Beta for Hosting Providers Offers Windows Azure Services for Windows Server

Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management Portal and API to Windows Server, enabling Hosting Service Providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and Infrastructure as a Service scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment. The beta has just been released, with full release along with the System Center 2012…


Single Sign-On Simplified With AD FS 2.0

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS 2.0) has been finalized and is now available for download. This is the server part of how you can handle identity in your applications. AD FS 2.0 is a role in Windows Server that simplifies access and single sign-on to both on-premises and cloud-based applications. Using “claims-based” identity…


Great Whitepaper on Hosting Environments in SharePoint 2010

Today we released a great whitepaper that goes through common hosting environments and the architecture behind them with respect to SharePoint 2010.  You can get the paper at:


Web Companies Can Get Design, Developer Tools and Support for No Upfront Cost

A new program, WebsiteSpark, launched today provides Web professionals with Microsoft software and solutions, together with related tools, training and support, to help their businesses succeed. The WebsiteSpark Program also helps you get new business opportunities by connecting Web professionals and hosters with customers, partners and other professionals with complementary technologies. WebsiteSpark is the latest…


Put Your Data Into the Cloud with SQL Azure Community Preview

You can help your customers move data into the Microsoft-hosted cloud. SQL Azure allows your customers to store data, accessible through the world, scalable to their storage needs, and without the need for an expensive infrastructure. And you can use T-SQL code to build out your database, just as you do with your current SQL…


ISVs Add Communications to Applications

A new acronym has been added for ISVs to consider offering your customers. This month Communications as a Service (CaaS) is explained in an article in Dr Dobbs Journal, CaaS: Communications-as-a-Service, by Charles Studt who is vice president of product management for IntelePeer and Joseph Hofstader who is a senior architect in Microsoft Communications Sector….


Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3. introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video performance and quality improvements, and features that radically improve…


Learn How to Decrease Time to Market in Business Action Virtual Tour

Join us for the Business Action Virtual Tour worldwide next week. The tour shows how you can get to market quicker using Microsoft technologies. We know that differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. If you’ve considered using Dynamics CRM as a line-of-business platform, Silverlight or WPF to build compelling experiences,…