We Come To You: Discover Windows Azure

There are quite a few ways to learn more about how Windows Azure can cut development times and enter new markets faster. One way is to attend an in-person event for half a day. These are three free events are taking place in the eastern US – just click on the registration links: Discover Windows…

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Putting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application up in the cloud is all well and good but what about making money from that application? There has to be light at the end of the tunnel for any commercial application development. The business decision to choose a platform on which to publish a commercial cloud application has to…

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Windows Azure LIVE CHAT Goes… Live

Now trying out and adopting the Windows Azure platform got little easier. Call center teams are ready and willing to help answer your Windows Azure platform questions. How much will the Windows Azure platform really cost me? What am I getting myself in to? What is a compute instance? I have a client-server application. Is…

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Plug in Your Numbers for Windows Azure Pricing

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that we had plugged in some estimates for Windows Azure usage for different types of application scenarios. I’ve posted a more detailed analyses for the scenarios here: Windows Azure Pricing Scenario: Asset Tracking Application Windows Azure Pricing Scenario: E-Commerce Web Site Windows Azure Pricing Scenario: Sales Training Application…

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Great App Make Noise

I often get asked by phone developers about some good ways to make noise about their Windows Phone 7 apps. There are a few steps below to create a great app and tell Microsoft about. Get started creating and submitting an app: Download and install the Windows Phone developer tools Register with App Hub Marketplace…

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Windows Phone: Why Waste a Recipe?

I like to cook. I’m not great at it. 60% of the recipes I try get the “no comment” family review. But I like to try. And I like to save time and build on other’s success. I’ve talked to a lot of phone developers that want to put their mobile applications on to Windows…

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SQL Azure Migration Wizard “solves a big problem for me”

My colleague George is working hard on the SQL Azure Migration Wizard [SQLAzureMW] Some of the tool reviews speak for themselves. Why SQL Azure? Relational database service built on SQL Server technologies If you know SQL, why waste development hours trying to configure and maintain your own or your hosted SQL Server box? SQL Azure…

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Dedicated to Massively Scalable

The free edition of SQL Server offers the full programmability of the SQL Server database engine, but with some scalability restrictions.  SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition offers hardware support for massively scalable database solutions and enterprise-class data encryption capabilities. There is a breadth of options that enables hosters to choose the edition that best suits…

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Speed and Support Matters

Sure. You can put up a website on a hosted or on-premise environment. You can then spend hours a month patching, monitoring, configuring your server. Or, sure. You can go cheap and put up a site in a low monthly cost environment. Azure is not about that. The Windows Azure platform is about low cost…

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Build at the Speed of Social: Facebook and Azure

As I’ve always said with Windows Azure and SQL Azure you can just concentrate on coding. Let someone else worry about server provisioning, patching and configuring. It now gets better for social applications. Build Facebook apps quickly and on Windows Azure with less fuss. Technical Walkthrough Academy Live Session Free Facebook C# SDK download It’s…

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