10 Million Downloads for IE9 Beta; Microsoft Q1 Sales Rise to $16 Billion; Gov 2.0's Social Darwinism

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Microsoft Focuses on Windows Phone, IE 9, Cloud in PDC Keynote (Redmond Channel Partner)
Microsoft kicked off its 2010 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) today by offering developers worldwide an update on its emerging cloud computing, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer 9 development platforms. The two-day event, held at the Redmond campus, is being streamed live via a Silverlight media player that is hosted on Windows Azure to developers. More than 16,000 people viewed the keynote via the live stream.

Microsoft's Server Boss Talks Azure and More (Q&A) (CNET)
Microsoft is betting big on the cloud and wants businesses to do the same. After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

IE9 Beta 10 Million Downloads - Download New IE9 Platform Preview 6 (PP6) Now (Softpedia)
I’ve heard some rumors that Microsoft was planning a new release of Internet Explorer 9 to go live today at the Professional Developers Conference 2010, and even speculation that it was the second Beta development milestone of IE9. It turns out that this time around the rumors were only half true. A new release of Internet Explorer 9 is indeed available for download, but it’s not IE9 Beta 2. Users interested in test driving Beta of Internet Explorer 9 will still have to rely on Build 9.0.7930.16406 offered to the public on September 15th.

Microsoft Provides Updated Cloud Roadmap, Technologies to Developers (ZDNet)
Microsoft officials shared more information about cloud technologies and programs that the company is prepping for Azure developers during the opening day of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference on October 28. Microsoft execs talked up the company’s plans for Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role and Server Application Virtualization functionality. Microsoft also announced a new, lower-tier pricing offer for Windows Azure — something that a number of developers have been requesting.

Microsoft Sales Rise 25% to $16 Billion (CNN Money)
Microsoft's first-quarter sales of $16.2 billion rose 25% from last year, thanks to strong showings from Office 2010, Windows 7 and Xbox 360. Microsoft's net income jumped 51% from last year, to $5.41 billion, or 62 cents per share. The company easily topped analyst estimates for both sales and earnings.

Eat or Be Eaten. Gov 2.0's Social Darwinism (The Huffington Post)
So here it is. We are there. Where are we? Gov 2.0 as Social Darwinism. Eat or be eaten. Kill or be killed. Recently the U.S. Federal Government has gotten into the "platform" business. A move I called for, and therefore congratulate the GSA on.


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SharePoint Developer Goodness: Just in Time for PDC 10! (SharePoint 2010 Development)
Excited by all the buzz around PDC10 this week?  Here is a list of recently we have published content related to SharePoint 2010 development.  Check out what we have for you right now:

Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold (Microsoft Press)
This book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Within the pages that follow, I show you the basics of writing applications for Windows Phone 7 using the C# programming language with the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks. Yes, Programming Windows Phone 7 is truly a free download, but for those readers who still love paper—as I certainly do—this book will also be available (for sale) divided into two fully-indexed print editions: Microsoft Silverlight Programming for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft XNA Framework Programming for Windows Phone 7. [Note from Devon: we should have these ready for order in December 2010.]

Custom Styles for SharePoint 2010 Rich HTML Field (SharePoint Blues)
A typical requirement from a client is to be able to incorporate their own custom styles for the Rich Html Field. Allowing their public relations department to apply nice text formatting for paragraphs with some Comic Sans Hotness might not be the best practice in here, so let’s be careful out there. The best scenario is only to allow custom formatting for headings, paragraphs and maybe a few different table styles but let’s go!


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SharePoint 2010 Cookbook: How to Copy Documents to a Document Set (SharePoint 2010)
SharePoint 2010 delivers a comprehensive set of document management features. In this article, we take a look at how to copy and move documents to a Document Set.


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Microsoft Updates
SharePoint 2010 Reusable Content Type Issue Changes from SharePoint 2007 (Microsoft Support)
You have upgraded a SharePoint farm from 2007 to 2010 version and within the 2007 environment you were using the Reusable Content Type feature and the Reusable Text option within that to have some HTML which includes OBJECT tags saved as a predefined content type. A couple samples of such HTML is shown below:


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