Azure App Service announcement

Yesterday, ScottGu announced the release of a new Azure service: App Service.  This new service combines the previously available Azure Websites and Azure Mobile Services and adds new API service and Logic/Workflow service.  These services are grouped under the Azure App Service name and are available in the preview portal.

This is a major announcement because combining the services into one single will result in cost savings for the customers.  Let's say that you currently using Websites and Mobile Services for a your company or client.  You need to pay for two different services.  Since they are now combined in App Service, you only pay for a single service!

This is the official announcement video:

The Microsoft Ninja Cat theme song

Over the weekend, I got inspired by the Ninja Cat and wrote a theme song for the little kitty.

Azure Websites Lunch & Learn - Montreal

Microsoft is having a lunch & Learn event at the Notman House for startups about Azure Websites on Tuesday March 26, 2015 from 12PM to 2PM.

For more info and to register, click here

Azure virtual event: March 24, 2015

Mark your calendar as ScottGu will announce a new Azure service during a live virtual event on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 11 am PDT.  Register here

720p recording on a MacBook Air

For a training project, I had to produce a 1280x720p video on my MacBook Air.  That should be easy ;-)

So I bought and installed TechSmith's Camtasia Mac, did a test video and quickly found that exporting to 1280x720p resulted in blurry videos because Camtasia had to scale the screen from the native 1440x900p (16:10) resolution to 1280x720p (16:9).  Easy, let's change the laptop resolution to 1280x720p, right?  Nah, that's not possible.  Looks like Apple wants you to stick to the 16:10 ratio.  

How about using an external projector?  Maybe this would trick the Mac.  Ah! it works!  The Mac default to 1080p but a 720p option is now available.  A second test produced a clear and crisp 720p video.

Now what if you don't have an external monitor when your recording?  SwitchResX is a $20 utility that let you change you Mac resolution to about anything.  Before recording, just change the screen resolution to 1280x720 using this utility.

Now why the heck Apple makes it impossible to change the screen resolution directly in OS X?

Débogage magique avec OzCode - webinaire en français

Le mercredi 11 mars à 10h00 heure de l’est (GMT-5), j’animerais le premier webinaire en français sur OzCode.  Lors de ce webinaire, je vais vous montrer quelques-unes des meilleures fonctionnalités de OzCode. Vous apprendrez comment utiliser OzCode afin d’améliorer vos sessions de débogage et ainsi, trouver les erreurs et corriger beaucoup plus rapidement. 

Le public cible est tous les développeurs .NET qui ont déjà passé du temps dans le débogueur. Inscrivez-vous au webinaire mais dépêchez-vous, le nombre de places est limité.

Visual Studio Talk Show: Visual Studio Online

Nous discutons avec Michel Perfetti et Guillaume Rouchon de Visual Studio Online, la version sur le cloud de Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS). Entres autres, ils racontent les avantages de ce service en ligne très abordable. 

Michel Perfetti, marseillais d'origine, est manager du pole ALM à Cellenza. Il travaille depuis 2006 sur les problématiques d'industrialisation avec la plateforme Microsoft. Michel est MVP depuis 2006 et MVP Visual Studio ALM depuis 2010. Michel intervient en tant que consultant sur des problématiques d'architecture ou développement ainsi que des problématiques liées aux méthodologies de travail et l'agilité.

Guillaume Rouchon est consultant pour la société Cellenza. Il travaille en informatique depuis 13 ans et intervient actuellement en tant qu'architecte logiciel et expert sur la plateforme Visual Studio ALM.

Bonne écoute !

Microsoft MWC 2015 press conference

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 and 640XL.  They also did a couple of cool demos, one demonstrating Windows 10 Project Spartan integration across platforms.


Watch the keynote here

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