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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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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Running a High Volume Website on Azure Infrastructure Services

The Tech a CEO Needs to Know Cloud technologies like Microsoft Azure offer a very quick and simple way for software companies to run their business and access a global customer base. These companies who traditionally delivered their solution via CD or some other distribution medium are looking to the cloud as a way to…

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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…


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…


How to Secure Your Customers’ Data in Azure

One of the great benefits of hosting your application or website on Microsoft Azure is the ability to leverage Microsoft’s investments in security and data protection. Microsoft embed security best practices into every layer of Azure from development techniques to intrusion detection and prevention and distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) mitigation. Leveraging this makes sense as…


Getting Started Building Apps for Windows 10

Windows 10 represents a truly unique opportunity for developers to target as many devices as possible with their code. The new Universal App Platform within Windows 10 will allow developers to build apps using a single core api surface and then target phones, tablets, desktops, Xbox, IoT devices and even hololens. With the upgrade path to Windows…


Win an XBox One + Kinect Sensor

Microsoft Ireland are giving away an Xbox One with Kinect each month for the next three months and all you have to do is complete one of the following Microsoft Virtual Academy courses: Windows 10 Technical Preview for IT Pros Networking Fundamentals Getting started with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start Understanding Active Directory Microsoft Azure IaaS…


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…


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…