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  • Blog Post: Free One-Day Windows 8 Developer Event: DevCamp Public Sector Series

    Please join the DPE Public Sector Team in kicking off their Windows 8 DevCamp Series! Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity that combines the broad reach of Windows, our best in class developer tools and a re-imagined user experience with a new support chipset and industry-leading business terms...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Windows Azure with Office 365

    Check out Scott Guthrie’s blog post, “ Windows Azure and Office 365 ” to learn how to integrate Windows Azure into your Office 365 solutions.
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector – July 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit ( http://aka.ms/cloudinfokit ) and added links to Windows 8 resources. Download the PPT file here. Web Links: http://aka.ms/URL Example: http://aka.ms/ zxazure90day Developer Tools Windows 8 Release Preview and SDK /zxwin8 – Windows 8 beta and SDK samples...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Windows Azure–Watching the 6 Minute Overview Video

    My colleague Steve Plank based in UK puts together a great short and sweet video about Windows Azure -- IaaS Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Identity, Service Bus, Cache and so on. Enjoy the 6-minute video below.
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft 8 Workshop on 7/3 at Reston VA: Getting Started with Creating Windows 8 Apps Using Geospatial Data

    My colleagues Frank La Vigne, Joel Reyes and I will conduct a half-day workshop on Windows 8 on Tuesday July 3, 1:30 - 5:00 PM at the COM.Geo conference , a 3-day international conference on computer science and technology for geospatial information research and applications. This workshop is available...
  • Blog Post: Setting Up IIS Smooth Streaming Services In Windows Azure

    My colleagues Todd Furst and Michael Ganotti at the Philadelphia MTC demonstrated how to set up IIS Smooth Streaming Services in Windows Azure by using a hosted Windows 2008 R2 server virtual machine and configuring it for Internet access with IIS Services. You can watch the demo here . If you don’t...
  • Blog Post: Publish ASP.NET applications to a Windows Azure Web Site

    Windows Azure Web Sites is a new service on Windows Azure. How can you publish an existing or new asp.net web applications to a Windows Azure web site? Read the blog post, Web Sites Series: Windows Azure Web Sites Experience on .NET and Visual Studio . Click here to find and learn more info on Windows...
  • Blog Post: CloudNinja for Java – a Multi-tenant java Application for Windows Azure

    In a recent post Persistent Systems introduced CloudNinja for Java -- a multi-tenant reference application designed to help the Java community develop Java applications for Windows Azure. It is available at github . This application is built on several common OSS libraries, such as: Spring for the MVC...
  • Blog Post: Join Us in the Mobile America Contest with your Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure Apps

    ANNOUNCING MOBILE AMERICA - THE PEOPLE HACKATHON Microsoft Public Sector DPE announces the launch of a nationwide mobile application development campaign today to bring citizens and developers together to build MOBILE AMERICA. Mobile A m e r i c a – the people hackathon is inspired by America itself...
  • Blog Post: Embracing Cloud Computing Power in your Next Generation Applications (Video)

    A few weeks ago I delivered an afternoon keynote “Embracing Cloud Computing Power in your Next Generation Applications” at Green IT and Cloud Computing Summit. The recording is now available at youtube .
  • Blog Post: HIPAA-Compliant Document Management Solution Expands Into Global Market by Migrating to Windows Azure Cloud Platform

    PaperTracer , a Jacksonville, Fla.-based document-management service that assures compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, has moved to the Windows Azure cloud platform to deliver its services to customers worldwide. By backing its HIPAA compliance with...
  • Blog Post: Adding Twilio's Voice and Messaging Services to your Windows Azure Apps

    CloudPro reports that Microsoft has signed a deal with a start-up Twilio to offer its voice and SMS APIs to developers working on Microsoft’s Windows Azure apps. Developers working on apps needing features such as interactive voice response, mobile app distribution via SMS, call automation or...
  • Blog Post: Four Different Ways to Get Windows Azure Accounts and Services

    1. Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber you get free access to Windows Azure each month, and up to $3,700.00 in annual Windows Azure benefits at no extra charge. Click HERE for more info or HERE to download the Windows Azure SDK 2. Members of Microsoft programs...
  • Blog Post: Looking for Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Windows 8 Samples Apps?

    The new release of Sample Browser allows you to browse and search sample apps from over 3500 quality code samples, including Desktop /client, Web , Cloud , Data , Phone , and Xbox . For developers, this is just one goodie you want to have. You can use the web-based version at http://code.msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Startup Incubator

    The Windows Azure Accelerator will work with 10 companies chosen from the pool of applicants. Those who are accepted into the intensive 3-month program will receive a $20,000 investment from TechStars, as well as mentorship and technology from Microsoft employees and executives. Also, as part of the...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tools for Creating Windows Azure Cloud Computing Apps

      You can create, test and deploy Windows Azure applications with the following tools and Windows Azure subscription. 1. Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express (Free) 2. Windows Azure SDK (Free) The SDK comes with local Windows Azure compute and storage emulators 3. Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Becoming a Certified Cloud Expert - Microsoft’s Certifications Reinvented for the Cloud

    April 11, 2012— Microsoft today announced that it has reinvented its certification program to directly address technology’s evolution to the cloud. More detail here . The new certifications align to real-world solutions rather than specific products and validate a broader and deeper set of knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer How To: 4. Troubleshoot Apps Using Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

    You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 (beta) here . The new Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 Consumer Preview makes it much easy for developers to use Windows Azure and the Windows Push Notification Services (WNS) for a Windows 8 Metro Style app. If you follow the instructions...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector February 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit to add links to resources for iOS and Android developers. Download the PPT file here. Developer Tools Windows Azure SDK /zxazuresdklink – All tools and bits you need to create cloud apps with Microsoft Visual 2010 Windows Phone SDK /zxphonesdklink – All tools you need to create...
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