Cloud Computing


Microsoft Opens Up Cloud ID Management to Developers

This preview release only supports the PowerShell-based IT administrator tool, but support for a GUI-based management module is coming.

Big Data in the Cloud

Microsoft has cooked up a feast of value-added big data cloud apps featuring Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and Pig, as well as free apps and utilities for numerical analysis, publishing data sets, data encryption, uploading files to SQL Azure and blobs.

Windows Azure: The Loose Ends Come Together

On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.

Microsoft Releases Windows Azure SQL Reporting

The service is free until Aug. 1.

Microsoft Announces New Capabilities for TFS, LightSwitch

Other upgrades include cloud services, Windows Server and System Center.

Windows Azure Release Includes New SDKs

By adding IaaS to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) portfolio, Microsoft is also mounting its most formidable challenge yet to Amazon Web Services.

Roaming Options for User Settings in Windows Phone Applications

Integrating with SkyDrive can help your Windows Phone application save a user's settings to the cloud, and retrieve them across multiple devices and platforms.

Azure Performance Tips, Part 2: Cloud Checks

Visual Studio test tools, profiling, performance counters, and the SQL Azure Management Console provide a snapshot as to how the app performs.

Exec: Microsoft Plans to 'Cloud Optimize Every Business'

In Microsoft's last fiscal third quarter, Server and Tools delivered $4.57 billion in revenue to the company, up 14 percent. The division is large, growing and increasingly profitable

Giving Back to the OSS Community

While we often talk of how we can leverage OSS to deliver a higher-quality product, rarely do we talk about how we can give back to the OSS community.

Amazon Opens Cloud to SQL, ASP.NET Devs

The cloud wars heat up as Amazon promises easier deployment and scalability for database and application developers.

Windows Azure Devs Get Telephony and Text Messaging APIs

On Wednesday Microsoft announced that it has signed a deal with Twilio to give developers the ability to have voice and SMS-enabled applications run on the Windows Azure cloud service.

Windows Azure Adding Voice, SMS Capabilities

Twilio's APIs let developers build the ability to initiate and receive phone calls from mobile and Web apps.

What System Center Can Do for Developers

Microsoft System Center 2012 is out, and Microsoft .NET Framework developers everywhere are cheering.

Spotlight: Vishwas Lele on Getting Started with Azure Development

Lele shares his take on Azure development and how other .NET devs might want to get started.

Azure Performance Tips, Part 1: Prepping and Testing the Local Development Machine

In this multi-part series, Joseph Fultz will walk you through exactly what you need to know to make sure your Azure deployment performs optimally. First up, the steps you need to take on your local development machine.

Windows Azure Goes Coast-To-Coast

The new datacenters currently support Azure Compute and Storage services.

Top Tips for Migrating Your Applications to the Azure Cloud

From architecture to security to database compatibility, here's what you need to know to make your Azure cloud migration a success.

Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

The MVP Summit, from which I've just returned, is a very important event.

Live from Visual Studio Live!: Microsoft Announces Cloud Build, Previews Visual Studio 11 Features

Microsoft today unveiled a new cloud-based build service for its upcoming hosted Team Foundation Service.

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