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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    The latest update for Visual Studio 2013 contains feature additions and bug fixes as well as including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 development. The following features are included: • One ASP.NET Project Templates • Support SSL when launching Web Applications on IIS Express • Visual...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Evolves Features

    Windows Azure is always evolving to include new capabilities and recently there was a number of them that were introduced that I wanted to highlight: ExpressRoute Preview Launch E xpressRoute is a new capability available in Windows Azure allowing you to easily extend your existing network to Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure HDInsight Now Available

    It seems as of late that I’ve been on an Azure kick which, if I’m honest is because I’ve been doing a lot of work in that space. Of course I haven’t forgotten my ALM and TFS roots (I submit exhibit B9 as evidence your honor) so stayed tuned! That said, while it’s difficult...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

    With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing cloud services. The new Integrated Sign...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK v2.1 for .NET

    Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest SDK's is sometimes a dizzying task but such as life when dealing with technology. That said, SDK v2.1 of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET was recently released. This is a major refresh of the Windows Azure SDK and it includes some great new features and enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Data Premium Now Available

    Recently at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Satya Nadella announced a new Premium service for Windows Azure SQL Database that delivers more predictable performance for business-critical applications. This limited preview has now been expanded. SQL Database customers with account administrator...
  • Blog Post: Holy //BUILD Batman!

    I thought the previous //BUILD conferences ( 2012 | 2011 ) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013

    Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. Visual Studio 2013 will incorporate a wave of new...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix 3 Released

    For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here ) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New Features Summary Windows Azure Integration ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training and SDK

    Cloud development is becoming more and more prevalent which is why having the ability to access training and an SDK is something every company in that space should/needs to provide. To that end, the following training kit and SDK created by Microsoft will help you when starting your development journey...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure IaaS is Live

    Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now generally available (GA)! With this announcement these new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. This announcement also comes with a commitment to match Amazon Web Services...
  • Blog Post: Build 2013 Developer Conference

    I can't believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference . This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself...
  • Blog Post: ALM Summit Content Available On-Demand

    January's ALM Summit on the Microsoft Campus brought together some of the greatest minds in application development, methodologies, and application lifecycle management. All of the sessions were recorded and are now available for on-demand viewing on Channel 9 . Watch these videos to learn about the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Services on Windows Server

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which brings the full range of System Center management to Windows Server 2012 for private and hybrid cloud. With this release, you will be able to use Windows Server, System Center 2012 SP1 and Web Sites service...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open Technologies Announces VM Depot

    If you’ve been wanting to use Windows Azure but couldn’t because a particular open source virtual machine (VM) wasn’t available or you didn’t have the time to configure one, well you’re in luck. The newly released preview of VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 App Contest

    The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing...
  • Blog Post: .NET SDK for Hadoop Update

    If you’re doing any development in the “big data” space then you’ll want to be aware of an update to the .NET SDK for Hadoop . This release contains updated versions (0.2.0.0-prerelease) of Map/Reduce, LINQ To Hive, and a new WebHDFS client. This SDK currently contains an API...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Community Event

    On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie , along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Portal, Mobile Services and Marketplace Updates

    Scalability, reliability and the ability to get access to new/updated features in a short time frame are just a few reasons why I’ve been a huge proponent of Cloud services when it comes to software development. One has to look no further than Windows Azure as there is certainly no shortage of...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud OS Signature Event Series

    I recently attended a local event for the US Launch of Windows Server 2012 , Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Azure. To say there’s a lot to talk about would clearly be an understatement. While I couldn’t do all the new features/enhancements justice in a blog post I will however touch on a...
  • Blog Post: Build Conference 2012

    In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “ Thinking About Developer Events. ” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Spring Release

    Since I mentioned this new release in my other post I figured I’d expand a little bit more on some of the features that it provides. The Azure team recently unveiled the biggest update to Windows Azure since its release, including new Windows Azure services: Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media...
  • Blog Post: A New Microsoft

    To say the past few weeks were chock full of Microsoft announcements would be an understatement. First came the Surface , then Windows Phone 8 and recently the acquisition of Yammer . Add in the fact that there's new entertainment experiences for XBOX along with Gizmodo proclaiming “ Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric 1.1

    I’ve created a few posts on Windows Server AppFabric as well as Windows Server AppFabric Logging as it provides fantastic functionality if your organization wants full control over the environment and is not ready to move “to the Cloud.” Of course there are hybrid scenarios but the...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service White Paper

    While the Team Foundation Service (previously known as TFS Azure) is still in preview mode that doesn’t mean that guidance and best practices should not be addressed. I’ve created quite a few blog posts on the features and capabilities that the TFService provides as well as some components...
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