Upcoming West Region Events

  App Madness Student Challenge Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps in store…

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Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

TechEd is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America in Orlando. Experience four days of hands-on training from Microsoft experts. I have put together…

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Windows Azure Solution Cookbook Provides Cloud Architecture Recipes for Common Scenarios

Colleague Clint Edmunson has put together set of templates for you to begin your architectural discussions around Windows Azure. With new offerings coming every six months from the Windows Azure team, the templates provide a set of technologies that fit common scenarios. Clint writes, “In this series going to offer up some architectural recipes to…

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Providing cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications

My colleague Bruno Teralky has begun a series of blog posts on how you can integrate your cloud service with Windows 8 Metro application. His first post in the series, How to provide cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications, provides the architecture and the concepts of how applications. Bruno show how you…

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Move Existing Apps to Windows Azure Using New Features Announced

Windows Azure you choice and flexibility to move existing applications or develop new ones using the language and platform of their choice with announcements made today.  This means you can bring your server applications and run them on Windows Azure. ASP.NET, Java, and more. Without you having to make changes to your app. Bill Lang,…

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Join in Unveiling of Cloud Development Technologies at ‘Meet Windows Azure’ Online Event Thursday

Join us for Meet Windows Azure where Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Windows Azure Application Platform, will keynote the June 7 event. Event begins at 1 pm PT (4 pm ET). The site explains the event is “an online and in-person event unveiling cloud-based development technologies from Windows Azure.” Sign up at Meet Windows…

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Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support. The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Phone is being added…

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Multi-Tenant Metering for Windows Azure Available on Codeplex

New source code has been published that lets you meter tenant-level consumption of various Windows Azure resources such as bandwidth, storage, SQL Azure, and compute. The Cloud Ninja Multi-Tenant Metering Block (CNMB) tenant-level meters, application level aggregates, rich query model based on OData, extensibility to implement customer meters.  It comes with out-of-box meter providers for…

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Media Services Added to Windows Azure

Windows Azure Media Services simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of media to almost any device including Microsoft Xbox, Windows Phone handsets and Windows PCs, as well as non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Content providers and media partners can take advantage of the cost benefits and cloud capacity…

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New IT Pro, Developer Certifications Reflect Career Moves to the Cloud

New Microsoft certifications offer IT Pros and developers a way to move your career to the cloud. In particular, a new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions. Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a broader and deeper set of technology solutions skills validation, starting with cloud-enabled…

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