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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

    Today we announced the general availability of our Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support! With this release Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network move out of Preview and are now ready to use for your production apps. With Azure Virtual Machines you can deploy and run durable VMs...
  • Blog Post: Cloudify your Windows 8 and iOS apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services

    With the introduction of apps and application stores, the process of building, selling and distributing software has been truly democratized.  But what if your application becomes a top hit and is being downloaded and used by millions of users?  How do you make sure that your backend services...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Features and Services for spring

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.  Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: How does Windows Azure handle security, privacy & compliance?

    In talking with ISVs, I very often get questions about security and data protection and data privacy when hosting an application in the cloud. For example, ‘What happens to my data once if my subscription ends? Is it physically destroyed from all media and backups?”.  These questions and concerns...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service: now with cloud-based build service

    As you may or may not know, at the BUILD conference last September, Microsoft announced the availability of a preview of Team Foundation Service .  With Team Foundation Service Microsoft provides you world class ALM as a service, entirely hosted on the Windows Azure platform .  This means that...
  • Blog Post: Azure Spotlight: Agilys myShopi combines mobile and cloud

    Agilys is a Belgian startup company, based in Braine-l’Alleud, involved in mobile development, building mobile applications and Internet sites.  They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, giving them have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners...
  • Blog Post: Try Windows Azure Risk-Free: spending limits explained

    A few weeks ago, at the Learn Windows Azure event , we announced a series of new features for the Windows Azure platform, one of which was the introduction of a spending limit for newly provisioned trial and MSDN offers. Our US colleague, Jim O’Neil, has written two posts explaining in detail how to...
  • Blog Post: Azure Spotlight: Numeri’zik Robot Stream Goes Cloudy

    Numeri’zik is a Belgian startup company that is involved in the digitization of media and new ways of communication. They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, through which they have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners. Companies need to communicate...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Site and Features Available Today

    Today we released the new Windows Azure Website with improved billing, management and SQL Azure capabilities. The site is in English today with localized versions planned to roll out next year A highlight of the new features include: Implementation of “Spending caps” where you can eliminate the risk...
  • Blog Post: How to get famous with the Windows Azure platform

    You have probably already heard about cloud computing and very likely you have lots of questions. How do I get started, who can I talk to when I have questions, can you help me put my application in the market and reach millions of potential customers . That is why we have implemented the Your Business...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure SDK & Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK Available Today!

    Today we are simplifying the development experience on Windows Azure with three updates—a new version of the Windows Azure SDK, a new Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK, and an updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. Whether you are already using Windows Azure or looking for the right moment to get...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the ISV Café event and get your free copy of Forza Motorsport 4

    Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the very first edition of ISV Café , where networking meets Microsoft technology in a thrilling Forza Motorsport atmosphere. The event will take place at the beautiful ‘ Espace Del Goutte’ , located in Ophain near Brussels. In the presence of Joe Wilson , Sr....
  • Blog Post: Increasing your revenue and decreasing costs? Learn how

    Why should an independent software vendor (ISV) care about cloud computing? The answer is simple: using the cloud has the potential to increase your revenues and/or decrease your costs . Running code and storing data on computers in large Internet-accessible data centers owned and operated by another...
  • Blog Post: Available : Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October 2011 Update

    The October release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (WAPTK) is now available as a free download . The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs (HOLs), presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure , SQL Azure , and...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure SDK 1.5, Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

      I am happy to announce the availability of the Windows Azure SDK 1.5 and Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. You can download the tools here using the Web Platform Installer. All three of these releases are aimed at simplifying development, deployment, and management on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android.

    I’m pleased to announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 , Windows Azure Toolkit for Android and Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (iPhone & iPad) . The purpose of these toolkits is to make it easier for mobile device developers – across multiple device platforms – to build...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android, and WP7

    We are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.0.0) .  This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.  This release pushes forward the momentum around Mobile + Cloud,...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Belux webcasts on SQL Server self-service BI, FAST Search Server 2010 and Windows Azure

    - May 10, 2011: SQL Server self-service BI Abstract In this fast paced and ever changing world, insight in your company’s data becomes more and more crucial to stay ahead. Power users need this insight in data now, not in the next week or month. Due to this trend, BI has to evolve into a more mobile...
  • Blog Post: Are you Microsoft Platform Ready?

    If you’re not yet familiar with the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) program; MPR provides free technical, marketing, and certification support for companies and individuals that are developing software applications on the Windows Platform. Whether you’re building simple add-ons, rich client applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure News from MIX11

    We announced several updates to the Windows Azure platform today at MIX11 in Las Vegas. These new capabilities will help developers deploy applications faster, accelerate their application performance and enable access to applications through popular identity providers including Microsoft, Facebook and...
  • Blog Post: Get skilled up on Microsoft’s Cloud technologies at you own pace and at no cost with Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Looking for a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of the opportunity Cloud computing offers IT professionals? The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers no-cost, easy-access training for IT professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. MVA guides you...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Lunchbox - Developing a Windows Phone 7 Application at Microsoft leveraging Windows Azure

    Register now for the next MSDN Live Meeting (organized by Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg), hosted by myself, on April 12, 2011 : Lunchbox - Developing a Windows Phone 7 Application at Microsoft leveraging Windows Azure. Timing April 12, 2011 - 14:00 – 15:30 (Belgian time: GMT +01:00) Abstract The Lunchbox...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

    The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - February 2011 Update

    The February 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes several updates and bug fixes for the hands-on labs.   Most of the updates were focused on supporting the new Windows Azure AppFabric February CTP and the new portal experience for AppFabric Caching, Access Control...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Free Trial Offering Available Today!

    As of today a new Windows Azure trial offering is available through June 30th 2011. This offering consist out a monthly offer of: Compute: 750 hours of an Extra Small Compute Instance 25 hours of a Small Compute Instance Storage: 500MB 10k Storage transactions Data Transfers: 500MB in / 500MB out Relational...
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