Two Online Events Next Week: Azure and Motion

Learn Windows Azure with Scott Guthrie and Friends

I was talking with a few people from Microsoft yesterday and they mentioned an event happening today and one happening on Monday. It is a bit late to catch today’s event, but I thought I’d go ahead and mention Monday’s to you.

Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich, and Quentin Clark are going to be presenting at Microsoft’s TechEd conference in Orlando. This will be a streamed online live event, so you don’t have to be in Orlando, but rather can view it online. 

They are presenting what is dubbed, “Learn Windows Azure.”

You can register NOW for this Windows Azure event at:

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They’ll be talking about the latest Windows Azure features and services that you can use. This includes:

  • Windows Azure Web Sites
    Node.js, .NET, and PHP have been supported (we’ve articles on these). Now you’ll be able to use and deploy applications using WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke (DNN), Umbraco, and Drupal.
  • New tools, language support, and SDK
    The Windows Azure SDK June 2012 will includes updated support for Java, PHP, and .NET. Python will also now be supported.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines
    Move virtual machines (VHD files) back and forth between your local systems and the Cloud.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Network
  • Availability in New Countries
    48 new countries added.

BoF on Voice, Touch, and Motion

The second event I wanted to mention is also being streamed live from TechEd. Even if you aren’t there, you’ll again be able to participate live! This is a Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session, which means it is not a presentation, but rather an interactive discussion. I’ll be helping to facilitate this discussion, so it would be great if you could check it out online and tweet your comments and perspectives. If you are attending TechEd, then please mark this session on your agenda for Monday at 1:15pm Eastern. The session description is:

See Me, Hear Me, Touch Me: How About Using Touch, Voice and Motion in Apps?

We’ve had the ability to use voice input for years; Windows 7 brought us touch and Kinect for Windows brings us motion. Why are so few apps using these input methods? Have you started to use one of these input methods-only to go back to the keyboard and mouse? Let's face it; these input methods are becoming more pervasive (and even invasive). Do you have a perspective on developer and user adoption? Come share your ideas and hear what others are doing to implement voice, touch, and motion to add value to the user interface. Join us for this open discussion and invite your friends to participate via Twitter using #bofdev.

Once I find the link for the live steaming for the BoF sessions, I’ll try to get it posted. In the mean time, you can find more information on the TechEd site or the INETA site.



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