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Just Released – Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012 Update

November 13, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Computing, Community, KnowledgeBase, Media Services, Microsoft, MSDN, SQL Azure, Training-Kits, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

The November 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes:

  • Updated labs to use Windows Azure SDK (October 2012)
  • Updated labs to use Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8
  • New Hands-on lab: Windows 8 Mobile Services (HTMLJS)
  • Updated Presentations .NET 4.5 Support in Web Sites and Cloud Services

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure Training Kit – November 2012

Windows Azure Training Kit – October 2012

October 17, 2012 .NET, All, AppFabric, Azure, Cloud Computing, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile Services, Recommends, SQL Azure, Training-Kits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Azure Development, Windows Azure Training Kit, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft Azure Training Kit – October 2012 is the latest set of Microsoft Azure Training tutorials, samples for Developers and Microsoft enthusiasts.

October 2012 Update
The October 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 47 hands-on labs, 24 demos and 38 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include:

  • Updated 22 presentations with speaker notes
  • Added 7 new demo scripts for content delivery
  • Added navigation page for demo discoverability
  • Updated hands-on lab page sub-navigation

You may download the package from the below link:

DOWNLOAD: Windows Azure Training Kit – October 2012

Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services – Cloud Backend Solution For Mobile Apps

August 28, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Services, Microsoft, Mobile SDK, Mobile Services, Mobile-Development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Microsoft has introduced a new service in Windows Azure platform – Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications. It allows you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications.

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Image Courtesy: Microsoft Azure site

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Image Courtesy: ScottGu’s blog

Mobile Services are available for Windows 8 apps, but subsequent preview releases will extend support to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Read the Windows Azure blog or Scott Guthrie blog for more information or visit Windows Azure Mobile Services dev center to get started.

Video – Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services by ScottGu

 

References:

Scott Guthrie blog

Windows Azure blog 

Windows Azure Mobile Services dev center

Windows Azure SDK for .NET – June 2012 SP1(for Visual Studio 2012 RTM and Visual Studio 2010 SP1

August 15, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, Azure, Azure SDK, Azure Tools, Cloud Computing, HotFixes, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windowz Azure 2 comments

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio extend Visual Studio 2010 SP1/ Visual Studio 2012(RTM) to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.

Version: 1.7 SP1 (1.7.1)
Date published: 8/10/2012

To Install

1. Click on the appropriate install link below based on your version of Visual Studio:

You can install everything you need for Windows Azure development using the Web Platform Installer

a. Installer for VS 2010 SP1

b. Installer for VS 2012 (RTM)  – it will not work with pre-release versions of VS2012.

OR

2. You can also automate the installation with the WebPICmd Command-Line Tool using the AppID:

WindowsAzureToolsVS2010_1_7_1 (for Visual Studio 2010 SP1)

or

WindowsAzureToolsVS2012 (for Visual Studio 2012 – RTM) – it will not work with pre-release versions of VS2012.

OR

3. Manual install by downloading appropriate installable from Microsoft Download Center:

Download Windows Azure SDK for .NET – June 2012 SP1

Note: This software release is intended for VS 2010 SP1 and VS 2012 RTM. The files on this release will not work with any pre-release versions of VS 2012.

Source: Microsoft Download Center

New revamped Windows Azure released and new Windows Azure SDK v1.7(JUNE 2012)

June 8, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, AppFabric, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Azure SDK, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, SQL Azure, ToolKits, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010, VS2012, WCF, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft has made significant changes to existing Windows Azure to make it more user friendly and customer friendly. The new Windows Azure was officially released in an online event Meet Windows Azure (MeetWindowsAzure.com) , in this event ScottGu(Microsoft VP)  has walked us through the new Windows Azure features.

You can have a quick look at ScottGu’s blog for interesting features available in new Windows Azure.

Visit http://www.windowsazure.com to have a quick look at the features of new Windows Azure website.

Development Tools and How to’s for different programming languages

You can download necessary tools for development at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/downloads/

Recommend reading Phani Kumar’s blog on Windows Azure http://allthingsazure.com/ ,  is a good repository of latest information on Windows Azure.

That’s all for now.

 

Microsoft announces Windows Azure Media Services

April 18, 2012 .NET, All, Azure, Cloud Services, Media Services, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windowz Azure No comments

Microsoft announced new cloud based media services (called as Windows Azure Media Services)and guidance to better enable content providers and customers to tap into the power of cloud computing, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference.

Windows Azure Media Services is a cloud-based PaaS solution that enables you to efficiently build and deliver media solutions to customers. It offers a bunch of ready-to-use services that enable the fast ingestion, encoding, format-conversion, storage, content protection, and streaming (both live and on-demand) of video. It also integrates and exposes services provided by industry leading partners – enabling an incredibly deep media stack of functionality that you can leverage.

The Windows Azure Media Services ecosystem features several media partners that integrate their technologies for customers to use in their own media solutions. These include high-speed transfers from Aspera; content encoding from Digital Rapids, ATEME and Dolby Laboratories; content security from BuyDRM and Civolution; and video-on-demand streaming from Wowza Media Systems. In addition, Windows Azure Media Services enables full-service media companies such as iStreamPlanet Co. and Movideo Pty. Ltd. to host and offer complete workflow solutions to customers.

Windows Azure Media Services will also support an entire ecosystem of connected devices. With support for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, HTTP Live Streaming and Flash media formats, Windows Azure Media Services will enable customers to reach almost any connected device, from Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows-based PCs to non-Microsoft platforms such as smart TVs, set-top boxes, MacOS, iOS and Android.

For more – read the announcement by Scott Guthrie from Microsoft 

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/04/16/announcing-windows-azure-media-services.aspx

Other source of information

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Cloud-Computing/Microsoft-Delivers-Windows-Azure-Media-Services-228566/