Using Azure Search from PHP

Updated March 2, 2016: Source code for this post is available on GitHub. Updated March 3, 2015: Azure Search is now generally available – updated pricing tier info and API version info. Updated February 14, 2016: Fix dead links. I recently had to present at a local PHP meetup where I gave an introduction to…

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Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

Today we 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…

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Cloudify your Windows 8 and iOS apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services

With the introduction of apps and application stores, the process of building, selling and distributing software has been truly democratized.  But what if your application becomes a top hit and is being downloaded and used by millions of users?  How do you make sure that your backend services scales dynamically with this unpredictable demand? Windows…

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New Windows Azure Features and Services for spring

Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.  Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services.  And on Monday, as part of TechEd…

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How does Windows Azure handle security, privacy & compliance?

In talking with ISVs, I very often get questions about security and data protection and data privacy when hosting an application in the cloud. For example, ‘What happens to my data once if my subscription ends? Is it physically destroyed from all media and backups?”.  These questions and concerns are all very relevant and valid,…

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Team Foundation Service: now with cloud-based build service

As you may or may not know, at the BUILD conference last September, Microsoft announced the availability of a preview of Team Foundation Service.  With Team Foundation Service Microsoft provides you world class ALM as a service, entirely hosted on the Windows Azure platform.  This means that you can benefit from all the great features…

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Azure Spotlight: Agilys myShopi combines mobile and cloud

Agilys is a Belgian startup company, based in Braine-l’Alleud, involved in mobile development, building mobile applications and Internet sites.  They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, giving them have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners. Are you always writing down the same shopping items again and…

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Try Windows Azure Risk-Free: spending limits explained

A few weeks ago, at the Learn Windows Azure event, we announced a series of new features for the Windows Azure platform, one of which was the introduction of a spending limit for newly provisioned trial and MSDN offers. Our US colleague, Jim O’Neil, has written two posts explaining in detail how to register for…

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Azure Spotlight: Numeri’zik Robot Stream Goes Cloudy

Numeri’zik is a Belgian startup company that is involved in the digitization of media and new ways of communication. They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, through which they have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners. Companies need to communicate to their employees about internal events,…

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New Windows Azure Site and Features Available Today

Today we released the new Windows Azure Website with improved billing, management and SQL Azure capabilities. The site is in English today with localized versions planned to roll out next year A highlight of the new features include: Implementation of “Spending caps” where you can eliminate the risk of being charged by setting a €0…

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