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Microsoft just released beta 2 of System Center Configuration Manager. With this new release, Microsoft will empower people to be productive from anywhere on whatever device they choose. This includes the wide range of devices that connect to Exchange ActiveSync, including Windows Phone, Symbian, iOS, and Android-based devices. Through the new application model, the best application experience can be delivered to the
user based on their identity, their device, and their connection.
See more and start testing it from this link.
The toolkit provides you with:
- Binaries for your Windows Phone 7 applications
- Project templates to optimize new phone application creation
- Sample applications in both C# and VB.NET
- A dependency checker that checks the prerequisites required by the toolkit
- Setup and configuration documentation, toolkit content review, a getting started walkthrough, and troubleshooting tips
Once you’ve downloaded the toolkit, you can use the phone and compute emulators to quickly get a new phone application running into Microsoft Windows Azure.
Most of companies are afraid to move from old mobile platforms to Windows Phone 7. In this article Joshua Hoffman describes why enterprises should move to this new amazing platform.
This video introduces Microsoft’s brand new Arc Touch Mouse, a high-precision mouse with multi-touch gestures.
Designed to work best with Windows 7 features, the Arc Touch Mouse is capable of two-and 3-finger gestures to manage their entire desktop.
The pre-order is already available here: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-3KJ-00001-Touch-Mouse/dp/B004HYGU18/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1294246821&sr=8-1
In this recording, you will see all the nice incomming products Microsoft plan to release later this year for the final consumer. This video was recorded at CES(Consumer Eletronics Show) 2011 yesterday in Las Vegas.
Yesterday Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, presented to the world the new version of Microsoft Surface at CES 2011. I’m very impressed with this new release. Check here the first demo video of Surface 2.0. There you’ll learn about the Surface experience and get a look at the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface. Check more information at the new Surface website http://www.microsoft.com/surface
After hollidays, I’m back with one of the last posts regarding this introdutory discussion of Windows Azure Platform.
So, running applications and storing data in the cloud are both important aspects of cloud computing. They’re far from the whole story, however. It’s also possible to provide cloud-based infrastructure services. Filling this gap is the goal of Windows Azure AppFabric. The functions provided by AppFabric today address common challenges in building distributed applications.
The functions provided by AppFabric today address common challenges in building distributed applications. Figure 4 shows its components.
As the figure suggests, all of the components of Windows Azure AppFabric are built on Windows Azure (although they don’t all provide services solely to Windows Azure applications). Those components are the following:
- Service Bus: Exposing an application’s services on the
Internet is harder than it might seem. The goal of Service Bus is to make this
simpler by letting an application expose endpoints in the cloud that can be
accessed by other applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Each
exposed endpoint is assigned a URI, which clients can use to locate and access
the service. Service Bus also handles the challenges of dealing with network
address translation and getting through firewalls without opening new ports for
- Access Control: There are many ways for a user to get a digital identity today. The
options include Active Directory, Windows Live ID, Google Accounts, Facebook,
and more. If an application wants to let users log in with any of these, the
application’s creator faces the daunting challenge of supporting this
plethora of approaches. Access Control simplifies this by providing built-in
support for all of them (and more). It also provides a single place for
defining rules to control what each user is allowed to access.
- Caching: It’s common for applications to access the same data over and over. One way to speed up this kind
of application is to cache frequently accessed information, reducing the number
of times that application must query a database. The Caching service provides
this—and the performance boost it brings—for Windows Azure applications
Microsoft has announced plans to add more services under the Windows Azure AppFabric banner, so expect this list to grow in the not-too-distant future. As with Windows Azure and SQL Azure, customers use a browser-accessible portal to sign up for AppFabric. Once this has been done, these services can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some of the possibilities:
- Suppose an enterprise wished to let software at its trading partners access one of its applications. It could expose this application’s functions through SOAP or RESTful services created using WCF, then register those service endpoints with Service Bus. Its trading partners could then use Service Bus to find these endpoints and access the services.
- Imagine that the creator of this same application needs to let trading partners log in with a variety of different identities. Rather than implementing support for these identities himself, he could use the Access Control service to hide this complexity.
- A Windows Azure application created using ASP.NET might use the Session object to store per-client state. By changing only a configuration setting, the application can cause this data to be kept in the Caching service rather than, say, Windows Azure Storage tables. Doing this is likely to make the application faster and more scalable.
Along with the cloud-based services of Windows Azure AppFabric, Microsoft also provides an analogous technology known as Windows Server AppFabric. As its name suggests, the services it provides run on Windows Server—they support on-premises applications—rather than in the cloud. The on-premises services aren’t exactly the same today as those in Windows Azure AppFabric (although Microsoft’s
announced plan is make the two congruent). Don’t be confused; throughout this paper, the name “AppFabric” is used to refer to the cloud-based services. Also, don’t confuse Windows Azure AppFabric with the Windows Azure fabric controller. Even though both contain the term “fabric”, they’re wholly separate technologies addressing quite distinct problems.
Well that is it for now. In my next post, I’ll be talking about Azure Marketplace.
See you here soon.
Windows Azure version of BLAST(Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) helps Scientists on University of Washington to search all available sequence databases for similarities between a protein or DNA query and known sequences in the cloud.
For those who want become a Windows Phone 7 developer, I strongly suggest take some time and check all the gigs on this nice post at Microsoft Feed: