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What’s ahead for the Xbox One?

Microsoft has always marketed the Xbox One as a gaming machine that can enhance your living room.  This has played out very well for the Xbox One but recently has faltered in the light of the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) being a more powerful machine.   This has given customers the idea that the Xbox […]

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Busy Pre-Build week for Microsoft and Azure!

The Microsoft Build Conference is set to kick off next week but the company got off to an early start this week with several different announcements. Windows Azure now generally available in China This may not sound like a huge accomplishment worthy of being called out individually but a little known fact is that Windows […]

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Strengthen Company Culture with Yammer enhanced by HDInsight

In a world of broadband internet connections, online collaboration tools and the ability to work from almost anywhere – office culture can be difficult to sustain.  This especially holds true for people who live in large cities (where the commute can be problematic) or in harsh climates (like the never ending winter in Chicago this […]

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Windows Azure: Retiring Windows Server 2008 and how to upgrade

Beginning on June 2, 2014 Windows Azure will be retiring Windows Server 2008.  This means that you will no longer be able to deploy a new Cloud Service or manage your existing services on virtual machines running Windows Server 2008. Windows Azure currently supports four different GuestOS ‘versions’: GuestOS 1.x – Windows Server 2008 GuestOS […]

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What is Net Neutrality and why is it important?

The idea behind Net Neutrality has been a topic of increasing scrutiny recently.  There are groups of people who are very out spoken about the importance of Net Neutrality and deregulation of the Internet.  For the majority of internet users the topic falls on deaf ears.  This is generally because Net Neutrality is attempting to […]

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Windows Azure: How to create a streaming media service (GUI)

In my previous post I discussed how Microsoft and NBC were streaming every single event live and on demand at the Sochi Olympic Games.  Azure makes publishing and streaming videos easier than ever before.  This post will walk you through creating a media service, uploading content (video or audio), encoding it and publishing it for […]

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How Windows Azure delivers the Olympics

NBC and Microsoft recently publicized they are streaming every event of the 2014 Winter Olympics to any iOS, Android, Windows device using Windows Azure Media Services.  What is Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS) and how does it work? WAMS is a cloud optimized edition of the Microsoft Media Platform (MMP) which handles a variety of […]

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New Microsoft CEO and the ripple effects

This morning Microsoft announced that Satya Nadella will be taking over as the new CEO.  Satya Nadella is the former head of the Cloud and Enterprise division at Microsoft.  The last few years Microsoft has been focused on providing a better cloud solution.  They have rapidly iterated on Windows Azure, SharePoint Online, Office 365, Xbox […]

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Windows Azure: PaaS changing the landscape of online gaming

Titanfall is a new blockbuster game for the Xbox One.  It is being published by Electronic Arts and is due to be released in March 2014.  Titanfall is a first person shooter that will have much of its AI hosting , physics calculations, online match making and multi-player dedicated servers hosted in Windows Azure.  This […]

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Coin — One card to rule them all?

What is Coin?  Coin is a brilliant new technology that allows users to consolidate all of their cards into a single Coin card.  A Coin card is not your traditional credit card.  It is an electronic device the size of a credit card with a programmable magnetic strip.  Any card with a magnetic strip whether […]

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Windows Azure: What is Platform as a Service?

What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?  How does it differ from Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas)? Let’s start with IaaS.  When “The Cloud” first became popular IaaS was the target.  The point of IaaS is to migrate a company data center into Windows Azure.  This involves converting whatever physical servers you have to Hyper-V […]

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Windows Azure: Web Roles vs. Websites

Windows Azure has many different devices for publishing and consuming content.  Two of those which are often confused are web roles and web sites.  The two are very similar and share some common strengths, but given specific conditions one may fit your need better than the other.  For example, web roles and web sites will […]

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Create cross platform apps in C# with Xamarin

Xamarin and Microsoft have teamed up to make all other development platforms irrelevant.  Xamarin is the creator of popular cross platform development tools that allow developers to create iOS, Android and Windows applications all in C#.  With the launch of Visual Studio 2013, Xamarin and Microsoft announced a partnership that will significantly improve the experience […]

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Xbox One as an App platform

With the newly released Xbox One, Microsoft has been very up front with their quest to take over your living room.  One of the main marketing pushes for the Xbox One is that it does more than play games.  It integrates with your cable box, it can multi-task  by snapping apps to the side (similar […]

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Windows Azure: The start-up friendly Microsoft

“Start-up” and “Microsoft” are usually not said in the same sentence.  Microsoft has historically been synonymous with expensive licensing costs which is precisely why most start-ups have gravitated towards Linux.  It is free, it is stable and it is powerful.   While Windows and Windows Server may never be free, Microsoft has narrowed the gap […]

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Visual Studio Online, the end of the developer workstation?

Last week Microsoft released Project Monaco which is essentially Visual Studio as a service.  An IDE in the cloud.  Visual Studio has long been regarded as one of the premier development environments for Windows based and Web development.  It integrates perfectly with the entire Microsoft stack and its debugging features are second to none.  It […]

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Presto! The new SQL engine for Big Data

Facebook has been one of the software pioneers when it comes to Big Data.  They have an continuously increasing amount of data that constantly needs to be indexed and queried in a fast, efficient manner.  Facebook originally developed Hive which is a distributed data warehouse that allows for querying and managing of large data sets.  They released […]

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Goodbye JavaScript, Hello TypeScript!!!!

There are many things developers hate about JavaScript.  You can see this with all of the different ways people are trying to “fix” JavaScript.  Here are a couple of the ways: CoffeeScript is a language which is syntactically similar to JavaScript and attempts to expose the “good parts” of JavaScript Google went ahead and wrote […]

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Setting up a Recommendation Engine (Mahout) on Windows Azure

A Brief Background In my previous posts I have walked through setting up Hadoop on Windows Azure using HDInsight.  Hadoop is an extremely powerful distributed computing platform with the ability to process terabytes of data.  Many of the situations when you hear the term “Big Data”, Hadoop is the enabler.  One of the complications with […]

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How to: Setting up an HDInsight Hadoop cluster in Windows Azure

Edit: Part 3 using Mahout here In my previous post I described the basics of HDInsight on Windows Azure and an example of what a Hadoop cluster can do for you. Without further delay, lets build a cluster!  If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account go here and sign up (it’s free!!) Setup […]

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