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Azure Cloud on Ulitzer Let's take a look at this pretty common scenario. You're building an ASP.NET application (MVC or otherwise) and you intend to publish it in the cloud and you're using Azure Storage (not SQL Azure) for your underlying data store. You've already hooked your app up with the sample Azure-based Membership provider that comes with the Azure SDK and everything is running along nicely. Your application has quite a bit of administrator-only functionality so, after you've been using it locally for a while you put in some safeguards to block access to the admin areas unless the user is in the Administrators role. That's awesome and ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC both have some really great code shortcuts for enabling this kind of situation and you can make yourself an administrator pretty darn easily. So you're an admin and you deploy your application to stag... (more)

Judge Saves Microsoft $388m

Microsoft Developer on Ulitzer A Rhode Island district court judge Tuesday struck down a jury verdict ordering Microsoft to pay an obscure Australian developer by the name of Ric Richardson $388 million, reportedly the fifth-largest patent infringement award in history. In a relatively rare and painstaking post-trial judgment as a matter of law (JMOL), Judge William Smith found Microsoft's patented Production Activation (PA) system, its scheme for defeating illegal copying of Windows and Office, did not infringe on a patent held by Richardson's companies Uniloc Singapore Privat... (more)

Windows 7 Selling

Microsoft Developer on Ulitzer Windows 7 has sold at an unprecedented rate in the few weeks it’s been out, double any previous version of the operating system according to what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the company’s annual stockholders meeting the other day. He was reportedly counting both boxed and OEM copies but did not offer any numbers. Windows 7 officially went on sale October 22. ... (more)

Who, Us?

Microsoft Developer Microsoft is disclaiming responsibility for the so-called “black screens” that some Windows 7 users have been experiencing when they boot up. Apparently the problem has also cropped up on some XP and Vista machines. Microsoft thinks it’s a virus. ... (more)

For Technology Professionals Who Want to Stay Ahead of the Game

Why Attend Tech·Ed 2010 Because you'll return to your office with knowledge and expertise that only four days at Tech·Ed can offer. You can learn about today's cutting-edge trends, helping make life easier for you (and everyone else) at work. But the most important benefit just might be the networking: you can build personal connections with Microsoft experts and peers that will last far beyond Tech·Ed. Immerse yourself in hundreds of IT learning opportunities and ask your toughest questions to renowned technology experts, distinguished speakers, and community influencers. Eng... (more)

‘Hey, This Windows Thing is Working’: Microsoft

Evidently 7 is Microsoft's lucky number. It knocked one out of the park when it reported its calendar Q4 results Thursday. Revenues steamed past everybody's expectation by like a billion dollars on the back on Windows 7 sales, netting earnings of $6.7 billion, or 74 cents a share, up 60%. It captured record revenues of $19.02 billion, up 14% year-over-year. Operating income came in at $8.51 billion, up 43%. Microsoft said it recognized $1.71 billion in deferred revenue from its Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program and Win7 pre-sales to OEMs and retailers before general availability o... (more)