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Want to be a Microsoft Evangelist?

Posted on January 1, 2013 by

Once in a great while, a job opening on our team will come available. As this doesn’t happen that often, I wanted to make sure to share that news with everyone so that we get a good sampling of candidates submitting for the position. As many of you know, I’ve been with Microsoft for almost […]

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Rock Paper Azure Redux

Posted on December 18, 2012 by

Have you heard the news? We’ve recently raised the stakes with Rock Paper Azure game. This cloud-based coding challenge is back for just six weeks – and anyone can win! Simply get your Windows Azure account, and build and upload a bot (or re-boot your existing bot if you’ve already built one). Tweet about it […]

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WNS Badge, Toast and Tile Reference

Posted on December 13, 2012 by

Using WNS as part of your Windows 8 Store app? Digging into Windows Azure Mobile Services?  The Windows Notification Service is a key part of the Windows 8 platform and really great apps know how to use Push Notifications to make their great apps awesome. Here’s a reference I got from my teammate Nick Harris […]

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Activating your BizSpark MSDN Azure Benefits

Posted on December 12, 2012 by

Every BizSpark member has a set of Azure benefits that come with their MSDN subscriptions. These benefits are outlined in the graphic below: Activating your Azure Benefits is a simple process requiring just 3 steps: Activate Windows Azure Subscription Sign into your MSDN Benefits page at http://aka.ms/ActivateMSDN Use the Windows Azure Platform link from MyAccount […]

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Microsoft DevRadio: Community Corner – Why I Switched to Windows Azure

Posted on December 6, 2012 by

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Dev Radio: Community Corner

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Principal Architect for Excolo Group, Casey Watson on how Casey recently made the switch from Amazon EC2 Cloud Services to Windows Azure. Tune in to hear us chat about the reasons why he moved over to Azure as they discuss IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS […]

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BizSpark for Startups

Posted on December 5, 2012 by

My good friend and colleague Taylor Cowan has begun working on a blog post series entitled “25 Ways Software Startups can use BizSpark”.  Even if you haven’t already formed a company around your latest great idea, Taylor’s series will help you understand how startups can take the best advantage of all the amazing features that BizSpark has to […]

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Solving Real-world Problems with Windows Azure Web Sites

Posted on November 26, 2012 by

One of my peers, Brady Gaster, has released a blog post series on solving real-world problems with Windows Azure Web Sites. Windows Azure Web Sites, as I’m sure by now you already know, is our hosting platform for web applications in Windows Azure. With three levels of service, WAWS offers a number of ways to […]

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Windows 8 Certification Tips

Posted on November 19, 2012 by

My teammate in Ann Arbor, Jennifer Marsman, recently published a blog series on tips for getting your Windows 8 application through the certification process. In the series, she the common problems developers run into when submitting their applications to the Windows 8 Store for certification, and gives some great tips on how to avoid them all together. […]

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IaaS Bootcamp in Dallas

Posted on November 13, 2012 by

Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step. Windows Azure […]

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WebView vs. SettingsFlyout

Posted on October 30, 2012 by

I was working on a Windows 8 application tonight, as part of some Azure content that I’m creating, and ran into a weird error.  I wanted to share it here in case other people ran into the same issue. I have a very simple application – it’s essentially a simplified News Reader app that collects […]

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