Good news for Windows 8: Microsoft beats Amazon, Google in cloud speed test [Reprint]

A year-long independent test of cloud service providers was recently wrapped up by Compuware. Among the providers tested were the three big dogs: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. And although the Azure cloud platform is still fairly young, it fared quite well against the competition. In fact, it proved to be the fastest service over the…

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You’re Invited – Software Testing Webinar

Join us on Tuesday for this month’s Agile Testing Webinar hosted by Microsoft and Testhouse, THE software testing experts!  This month’s webinar features “Functional Testing with MS Web Performance Tests.”  You’ll even have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A session with the experts themselves. We’ll send you the link to the webinar event once you e-mail us today!  


Windows Phone Starter Kit for Students/Schools

Want to build a Windows Phone 7 app?  Not sure how to start?  Check out this great project that was built to allow you to easily update the content and the appearance to match your university, technology club, student association ,etc…  There is excellent documentation to guide you through the customization of your app.  Think…

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New Dynamics CRM tools for Visual Studio 2010 – download the SDK here

Microsoft has released new tools to accelerate development of custom components in Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. At the same time, we have published an update to Dynamics CRM Online that includes better integration with Office 365 and the introduction of social capabilities. The CRM Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is a downloadable package that…

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Windows Phone SDK – Download It Today!

As Windows Phone 7 Marketplace surpassess 40,000 apps, we know that more and more developers are choosing to develop awesome apps for Windows Phone 7!  If you haven’t done so already, make sure that you download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 online here!   This SDK allows you to create apps and games for both Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.0. …


The Kinect Accelerator

Ten Startups.  Three Months.  Unlimited Innovation. If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators like you to bring to…

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Microsoft WebMatrix Tutorials for Students

Ever wanted to build your own website?  Maybe you’ve already built a site as part of a school/uni project…  Now you can create a website in no time using Microsoft WebMatrix.  It’s a free tool to make things very simple for you! WebMatrix is a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you…

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SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate is here!!

Excited to announce SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC). SQL Server 2012 RC is the first release which is feature complete and delivers additional enhancements and capabilities built on the already robust CTP3: Greater availability. AlwaysOn, delivering added functionality over CTP3 that allows customers to experience multiple, readable secondaries for distributed scale of reporting and backup…

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Microsoft Now: An Unofficial Microsoft Blog

I’d like to share with you a blog that one of my colleague’s has had running now for the last couple of years, the Microsoft Now Blog, and unofficial blog about Microsoft, and more specifically, Microsoft Qatar. Shijaz Abdulla, the founder and author of this blog, is a Microsoft Partner Technology Advisor, and a great…

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Windows Azure SDK 1.6 Streamlines Azure Development in Visual Studio

Windows Azure SDK 1.6 was released a couple of days ago – it’s the November release. It includes updates to the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure Libraries for .NET, in addition to other fixes and performance improvements. The entire Windows Azure SDK 1.6 is available for download. The Windows Azure…

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