer, the enterprise, and the impact on consulting organizations. Link https://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Mickey-Williams-and-David-Pallmann-of-Neudesic-on-the-Impact-of-Cloud-Computing/ ARCast.TV – Pat Helland…

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Application Architecture Pocket Guides

We’ve had multiple customers ask our app arch guide 2.0 team for smaller, more focused guides.  As a result, we created a series of application architecture pocket guides based on our Application Architecture Guide 2.0.  Each guide is focused on a particular topic.  We prioritized topics based on customer demand.  Some customers wanted a focused…

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Nicolas Carr about Azure & Competing cloud platforms

Extract below from a blog post from Nicolas Carr (yep, the author of the famous book “Does IT matter?”) on Azure and competing platforms We can (and will) have debates about the relative openness of Azure and AWS and Force.com and all the other "cloud platforms" that are available or will be available. And those…

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Impressive Silverlight Showcase Launched: ReportStorms.com

Chris Pendleton reports that Weather Central has just launched a new beta community site called ReportStorms.com. The site utilizes Silverlight and you can report storms in your area, and/or look at what the weather is like (or was like) wherever in the world on a Microsoft Virtual Earth map. As you can see in the…

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The end of an era – Windows 3.x

So long, Windows 3.x, and thanks for all the shoes! After 18 years of active living, you can finally take your place in the software memorial museum. On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US. The various versions of Windows 3.x (including 3.11)…

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Exchange and SharePoint Online RTM in US for business of all sizes

Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Out of Beta and Ready for Purchase SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 17, 2008 — Today, at a launch event in San Francisco, Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft Corp., was joined by customers and partners to announce the availability of Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint…

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Microsoft new consumer security offering

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 18, 2008 — To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors and rapid increases in the incidence of malware, Microsoft Corp. plans to offer a new consumer security offering focused on core anti-malware protection. Code-named “Morro,” this streamlined…

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ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, WPF, WinForms: when to use what?

Use this cheat sheet to understand your technology choices for the presentation layer. Your choice of presentation technology will be related to both the application type you are developing and the type of user experience you plan to deliver. Use the Presentation Layer Technology Summary to review each technology and its description. Use the Benefits…

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The Application Architecture Guidance 2.0 Project

About the Application Architecture Guidance 2.0 Project The purpose of the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 project is to improve your effectiveness building applications on the Microsoft platform.   The primary audience is solution architects and developer leads.  It provides design-level guidance for the architecture and design of applications built on the .NET Framework. It focuses on…

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