Windows Azure for MSDN Premium Subscribers & BizSpark Members

Starting January 4th, MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members in 21 countries can sign up for Windows Azure Platform benefits. Previously, we communicated that the Azure benefit usage for subscribers would be limited to development and testing. We’ve lifted this restriction so that customers will be able to use their Azure benefits for normal (production)…

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Cool Developer Portal changes and Windows Azure CDN details!!!

Our changes for the Azure Development Portal have gone live.. this will be supporting our commercial release at PDC on Nov. 16th The new features in this release are the following: · CDN support · Custom domains · Cert management & Configuration · Estimated times and progress indicators · New icons (COOOOL!) · Security fixes…

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.NET Services November CTP Released

The November CTP of Microsoft .NET Services has released today, and you can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/developers/dotnetservices/.   The latest .NET Services CTP includes some key design changes announced previously to the Service Bus (SB) and the Access Control Services (ACS).   SB and ACS now include the feature set that will be available when we enter…

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Our Azure Portal gets a facelift.

If you haven’t stopped by in awhile, you may notice our cloud computing Windows Azure Platform portal site has received a facelift. It now has a more intuitive UI, with expanded sections:   Check it out and let us know what you think. Have fun! Eric

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 now available to MSDN Subscribers. :)

Visual Studio has been the development backbone for any Microsoft enabled developer. Now, the latest and greatest incarnation of Visual Studio is out for the engineering carnage to ensue. (Architorture anyone?)  With Beta 2 we set out to increase stability, improve performance, and finalize all end-to-end scenarios so we can get final feedback from our…

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30 Days until Commercial Launch of Windows Azure (oh and some light changes here and there.. )

That’s right, 30 more days until the PDC 2009 conference in Los Angeles. (microsoftpdc.com) We’ve been hunkering down and gearing up for what will be an amazing launch, and some truly outstanding evidence of what the Windows Azure Platform can do. I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised, and coinciding with Windows 7…

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Top 5 Reasons to Encourage Your Friends and Family to Move to Windows 7

You help people every day at work make the most out of your company’s IT resources. You’ve got the leading-edge knowledge to help your company understand how important it is to consider the move to Windows 7. But what about your friends and family? We know that you’re considered the de facto “computer person” for…

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Under-the-Hood of Windows Azure.

I’ve had a bunch of folks asking me lately on how our Windows Azure platform works “under-the-hood” (for example, the fabric controller) and about data center security.  If your interested in either, there are two publically available resources which give you quite a bit of insight, which I will direct you to: A PDC 2008…

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Just Released: Two additional Windows Azure compute features.

Yes, that’s right, we’ve gone ahead and enabled two very cool and sought after features today: In-Place Upgrade and the Service Management APIs.   In-Place Upgrade enables you to incrementally roll a new version of your service over the existing version without first deploying the new version to staging. With this new mechanism, you can…

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It’s all about Data

o Data centers we have built from the ground up: Those are Quincy, Washington and San Antonio, Texas. o Data centers currently under construction: Those are Dublin, Ireland and Chicago, Illinois. · How we choose future data center locations: When choosing future data center sites, we take into account over 35 weighted criteria in our…

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