Guy Barrette

Freelance developer and Azure MVP in Montreal, Canada

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.
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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.
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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
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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 v
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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 pro
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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.  
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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 f
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