The World’s Greatest Azure Demo

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.03.2014 at 12:30

This definitely has to be the world’s greatest Azure demo, at least in my opinion.

Check it out at

Capture your whiteboard doodles on OneNote

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.03.2014 at 20:44

Office Lens is here.

From the product blog:

Office Lens is an app that’s like having a scanner in your pocket. You can use it to take pictures of things like business cards, restaurant menus, notes on whiteboards or blackboards — anything you want to keep on hand. But unlike loose sticky notes, business cards or sketches on lunch napkins, you won’t lose track of your ideas when you capture them with Office Lens. Even things like children’s artwork is fair game. Snap a picture of that one-of-a-kind card your child made and it’ll be at your fingertips whenever you’d like to see it.

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures readable. Weird angles are straightened, shadows are cleaned up and the images are automatically synced to OneNote, so you can get to them on all your devices.

When your picture includes printed text, such as a poster or business card, OneNote on a PC can recognize the text with optical character recognition (OCR) so you can search for words in the image — and you can edit the text, or copy and paste it into apps like email and documents.

Office Lens has three modes, or settings, that help make your captures look their best:

  • With Whiteboard mode, glare and shadows disappear.
  • With Document mode, text is clear and easy to read.
  • With Photo mode, you can take pictures of people and scenery.

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Two new compute-intensive instances on Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.02.2014 at 14:49

Two new compute-intensive virtual machine instances have been added on Windows Azure over the weekend.

Cloud Services A8 8 virtual cores,
56 GB memory
$ 2.45 per hour
Cloud Services A9 16 virtual cores,
112GB memory
$ 4.90 per hour

A8 and A9 belong to a new category of instances called compute-intensive instances that provide faster processors and more virtual cores for higher compute power, larger amounts of memory, and a 40 Gbit/s InfiniBand network that includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology for maximum efficiency of parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications.

Compute-intensive instances are optimal for running compute and network-intensive applications such as high-performance cluster applications, applications using modeling, simulation and analysis, and video encoding. Please consider using the new A8 and A9 instances for running your compute and network-intensive applications.

Windows Azure now validated for PCI-DSS Compliance

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.01.2014 at 09:58

Windows Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA).

The PCI DSS is the global standard that any organization of any size must adhere to in order to accept payment cards, and to store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. By providing PCI DSS validated infrastructure and platform services, Windows Azure delivers a compliant platform for you to run your own secure and compliant applications. You can now achieve PCI DSS certification for those applications using Windows Azure.

To assist customers in achieving PCI DSS certification, Microsoft is making the Windows Azure PCI Attestation of Compliance and Windows Azure Customer PCI Guide available for immediate download.

Visit the Trust Center for a full list of in scope features or for more information on Windows Azure security and compliance.

Read more on Scott Guthrie’s blog.

Barracuda Web Application Firewall, Cloud Edition: Now on Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.01.2014 at 18:30


Barracuda Networks offers a fully scalable security solution running in Windows Azure to protect services from different types of attacks. For any projects requiring extra security Barracuda Web Application Firewall can be used for Security-as-a-Service option.

The Barracuda Web Application Firewall, Cloud Edition is the first integrated, fully scalable security solution on Windows Azure. With predefined security templates and load balancing built in, companies of all sizes can enjoy total application security with no need to learn, configure, and manage complex technology. Download the Barracuda WAF on Azure whitepaper to learn more on why application firewalls makes sense in Azure.

  • Comprehensive protection against inbound attacks – including zero-day exploits and the OWASP Top 10
  • Advanced Outbound data loss prevention (DLP) to ensure confidential data stays that way
  • Automatic security updates and virtual patching through Energize Updates to stay ahead of new and evolving threats.

Windows Azure Deep Dive training: January 27-31

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.01.2014 at 13:28

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) are running a Windows Azure Deep Dive week this month Jan 27-Jan31.

Registration Link:

This will be a weeklong series of live, interactive sessions from the experts who built Azure that will show you how to start using Windows Azure in your solutions today. In addition to seeing lots of demos and real world examples, you’ll be able to get your questions answered in real time Q&A.

Scott Guthrie, Azure Guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will kick off the week on Monday January 27 by building a real world application from scratch, end to end, to show you the latest capabilities of Azure.

Then each day, we’ll have deep dive sessions led by Microsoft’s top cloud platform development experts, including Scott Hanselman, Scott Hunter, Marc Mercuri, Cheryl McGuire, and Miranda Luna

These sessions are:

  1. Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start: Overview Day, Monday January 27
  2. Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start: Architecture Day, Tuesday January 28
  3. Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start: Developer Day, Wednesday January 29
  4. Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start: Infrastructure Day, Thursday January 30
  5. Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure: Mobile Services Day, Friday January 31

Note: You need to register for each day/session. Registration link above.


Cloud OS Boot Camp | Doha | Dec 10-11

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.11.2013 at 21:16


You are invited.

imageMicrosoft’s hybrid cloud approach allows IT to get all the benefits of scale, speed, and agility while still protecting existing investments.

Please join us for our upcoming Cloud OS Boot camp; an expert-led, no-cost, Live Demos for IT professionals, centered on the issues and workloads you’re tackling in your environment today.

At Cloud OS IT Pro Camps you’ll gain deep technical insight into the new features and functionalities of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2. interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts will cover a variety of topics including Server, Storage, Network Virtualization, Datacenter Management and Automation, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Storage as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service as a Service with Azure, SQL 2014, O365. You can download free trials to experience the new features.

Save the date and secure your seat now.









The Surface launch | Dec 4 2013 | Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.11.2013 at 20:36



Meet the new Surface, the one device for your everyday use, at work
and at home. Surface tablets let you work the way you always have,
with the tools and applications you’re used to, allowing you
to do so much more.

Join us in Doha, Qatar for the exclusive commercial launch
of the Surface tablets in the MEA region. Find out about
the brand new features that make these devices
more than just another tablet.

The future of productivity changes today.

Surface Launch
in Qatar

December 4, 2013

09:15 – 14:00

Sheraton Doha Resort
& Convention Hotel,
Salwa Ballroom


Savision brings smart dashboards for System Center

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.11.2013 at 06:04

Savision are a great application development partner that have solutions for System Center by transforming complex IT data into meaningful, well organized, actionable dashboards. They are well-known in the global System Center community for their ‘Live Maps’ software add-on for System Center.


Microsoft & Cisco extend cloud partnership

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.11.2013 at 15:41

Microsoft and Cisco have announced their extended partnership at the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York on Wednesday.

This is a great example of how a prominent hardware manufacturer like Cisco can take advantage of Microsoft’s proven track record and experience in building and managing some of the largest clouds on the planet and bring the best solutions to our customers.

Through this expanded partnership, we will bring together Microsoft’s Cloud OS and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure to deliver new integrated solutions that help customers take the next step on their cloud computing journey. These new solutions are designed to improve business agility and reduce cost by driving infrastructure automation in support of core business processes and applications. This next-generation infrastructure will deliver increased application performance, resource pooling, visibility, automation and mobility through:

  • Converged ACI stacks that include fully integrated versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint
  • Optimized application and workload performance through dynamic network policies that automate and simplify deployment
  • Comprehensive management, infrastructure programmability and deep visibility and automation across Cisco UCS/ACI, System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual and non-virtual environments
  • Complete support for workload mobility using gateway solutions delivered by both companies – delivering on the promise of hybrid clouds

Please read the below post by Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise – Microsoft.

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