Windows Phone 7 PDC Sessions

  The release of Windows Phone 7 is upon us and the excitement is growing.   If you have not had a chance to explore the platform you are in luck.   There are several Windows Phone 7 sessions on the agenda at PDC10.    All session will be streamed live and available on-demand this year.  Streamed Sessions…


Misys Extends Applications with Azure

  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Discusses Global Alliance with Misys to Extend Financial Services Applications to the Cloud Microsoft announced at SIBOS a new strategic partnership with Misys, the global application software and services company, to enable innovative delivery of banking services on the Windows Azure Platform.   This is a great example of an…


How ISVs can take advantage of the Windows Azure Platform for developing Software as a Service solutions

FabrikamShipping SaaS is an end to end sample scenario which demonstrates how to take advantage of the Windows Azure platform for developing and running software as a service solutions. Join Vittorio for a 30 minutes grand tour of the demo structure, the patters it implements, and the ways in which you can explore the scenario…


Extreme2010: An exclusive readiness and networking event for Dynamics CRM Partners

While Dynamics CRM Team is doing the finishing touch to launch CRM 2011, let’s get-together to network and learn exciting opportunities to grow your business.   Thanks to John Verdon from TAMDR (The Association of Microsoft Dynamics Resellers) for hosting this conference, in a great place (Las Vegas) and at the best time (just before…


New York City signs up for Microsoft’s cloud

The Bloomberg administration will consolidate 45 separate Microsoft contracts into one $20 million multi-agency deal that will feature many cloud computing functions.         This morning, October 20, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a comprehensive technology partnership to modernize the City’s IT infrastructure, anchored by a…


A BizSpark Success Story

My friend Stephen Forte has just built and sold another company: TritonWorks. In a nutshell, TritonWorks is Expedia.com for Ocean Freight Container shipping. Built with ASP.NET and a backend system built in WinForms. It uses SQL Server 2008R2 and Visual Studio 2010. It has some OData there too.   This was all done with the…


Can Windows Phone 7 Multi-Task?

They say that Windows Phone 7 can’t multitask. They’re wrong. If you are in New York on October 21st Charles Petzold will give a programmer’s perspective on the multitasking features of Windows Phone 7, including tombstoning, asynchronous operations,…(read more)

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Sending Email from a Windows Azure Application

A very common architectural design requirement is a web application that must send email confirmations at the end of a transaction.  In order to move that application into Windows Azure the ability to send email confirmations must be handled. Windows Azure does not normally provide this capability. The first of this two-part blog post series,…


AppFabric Caching Services – Benchmark Report

Interested in how AppFabric might scale and at what cost?  Take a look at the following benchmark report on MSDN. Microsoft® Windows® Server AppFabric vs. IBM® WebSphere® eXtreme Scale 7.1 Benchmark Report