Quicksteps to get started with PHP on Windows Azure

The weather in the northern hemisphere is still a little nippy, and if you’re like me, you’re spending a lot of time indoors with family and friends enjoying the holiday season. If you’re spending some of your time catching up and learning new things in the wonderful world of cloud computing, we have a holiday…

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Prototyping Early W3C HTML5 Specifications

Today we launched the HTML5 Labs Web site, a place where we prototype early and not yet fully stable drafts of specifications developed by the W3C and other standard organizations.  These prototypes will help us have informed discussions with developer communities, and give implementation experience with the draft specifications that will generate feedback to improve…

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IndexedDB Prototype Available for Internet Explorer

As we launch our new HTML5 Labs today, this is one of two guest blogs about the first two HTML5 prototypes. It is written by Pablo Castro, a Principal Architect in Microsoft’s Business Platform Division. With the HTML5 wave of features, Web applications will have most of the building blocks required to build full-fledged experiences…

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Introducing the WebSockets Prototype

As we launch our new HTML5 Labs today, this is one of two guest blogs about the first two HTML5 prototypes. It is written by Tomasz Janczuk, a Principal Development Lead in Microsoft’s Business Platform Division. In my blog post from last summer I wrote about a prototype .NET implementation of two drafts of the…

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HTML5 Video and Interoperability: Firefox Add-On Provides H.264 Support on Windows

As you know, Microsoft is committed to interoperability, and the IE team has previously blogged about and provided developer previews and samples showing “Same Markup” – the same HTML, CSS, and script working across browsers – in action. Today, as part of the interoperability bridges work we do on this team, we’re making available a…

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WS-I Completes Web Services Interoperability Standards Work

The final three Web services profiles developed by the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) have been approved by WS-I’s membership. Approval of the final materials for Basic Profile (BP) 1.2 and 2.0, and Reliable Secure Profile (RSP) 1.0 marks the completion of the organization’s work. Since 2002, WS-I has developed profiles, sample applications, and testing…

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Zend Framework 1.11 Ships

At the annual ZendCon 2010 in Santa Clara, CA today, Zend Technologies announced general availability of Zend Framework 1.11, the latest release of its PHP application framework. This adds support for mobile application development and includes the open source Simple Cloud API, which allows PHP developers to build portable cloud applications. The Zend Framework is…

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Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP: new update, new tutorial

Things are moving pretty fast! A few weeks back we announced a series of new and updated Tools/SDKs for PHP developers targeting Windows Azure, which included the Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse/PHP, a comprehensive set of tools that use the Eclipse development environment to create, test and deploy modern cloud applications for the Windows Azure…


Windows Azure Platform gets easier for PHP developers to write modern cloud applications

This week, I’m attending the Open Source India conference, in Chennai, India where I had the chance to participate in the opening keynote. During my talk, I gave a quick overview of the Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform, and I illustrated some elements through a series of demos. I used this opportunity to unveil…