Free Windows Azure Training!

The Windows Azure training Kit is a free download that is chock-full of useful training content including videos, hands-on-labs, presentations and demos. The material in the kit covers the Windows Azure Platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric. It also includes information about Dallas, Microsoft’s new Data as a Service (DaaS) offering. …

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Windows Azure Platform Free with MSDN Premium and BizSpark

If you have an MSDN Premium or BizSpark subscription you should be aware that for the next 8 months you automatically have 750 Windows Azure Compute hours, 10GB of durable storage and 1,000,000 transactions per month absolutely free!  You also have free allocations of AppFabric services (Service Bus and Access Control Service) and SQL Azure…

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ARCast.TV – Enabling Architects with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

ARCast.TV – Enabling Architects with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 In this talk, Cameron Skinner, Product Unit Manager for Visual Studio Team System, and Zhiming Xue discuss the challenges architects often face and how they may benefit from new features in Visual Studio 2010 such as the new UML modeling tools. ARCast.TV – Enabling Architects with Microsoft…

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Using Open XML SDK 2.0 to Create Office Solutions on Windows 7

With Open XML SDK 2.0, it becomes much easier to create Microsoft Office (2007 and 2010) based solutions with managed code than to work with VSTO (Office runtime for Visual Studio through interop) directly. The December 2009 Community Technical Preview (CTP) of the SDK, available for download here, is supported on Windows 7, Vista, XP…

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Windows XP Mode: What it takes to uninstall it and to delete the related VHD files

Windows XP mode is an optional add-on to Windows 7 that provides a seamless virtual environment to run applications depending on XP. If it becomes necessary to uninstall Windows XP Mode, all you have to do is to uninstall it as you would with any application from the Control Panel. This action will automatically remove…

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Understanding XP Mode in Windows 7

A recent article “Windows 7’s XP Mode: what it is, how it works, who it’s for” by Peter Bright published at Ars Technica is one of the best that I’ve seen on the topic. It explains what Windows XP Mode is in great details, including setup screens, how it compares to other virtualization technologies such…

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Bring Combined Search Experience to Windows 7 Users

With Windows 7 Federated Search users can access and interact with both internal and external contents and data from within Windows Explorer. Much has been written, for example, David Chou’s blog, about what the Federated Search is and how to search web contents using custom search connectors to web sites. And you can download some…

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Streamlining Customer Service with Windows 7 and Multi-Touch

How many times have you called your cell phone carrier, or your cable provider and received an automated message to authenticate yourself (phone number, address, etc..)?  Then, the split second you get someone on the phone, they do what?  They ask for your telephone number, or name and address…pretty much the same exact information you…

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Windows Azure TCO/ROI Calculator Available Online & Offline

A while back we told you about the Windows Azure TCO/ROI calculator designed to help you measure the potential savings of product development or migration to Windows Azure platform services. At the time the calculator was only available on-line. Now it is available off-line as well.  You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/tco/. For more details…

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Updated Tailspin Travel demo shows off ASP.NET MVC 2

An updated version of the Tailspin Travel demo has been released that is focused exclusively on showing off some of the new features in ASP.NET MVC 2. Tailspin Travel is a sample travel booking application, this version highlights the benefits of ASP.NET MVC 2, including DataAnnotations for Validation, Client-side validation, and use of ViewModels. At…

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