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  • Blog Post: Cloud + Games Apps = Opportunity Unleashed

    “Imagine a scenario in which you were able to add new levels to a platform game immediately after they have been built. Using a cloud backend makes this all possible, and when you can also track significant quantities of data to keep your game flow smooth and your players engaged, you give your title...
  • Blog Post: Posterous is shutting down on 30th April. Use these click-by-click instructions to move your Posterous Blog to your own private Wordpress web site.

    Posterous was bought by Twitter on the 12th March last year and is about to be shut down on the 30th April this year. If you have a blog on Posterous Spaces, you have until the 30th April to move it. After that date, your content will be gone and it will no longer be possible to get hold of it. If you...
  • Blog Post: Event: "Apps + Cloud" for the device developer who is too busy to learn (UK)

    18th March – Reading, UK. You’ve got your beautiful new app ready to run on a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, and are ready to hook into an infrastructure cloud service for the back-end. Your main concern is making sure it’s reliable - you can’t risk even a small chance of an outage of your...
  • Blog Post: Video: TIGA Gaming Conference: Games plus Cloud. Rob Fraser’s talk.

    I was at the TIGA gaming conference with Rob Fraser who was a speaker addressing “realising the opportunity afforded to games developers by exploiting the cloud”. I took a couple of FlipCams and screen capture software to edit together this talk. A couple of rough edges here and there, but very watchable...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: ‘Pay for what you use’ cloud services may change the culture of IT project management in small businesses, for better

    By Will Lovegrove and Ian Cox Our company, Release Consulting Ltd , is a small software development agency based in London. In 2012 we won a UK Government Technology Strategy Board research and development grant to build a highly innovative cloud-hosted data-sharing platform that would make API technology...
  • Blog Post: Video: More conversations with David Chappell about Windows Azure

    It's always a pleasure to converse with an old friend and colleague, David Chappell ( www.davidchappell.com ), this time in London during his world tour where he has been talking about cloud computing, Windows Azure and its impact on developers. In this interview, David Gristwood get the chance to discuss...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Poster To Brighten Up Your Day

    This poster introduces Windows Azure for developers and IT pros. It summarizes benefits such as global coverage and extensive language support and provides a description of current services by category: app services, data services, compute, networking, and store. The poster also depicts common uses including...
  • Blog Post: Event: Fresh round of Windows Azure Camps announced in the UK

    We’ve just announced a fresh round of free one-day hands-on camps in the UK for Windows Azure developers and IT Pros.     Windows Azure Camps for developers: Join us at a developer camp which focuses on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Windows Azure. Mostly this means Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro - UK

    Yes – we’re now looking after the IT Pro with Azure! If you just want to register – go here : If you want more info – have a read of the text below, or go to http://azurecampsuk.azurewebsites.net for the same. Here is a video to give you a feel for what a camp is like.   UK Windows Azure Camps We...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps

      Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. 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...
  • Blog Post: Video: Another of my “cartoony” videos, this time explaining Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

    A description of the new elements in the Virtual Machines features of the Windows Azure June 2012 release, all done in that cartoony format that the original June Release Azure Video was done in.   Planky
  • Blog Post: Video: Complete Overview of the June 2012 Azure Release

    Includes IaaS Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Identity, Service Bus, Cache and so on.
  • Blog Post: Article: Turning the Cloud into a Supercomputer: Windows Azure and High Performance Compute goes mass market

    by Richard Conway and Andy Cross Introduction When you’ve been a proponent of the Microsoft Technology stack for many years you tend to see a lot of technologies come and go. Some stick around, evolve and end up changing the nature of enterprise; others fall by the wayside as the market decides...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Latest Updates to Windows Azure

    Last Thursday night the Windows Azure team announced the latest updates to Windows Azure, to the Windows Azure SDK, and to the Windows Azure Management Portal at at the ‘ Meet Windows Azure ’ event. This release introduces a new Management Portal that provides an enhanced environment for...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure Connect: a real-world solution

    K3 Retail are the UK’s biggest Microsoft Dynamics partner. They’ve built a system that allows them to expose on-premises applications and data such as Dynamics, SQL Server Reporting Services, Email and File-Servers to a cloud-based IIS web application. This video show how they are doing this in the real...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Online

    We’re going to be running an online version of the popular Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 21st May. We’re very aware that the London and Liverpool bootcamps due to run in Early May are now full so we thought by running a similar, slightly shortened version of the bootcamp through Lync, anybody who didn...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

    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 reduced, customers save money and there is less work to do to get a solution up and running...
  • Blog Post: Event: Red Gate/Cerebrata Cloud Tools’ designer at UK Windows Azure User Group on Tuesday 3rd April

    Anybody who has got involved in developing on Windows Azure will almost certainly have used at least one of the tools in the Red Gate/Cerebrata line-up. Cloud Storage Studio , Diagnostics Manager or Azure Management Cmdlets . Gaurav Mantri, CEO of Cerebrata Software will be speaking to the UK Windows...
  • Blog Post: Video: Running an illegal website? Use the cloud to check it…

    John Mannix from Governor Technology talks about http://cookielaw.org , a service that used crowd-sourcing to farm cookies from volunteers who installed an agent on their machines and provided later analysis and gave advice on whether a particular site's cookies existed within the limitation of the EU...
  • Blog Post: Video: Phone developers should use the cloud

    When you think about the monetization (awful word!) of apps for the phone, you can narrow it down to either: The app is free – it was fun building it, I don’t want to be rich. The app is paid for and entirely standalone. It doesn’t rely on any service that is firmly rooted in terra firma. The app is...
  • Blog Post: Event: UK Windows Azure Bootcamp roundup

    Over the past few weeks we have run 2 free Windows Azure Bootcamps in the UK: one in London, one in Bristol. London etc.venues at Drummond Gate were our hosts in London and the Mercure Holland Hotel in Bristol. 55 delegates turned up to each event, laptops in hand ready for a day of Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Get started with Windows Azure - and Scott Guthrie

    If you've been thinking about the cloud and want to find out how to get started, there's a special Windows Azure event scheduled for tomorrow - December 13 th . At this event you'll learn how to quickly get started building applications for the cloud using the latest Windows Azure SDKs, Tools, and Services...
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