Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

If you’re creating an app — lets say, one that will be the secret sauce, competitive edges of your business over the next few years — you’ve got a choice to make.

What do you do? Build everything from the ground up, taking months and untold hours of development to deliver? Or, take it to the cloud, and trim that timeline down to months – or even weeks?

Obviously, not everything is so clear cut in the world of IT. But for the businesses in the following Microsoft Azure case studies, they’ve earned themselves the label of innovator, relying on the flexible, open and robust platform tools offered by Azure to build apps – and deliver something beautiful for their clients.

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Microsoft TechEd 2013: 3 important things you need to know

TechEd 2013

TechEd 2013– Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals – was held earlier this month. For those who were not able to attend this year, presentations from the conference are available online at the TechEd page.

Our Microsoft team attended the event and wanted to share key announcements with you we feel are relevant. [Read more…]

Modern Tools For Modern Application Development








Let’s face it. It’s never been more challenging to deliver modern software that end-users want to use, wherever and whenever they want. The consumerization of IT means end-users have bigger ideas and higher expectations than ever. They’re showing up to work with their own tablets, mobile devices and laptops, and they are demanding to interact with business applications on every platform.

Through investments in development infrastructure such as Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), organizations will meet the challenge of delivering modern apps.

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Episode 2 Dev Tools Q&A: Why upgrade to TFS 2010?

This is the second in a video series where I had the chance to interview Adam Gallant at Microsoft. In this instalment, Adam talks to me about what he thinks are the main reasons behind upgrading to TFS 2010.


Episode 1 Dev Tools Q&A: Team Foundation Server 2010

I’ve  just arrived back to Softchoice Head Office after a quick information-gathering trip to the Microsoft Canada headquarters in Mississauga, ON. I’ve brought a bundle of answers back with me, which I’ll be unleashing over the next week in a new video series.

This Spring, Microsoft rolled out Team Foundation Server as a benefit to MSDN subscriptions – full server and CAL (everything you need to run Team Foundation Server). Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time with customers letting them know about this awesome tool they now have for FREE, and all of the reasons why they should use it (now)!

There are a few questions that pop up in almost every Team Foundation Server conversation. I took a list of them to my friend Adam Gallant at Microsoft (who happens to be Canada’s leading TFS guru) and collected his expert answers.

Here’s the first video – we cover the specific size your team should be to use TFS and we also go over the challenges of deploying. Enjoy and stay tuned for more videos over the next week.


Still to come:

  • Biggest Roadblock to getting set up with TFS?
  • Why would you move to 2010 from 2008?
  • What’s the coolest TFS functionality that few people know about?

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get right back to you. If you have a recommendation for another dev tools video, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for watching!

Microsoft licensing is actually getting easier. (At least for developers)

MS licensing can be confusingAs anyone in our industry can attest to, Microsoft licensing is very confusing.  Over the last few years working with product licensing I’ve heard from many customers about the difficulty of properly licensing their Microsoft environment.  The common theme I’ve heard is each passing year Microsoft manages to somehow make licensing more difficult and confusing.

But… there’s good news on the way. Visual Studio 2010 licensing is changing for the better (I promise).  Visual Studio 2008 was one of the harder licensing schemes to understand. [Read more…]