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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 DevCamps Coming throughout the US This Summer!

    While I’ve yammered on a lot this past year about Windows Azure (which just had a big release of new features last month in June 2012), there’s another big product from Microsoft with the word “Windows” in the title that is getting a lot of buzz lately.  That’s Windows 8!  Windows 8 is the...
  • Blog Post: Location Change: Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Meeting Tuesday 5/8/2012 at Microsoft Office in Iselin, NJ!

    The Northern NJ .NET User Group has long met at Set Focus in Parsippany, NJ.  Unfortunately, due to policy changes at Set Focus’s facility, the group will no longer be able to meet at there.  For the May 8th meeting, the group will meet at the Microsoft Office in Iselin, NJ .   Edwin,...
  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch Azure Challenge Events in NYC and Philadelphia

    My colleagues on the Microsoft Startup Evangelism team are throwing a Windows Azure App Challenge in both NYC and Philly during the month of May. I’ll be doing the “NJ Turnpike shuffle” to help out in both cities. Join us over 3 weeks to build your Azure app! If you are looking to...
  • Blog Post: Wade Wegner on Managing Concurrency with Multiple Instances: May 2nd, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a great presentation from Jim Priestley on migrating a real world e-commerce site to Azure.  Jim shared his experiences and lessons learned migrating PLCCenter.com to the cloud.  There was a lot of insight regarding performance of SQL Azure and...
  • Blog Post: Take the Rock Paper Azure Challenge: Spring Fling Edition

    I’m excited to announce that the Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back again for a spring fling!  If you want to learn about Windows Azure and have some fun doing it, your opportunity is here.  With a free 90-day trial , anyone who lives in the US (who is not a Microsoft employee) can take the...
  • Blog Post: Azure, Mobility, and the Enterprise: NYC Windows Azure User Group 4-18-2012

    Tomorrow is the April meeting of the NYC Windows Azure user group.  The group has been picking up the steam throughout the winter with talks by myself on the Azure Platform and Jim Priestley on Real World Azure Solutions.  Tomorrow night, we’re following it up with Ira Bell discussing Azure...
  • Blog Post: Time to Learn How To Build a Windows Phone App? HackReady.Phone Webcast Series Is Here To Help!

    If you have been thinking about writing a Windows Phone App but didn’t know where to start my fellow teammate, Dani Diaz , has got something for you!  He’s been hosting a webcast series that started on April 3rd.  There are still three left in the series that you can catch live. But via the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Store Coming to Freehold & Bridgewater in New Jersey!

    On March 15th, the Microsoft Store announced they are opening new stores in New Jersey! The two newest stores will be in Freehold, NJ at the Freehold Raceway Mall and in Bridgewater, NJ at the Bridgewater Commons Mall. You can read the news in the Jersey Shore’s paper of record: The Asbury Park...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: Async Patterns For The Cloud

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/12/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fifth screencast in the @home series: Async Patterns In The Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March 15, we hosted...
  • Blog Post: Andrew Brust is now Big On Data

    Yesterday, I posted about Visual Studio Live! and the new discount offer available from Andrew Brust .  Today, I wanted to let folks know about one of Andrew’s newest adventures.  Many folks here in the New York metro area know Andrew Brust as the co-leader of the NYC .NET Developers Group...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone Now Available at AT&T

    It’s finally here!  Nokia has just launched it’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone in the US.  The phone is available at AT&T for $100 with a new 2-year contract.  There are other offers where you can get it for even less.   I’ve had a Nokia Lumia 800 (the smaller version sold in Europe...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure: Using the Folding@home SMP Client

    My teammate Brian Hitney has just posted a new article on some minor updates we have made to the @home with Windows Azure application.  Two minor changes have been implemented to allow new options for Folding@home “pros”: You can now use Stanford University’s Folding@home SMP client to achieve better...
  • Blog Post: New: Windows Azure Trust Center

    A couple of new Windows Azure announcement were made today.  As my colleague Bruce Kyle covered earlier, the Windows Azure team announced the availability of two new datacenters in the US:  East US & West US.  For what I assume are security purposes, the exact location of these data...
  • Blog Post: NYC Women in Tech Connect Event – Saturday, May 5th, 2012

    Just got word that my teammate Rachel Appel , and Melissa Demsak (of NJ SQL fame) are hosting a Women in Tech event in NYC on Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  Back in November, I wrote about “ Keeping it Professional in Tech ” and the importance of supporting women in the technology industry. I’m excited...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: – Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud - 4/5/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/5/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fourth screencast in the @home series: Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Saturday: April 21, 2012 @ Iselin, NJ

    I’m happy to announce that on Saturday April 21, 2012, the New Jersey SQL Server user group will be hosting a “SQL Azure Saturday” event!  This will be a FREE full-day event on SQL Azure & data in the cloud related topics.  The event is something that I have been working with the group...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure: Webcast – Diving into Azure Storage Options–3/29/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/29/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our third screencast in the @home series: Diving into Windows Azure Storage Options ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March...
  • Blog Post: Real World Azure: April 4th, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a successful kick off meeting at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ.  The group kicked off with me delivering an overview of Windows Azure and introducing the platform.  This month, Vineet Kumar , the group’s organizer has managed to line up another...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Event in New York City on April 19, 2012

    Back on March 13th, I announced a series of Windows 8 Developer Camps coming to cities up and down the US east coast starting this week and running through April & May 2012.  There was one location that eerily seemed to be missing from the list of tour dates:  New York City! (or as my teammate...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure + Node.js => anode : An Experiment

    I just saw a pretty cool video posted up on Channel 9. Elad Ben-Israel and Saar Yahalom from Microsoft Israel have been cooking up an interesting experiment in their development lair.  They have built an experimental platform for rapidly prototyping web apps on Windows Azure using node.js. They...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure : Can I Deploy Multiple Instances?

    During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project.  On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.  I wanted to use this post to more widely answer a FAQ we have...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Intro to @home with Windows Azure – 3/15/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/15/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our first screencast in the @home series:  an introduction to the @home with Windows Azure distributed computing project ! This is the first in a series where we’ll dive into various aspects of Windows Azure – in this first webcast, we...
  • Blog Post: Spring Forward with Windows 8 Developer Camps

    On February 29th, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the world for everyone to try! Windows 8 represents an entirely new way of computing. It is a new platform full of new opportunities (more on that in a bit). The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 8 is that it’s different...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview: “How To” Find Your Cheese Series

    By now, hopefully you are aware that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29th, 2012.  If you haven’t given a spin, you should.  (Scott Hanselman has a great guide for installing it in an isolated VHD so you don’t mess up your existing OS install.)  Windows 8 represents...
  • Blog Post: Less Lincolns: Windows Azure Extra Small VM Now Only $0.02/hour!

    Less than a month after significant price drops were announced for SQL Azure , yesterday the Windows Azure team lowered prices on compute & storage !  The price of hosting an application in an extra-small VM has dropped 50% from four Lincolns an hour to two!  Translation: the starting cost...
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