Rock, Paper, Azure?

How do you stack up against the coding competition? Play weekly and find out!   Did you play Rock, Paper, Scissors as a kid? Does it still determine who makes the afternoon coffee run? Then you already know how to play the game. Now’s your chance to code your own player "bot" and test your…

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Microsoft Cloud Essentials now includes Windows Intune

Last week Microsoft released Windows Intune and I immediately heard from some of the startups I work with, “Microsoft should offer Windows Intune to BizSpark Startups.” Well, good news. Startup and other partners can now get access to Intune through Microsoft Cloud Essentials, a Microsoft Partner Network Program. To qualify for this program, you need…


Database Import and Export for SQL Azure

SQL Azure database users have a simpler way to archive SQL Azure and SQL Server databases, or to migrate on-premises SQL Server databases to SQL Azure. Import and export services through the Data-tier Application (DAC) framework make archival and migration much easier. The import and export features provide the ability to retrieve and restore an…

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Managing Applications in Multiple Public and Private Clouds

At the Microsoft Management Summit on Tuesday, 3/22/11, Brad Anderson announced a new capability in System Center 2012 called Project Codename “Concero”. System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services, thus helping you confidently deliver IT as a Service…

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Ignition Showcase 3.29.2011

  This is a weekly newsletter highlighting new posts on Ignition Showcase that we believe are of value to software companies who want to maximize their effectiveness using Microsoft technologies. Please visit these posts and tell anyone else that might be interested about them. The Business of Being a Software Company BizSpark Case Studies on…

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Windows Azure Boot Camp Webcast Series 2011

Explore the possible with Cloud Computing and Microsoft Windows Azure with the Boot Camp Webcast Companion Series. In this series we take a look from soup to nuts how to get started leveraging the features and functionality of the cloud with Mike Benkovich and Brian Prince. Catch this series live or recorded. Topics include: Understanding…

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Are you coming to Convergence 2011?

I am getting ready to join Convergence 2011 (Atlanta during 10-13 Apr 2011), our biggest Dynamics Customer and Partner Conference. I am delivering following two sessions besides meeting several Partners and Microsoft Folks: CSCRM37 – Streamlining Citizen Services with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for Governments,  on Wed 13Apr11 at 11am under Public Sector Industry Track….

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TechEd 2011–Comprehensive Education for Microsoft IT Professionals

The 19th annual Microsoft Tech·Ed North America conference provides developers and IT professionals the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s current and soon-to-be-released suite of products, solutions and services. Our four day event at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia offers hands-on learning, deep product exploration and opportunities to connect with industry and…

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Imagine Cup – Vote Early and Often. :-)

Why vote for the next top singer, when you can vote for the next idea that will change the world? At Microsoft we see many inspiring technical innovations from students and we’d like to share some amazing projects created for the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.  Vote for one of the projects that inspires you at: …

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Server App-V, New Server Application Packaging and Deployment Options

At The Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, discussed the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta. Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) allows you to separate the application configuration and state from the underlying operating system.  This offers a simplified approach to application deployment and servicing. Which…

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