Azure@home Part 13: Remote Desktop Configuration

This post is part of a series diving into the implementation of the @home With Windows Azure project, which formed the basis of a webcast series by Developer Evangelists Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil.  Be sure to read the introductory post for the context of this and subsequent articles in the series. As you likely…

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Firestarter: Silverlight for Windows 7

Here’s another free series of events brought to you in early 2011 by my East Coast colleagues: Dave Isbitski, Dani Diaz, Joe Healy, and Glen Gordon. Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together, you have the power to build smart, visually stunning applications that truly light up. …

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Azure is Free… Times Three

I’d like to say the season of giving has inspired us, but that’s not really the case.  Windows Azure usage – with limits, of course – has been freely available for a while, but I’ve found that not all that many folks know about it, or about how easy it is to sign up. Now…

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Announcing HTML5 Labs

The report of the completion of HTML 5 is an exaggeration. (with apologies to Mark Twain) As you hopefully know by now, despite the hype, HTML 5 is not a completed specification.  In fact, back in 2008, the author of the specification, Ian Hickson, estimated HTML 5 wouldn’t be a Proposed Recommendation until 2022!  Indeed,…

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Azure@home Part 12: The Move to SDK 1.3

This post is part of a series diving into the implementation of the @home With Windows Azure project, which formed the basis of a webcast series by Developer Evangelists Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil.  Be sure to read the introductory post for the context of this and subsequent articles in the series. It’s been about…

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The Imagine Cup (of Coffee!)

As you may know, the United States, specifically New York City, will play host to the Imagine Cup finals next year.   Simply put, Imagine Cup is the premier student technology competition through which university and high school teams attack some of the world’s toughest problems with innovative uses of technology.  Here’s what First Lady Michelle…

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Random Hacks of Kindness – Dec 5, 2010

Microsoft, along with ITA Software, CrisisCamp Boston, and the Boston University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, is sponsoring Random Hacks of Kindness #2.  Random Hacks of Kindness is a weekend event bringing together developers and other tech-savvy volunteers for a hackathon focusing on building solutions to support disaster risk management, such as during earthquake and…

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Windows Azure: Shiny and New

If you attended PDC or have watched some of the sessions (all of which are available on demand – how cool is that?!), you know there were a LOT (four pages worth) of announcements of upcoming functionality for Windows Azure, some of which were to be available by the end of this year, some in…

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Developer Guidance Maps

Wrapping your head around the latest Microsoft technologies is no easy task – there are a lot of them, and they move fast!  Often Bing is your best friend, but even those results can be overwhelming – how do you separate the wheat from the chaff, the current from the “5-minutes-ago?”   Well, just as a…

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Showcase Your Windows 7 Application on CNET

One year after its release, adoption to the [Windows 7] desktop operating system is exceeding expectations Only 7 percent of those surveyed by Forrester a year ago said they planned to deploy Windows 7 this year, yet 46 percent actually said they have begun or will begin deployments. "Ninety percent of customers have plans in…

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