Feb 29th Azure Service Disruption Explanation

Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President Server and Cloud Division, explains in details on the Azure blog what went wrong on Feb 29th 2012.  This is a rare opportunity to look and understand how Azure works.  It's a must read.

Dev11 C++ apps won't run on XP

Looks like C++ apps built with Dev11 won't run on Windows XP.  The minimum supported operating systems are Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista.  This related Connect bug was closed as by design.

SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant - 50% off TODAY

The bits are available today so why not get a book?  O'Reilly is having the ebook format of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant on special today (March 7, 2012) at 50% off.

More info here

SQL Server 2012 virtual launch event

Microsoft is launching SQL Server 2012 with a free online event on March 7, 2012.  Learn what's new by watching 30+ sessions.  Register here

VB6 runtime being supported for the lifetime of Windows 8

Microsoft announced that they will support the VB6 runtime for the lifetime of Windows 8.   Note that the IDE is no longer supported since 2008.


New pricing and options for SQL Azure

Microsoft announced today reduced pricing and new 100MB and 150GB options for SQL Azure.

Database SizePrice Per Database Per Month
0 to 100 MB Flat $5.00
Greater than 100 MB to 1 GB Flat $9.99
Greater than 1 GB to 10 GB $9.99 for first GB, $4.00 for each additional GB
Greater than 10 GB to 50 GB $45.99 for first 10 GB, $2.00 for each additional GB
Great than 50 GB to 150 GB $125.99 for first 50 GB, $1.00 for each additional GB


As always, check the Azure Website for the latest on Azure pricing:




What? Microsoft, made a movie?

What? Microsoft, made a movie?

Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a new documentary that takes a revealing look at the startup and emerging business scene through the eyes of 5 founders and their teams and tells a story of the passion, fortitude and insanity that is bringing a startup to life. We'll follow these visionaries as they face the challenges and obstacles of making their vision a reality alongside the insights and analysis of seasoned, industry watchers and tech sector pioneers.


Toronto (March 6, 2012)

Montreal (March 13, 2012)

Imagine Cup Canada 2012

Hey students!  Think you can solve some of the world's toughest problems through technology? It's time to prove it!  
The Imagine Cup, the premiere worldwide technology competition, is back! This year students like you are being called on to solve some of the world's toughest problems through technology. Are you up to the challenge?
It's a great opportunity to apply some of the knowledge you've learned in the classroom to help solve some real-world problems. It could be anything, from famine or accessibility to education to traffic safety or environmental sustainability - the problem you choose, and solution you come up with, are up to you.

Students can form teams of up to four, and each team can have a mentor to help them through the process. Mentors can help answer questions you might have, and give you guidance throughout the competition.

In addition to the global categories, there are two local categories that you can enter in this year:
• Software Design
• Windows Phone 7 Game Design

Why should you join?
Besides making the world a better place, you could also win a trip to Toronto for the Canadian Finals, a trip to Sydney, Australia for the Worldwide Finals, cash grants and amazing prizes.
I'd like to urge you to seriously consider joining the competition this year. This is your chance to get recognized for your achievements on an international stage. Use your passion, use your knowledge, and make a difference!

Visit the Imagine Cup website to learn more


Kinect for Windows now available


Microsoft has finally released its Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK today.  You can get all the info on the Kinect for Windows blog.

From a quick read, the SDK is free and the sensor will retail for $249.  Althought using an Xbox sensor should work, it is not recommended.


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.


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