Windows Azure Interop with Ruby on Rails!

I presented at London Geek Night a few days ago about the contributions that Microsoft made to the open-source community in 2009.  My presentation was titled, “Hell Froze over, Pigs flew, Microsoft Went Open” Hell Froze Over, Pigs Flew, Microsoft Went Open View more presentations from ukdpe. This was my first time to London Geek…

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20 Free Apps for Windows 7 Power Users

I read a great list of free applications on TechRadar that really enhance the usability of Windows 7 especially if you’re a power-user.  Windows 7 is great, but some of these apps really take window management to the next level!  There is a good mix of freeware and open-source software.  My Favorites 7stacks 7-zip Handbrake…

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Run .NET Applications on the iPhone with MonoTouch

For those of you in open-source land, many of you have likely heard of the Mono Framework that is maintained by Novell with collaboration from Microsoft.  Mono is an open-source implementation of .NET that allows .NET developers to target platforms outside of Windows and hardware outside of x86/x64.  With iPhone being a popular development platform,…

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Sun Acquired by Oracle to Make “Apple of the Enterprise”

In a surprise move, Sun Microsystems has been bought by Oracle.  The details are still a little lacking but few knew that while talks between IBM and Sun were breaking down, that Oracle was conducting covert negotiations. Much of the outcome from this acquisition will be determined by how Oracle decides to utilize Sun’s Solaris…

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Microsoft Open Sources ASP.NET MVC 1.0 with BSD-like MS-PL License

Scott Guthrie details one of Microsoft’s new foray’s into FOSS software.  For those of you aren’t aware, MS-PL stands for “Microsoft Public License” and reads as follows:   This license governs use of the accompanying software. If you use the software, you accept this license. If you do not accept the license, do not use…

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From RedHat CEO: Linux Desktop is Irrelevant

I found this InfoWorld article very interesting because it validates Microsoft’s strategy for the web and investing in enterprise web services and frameworks. Of course Slashdot always has an interesting slant on things, but overall, I think that most agree that the long-term strategy is no longer the desktop.

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Microsoft Releases Web Sandbox Virtualization Source Code under Apache 2.0 License

Slashdot has posted one the more positive Microsoft posts I can remember in recent time discussing the release of Web Sandbox source code from folks from Live Labs. History The Web Sandbox builds upon Microsoft’s experience with DHTML, Windows Live web-based gadgets, and the Microsoft Research BrowserShield project which pioneered JavaScript virtualization through rewriting. Live…

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Windows Hosted Virtualization Cheaper than Linux

As a Microsoft employee, this picture just makes my heart tingle.  It’s great to know that that we not only have a technically superior virtualization platform but that its also cheaper to manage.  This picture is evidence that hosters actually pass on those manageability savings on to the end-users.   It you are interested in…

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Interview on Open Source & Collaboration with Craig Murphy and Andy Westgarth

Listen to the podcast where I get asked about my views on Microsoft’s collaboration story and commitment to the open source community.  This was a fantastic experience done late last March at the Windows Server 2008 launch.  If you listen, watch out for my “good save” when making references to search engines.   -V-

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Microsoft Helps You Use PHP and Drupal

The Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) provides a single, free package for installing and configuring Microsoft’s entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s simple user interface, you can select specific components or install the entire Microsoft…

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