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Get Your Hands on Windows Azure Community Technology Preview Today! Vol 12-49 | November 4, 2009
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Name one of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2010. I'm guessing many of you will say "Cloud Computing" and that's absolutely right! Gartner agrees with you and predicted earlier this year that “worldwide cloud services revenue is on pace to surpass $56.3 billion in 2009, a 21.3 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $46.4 billion.” It's an inevitable trend and represents a major shift of how we consume and deliver IT services. We as developers need to be prepared.

Windows Azure Platform is Microsoft's big bet in Cloud Computing and we will launch the platform this November at Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference. The platform is an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers and includes the Windows Azure operating system, .NET Services, and a fully relational database in the cloud called SQL Azure. As a developer of .NET, you already have the skills to develop on the new platform. With Azure, you can create solutions that seamlessly scale according to business demand online and get applications to the market faster.  It was announced last week that the new MSDN subscription will include benefits of Azure as well to make development for the cloud easy

As you can see Windows Azure is definitely coming to you, are you ready? Try the free Windows Azure CTP today and don't forget to download the updated Windows Azure Training Kit . Be Cloud Ready!

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NEWS IN A FLASH

Canadian Visual Studio 2010 events are coming near you

Register now for upcoming Visual Studio 2010 events happening in Richmond, BC on November 18 (Invitation Code: 1019F9),   Victoria, BC on November 19 (Invitation Code: E19A47) and Montreal, QC on November 24 (Invitation Code: DF2829)! This event will explain the recently announced major changes in the product line-up for Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN subscriptions.
Register Now for Five *NEW* Ignite Your Career — Business Webcasts in November!

Join us in our live webcast every Thursday starting November 12 from 2-3 PM (EST). Whether you are a new startup, an established business or a business simply looking at new areas of opportunity like SaaS or Hosting - learn about these models & how you can take advantage. The first webcast features an in-depth conversation about starting a global software company with David Ossip, the founder of Dayforce & David Crow about startup programs including BizSpark and WebsiteSpark . Register today for the series here .
Learn about Windows Mobile Development at WinMoDevCamp Toronto — November 11, 2009

Interested in learning how easy it is to build applications for Windows Mobile? Want to know more about getting your app in the Windows Mobile Marketplace ?  For more instructions on how to register, visit here.   
Download the Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers

The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is based on Windows 7 RTM and it is designed to help you learn how to build applications that are compatible with and shine on Windows 7 by utilizing key Windows 7 features 
Windows 7 Is Now Online on Channel 9

These videos, hands-on labs and samples are the quickest way to ramp up on the new developer features in Windows 7. The new online offering allows you to learn at your own pace and download only those modules that interest you.
Explore Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 with a New Training Course on Channel 9

Dive into videos and labs that will help you get familiar with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010. This exclusive opportunity lets developers access free courseware online for a self-paced learning experience..
Download the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2

Download the beta and begin investigating the new capabilities, including new testing options, enhancements to the integrated development environment, built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and more.
Next Microsoft Students to Business Webcast on November 4

Join us on November 4, 2009 for the next installment of our fall webcast series, with our technical training focusing on Internet portals/Microsoft SharePoint and our soft skills training focusing on communication skills.
Windows Azure Resources
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Training Resources
  Bing for the Developer . Introducing Bing, a new decision engine from Microsoft that helps you overcome search overload and quickly make more informed choices. This series, available on demand starting on November 9, will look at how you as a developer can use the Bing API for your applications.
  Building RESTful Services with WCF . In this session we cover the basics of REST versus SOAP/WS-*, and how to build services using WCF 3.5 that are RESTful in nature.
  geekSpeak: Windows Workflow Services and the .NET Framework 4.0. Learn how to build service-oriented architecture (SOA)-style services whose contracts are both defined and implemented with workflow activities and how to host, manage, and execute the services.
Security for Developers
  How Do I Sanitize HTML Using Anti-XSS Library 3.1?
Cross-Domain Security
The Lighter Side of the Cloud
Getting to Know SharePoint 2010
  SharePoint Conference 2009 Steve Ballmer Keynote Address
Team Blog on Microsoft SharePoint g
SharePoint 2010 for Developers
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