I am impressed with the new Windows Azure platform, but when I moved a simple app from my local machine to Azure I had some hassle copying the SQL Server database.
The good news is that you can connect to SQL Azure using SQL Server Management studio. You need to do two things. First, check
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Today’s news that Microsoft is writing off $6.2 billion from the useless acquisition of aQuantive in August 2007 gives me pause for thought.
How bad is this company at acquisitions? Particularly those under CEO Steve Ballmer’s watch. He became CEO in January 2000.
Microsoft acquired Danger in February 2008 for $500M. Small relative to
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Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie has posted more details of changes in Windows Azure. I was also able to sign up for the preview of Virtual Machines and Web Sites (my web site application is pending).
In the past the Azure portal for managing your cloud services has been functional but ugly and irritating. This has been
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Microsoft has announced new preview features in Windows Azure, its cloud computing platform, which introduce infrastructure as a service features as well as improving its support for hybrid public/private clouds.
The best summary is in the downloadable Fact Sheet (Word document). One key piece is that virtual machines (VMs) can now be persistent. Previously
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QCon London ended yesterday. It was the biggest London QCon yet, with around 1200 developers and a certain amount of room chaos, but still a friendly atmosphere and a great opportunity to catch up with developers, vendors, and industry trends.
Microsoft was near-invisible at QCon. There was a sparsely attended Azure session, mainly I would
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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
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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
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