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  • Blog Post: Upcoming West Region Events

    App Madness Student Challenge Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps...
  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Solution Cookbook Provides Cloud Architecture Recipes for Common Scenarios

    Colleague Clint Edmunson has put together set of templates for you to begin your architectural discussions around Windows Azure . With new offerings coming every six months from the Windows Azure team, the templates provide a set of technologies that fit common scenarios. Clint writes, “In this...
  • Blog Post: Providing cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications

    My colleague Bruno Teralky has begun a series of blog posts on how you can integrate your cloud service with Windows 8 Metro application. His first post in the series, How to provide cloud-based, JSON data to Windows 8 Metro Grid Applications , provides the architecture and the concepts of how applications...
  • Blog Post: Move Existing Apps to Windows Azure Using New Features Announced

    Windows Azure you choice and flexibility to move existing applications or develop new ones using the language and platform of their choice with announcements made today. This means you can bring your server applications and run them on Windows Azure. ASP.NET, Java, and more. Without you having to make...
  • Blog Post: Join in Unveiling of Cloud Development Technologies at ‘Meet Windows Azure’ Online Event Thursday

    Join us for Meet Windows Azure where Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Windows Azure Application Platform, will keynote the June 7 event. Event begins at 1 pm PT (4 pm ET). The site explains the event is “an online and in-person event unveiling cloud-based development technologies from...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

    The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support . The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Tenant Metering for Windows Azure Available on Codeplex

    New source code has been published that lets you meter tenant-level consumption of various Windows Azure resources such as bandwidth, storage, SQL Azure, and compute. The Cloud Ninja Multi-Tenant Metering Block (CNMB) tenant-level meters, application level aggregates, rich query model based on OData...
  • Blog Post: Media Services Added to Windows Azure

    Windows Azure Media Services simplifies the creation, management, and delivery of media to almost any device including Microsoft Xbox, Windows Phone handsets and Windows PCs, as well as non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Content providers and media partners...
  • Blog Post: New IT Pro, Developer Certifications Reflect Career Moves to the Cloud

    New Microsoft certifications offer IT Pros and developers a way to move your career to the cloud. In particular, a new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions. Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Datacenters Options in US Announced

    The Windows Azure team today announced new data center options based in the United States. The announcement was made at Announcing New Datacenter Options for Windows Azure . Datacenter options of “West US” and “East US” are now offered for compute and storage. SQL Azure will...
  • Blog Post: Getting Acquainted with NoSQL on Windows Azure

    NoSQL databases are often employed in public, massively scaled Web site scenarios, where fast fetching of relatively simple data sets matters most. Relational databases get the nod for transactional, atomic writes, indexing of non-key columns, query optimizers, and declarative, set-oriented query...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Auto Dealers Get Quotes Fast with SmartQuote from ResponseLogix on Azure

    SmartQuote from ResponseLogix is the leading provider of automotive digital response management software for Internet leads. SmartQuote allows car dealers to provide a relevant quote response within 10 minutes of Internet lead receipt. Jagdish Rajan, VP Technology at ResponseLogix, talks with Architect...
  • Blog Post: Getting Acquainted with Node.js on Windows Azure

    Node.js at its root is a command line tool that lets developers run JavaScript programs by typing node my_app.js . Node provides a JavaScript application programming interface (API) for accessing the network and file system. It works well to develop scalable networked programs where low response times...
  • Blog Post: Up-to-Date Information on Windows Azure Now Available in New USCloud Blog

    My colleagues are now pooling their blogs into single feed to provide up-to-date news for readers interested in the latest in cloud. US Cloud Connection site is now live with has added the ability to aggregate the Azure-related blog posts. My colleagues will provide details on the latest offerings and...
  • Blog Post: Western US Dev Camps Showcase Cloud, HTML5, Phone, Students

    Mostly hosted on University campuses across the West Region, these DevCamps provide both student and professional developers the opportunity to choose a technology and start learning and building applications for it. Camps covering the web, phone, and cloud platforms will be presented simultaneously...
  • Blog Post: Price Reductions for SQL Azure, 100MB Database Option Announced

    The Windows Azure team has announced lower pricing for SQL Azure and a new 100 MB database option. The announcement was made Announcing Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option . Customers will realize 48% to 75% savings for databases larger than 1GB. The 100MB DB option enables...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Your Applications on Windows Azure

    Writing an application is one thing. Your application has been designed, built, and tested. Yet deploying the application can be an adventure in its own right. Successful ISVs build and deploy often, sometimes continuously. And then run tests to be sure the application functions as expected and runs...
  • Blog Post: Learn About Windows Azure for Technical Decision Makers, Developers, Architects

    Windows Azure is a wide open and flexible cloud platform built for you. You can explore the possibilities , get a free trial , and get the Azure software developer kit, tools and more. You can write your app in .NET, node.js, Java, or PHP. Microsoft is hosting events in the Western US to help...
  • Blog Post: How to Choose Between Windows Azure Queues, Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

    One of the key patterns in building scalable applications is queues. Let’s say you have a Website or Web Service (in your Web Role) that responds quickly to a user request, but there’s another process that takes longer. It might be a long data base inquiry or video encoding or extensive calculation...
  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Cloud Storage Gateway Provides Backup into Windows Azure

    Whitewater automates enterprise backup to the cloud. The product from Riverbed is a gateway that combines data de-duplication, network optimization, data encryption, and integration with Windows Azure storage services through a single, virtual, or physical appliance. No longer do enterprises need...
  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Security-Enhanced, Cost-Effective Hybrid Storage with Windows Azure Storage

    Enterprises need cost-effective primary storage for a SharePoint, Fileservers, and Virtual machines. And they are turning to a combination on premises storage solutions with Windows Azure storage. StorSimple ’s appliance dramatically reduces storage and maintenance costs while helping organizations...
  • Blog Post: New Features, Node.js Support Highlight December Release of Windows Azure

    A number of updates and improvements have been unveiled today for Windows Azure that will help you to more easily access Azure and unlock the value of cloud computing as a development platform. Join us tomorrow when senior Microsoft leaders will how easy it is for developers to get started with Windows...
  • Blog Post: ScottGu to Keynote ‘Learn Windows Azure’ Live Event Tuesday

    Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. The entire event is being streamed live by Channel 9. The event begins at 9 am Pacific (noon Eastern)...
  • Blog Post: Learn Cloud in Free Two-Day Azure Developer Training, Hands-On Labs in Silicon Valley, CA

    At Azure DevCamps , you’ll learn what’s new in developing cloud solutions using Windows Azure. And then you’ll participate in hands-on labs. Azure DevCamp will be held in Silicon Valley, CA October 28-29. Register for Azure DevCamp . Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud computing...
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