New Web Application Toolkits

Microsoft is launching three new Web Application Toolkits: a. Calendars 1.0 b. Bing Maps 1.0 c. Freemium Apps 1.0 All the Web Application Toolkits including the previously released ones can be downloaded from: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/webapptoolkits. Please read further for the details of the 3 toolkits. Web App Toolkit for Calendars 1.0 Lots of Web sites store…

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Awesome is the word for Windows Phone 7!

Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore @ Mobile World Congress: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/videoGallery.aspx?contentID=windowsPhone_MWC10_04  The following Gizmodo review says it all : http://gizmodo.com/5471805/windows-phone-7-series-everything-is-different-now . Laura Foy’s interview with Joe Belfiore: https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LauraFoy/First-Look-Windows-Phone-7-Series-Hands-on-Demo/ Chris Kindel’s interview: https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LarryLarsen/Countdown-to-MIX10-Charlie-Kindel-and-Windows-Phone-7-Series/ Group Program Manager Chris Kindel’s blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ckindel/ Windows Phone 7 news room: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/ Gizmodo calls it a data centric approach versus a function centric…


Nice post about Silverlight 4 features by Tim Heuer

Here is a nice blog post I come across from colleague of mine Tim Heuer on Silverlight 4 feature list: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/11/18/whats-new-in-silverlight-4-complete-guide-new-features.aspx#google-chrome. -Hanu


Couple of Azure Storage tools

Cloud Explorer: http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer Cloud Storage Studio:  http://www.cerebrata.com/Products/CloudStorageStudio/Default.aspx?r=Aze -Hanu


Check out my Windows Azure article in MSDN Magazine

Windows Azure Platform for Enterprises: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee309870.aspx Excel based Azure pricing calculator (part of the article): http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mag201002Azure -Hanu


How to change Windows Azure default quota settings?

When an Azure account (or subscription) is set up, the following default quota limits are applied for each billing account: A maximum of 5 storage services A maximum of 20 Hosted Services Each Hosted Service comes with two deployment slots: staging and production Each deployment slot can have up to a maximum of 5 roles…

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Windows Azure Resources

Here is a list of Windows Azure resources I come across helpful in getting started on Microsoft cloud computing platform: Bridging the Gap from On-Premises to the Cloud (Yousef Khalidi) – Watch this session to learn how Microsoft views the future of cloud computing, how it is starting to deliver this vision in the Windows…

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Check my colleague’s description of Betty Crocker Kitchen Assistant on Windows 7

General Mills and Microsoft have worked together to make the Betty Crocker Kitchen Assistant, a new digital, voice-activated tool featuring high-resolution recipe images and step-by-step cooking instructions, available on Windows PCs and featuring a touch screen interface for Windows 7. The WPF application combines the content and services offered on the web site with timely,…


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Links

Here are a few links for downloading VS 2010 training kit and the relevant content to get you started:  Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Hyper-V) Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Windows [7] Virtual PC) Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Virtual PC 2007 SP1) Tailspin Travel Demo…


Watch Alicia Keys on Silverlight this Thursday!

For details please read my colleague’s blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/david_sayed/archive/2010/01/06/alicia-keys-live-this-thursday-powered-by-microsoft-silverlight.aspx – Hanu