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On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure MVPs and community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry. Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own ideas, innovations inventions and experiences. These presentations will provide you the opportunity to see how your peers in the community are doing great things using Windows Azure offerings like Mobile Services, Web Sites, Service Bus, virtual machines, and more. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event. For more information on Windows AzureConf or to register for the event, please visit

While you’re waiting for the conference to kick off, here are some helpful links to prepare your mind, body and soul for the Windows Azure experience:

SO – Get out to and sign up today!


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New Windows Azure Services and Features

Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.

Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services, and on Monday – as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online – Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

Among the highlights of the announcements made yesterday:

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud.  Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery.  With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure.  Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud.
  • Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP. In addition to your ability to create and publish custom apps, we’re also supporting a simple deployment model Application Gallery, similar to the Web Platform Installer, that supports OSS applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal.
  • Python support, new Tools  The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds new Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac. Yep – a Mac.

This is really exciting stuff – I’m particularly excited about the Windows Azure Web Sites feature which makes it SO MUCH EASIER than before to deploy apps to Windows Azure! I’ve had the chance to try it out myself on a couple of things, so look to my blog in the next week for the start of a chronicle of my experiences. I think you’ll be really pleased with what the Azure team has done – I know I am…

Also – for those of you in the Dallas area – we’re hosting an event called the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012 on July 10th to cover off on all the new announcements in a local setting. We’re thrilled to have Microsoft CVP for Windows Azure Developer Platform, Scott Guthrie, joining us as the keynote speaker. This will be an all-day event at the Irving Convention Center, and will have tracks dedicated to both the new developer features, as well as a place to do hands-on-labs and experience these new features first-hand. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012, including details of the schedule and links to register.

The world of Azure just got more exciting and more compelling! Take a new look at the new Windows Azure at

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MEET Windows Azure

Big things are brewing with Windows Azure at Microsoft. Want to learn more about what’s coming?

Microsoft is pleased to announce a new online event we’re calling MEET Windows Azure.  Hear from Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie and other technology leaders about the latest cloud-based development technologies from Windows Azure and how YOU will benefit!

When? June 7, 2012 at 3:00pm Central Time (1:00pm Pacific)

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All the details, including information on how to attend the event, can be found at

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Upcoming WP7 Training

Jump start your development of Windows Phone 7 applications by attending Windows Phone 7 JumpStart. This free virtual live class, comprised of four instructor-led 3 hour sessions, will guide you in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform using Silverlight and XNA.

Course sessions:

  • July 20 – 10am: Session One: Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone and Silverlight
  • July 20 – 3pm: Session Two: Programming Game Applications with XNA
  • July 22 – 10am: Session Three:  Programming Applications with Silverlight
  • July 22 – 3pm: Session Four:  Review and Wrap Up

Download the Windows Phone Developer tools beta to get started creating Windows Phone 7 applications today. This download includes: Visual Studio 2010 Expression For Windows Phone beta; Windows Phone Emulator beta; Silverlight for Windows Phone beta; Expression Blend for Windows beta; and XNA Game Studio 4.0 beta.