Adding gulp to Visual Studio Online Builds

At one of our Code in the Cloud camps someone asked me how they could integrate front-end build tasks in the Visual Studio Online (VSO) build process. Lately we’ve been adding great support for gulp/grunt/bower into our Visual Studio IDE (check out this post from Scott Hanselman to learn more). But I have to admit…

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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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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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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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Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android.

I’m pleased to announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure Toolkit for Android and Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (iPhone & iPad). The purpose of these toolkits is to make it easier for mobile device developers – across multiple device platforms – to build applications that use Windows…

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Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android, and WP7

We are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.0.0).  This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.  This release pushes forward the momentum around Mobile + Cloud, and expands it such that we can make it easier…

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