The Rock, Paper, Azure Challenge is Back!

I’m excited to announce that we have re-launched the Rock, Paper, Azure challenge! For the next 6 weeks Developers will compete in an online game based on rock, paper, scissors, with the opportunity to win prizes and some serious bragging rights. The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is an online game based on rock, paper, scissors…

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Developing iOS Applications with a cloud back end

Are you developing iOS apps? Is it more than a toy? Need a data service? Want to send some push notifications? Ready to step up to the big leagues and get a cloud service to handle all of that? Want to provision that cloud back end in a matter of seconds?

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TouchDevelop: The Fast Path to Windows 8 and Phone Apps

Are you looking for a little extra cash for the upcoming holidays? Then you might be interested in creating some cool apps to sell in the Windows Store. Or maybe you’re simply curious and want to try your hand at developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In either case, the newly released TouchDevelop Web…

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Windows 8 Pop Up (and Under), Setting up Family PC Settings

The worst best part about being the Microsoft guru when a new OS ships is configuring PCs for family members.   In Windows 8, it’s a big relief that the new start screen makes things inherently more secure and less worrisome, but in desktop mode and since I have family members who haven’t upgraded yet, I…

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Azure this Week!

Lots of things going on in Windows Azure this week!  First up, I’ll be presenting at the TRINUG on Windows Azure on Wednesday, Nov. 14th 2012 .   If you’re in the area, stop by! This Wednesday, the corp team is also holding a Windows Azure conference appropriately named Windows Azure Conf,  be sure to check…

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A Windows 8 Feature You Won’t See or Talk About, but Everyone Loves

I’m going to talk about one of my favorite Windows 8 features – it’s one that everyone will love, but no one really knows much about.  In fact, it’s one that is so good, you’d think it’s a problem.  (Like, if you hit the power button and your machine _instantly_ slept, you’d think there is…

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Windows Azure Training Kit October 2012 Release

The Windows Azure Technical Evangelism team have been busy bees lately and we want to share with you what they’ve been working on. As you know we release the Windows Azure Training Kit on a regular cadence, so I’m pleased to announce the Windows Azure Training Kit October 2012 Release. This update of the training…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Web Sites Explained

Peter Laudati , Brian Hitney and Windows Azure Technical Evangelist Brady Gaster conclude their Windows Azure Web Sites intro series by going over the differences between Azure and shared hosting, pricing, scaling, cpu consumption, the reserved vs. shared model, custom DNS, and much, much more. Watch Part 1 After watching this video, follow these next…

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Gen Appathon announcement

I try not to just copy and paste stuff to my blog, but for event announcements there really isn’t much to add. I do feel that this is the start to a new computing era, and 10 years from now … Continue reading →

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Windows Azure Mobile Services Updates Keep Coming

Some exciting new Windows Azure Mobile Services features were delivered to production this week. The highlights include: iPhone and iPad connectivity support via a new iOS SDK Integrated Authentication so developers can configure user authentication via Microsoft Account, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. New server-side Mobile Service script modules Access to Structured Storage, Windows Azure Blob,…

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