Category: Web

50 Percent of Fortune 500 Using Windows Azure

Windows Azure Logo

Some days ago I wrote a blog post about the definition of Cloud Computing and of course I mentioned Windows Azure several times. Two days ago Microsoft’s General Manager for Windows Azure, Steven Martin, wrote a blog post which says that now 50 percent of the Fortune 500 companies using Windows Azure. If you think about the volume and size of this company this is a huge achievement.

He also mentioned that Gartner predicted that the public cloud service market will grow 18.5% in 2013 but Microsoft’s Windows Azure seems to grown significantly faster.

He also mentioned why Windows Azure out performances Gartners prediction.

Why is Azure growing so fast? Simply put, we’re delivering what customers are asking for—choice and end-to-end support. We understand the diversity of cloud adoption and the requirements customers have for Hybrid application patterns and deployment scenarios. We also know that customers expect support for the entire stack, not just the infrastructure or the application.

So with the IaaS announcement and the other services Microsoft is adding to Windows Azure, like Online Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager, the value for a lot of companies will be much higher in the future, and it’s also important to see that Microsoft is the only cloud provider which provides a real end to end solution for customers, partner and hosting providers.

Just think about a world where your services (not just VMs) can be moved between different private clouds, to your favorite hosting provider or scalable around the world with Windows Azure and of course back to your datacenter. Which not also allows you to choose different services but also grow and scale with the speed you need. This is not something which will be available in the future, this is available right now with Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows Server, System Center and Windows Azure.

Checkout Steven Martins blog post: 50 Percent of Fortune 500 Using Windows Azure

Awesome new Windows Phone 8 phones coming

Windows Phone 8 Logo

In the past day Samsung and Nokia showed there new Windows Phone 8 phones and HTC will show the new lineup in the next days. I really excited and can’t wait to get one of the new Windows Phone 8 phones.

Samsung brings a new stylish Windows Phone 8 called Samsung Ativ S.

samsung ativ S Windows Phone

  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen
  • just 8.7mm thin
  • 2300mAh battery
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • NFC

Nokia announced two new Windows Phone 8 phones called Nokia Lumia 820 and the new flagship device the Nokia Lumia 920. Both bring some cool new features like wireless charring and NFC. The Lumia 920 has also Nokias PureView camera technology included which looks pretty amazing.


  • 4.3 inch screen
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens
  • 8GB + 32 GB microSD


  • 4.5 inch Pure Motion HD+ IPS LCD
  • 8.7 Megapixel PureView camera
  • Wireless charring
  • NFC

And there are also some great accessories which I missed for the most phones (expect the iPhone). For example the JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker is on of the great accessories which makes use of NFC and Bluetooth.

JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker

Microsoft on{X} – automate your life

on{X} lets you control and extend the capabilities of your Android phone using a JavaScript API to remotely program it. I really can’t wait for a Windows Phone version.

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Office 365

Office 365 – Verify domain hosted at Genotec

This blog post shows you how you can verify your domain for Office 365. You can add your own domain to your Office 365 account. If your domain is hosted at Genotec, you can simply create the DNS records for your domain with the DNS editor Genotec provides in the Hosting Control Center.

Under Domain names, you can create a new TXT entry to verify your domain. For example:

Office 365 Verify Domain Name Genotec

After you have verified your Domain you have to add some other DNS Records for Exchange and Lync Online to work.

Here the DNS records for Exchange Online:

Office 365 Genotec Exchange Online Records

Office 365 Genotec Exchange Online Records

Office 365 Genotec Exchange Online Records


And here the DNS Records for Lync Online:

Office 365 Genotec Lync Online Records

Office 365 Genotec Lync Online Records

Remember to add the dot at the end of hostnames.

I hope this gives you an overview of how you can verify your domain for Office 365.

Microsoft WebMatrix and Microsoft WebPlatform Installer

Microsoft WebMatrixFor a project at KTSI we needed a platform to quick deploy PHP and MySQL applications. There are a lot of solutions out there in the web, for example XAMPP. After testing some options I had a closer look at the Microsoft WebPlatform Installer and Microsoft WebMatrix. Those two tools do exactly what I need. With the WebPlatform Installer you can easily install a local instance of IIS Express with ASP.NET, PHP, MSSQL and MySQL support with in 5-10 minutes.

But the coolest tool in my opinion is WebMatrix. Webmatrix lets developers create, manage and deploy Web Applications very very easy. And if you need to to more Webmatrix lets you also work with Visual Studio on the same project.