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Win cool prizes in the app contest!

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Last week Vivek Narasimhan (Product Marketing Manager for Office and SharePoint) announced the app contest in the official Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog for developers. The app contest? Yes! The app contest is open to developers who have a great idea for an app for Office or an app for SharePoint. Prizes include $10,000 cash, Xbox + Kinect, and other Microsoft hardware. Submit your entry by 12/20/2012 to participate. If you have ideas but need some guidance about apps, learn more about building apps at . And you can get useful apps for Office and SharePoint samples. Tip:
You don't even need to install SharePoint or Visual Studio to start building apps. You can start right away by signing up for an Office 365 Developer Site and installing the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools! For more information, visit Apps for Office and SharePoint Developer Contest and follow us on the Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog.
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New Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” and Virtual Labs - Chris Bowen's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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New Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” and Virtual Labs - Chris Bowen's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

The Windows 8 Virtual Labs let you dive in and learn about Windows 8 development without having to install everything on your own machine.  It uses an ActiveX control to let you connect to a remote server where everything is configured and ready for you.
You can work (in 90-minute segments – and yes, you can get more as you need) on this set of C# labs

Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 8/13/2012+

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, EAI & EDI,Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections: Windows

Time Management Tips #20 - Priorities List

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“Action expresses priorities.” -― Mahatma Gandhi
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” -― Stephen R. Covey
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” -― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Your priority list is not your To-Do list.  It's not your backlog. (Although, you should prioritize your lists.  But, how do you prioritize them?  Hint – this is where your priorities list comes in.) Your priorities list is your little list
of what’s most important.  It’s your little list of the most important things to achieve. How important is your little priorities list?  Let's put it in proper perspective.  A lack of priorities, or the wrong priorities, are one of the leading causes of failure in management, leadership, and otherwise highly capable employees. Time management tips #20 is priorities list.  If you don't have one, make one now.  What else could be more important than having a list of priorities list at your finger tips? (If you had your priorities list you would know the answer to that.) ...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 Now Available

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Are you ready? Both Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 RTM today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. And they are available for download now! A word of caution … I had to go to the details list and search for both for them to appear (they did not show up in the home page for downloads for me). I’ve been using Windows 8 and VS 2012 (public) pre-releases for a while now and they are very solid and fast. For those interested in Win8 … I grabbed these snippets of dates from the Windows blog post:
•    August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
•    August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
•    September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.
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Visual Rx - Part 4

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Visual Rx - Part 4 this post is the 4th of the Visual Rx post series.
this post will focus on the communication channel settings. you can see this series TOC in here. at the time I'm writing this post there is 4 available communication channel (out of the box). Wcf discovery - will try to dynamically locate the end point of the viewer service (or any other discoverable service which apply to the Visual Rx contract).

this is the easiest proxy and it is recommended to local network scenarios. Wcf queued - which submit the datum though MSMQ channel (the default viewer is compatible with this channel). Trace Source - publish the data though the standard .NET Trace Source. using the "VisualRx" trace source name (for internal messages it use "VisualRx.Log")
the app.config setting will be discuss on latter posts. Wcf Fixed Address - is a new one, it is let you...(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 now available!

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Two weeks ago, I shared that final builds of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 had been created, and that they’d be available for MSDN Subscribers on August 15th.  Well, today is August 15th, and I’m excited to announce that the bits are live and ready to go. How can you get them? If you’re an MSDN Subscriber, you can download them today from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. If you want the free Visual Studio Express 2012 products, or free trial versions of Visual Studio 2012, you can download them from here.  Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, Visual Studio
Express for Web, and Team Foundation Server Express are all now available.  Express for Windows Phone and Express for Windows Desktop will be available later this fall. If you want to install .NET 4.5 separately, you can get it from For volume licensing customers, Visual Studio 2012 products will be available starting tomorrow (August 16th) from the Volume Licensing Servicing Center. Packaged products will begin to show up in stores next month, with some products available for purchase digitally in selected regions starting in the next few days (visit the Visual Studio product website for details). For all of you...(Read whole news on source site)