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IE10 PP2 Now Available Vol 14-14 | June, 2011
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Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 is here! That’s right; IE10 PP2 is now available for download from the IE Test Drive site. (Note: IE10 PP2 will install side-by-side with IE9.) As a web developer, there’s a lot to like in this release, including support for HTML5 aspects like Drag-and-Drop, File Reader API, HTML5 Form and Input validation, Web Workers and a whole lot more! Check out the IE10 Platform Preview Guide for Developers for a listing of its new capabilities.

If you’re building sites with HTML5 and CSS3 in Visual Studio 2010 then check out the Web Standards Update on Visual Studio Gallery . This update adds IntelliSense and validation support for HTML5 and CSS3 validation to the code editing experience. For a more in-depth look at the Web Standards Update, check out Scott Hanselman’s blog post; Announcing the Web Standards Update - HTML5 Support for the Visual Studio 2010 Editor .

Whether you’re working with modern web standards or looking to examples of sites that use them, you should check out Make Awesome Web . On this blog, you’ll find over 200 awesome posts of web developer awesomeness, including sites, resources or tools that will (hopefully) inspire you. This site features resources relating to HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and much more!

Finally, don’t forget to register for BUILD in September! This is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. You can register for BUILD today at buildwindows.com . You can also get updates through @bldwin on Twitter or via Facebook at facebook.com/bldwin .

John Bristowe | Sr. Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Canada | @jbristowe | +1 (403) 462-6013

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Announcing the Rock-Paper-Azure International Grand Tournament | July 13, 2011

Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors? Then you already know how to play the game. Now's your chance to code your own player "bot" and test your skills online. Test your strategic coding skills against developers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, China, Germany and New Zealand. The winner of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge Grand Tournament will take home a cool $5,000!
A Browser for All Windows Customers

The topic of what some customers need from a browser saw a lot of attention in headlines (e.g. Mozilla to enterprise customers: "Drop dead" ) last week. Both Google employees and Mozilla community members alike ( link ) explained that to support consumers, their browsers cannot fulfill the needs of large organizations. At Microsoft, we believe that all Windows customers should have a great browsing experience, whether they stay at home, go to school, or work in a large organization with managed IT resources. Because all these groups of Windows customers are important to Microsoft, we want to offer our point of view and describe our approach. Read the rest of the article here .
Web Standards Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Get better support for HTML5, CSS3 and new JavaScript features with this unofficial update. The update also works for Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1
MVVM and jQuery: Designing Maintainable, Fast, and Versatile Sites

Choosing the right design pattern to follow when building web applications is key for designing maintainable, fast, and versatile sites. Here's the MVVM design approach for building pure client-side web applications with the help of jQuery, templating, and data-binding.
Build-a-Better-App Campaign

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Windows Phone 7 in 7: Silverlight and Windows Phone 7

This 7-minute video discusses and demonstrates using Silverlight 3 as a platform for Windows Phone 7 applications, including similarities and differences between it and Silverlight in a browser.
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