Microsoft's upcoming conference for developers //BUILD 2012 has sold out in just one hour of the opeining of the registration.
For those still interested, you can still go to the BUILD web site and sign up for a wait list you can sign up for should any spots come available.
In other Microsoft news, Pulse, a popular mobile new app is now available on the Web with Internet Explorer 10.
Pulse is built in HTML5, and it works great with any modern browser, but with IE10 on Windows 8, it brings the touch experience.
"Perfect for "modern" touch: To date, touch in a browser environment has been pretty limited. Basic swipe and tap commands are really it, constrained by a browser platform that essentially only supports elementary gestures. Pinching the Pulse home screen will result in the entire page resizing fluidly to add content. A "stick-to-your-finger" experience with every swipe, loading the next news article in the queue," the pulse team stated.
Additionally, on touch PCs and tablets, IE10 allows a two finger side-swipe to bring your reading pane into view, giving Pulse users an easy and fluid access to the content they care about (something their app doesn't even do).
Pulse for the Web is available today at http://www.pulse.me.
Also, Microsoft is prepping opening temporary "pop-up" stores in about a dozen cities in North America for a 2012 holiday season. Microsoft officials earlier this summer confirmed stating that they planned to open a number of temporary "pop-up" holiday stores this year. At the time, they didn't specify where these stores would be.
Also, in the summer of 2011, Microsoft said that it planned to open 75 new Microsoft Stores in the subsequent two to three years. There are curently about two dozen Microsoft Stores.
Microsoft will have 44 permanent retail stores in place by the end of June 2013, Microsoft said during Worldwide Partner Conference in June of this year.
Following are among the venues advertising for temporary Microsoft Store (via):
San Antonio, Texas
St. Louis, Mo.
Also, today, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring the latest crime prevention and counterterrorism technology capabilities to worldwide law enforcement, public safety and intelligence agencies, among others.
To this end, the NYPD with Microsoft developing the "Domain Awareness System (DAS),: a sophisticated law enforcement technology solution that aggregates and analyzes public safety data in real time, providing NYPD investigators and analysts with a comprehensive view of potential threats and criminal activity.
As part of the agreement, the NYPD will receive 30 percent of revenue from the sales of the DAS system to other customers worldwide.
"This new system capitalizes on new, powerful policing software that allows police officers and other personnel to more quickly access relevant information gathered from existing cameras, 911 calls, previous crime reports, and other existing tools and technology. It will help the NYPD do more to prevent crimes from occurring and help them respond to crimes even more effectively. And because the NYPD built the system in partnership with Microsoft, the sale of the product will generate revenue for the city that will fund more new crime-prevention and counterterrorism programs," Microsoft said.