Mix no more

Tim O’Brien, General Manager Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft, announced today that there will be no more Mix conferences.

Over the years, Mix has shifted from a "72 hours conversation" between developers, designers, media and publishers to a standard Microsoft developer focused conference loosing at the same time it's edge.

TechEd, PDC, Mix...Was there too much Microsoft conferences at some point?  I think so.  We'll now have to wait to see what kind of developers event(s) Microsoft will plan for 2012 and beyond.


SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event


Microsoft announced the virtual launch date for SQL Server 2012 (codename Denali).  The free online event will take place on March 7th, 2012.

More info and registration info can be found here: http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com/WW/Home

So Long, Farewell

After 17 years leading the various incarnations of the Microsoft developers’ user group in Montreal, I decided to limit my activities and my involvement in the group starting now.  The main reason is that I need to spend more time with my family, my mother having Alzheimer’s disease and my father needing help.  I won’t be very far and will be helping during a transition phase.


Great video explaining PIPA/SOPA

I found this video on the fightforthefuture.org Website that does a great job explaining how PIPA/SOPA could wreak the Internet.

Lightroom 4 will not run on Windows XP

So Adobe announced that Lightroom 4 will not run on Windows XP.  Good thing IMHO.  At some point software developers need to look ahead, not 10 years back.

SendGrid : free SMTP solution for Azure


Looking for a solution for sending SMTP emails from your Azure app?  SendGrid is offering a free 25,000 emails/month plan for Azure users.  Note that I haven't used their service before so I can't comment on that at this point.

Check the offer here: http://sendgrid.com/azure.html


Testing SocialPublish for BlogEngine.Net

Testing SocialPublish for BlogEngine.Net

New year, new blog

Hello!  I decided to change the blog engine (DasBlog) that I've been using for some time now to BlogEngine.Net and at the same time, change the URL from guy.dotnet-expertise.com to blog.guybarrette.com.  I also decided not to move all the old posts and keep weblogs.asp.net/guybarrette as an archive.

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