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    Windows Azure News

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      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 Android support; our friends at MS Open Tech developed the SDK and the Windows Azure team built push support and completed the portal integration. This release also expands Mobile Services availability...
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    The Windows Phone Dev Center App is in Preview

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    The Windows Phone Dev Center app (preview) gives you all that great data about how your app is doing in the real world to help you make it the best it can be. Access download and crash trends, and read user reviews quickly from your phone. IMPORTANT: This app requires a Windows Phone Dev Center account and won’t work without one. Key features: Secure connection to Windows Phone Dev Center. Downloads and crash trends for 5d, 1m, 6m, and 1y periods. User reviews translated to a...
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    Upcoming West Region Events

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    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 in store during any one of the sprints and win an awesome trip for two. The location will be determined by a Facebook poll among participants. You decide! For further details check out the official...
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    New Windows Azure Videos on Channel 9

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    There is a new landing page on Channel 9 where you can find videos, event recordings and shows about Windows Azure. The page aggregates numerous videos from events like Build and AzureConf and a bunch of new content. The first new videos include these tutorials : Below you will find a list of some of the newest Windows Azure series available on Channel 9. Windows Azure Mobile Services Tutorials App development with a scalable and secure backend hosted in Windows Azure. Incorporate...
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    Zero260–Take your app from 0 To 60!

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    ZERO260 is a virtual training session, that will get you up to speed FAST with Windows 8 game creation. In just 2 hours, participants will learn everything needed to create, upload and distribute a new game. Each session will cover a different game style, and keep you on the edge of your seat! We think Construct2 by Scirra , is an AWESOME game framework that allows brand new developers to build their first game, and allows even the most experienced developers to build games quickly and easily...
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    The Best Ski and Snowboard App on the Planet - Exclusive to Windows Phone

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    This is a cross post from my colleague Kevin Ashley . It’s a great App if you have a Nokia phone. Windows Phone now has the best app in ski industry, leaving Apple and Google far behind, and raising the bar for ski apps very high: the app is called WINTER SKI & RIDE . For now the app is exclusively available on Nokia Windows Phones. The WINTER SKI & RIDE app received recognition from the association of professional ski and snowboard instructors of America (PSIA-AASI) , as an official...
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    Win the Ultimate Experience by Publishing Your App–Ends 2.28.13

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    To enter, publish your app(s) to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 and February 28, 2013 and complete the form on the generation app site to qualify for the following rewards: PUBLISH 1 APP Store Registration Fee Reimbursement New subscriber? Receive your Windows Store or Windows Phone Store registration fee reimbursement when you register for the Store and publish your eligible app during the promotion period. Publish an app in both stores,...
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    Making $30,000 a Month with Windows 8 Apps

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    Kevin Ashley is my colleague, so I don’t think he’ll mind that I reposted from his blog . I think it’s a great story…Hopefully he won’t retire soon! Kevin is an Architectural Evangelist on the West Region Developer & Platform Evangelism team and is based out of our Silicon Valley campus. Making money with Windows 8 Why developers should build Windows 8 apps? Card Games Chest is one of my Windows 8 apps, together the apps are making more than $30,000 per month...
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    Check Out TouchDevelop

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    TouchDevelop is a programming environment that runs on your mobile devices. You write scripts by tapping on the screen. You do not need a separate PC or keyboard. Scripts can perform various tasks similar to regular apps. Any TouchDevelop user can install, run, edit, and publish scripts. You can share your scripts with other people by publishing them to the TouchDevelop script bazaar, or by submitting them as an app to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store. Want to get started? Watch these...
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    Upcoming Western US Events

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          Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition The Windows 8 Unleashed Coding Competition is designed to encourage developers to innovate with Microsoft Windows 8 and increase the number of high-quality apps available in the Windows Store. ComponentArt is sponsoring this competition and will award $10,000 USD to the author(s) of the best application as decided by the Panel of Judges.         DEADLINE ACTION LINK January 31, 2013 Entry submission deadline...
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    Now Available: Windows Phone SDK Update for 7.8

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    The Windows Phone SDK Update for WP 7.8 has been released to the web and is immediately available for download via the Microsoft Download Center using the following links: Direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36474 FWLink: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=275836 wpdev.ms: http://wpdev.ms/wpsdk8update This optional update installs on top of an existing WPSDK (either 7.1 or 8.0), and provides two new emulator images that allow you to deploy and...
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    ISV Video: Accellos Adds Windows 8 Apps for Line of Business

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    Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software solutions, talks about their release of AccellosOne Mobile, a new series of mobile line of business applications for smartphones and tablets that provides real time access to key supply chain information.

    clip_image001CTO Ross Elliott and Software Architect Sean Elliott talk with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Bruce Kyle about the new applications that are part of AccellosOne Mobile.

    They explain why they chose Windows 8 as their platform, how they created two mobile applications that leverage their existing ASP.NET applications. They describe customer concerns and why Windows 8 applications are important to supply chain customers.

    ISV Video:  Accellos Adds Windows 8 Apps for Line of Business

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    Beta for Hosting Providers Offers Windows Azure Services for Windows Server

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    imageMicrosoft 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 been released, with full release along with the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which is scheduled for early 2013.

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    Make Money Building HTML5 Apps for the Windows Store

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    imageIf you are a Web Developer, we want to show you how to make money with your Windows 8 app using the Windows Store. We'll help you use the skills you already have to adopt the Windows look and feel, system integration and touch-enablement to create beautiful, cash-cow apps.

    This full day event offers accelerated content for the experienced web developer who would like to use acquired skills to create applications for Windows 8.

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    Join @ScottGu on Windows Azure at Silicon Valley Code Camp This Weekend

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    clip_image001Microsoft’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 for Azure, so you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn Azure development straight from the source.

    Be sure to register on the Silicon Valley Code Camp site, and then click the “Will Attend” radio button underneath the description of each of Scott’s two talks:

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    Windows Store Open to All Developers in 120 Markets

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    Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Windows Store is open to all developers in 120 Markets. You can read more about it at the Windows Store for Developers Blog . If you’ve already signed up—fantastic. We’re ready for your app. Haven’t signed up yet? Getting started is easy—just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up. The dev tools are free , the SDK is ready , and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your...
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    Windows Server 2012 Powers the Cloud OS

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    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 advanced storage, networking, virtualization, automation and end user access capabilities. It delivers a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power that datacenters and applications can build on. And it is a linchpin in that consistency customers will use to take advantage of private, hosted and public clouds.

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    Updated Windows Azure Training Kit Now Includes 41 Hand-on Labs

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    bloglogo[1]Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 Hands on Labs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012.

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    Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL

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    Visual StudioSo you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to  use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different libraries for each solution.

    How about if you could put all the projects together in one solution and target each user experience?

    You can use the new Portable Class Library (PCL) comes with .NET Framework 4.5. A separate project template is available on Visual Studio 2012.

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    Windows Server 2012 Launch Event Coming Online September 4

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    imageWindows 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 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world on September 4.

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    Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing

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    Start_Default_RTM_3ROWWindows 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 final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability.

    For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

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    HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) Available for Windows Azure

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    bloglogo[1]The Windows Azure team has announced that Windows Azure now enables HIPPA compliance. Microsoft now offers a HIPAA BAA to our EA (Enterprise Agreement/volume licensing) customers and partners in the health industry.

    The existence of Windows Azure BAA means that covered healthcare entities can now leverage Windows Azure core services in a pure public cloud platform, as well as a hybrid cloud configuration that extends their existing on premises assets and investments through the public cloud.

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    BUILD 2012 Registration Opens 8.8

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    BUILDThe next developer conference will be this fall and is being called BUILD. It will be held on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, from October 30th until November 2nd.

    Mark your calendars for registration that opens 8AM Pacific time on August 8 (8.8) at www.buildwindows.com.

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    ISV Video: Windows Azure Performance Management, Monitoring Using AppDynamics

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    AppDynamics' automatic instrumentation and configuration make it a perfect fit for managing cloud environments with a high rate of change. In addition, AppDynamics' auto-scaling feature allows Windows Azure customers to automatically provision Windows Azure resource based on the performance and throughput of business transactions.

    ISV Video: Windows Azure Performance Management, Monitoring Using AppDynamics

    In this video cloud solutions architect Neil Mackenzie talks with Stephen Burton of AppDynamics who explains how Windows Azure users can:

    • Monitor the health of their Windows Azure application
    • Troubleshoot performance problems in real time
    • Rapidly diagnose root cause of performance problems
    • Dynamically scale up and scale down their Windows Azure application
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    Build Windows 8 Apps in 30 Days

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    clip_image001The release of Windows 8 is on the horizon, and soon millions of people will be looking for Windows 8 apps. Now’s the time to make sure your app is ready for them.

    Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 Metro style app.

    See this post for details of a special program helps you get your app on Windows 8.

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