Windows 8 App Spotlight: I Want My Mummy

I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our local development studios this week and share some of their story. Pig Out Productions has released the first of their many games to the Windows 8 store. I Want My Mummy is a 70 levels of rock breaking, TNT exploding physics puzzle fun. You tap…

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Windows Azure Virtual Machine Test Drive Kit

The public preview of hosted Virtual Machines in Windows Azure is now available to the general public. This platform preview enables you to evaluate our new IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities. Once you have registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new account, you can access the preview directly at this link:…

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Windows Azure Training Kit – August 2012 Released

In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 HOLs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012. We now have 35 Presentations with new content surrounding Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Federation, Reporting and Data Sync (4) as well as Security & Identity (1); and…

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Windows Azure Training Kit (June 2012) Now Available

The Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update is now available. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features.  Some of the highlights of this update include: 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines 11 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Web Sites…

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Why can’t I connect to my SQL Azure database?

We’ve been running our Azure Hands On Experience labs throughout the US Central Region for the last month or so and the SQL Azure exercises require the user to connect a newly created SQL Azure database from their development workstation. Inevitably, at least one machine is configured with one or more settings that prevent a…

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Multi Tenant Metering in Windows Azure

Our global ISV team just announced the public availability of the Cloud Ninja Multi-Tenant Metering Block (CNMB). The CNMB code sample enables SaaS ISVs to meter tenant-level consumption of various Windows Azure resources such as bandwidth, storage, SQL Azure, and compute.  The first Cloud Ninja sample included some metering capabilities along with many other SaaS…

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Announcing Visual Studio Achievements for Windows Azure

Last January, a great question was posed by Rudi, a Slovenian developer in the Channel 9 community who asked “What if Visual Studio had achievements?” on his While True blog. The community conversation sparked by the blog post as well as the Reddit post catalyzed the Visual Studio Achievements Extension. In listening to the developer…

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Introducing the Windows Azure Learning Path

Starting today, we’re pleased to announce the new Windows Azure Learning Path at https://aka.ms/AzureLearningPath, which will get you up and developing  cloud apps in no time flat. Organized by levels, and featuring the teachings of some of the leading cloud evangelists, you’ll get clear guidance on every step of your journey, from getting the tools…

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Awesome Series on Windows Azure Security

My buddy Bruce Kyle has put together a view into how you can secure your applications in Windows Azure. This six-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best practices around the requirements…

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Windows Azure Resource Guide

I’m shifting gears this year to focus more on our Windows Azure offerings. Since our first discussions in our ArcReady events, I’ve been fired up about cloud computing and our Azure platform offering has matured nicely over the last year. This is a collection of links to resources for Windows Azure that should serve as…

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