Silverlight 4, Office/Sharepoint 2010 Beta Announced at PDC 09

Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and Kurt DelBene were the top speakers announced for day 2 keynote.PDC09Bling_BeforeAfter_136_3

If you would like to watch the keynotes on-demand, you can do so at site.

Silverlight 4

Scott Guthrie announces the public beta of Silverlight 4. The beta can be downloaded at

New features:

  • Extended out-of-browser capabilities to enable deeper desktop experiences without additional code or runtimes
  • Powerful enhancements for enterprise application developers, including full support for Microsoft Visual image_thumb_2Studio 2010, providing access to Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint Server, and improved printing,  networking, reporting and charting capabilities
  • Richer Web experiences, including new webcam and microphone capabilities, native multicast support for wide-scale media content delivery, and more than 60 customizable controls to build compelling, interactive applications

If you want training, go to Channel 9 to Silverlight 4 training:

Office 2010 Beta and SharePoint 2010 Beta

The are public betas of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 and Office Web Apps for business customers. The 2010 release is designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers. The betas can be downloaded at Also announced: PowerPivot for Excel 2010 – CTP version is available –

AppFabric, Identity, Dallas Announced at PDC 09

Here are the headlines from yesterday’s announcements at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09).PDC09Bling_BeforeAfter_136_3

Windows Identity Foundation, ASP.NET MVC Beta 2 Supported on Windows Azure

Windows Server virtual machine support on Windows Azure, RTM of Windows Identity Foundation, and ASP.NET MVC beta 2, a free, fully-supported framework that enables developers to rapidly build standards-based Web applications.

Windows Azure

Windows Azure release schedule was announced, the services are free to evaluate through January 2010. We will begin charging customers on February 1st, 2010.

Learn more, download the tools:

Commercial, Reference Data Service Offered in Cloud

Dallas” the commoditization of data.Microsoft introduces an information and brokerage service, codenamed “Dallas” that enables access to commercial and reference data from partners including Associated Press, Citysearch, ESRI,, NASA, National Geographic, RiskMetrics Group, the United Nations, WaveMarket, Weather Central, and more. Check it out and request your trial token:

AppFabric Supports Moving Your Web Application from Windows Server to Windows Azure

Microsoft releases Windows Server AppFabric Beta 1, a set of integrated application services that enable developers to more easily deploy and manage applications spanning both server and cloud. Available for download today at with availability in 2010. Windows Server AppFabric and Windows Azure platform AppFabric include the capabilities from projects “Dublin” and “Velocity,” as well as the Service Bus and Access Control services that were formerly under the “.NET Services” brand (today, these services are now called Windows Azure platform AppFabric Service Bus and Windows Azure platform AppFabric Access Control services).

  • For Web applications, AppFabric provides caching capabilities to provide high-speed access, scale, and high availability to application data. This feature was previously codenamed "Velocity".
  • For composite applications, AppFabric makes it easier to build and manage services built using Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation. This feature was previously codenamed "Dublin."
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