Announcing Azure App Service, a new, one-of-a kind cloud service that enables developers to build web and mobile apps for any platform and any device. App Service is an integrated solution that streamlines development while enabling easy integration with on-premises and SaaS systems while providing the ability to quickly automate business processes.
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Billed as “the tablet that can replace your laptop” the Surface Pro 3 is a 12″ tablet available in five configurations. The entry level is Intel 4th generation i3 powered with 64GB of disk space. The are two choices for the i5 model with 128GB and 256GB disk options and two choices for the i7 model with 256GB and 512GB disk options. The prices range from $799.00 to $1,949.00 USD.
Today only. Staples makes nice with those who had (or wanted) to wait.
With Microsoft you have huge numbers. With anything that large you are going to have outages. Microsoft is also going through an interesting change from releasing the only (for the most part) OS and suite of Office apps every few years to a highly competitive market with Google, Apple and Amazon; sites set squarely on Microsoft’s market share. I have already seen issues with the Windows Store and Windows 8, minor but annoying. What I am really seeing is Microsoft jumping ahead with open standards and Google and Facebook trying to be the next Microsoft with apps native to their interests (which means both used to praise open standards, but now have decided to develop propitiatory technologies). At Azure you have every modern technology under one roof to implement and scale ANYTHING. With the constant growth of Azure, Microsoft is developing new ways for managing growth. Many of its engineers and developers are taking on new roles, to avoid layoffs. Having an expired certificate block users. is not a failure, it is the same as forgetting your password, it happens. Every cloud provider will have growing pains, ironically the exact opposite of what they are providing to the end user.
From: Edward Reynolds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Jeff Reynolds <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 9:37 PM
Azure had a failure.
DadREDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers.
The sloppy housekeeping represents an embarrassing lapse for Microsoft Corp. as the software maker tries to bring in more revenue from the storage service, which is called Azure.
The expired certificate is needed to properly run online services such as Azure which use an “https” protocol to block unauthorized users from accessing information.
Microsoft’s failure to renew the security certificate apparently caused the Azure service to go down shortly before 4 p.m. EST Friday. The breakdown prevented Azure customers from accessing files kept in Microsoft’s data centers.
The service still hadn’t been fully restored more than four hours later, according to a post on Microsoft’s website.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers,” Microsoft said.
Azure’s failure illuminates the pitfalls of storing important information in remote data centers. Online storage, often called “cloud computing,” is growing in appeal because it allows workers to pull up data, wherever they are, to an Internet-connected device.
Cloud computing’s convenience can turn into a major aggravation when a problem crops up like the one that tripped up Microsoft Friday.
The line up at the Mission Viejo, CA Microsoft Store was already well underway at 9 am this morning and by 11 am the 128GB Surface Pro was almost sold out. As an incredible gesture, if you were waiting in line and could not get the 128GB model, this location was offering free 64GB SD cards with the purchase of the 64GB model. Speaking with several employees including store manager Michael and operations manager Sean, I learned that “bundles” are being offered with the Surface Pro today. The nicest of which includes choice of case, screen protector, limited edition touch cover, Office 365 Home Premium (or Office 2013 Home and Student) and the Complete warranty all for an addition $309. Hats off to everyone at the Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo for an excellent launch of the Surface Pro!
Also, as a barometer on how sales are going in other parts of the country, check out the line in Seattle.
In a few hours Microsoft will release it’s follow up to the Surface R/T. Currently called the Surface Pro, it is a full blown Windows 8 Pro 64 bit computer capable of running Windows desktop apps and has been reported to be faster than the MacBook Air with similar battery life. Most reviewers have had this version of the Surface for that past 10 days. In the coming months this version of the Surface will compete with clones from Samsung, Acer, Lenovo and others.
It also adheres to Microsoft’s new motto: OPEN – FLEXIBLE – COMPETITIVE
This is what you need to know to get your apps in the Windows Store. Before the Store accepts your Windows Store app, you must package it and get it certified according to certain rules. The big advantage to having a store account is that your license will last 90 days instead of 30 days. So to begin without spending a dime (assuming you have a Windows 8 system), go to this link, get the tools, get your license and start developing!