New Flexibility Comes to Windows Azure Benefits for Microsoft BizSpark Startups

Today, Windows Azure announced enhancements and changes in the Windows Azure Offer available to BizSpark members through their MSDN subscriptions. For a comprehensive review of the changes, you should read Scott Guthrie’s two blog posts about the matter: Windows Azure: Announcing New Dev/Test Offering, BizTalk Services, SSL Support with Web Sites, AD Improvements, Per Minute…

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Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend

The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap, a heatmap extension for Windows developers.  TapMap helps developers track real usage data on their apps as…

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Azure in the Valley: Microsoft Accelerator in Tel Aviv Visits Microsoft Silicon Valley

Israeli Windows Azure Demo Day comes has come and gone twice, and this time there is evidence of strong growth in the class members.  Last year’s class received on average $900,000 in venture funding per startup. This year, the group doing a tour of investment circles and having meetings with companies to sell their solutions…

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Israel Microsoft Accelerator Opens Applications for Third Class

The 13 companies that the Israel Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure selected for the second batch are already hard at work preparing for their demo days in Israel and Silicon Valley, and the team in Tel Aviv is now looking for the next batch of trail-blazing, top-notch startups to take advantage of the technical and…

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What Is it Like to Go Through the Israeli Microsoft Accelerator

Alan Weinkrantz ran into Kobi Stok and his guitar at SXSW this week. Weinkrantz asked Kobi what it was like to develop something for Windows Azure and if it was easy to work with Microsoft in their Accelerator program in Tel Aviv. Kobi answered in the affirmative, even saying that the folks at Microsoft went…

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The First Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure Demo Day -- Powered by Tech Stars

Yesterday we wrapped up the Accelerator experience with TechStars in Seattle with our Demo Day. The packed event included more than 400 registered attendees, including 110 investors to watch 10 startups pitch their ventures. The demo day is one of two we are having this month. The next one will be in Silicon Valley on…

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Why Should I Apply for the Windows Azure Accelerator Powered by Tech Stars?

The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, Powered by Tech Stars will have its first of two demo days starting January 17 in Seattle. Then they will move down to Silicon Valley to close out the month with a demo day in front of investors there. If you are thinking about applying to the second Windows…

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Bill Gates Keynotes SXSW and Other Things You Will Tell Your Kids One Day

To start off this bit of news, we recently found out our old commander-in-chief Bill Gates is going to be kicking off SXSW. How’s that, hipsters!?  From hipsters, we move to entrepreneurs. Namely, the entrepreneurs that have been slamming our Facebook page with advice, experience and narratives of how they have started up their own…

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How Can I Get Microsoft to Write About My Startup? It's Easy!

This is a question we get so many times, its worth having a blog post about it to point people to, so here goes.  Many people ask us every day how they can get some attention for the Windows 8 app they are working on, or the solution they have built on Azure, through the…

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