Cloud Computing


Microsoft Discounts Azure Exams

The Azure developer exam discounts are part of a broader initiative by the Microsoft Partner Network to narrow the Azure deployment and development skills gap.

Azure, Amazon Web Services Ramp Up with Dev Tools for Serverless Computing

Amazon and Microsoft are anticipating the serverless computing space to heat up, with support and developer tools.

Leverage Real-Time Communications in ASP.NET Sites, Apps with Signal R

In a Q&A preview of her session at Live! 360, veteran Visual Studio Live! presenter Rachel Appel shares her thoughts on the benefits of working with SignalR.

Azure Data Lakes Tools for Visual Studio Code Now in Preview

The ability to embrace U-SQL jobs via authoring, scripting, extensibility via the VSCode environment and using C# is the key to this tooling preview.

VS Team Services Sprint 108 Is More Like a Jog

Visual Studio Team Services is at Sprint 108 this week, and it might seem like a lightweight with mainly fixes, but it does pack quite a few new features -- integrating Team-based collaboration features, build and replace enhancements, Docker support -- to be worthy of attention.

What Makes SQL Server 2016 a Game-Changer

Polybase, Query Store, dynamic data masking, row-level security, and temporal data JSON support -- just some of the new features that veteran SQL Server Live! presenter Leonard Lobel covers in this exclusive Q&A with Lafe Low.

MCSD and MCSE Titles Revamped

Changes take effect immediately, and MCP transcripts are being evaluated now. Also, new rule: New MCSE and MCSD titles will no longer expire (but there's a catch).

October Surprise: Azure Developer Updates

Fresh from Ignite, the Azure teams have been on a DevOps-heavy kick with a number of new tools for managing Azure services.

Use VMs for Windows 10 Development

Microsoft is making it so much more convenient for developers to get hands-on experience building Windows 10- and UWP-based apps -- via preconfigured Windows 10-based virtual machines.

Azure Application Platform: Moving to the Modern Cloud

From VSLive!: Microsoft's Matt Nunn demonstrated some use cases for the modern cloud platform, one that opens up options for businesses to tranform the way they do business internally and externally.

Microsoft EVP Harry Shum To Helm New AI Research Group

From Microsoft Ignite: Shum will lead new group formed out of Microsoft Research and others that will study the implications of artificial intelligence on future innovations in computing and development.

Microsoft Claims Fastest Network in the Cloud

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrated some of the AI supercomputing capabilities in its Azure public cloud that make it now among the fastest cloud services available. The secret sauce is the use of field-programmable gate arrays.

Second Preview of Azure Stack at Ignite

A second preview of the forthcoming on-premises version of Azure highlights "infrastructure management technologies."

Microsoft's Cloud Covers Germany, More Geographic Areas

From Microsoft Ignite: Azure now in Germany, four other areas. Plus: Bevy of Azure announcements include more security controls in the cloud, improved monitoring capabilities.

Adobe SaaS Offerings Depend Even More on Azure

From Microsoft Ignite: The partnership that kicked off between the two companies two years ago takes another leap forward into the cloud in a big way.

Azure Service Fabric on Linux Preview at Microsoft Ignite

At Microsoft's conference later this month, it will show off the microservice-based ALM too. It won't have Visual Studio support, but developers will be able to use Linux dev tools to allow Service Fabric to tap into Linux VMs.

Custom Work Item Types Now a Thing in Visual Studio Team Services Sprint 105

Full process customization gets nearer to reality with the ability to create custom work item types. Plus, work item history and release management get more refined in this month's Web release.

AWS SDK for C++ Ready for Production Use

The experiment is over and now C++ developers can tap into the production-ready version of AWS SDK that allows them to create modern C++ interfaces to AWS.

Azure Outage Rolls Through Europe, India

A significant disruption of Microsoft's Azure cloud services has affected a large number of customers in Europe and India, and it's really trying the patience of developers using Visual Studio Team Services, with only partial use of services back online as of Friday afternoon.

DevOps is In The Details, Says Microsoft's Brown

How can developers gain the trust of the operations side? As Microsoft's Donovan Brown explains in a Visual Studio Live! keynote, automation is key in gaining that trust. He then live-demoed a DevOps pipeline within an Azure environment to prove his point.

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