Azure ARM template for Cool Storage

Azure Cool Blob Storage has been made available a few weeks ago. With this new type of Azure Storage account, you can store your cool objects at a lower price than typical hot data while still being able to use the same performance in accessing the data when needed. I wanted to have my Azure Resource…


Using the Azure API Management REST API as workaround to RBAC functionality

If you are using Azure API Management today, you might have noticed the service is only available in the previous Azure management portal. While support in the newly GA’s portal is coming, this does mean that one of the features that the new portal exposes, namely Role Based Access Control (RBAC) is not yet available….


Azure API Management – Using PowerShell for backup and restore

Automation is the new Black, as “said” by Mark Russinovich during AzureCon. One of the ways to automate in Azure is by using PowerShell tools for Azure, next to other options. I’ve been working with Azure API Management for some customers lately, and one interesting short post caught my attention: Full set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets…


How do you build a Windows Store Line-of-Business app?

When building a line-of-business (LOB) app there are numerous things to consider.  Of course you need a great user experience, but what about validating user input, user authentication, how do you deal with application state across suspend-resume, do you roam app state across devices, and there is much more to think about. Now you can…


Joining the Windows 8 App Race? Win Visual Studio headphones and Asus tablets

We want to give you a push in the back to develop great applications – join the Windows 8 App Race and win: How to win Your app(s) need to be published between April 1 and June 15, 2013. Complete the contest form(s) on There is no limit to the number of entries you…


Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

Microsoft just announced the general availability of our Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support! With this release Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network move out of Preview and are now ready to use for your production apps. With Azure Virtual Machines you can deploy and run durable VMs in the cloud, provisioned from…


TechDays Belgium 2013 online: videos and slides now available!

   We organized Microsoft TechDays 2013 in Antwerp two weeks ago, where we welcomed close to 2900 IT Professionals, Developers and Students all enjoying 90+ sessions with top content led by a broad selection of international and local top speakers. A special THANK YOU goes to our partners, our MVP’s and MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts…


Start building apps on Windows 8 – Video training content (French)

As announced by our friends at the Microsoft Innovation Center, Renaud Dumont, their evangelist has put together a set of videos in the form of a training to get started on Windows 8 development. If you speak French, check out the great work they have prepared and jumpstart your Windows 8 app development!  This MOOC…


Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!

Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27th for the 4-locations Belgian Windows 8 first Superhackathon. Code, build, eat, drink & win. Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. We come to your cities (4!), we…


Modern.IE: new tool for web developers for browser testing and compatibility

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Modern.IE: a new web base tool that helps you test, identify, and correct browser compatibility. Whether you are on Windows or not, Modern.IE will help you optimize your site for cross-browser compatibility and provide lots of guidance and tools to help you implement it. To discover what Modern.IE is all…