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  • Blog Post: Running Powershell Web Jobs on Azure websites

    Update: Web Jobs now natively support PowerShell scripts.  You can upload a zip file containing a .ps1 file and it will be executed without further configurations. Just last week we announced a series of new features for the Windows Azure platform.  One of those features is Web Jobs support...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to Build?

    The one constant in this technology world is change .  Technology changes at an amazing pace and it’s not trivial to keep up with this as a developer. Only six months ago we were in San Francisco for Build 2013. Since that time we have released Windows 8.1 to the public, we launched Surface 2 and...
  • Blog Post: Superhackathon is back on November 15: Bigger, Better, Bolder

    With the general availability of Windows 8.1 , the official launch of Surface 2 , the announcement of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 , the timing is perfect for you to show off your app development skills!  Continuing a great tradition, on November 15th we are organizing our second Superhackathon . At...
  • Blog Post: Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #7

    It’s time for our 7th blog post in our series of new Belgian Apps and it’s been a pretty big harvest again! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here . Personalize your device right now by installing these apps . And don’t forget to provide your feedback to the developers by rating them...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the Store

    Over the last few weeks we have posted about new Belgian apps published to the Windows Store.  In this post we want to highlight a few ‘ Stars of the Store ’, great apps that have been in the Store for a while and have been updated recently. Yelo TV by Telenet – great for live watching your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #6

    This is the 6th blog post in our series to highlight new apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Store, made by developers in Belgium.  And what great activity we have seen since our previous post! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here . Personalize your device right now by installing...
  • Blog Post: Getting more downloads for your Windows Store app

    How can you make your app more visible in the Windows Store and boost your downloads?  As we describe in the App Promotion Checklist , collecting user feedback can be accelerator for driving app downloads. In this blogpost I’m going to cover how to integrate collecting user feedback in your Windows...
  • Blog Post: How do you build a Windows Store LOB app?

    When building a line-of-business (LOB) app there are numerous things to consider.  Of course you need a great user experience, but what about validating user input, user authentication, how do you deal with application state across suspend-resume, do you roam app state across devices, and there...
  • 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: Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12

    The word is out: on July 12 we’ll be organizing the first of our Summer App-a-thons.  And it’s going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge .  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach...
  • 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: Register for a free SQL Server 2012 training

    We’re very proud to announce that SQL Server 2012 is now generally available for purchase and download.  SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional datacenters and public and private clouds. To...
  • 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: ALM Summit 2011 recordings available on Channel9

    Last November we hosted the annual ALM Summit at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, where luminaries from across the software industry presented, covering the evolution of practices across both the Microsoft and OSS communities. Attending the the ALM Summit allows you to gain deeper insight...
  • 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: 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: 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: Last call to our free Next Generation UX event. Your chance to win an Arc Touch Mouse!

    On June 28 we’re organizing an event around Next Generation User Experiences in Brussels Business Faculty .  It’s entirely free and every attendee gets a unique T-shirt !  Register today and join many other UX enthusiasts. During this event, you’ll get inspired by Microsoft’s vision and strategy...
  • Blog Post: Register for the Next Generation User Experiences event on June 28

    You’re designing or building applications and want to fast forward to get ready for the next generation of user experiences? Join us on June 28 in Brussels Business Faculty for a free event! Technology is becoming more natural and intuitive. Touch, face- and voice-recognition, movement sensors – all...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Health Common User Interface

    The Microsoft Health Common User Interface (MSCUI) offerings form part of the Microsoft Health ICT Resource Center . MSCUI provides User Interface Design Guidance and Toolkit controls that address a wide range of patient safety issues faced by healthcare organizations worldwide. Those design guides and...
  • Blog Post: Free Classroom Training: Touch Development For The Slate PC

    In this 1-day, free of charge (for MSFT partners), classroom training you will learn hands-on (pun not intended ) how you can build touch-optimized applications for touch-enabled devices such as the Slate PC . We will provide you insight in the different capabilities of the platform and show you how...
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