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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Powers the Cloud OS

    Today in a global online launch event Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012. The new server is built from the cloud up for the modern datacenter. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server operating system and introduces...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Launch Event Coming Online September 4

    Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week. We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks. Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing

    Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions on August 15. “Release to Manufacturing” means product development and testing of the product is complete and have started handing off the...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Developers with Office 2013

    This week Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Milestones Announced at WPC

    Yesterday in Toronto, Canada, at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference , Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. Enterprise customers with Software Assurance...
  • 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 Phone 8 Team Announces Developer Roadmap

    Developer tools for the new Windows Phone 8 are coming later this summer and will include a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8 and new Visual Studio 11-based development tools. In addition, game developers will profit from supports from popular gaming middleware New features for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Built on Windows 8

    The next release of Windows Phone on the rock-solid technology core of Windows 8, according to the announcement made on the Windows Team Blog, Announcing Windows Phone 8 . This new shared core—along with all the extra work we’ve done on top of it—opens up a new world of capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Partners Offer Data-as-a-Service, Open Source Applications, Linux on Windows Azure

    Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc . has been working closely with the Windows Azure team to explore openness and taking interoperability to a new level. Gianugo describes several announcements in his Port 25 blog post : You can now use software from a new set of data services such as MySQL, CouchDB...
  • 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: Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Release Candidates Now Available

    Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download . Windows has made also available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8 blog for the official announcement by Steven Sinofsky. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview bits here . ...
  • Blog Post: Technology Leaders Support OASIS Standards for OData

    Citrix Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Progress Software, SAP AG and WSO2 are proposing an Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee (TC) in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) , an international open standards consortium. Citrix, EastBanc...
  • 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: ‘Accelerator for Windows Azure’ Opens Program for Startups with TechStars

    Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure for will host ten companies for a three month deep emersion program focused on building businesses that take advantage of the cloud. Through this program, Microsoft and TechStars will help entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to bring to life a wide range of...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Ships for Your Private Cloud

    Microsoft System Center 2012 is now available for evaluation and purchase, to create private clouds. The announcement was made by Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson at Microsoft Management Summit this week. He discussed how IT professionals can evolve their roles with cloud computing to help their...
  • 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 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: SQL Server 2012 Now Generally Available

    Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download, according to the SQL Server Team blog post SQL Server 2012 is Generally Available . SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) All Now Open Sourced

    ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) - all with contributions have been made available under the Apache 2.0 license. You can find the source on CodePlex and all the details on Scott Guthrie's blog . “We will also for the first time allow developers outside of Microsoft...
  • 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: New Windows Azure Pricing Reduces Costs of Storage, Compute

    The Windows Azure team has announced additional savings to compute and storage customers. In addition to the SQL storage reductions announced last month, the new plan offers an Extra Small Compute at 2 cents per hour. With these changes, a 24x7 Extra Small Compute instance with a 100MB SQL Azure DB...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 RTM Available for Evaluation, App Compatibility Test

    Evaluations of the release to manufacturing version (RTM) version of SQL Server 2012 will allow you to test your application for compatibility. The fully functional trial software will automatically expire after six months. Get it from the SQL Server 2012 download site . General availability of SQL...
  • Blog Post: Big Data Hadoop Preview Comes to Windows Azure

    Microsoft has announced plans to release an additional limited preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. Since the first limited preview released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee are using the Hadoop-based service to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing, Sets Performance Records, Offers Increased ROI

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights. Microsoft’s modern data platform SQL Server 2012 is launching today. Evaluations is now available (as of...
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