Announcing free inbound data transfers to Windows Azure!

News Flash: All inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free for all billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011.   This can represent very significant savings if an application currently has substantial amounts of inbound traffic or if you have large quantities of existing data that you want…

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Microsoft wins Best Cloud Service award at Cloud Computing World Series Awards

Microsoft has won the Best Cloud Service award at the 2011 Cloud Computing World Series Awards. Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards was presented to attending winners at the 3rd annual Cloud Computing World Forum on June 21st in Olympia, London. Since the Windows Azure platform became generally available…

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Announcing the Rock Paper Azure Challenge – Grand Tournament

Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors? Then you already know how to play the game. Now’s your chance to code your own player “bot” and test your skills online against players from seven countries. The Grand Prize tournament winner will take home $5,000, Second place wins $1,000 and the 10 runners-up each get $250….

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Creating Facebook Apps That Can Easily Handle a Crowd

With 600 million users, even marginally successful apps and promotions need massive scale.  Learn how to do so here.  Then get your own no-cost Azure account CODE webcastpass, and deploy your 1st app in as little as 30 mins Facebook welcomes 750k new users per day. Consequently, it’s not unheard of to create a promotion…

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Get up to $150 cash back* when you buy one SQL Azure Core subscription

Microsoft designed the Windows Azure Platform to make it very easy for you to move your app to the cloud: use the tools you know, deploy your app on multiple instances without having to worry about servers, VMs or load balancers and enjoy the peace of mind that someone is minding the security patches, upgrades…

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Webcast: Building Phone Applications with Windows Azure

So, you’re building phone apps for Windows Phone 7 –maybe even iPhone/iPad – and you’re curious about what the cloud can offer.  Is it possible to deploy scalable, mobile Web applications on Windows Azure? How about storing data in the cloud?  Is it possible to use the cloud for push notifications to the device?   …

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Looking for Good Windows Azure Guidance?

For some excellent Windows Azure guidance from the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Group don’t miss: Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform And for a free Windows Azure Pass cloud account and how to try it out very quickly see:…

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Windows Azure Appliance News

Fujitsu Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. have announced that the first release of its Global Cloud Platform service powered by Windows Azure, running in Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan, will be launched in August 2011. The launch of this service is the result of the global strategic partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft announced in July 2010. The…

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Cloudy in New York!

This year for the second year in a row I presented a talk at Cloud Expo in New  York.  This time I had one of the two General (full-audience) sessions on the first day.  My talk: Patterns for Cloud Computing was attended by about 800 in the main presentation hall and overflow room.  Using the…

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Try Windows Azure in 30 Minutes!

Try a free Windows Azure Pass cloud account (CODE: webvisions), and put up your 1st Windows Azure app in as little as 30 minutes . The new MyToDo app posted on CodePlex works with your free Azure Pass to give you a quick introduction to Windows Azure. Unlike most trial procedures that start with developing…

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