Check out the London Windows Azure User Group

The London Windows Azure Users Group is a new user group founded by Andy Cross, Richard Conway and Hancock and Parsons. The group is dedicated to building a sustainable community of Azure users that want to share experiences and code! Amongst other things the group puts on meetings the first Tuesday evening of every month with one or two speakers on Windows Azure and related topics. Feel free to come and rub shoulders with other Azure users and put your questions and programming problems to seasoned programmers. Meetings, beer and pizza are provided. Register via the website @


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  • Starting January 23rd we will be offering six weeks of FREE assistance to help UK companies explore and adopt the Windows Azure Platform. Check out the details and how to sign up at

Microsoft Cloud Computing Survey for Software Product Authors (Dec 2011 to Jan 2012)

We are keen to get a feel for the current level of awareness and desire around Cloud Computing and specifically the Windows Azure Platform.

Hence I have created a short and hopefully very quick to complete survey:

  • Just 10 questions
  • All questions are optional
  • No need to type – just click away! (but some typing would be great)

Please complete even if you have ruled out Cloud Computing – it won’t take you long in that case 🙂

We will be posting the results in February as we have previously done and your feedback will help shape our activities in 2012.

Please complete the survey today if your company is UK based – thank you.


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  • Starting January 23rd we will be offering six weeks of FREE assistance to help UK companies explore and adopt the Windows Azure Platform. Check out the details and how to sign up at

Slides and Links from Windows Azure Discovery Workshop Dec 13th

On Tuesday David and I delivered a Windows Azure Discovery Workshop in Reading – with festive mince pies, duck, turket and bailey infused desert. A big thank you to everyone who attended and the great discussions we had – and Merry Xmas!




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Live from Microsoft Redmond: Learn Windows Azure Tues Dec 13th 5pm to 1am UK time

This online event promises to be a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich

Register today

and… if you are UK based, why not also sign up for Six Weeks of Windows Azure, starting January 23rd 2012 and all completely FREE.

We will cover the following topics at the Learn Windows Azure event on Tuesday:

5:00p.m. – Getting Started with Windows Azure

Learn how to get started building applications for Windows Azure with the Windows Azure SDK & Tools from Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie.

6:45p.m. – Cloud Data & Storage

Join Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Campbell and learn how to use SQL Azure and Windows Azure storage services in your cloud applications.

8:15p.m. – Channel9 Cloud Cover Show Live

Join Steve Marx and Wade Wegner for this special live edition to see some fresh Windows Azure demos and hear answers to common Windows Azure questions.

9:30p.m. – Developing Windows Azure Applications with Visual Studio

In this session, Jay Schmelzer will show you how to use Visual Studio to its full potential to develop, debug, and deploy cloud applications.

10:45p.m. – Building Scalable Cloud Applications

Do you want to build applications that are highly scalable, loosely coupled, and highly available? Then tune in for this session to learn about key Windows Azure services and patterns from David Aiken.

12:00a.m. – Expert Panel Q&A featuring Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich!

Submit your questions over Twitter with the #WindowsAzure hashtag and have them answered live during the event by senior Microsoft engineering leaders.

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Do you have an application running on the Windows Azure Platform? Then proudly display the logo!

We have hundreds of software products from UK Independent Software Vendors running on or with the Windows Azure Platform – which is awesome!

However what I rarely see is the Powered by Windows Azure logo.


Come on folks – be proud, get that logo on your website by following the simply steps I previously posted of how to get the logo via Microsoft Platform Ready .

And please do drop me an email if you would like a brief shoutout on this blog for your application.

P.S. If you haven’t yet adopted the Windows Azure Platform then check out Six Weeks of Windows Azure starting January 23rd.

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Windows Azure Discovery Workshop and mince pies–Tues 13th Dec

Just checked and we have filled only 7 of our 12 slots for our last Discovery Workshop of 2011 which takes place next Tuesday … which means more mince pies for me and David or…

If you fancy:

  • Spending a day at our Microsoft Campus in Reading looking at where the Windows Azure Platform could potentially be used within your software products
  • And would like the opportunity to ask plenty of questions
  • And get lots of answers

Then David and I would be happy to share the mince pies Smile

Details and how to register can be found here. The dates are:

  • December 13th (with mince pies Smile)
  • January 10th (with slimfast Smile)

We will then be heads down on – which hopefully you will all be signing up for!

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