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Surface Pro in Switzerland – Availability Date and Price announced.

Via: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/mediacorner/de/PressRelease.aspx?title=Surface_Pro_kommt_in_die_Schweiz___&id=8ea440d0-c945-446e-b359-062882c09fe7

Surface Pro will be available in Switzerland on May 30th, priced as follows:

  64 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 959.-
128 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 1‘059.-

The following accessories will be available at launch:

• Touch Cover at CHF 130.- (recommended retail price)

• Type Cover at CHF 140.- (recommended retail price)

• Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition at CHF 79.90 (recommended retail price)

WebMatrix 3 released, ready for free download.

WebMatrix is a free, lightweight web development tool we first introduced in 2010, and which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js.  

Today’s release includes a ton of great new features.  You can easily get started by downloading it, and watching an introduction video:

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Get more in-depth information on http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/05/01/announcing-the-release-of-webmatrix-3.aspx

OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin

It’s only been a few weeks since Microsoft has released an update for the free OneNote app for Windows 8. Today, the company released yet another update that adds a feature that will please many users who access OneNote on touchscreen devices like the Surface.

As described on the official Office blog, the new version now allows anyone to draw on the app just with their finger on a touchscreen, instead of using a pen or stylus. To access the feature, users simply tap on the app’s radial menu and select the Draw option.

via OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin.

Surface Pro coming to Switzerland before the end of May

Surface Pro will launch before the end of May in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Surface Pro will launch in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.Surface Pro is currently available in the U.S., Canada, and China.

via Expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT Availability.

This is great news!

Mañana Mail from Microsoft Research.

Microsoft Research has released a plug-in for Outlook called Mañana Mail.

This little helper adds a “Send at 9:00” (or any predefined time) button to your mail that allows you to schedule your mail to be sent at the specified time the next day.

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There is also an undo-feature that pops up for 10 secs when you send any message, allowing you to abort sending of the message or reschedule it to be sent “mañana”. How ofthen have I pressed “send” only to freak out about what I just did… Wrong To:, missing attachment or premature sending.

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is ready for download.

Via Soma Somasegar’s Blog

Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) has been released and is now available for download

Just as with VS2012.1 (which is installed as part of VS2012.2 for those of you who don’t already have VS2012.1 installed), this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback we’ve received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market.  The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience.

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 offers enhancements in the following areas.

Agile planning. Visual Studio 2012 introduced a wide range of capabilities focused on enabling agile teams, not only for development but also for planning.  With VS2012.2, Team Foundation Server (TFS) has been augmented with an additional variety of features to help make it even easier for agile teams to do their planning, in particular around adapting to a team’s preferences and work styles.

Quality Enablement. This update introduces web-based access to the Test Case Management tools in TFS such that users can now author, edit, and execute test cases through the web portal.  It also includes the ability to profile unit tests (with results across both the unit tests and the code under test surfaced through a single report), improved unit testing support for both asynchronous code and for interactions with the UI, unit testing support for Windows Phone 8 apps, unit test playlists that enable a subset of tests to be managed together, significant improvements around testing for SharePoint 2013 (web and load testing, unit testing with emulators, coded UI support, and IntelliTrace support), and more.

Windows Store development. VS2012.2 includes additional new features for Windows Store development, beyond the quality enablement capabilities already mentioned.  For example, VS2012.1 included a new memory profiling tool for apps implemented with JavaScript, enabling developers to better understand the memory usage of their apps, to find and fix leaks, and so forth; for VS2012.2, we continued to invest in improved diagnostics for JavaScript apps with a new profiling tool that helps diagnose UI responsiveness issues and latency in visual updates.  This release also incorporates the latest version of the Windows App Certification Kit.

Line-of-business development. Beyond improved support for building Windows Store apps, VS2012.2 also brings with it a wealth of new and improved capabilities for developing and modernizing line-of-business (LOB) apps.  This includes the ability to use LightSwitch to easily build cross-browser and mobile web clients with HTML and JavaScript, with support to target SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.  It includes support in Blend for SketchFlow, WPF 4.5, and Silverlight 5.  And more.

Development experience. As developers spend so much of their time using the IDE, it’s important that Visual Studio provide as streamlined an experience as possible.  Towards that end, we continually invest in new features and productivity enhancements to make the IDE the best and most productive environment possible, a trend we continue with VS2012.2.  Code map has been updated with improved responsiveness as well as with debugger integration, providing a visual perspective on the relationships and dependencies in code being debugged.  Symbol loading has been improved across both the profiling and IntelliTrace experiences.  The Workflow designer now has an improved debugging experience.  The XAML design surface in both Blend and the Visual Studio editor includes multiple performance and reliability improvements, in particular when loading large projects and when using third-party controls.  The IDE’s light and dark themes are now joined by a third, blue theme.  And more, such as including all of the improvements made available through ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2.

A more expansive list of what’s new in VS2012.2, including new features and bug fixes, is also available.

WebMatrix 3 Preview now available for download.

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Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/next/

Key features include:

Your Companion for the Cloud

When you create local projects, you’ll be able to instantly get a companion website in Windows Azure without ever leaving WebMatrix. Using the Publish button, you can easily keep these sites in sync and save your changes to the cloud.

Remote Site Editing

Simply open your remote sites, make changes, and hit Save. The lightweight performance and full editing capability (including intellisense) make it feels like you are editing a local site!

Source Control with TFS

Team Foundation Service is Microsoft’s hot new source control service in the cloud. WebMatrix 3 makes it simple and fun to work with your code using TFS for any project in the cloud, or on site.

Source Control with Git

Plug into GitHub, CodePlex, and Team Foundation Service to start sharing your code with the world. Whether you’re a newcomer to git, or a seasoned pro, you’ll find all of the features you would expect in a powerful but easy to use tool.