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New Azure data centers

Microsoft recently announced the addition of two new data centers in the USA: West US and East US.

Here's the complete Azure data centers list:

  • Asia: East (Hong Kong) and Southeast (Singapore)
  • Europe: North (Netherlands) and West (Ireland)
  • United States: North Central (Illinois), South Central (Texas), East (Virginia), and West (California)

Here's how geo-replication works for the new data centers: 

  • US East and West are paired together for Windows Azure Storage geo-replication
  • US North and South are paired together for Windows Azure Storage geo-replication

Windows Azure Trust Center

Microsoft has recently grouped its Azure security documents and information under the Windows Azure Trust Center roof.

Adobe Reader Updater must restart Windows

Why?  Please Adobe, tell me why. 

April 2012 Updates to Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta

Microsoft has published an update to Visual Studio 11 Beta for MSDN subscribers.  This KB article lists the changes and fixes.

Free Office 365 eBook

Microsoft is offering Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook in PDF, EPUB and MOBI.  More info here


Visual Studio 2010 - only a dead snail is slower

At my current client, I'm using Visual Studio 2010 inside a VM and the overall experience was, well...excruciating.  Turns out that VS uses the GPU to help rendering the designers, IntelliSense, etc.  Well, since a VM provides a software video card, the result is a painfully slow experience.  A quick search lead me to this Code Project tip and the solution is shockingly quite simple: just disable hardware acceleration in the VS settings!

Menu: Tools/Options

Select: Environment/General

In the Visual Experience section: uncheck "Automatically adjust..." and "Use graphics hardware acceleration..."

Your mileage may vary.

The Browser You LoveD To Hate



Syncfusion offers free Metro style icons

Syncfusion if offering a free icon editor that let you customize 600+ Metro style royalty free icons.  What's cool is that the editor can export in JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, ICO and XAML

Browse the library and download the tool here.





Microsoft Canada's Windows 8 Camp

A Windows 8 Camp is a free, two-day event. During the Camp, you’ll discover HANDS-ON how to build your first Metro Style App for Windows 8. You’ll learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and apply what you’ve learned with support from Microsoft Canada.

How do I register?
Registration is fast and simple!  Select the link for the appropriate city to the right!
Space will be limited. Register today to secure your spot!

What do I need to bring?
Any device capable of running Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express.
We recommend that you install the necessary software prior to the event. If the software is not already installed, you will need a partition with ~30 GB of free space to install the bits.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Visual Studio 11 Beta
Download the Windows 8 SDK samples


April 3rd & 4th
Fairmont Pacific Rim
April 10th & 11th
Le Centre Sheraton
April 16th & 17th
King Edward Hotel


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