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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: 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: 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: 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: Save the date for the ISV Discovery Day Spring Edition

    The spring season is back which means there are some great local events coming up where you can see our latest tools and technologies and have the opportunity to network with speakers and other ISVs.  I’m happy to announce that on May 12th , we’re having our spring edition of the ISV Discovery Day...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: ISV Community & Discovery Day – Your chance to win a Kinect & Xbox 360

    It’s this time of year again where the Microsoft Belux ISV team organizes the ISV Community & Discovery day. On February 24 , we will bring you an update on Microsoft’s newest innovations, plans for the future and vision on partner relationships.  We are particularly excited to present special...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit and Course, January 2011 Update

    Today we have released a January 2010 update to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit & Training Course . The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit & Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn...
  • Blog Post: Link: What is Windows Azure AppFabric trying to solve?

    Not sure what Windows Azure AppFabric exactly is and what you can do with it?  Check out the following blogpost here by the Windows Azure AppFabric Team. If you haven't already taken advantage of our free trial offer make sure to click on the image below and start using Windows Azure AppFabric already...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Azure Jump Start Training Videos

    Microsoft Learning hosted the second new and exclusive “Jump Start” virtual training event on December 15-17, 2010. The course was titled “Building Cloud Applications using the Windows Azure Platform” and included 12 hours of expert-led training tailored for application architects and developers interested...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure to SQL Server Synchronization

    In a previous blogpost I already mentioned that you can move your relational data into the cloud by leveraging Microsoft SQL Azure . Some day, however, you may realize that you also need this same data to be available on-premise (for example, field reps may need a local copy on their laptops). Enter...
  • Blog Post: New FabrikamShipping SaaS Release for Windows Azure SDK 1.3

    With the release of Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and the December Labs release of ACS , a whole bunch of new functionalities were made available to developers on the Windows Azure platform.  We have now updated the FabrikamShipping SaaS sample scenario to make use of these new capabilities, and at the...
  • Blog Post: Link: Windows Azure Security Essentials videos

    Check the following blogpost by Alik Levin here for a bunch of interesting videos on Windows Azure Security Essentials.  Both business and technical decision makers may find them useful.
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure raises the bar on cloud databases

    With the Windows Azure platform , moving your application to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing story.  The flexibility of the platform allows you to gradually move your application into the cloud (Software as a Service) or extend your application with new functionality (Software + Services). In...
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