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…


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…


Windows Azure Security 101

I get a bunch of security-related questions daily specifically targeted toward Windows Azure everyday.  I’m always steering people in the the direction of information readily available online.   I want to reiterate some of the key guidance to refer to before deploying Windows Azure cloud applications.  Through enhanced knowledge, you have the ability to reduce the…


Visual Studio 2010 :: Free Learning Resources

Just Published: Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance The Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance consists of compact “cheat sheets” for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010, addressing the core problem of teams in the field who are unaware of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server capabilities or have little time…


Getting started with Microsoft Cloud Computing

We have a new section on our Visual Studio Developer Center over at MSDN, for getting started on our cloud computing stack.You will find free downloads, blog postings, developer resource kits, community resources and more linked conveniently from this page.If you’re using Visual Studio, make it a web favorite and/or your VS start page, and you’ll…


Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta Rumors && Introducing the PHP SDK for Windows Azure

I love the rumor mill.  It’s been running rampant on the net.  Stuff like how we may buy SAP, devour Yahoo, make Google actually RTM something, and are overthrowing the universe make it somehow more pleasurable for me to work and read the free press daily.  IMHO, it’s my own little comedy, soap opera and…


SharePoint Team Blog: Announcing SharePoint Server 2010 Preliminary System Requirements

  This is a cross-posting from the Sharepoint Team Blog: We’ve heard loud and clear that you want system requirements information as early as possible to assist in your budgeting and planning, so today we’re happy to announce (and confirm) some preliminary system requirements for SharePoint Server 2010: SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only….


Keeping abreast of SharePoint Server 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure Services Platform

Well, it’s official. The SharePoint Product Group (PG) just released the news on their MSDN blog (, about the formal naming of “SharePoint Server 2010”. I’m very excited about the news, because it drops the “MOSS” acronym, and represents the product in-line with it’s true incarnation as a Server platform. Yes, it is still part…