Imagine Cup World Wide Finals in Poland 2010 – Innovation at its Best

July 22, 2010

The amount of innovation and creativity in this event is just amazing! I haven’t seen anything at this magnitude before. Two weeks ago, I was in the Opera House in Poland looking forward to see the finalists who were selected as the top projects in the Imagine Cup 2010. There were no less than 325,000 students (!) that submitted their projects from the entire world and only 400 came to Poland eventually. You can think of it as if each competitor that made it to Poland was chosen from almost 1000 other students. This is why everyone in the...
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Amazing Imagine Cup Israel 2010 Software Design Finals Competition

May 9, 2010

Imagine Cup Israel 2010 Software Design Finals On May 3rd, 2010, we held the Imagine Cup Israel Software Design Finals. The competition this year started with 30 teams from 9 different institutes from which 18 teams competed in the finals. 400 people attended the event including students, faculty and people from the industry, venture capitals, journalists and MS employees. This year, we raised the bar with a very successful event in every possible metric. The event was hosted in the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) and was produced with the college’s assistance and leadership as well. I would like to thank...

General Availability of the Windows Azure Platform in Israel from April 9th, 2010

April 11, 2010

Starting last friday, April 9th, 2010, the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric became generally available in Israel and additional 19 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem across 41 countries. On Feb 1st, 2010, we announced the general availability of the Windows Azure platform in 21 countries. In Israel, the currency for billing will be $ USD. With the Windows Azure platform, customers can take advantage of greater choice in developing cloud-based applications by using familiar tools and leveraging on-premises investments.  Since February...

Launch of Windows Azure at Israel’s Developers Academy 4 Keynotes Today – 2/2

In this post I’d like to remind the key takeaways from the Windows Azure keynotes today. The purpose of the talk was basically to present answers to 5 questions: Why, What, Where, When and How…. Why should developers care about the cloud? (1) To save costs by paying to the cloud provider for what they consume and not upfront (2) To reduce the complexity for the developers of taking care of computation and storage resources that you can get from the cloud in...
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Launch of Windows Azure at Israel’s Developers Academy 4 Keynotes Today – 1/2

Wow, what an event! 1700 Developers and thousands more live through the Internet participated in the annual developers event. During the keynotes today, I had the pleasure of launching the cloud platform for developers, the Windows Azure Platform. In this post, I’ll talk about the end of my session that included a demo that was running on Windows Azure and its purpose was to present a questionnaire to the developers in the audience who use Twitter. The service in the cloud asked the audience 3 questions about the session contents. When the questionnaire ended, all the twitter answers were collected into...

Silverlight 4 Training Course on Channel 9

February 10, 2010

  Take advantage of the new Silverlight 4 training course on Channel 9 Learning Center where you will learn about the latest features of the Silverlight 4 Beta, announced at the Professional Developers Conference 2009. I’m proud that this course was developed by our local Silverlight MVP, Alexander Golesh from Sela Group as part of Sela’s cooperation with Microsoft Corp. Some of the new and highly anticipated features include Printing, Webcam and Microphone support, custom right-click, rich text, HTML support and access to local files with trusted applications. The course contains a video...
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Managing Requirements and Tests with Visual Studio 2010

Visual Studio 2010 is going to be available in just two months from now, on April 12th, 2010. Some of the things that customers are continually asking from us in the ALM space is that VS 2010 provides is more support for requirements and tests management. These two parts had lower presence in previous versions of Visual Studio Team System but looking at VS 2010, we can definitely see great progress there with regards to new functionalities and scenarios. In the following link, you can find a slide deck shared by Siddharth Bhatia from the product team that provides an...

Revealing Microsoft’s Cloud Services in “The World Summit for Cloud Computing”

December 5, 2009

3 days ago, Maor David and I had the chance to co-present and speak on Microsoft’s recent announcements for the cloud. The “World Summit of Cloud Computing” as part of IGT took place in Shefaim convention center with 400 people attending. It was published as a global event and therefore it was all conducted in English. From the feedbacks we’ve got, people were very impressed from our roadmap and offerings for Public Cloud Windows Azure Platform, our Private Cloud with Dynamic Data Center Toolkit and services running on the cloud including Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS). I will share...