DCWEEK Hackathon + Dev Days

Registration is still open here but will be limited to 150 attendees. Check out who is attending the event at http://dcweekdevdays.eventbrite.com/ Microsoft (Chevy Chase) 5404 Wisconsin Avenue 7th Floor Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET) Who? Developers. Developers. Developers. Limited to 150 attendees. Note: while we…

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Enabling Support for 32-bit IIS Applications in Windows Azure

Windows Azure web roles are hosted on IIS, which allows to enable 32-bit applications in the advanced settings. See one screenshot below. The feature is turned off by default. To enable it in Windows Azure, all you have to do is to define a startup task in the service definition file as follows: <Startup> <Task…

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BlobShare – A File Sharing Sample Solution Built on Windows Azure

The BlobShare Sample is a simple file sharing application that utilizes the storage services of the Windows Azure Platform, together with the authentication and authorization capabilities of Access Control Service (ACS). The application allows an administrator user to upload files and share them with other users by sending invitations. By leveraging the claims-based service of…

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Windows Azure Special offer for MSDN Subscribers

If you’re an existing Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you get up to $3,500 in annual Windows Azure platform benefits at no extra charge. These benefits let you try out Windows Azure for an extended period of time at no cost. You can activate Windows Azure here. The Visual Studio 2010…

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Improvement over Windows Azure In-place Updates to Deployed Services

Windows Azure now supports a wider range of changes to a deployed service without requiring the use of a VIP swap or a complete delete and re-deploy of the service. To see the detail of the improvement, read the blog post by the Windows Azure team. Other Resources: Azure SDK Download: http://bit.ly/zxazuresdk Free Windows Azure…

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Sending and Receiving Email in Windows Azure

The Windows Azure environment itself does not currently provide a SMTP relay or mail relay service. So how do you send and receive email in your Windows Azure applications? Steve Marx puts together a great sample application (available for download here) that does the following: It uses a third party service (SendGrid) to send email…

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Attend Windows Azure User Group Online and Watch Recordings of Past Events

  The Windows Azure User Group hosted at http://www.azureug.net/ meets 2nd Wednesday of every month from 3-4:30pm Central Time. You can sign up to attend the monthly event live or watch recordings of the past events. You can also find local Windows Azure user groups and other Windows Azure related contents.

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Geo-Load Balancing with the Azure Traffic Manager

My colleague Brian Hitney put together a nice post about what the Windows Azure Traffic Manager is and how it works. Click here to read the full post.

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Share Your Windows Azure (Cloud Computing) Ideas

Mike Wickstrand, Senior Director of Product Planning for Windows Azure, has set up a web site where you can easily share your great ideas about Windows Azure, features, tools and service offerings, to name a few.  You can vote on others’ ideas. To find out more detail, please visit the site here.

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Meet Windows Azure Experts at SIC

If you plan to attend Seattle Interactive Conference to be held from November 2-3, 2011 in download Seattle, you will have a chance to meet several Windows Azure and Windows Phone speakers and experts. For more info on the conference, visit http://www.seattleinteractive.com/

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