Updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Available

In case you missed the announcement, I know I did, we made a new Azure Platform Training Kit available on Dec 23. December Training Kit Contents: Hands On Labs Introduction to Windows Azure Exploring Windows Azure Storage Deploying and Monitoring Applications in Windows Azure Windows Azure: Worker Role Communication Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure…

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Useful Links: Testing using VS 2008 Test Edition

The following links may be useful for people wanting to know more about how to test their application with Visual Studio 2008 Test Edition: Using Fiddler (www.fiddler2.com) to record VSTS web Tests http://blogs.msdn.com/buckh/archive/2007/04/18/vsts-testing-using-fiddler-to-record-vsts-web-tests.aspx What’s new with web services in Silverlight 3 Beta http://blogs.msdn.com/silverlightws/archive/2009/03/20/what-s-new-with-web-services-in-silverlight-3-beta.aspx Debugging Web Service Usage in Silverlight 2 http://blogs.msdn.com/silverlightws/archive/2008/04/16/debugging-web-service-usage-in-silverlight-2.aspx The other way to…

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Expression Web and Studio Holiday 30% off Promotion

I really like version 3 of both Expression Web and Expression Studio products. I’m not just saying that because I work for Microsoft either. They are great design tools for creating web sites and rich UIs for your Windows and Silverlight applications. Right now, for a limited time, you can get a 30% off discount…

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Another VS10 Beta Is Due Soon

Since the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 2 back in October, the DevDivision (the group responsible for Visual Studio and all related products) has receive a lot of feedback about the product. Based on the feedback, the teams have been been busy working on reported issues and working to ensure the…

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Microsoft Acquires Teamprise technology

Today, November 9, 2009, we announced that we’re acquiring Teamprise. Teamprise is both the name of the a company as well as technology that allows non-Visual Studio developers to connect to Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server (TFS). As a software developer, there are time when you need to use a development environment other than Visual Studio…

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New MSDN and Visual Studio 2010

More and more information is becoming available every day on the new MSDN and Visual Studio 2010. For starters, the entire MSDN site has gotten an entirely new look. It has three different views: Classic, Lightweight Beta, and ScriptFree. You can switch between the different views by either select the Switch View option at the…

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More on Visual Studio 2010 and the Ultimate Offer

On Oct 19, 2009, Dave Mendlen, director of Developer Tools and Marketing did a quick press video explain the benefits of Visual Studio 2010, what’s coming in MSDN, and the Ultimate Offer. There’s also a Fact Sheet from the Microsoft PresssPass announcement that contains the current SKU offering and what the new SKU offering looks…

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VS 2010 Ultimate Offer!

As part of the VS 2010 announcement we made at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas (Monday, October 19), we also announced what we’re calling “The Ultimate Offer.” Depending on what Visual Studio 2008 edition you have when Visual Studio 2010 ships, you might be eligible to step up to a more advanced edition of…

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VS 2010 / .NET 4 Beta 2 Now Available

This was big news yesterday (Oct 19). I was traveling so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see any of the official announcements. But as you can see from this article, Visual Studio’s logo has a new look and you’ll find that the MSDN site also has a new look. We got feedback from…

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TFS 2010 Beta 2 comes with a “Go Live” opportunity

If you’ve been keeping up some of the other Microsoft blogs that cover Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server, you’ll have seen hints that TFS 2010 Beta 2 is going to be available very soon. So what does that mean? It’s going to available for you download and try as soon as it ready. Sorry,…

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