Azure February 2014 updates

Microsoft just announced a series of new Azure features and updates.  Check ScottGu's blog post for more information.

  • ExpressRoute: Dedicated, private, high-throughput network connectivity with on-premises
  • Web Sites: Backup and Restore Support
  • Mobile Services: .NET support, Notification Hub Integration, PhoneGap support
  • HDInsight: Hadoop 2.2 support
  • Management: Co-admin limit increased from 10->200 users
  • Monitoring: Service Outage Notifications Integrated within Management Portal
  • Virtual Machines: VM Agent and Background Information Support
  • Active Directory: More SaaS apps, more reports, self-service group management
  • BizTalk Services: EDIFACT protocol support, Service Bus Integration, Backup and Restore

New Azure cloud region: Japan

Microsoft announced Japan as a brand new cloud region where you'll find two data centers: Japan East (Saitama Prefecture) and Japan West (Osaka Prefecture).

日本こんにちは!

Visual Studio Talk Show: Eric Mignot - Yose the Game

Nous discutons avec Eric Mignot de Yose the Game, un jeu spécifiquement conçu pour les développeurs qui doivent relever des défis en écrivant et déploiyant du code.

Eric Mignot est un consultant indépendant qui partage son temps entre les formations et la création de logiciels. Eric est un formateur Scrum certifié par scrum.org et aime partager lors de ces formations, ou interventions, une vision globale qui allie la pensée empirique, le développement piloté par les tests et la dynamique d'équipe.

http://visualstudiotalkshow.libsyn.com/0168-eric-mignot-yose-the-game

FreedomCase: case for Surface on KickStarter

The FreedomCase looks like an interesting case for the Surface.  Check the project on KickStarter.

Satya Nadella - Microsoft's new CEO

Microsoft has a new CEO and that's a good thing.  Satya Nadella is the new CEO and that's a good thing.  He's part of the management young guns who want to change Microsoft and that's a good thing.  He's from the Cloud division and that's a good thing.  He wa bor in India and that's a good thing.

 

Read about the announcements here

It's back: Photoshop & Lightroom for $9.99/month

The $9.99/month Photoshop + Lightroom deal is back 'til March 31, 2014.  Get all the info here

Web.config options unlocked in Azure Web Sites

Great news for Azure Web Sites!  Several configuration options are now exposed and available in web.config.  Here's the short list:

  • compression
  • asp
  • httpTracing
  • security/access
  • security/authentication/anonymousAuthentication
  • serverRuntime
  • serverSideInclude
  • tracing
  • webdav
  • ipSecurity
  • dynamic IP Restrictions
For more information, check this blog post by Mark Brown from the Azure team.

Microsoft publishes it's cloud servers specifications

Microsoft has published it's cloud servers specifications to the Open Compute Project.  You can read the announcement here and more get more information on this blog post by Kushagra Vaid, General Manager, Server Engineering.

Technology: Empowering Us All

Microsoft ran their first national Super Bowl ad yesterday celebrating how technology can empower us all.

Check the ad mini-site where you'll find extended videos of the stories depicted in the ad.

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