Build Cloud First, Fail Fast, and Other Guidance for Tech Startups

The Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure last week showcased ten companies that are leveraging Windows Azure to solve a wide variety of problems. It’s an exciting and competitive time to be a startup – the consumption-based cloud model lets you quickly spin up and experiment with your ideas and then pay as you scale if your… Read more

New Tutorials on SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

The Data Platform team has published a great set of tutorials on using Windows Azure virtual machines (VMs) with SQL Server to help database administrators lower the cost of a high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) database system. Take a look at the conceptual article and tutorials to learn how to set up specific scenarios end-to-end…. Read more

Self-Service Geographical Analysis using Excel 2013

Power View was first introduced as part of SharePoint 2010 to work with SSAS Tabular Model (SQL Server 2012). It offers easy, interactive data exploration and visualization for self-service BI analysis. There are quite a few articles about Power View including from the Technet website and also a video from Microsoft BI. This post summarizes… Read more

Compliance Considerations for SQL Server Running in Windows Azure as a Virtual Machine

Earlier this year, we announced the availability of HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for Windows Azure Core Services.  I’m sure many of you are excited about the opportunity to leverage the efficiencies of the cloud, and are considering running your SQL Server instances in Windows Azure Virtual Machines.  But those of you who have obligations… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services Demonstration Videos now Available

The Remote Desktop Services team just published some great videos explaining the new Remote Desktop Services available in Windows Server 2012.  You’ll find new videos on the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VDI wizard, RDS VDI Deployment, and more.  See the full blog post at Here’s the VDI Overview video //… Read more

Using Push Notifications, SMS and Email in Your Mobile Application

There are also two fantastic tutorials available in the mobile dev center.  The first provides a walkthrough of the basics of configuring your iOS app for push and sending push notifications.  The second details how to use a table to store APNS tokens that can then be used to send push notifications to an app’s… Read more

Microsoft Cloud Scale – By The Numbers

From time to time Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw, likes to do a blog post that has some numbers to indicate the scope of what we do at Microsoft.  We thought you might enjoy a few numbers around our Cloud services.  If the graphic above is too small, go ahead and click it and the full… Read more

Windows Azure Team Announces Reduced Pricing for Windows Azure Storage

On Wednesday we announced another price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by as much as 28%, effective on December 12th.  This follows our March 8th 2012 reduction of 12% furthering our commitment to best overall value in the industry. Reducing prices is only part of the story; we’ve also added more value to our storage… Read more

Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica Take On Hurricane Sandy

When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, at least two Microsoft SMB customers were ready. Microsoft partner WorkITsafe had just helped these customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption… Read more

Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 Registration Now Open

The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on training, best-practice sharing, and interaction with innovators in desktop, device, and datacenter management, as well as cloud technologies. When we say deep, we mean it – with session content delving into the… Read more