Microsoft creates a “Server and Cloud Division”

The Windows Server Division weblog announced yesterday that the people who build Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, SQL Azure, Visual Studio and System Center will all now be part of the same organization, Server and Cloud Division (SCD).   This re-org is part of a transition for the Azure cloud business from a set of…

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Windows Azure Service Managment API now in CTP

The Windows Azure team released a Community Technology Preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API the other day.  This API is REST-based, and currently supports the following operations (according to the Windows Azure team blog): Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the deployment. Listing and viewing…

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FedEx QuickShip Revisited

Jon Box has short post today talking about our partnership with FedEx a while back to help them build and launch their FedEx QuickShip service.  The formal launch was on stage with Bill Gates at the Office Developers Conference – exciting times!  I think FedEx has been pretty pleased with the reception of FedEx QuickShip…

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Intro to Windows Azure in one slide

 NOTE: Microsoft just changed the branding a bit so this slide needs to be updated – basically, the Azure Service Platform becomes the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Data Services becomes SQL Azure.  Live Services leaves the platform (does not go away, but will emphasize affinity with Windows). -JCM July 14, 2009 Here’s an intro to Windows Azure…

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Ray Ozzie speaks on Google Wave

Courtesy of Ina Fried, here’s Ray Ozzie speaking about Google Wave at Silicon Valley’s Churchhill Club.    In a nutshell, Ozzie compares Google Wave to Groove, and calls it anti-web because the ethos of the web is about open data formats, open protocols, and technologies that are simple enough for people to implement themselves.  He…

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How WPF can help your golf game, or PING’s new beginning

This app from PING, called nFlight, is extremely cool.  Beautiful, sophisticated, and fun.  nFlight analyzes your golf swing to develop specifications for custom fit golf clubs.  The app performs complex simulations and renders beautiful displays that show actual ball flight with different club parameters, humidity levels, wind conditions, etc.  It even shows the leaves blowing…

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Cool new spatial analysis for SharePoint users

I’ve always been sort of a map nut.  In fact, I love maps (there, I said it! 🙂 ).  Way back when I was Director of Elections for a county out in the State of Washington, I used to spend a lot of time with maps.  In particular, we had a map of the county…

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Wait, does All Things D / BoomTown actually agree with Microsoft on Software-plus-services?

Did I just hear Kara Swisher from All Things Digital’s BoomTown blog let it slip that she agrees with Microsoft on “Software-plus-services”?     Kara interviewed Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, about 10 days back and asked him about his view on innovation and trends in the industry.  See interview below (the Software-plus-services stuff…

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Symmetry between SQL Server and SQL Data Services – video interview

Patric McElroy, Group Program Manager of SQL Data Services team talks with Michael Cote of RedMonk about what’s coming with the new SDS, and where there will be symmetry with SQL Server.  Really nice interview!  This was recorded a few weeks back at MIX09.  A few nuggets that stood out to me: SDS will support…

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Video – Zune on Windows Mobile 7 vs. The Greater Sum

Just saw this fun video from a post over at Live Side… funny thing, they hone in on whether or not one of the device interfaces is a preview of Windows Mobile 7 with a Zune app.  To me, the the far more interesting thing is the qualitatively new, boundary-spanning experience they paint using technologies…

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