First video of Windows 8

 Jun 2nd, 2011 

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Today is a big day. Except the fact that we have a day off in Denmark because of some national holiday, Microsoft revealed the first video of the next generation of Windows.

The video includes (quote from the press release):

  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
  • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

I don’t think any more details are necessary. Just enjoy the video:

The read the press release.

What is Windows Azure?

 Jul 15th, 2009 

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Just found a nice video describing what Windows Azure is.

I already explained what Azure is a previous post, Windows Azure Application Architecture, but I find this video funny and interesting.

PS: Sorry but this post is not XHTML valid :( I haven’t managed to embed the object in a proper way. Does anyone have a suggestion of how to correct this?

Learn About Azure Services Platform

 Feb 12th, 2009 

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Microsoft provides two ways of learning about Azure Services:

1. Azure Services Traning Kit

The Azure Services Training Kit which includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Azure Services Platform. The February release includes the following updates:

  • 19 demo scripts that walkthrough several of the services
  • 10 presentations covering the entire Azure Services Platform
  • 3 additional hands-on labs for Live Services’

The technical content covers services including: Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.

It can be downloaded from here.

2. “How Do I?” videos for Azure Services Platform

For Windows Azure:

How Do I: Get Started Developing on Windows Azure?If you’re a developer and you’re new to Windows Azure, start here! You’ll see what you need to download and install, and how to create a simple “Hello World” Windows Azure application.
How Do I: Deploy a Windows Azure Application?In this brief screencast you’ll see what it takes to move your application into the cloud – you’ll see how to request and register a token, how to upload your Windows Azure application and how to move it between staging and production in the cloud.
How Do I: Store Blobs in Windows Azure Storage?In this brief screencast, learn how to leverage Windows Azure storage to store data as blobs. You’ll learn about blob storage, containers and the API that makes it easy to manage everything from managed code.
How Do I: Leverage Queues in Windows Azure?In this screencast, learn how to use queues to facilitate communication between Web and Worker roles in Windows Azure.
Debugging Tips for Windows Azure ApplicationsThe Windows Azure SDK provides a development fabric that provides a “cloud on your desktop.” In this screencast, learn how to debug your Windows Azure applications in this environment.

For .NET Services:

How Do I: Get Started with .NET Services?.NET Services are a set of highly scalable building blocks for programming in the cloud. In this brief screencast, you’ll learn about the registration process, the SDK and the built-in samples – everything you need to know in order to get started.
How Do I: Harness the Microsoft .NET Service Bus?The .NET Service Bus makes it easy to access your Web services no matter where they are. In this brief screencast, you’ll see how to take a basic Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service and expose it to the Internet with the .NET Service Bus.

For Live Services:

How Do I: Get Started with the Live Framework?If you are looking to get started developing with the Live Framework, this is the place to start! In this screencast you’ll learn how to get a Live Services token and what you need to download in order to start writing Live Framework applications.
How Do I: Use the Microsoft Live Framework Resource Browser?The Live Framework Resource Model is a simple, straightforward information model based on entities, collections and relationships. In this brief screencast you’ll learn how to navigate the relationships between entities by using the Live Framework Resource Browser, which is a tool that ships with the Live Framework SDK.

Microsoft “How Do I?”

 Apr 15th, 2008 

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Surfing on Microsoft’s website a few days ago, I’ve found a link called “Got 15 minutes? Learn a new task” (yeah, I have 15 minutes :-) ). Followed the link and discovered “How Do I?”.

“How Do I?” is a section of MSDN on which video tutorials are posted. These tutorials are for programmers and show how to do various things using Microsoft tools and technologies (Visual Studio, .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Windows Mobile, etc). The clips vary from 5 to 40 minutes.

Every clip deals with one topic and most of them consist of one movie.

There are 12 categories:

  • ASP.NET Ajax
  • Devices
  • Native Coding
  • Security
  • Silverlight
  • Visual Basic
  • Visual Studio Extensibility
  • Visual Studio Team System
  • Visual Studio Tools for Applications
  • Windows Forms
  • Windows Presentation Foundation

From all the clips I recommend (the other are not bad but these I liked most):

Devices: Programmatically Monitor for a Specific Time of Day Without Draining a Device Battery
Devices: Hide Standard Device UI Elements in a .NET Compact Framework Application
Security: Attach Client Credentials to a Web Service Call For Security
Security: Add Security to Applications by Digitally Signing XAML Documents
Security: Increase Web Site Security by Integrating Cardspace and ASP.NET for Login

Oh, and one more thing. All tutorials can be downloaded and most of them include source code ;-)

If you want to visit “How Do I?” follow this link.