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  • Blog Post: Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) changes for Windows Server

    Summary for the Service Provider IT Professionals / Procurement Officers who are desperately late for a meeting and spilling coffee as they run down the hall… There are some pricing changes for Windows Server in SPLA that take effect January 1 st . This does not affect the pricing in the other...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Keynoting at JavaOne...That Just Happened!

    While the idea of Microsoft giving a keynote address at JavaOne – the Java community’s biggest conference of the year – has probably raised a few eyebrows, it really shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise at this point. Not only have we been involved in JavaOne for the past few years, you’ve also heard...
  • Blog Post: Azure Dev Challenge Questions Tackled

    Last month Microsoft announced its first-ever Azure Developer Challenge . Since then, we’ve received strong interest and several questions about the competition. The question I most frequently receive is, “Why is the Azure Dev Challenge open to US residents only?” I am pleased to announce that...
  • Blog Post: Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private

    Six years ago we announced a multi-year, multi-product vision for the Enterprise which we called Dynamic IT. The principles were simple - virtualization, model driven, services oriented and user centric. Shortly thereafter, we began to conceptualize a services-based offering in the cloud which culminated...
  • Blog Post: Walking the Walk – the Cloud and Standards

    Earlier today, the DMTF announced the creation of the “ Open Standards Cloud Incubator ” group which will specifically focus on developing a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management. This is one of what will probably be a number of important efforts to drive additional value...
  • Blog Post: .NET Services - Cloud Interoperability

    Speaking of standards - I’m thrilled to report that we will release the “M5” (Milestone 5) CTP ( C ommunity T echnology P review – think Beta) for .NET Services (part of the Azure Services Platform) tomorrow! For those who aren’t familiar with this effort, here’s the primer… Almost two years ago, we...
  • Blog Post: Moving beyond the “Manifesto”

    As you might expect, several of us spent most of Thursday and Friday last week in conversations with developers, standards body members and other vendors regarding open standards for cloud computing and how we get there collaboratively. Being in this industry for so many years, I remember a time when...
  • Blog Post: MIX 09 - Return on Experience

    Posting from The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas where I’m taking part in Microsoft’s 4 th annual MIX event, where the crowd is a sea of red… red shirts that is, in honor of Scott Guthrie’s style. Looking around I see a diverse group of web designers and developers eager to learn how businesses can...
  • Blog Post: Bring back the red shirt

    Sign the petition here ! See you at Mix .
  • Blog Post: Web Computing - Premsises, Hosting and Cloud

    I had the privilege of talking to a number of customers, members of the community and reporters last week about our web / cloud technologies. In those conversations, a few things became clear. First, there is a ton of interest (in general) about cloud computing with folks wanting to understand what it...
  • Blog Post: Higher Standards for Web Standards

    Since the emergence of web services in the 90s, we’ve seen an explosion of standards and standards bodies. Sometimes, they emerge based on new innovations, other times they’re created to unblock a stalemate on a similar standard or organization. Occasionally they are created simply to change the technology...
  • Blog Post: Know SOA or No SOA?

    You’ve probably seen the chatter as a result of Anne’s recent post . So, the question on all SOA minds now turns to the fate of SOA: have we seen SOA’s last act or will there be an encore? With the economic downturn and companies increasing their focus on near term results, we’re a bit surprised over...
  • Blog Post: Signs of the Apocalypse - Sun fears the Browser

    1. Protest in Auburn over a football coach draws more than an anti-war protest 2. Despite all the economic, environmental and social woes in the world, top press outlets still have the time to cover Oprah’s weight and giant feats of agriculture 3. Sun talks about the importance of the client and...
  • Blog Post: Web Platform – Single Install Release Candidate

    Today, we posted a release candidate (RC) of the Web Platform Installer (Web PI) here . This effort is a direct result of feedback we’ve received from customers regarding the need to significantly simplify the installation of key components needed to spin up new web properties. With the Web PI, customers...
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