Learn Windows Azure LIVE Online Next Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus next Tuesday, December 13, 2011 for “Learn Windows Azure”, a FREE event for developers to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud with Windows Azure. At this event you will learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Scott Guthrie, Dave…

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Deploying VM Roles with Affinity Groups (and the pain of VMRole development)

Quick tip: When setting up your Windows Azure Hosted Services, if your planning on using VMRole instances, with a base image tied to an Affinity Group, make sure your Hosted Service belongs to that specific Affinity Group.   I found out the hard way, sometimes some obvious deployments aren’t so obvious. Let me explain: I have…

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New Azure Powershell Cmdlets now available.

Microsoft released a new version of the Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets out on CodePlex. http://wappowershell.codeplex.com/releases (2.0). To read up on the new functionality (and breaking changes), Michael Washam has provided a summary blog post: http://michaelwasham.com/2011/09/16/announcing-the-release-of-windows-azure-platform-powershell-cmdlets-2-0/ There is a more detailed readme in the download, under the /docs directory when you install the Cmdlets, either as…

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Sync Framework Toolkit now Open Source!

I got a note today from Rob Tiffany, another one of our brilliant Microsoft Architects. (I saw another one, because I like to think I am as brilliant… [Note: I do work for Microsoft too.]) Here’s Rob’s note: Sync Framework is an amazingly effective, provider-based framework for syncing just about anything, and in fact, is…

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Happy Birthday Win95 and XP!

· 16 years ago today, Windows 95 (codename “Chicago”) was launched to the world. o Windows 95 brought innovations like the “Start” button, preemptive multitasking with a new kernel, “Plug and Play” functionality, and a new file system that gave us long file names! It required a 386DX CPU, 4MB of RAM, and 50MB hard…

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Vote today for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award

The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year, more than 350,000 students from 183 countries and regions registered to compete and, from July 8-13, the finalists (more than 400 students from…

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Meet Windows Phone v.Next (aka "Mango")

You can upgrade to a Windows Phone now and update it for free when the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, is available this fall. Easier to connect and share     Threads—Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger, within the same conversation.       Groups—Group contacts into personalized Live Tiles…

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Cybercriminals Using Marketing-Like Approaches to Target Consumers

The Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is an investigation of the current threat landscape. It analyzes exploits, vulnerabilities, and malware based on data from over 600 million systems worldwide, as well as internet services, and three Microsoft Security Centers. The latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR v10) Volume 10 uncovers evolving threat landscape trend information from more…

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Windows Azure Training Kit – April 2011 Update Available!

  It’s been awhile since I have been blogging…  Mostly this has been due to extensive travel and customer site work over the past few months, for the Windows Azure Technical Adoption Program, and Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy Worldwide Azure Team.  I am an integral team member of both teams, and the past few months I have been teaching…

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Safer Internet Day 2011

Today is international Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among children and youth.  Organized each year by Brussels-based Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, February 8, 2011, marks the eighth installment of SID. This year’s theme focuses on “our virtual lives”…

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