Our book SOA with .NET and Windows Azure is now available!

I am one of the many coauthors of this wonderful book (I think 😉 that takes a fundamental approach to the realization of SOA with .NET. It also adds a cloud twist by covering Windows Azure as cloud computing platforms are expected  to change the computing landscape as we know it.  The book is available…

Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Phone 7 at TechEd 2010

Here is the summary of the announcements made at TechEd 2010: SQL Azure 50 GB database option will be available on June 28th; until now only 1 GB and 10GB SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core subscription allows 50GB databases at 25% discount; this 6 month offer will be available on August 1st SQL Azure support…

ISHIR moves their on-premise solution to Windows Azure cloud with minimal investment

Technorati Tags: Windows Azure,ISHIR,SQL Azure,Windows Azure Storage One of the Microsoft partners ISHIR (http://www.ishir.com) recently built a Windows Azure solution by migrating their on-premise IT assets to the Microsoft cloud computing platform.  Portability Windows Azure platform allowed quick time to market of the solution as the on-premise web application is almost compatible with Windows Azure….


Silverlight 4 platform for rich applications inside or outside the web browser!

Tim has couple posts that lists the features of Silverlight 4 comprehensively: Read this first to get the list as was announced during last PDC: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/11/18/whats-new-in-silverlight-4-complete-guide-new-features.aspx Few changes to the features listed above: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2010/03/15/whats-new-in-silverlight-4-rc-mix10.aspx All in all, Silverlight is evolving into a comprehensive client platform for building rich applications inside or outside the browser. -Hanu

Restaurant Chain Outback Steakhouse Boosts Guest Loyalty with Social Networking and Cloud Computing

I just come across this  Outback case study which demonstrates the typical use of cloud computing platform in enabling quick time-to-market of a marketing campaign and wanted to share it with broader audience.  Outback combined Facebook with Windows Azure to create a marketing campaign that offered free appetizer coupons for the first 500,000 visitors of…


Windows Phone 7 Series developer story unveiled!

Scott Guthrie today unveiled the much anticipated Windows Phone 7 developer story at MIX10 conference keynote this morning. Windows Phone 7 applications can be built with two technologies: XNA and Silverlight. XNA helps with the rich interactive graphics (supports hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics) UX while Silverlight allows rich UX and data driven applications….

SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010 Launch date announced

Microsoft recently announced the launch date for SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010 as  May 12th, 2010. The original post can be read at: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2010/03/05/sharepoint-2010-office-2010-launch.aspx. – Hanu

Windows Azure Tools from 3rd parties

I come across the following tools and thought it might be helpful to post them here: ClumsyLeaf.com has a tool called Cloud XPlorer which can be found at http://clumsyleaf.com/products/cloudxplorer. I myself haven’t used it but plan to in the near future. Cerebrata has the following useful tools: Windows Azure Diagnostics Manager currently in beta and…