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  • Blog Post: Premium Preview for the Windows Azure SQL Database

    Microsoft is excited to announce a limited public preview of a new Windows Azure SQL Database business-class offer, Premium, which delivers reserved capacity for more powerful and predictable performance. Windows Azure SQL Database, via the new Premium service, will help deliver greater performance for...
  • Blog Post: Download the Windows Azure Training Kit–December 2012

      I realized that we didn’t create a post on the latest Windows Azure Kit in December.  Sorry for the delay in case you weren’t aware it was available. The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure News

      Mobile Services Adds Android Support We created Mobile Services to make it easier for developers to build engaging and dynamic mobile apps that scale. We’ve made it even easier to develop for the Android platform. The Windows Azure team partnered with Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. to deliver...
  • Blog Post: Beta for Hosting Providers Offers Windows Azure Services for Windows Server

    Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management Portal and API to Windows Server, enabling Hosting Service Providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and Infrastructure as a Service scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment. The beta has just...
  • Blog Post: Join @ScottGu on Windows Azure at Silicon Valley Code Camp This Weekend

    Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will give two Windows Azure sessions at the Silicon Valley Code Camp on Sunday, October 7, 2012. SVCC is the largest code camp in the country, and will be held on the campus of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Scott and his team are in charge of the developer platform...
  • Blog Post: Developer Preview of Windows Azure AD Provides Single Sign-On, Graph API

    Your cloud applications can now take advantage of the same identity system that powers Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Intune. More than 250,000 companies and organizations use Windows Azure Active Directory today to authenticate billions of times a week. With a new developer preview you...
  • 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: 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: Join in the ‘Meet Windows Azure’ Event Online June 7

    The Windows Azure team has announced a new event, MEET Windows Azure . Whether you’re just getting started or are a long time customer, you’ll definitely want to tune-in. For details, see the announcement at Mark Your Calendar—MEET Windows Azure Event Streamed Online June 7th . ...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Privacy Central Protecting Your Data Using Ruby on Windows Azure

    Most consumers are unaware of the extent of publicly available, online exposures of their information – including phone numbers, current and past addresses, birth dates, home values, income level, religion, and relative names (including mother's maiden name) – all of which can easily be used...
  • Blog Post: Setting Configuration to Get Your Windows Azure Diagnostics

    Windows Azure Diagnostics enables you to collect diagnostic data from an application running in Windows Azure . You can use diagnostic data for debugging and troubleshooting, measuring performance, monitoring resource usage, traffic analysis and capacity planning, and auditing. After the diagnostic data...
  • 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: Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 4: What Else You Need to Do

    So which security threats are mitigated by the Windows Azure environment and which security threats must be mitigated by the developer? The paper, Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Applications , describes what you should consider as key threats that your an application running...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 3: Identifying Your Security Frame

    When you are building out your cloud application, security should be front and center in your Windows Azure planning and execution. In part1 one I described the threat landscape and that your application should employ defense in depth. In part 2, I explained that security was a shared responsibility...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 2: What Azure Provides Out-of-the-Box

    In Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth , I described the threat landscape and introduces the plan for your application to employ defense in depth . In this part, I explain that security with Windows Azure is a shared responsibility, and Windows Azure provides...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Security Best Practices -- Part 1: The Challenges, Defense in Depth

    Every conversation I have with developers about moving their application to the cloud revolve around two main issues. One is business. What are the economies of scale around moving your app to the cloud? And close on its heals, come the questions around security. “How secure is the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Blog Series -- Windows Azure Security Best Practices

    In a series of blog posts, I’ll provide a look into how you can secure your application in Windows Azure . This seven-part series describes the threats, how you can respond, what processes you can put into place for the lifecycle of your application, and prescribes a way for you to implement best...
  • Blog Post: Spending Limits Highlight New Risk-Free Windows Azure Sign-Up

    The December release of Windows Azure has unveiled a new Windows Azure site and sign-up experience. In the past, one of the biggest concerns and roadblocks was that you could overspend on your free trial. The new Windows Azure Trial accounts and MSDN Accounts are now completely risk-free given the...
  • Blog Post: Server Side JavaScript Programming Comes to Windows Azure with Node.js

    A holiday update Windows Azure SDK for Node.js can help get you started with server-side JavaScript on Windows Azure . Node.js offers a server side JavaScript programming model ideal for building highly scalable and performant network applications whether on premise or in the cloud. One of its flagship...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Quark Brand Manager Goes Global in the Cloud on Windows Azure

    Quark Brand Manager provides distributed sales and marketing teams the opportunity to easily create, customize and deliver brand-compliant marketing materials on-demand. Quark chose Windows Azure for this new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. Marketing manager for Brand Manager Nick Howard and...
  • 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: ISV Video: Social Media Goes Mobile with Glassboard on Azure

    You can now share your private data with groups of your friends, coworkers, and those outside your work organization courtesy of a new free product, Glassboard , from social media company Sepia Labs . Users can connect with each other's Windows Phone , Android, or iPhone. Soon users can connect from...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Video, Live Chat Series on Windows Azure, Windows Phone Begins Tuesday

    Starting Tuesday September 27th for tens weeks you will be able to watch pre-recorded videos covering many aspects of the Windows Azure platform. PLUS you will be able to chat LIVE with Microsoft subject matter experts to get your Windows Azure platform questions answered. It gets better. We’re...
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