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

The BizSpark programme provides many benefits to start-ups including access to all of our software for DEV and Test as well as production licenses for certain products. Along with this, start-ups can access our public cloud platform, Azure, and can use up to $150 per month. All of these benefits are available for up to…

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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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Build 2014 Day 2: Guest Blog by Neil Turner

Neil Turner, our man on the ground in San Fran reports on Day 2 of Build. Neil Turner is one of Ireland’s top independent Windows developers having built Bus Nearby, Broadsheet, Fuel Nearby and Xbox apps and a convention veteran. Neil has agreed to be our man on the ground at Build and provide daily reports…

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Build 2014 Day 1: Guest Blog by Neil Turner

Neil Turner, our man on the ground in San Fran reports on Day 1 of Build. Neil Turner is one of Ireland’s top independent Windows developers having built Bus Nearby, Broadsheet, Fuel Nearby and Xbox apps and a convention veteran. Neil has agreed to be our man on the ground at Build and provide daily…

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