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Now you can provide Web site visitors immersive experiences that show Microsoft Virtual Earth Maps, aerial imagery and bird's-eye views. Just drag this control from Visual Studio toolbox to your Web page, set some properties, and you are ready to go.

Explore Pex, a tool being developed by Microsoft Research to improve the quality of software testing while requiring minimal effort by the developer.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Solution Accelerators Suite Updated
Get free tools and technical guidance that help your Windows Server 2008 infrastructure and workloads function more quickly and efficiently. The following products within the suite have released new versions:

Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Series
Clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. Download now.

Microsoft Assesment and Planning 3.1 (MAP)
Are your servers ready for Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V? Use the new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 to find out. Download now.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 (MDT)
MDT 2008 provides tools and end-to-end guidance that reduce deployment time, standardize desktop and server images, limit service disruptions, reduce post-deployment help desk costs, improve security and ongoing configuration management. Download now.

August 12, 9:00 A.M. Pacific time
Please join us for a live chat and bring on the questions. This chat will cover the tools and technologies used to develop both native and managed applications using the Windows Mobile operating system.

.NET Framework KB Articles

Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2005, and Visual Studio .NET KB Articles

SQL Server and Data Access KB Articles

C/C++ KB Articles

Team Development, Source Control, and Testing KB Articles

Visual FoxPro | XBase KB Articles

MSDN Subscribers

SQL Server 2008 has been released, and is ready to deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data, such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyze. MSDN subscribers can find RTM versions now available for download.

Service pack 1 offers Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 users improvements in responsiveness, stability and performance. Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 downloads are now available to MSDN subscribers.

Web Resources

The goal of the ADO.NET Data Services Framework is to create a simple REST-based framework for exposing and consuming data-centric services easily.

We introduce you to the EDI functionality within BizTalk Server 2006 R2, illustrating schema creation, document mapping, EDI delivery and transmission, and exception handling.

In this excerpt from his upcoming book, Laurence Moroney explains the basics of Silverlight animation and the animation tools available in Expression Blend.

Watch webcasts and take part in virtual labs to see how to build pages in SharePoint as easily as in ASP.NET, write workflows in Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), build rich Internet applications, and brand your SharePoint site to look like your existing Web site.

Tune in throughout August and hear industry experts discuss trends, technologies, and real-world experiences of developers and designers - such as using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), programming for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and designing with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Security for Developers

Adam Shostack is working on a paper about "Experiences Threat Modeling at Microsoft" for an academic workshop on security modeling. He'd like your input. What questions should he try to answer? What would you like to know about?


Due to popular demand, the Second Shot offer is back. Take a Windows Server 2008 Microsoft certification exam, and if you don't pass the first time, get a second chance free.

For a limited time, you can get Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for free! This Microsoft Official E-Learning collection leverages a rich multimedia experience to introduce you to new and enhanced features in SQL Server 2008, including new data types and data management features. Register now and get a jump start on SQL Server 2008.

Written by industry expert Peter DeBetta, Introducing SQL Server 2008 will lead you through major new features in SQL Server 2008, including security, administration, and performance. Sign up now to get it for free.

Available on-demand beginning August 12
This session will serve as introduction to each virtualization product: Server Virtualization, Application Virtualization, and Presentation Virtualization, and the purpose of each. It will also introduce the benefits of management using System Center.

Available on-demand beginning August 12
This Web seminar will cover the different products for server virtualization (Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Virtual Server 2005, and Virtual PC) and the usage scenarios for each. Usage scenarios include server consolidation, disaster recovery, branch office, high availability, development and testing, and more.

Available on-demand beginning August 12
This session will cover, at a fairly high level, the top new improvements in Windows Server 2008 and the benefits they bring for businesses. Topics include improvements in security, Web, architecture, management, and virtualization, among others. Other sessions will dive deeply into the technological improvements that are introduced here.

Case Studies

The Qatari Supreme Judiciary Council's IT team chose the Microsoft .NET Framework over an Oracle/Linux solution to develop a new workflow and document repository, and found it automates the execution of justice and empowers judges to make decisions in minutes.

Using the Microsoft .NET Framework for its online services business instead of UNIX and Oracle, ShopLocal is able to accommodate large seasonal peaks to serve its retail customers.

Running both ASP.NET and PHP on Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0 helps streamline XS4ALL's IT management, cuts deployment time by 75 per cent, and strengthens XS4ALL's competitive advantage.

Partner News

An Outlook-like Web-based application in DHTML/Silverlight dual presentation layers: view the Visual WebGui demo, and get the free download.

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