How I learned to stop worrying and love containers

Tommy Falgout, Cloud Solution Architect Containers are a very popular technology, and to understand why you must first understand the problem they solve and how they solve it. At their core, containers allow you to easily create and run software in isolated environments. As a “heads-down” developer for 20+ years, I’ve lost countless hours trying…


New Technical Communities for Microsoft US Partners

Scott Emigh, Chief Technology Officer, US One Commercial Partner As the Chief Technology Officer of the US One Commercial Partner Organization focusing on enabling partners to build cloud solutions, I’m excited to launch the new solution area technical communities where Microsoft partners can engage with the Microsoft US technical teams. During Microsoft Inspire 2017, you…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to Microsoft Cognitive Services

I recently spoke at an event about application innovations and enhancing application experiences. Some of the examples I discussed highlighted how application interactions are changing the way that companies interact with their customers. There has been an explosion of channels like the addition of bots, sentiment analytics, and even rich media services that are driving innovation. In this post, and…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to serverless computing

Recently, there has been industry buzz about the topic of serverless computing. Serverless computing is a natural evolution of the cloud computing model. It reflects the desire for IT to change from a cost center to an innovation center. With serverless computing, the compute stack is managed and only the code necessary for completing the desired task is managed by the customer….


ISV and App Builder partners: Developing applications on Microsoft Azure and Office 365

EDITOR’S NOTE: The title and content of this post have been updated to add Office 365 application development services and announce broader availability of Azure application development services. If you’re interested in developing applications on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365, the Microsoft Partner Network offers services and resources that align to the software application development cycle and help you bring…

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Application Development Partners: Introduction to Visual Studio Mobile Center

Recent conversations in the Cloud Application Development Partners community have been around DevOps and how its adoption can add value for companies that implement it and around the efficiency that Xamarin brings to the development process through the ability to reuse code. This month, we’ll talk about mobile development, a topic that I am frequently asked…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to Azure Media Services

In discussions with partners that have a cloud application development practice, I often talk about adding intelligence and advanced Microsoft Azure services into the applications partners build for customers. One of the services that partners often overlook is Azure Media Services, cloud services for premium video workflows. Our January 2017 topic for Application Development partners is Azure Media Services. In…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to Xamarin

Over the last few years, Microsoft has developed an excellent Integrated Development Environment in Visual Studio. One of the gaps we identified in that toolset was around the mobile space. To address that need, Microsoft acquired the mobile development company, Xamarin, allowing us to offer a fully-featured IDE for Android, iOS, Windows, web, and cloud. The…


Application Development Partners: Introduction to containers

In my conversations with partners and customers about scaling cloud services and applications, the topic of containerization always comes up. A container is an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system, and without the system affecting the application. Docker is the containerization software that most people are familiar…


Application Development Partner community: Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework

The art of conversation in the age of the cloud We typically think of conversations as taking place between people. About personal matters and business matters; conducted by voice, written word, and even emoji; as simple exchanges and complex discussions. And technology has continually shaped the way people communicate and interact, making it easier for…

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