Access Your Business Applications on any Device using Azure RemoteApp

One of the big challenges that organisations face in this new Mobile First, Cloud First world is that not all of the line of business applications that the organisation uses have been built in this modern way, i.e. they have not been built to use cloud technologies or to target the types of mobile devices…

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Microsoft Azure Review of 2014

2014 has been a massive year for Microsoft Azure. We have seen Azure show up as the only leader across PaaS, IaaS and Storage according to Gartner and is now positioned very strongly against competitors like Amazon and Google, in fact in terms of data centre reach Azure is twice the size of AWS and…

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Polyglot Compute – A Pattern for Running Modern Applications

One thing that has always amazed me is how people tend to latch on to the latest trend, even if that trend offers limited value. Maybe it’s the desire to keep current and not look silly or maybe it’s our built-in nature to change and adapt and not stay stuck in our old ways and habits. Don’t…

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Learn Azure with the Microsoft Virtual Academy

One question I am asked a lot is what online training is available for Microsoft Azure, especially considering the cadence at which we are adding new features, online training is definitely proving important for developers, IT pros and data scientists. The great news is that we have an online training academy where you can access hundreds…

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Activating your 5 free Azure Accounts on BizSpark

[Please note that this post is quite out of date in that some of the interfaces and the programme itself have changed. A lot of the content will still be useful so I am keeping the post alive but please be aware of the changes] The BizSpark programme provides many benefits to start-ups including access…

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National Transport Data now in Bing

Bing Maps and National Transport Data I am delighted to announce that Irish transport data is now integrated with Bing, meaning when you use Bing to get directions you can choose to see transport options for that journey. This is a fantastic example of local Microsoft staff working with the National Transport Authority to integrate the appropriate…

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Creating a Stretched Network on Microsoft Azure

Take Full Advantage of a Global Array of Data Centres One of the really powerful advantages of using Microsoft Azure to host any application or workload is the global reach it provides. That is, the ability to take advantage of a global array of data centres to reach new employees or customers. To date, you…

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Meet Cortana and Windows Phone 8.1

One of the big announcements at build 2014 was Windows Phone 8.1 which offers a serious amount of functionality over and above Windows Phone 8.0. The new operating system is a significant update for the phone and is available as a developer preview for developers only. It will be rolling out with new phones shortly…

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Microsoft Azure Updates

It’s been a really busy few weeks in Microsoft. We have a new CEO, we have launched Office on iPad and we have just come through Build 2014 where we announced all of our new innovations for developers, including our open source initiatives for .NET, Azure and of course Windows Phone/8.1 and our new universal…

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Win an XBox One!

For our Tech audiences in Ireland: Last month we launched our Nokia 520 competition where we invited you to download evaluations of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows System Center 2012 R2. We got lots of feedback from you and as a result we are going to change the terms of the competition. Now for April,…

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