Windows Azure – Date/Time and Locale

Happy Holidays! Well, my vacation time is quickly coming to an end, and soon it will be the New Year! I’m consistently asked what the default date/time sttings are when deploying to Windows Azure.  It may not be obvious to developers new to the platform.  All Windows Azure servers utilize UTC time, and ‘en-US’ locale…

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Windows Azure Training Kit – December 2010

Today we have released an updated version of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit & Courses – you can download the training kit here or walkthrough the hands-on labs on MSDN here. The December release of the training kit includes several new and updated hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations for the Windows Azure November…

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Windows Azure Billing Link

For many of you using Windows Azure, you may have noticed there is no good way to get from the new portal experience to your billing. (You may have not noticed yet, if you like to pay bills without reviewing your statements, and that’s fine too.) We’re aware of the issue, and there is a…

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Windows Azure Bootcamps, coming to a city near you.

Don’t forget to get the newest SDK, packed with features, out at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7a1089b6-4050-4307-86c4-9dadaa5ed018 and here are some upcoming Azure bootcamps and events: Azure Bootcamps – Sign up now and get your Cloud Power flowing. Date WWE URL Location 1/19/2011 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032468989&Culture=en-US Cleveland, OH 1/19/2011 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032468991&Culture=en-US Austin, TX 1/25/2011 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032468992&Culture=en-US Waukesha, WI 1/25/2011 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032468993&Culture=en-US Cincinnati, OH 2/1/2011…

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Windows Azure – Feature Packed Cloud Power

Working as a lead on the Windows Azure Testing & Adoption Program team over the last two years has been quite a lot of fun work.  I have been engaging and navigating our select group of “bleeding-edge” customers through a ton of new features that have kept it even more challenging and exciting daily.  To…

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Windows Azure Platform MSDN Offer Extension

Microsoft is extending the availability of the current Windows Azure Platform MSDN offer through March 31, 2011. Anyone signing up for this offer is guaranteed to receive the current monthly benefit for 16 months from the date of their enrollment. As the monthly level of benefits is greater than what was previously being considered for…

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NEW Cloud Computing & Windows Azure Learning “Snacks”

“What is Cloud Computing?” “How do I get started on the Azure platform?” “How can organizations benefit by using Dynamics CRM Online?” These are some of the questions answered by Microsoft’s new series of Cloud/Azure Learning Snacks.  Time-strapped?  You can learn something new in less than five minutes!  Try a “snack” today or click here…

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Caching ASP.NET Content and Leveraging VM Local Storage with Windows Azure

Very recently I had a customer who approached me with a concern, and their problem resembles some common architectural guidance we have been talking with other customers about.  I am hopeful this post fills a void in one or two areas for many of you using Windows Azure. The scenarios was that this customer has…

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Initial Windows Azure Benefits Doubled for MSDN Subscribers

I just found out today that effective immediately, MSDN subscribers at the Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark levels are eligible for 16 months of Windows Azure platform benefits instead of 8 months. This increased commitment to MSDN subscribers demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to building a strong ecosystem of developers on the Windows Azure platform. If you are…

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HCL Technologies is “All-IN”

Technology firm HCL Technologies, offers an on-premises software application, manageCarbon that helps businesses aggregate, analyze, and manage carbon emissions data. The application, which connects to customers’ enterprise systems to extract key emissions data, is growing in popularity due to the increasing regulatory demands placed on businesses to report carbon emissions. HCL wanted to lower the…

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