Building a massively-multiplayer game on Microsoft Azure

  Every now and again, a really intriguing opportunity comes along that’s just impossible to resist. Age of Ascents is one such case. In the spring of 2013, Illyriad, a small UK games company with an existing massively-multiplayer real-time strategy game, approached Microsoft and said: “We want to build a game that could host the…


Azure Tooling: Deploy Java apps to Azure from JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA

  There’s been a lot of news coming out of Barcelona this week. Whether you work on Microsoft Azure, Windows or Office 365, develop for Windows, iOS or Android, it’s likely that TechEd Europe has had something for you. But one piece of news you may not have read about comes from Microsoft subsidiary Microsoft…


Guidance to Get You Started with Microsoft Azure and CoreOS

  Microsoft Azure made some pretty big news last week and one of the things I’m especially jazzed about is the added support for CoreOS, a new Linux distribution designed specifically for warehouse scale computing environments. Since its release earlier this year, CoreOS has taken the Linux developer community by storm, and for good reason….


Simplifying high-scale computing applications with Orleans

This spring at //Build we announced the preview release of “Orleans”, a cloud programming model that originated in Microsoft Research and is built on the well-established Actor model. What’s great about Orleans is its simple and elegant approach to building distributed, high-scale computing applications, without the need to learn and apply complex concurrency or other…


A Recap of the Edupoint Hackfest

About six months ago Microsoft DX conducted a hackfest with Edupoint, a software vendor based in Arizona that builds Student Information Systems (SIS) – solutions to help teachers track each student’s progress and identify where changes might be needed. For the last several years, Edupoint has been relying on Infrastructure as a Service VMs to…


Creating the Perfect Front Door for Web App Development

Ask most any enterprise developer about their biggest challenges when building a website or service and they are likely to respond with “access control,” “making sure your site can be monitored,” or “putting in place a system for managing rolling updates.” Capabilities like these may not turn heads, but without them your service offering will…


Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

Last month we held a hackathon with Skyline Technologies, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in building solutions for the manufacturing sector. Roughly one-quarter of the jobs in that region are in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry is already experiencing a revolution with the introduction of highly intelligent machines, self-service business intelligence, and role-based displays. At Microsoft,…


Enabling Cross-Device and Cross-Service Magic at Cloud Expo

This week I was at the Cloud Expo Conference in Silicon Valley talking about what developers need and doing some demos that showed how open Microsoft is when it comes to the cloud, devices, and app development.  Attendees told us they were amazed when we started the talk by demonstrating how developers can build an Android…