All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Windows Azure’

Microsoft’s Azure Reportedly About To Lose The ‘Windows’

Update: It’s official. Microsoft says: Today we are announcing that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. Our commitment to deliver an …

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Windows Azure Gets New Features, PCI DSS Compliance

It’s a new year and Microsoft’s cloud computing platform has gotten another update, complete with new features that asp.net developers can take advantage of. Microsoft Developer VP Scott Guthrie this week detailed all the latest Windows Azure updates in a new blog post. The biggest rollout in the latest Azure update is support for staged publishing. Developers can now enable …

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Get Ready For Lots Of Microsoft Enterprise Releases This Fall

Microsoft has announced a bunch of new enterprise cloud solutions coming this fall. On October 18th, the company will release Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 for businesses to create data centers, as well as Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1 for app creation. On November 1st, the company will start offering Enterprise Agreement customers …

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Microsoft Talks Unified Application Store

Microsoft is reportedly forming an Super Store to offer apps for Windows 8 computers as well as Microsoft phones and tablets. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has been busy creating a single, new app depot for the upcoming new versions of the company’s operating systems. Those would be Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The move, if done …

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Microsoft Releases Windows Azure SDK 2.0 For .NET

In its latest earnings report, Microsoft said Windows Azure and related products hit $1 billion in sales. It shows that Microsoft’s cloud platform is starting to really take off. In its efforts to get more developers to use Azure, Microsoft has released some new tools for its Azure SDK. Microsoft announced in early May that version 2.0 of its Windows …

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Microsoft Picks Up PhoneFactor For Multifactor Authentication

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of multifactor authentication. “The acquisition of PhoneFactor will help Microsoft bring effective and easy-to-use multifactor authentication to our cloud services and on-premises applications,” said Bharat Shah, corporate vice president, Server and Tools Division for Microsoft. “In addition, PhoneFactor’s solutions will help Microsoft customers, partners and developers enhance the security of …

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Microsoft Updates The Windows Azure SQL Database

Microsoft has been very aggressive over the past year with its Windows Azure service. The cloud computing platform has been positioned as a worthy competitor to Google’s App Engine service, and Microsoft continually provides new updates to it. The latest update brings a number of new features to the SQL database. Microsoft recently detailed the major updates that hit the …

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Samsung Smart TVs Will Use Windows Azure for Cloud

Samsung announced today that it has chosen Windows Azure as the software on which its Smart TV cloud infrastructure will run. The company claims that the choice will reduce its operating costs and increase its scalability. Samsung said in an official statement today that it “achieved a tenfold cost reduction” by moving its infrastructure to the cloud. “After extensive testing, …

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Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Media Services

Microsoft definitely needs to give its cloud network – Windows Azure – a kick in the pants. If it wants to compete with the likes of Google’s and other cloud businesses, it’s going to have to step up its game. Microsoft announced its solution this morning – Windows Azure Media Services. Microsoft says the new service is exactly as it …

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Microsoft and Twilio Join Forces To Offer Communication APIs

Skype changed the way we communicate online by offering an easy and affordable way to call anybody on a land line or other Skype users. Microsoft bought Skype last year to pump money into the development of more Skype products. Enter Twilio, an API that allows anybody to build an app for cloud-based calling over land lines. Microsoft has entered …

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Windows Azure Brought Down Leap Year Bug

Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform for building and hosting web applications, suffered an outage yesterday that brought down several websites that rely on the service. The outage began sometime Tuesday, and ran until just before 3 am (Pacific time) yesterday. The outage impaced Azure users around the world, including the government of the United Kingdom. The cause of the problem …

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