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New Windows Phone 7 Developer Guidance released for building line of business applications
Several partners have been asking about guidance on combining Windows Phone 7 applications with Windows Azure. The patterns and practices team recently released new guidance on Windows Phone 7. This is a continuation of the Windows Azure Guidance. It takes the survey application and makes a version for Windows Phone 7. The guide includes the following topics: Prism for Windows Phone 7 Reactive Extensions WCF Services on top of Windows Azure Push Notifications Camera & Voice Panorama Much more... ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2010 12:58 PM

Merry Christmas everyone
I would like to wish anyone and everyone who visits this blog (even the spammer) or who I have had the pleasure to work with in 2010 (or for that matter 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006… 1996) A very Merry Christmas and a fun and healthy New Year Picture brought to you by Bob Cratchett - alias colleague, friend and inspiration Andrew Fryer ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:48 AM

FREE goodies if you are a UK based software house already live on the Windows Azure Platform
In the UK we have seen some fantastic take up around the Windows Azure Platform and we have lined up some great stuff in 2011 to help companies fully exploit the Cloud – but we need you to tell us what you are up to! Once you tell us about your plans around Windows Azure, you will get access to FREE benefits including email based developer support and free monthly allowance of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric from Jan 2011 – and more! (This offer is referred to as Cloud Essentials and is explained ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2010 1:52 PM

Researching runtime technologies (Xmas fun with HTML5)
The Internet Explorer 9.0 team just posted about Pirates love Daises. This is a showcase game for the power of HTML 5 running inside IE 9.0 – and the author has done a fantastic job (you can get more details from Grant’s blog post). A game developer is an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) – a B2C ISV. In my role I don’t (typically) work with B2C ISVs, hence a reasonable question is “Why blog about it?”. I think applications like this demonstrate the power of HTML 5 and IE9 for delivering really rich ......

Posted On Monday, December 20, 2010 11:01 AM

Slides and links from ISV Windows Azure briefing on the 13th Dec 2010
A big thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays “informal” briefing on the Windows Azure Platform. There were lots of great discussions during the day and I know we al certainly enjoyed it. This post contains (ultimately) the slides and links from yesterday. Slides: Davids on Windows Azure all up Eric on SQL Azure (which fyi is hosted on Windows Azure Blob Storage) Links and Notes Start following the UK ISV technical team (our blog and twitter accounts) Sign up to Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:39 AM

Register now for the FREE Tech Days Online Conference January 20th
The perfect solution to the “January blues” is a good solid few hours learning about great technology. The 'Build an app for that' Online Conference is exactly that, featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. There are three tracks letting you choose which sessions are most relevant to you - whether you're just considering client development with Silverlight, or you've already got stuck in to an advanced project. We'll also explore new form ......

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:27 PM

Windows Azure powers Father Christmas
Ok it doesn’t really but the Microsoft Partner Network folks have hit gold with this rather addictive chrimbo game. It is great fun to play yet has a little serious side as it “rewards” you with a Windows Azure related link after each level. Try it now! It is a Silverlight app which is: Related In the UK we are helping partners build applications for the Windows Azure Platform (and other technologies such as SQL Server 2008 R2) through Microsoft Platform Ready. Sign up for ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 3:28 PM

Windows Azure SDK 1.3 addresses early adopter feedback
At the end of November 2010 we released a new version of the Windows Azure SDK which contains many new features driven by the great feedback of early adopters plus a shiny new portal. New Portal implemented in Silverlight: The new portal is implemented using Silverlight and replaces the (IMHO rather clunky) original HTML + JavaScript portal. It is 100% better although does still have a few bugs. Enjoy! P.S. You can if you wish still use the old portal: New runtime functionality: The following functionality ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:06 PM

Give someone their first time online
This is a great idea, very nicely done. The aim is to help the 9 million people in the UK who have never been online do just that – go online. Check it out and get involved http://www.get-someone-onli... ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 4:41 PM

Is your company successfully applying Application Lifecycle Management?
Two separate emails arrived in my Inbox. Email #1: The results of detailed survey of UK ISVs which we had commissioned – what makes them tick etc. In that survey it stated “76% of ISVs do not use any ALM tools”. It also stated that of those that did, most only did the basics. I#m not surprised … but I am disappointed. Email #2: The wonderful Black Marble have gone all Xmasy and are offering Visual Studio ALM health checks with chances to win an Xbox 360 + Kinect each week of Dec. It therefore seemed ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 4:09 PM

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