“Driving Your Career” app in the Windows Store

I started my time at Microsoft by giving a farewell talk at my old company. I wanted a way to pass on the tribal knowledge we had built. That talk became the ‘Soft Skillz’ talk, which I have now given over 150 times. Sometimes it is a one hour talk, and sometimes a much longer…

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Windows 8 “Elev8” App Challenge

We’re coming up on the annual Code Camp here in Charlotte, and this year, we thought it would fun to hold a hackathon leading up to the code camp, rather than simply run an all day event at the code camp.  Here’s your chance to develop a great app for Windows 8, elev8 your skillset,…

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Windows Azure IaaS Reaches General Availability

Today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS), including Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking, has reached general availability. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. This announcement is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 5) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Push Notifications

Abstract: In Part 5 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie  show us how to quickly add the ability to implement push notifications for his GameLeader Service using Azure Mobile Services. Check out the full article here. Watch Part 1…

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Event: Global Windows Azure Boot Camps

The Windows Azure Boot Camps are still going strong. This year they are holding a global event, with over 60+ events around the world, on the same day. Here is a list of the events in the US. Please go to the global site to see the whole list. I think they are still open…

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Event: Make it happen in the cloud

Here is a new event tour around Windows Azure. For full information, go to http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/events/make-it-happen.htm. Leave with code running in the cloud. Available in select cities, the Windows Azure Developer Camp will get you hands-on with the latest development tools. The groups are small—led by local Microsoft partners who specialize in Windows Azure—and you’ll get…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Azure Mobile Services

Abstract: In Part 4 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series  Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how to build the same game leaderboard service on top of Windows Azure Mobile Services. Tune in as Andrew demos for us how to get started as…

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Lessons learned from a cloud emergency

I have been focusing my career on the cloud for the past five years of so, and people reach out to me from time to time with help on a project. I am always willing to pitch in when I can, and if I have the time. Of course I have to remind them the…

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