.NET Services – Cloud Interoperability

Speaking of standards – I’m thrilled to report that we will release the “M5” (Milestone 5) CTP (Community Technology Preview – think Beta) for .NET Services (part of the Azure Services Platform) tomorrow!  For those who aren’t familiar with this effort, here’s the primer… Almost two years ago, we introduced these services – Service Bus…


Moving beyond the “Manifesto”

As you might expect, several of us spent most of Thursday and Friday last week in conversations with developers, standards body members and other vendors regarding open standards for cloud computing and how we get there collaboratively. Being in this industry for so many years, I remember a time when new technologies and platforms did…


Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability

Moving Toward an Open Process on Cloud Computing Interoperability   From the moment we kicked off our cloud computing effort, openness and interop stood at the forefront.  As those who are using it will tell you, the Azure Services Platform is an open and flexible platform that is defined by web addressability, SOAP, XML, and…


Windows Azure and Windows Server – Licensing Model

Press and blog coverage over the last few weeks spurred several folks to ask questions about our licensing model for cloud technology – specifically Windows Azure. I posted a blog last week which covered a variety of topics related to Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud Services Platform). It’s clear from the feedback that it addressed a variety of…


MIX Day 3: Oslo – "M" and the MSC

Last Friday we spent time talking about Oslo, which included a drill into “M” and demos.  Doug Purdy and Chris Sells presented their session ‘Developing RESTful Services and Clients with “M”’.   During the session, Doug demonstrated two DSLs: a sample DSL for RESTful client development called “MUrl”, and a second DSL called “MService” which targets RESTful…


MIX 09 – Return on Experience

Posting from The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas where I’m taking part in Microsoft’s 4th annual MIX event, where the crowd is a sea of red… red shirts that is, in honor of Scott Guthrie’s style.   Looking around I see a diverse group of web designers and developers eager to learn how businesses can…


Bring back the red shirt

Sign the petition here! See you at Mix.  


Web Computing – Premsises, Hosting and Cloud

I had the privilege of talking to a number of customers, members of the community and reporters last week about our web / cloud technologies.  In those conversations, a few things became clear.  First, there is a ton of interest (in general) about cloud computing with folks wanting to understand what it is and how…