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    Azure Sample App: Vehicle Real-Time Status Tracking, Statistics and Analysis

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      This sample app demonstrates how an Azure hosted application, using Storm, a distributed real-time computation system, and Apache Kafka, a publish-subscribe messaging system, keeps track of vehicle data in real time,  from Vehicle’s speed...
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    Upcoming Microsoft Conferences in 2015

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      Microsoft announced at the Official Microsoft blog site a number of upcoming Microsoft conferences in 2015. Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, March 16-19 , the place where business leaders gather to explore solutions. //Build in San Francisco, April...
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    Share Your iOS, Android and Windows Phone Screens on Desktop

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    I’ve been doing a bit cross-platform app development lately and had a need to share or display smart phone screens on my PC and Mac for demo purposes. I came across Danielle Fernandez’s eHow article “ How Can I View My Cell Phone Screen on My Laptop ...
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    Free Workshops for Healthcare ISVs: Get Started with Developing Apps on Microsoft Platform

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    Microsoft Developer Experience (DX) team has recently launched the Microsoft Vertical ISV Partnership Program (VIPP) . This program offers a breadth of new opportunities for software development organizations to accelerate and broaden product roadmaps...
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    Azure Government Preview Available

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    Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. To meet the security and compliance needs of U.S. federal agencies including the Department of Defense, plus state and local governments and their solutions providers, Microsoft provides Azure Government...
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    Windows Store Apps Just Work on Windows 10 (Preview)

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    Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for download now. (Windows Server Technical Preview available here .) After downloading the 4GB 64-bit version iso file, I unpacked it to a bootable USB drive and installed the new OS to an old Acer laptop (Intel...
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    Taking on Senior Program Manager Role for VIPP Program

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    Glad to be back and I look forward to supporting the Vertical ISV partnership program for the U.S. market. I will use the MSDN online asset, in-person workshops and other resources to stay in touch with the ISV developers, architects, business and technical...
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    Windows Azure Mobile Services and Websites Are Available Now

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    At Build 2013, Microsoft made a number of Windows Azure announcements including the availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services and Websites. Read the team blog here for more detail. Mobile Services makes it fast and easy to create a mobile backend...
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    Watch Live Sessions from Build - Microsoft's Developer Conference 6/26-6/28

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    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 6000+ are attending the conference in San Francisco and many more are watching live streaming online…   At Build, we'll share updates and talk about what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure...
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    App Builder Virtual Summit, May 2 / 9am – 12:30pm PST

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    60+ million Windows licenses sold. On May 2, learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and marketing an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Hear from developers who have done it and find out for yourself. Sign up now ! Keynote: The Windows Opportunity...
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    Microsoft Build Conference 2013 San Francisco June 26-28,2013

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    The event has been sold out. However, you can sign up to join the Waiting List.   When June 26 – 28, 2013 Where Moscone Center 747 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (at the corner of Third & Howard) Where to Stay We have negotiated discounted...
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    How Did I Fix My Nokia Lumia 920 Gear and Blank Screen Issue

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    My Nokia Lumia 920 has been a great device since I purchased it last November. But it started to misbehave a bit lately. The Issues It first showed a static (non-spinning) gears screen as shown in the picture . I didn’t even know when and how it happened...
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    TechEd 2013 North America and Europe Registration Open Now

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    The registration is available at http://www.msteched.com Check out the latest news on TechEd at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd The Microsoft TechEd 2013 Content Catalog is LIVE with hundreds of Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs and Instructor-led...
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    Resources for Developing Windows Store apps

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    If you are relatively new to Windows Store app development, you may find useful the resources listed below. This set of resources touches many key areas that developers will need to work with while developing Windows Store apps.  Writing code for...
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    Take Up Windows Azure Developer Challenge Compete for Great Prizes

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    You can find the detail at codeproject.com Below are some highlights. Try Windows Azure and our 5 programming challenges for a chance at spot prizes, Stage prizes and the Grand Prize. Over $16,000 in prizes total are up for grabs with 65 chances to win...
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    Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET Just Released

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    ScottGu in a recent post summarizes the new features and enhancements in the latest release.  These new capabilities include: Web Sites : Visual Studio Tooling updates for Publishing, Management, and for Diagnostics Cloud Services: Support for new...
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    SharePoint on Windows Azure Resources

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    I recently came across a number of SharePoint on Windows Azure resources and want to share them with you. See list below. Channel 9 Talk: SharePoint on Windows Azure (20 minutes) http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Edge/SharePoint-on-Windows-Azure TechEd:...
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    Windows Azure Training Kit - April 2013 Available

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    The new release includes new and updated contents since last December release. Click here to download. New Presentation: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services...
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    Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Officially Launched

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    As part of the new Infrastructure Services release, we’ve added in new high memory VM instances (28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core) to run the most demanding workloads.  We’ve also added added in a number of new Microsoft validated instances to our list...
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    Windows Store Development Series by joelcitizen

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    My colleague Joel Reyes has recently published a series of Windows Store development post to discuss some broad issues w.r.t. Windows Store application development. In the first four posts, he discussed the constraints and tradeoffs of developing Windows...
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    My New Role at Microsoft: Focusing on Windows Azure

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    I will start a new role today at Microsoft focusing on Windows Azure. It’s been my great pleasure working with the US DPE team for the past several years, and I look forward to my solution architect role with the Worldwide Windows Azure services...
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    Creating Windows Store Apps Using 55 App Templates

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    They are available for download now at here .  
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    Can you build Windows Store App and Make Money?

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    The answer is YES and perhaps a lot by my standard. But that all depends on how you do it. My colleague Kevin Ashley tells his story of how to make $30,000 a month. Read his blog here . Please don’t ask me how you can make money because I don’t have an...
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    Windows Store App Helps Build Vocabulary

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    This is one of the apps I’d like to build but I am super happy to see that my colleague Steve Seow has made it available at the Windows Store. I remember the days when I relied on dictionaries, books and fresh cards to learn new words while preparing...
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    A Game Startup Arkarium Makes Big Bets on Windows 8

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    You may have seen or played one of the games Arkarium has released to Windows Store and other platforms. But the game startup has decided to double down its development effort on the Microsoft platform after receiving $5 million venture capital. Read...
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