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  • Blog Post: Announcing Dedicated Federal Cloud and Improved Pricing, Networking, and Identity Options

    Enterprises frequently tell us that issues such as price / performance, identity management, security and speed are of utmost importance in their cloud computing journey, and our commitment to partnering with our customers on these issues has never been greater. Today, Satya Nadella reiterated this commitment...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Achieves another Industry First with its FedRAMP JAB P-ATO

    Editor's Note: This post was written by Sarah Fender, Director of Product Marketing | Windows Azure Business & Operations We are excited to announce that Windows Azure has been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB). Windows Azure is...
  • Blog Post: Deploy Pre-configured Oracle VMs on Windows Azure

    Building on the recent announcement of strategic partnershi between Microsoft and Oracle; today we are making a number of popular Oracle software configurations available through the Windows Azure image gallery. Effective immediately, customers can deploy pre-configured virtual machine images running...
  • Blog Post: Announcing General Availability of Windows Azure Notification Hubs & Support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Listeners

    Today, we are pleased to announce some updates for mobile and enterprise developers using Windows Azure. These updates reduce development time and cost for building mobile applications, and help enterprise developers deliver high-availability and global business continuity. General Availability of...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the General Availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services, Web Sites and continued Service innovation

    We strive to deliver innovation that gives developers a diverse platform for building the best cloud applications that can reach customers around the world in an instant. Many new applications fall into the category of what we call “Modern Applications” which are invariably web based and...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post: Partners in the enterprise cloud

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business As longtime competitors, partners and industry leaders, Microsoft and Oracle have worked with enterprise customers to address business and technology needs for over 20 years. Many customers rely...
  • Blog Post: Faster development, global scale, unmatched economics… Windows Azure delivers.

    Editor's Note: The following is a post from Scott Woodgate and Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Windows Azure Product Marketing Over the past few months, you’ve probably heard of us talking about ‘ the Power of And’ , as we’ve shared a number of ways that Windows Server on-premises and...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post: Microsoft announces major expansion of Windows Azure services in Asia

    Editor's Note: The following is a post from Satya Nadella, President of the Server & Tools Business at Microsoft. As the worldwide demand for cloud computing continues to grow, so does Windows Azure. Microsoft is the only at-scale global public cloud provider to deliver a hybrid cloud advantage...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Store: Expanded Availability

    Editor's Note: This post comes from Chris Lattner, Sr. Product Manager for Windows Azure Store. We are excited to announce that the Windows Azure Store is now available in 25 new markets, bringing the total count of supported markets to 36. The Windows Azure Store is the place to discover, purchase,...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post: Microsoft helps Costa Coffee brew sales data solution

    Editor's Note: This is a cross post from the STB News Bytes Blog. Last week, Microsoft announced an exciting (and tasty) example of its work in intelligent systems, business analytics and cloud computing. Costa Coffee’s iconic red Costa Express vending machines are the UK’s leading self...
  • Blog Post: VM Depot delivers more options for users bringing their custom Linux images to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    Happy New Year Windows Azure community! One of the first pieces of 2013 Windows Azure news is something that I am particularly excited about. Some of you might know that I was recruited to Microsoft in 2004 to help with the company’s approach to open source software. So each time we take a step...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Post: Updates to Windows Azure (Mobile, Web Sites, SQL Data Sync, ACS, Media, Store)

    This morning we released a number of enhancements to Windows Azure. These new capabilities include: Mobile Services (job scheduler support, Europe Region Support, Command Line Support) Web Sites (scale improvements, integrated source control) SQL Data Sync (support in the new HTML portal...
  • Blog Post: ACS in Windows Azure Management Portal

    Howdy folks, Over the last few months as we’ve continued to add richer and richer capabilities into the developer preview of Windows Azure Active Directory (AD), one of the most common questions you’ve asked us is how Windows Azure AD and the current Windows Azure Access Control Service...
  • Blog Post: Dashing through the clouds with Windows Azure scale

    Tracking Santa is a big job and this year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) team, Windows Azure, Bing Maps and all of Santa’s elves worked together to bring you the Official NORAD Santa Tracker . NORAD has been tracking Santa for over 50 years, and with more than 24 million...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Active Directory Supports JSON Web Tokens

    Howdy folks, Just a quick note with some cool news. Many of you may not have realized that the developer preview of Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) supports the JSON Web Token (JWT). We just haven’t talked about it much in this blog or in our developer documentation. JWT is a compact...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Reduced Pricing for Windows Azure Storage

    Today we are happy to announce another price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by as much as 28%, effective on December 12 th . This follows our March 8 th 2012 reduction of 12% furthering our commitment to best overall value in the industry. Reducing prices is only part of the story; we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure now supports federation with Windows Server Active Directory

    Yesterday we shared that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has processed 200 BILLION authentications . Today I’m excited to share some great identity-related improvements we’ve made to Windows Azure that leverage the capabilities of Windows Azure AD. The number one identity management feature...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires StorSimple

    In October I shared that we had reached a definitive agreement to acquire StorSimple, a leader in the emerging category known as Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS). Today I am excited to announce we have completed the acquisition and StorSimple is officially part of Microsoft. This is another step toward...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Comprehensive Updates to Windows Azure Customer Support Offerings, and Free Standard Support till Dec 31, 2012

    As customers transition to the cloud, a number of tasks traditionally handled in-house become the responsibility of a trusted cloud provider. While the idea of using a vendor for technical support isn’t new, the role of Customer Support in the cloud is quickly expanding beyond break/fix issues...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to Windows Azure Active Directory Preview

    Howdy folks, I’m happy to have the opportunity to share with you another set of enhancements we’ve recently added to our Windows Azure Active Directory Preview. We were excited by the response we got from developers when we launched the Preview in May of this year and over the last few...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: New System Views for Windows Azure SQL Database

    We are happy to announce the immediate availability of two new system views for Windows Azure SQL Database that provide diagnostic tracking information for your cloud databases. Within the master database of your SQL Database server(s), you now have the following new system views available: ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure’s Flat Network Storage and 2012 Scalability Targets

    Earlier this year, we deployed a flat network for Windows Azure across all of our datacenters to create Flat Network Storage (FNS) for Windows Azure Storage. We used a flat network design in order to provide very high bandwidth network connectivity for storage clients. This new network design and resulting...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS is coming to China

    Today, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft is bringing our premier public cloud platform Windows Azure to China. Following our recent launch of Windows Server 2012, this represents the next step in delivering our Cloud OS vision to China by delivering multi-tenant public and private cloud services...
  • Blog Post: Here's What's New with Windows Azure

    Today at //build we showed how easy it is to use Windows Azure as the cloud backend for developing modern apps, regardless of whether you’re developing mobile, client, web-based, or enterprise applications. You can check out some really great examples of this in the //build day 2 keynote including...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Azure SQL Data Sync October Update

    We are happy to announce the new October update for the SQL Data Sync service is now operational in all Windows Azure data centers. In this update, users can now create multiple Sync Servers under a single Windows Azure subscription. With this feature, users intending to create multiple sync groups...
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