Azure November outage

On November 18 2014, Azure suffered a major outage across a majority of its data centers.  Jason Zander published a report on the Azure blog with some explanations.  Brian Harry also blogged about how Visual Studio Online was affected.

During the outage, the service status page was up providing accurate information and to my surprise, the new Ibiza portal was still up providing basic but accurate information.

Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event

If you're an IT Pro, don't miss the free Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online event that will take place Dec 1-4, 2014.  Yes, 4 days of free IT Pro focused Azure training. Register here

Day 1: Establish the Foundation: Core IaaS Infrastructure Technical Fundamentals
View from the CTO: Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer - Azure
Azure IaaS Virtual Machines Inside Out
Optimize Your Windows Server Workloads on Azure
Inside IaaS Architecture Best Practices and Management 

Day 2: Dive Deep into Networking, Storage, and Disaster Recovery Scenarios
Designing Networking and Hybrid Connectivity Infrastructure
Dive Deep into Storage Using Azure Backup, Data Protection Manager, StorSimple, and InMage
Planning Disaster Recovery, Migration, and More
Ins and Outs of Azure Automation, PowerShell, and Desired State Configurator 

Day 3: Embrace Open Source Technologies to Accelerate and Scale Solutions
How to Deploy Linux and OSS on Azure
Leverage Existing Chef / Puppet Toolsets for Management
How to Implement Containerization with Docker to Increase Density and Performance of Virtual Machines
Lift and Shift Your Linux Solutions to Azure 

Day 4: Optimize Windows Workload Architecture and Administration Capabilities Within Azure
Identity Solutions: Leveraging Azure Active Directory / Active Directory Premium
Azure Websites: Manage Your Websites, Not Your VMs
Leveraging SQL Azure for Your Solutions to Increase Scale
Architecting SharePoint for the Cloud

MSDN subscribers save 20% on Xamarin

At Connect(); last week, Xamarin announced that MSDN subscribers now save 20% on Xamarin Business and Enterprise.

Lumia Windows Phone guide

Nokia released so many Windows Phones that it's hard to figure out where each one fits in.  Fortunately NeoWin published a guide listing all Lumia Windows Phones.  Handy :-)

Visual Studio Talk Show: Les applications universelles

Nous discutons avec Christian Hissibini des applications universelles avec la plateforme Microsoft. Apprenez comment vous pouvez construire une application pour Windows, Windows Phone et xBox en même temps, et partager le code, les contrôles utilisateur, les styles et autres éléments d'actif entre les projets dans Visual Studio. Cela réduit le temps et les frais associés à la construction et au maintien d'une application pour chaque type d'appareil.

Christian Hissibini est un passionné qui aime à mélanger la programmation et le design pour le Web et les plates-formes mobiles.  En 2014, Christian a reçu de Microsoft la reconnaissance MVP sur la plateforme Windows de développement.  Étudiant à l’université de Montréal, il est fortement impliqué dans la compétition Imagine Cup. Christian passe son temps libre à expérimenter avec les nouvelles technologies, à partager ses idées avec les autres et à construire des applications logicielles.

TechEd Europe 2014: Azure announcements

Microsoft announced a series of Azure updates and new features at TechEd Europe 2014.  As always, get all the details at ScottGu's blog.

  • Marketplace: Announcing Azure Marketplace and partnerships with key technology partners
  • Networking: Network Security Groups, Multi-NIC, Forced Tunneling, Source IP Affinity, and much more
  • Batch Computing: Public Preview of the new Azure Batch Computing Service
  • Automation: General Availability of the Azure Automation Service
  • Anti-malware: General Availability of Microsoft Anti-malware for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services
  • Virtual Machines: General Availability of many more VM extensions – PowerShell DSC, Octopus, VS Release Management

Microsoft Connect event

Don't miss Connect(); a free cloud-first, mobile-first, code-first virtual event focused on current and future technologies for developers.  Here's the agenda:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

10:00 – 10:30 Keynote: Developers in the mobile-first, cloud-first era with Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise

10:30 – 11:15 Visual Studio in a world of multiple devices with S. "Soma" Somasegar, Corporate Vice President, Developer Division

11:30 – 12:15 Cloud development with Azure and Visual Studio with Scott Hanselman, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure

12:15 – 13:00 Evolving Software Engineering Practices with Brian Harry, Corporate Vice President, ALM

13:00 – 13:30 Live Q&A with Scott Guthrie

13:30 – 14:00 Live Q&A with S. Somasegar

14:00 – 14:30 Live Q&A with Scott Hanselman

14:30 – 15:00 Live Q&A with Brian Harry

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11:00 – 11:10 Opening Session

11:10 – 11:55 .NET vNext & Managed Languages

12:00 – 12:45 ASP.NET vNext

12:50 - 13:35 Microsoft Azure Platform & Tools

13:40 - 14:25 Multi-Device Development using Visual Studio (iOS, Android & Windows)

14:30 – 15:15 Application Lifecycle Management, Dev/Test, & DevOps

15:20 - 16:05 Visual Studio Debugging and Profiling

16:10 - 16:55 Visual Studio “14” IDE Productivity

17:00 - 17:45 C++ in Visual Studio “14”

17:50 - 18:00 Wrap Up

Get all the info here

Keynotopia app mockups templates: worth a try?

I came upon Keynotopia this weekend.  They offer Keynote and PowerPoint templates to create mobile, web and desktop app mockups.  At less then $100 for the full PowerPoint templates bundle with free updates, that's not expensive at all.  Anyone used them?  What do you think?  What are you using to create iOS/Android/Windows Phone app mockups?

Microsoft Azure Australia data centers now open

ScottGu announced at TechEd Sydney that Microsoft opened their 18th and 19th regions for business, in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Bye bye Nokia, Hello Microsoft Lumia

It's now official, Microsoft is dropping the Nokia name.  The new branding will be Microsoft Lumia.

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