Learn Windows Azure Event

Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich.

The entire event is being streamed live by Channel 9. The event begins at 9 am Pacific (noon Eastern) on December 13.

Register for Learn Windows Azure Event.

The entire event will be streamed LIVE by Channel 9!

Register For BUILD Conference


BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world.

Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC. Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web. BUILD is the first place to dive deep into the future of Windows.

Register for BUILD before August 1 for the early bird discount.

SQL Azure Announcements In PDC10

From SQL Azure blog:


Number of exciting new features related to SQL Azure which are designed to further build out our platform and reduce complexity in building and managing applications. pdclogoToday we are announcing.

  • SQL Azure Reporting CTP:  SQL Azure Reporting enables developers to enhance their applications by embedding cloud based reports on information stored in a SQL Azure database, thereby allowing the users of these applications to gain greater insight on their line of business data without having to worry about setting up machines or instances.  Developers can author reports using familiar SQL Server Reporting Services tools and then use these reports in their applications which may be on-premises or in the cloud.
  • SQL Azure Data Sync CTP 2:  At PDC we are also announcing an update to SQL Azure Data Sync to enable synchronization of entire databases or specific tables between on-premises SQL Server and SQL Azure,  giving customers greater flexibility in building solutions that span on-premises and the cloud. Customers can now synchronize SQL Azure databases across datacenters as well as with on-premises SQL Server.
  • Database manager for SQL Azure: As part of the Windows Azure platform developer portal refresh, we are announcing a new lightweight, web-based database management and querying capability for SQL Azure databases. This capability was formerly referred to as “Project Houston”, and allows customers to have a streamlined experience within the web browser without having to download any tools.
  • Customers can immediately register to get more information about the new capabilities here. Limited CTP programs of the new SQL Azure Reporting and Data Sync services will be available by the end of 2010. Invitations to participate and try out the services will be sent as we continue to build out capacity.

Complete List Of All The PDC 2010 Windows Azure Announcements

pdclogoNew announcements about Windows Azure at PDC 10. Read the full post at Windows Azure blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2010/10/28/you-spoke-we-listened-and-responded.aspx 

Improved Support for EnterprisesWindowsAzure

We are adding the following capabilities to Windows Azure in order to make it easier to integrate resources between the cloud and traditional IT systems, and provide better support for existing Windows applications.

  • Support for more types of new and existing Windows applications will soon be available with the introduction of the Virtual Machine (VM) role. Customers can move more existing applications to Windows Azure reducing the need to make costly code or deployment changes.
  • Development of more complete applications using Windows Azure is now possible with the introduction of Elevated Privileges and Full IIS. The new Elevated Privileges functionality for the Web and Worker role will provide developers with greater flexibility and control in developing, deploying and running cloud applications. The Web role will soon provide Full IIS functionality, which enables multiple IIS sites per Web role and the ability to install IIS modules.
  • Remote Desktop functionality enables customers to connect to a running instance of their application or service in order to monitor activity and troubleshoot common problems.
  • We’re also introducing a range of new networking functionality under the Windows Azure Virtual Network name. Windows Azure Connect (formerly Project Sydney), which enables a simple and easy-to-manage mechanism to setup IP-based network connectivity between on-premises and Windows Azure resources, is the first Virtual Network feature that we’ll be making available as a CTP later this year.

With the introduction of these enterprise-ready service enhancements, both enterprise customers and the systems integrators who support their businesses can use Windows Azure to extend and optimize their IT capabilities.

More Affordable Platform Access

Cost is one of the key drivers of cloud adoption, and Windows Azure will soon include an offering that provides access to compute instances at a substantially lower cost. This new ‘Extra Small’ Windows Azure Instance will provide developers with a cost-effective training and development environment. Developers can also use the ‘Extra Small’ instance to prototype cloud solutions at a lower cost. We are also announcing a new "Cloud Essentials Pack" offer that replaces our existing partner offers. This offer provide free access to the Windows Azure platform including 750 extra small instance hours and a SQL Azure database per month at no charge, and will be available to Microsoft Partner Network members beginning January 7, 2011.

Better Developer and IT Professional Experience
We heard that while you appreciated the reduced management burden that the cloud offers, you also place a high value on retaining the flexibility to see and control how your applications and services are running in the cloud. To address these needs, we are announcing the following developer and operator enhancements at PDC 10:

  • A completely redesigned Silverlight based Windows Azure portal to ensure an improved and intuitive user experience
  • Access to new diagnostic information including the ability to click on a role to see role type, deployment time and last reboot time
  • A new sign-up process that dramatically reduces the number of steps needed to sign up for Windows Azure.
  • New scenario based Windows Azure Platform forums to help answer questions and share knowledge more efficiently.

One of the most exciting things we’re announcing today is the new Windows Azure Marketplace, which is an online marketplace for you to share, buy and sell building block components, premium data sets, training and services needed to build Windows Azure platform applications. This is a great way to help you quickly create and monetize applications on Windows Azure. We are delivering the first section in the Windows Azure Marketplace, DataMarket, (formerly Microsoft Codename "Dallas") which is now commercially available, and will enable you to leverage public data in your applications, creating richer experiences for your users. Already there are more than 35 data providers offering subscriptions on DataMarket. Visit the DataMarket (Dallas) blog for more information. A beta of the application section of the Windows Azure Marketplace will be available later this year.

With these investments, Windows Azure provides the broadest range of access and connection to the cloud, and a differentiated model for cross premises connectivity. We’re excited to continue working with you to build out the most comprehensive cloud platform on the market and appreciate the feedback you have provided thus far – keep that feedback coming! All the features above will be available to customers by the end of the calendar year 2010. The VM role and Extra Small instance will be available in Beta, while Windows Azure Connect will be available in CTP. All other features will be Generally Available by the end of the year. If you would like to be notified when these Windows Azure features are available, and when we’re accepting registrations for the VM role and Extra Small instance Beta as well as the Windows Azure Connect CTP, please click here.

Coming in CY2011

At PDC 10, we are also announcing that the following important features will be made available to customers in CY2011.

  • Dynamic Content Caching: With this new functionality, the Windows Azure CDN can be configured to cache content returned from a Windows Azure application.
  • CDN SSL Delivery: Users of the Windows Azure CDN will now have the capability to deliver content via encrypted channels with SSL/TLS.
  • Improved global connectivity: We will add new Windows Azure CDN nodes in the Middle East and improve existing connectivity in the US and Brazil.
  • Constructing VM role images in the cloud: We will enable dev
    elopers and IT Professionals to build VM images for VM role directly in the cloud. This will be offered as an alternative to the current approach of building images on-premises and uploading them over the Internet.
  • Support for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 in the VM role.
  • Improved Java Enablement: Microsoft plans to make Java a first-class citizen on Windows Azure. This process will involve improving Java performance, Eclipse tooling and client libraries for Windows Azure. Customers can choose the Java environment of their choice and run it on Windows Azure.

Since this year’s PDC is a fully virtualized event, there is much more guidance and information available to you online. To attend PDC 2010 virtually, please visit: http://www.microsoftpdc.com/.  For additional information about today’s news, check out the PDC Virtual Press Room.   

TFS on Windows Azure at the PDC10

Hosting of ALM in the cloud as software as a service is gradually becoming more and more popular.  The vision, of course, is ALM as a seamless service – making it really easy to get started, easy to scale, easy to operate, easy to access, …

Read Brian Harry’s post here.

Watch PDC10, Live from the Redmond Campus, October 28 and 29

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is sold out, but you can still participate via the live broadcast, starting at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time.

Introduction to Cloud Computing & Windows Azure: my Developer Academy 4 Presentation

Developer Academy 4 is here! its tomorrow! More than 1400 attendees will join us at the Avenue, Airport City, Israel. We’ll launch there .NET 4, Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4 & Windows Azure.

I’ll speak there about cloud computing and Windows Azure. You can download my presentation from the presentations page.


SAVE THE DATE: Developers Academy 4

dev academy 4

The World Summit of Cloud Computing

Two days ago, at the annual conference of The World Summit of Cloud Computing (http://events.myreg.co.il/IGT2009/), organized by The Israeli Association of Grid Technologies (IGT) (http://www.grid.org.il), my college, Eliaz Tobias and myself, had the chance to co-present and speak on Microsoft’s recent announcements for the cloud.

Our presentation was part of the keynote which included a speakers from IGT, Martix, IBM & NetApp. This year, the IGT annual event focused on the business and technology aspects of Cloud Computing.

Our presentation included introduction of cloud computing, Software + Services, Windows Azure introduction, dynamic data center toolkit for private cloud (DDTK) and a real demo.

It was a great pleasure to present in such interesting and important conference. From the feedbacks we’ve got, people were very impressed from our roadmap and offerings for Public Cloud Windows Azure Platform, our Private Cloud with Dynamic Data Center Toolkit and services running on the cloud including Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS).

You can download the presentation from the “Presentations” page: http://blog.maordavid.com/presentations/

here are some pictures from the conference:

Eliaz during the presentation

Eliaz is presenting

I’m demonstrating Windows Azure

Maor David-Pur is demonstrating Windows Azure

Maor David-Pur is demonstrating Windows Azure

Maor David-Pur is demonstrating Windows Azure




ALM User Group – February Meeting

This month, the MS ALM user group invited 2 presentorS to speak to the group: Tal Wayn and Leonid Ore from Solidity. The meeting was focused on the fascinating world of Business Intelligence as it is implemented on top of the Team Foundation Server OLAP Cube. The motto of the lectures was: “You can’t control what you can’t measure” and the presenters discussed methods of using the information stored in TFS as part of the natural conduct of TFS usage to create reports and KPIs that can be used to measure, control and monitor the process of software manufacturing.
Statistics show that most TFS users seldom use the built-in reporting capabilities of the platform that come as an out-off-the-box feature, even less users create their own reports. The presentors demonstrated that to actually have a true benefit of using TFS it is not enough to collect information about development, testing, requirement etc. all this data should be used for the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of the software creation process.
In the files attached to this post you will find the following:
• Technical overview of the TFS OLAP cube
• Suggestions about reports you might want to add to your daily management routine
TFS Reporting

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