MSDN Flash - March 21, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 5

March 21, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 5

Susan Schären

Dear readers,

“Highway to knowledge” is this year’s theme of the seventh edition of TechDays, the biggest Microsoft-technology event in Switzerland. On April 5 and 6 at the Palexpo in Geneva, and one month later on May 2 and 3 at the Congress Center in Basel, you can join a total of over 80 talks presenting information on current topics.
Developers and software architects will be given deeper insights into Windows Azure, Silverlight 5 and Visual Studio 2010, and will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in topics such as IE 9, HTML 5, the new Open Source CMS by Microsoft (Orchard) or Windows Phone 7.

After our survey among the visitors to last year's TechDays, we have decided to offer you new, varying ticket options. For example, you can procure the new Windows Phone 7 at a special price or choose between various giveaways.

As you can see, it is well worth participating this year. So discover our diverse program in detail now at, and register today.


Move into the fast lane with us – see you soon at TechDays '11!

Susan Schären
Event Manager DPE, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH

Top News

Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Now Available
Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 includes a host of improvements and fixes based on your feedback, including a local Help Viewer, Silverlight performance tuning, .NET 3.5 unit testing, IntelliTrace for 64-bit and SharePoint, and much, much more. Read the release notes.

Internet Explorer 9: Developers, start your engines!
Download the release version of Internet Explorer 9, with its HTML5, CSS3 and GPU-acceleration support it offers an ultra-fast and vivid Web. Developers get ready to unplug now. Push HTML5 to its limits and compete for over US$40,000 in prizes at the {Dev:unplugged} contest.

Test Windows Azure for free in three steps and win!
Test Windows Azure now, create your own application and win an Xbox 360 with Kinect or a Windows Phone 7!

New in the Web Application Gallery Express is a free web content management system (CMS), based entirely on Microsoft .NET Framework, for creating websites. With more than 100 partners and 500 successful Web portals and e-commerce solutions in German-speaking countries, is one of the most successful Microsoft-based Web CMS.

Microsoft Switzerland Technology Innovation Award 2011
Microsoft Switzerland Technology Innovation Award acknowledges people and teams that have developed outstanding project based Microsoft technologies. Projects are evaluated based on innovative use of the technology, complexity, business relevancy, volumes supported and end-user experience. The Technology Innovation Award 2011 will be presented at TechDays 2011 Basel on May 2, 2011. Read more and submit your application by April 17, 2011.

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit
The March 2011 version the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, ASP.NET 4, Parallel computing, WCF, Windows Workflow, WPF, Silverlight and Windows Azure. The kit now contains 50 labs, 22 demos, 16 presentations and 12 videos.
Developer Resources
Swiss Events
BizTalk Server 2010 – Innovations in integration
05.04.2011| Wallisellen
Visit this worldwide Microsoft Integration Road Show event and find out how you can start your route to cloud computing with BizTalk Server. We will present new technologies that you can use to integrate your business applications and data, automate your business processes from end-to-end and, at the same time, benefit from the advantages of cloud computing.
Developing Impossible - What’s possible in 24h?
13.04.2011 | Zürich
Do Rapid Application Development Tools live up to their expectations? In a 24h contest LightSwitch, Ruby On Rails and ASP.NET MVC 3 compete with each other. Retrospectively and shortened to 1.5h we show you the achievements and what lessons can be drawn. See which developer tools are suitable for which particular project.
The Future of the Web Is at MIX11
12.04. - 14.04.2011 | Las Vegas
Join the 72-Hour Conversation at MIX - see the latest tools and technologies and draw inspiration from a professional community of your peers and experts. Get one hotel night free, while quantities last.
DNUG: reactive programming with reactive extensions (Rx)
14.04.2011 | Ostermundigen
Reactive programming is a paradigm that is based on data flows and transmission of changes. Data flows can be formulated simply, usually declaratively, and a runtime automatically propagates changes throughout these data flows.
SQL Azure from A-Z
21.04.2011 | Wallisellen
This TechTalk is not only concerned with cloud theory, but also with the practical application of SQL Azure. We reveal how to design solutions, set up accounts and work environments and implement, start up and manage the application. You will then be ready for your first SQL Azure project.
TechDays 11 - Highway to Knowledge
05.04. – 06.04.2011 | Geneve
02.05. - 03.05.2011 | Basel

TechDays, the largest and most important Swiss Microsoft technology event will be held for the seventh time from May 2 to 3, 2011. Follow the “Highway to Knowledge” with us and look forward to extensive technical information and presentations on topical issues. Agenda and registration is now live!

Swiss Team Blog News
Tutorial: SharePoint Online
SharePoint Online—the cloud-based version of SharePoint 2010—will provide users with many of the same features of SharePoint 2010, but without the need to manage the hardware or software required for a scalable and secure collaboration solution. In this brand new tutorial, you’ll build a solution to provide employees of the fictional Contoso Corp. with the ability to request purchases that aren’t supported in their procurement system.

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