Intuit and Microsoft Double Down on Windows Azure Cloud Partnership

In January of last year, I posted a blog about the integration of the Windows Azure cloud services platforms and Intuit’s cloud services platform, which is called the Intuit Partner Platform. Our collective goal was to give developers and channel partners the tools to deliver solutions that reach the millions of people that use QuickBooks®…


Channel 9 Learning Center has launched

Don’t delay!  Visit this new destination on Channel 9 which provides free technical training on emerging Microsoft products. Its a great opportunity to share a new training resource with your team and ensure htat your company is poised for success with the latest technologies. There is a collection of continually updated courses at the new…


Service Pack 1 for Surface Announced

In follow up to our February blog post about partners using Surface, there was an exciting announcement, Sunday at Tech Ed, that the Microsoft Surface team released Service Pack 1.  The Surface team has been working with their community and receiving feedback from more than 180 partners in 11 countries who are developing on Microsoft…

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ARCast.TV – Krzysztof Cwalina on Creating Reusable Frameworks

When designing and developing frameworks, it can be challenging to create them in a fashion that enables them to evolve over time. Krzysztof Cwalina, a Program Manager on the .NET Framework team, discusses strategies for designing reusable libraries with Bob Familiar. ARCastTV-Krzysztof-Cwalina-on-Creating-Reusable-Frameworks Bob Familiar | architect evangelist | blogs.msdn.com/bobfamiliar NET Framework, training, software developers, Interoperability,…

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ISVs and the Emerging Web

“What the <2.0> should we be thinking?”  This is the common reaction that we sense from our customers and partners discussing the high level opportunities presented by Web 2.0 and the emerging web in the context of opportunities to enhance their business functions. In spite of the increasing levels of excitement, it is also a…

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The Impact of the Manycore Shift

There has been a good amount of focus lately on the importance of Parallel Computing. The shift to multi-core architectures presents many challenges that developers will face in the coming years. The problem is that writing properly safe multi-threaded code is hard, very hard. It’s definitely not “A Good Thing” that the smartest developers in…

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Whitepaper Post in MSDN Library – Parallel Programming

The 2nd in our Whitepaper awareness blog posts is around Parallel Programming, authored by Ranjan Sen.  Parallel programming is an extension of sequential programming and is becoming the mainstream paradigm in day-to-day information processing. Its aim is to build the fastest programs on parallel computers. The methodologies for developing a parallel program can be put…

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You Can Be Sure, if You Place Your Technology Bet on Azure.

I’m Eric Morse, the Director of Emerging Ecosystems at Microsoft. Though my title may sound like I don hip boots to discover new species of salmon spawning in northwest rivers, I’m actually more jazzed about enabling new technologies to take hold and provide opportunity where perhaps there was not before. That’s why I’m particularly excited…

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.NET Library Released as Source

This past week Microsoft released a portion of the .NET Framework library to enable debugging support at the source code level in Visual Studio 2008. The announcement was made by Scott Guthrie on January 16, 2008. For the most part this has been well received within the developer community and more source libraries are currently…

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Two Goliaths with One Stone

Goliath was a nine-foot, bronze armored Philistine giant. I’m sure he had hair between his teeth and ate little boys for breakfast. However, he didn’t intimidate David, who killed and beheaded the giant, beat the Philistines and later went on to become the King of Israel. How did he do it? First of all he…

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