Windows Azure Reference Application released to MSDN Code Gallery

  Project Riviera is a comprehensive code sample to demonstrate how to develop multi-tenant highly-scalable line-of-business application on Windows Azure Platform, built by a cloud ISV partner, Cumulux. Cumulux is a Microsoft partner who’s built their business around  delivering solutions that leverage cloud computing and are keenly interested in making Azure their primary platform for…

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Microsoft announces the Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI)

Today Microsoft announced the Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI).  The goal of OGDI is to encourage the publishing and use of public government data.  See the press release here More information on Microsoft’s Open Government Data Initiative can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/opengovdata What’s special about OGDI?  OGDI enables government organizations to easily expose data for *programmatic…

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Azure Services Training Kit - April Update - Released

The April Update of the Azure Services Training Kit has released and is ready for download. Below is a brief overview (taken from the download site) of what’s included in the latest release. OverviewThe Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to…

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Windows Azure “How Do I” videos for developers recently released

Microsoft has recently published the first 9 or 40 Azure Services Platform “How Do I” (HDIs) videos for public consumption.  The intent of the HDI videos are to provide additional training and resources around building cloud-aware applications on the Windows Azure Services Platform.  These HDI videos are freely downloadable and contains a ton of useful…

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Azure Services Training Kit - February Update - Released

The February Update of the Azure Services Training Kit has released and is ready for download. Below is a brief overview (taken from the download site) of what’s included in the latest release. OverviewThe Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to…

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Webcast Schedule for February 2009

Register today for our upcoming webcasts! Date Time Location Title and Registration Presenter Audience February 11, 2009 14:00  – 15:00 EST Webcast Web 2.0 and the Next Generation of Computing for State and Local Governments Erika Cheley Developers February 25, 2009 14:00  – 15:00 EST Webcast Building Cloud Solutions with Microsoft .NET Services and the…

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Free SQL Server 2008 training!

http://sqlserver2008jumpstart.microsofttraining.com/   This site contains presentations, recordings, hands-on labs and demonstrations for the SQL Server 2008 JumpStart technical training event. There are 5 tracks in this event: Overview Sessions, Database Infrastructure and Scalability, Business Intelligence Part I & II, Developer & Software + Services, and Application Compatibility & Upgrade. Keith (thank you Jeet!)

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SaaS Vendor quits browser to boost sales

Interesting win-back from the browser for WPF.  Whats are the two take-aways for public sector developers and decision makers?  First, user experience has a huge impact on adoption.  This is an example of Software Plus Services at work.  Its not something that Microsoft invented, its something that we noticed.  iTunes?  Desktop client application connecting to a cloud service.  xBox…

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