Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Released : Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012

      Today we shipped the  Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update .   The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features, in particular Windows Azure Web Sites and Windows Azure Virtual Machines which we announced...
  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Azure Event

    Next week on Redmond Campus we are running a Windows Azure event hosted by Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. This will provide a great recap of where we are on the Windows Azure Platform and you can either register to visit physically, on register to watch...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK ( November Update )

    Today we released a simplified version of the Windows Azure SDK, with a number of new features, a HPC Scheduler SDK  and finally a Windows Azure Platform Training Kit which aligns with the new changes. The major updates are as follows Streamlined publishing: This allows you to configure all aspects...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS

      If you every wanted to build iPhone applications which connected to the cloud to access storage services, your wish has been granted. On Monday we released the “Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS” which is a toolkit for developers to make it easy to access Windows Azure storage services from native...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 for IT Professionals Jump Start

        http://bit.ly/Office365-JUMP On May 24-26  we are hosting a free 3-day Jump Start training designed for IT Pros interested in learning more about preparing for and deploying Office 365. This is the first public training for IT Pros on Office 365. The course will be streamed live from...
  • Blog Post: February 2011 Windows Azure Training Kit Update

    We have just completed another release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.   The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help developers understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Released : Windows Azure Platform Training Kit –January Update

      Today we have released the January 2010 update to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (off line) & Training Course (on-line). The Kit & Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how...
  • Blog Post: Wanted - Cloud Evangelist Microsoft

    At the PDC we showed the momentum that we are creating around with Cloud with Windows Azure. We are looking for a passionate individual to join our team who can help evangelize the Azure Cloud platform by ensuring that we help key customers and partners move to this new platform and supporting all the...
  • Blog Post: How does Microsoft Secure it Cloud Infrastructure?

    David and TechNet EDGE team have just published a screencast on Microsoft’s security of our cloud infrastructure. The interview is with John Howie and Mark Estberg who are part of Global Foundation Services Online Services Security and Compliance group, and they talk about how Microsoft secures it's...
  • Blog Post: Azure “Down Under”

    Just got these pictures from the Microsoft DPE team in Australia. They hired one of those planes that do skywriting and put an "Azure" Cloud on top of the Opera house for the launch of Windows Azure in Australia. I have full assurances that this is not a photoshop image :-) Kudos to the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Can you believe its only 35 days to the next PDC?

    Nov 17th seemed to be a long way away…then... Now we are into October and in practically 5 weeks we will be off to the races!! There are lots of exciting things that I can’t talk about obviously, but there are a lot of things that I can start to share. Firstly we just announced on Friday that the Scott...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2009 – More sessions added

    Overnight it looks like there are a whole load more sessions which have appeared on the PDC site, including a number of sessions for Windows Azure. In particular, these ones caught my attention Storing and Manipulating Blobs and Files with Windows Azure Storage Patterns for Building Scalable and Reliable...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure : Storage API updates

    A number of new storage features for blobs has been pushed to the cloud in the latest July SDK.  Probably the most exciting feature is the ‘ Shared Access Signature ’ (aka leased blobs).  This feature allows you to generate one-time, temporally bound URIs that you can give out to untrusted...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure – Multi-Role Support

      New Feature:  Multi-Role Support With the July SDK update, the concept of multiple roles has been added.  This is visualized in Visual Studio through Wizards or through configuration. You can use the multi-role support to break out logically different functions in your applications....
  • Blog Post: White House mulls making NASA a center for federal cloud computing

    There was an interesting article last week where the Obama administration was considering NASA as a prototype for its outsource plans and support for the cloud. It is a good read, but in the end, it highlights the confusion in the industry around cloud computing and what this really means ( to different...
  • Blog Post: Ethiopian schools rolling out 250,000 Laptops to school teachers

    Ethiopia is rolling out 250,000 laptops to its school teachers nationwide. The system that powers the curriculum, keeps track of the academic records and provides secure transfer of data is being power by Windows Azure . What makes the really interesting is that fact that Ethiopia does not have to focus...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK Update and New Storage Features

    The Windows Azure team have announced a refresh to the Windows Azure SDK and Visual Studio Tools for Windows Azure together with some significant updates to Windows Azure Storage.  The updated SDK includes improved Visual Studio integration, support for development on Windows 7RC, Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows Azure Management Tool (MMC)

      Ryan in the team has just release the Windows Azure MMC .  This tool was created to manage storage accounts in Windows Azure and makes it simple to help debug, create, and explore your storage solutions.  Features Manage multiple storage accounts (makes it easy to manage all your accounts...
  • Blog Post: Open Source PHP Project for Windows Azure

    I have just been browsing an interesting project on codeplex which will provide PHP developers with a SDK to enable them to easily access the features of Windows Azure. In particular, enabling developers to access Blogs, Tables and Queues. There will also be helper classes for HTTP, AuthN/Z and REST...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer maps out Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

    Here is an article from the NY Times today which has a doodle from Steve Ballmer which outlines the Microsoft Cloud Platform. You can see the full article here. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/steve-ballmer-maps-microsofts-cloud-y-future/ The general view is that this is not that complicated...
  • Blog Post: WCF REST Starter Kit Preview 2

    The WCF REST Starter Kit is a set of features, Visual Studio templates, samples and guidance that enable users to create REST style services using WCF. While the October release of the WCF REST Starter Kit focused on building server-side REST services, the Preview 2 release adds features to make client...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SQL Data Services ( SDS)

    SQL Data Services ( SDS) is part of the Azure Services Platform and is the key service for storing data in the cloud, whether your application is either hosted locally or using some of the compute capabilities of Windows Azure in the cloud. Since its introduction at Mix08, SDS has really focused on providing...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit – February Update

    Want to know how to architect applications for Windows Azure and the rest of the Azure Services Platform? Need to get detailed training on all these Azure technologies? Well here goes…. We have just released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit to the Microsoft download center. The first...
  • Blog Post: Azure Issue Tracker Demo Released

    Last week Ryan in the team released the Azure Issue Tracker sample application.  This demo demonstrates multi-tenant ISV and SaaS solutions using a number of the Azure Services Platform components and is hosted in Windows Azure.  The first release is the Standard version, which shows federation...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM Demo extended through Windows Azure

    Some time ago at the Convergence conference in Copenhagen, Ben Riga on the team showed a demo of our Dynamics CRM product during the keynote. While I do not typically show off demos on here, I thought that this one was really interesting for a few reasons :- 1) The Application he showed did not look...
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