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  • Blog Post: Hands On Labs Online HOLO for Windows 8 and Windows Azure Developers

    MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use MSDN Virtual Labs online immediately, free...
  • Blog Post: Apptivate.ms International App Dev Competition

    Apptivate.ms is an international app building competition where developers can submit their app and get feedback from other developers. They can also review other apps and ask & answer questions on Stack Overflow. Participants have a chance to win $15,000 in Windows 8 prizes (including $5,000 for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's DevRadio Developer Show on Channel 9

    Microsoft's DevRadio is for developers created by developers. Community leaders, industry leaders, Microsoft insiders. We bring you the latest in software development news. Download our latest development tools at: Windows 8 , Free Windows Azure Platform Trial , and Visual Studio Express 2012.  ...
  • Blog Post: Creating iPhone iPad Apps Using Windows Azure Mobile Services

    iOS developers can now use Windows Azure Mobile Services, e. g. Windows Azure SQL database, in their iPhone and iPad apps. Better yet, you can create an iOS app using the wizard available at Windows Azure management portal simply by downloading the code, compiling it in Xcode, and running it. See the...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows 8 Applications using Windows Azure Mobile Services

    In this video Scott Guthrie shows how using Windows Azure Mobile Services one can add a cloud backend to a Windows 8 application in a few minutes.   You can create Windows 8 apps using Windows Azure Mobile Services with the following development tools and services. 1. Windows 8 and Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: MoDev Tablet 2012 in DC Sept 13-15, 2012

    The 3-day event consists of workshops on Thursday 9/13, MoDev Tablet conference on Friday 9/14 and Hackathon on Saturday 9/15. Come see the latest Tablet devices in action, learn the best methods for developing and marketing native, web and hybrid apps, and meet great people in the process. Oh, and we...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector – July 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit to add links to Windows 8 resources. Download the PPT file here (or http://aka.ms/cloudinfokit ). Web Links: http://aka.ms/URL    Example: http://aka.ms/ zxazure90day Developer Tools Windows 8 Release Preview and SDK /zxwin8 – Windows 8 beta and SDK samples Visual...
  • Blog Post: Moving an existing Hyper-V vhd to Windows Azure

    I talked about building a CRM dev VM running on Windows Azure from scratch here .  However, you might have an existing VM that you’d prefer to run on Windows Azure instead.  Why?  … read more …
  • Blog Post: Resizing an Azure VM vhd file

    I got into a bit of a predicament where the C drive of the VM I created here started to fill up.  I needed to install some software that only gave me the option to install to the C drive.  The installer was telling me there wasn’t enough disk space.  Here’s what I did to increase the size...
  • Blog Post: Preventing charges for an Azure VM when not in use

    When you shutdown an Azure VM, you still get charged for usage.  That’s because the hardware for your VM is still allocated/dedicated to you.  It’s just not being used.  To prevent charges, you can delete the VM.  When you do that, your .vhd file(s) don’t’ get deleted.  Therefore...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft 8 Workshop on 7/3 at Reston VA: Getting Started with Creating Windows 8 Apps Using Geospatial Data

    My colleagues Frank La Vigne, Joel Reyes and I will conduct a half-day workshop on Windows 8 on Tuesday July 3, 1:30 - 5:00 PM at the COM.Geo conference , a 3-day international conference on computer science and technology for geospatial information research and applications. This workshop is available...
  • Blog Post: Design for Online

    DISCLAIMER: This post is not official guidance from Microsoft.  It’s the thoughts and opinion of one guy who has been spending a fair amount of time talking to customers and partners about what I’ve been calling the “Design for Online” principles.  These are just my “brain dump” notes of what...
  • Blog Post: Hack for Good! Join us at the VIP Hackathon on April 30, 2012 - DC - Register today!

    The Pew Center on the States launched the Voting Information Project (VIP) initiative in 2008 to become the 21st century transmission line between election offices and voters. VIP answers voters’ most common questions -- things like “where do I vote?”, “who is on my ballot?”...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online + Windows Azure = Many Possibilities

    I have spent some time lately working with both potential CRM Online customers and partners who were unaware of the what’s really possible when you combine CRM Online with Windows Azure.  I primarily work with customers/partners building “enterprise” solutions.  I have heard statements like...
  • Blog Post: Mobile In-Vehicle Video Platform for Law Enforcement Agencies

    Recently at the Microsoft World Wide Public Safety Symposium the US Developer & Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft; along with partner Modularis unveiled the latest in law enforcement technology. The Modularis Vehicle Platform employs the latest in software technology including being fully Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Developer How To Series

    Last week I completed 30 blog posts for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How to Series . Now it is time to focus on application development on and for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In this How To series, I will share application development tips and tricks with developers and architects from my...
  • Blog Post: MobileMonday DC, March 19, 2012

    MobileMonday DC Mobile Monday DC and Microsoft invite you to attend Mobile In Education - How the Mobile Channel Impacts Lifelong Learning. On March 19th, at the Microsoft offices in Chevy Chase, leaders from the technology, university, and non-profit industries will discuss how the mobile channel engages...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts Webcast Series

    My colleague Mike Benkovich is hosting a webcast series - Cloud Computing Soup to Nuts . You can download and watch several recorded sessions and presentations, or join him every week on Tuesdays, to explore the possible with Cloud Computing and walk through the Hands on Labs in the Windows Azure training...
  • Blog Post: Soundtracker Builds Global Geosocial Music Service on Multiple Platforms including Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7

    Daniele Calabrese, founder and CEO of Soundtracker , a Microsoft BizSpark One company, discusses with Zhiming Xue the enabling technologies behind their geosocial music service Soundtracker. The free global geosocial internet radio service, which currently supports smartphone and web users with 12 million...
  • Blog Post: Deploying LightSwitch Applications to Windows Azure

    Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and web. How do you deploy a web-based LightSwitch application to Windows Azure? Read Mike Wade MSDN article here . Get Windows Azure SDK...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure App Helps Americans Living Abroad Vote in U. S. Elections

    According to TechFlash , Democracy Live is using the Windows Azure platform to host LiveBallot, a service that makes it easier for US military personnel and other citizens living abroad to vote in elections in the United States. Democracy Live helps make ballots and election materials available electronically...
  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Azure: Recorded Sessions

    All sessions of the live event “Learn Windows Azure” are now available at Channel9 . During the panel QA, ScottGu, Mark Russinovich and David Campbell addressed many great questions. To get started with Windows Azure, download Windows Azure SDK , get a Free Trial Account if you don’t have one already...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Windows Azure and Windows Phone Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012

    Today, Microsoft announced two individual Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 : Windows Azure Challenge and Windows Phone Challenge. This year students will have the opportunity to submit projects into both of these Challenges in addition to the Software Design, Game Design and IT Challenge competitions...
  • Blog Post: Apps for Entrepreneurs - SUBMIT YOUR APP TODAY!!

    Win $20,000 in prizes - PLUS $10,000 if you build for Windows Phone - Submit your app by the November 20, 2011 deadline DESCRIPTION : The Federal Government offers useful programs and services for small business and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, they are not always easy to find thereby limiting the...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Publishing a Web Application to Windows Azure in 15 Minutes

    Windows Azure SDK 1.6 (November 2011 Release) has made it much easier to deploy a web application from Within Visual Studio 2010 than previous SDK releases. You can download the SDK and other Windows Azure developer resources . This post documents the process of creating a simple asp.net web application...
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