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Last week at Mix11 we announced several updates to the services and offers for the Windows Azure Platform.
To support these announcements, the Windows Azure Platform team also released several new content resources.
The April 2011 Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit is now available. The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
This is a significant update of the kit that includes several new and updated hands-on labs. Some of the new/updated content includes:
The setup scripts for all hands-on labs have also been updated to use the Windows Azure SDK 1.4 release and to support VS 2010 SP1.
You can download the April 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training kit from here: http://bit.ly/WAPTKApr11.
Microsoft is also continuing to publish the hands-on labs directly to MSDN to make it easier for developers to review and use the content without having to download an entire training kit package. You can browse to all of the Hands On Labs here: http://bit.ly/WAPCourse.
During Scott Guthrie’s keynote on Day #1 at Mix11, Niels Hartvig the founder of Umbraco also talked about Windows Azure. Umbraco is a very popular open source, .NET-based CMS application that is powering over 85K sites today. In the keynote, Niels talked about how Umbraco has been working with the Windows Azure Platform to provide it as an option for running Umbraco sites.
Niels Hartvig announced the Windows Azure Accelerator for Umbraco and also showed an example of Umbraco’s next major release, which will have integrated support for Windows Azure.
The Windows Azure Accelerator for Umbraco is now available for download from CodePlex.
This accelerator is designed to make it very easy to deploy an Umbraco application quickly to Windows Azure. The accelerator includes a step-by-step guide, scripts, and a simple deployment tool to make it easy to get started.
I would also recommend watching this 7 minute screencast created by Umbraco.
For more information about Umbraco and Windows Azure, please visit Umbraco’s Windows Azure page at: http://umbraco.com/azure.
In addition to the keynote presence at Mix11, Microsoft also had three sessions where Umbraco, DotNetNuke, and Kentico all talked about how they are enabling Windows Azure for their apps. You can find a list of these specific sessions and learn more about running CMS applications on Windows Azure from this new page on WindowsAzure.com.
Microsoft are happy to announce the release of the new Photosynth app for mobile panorama creation and sharing.
The Photosynth app is a significant step forward in mobile imaging technology.
The Photosynth app allows you to capture 360° panoramas in all directions (up, down, left, and right) and create spectacular images that our competition simply cannot achieve. With the latest in computer vision techniques, developed in concert with Microsoft Research, Photosynth focuses on making creation easy and fun with a wealth of sharing options.
The Photosynth Apps has a number of sharing models including the ability to share images directly to Facebook. Additionally the App has deep ties into Photosynth.net for sharing interactive panorama experiences.
What is really exciting for HE is the Photosynth App has the opportunity for users to now “Publish to Bing Maps”, making their panoramas eligible to show up on both the map (with the Photosynth map app) and directly on an associated University Intranet and Web pages.
Here’s an introductory video that covers the app:
Our initial release is for the iOS platform, but we are also working with the Windows Phone teams to bring this technology next to our own platform.
We encourage everyone to give the app a try (or at least check out the above video) and browse a few example panoramas:
· Museum of Flight
· Japanese Gardens
· International Space Station
· Volunteer Park Conservatory
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 phone, sample applications, and documentation.
For further details and download see - http://watoolkitwp7.codeplex.com/
This day is about getting you up to speed on why you should be looking at the Windows Azure Platform, what tools and services it offers and how you can start to explore it to create new solutions, migrate elements of existing solutions or integrate with existing systems.
Register for Mon 23rd May 2011
Register for Tues 24th May 2011
Also, as part of the Tech Days series, there are 6 Windows Azure Bootcamps in the UK.
So if you are a academic looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free half-day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code, deployed it to the cloud service and made a simple application available on the public Internet.
You will also get all the information you need to get up to speed with Windows Azure in a packaged and compressed form, ready for your consumption, without having to trawl through books, blogs and articles on your own.
There will be experienced people available to guide you through each exercise. Once you have the basics in place, you’ll be off and running.
The sessions are either morning or afternoon and are free please see agenda and link to registration below:-
Event: UK Tech.Days 2011 - Windows Azure Bootcamp (1032481635 – 27th May 2011, AM) Location: Cardinal Place, London, UK
Event: UK Tech.Days 2011 - Windows Azure Bootcamp (1032482519 – 27th May 2011, PM) Location: Cardinal Place, London, UK
Below is a collection of a number of white papers on cloud-related to the Windows Azure Services:
For more whitepapers, see the Windows Azure Home at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/whitepapers/default.aspx
If your considering the use of the cloud then there is nothing better to help develop your ideas or possibilities, case studies and scenarios are a great way to bring together a problem and a solution in context, while pulling together all the relevant guidance.
Here’s a quick tour of the scenarios that Microsoft Technet have so far …
See the Public Cloud Scenarios Hub.
See the Private Cloud Scenarios Hub.
For the original story of where Channel 9 came from, don't miss the classic and inspirational The 9 Guys - Who We Are video. Then, check out this video to meet the current team!
So if you want to know more about a product
simply visit http://channel9.msdn.com/Browse/Tags
What is IT Academy.
The Microsoft IT Academy Programme is a comprehensive subscription based program that helps support ongoing technology education for a wide range of students, teachers, and faculty. The program features access to software licenses, E-Learning, official Microsoft course materials, and certifications. E-Learning and course materials range from computer basics to high-level programming, along with the chance to deploy Microsoft courses as learning aids in other (non-IT) subject areas.
How to become an IT Academy.
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/education/msitacademy/itapapplyonline.aspx to apply online.
What support can you expect.
Each academy receives a welcome pack including logo and posters and an invite to a live meeting which runs through all of the login and general programme procedures. Any questions or queries about the features of the program are dealt with by Microsoft Academy Service Partner or escalated to the Regional Service Centre.
For further details please see http://www.microsoft.com/education/msitacademy
Brandon Foy who created the viral Ad referenced below is currently an studying at a US .edu University. Brandon has been involved in the Microsoft community previously as a Microsoft internship student.
Brandon has developed it’s an exciting Ad and is a real Windows Phone fan. Brandon Ad has really inspired the Windows Phone community and inspired Microsoft, as a result Microsoft invited Brandon to show his Ad at the Microsoft Mix11 conference in Las Vegas this week.
With his "We Love Windows Phone" video. We want to thank him by jump starting his CV. So if the Ad gets 200k views on YouTube, Microsoft will air it on a US National ad spot!
You can see Brandon Foy on stage with JoeB at MIX here http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mix/videoGallery.aspx
So do we have any budding Brandon’s from UK Academia .ac.uk STEM-D courses let the Microsoft UK Student Team Know via the Microsoft UK Student Blog or Microsoft UK Student Facebook Group.