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Apologies in advance for any problems caused as I move over to http://ericnelson.wordpress... over the next few days. I will blog again on here when the move is fully complete. I have had a superb time on which I moved to back in January 2009 – but it doesn’t quite match what I am after in a blogging platform right now where as broadly does. This will be my second change of platform in 7 years – it was back in July 2004 I created my first technology blog over ......

Posted On Friday, August 26, 2011 1:35 PM

Giving feedback on SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Azure
SQL Server “Denali” is at CTP3 – and would therefore very much welcome feedback. SQL Azure continues an aggressive cycle of release - and would therefore very much welcome feedback. Which is why we have A great place to give feedback and to to see what others care about. For SQL Azure (and the Windows Azure Platform in general) we also have http://www.mygreatwindowsaz... Thanks in advance… ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 4:14 PM

When is it ok to come 10th and 5th? When the folks in front of you are this good :-)
Guy who runs the excellent DotNetDevNet user group out of Bristol posted back in June on the top speakers from the first 50 meetings and let me know I made the top 10 for knowledge (Cough! ) and presentation skills (I have skills! Wow ) Well, I’ve finally revisited his post to have a proper look and … what a great line up to be in. Above me are the likes of Steve Sanderson, Richard Campbell and Mike Taulty. I’ll take that. Sweet. Thanks Guy ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 1:47 PM

Deciding on Windows Azure – much more than just a technical decision
This post on the Windows Azure blog caught my eye as a) it includes UK early adopter eTVMedia and b) its an interesting look at the wider picture of adopting Windows Azure – including coming up with the business strategy and transitioning a traditional company to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It touches on: organizational structure: Looking at the trend to create new entities to pursue SaaS packaging and pricing: A SaaS app does not necessarily mean a move away from upfront billing changing from ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 12:36 PM

Windows mobile devices get 30.5% market share :-)
Ok… it doesn’t really but this still cheered my Thursday eve. Whilst perusing the blog of BF3 I spotted that publisher behemoth EA were doing an “innocent poll” on mobile devices. As background, BF3 is arguably the game of 2011 which puts PC gaming back on the map for mainstream FPS fans, easily outshining what will be available for Consoles. It is also worth pointing out that the poll isn’t so innocent in the sense that EA are making a massive push into mobile gaming – which also happens to include ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2011 10:23 AM

FREE Online Windows Phone Mango training August 23rd and 24th
MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start, is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Get in the pizza/popcorn/healthy fruit, ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2011 10:12 AM

Annual SQL Server Connectivity Survey – live until 9th September 2011
The Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with developers and users in the form of surveys. If you have 15mins spare and would like to do your bit to help shape the roadmap for SQL Server then please pop over to And… My own simple one question version if you only have one minute to spare. Apologies in advance for stuff I left out! Related Links: More details of the survey are posted on the ADO.NET team blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:41 PM

FREE One Day Windows Azure Discovery Workshops for product authors – first is September 12th
In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. Overview: The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:23 AM

Microsoft and Windows Azure–deploying a customer facing application in Six Weeks
I often get asked about how we are using Windows Azure internally and under NDA I can share some of the details – but its great to be able to point publicly at some of the excellent work that has been going on. And they are genuine technical case studies … hurrah! :-) How Microsoft IT Deployed a Customer Facing Application to Windows Azure in Six Weeks Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team gained experience with Windows Azure by focusing on a straightforward, isolated customer-facing application ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:22 AM

Check out the new Building Windows 8 blog – B8
A new blog has appeared from the engineering team to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8. We showed you a preview of Windows 8 in June, demonstrating the user experience and providing an update on ARM SoC support. The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:56 AM

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