I was fortunate to attend a two-day drilldown into what is coming in Windows Server 8 last week, just before the BUILD conference under way in Anaheim, California. It is an impressive release, with two things standing out for me.
One is that Microsoft has successfully re-engineered Windows Server so that it is both
…continue reading Which Microsoft cloud? Windows Server 8 shows Azure is not everything
Microsoft has released Visual Studio LightSwitch, a rapid application builder for data-centric applications.
LightSwitch builds Silverlight applications, which may seem strange bearing in mind that the future of Silverlight has been hotly debated since its lack of emphasis at the 2010 Professional Developers Conference. The explanation is either that Silverlight – or some close
…continue reading Microsoft releases Visual Studio LightSwitch: a fascinating product with an uncertain future
I am researching a piece on developing for Facebook with Microsoft Azure, and of course the first thing I did was to try it out.
…continue reading The frustration of developing for Facebook with C#
This year’s Microsoft TechEd is subtitled Cloud Power: Delivered, and sky blue is the theme colour. Microsoft seems to be serious about its cloud play, based on Windows Azure.
Then again, Microsoft is busy redefining its on-premise solutions in terms of cloud as well. A bunch of Windows Servers on virtual machines managed by
…continue reading Three questions about Microsoft’s cloud play at TechEd 2011
I have been trying out Visual Studio LightSwitch, which has an option to deploy apps to Windows Azure.
Of course I wanted to try this, and after a certain amount of hassle generating certificates and switching between Visual Studio LightSwitch and the Azure management portal I succeeded.
I doubt I would have made it
…continue reading Trying out Remote Desktop to a Microsoft Azure virtual machine
Microsoft has announced an improved introductory trial for Windows Azure. You can now get:
750 hours of an Extra Small Compute Instance 25 hours of a Small Compute Instance 500MB storage 10,000 storage transactions 500MB in / 500MB out data transfer 1G Web Edition SQL Azure database
The offer lasts until the end of June,
…continue reading What will it take to get developers to try Windows Azure? Microsoft improves its trial offer
Microsoft has posted a white paper setting out what you need to do in order to have users who are signed on to a local Windows domain seamlessly use an Azure-hosted application, without having to sign in again.
I think this is a huge feature. Maintaining a single user directory is more secure and more
…continue reading Single sign-on from Active Directory to Windows Azure: big feature, still challenging
The big news today is that Salesforce.com has agreed to acquire Heroku, a company which hosts Ruby applications using an architecture that enables seamless scalability. Heroku apps run on “dynos”, each of which is a single process running Ruby code on the Heroku “grid” – an abstraction which runs on instances of Amazon EC2 virtual
…continue reading Salesforce.com acquires Heroku, wants your Enterprise apps