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  • Blog Post: Building SharePoint 2013 Apps with Windows Azure PaaS

    This post will show how to create a SharePoint 2013 app leveraging Windows Azure PaaS and the Windows Azure SDK 2.2. You can watch the video online of the presentation that I did about this solution at SharePoint Conference 2014, Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service, at...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing

    This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration

    This post shows how to implement continuous integration for a provider-hosted app in SharePoint 2013.  Overview This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service

    This post shows how to configure a TFS Team Build 2012 server with Team Foundation Service in the cloud, and how to create a basic build of a SharePoint 2013 provider hosted app. Overview This is part 1 of a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises

    UPDATE: See Access Services 2013 Setup for an On-Premises Installation for updated guidance for configuring Access Services 2013 for the RTM version. Recently I co-presented the developer track for Ignite training with Andrew Connell. The training, developed by Critical Path, covered the new SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections

    This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment.  This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
  • Blog Post: Switching a Windows Live ID for Zune and XBox

    I got a shiny new Windows Phone 7 yesterday, I was so excited.  I chose the Samsung Focus from AT&T.  I excitedly added my Windows Live ID to it during initialization, and the first thing I did was go to set up the XBox Live hub, anxious to see my XBox Live avatar show up.  That’s...
  • Blog Post: Steal This Presentation!

    I just ran across a PowerPoint presentation by a colleague, David Chou , that is just plain awesome.  Check out this deck on the Windows Azure platform.  Windows Azure Platform View more presentations from lynnlangit .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shows Off Single Game Running on Windows, Windows Phone, and XBox

    This made my jaw drop. http://i.engadget.com/2010/03/06/microsoft-shows-off-single-game-running-on-windows-windows-phon/ I cannot wait until the upcoming MIX 10 event to see what else is announced. 
  • Blog Post: Cloud Cover Show on Channel9

    I just ran across a show on Channel9 called Cloud Cover .  The show covers Windows Azure and the Microsoft cloud technologies.  You’ll find a lot of great information in the show, highly recommended. They did a great job putting the show together, everything from a professional intro to some...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Photo Gallery and HP

    My wife bought a new HP Deskjet F2430 printer on black Friday this year.  I was a little pissed, thinking “Why did you buy this?  We already have a printer.”  She explained that it cost less to purchase the new printer + scanner + copier + fax than it did to replace the ink cartridges...
  • Blog Post: Trying and Buying BPOS - It couldn't be easier!

    There’s a very cool blog post over at The Amazing Adventures of Geek Girl : Trying and Buying BPOS - It couldn't be easier!   This post shows you how to sign up for the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS).  BPOS delivers hosted communication and collaboration tools...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps World Tour

    This is really cool.  Just got an email about an app that lets you see the updates to Bing Maps. http://bingmapsupdates.cloudapp.net/ The Bing Maps platform gets a makeover just about every month.  We add new places, even better imagery and fresher views on locations near and far – to the tune...
  • Blog Post: The ROI of Software Made Simple

    Josh Holmes has a great post about going the the mattresses to prove ROI for your application.  His post, “ Moving From Cost center to Strategic Partner ”, is well-written and is dead on the money. During my interview process at Microsoft, my interviews focused predominantly on two themes: how do...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Services: How Do I videos for developers

    I just noticed a free set of “How Do I” videos for Live, Azure, and Microsoft .NET Services .  Oh, this is slick! I have been talking to a number of large customers recently about Microsoft’s cloud initiatives, and there is a growing swell of interest from executives looking to increase their capabilities...
  • Blog Post: The PDC That Took Weeks to Digest

    I was there:  PDC 2008, when Windows Azure was announced.  Reactions in the crowd, admittedly, ranged from "great, not even the keynote presenter can pronounce it consistently" to "I expected more pizzazz from the Don and Chris keynote." It's hard to picture, at first, how...
  • Blog Post: Creating a REST Twitter Client With WCF

    Since the TwitterSync Facebook app is broken , I wanted to have a client that updates both Twitter and Facebook statuses. This post shows how I used WCF to update statuses on Twitter. The first thing to do is to create the contract. [ServiceContract] public interface ITwitterStatus { [OperationContract...
  • Blog Post: How to Sync Your Favorites Folder Using Live Mesh

    OK... how to do the Favorites trick that I just talked about in my post, " My Love Affair With Live Mesh is Getting Deeper ". I originally got the idea from Adam Kinney . I am just enhancing it a bit. Once you've installed Live Mesh, just go to your favorites folder, right-click, and choose "Add folder...
  • Blog Post: My Love Affair With Live Mesh is Getting Deeper

    The more I am using it, the more I am in love with it. You can now access your Live Mesh using your phone at http://m.mesh.com . When Live Mesh first came out, I didn't completely get it. Then I started using it more and more. I added my Pictures folder to the mesh. boom, my whole family is now able...
  • Blog Post: Made My Blog Go Live

    I was surfing around awhile today, and came across David Chou's blog . He has some widgets on his blog that I thought were interesting, including a Live Messenger window that lets you ping him if he's online. That caught my attention, but what I thought was even cooler was a drop-down list that allows...
  • Blog Post: The Impact of Enterprise 2.0 on the Enterprise

    When I think of the impact of Enterprise 2.0 in the next 5 years, I can't help but imagine there's a war brewing. Web 2.0 was the big love fest, can't we all just share data and get along with standards? Enterprise 2.0, by contrast, doesn't share that same vision. Today's view is, "Can't we all just...
  • Blog Post: Navic Networks to Microsoft: Will Television Ever Be the Same?

    Interesting post from TVBoard. There are many in the media industry who assume that the operators will not work with Microsoft. But the truth is the cable guys have never shied away from Microsoft and would probably embrace them on the advertising front. Even on the technology side, were they sufficiently...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Web 2.0 Resources

    Thanks to the folks at Lexis Nexis who attended my talk on "Microsoft and Web 2.0" today.  I went through quite a bit of material around Windows Live, the Live Platform, Silverlight, and newer technologies like DeepZoom, PhotoSynth, Live Mesh, SQL Server Data Services, and BizTalk Services...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to Lexis Nexis!

    We are about to start a great day showing technologies like .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and SharePoint technologies. I thought I'd be proactive and post the materials beforehand. Make sure to check out Rob Cameron's blog for additional information. Just about everything shown today came from the VS2008...
  • Blog Post: Using the Virtual Earth Control in SharePoint

    I have been using the Virtual Earth control a lot lately for various demos, mostly by putting customized maps into SharePoint Content Editor web part. It's a cool effect, and can be an incredibly useful tool for your company's intranet. For instance, I am planning an event at Qwest in Denver, Colorado...
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