February 2011 Releases of the Identity Training Kit & the MSDN Online Identity Training Course

Read this blog post by Vittorio Bertocci, one of our Windows Azure AppFabric evangelists, regarding the most recent updates to the Identity Developer Training Kit and the first release of the MSDN-hosted Identity Developer Training Course. If you are already using the Access Control service, or would like to get started, these would be very…


Windows Azure AppFabric CTP- Scheduled Maintenance Notification (February 28, 2011)

The next maintenance to the Windows Azure AppFabric LABS environment is scheduled for February 28, 2011 (Monday).  Users will have NO access to the AppFabric LABS portal and services during the scheduled maintenance down time.      We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.    When:      START: February 28, 2011, 10 am PST      END:  February…


Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric blog posts series – Part 3: The Middleware Services Continued

In the first post we discussed the 3 main concepts that make up Windows Azure AppFabric: Middleware Services, Building Composite Applications, and Scale-out Application Infrastructure. In the second post we started discussing the Middleware Services that already available in production: Service Bus and Access Control service. Focus on Caching In this post we will discuss…


Announcing NEW Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special – Includes 750 Free Hours of Windows Azure Extra-Small Instance and More

Read this blog post to learn about this new Windows Azure Platform free trial offer. This new offer includes various platform capabilities such as compute, storage, SQL Azure, as well as 2 AppFabric Service Bus Connections and 100K AppFabric Access Control transactions, per month. This offer is valid until June 30th, 2011. To see full…


Windows Azure Platform ISV of the Month Webcast Series

We are starting a webcast series featuring ISVs that are using the Windows Azure Platform. Our first webcast “Managing Your Website on the Azure Cloud: Benefits for IT & Business Leaders” will feature SiteCore. SiteCore provides a content management solution for enterprise websites. To register to the webcast follow this link: https://www.eventbuilder.com/microsoft/event_desc.asp?p_event=k67q797n You can read…


Windows Azure AppFabric CTP February release now available

Today we released the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP February release which introduces updates to the Caching service, and a new and improved Silverlight based portal experience. This release builds on the prior Caching CTP October release, and introduces the following improvements: Ability to choose from a set of available cache sizes and provision a cache…


Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric blog posts series – Part 2: The Middleware Services

In the previous post we discussed the 3 main concepts that make up Windows Azure AppFabric: 1.       Middleware Services – pre-built services that provide valuable capabilities developers can use when developing applications. This reduces the time and complexity when building the application, and allows the developer to concentrate on the core application logic. 2.       Building…


Windows Azure AppFabric CTP February release – Breaking Changes announcement and scheduled maintenance

The next update to the Windows Azure AppFabric LABS environment is scheduled for February 9, 2011 (Wednesday).  Users will have NO access to the AppFabric LABS portal and services during the scheduled maintenance down time.     When:      START: February 9, 2011, 10 am   PST      END:  February 9, 2011, 6 pm PST Impact Alert: The AppFabric LABS…


New Detailed Windows Azure AppFabric Pricing FAQs

To answer customers’ demand we have added a detailed FAQ page on our MSDN documentations in addition to the existing FAQs we have on our website. The current content is mainly focused on Service Bus pricing questions, but we will be updating this page frequently, so please make sure to check back often. Here is…