Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform beats its rivals Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine in Cloud speed tests. In an independent tests were conducted by application performance management vendor Compuware using CloudSleuth tool, Windows Azure did the assigned job in just 5.96 seconds ahead of all the others including Google, Amazon, Rackspace, etc. Also this is not a single test results, the company performed 515,000 tests overall for a year’s worth of data to find the above results. You can read more about the results at Ars Technica. ...

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    Microsoft is offering  Windows Azure platform 30 day pass, so that you can try Windows Azure and SQL Azure for free. However, it requires promocode. If you really want to try Windows Azure, Follow msftnws or pradeepviswav on twitter and ask for azure promocode, We will DM you. More details at http://windowsazurepass.com/ ...

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Fujitsu yesterday announced the availability of its Global cloud platform running on Windows Azure. Windows Azure will run on Fujitsu’s datacenter in Japan and will be launched in August 2011 for general customers. Currently they have been beta testing with about 20 companies. Microsoft first announced the private cloud/Azure appliance last year with partners Fujitsu, HP and Dell. There is no word on similar service from Dell and HP. Fujitsu even have sales targets of 400 enterprise companies, 5,000 SMEs and ISVs in a five-year period after the service launch. Good bet I guess. more details on Zdnet Mary Jo Foley’s blog. ...

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  Stephen Chapman of Zdnet has unearthed a internal Microsoft video showing the future of Windows Gaming Experiences. The video emphasized the following points, 1)Social: “ My Friends and I connect and share our experiences across social networks. Our gaming experiences are not limited to a single platform or property, but extend inclusively across internet. 2)Identity: My avatar is my online identity. It represents my style, attitude, and character. I can see and personalize my avatar on the web, my PC, or while playing a game. 3) Search: New Games and media are easy to discover and play. I can quickly search, find, and play the games and video media that are of interest to me. 4) Transaction: From a 99 cent virtual item to a $49.99 game, I can spend my money as I see fit, Buying things enhances my gaming and entertainment experience. The video ends with a ...

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CloudSleuth has been running some independent tests on the cloud services provided by 5 leading companies; Microsoft Windows Azure, Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, GoGrid and RackSpace. The tests were run using clients located on 150,000 end user computers  requesting two complex web pages from applications  CloudSleuth uploaded to each cloud service and was run during December 2010. The test found Microsoft Azure led the pack, offering users the fastest response times for a standard e-commerce application followed closely by Google App Engine, then GoGrid, Amazon EC2 and in last place RackSpace. Microsoft Windows Azure is one of the many initiatives that the company is launching to say relevant for the next 10 years of computing, with Microsoft spending more than a billion dollars to build server farms last year. Read more at Information Week here. ...

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Windows Azure, the cloud services platform from Microsoft is not just a single product. It consists of many such as SQL Azure, App Fabric,etc,.One of the main advantages of Windows Azure platform is that it supports various programming languages such as .NET, PHP, Ruby or Java and development tools such as Visual Studio or Eclipse. At PDC last year Microsoft announced broader support for Java adding to their current Windows Azure SDK for Java or the Tomcat Solution Accelerator. As part of their promise, Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Azure Starter Kit CTP which is an open source project released under the Apache 2.0 license and is available for download here. The kit allows Java developers to simply configure, package and deploy their web applications to Windows Azure. Here is an excerpt from their blog, What’s the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java? This Starter Kit was designed ...

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