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    Ray Ozzie’s Dawn of a New Day

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    I just had the chance to read the blog post from Ray Ozzie , so far still Chief Software Architect for Microsoft, titled a Dawn of a New Day . Amazing and clear insights on where the technology is heading and how the future will look like…. a Post-PC...
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    New Version of Windows Azure Training Kit Available

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    A couple of days ago the new version of Windows Azure Training Kit was made available for download . The training kit consists of two versions, depending on your development environment (Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2010). Below are the new things...
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    Windows Azure Gets Additional Open Source (OSS) Tools & Support

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    Yesterday some new great tools were just released that enable every developer to fully embrace and leverage the power of the Windows Azure Platform. What was released is a new set of Developer Tools and Software Development Kits (SDKs) for PHP developers...
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    Best Practices & Framework for SQL Azure Database Client Applications

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    I just read through the article posted by SQL CAT , that covers the topic of how to write efficient SQL Azure Client Applications . The content is focused on proper usage of database connections (and queries) and retries associated with them in order...
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    All about Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN)

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    There are some updates on an interesting topic related to Windows Azure Platform, which is connected to a distributed delivery of the content to end users around the globe. Yep, you have guessed it, I am talking about CDN feature that is part of the Windows...
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    Measuring Cloud Data Access Speed: Azure Throughput Analyzer

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    A few weeks ago I stumbled upon another project from the Microsoft Research eXtreme Computing Group that is dubbed Azure Throughput Analyzer . What it basically gives you is an application that enables you to easily measure data access speed to and from...
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    “Orleans” and Cloud Computing Futures (CCF) Group

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    Recently there are some blogs mentioning Orleans as the new platform for the Microsoft cloud and additional similar things. As a result I checked a bit on what the project is all about and as it was published this is a MSR (Microsoft Research Project...
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    Windows Azure Security Architecture

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    I just read the Windows Azure Security Architecture whitepaper, which is describing security practices used with Windows Azure platform . Definitely interesting for anyone that is wondering how the data is protected in the cloud. A specially interesting...
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    Migrating Your Data Into the SQL Azure Database

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    Last week a new set of tools was released to support copying of the data to the SQL Azure databases. SSMA (SQL Server Migration Assistant) was updated to support Microsoft Access and MySQL Databases. To download the tools, visit the following sites: SSMA...
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    Bioinformatics Research as a Service

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    Well these days everything is becoming a service in the cloud! It is amazing of what kind of options and scenarios become possible if you connect them to the “infinite” computational power and broadband internet access… One of these interesting field...
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    Get your seat at PDC 10!

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    As many of you probably know this year’s PDC (Professional Developers Conference) will be held in Redmond, on Microsoft’s Campus, so it is going to be a unique opportunity to see, where it all happens and to get close to the product teams. Since the event...
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    Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service Update

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    Well (in short ) AppFabric ACS just added a bunch of new features that are available one the AppFabric Labs portal , where you can check out the CTP. To understand properly what ACS is all about, you should read about Claims-Based access control. New...
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    Zoom into Your Picture!

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    Zoom.it is a new service, provided by Microsoft Live Labs, that enables you to quickly add Deep Zoom functionality to your pictures. Just enter your picture’s URL and voila, you can zoom into it! Of course, the service is powered by Windows Azure Platform...
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    “Huston, we have a problem!” – Well not if you are on SQL Azure

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    Online SQL Azure database management tool has finally reached CTP stage, so you can check it out and see what it provides. The bits, formerly known as Project Huston, are officially described as: “ Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is a lightweight...
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    Talk to your XBOX

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    I really like this video of MILO (virtual boy ) that shows how people will be able to interact with XBOX Kinect .   Now I cannot wait to get my hands on Kinect! Maybe a good game title would be “What you always wanted to tell to your Boss!” ! What...
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