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  • Blog Post: Build Your Apps for Office and SharePoint on Windows Azure; Win Cool Prizes!

    Have an awesome idea for an app on SharePoint or Office? If you live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia or India, build and submit your app and you could win big prizes in the Apps for Office and SharePoint Developer Contest just announced on the Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog . Grand prize winner...
  • Blog Post: Register now for Windows Azure Developer Camps - Edinburgh and Bristol

    Want to get up to speed quickly with Windows Azure? The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the Cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the Cloud and made it available on the public Internet. During this day event, there'll be experienced people available...
  • Blog Post: New Services and Enhancements on Windows Azure

    Last week Windows Azure announced some exciting changes bringing together the best of on-premises and cloud computing. Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Web Sites are now available as new preview services for Windows Azure. SQL Reporting is now Generally Available to customers, a locally redundant...
  • Blog Post: Real World Windows Azure: LinkFresh Cloud QA – An application that helps businesses deliver safe, fresh, high quality food

    Consumerisation of IT, multiple devices and the ability to use the cloud to scale and grow your business in new ways has created new challenges and opportunities for all of us. Cloud applications and SaaS have changed the way our ISVs think about their businesses and we have seen a number of interesting...
  • Blog Post: Register and join a Windows Azure Online Bootcamp in May

    Due to popular demand we will be running 2 versions of the Windows Azure Bootcamps online! This is a great opportunity for those of you who were interested but unable to attend the live Windows Azure Bootcamps or anyone else who is interested in learning more about building applications on the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Video: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

    Find out how ISVs are using Azure to grow their businesses. Watch this great video where Jim Chapman, CEO of Retail Manager Solutions, talks about their move from on-premises software to the cloud and then tells us how Windows Azure has changed their business. Sales cycle times have been dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Resources to help you learn about building applications for Windows 8

    Take a look at the events, content and toolkits to help you build applications for Windows 8: Join the Windows 8 Camp This is a hands-on day of activity where you bring your laptop and write your first Windows 8 code. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page . § London...
  • Blog Post: Join us at the MPN Partner Business Briefings in April

    Register for the Partner Business Briefings taking place in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Edinburgh during April. View the full details of the day, locations and the full agenda . There are a couple of great track sessions available to you. Here are two of the sessions and descriptions that we would...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Six Weeks of Windows Azure Sessions

    We have had some great feedback on the Six Weeks of Windows Azure sessions. If you missed out on the opportunity to join us you can watch the recordings that are of interest to you. The below sessions cover both the technical and commercial aspects when thinking about SaaS and the Windows Azure Platform...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices

    Bruce Kyle, Architect Evangelist in the US has pulled together a great series of blog posts which provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . The series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application...
  • Blog Post: Series of Windows Azure Online Conferences

    Join this series of UK Tech.Days Online Conferences focused on helping you understand Windows Azure from the ground up. For more information visit the MSDN Blog post. Sessions include: Tuesday, 20 March - A Newcomer’s Introduction to Windows Azure . This free online event runs from 12.00 – 2.00pm and...
  • Blog Post: Mini retrospective on Six Weeks of Windows Azure

    I have previously posted some of the “raw data” on Six Weeks of Windows Azure but I wanted to also share some thoughts about “how it went” and “how we might do things differently” in the form of a mini retrospective. What went well? Achieved a lot for very little money Our budget was £0. Given that,...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at Six Week of Windows Azure – raw data

    I wanted to share some of the “raw data” from Six Weeks of Windows Azure which started way back in January and completed today (29th Feb 2012) I will shortly do a mini-retrospective. Top Level: Web site visits: 23,140 (as of 29th Feb) with 1857 visits on the busiest day Partners involved: 11 ( partners...
  • Blog Post: Journey to the Cloud – Commercial considerations when developing your solutions on the cloud

    With the increasing customer interest in cloud based solutions it is important to consider how your own Intellectual property could be brought to the cloud and made available as a revenue generating service. This is a series of short videos from the one-day conference – Journey to the Cloud. The videos...
  • Blog Post: Deploying PHP and ASP.NET Sites in a Single Azure Web Role

    One of the companies on www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk asked us about the specifics of deploying into a single web role two solutions – one built in PHP and one built in ASP.NET. I reached out to Brian Swan for help. Brian is one of the Microsoft team focused on making PHP developers very happy on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Slides, Notes and Recordings for Week 1 and 2 of #6weeksazure are all now available

    Head over to www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk and click on Week 1 and Week 2 to get details. It is not too late to join us – there is after all still 4 more weeks to go and we have recordings of the first two weeks. Sign up today! Note: This is primarily targeting UK companies – but we do not turn anyone away...
  • Blog Post: Six Weeks of Windows Azure webinar join links now live #6weeksazure

    The webinar join links are now live on the website http://sixweeksofazure.wordpress.com/joinwebinar/   We start at 12pm today (Monday 23rd January) but we will have the meeting open during the morning. Hence I would encourage you to join now to check your PC connects fine. See you all at 12pm Eric...
  • Blog Post: My top 3 improvements in Windows Azure from the December update

    In December we announced many improvements to Windows Azure… a month on and I was reflecting upon which were my favourites and which had resonated best with our early adopters. There were a lot to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to three in reverse order: 3. SQL Azure Database Size increased to...
  • Blog Post: One to watch – Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

    A new video series has kicked off over on the Trustworthy Computing blog focused on Cloud Fundamentals. This series is targeted at Chief Security Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, as well as VPs and Directors. If you care about topics such as: Compliance, audit, and certifications Benchmarks...
  • Blog Post: Updated agenda for Six Weeks of Windows Azure now available #6weeksazure

    The (almost) final agenda is now available and a little context on what still needs to happen can be found in this related post .  It is not too late to sign up – we kick this all off on January 23rd. We can’t wait – it is going to be superb!
  • Blog Post: FREE seminar on Windows Azure February 7th, Basingstoke

    ICS Solutions are one of the partners helping us deliver www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd. They also deliver regular free seminars on Windows Azure and the next takes place on February 7th 2012. Mark Hirst (an old friend of mine) is delivering it and hence it promises to be great....
  • Blog Post: Update on Six Weeks of Windows Azure #6weeksazure

    I just wanted to give a brief update on www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd. Preparations to make this into a great six weeks for UK companies are now well progressed and we are nicely on track to have a superb first week in January. We have some excellent partners helping us (check out...
  • Blog Post: Check out the London Windows Azure User Group

    The London Windows Azure Users Group is a new user group founded by Andy Cross, Richard Conway and Hancock and Parsons. The group is dedicated to building a sustainable community of Azure users that want to share experiences and code! Amongst other things the group puts on meetings the first Tuesday...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Computing Survey for Software Product Authors (Dec 2011 to Jan 2012)

    We are keen to get a feel for the current level of awareness and desire around Cloud Computing and specifically the Windows Azure Platform. Hence I have created a short and hopefully very quick to complete survey : Just 10 questions All questions are optional No need to type – just click away! (but some...
  • Blog Post: Live from Microsoft Redmond: Learn Windows Azure Tues Dec 13th 5pm to 1am UK time

    This online event promises to be a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich Register today and… if you are UK based, why not also sign up for Six Weeks of Windows Azure , starting January 23rd 2012 and all completely FREE...
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