My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

March 2011 Microsoft Tech Student of the Month – Kenneth Harding

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/techstudent/archive/2011/03/18/march-microsoft-tech-student-of-the-month-kenneth-harding.aspx

imageLast week Amazon released its app store for the Android phone. By all accounts I have seen they have done a fantastic job. They have done a great job on both the website as well as the app that runs on android. Some have even stated they are going to only use the Amazon store and not the Google store.

I don’t have an Android phone but I have gone to the Amazon App Store webpage and checked it out. It is by far the best Web Based app store I have seen to date. They do a free app of the day – which is an awesome idea.

Another feature they have that I haven’t seen before is “Test Drive Now”. Clicking on this button from your web browser launches an Android simulator that lets you interact with the game in real-time, just as if it were on your phone. There are only about 20 apps that have this feature but what an awesome feature. You can use the app, not just look at screenshots, before you download to try it.

The “App Store” idea in general is a fantastic idea for both customers, developers, and whoever runs the store. For the customer it is security and convenience. For the developer it is advertising and distribution. Lastly for the store owner it is revenue. No I haven’t forgotten about the benefits for the OS manufactures but that is a whole other post…

Amazon raised the bar for all App Store providers. It will be interesting to see where these stores are next year. I expect to see great improvements from all who want to  remain in the game. Check it out for yourself at: www.amazon.com

p.s. I should point out that I believe the Windows Phone OS is better than the Android OS. But in the world of online app stores I see Amazon’s store as is a big deal from several points. Here are a few of the ideas I had:

  • Great store experience – moves the bar (the one I chose)
  • Cuts into Google’s App store business
  • Amazon’s other advantage is they provide a trusted World wide purchasing ecosystem
  • Android currently ships a ton of phones and has momentum – can they continue this? Why is there momentum here?

logo-system-centerThis week at the Microsoft Management Summit (week of 3/20/2011) we announced the availability of the System Center 2012 Betas.

Both System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and System Center configuration Manager (SCCM) Betas are available.

You can get the Beta Code here and give it a try:
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/try-it.aspx

logo-system-centerThis week at the Microsoft Management Summit (week of 3/20/2011) we announced the availability of the System Center 2012 Betas.

Both System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and System Center configuration Manager (SCCM) Betas are available.

You can get the Beta Code here and give it a try:
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/try-it.aspx

I did a Windows 7 presentation via the web today. You can find the PowerPoint at the link below. It is an “ok” deck but is missing the fine demo that goes with it. Smile 

http://cid-c701040168c26972.skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?resid=C701040168C26972!150

Here is a very cool story about something Microsoft Research is working on. With a standard camera you can take several pictures of an object from different angles around the object and the software will create a 3D object so that you can view it from any angle and move around it in a fluid motion.

Here is the link to the story: (Make sure to watch the video!)
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37021/?a=f

Here is a very cool story about something Microsoft Research is working on. With a standard camera you can take several pictures of an object from different angles around the object and the software will create a 3D object so that you can view it from any angle and move around it in a fluid motion.

Here is the link to the story: (Make sure to watch the video!)
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/37021/?a=f

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Here are the links and slide decks from my current TechNet cloud tour. – Brian

I have the PowerPoint Presentations up on SkyDrive here:
http://cid-c701040168c26972.skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?resid=C701040168C26972!1475

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Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros

“Cloud Power” Home Page – http://www.microsoft.com/cloud
Online Services – http://www.microsoft.com/online/
The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing (Word Doc)
http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SNS/cloud-computing/cloud-def-v15.doc
Windows Live SkyDrive – http://skydrive.live.com
Forrester Research “Why Not Run in the Cloud?”
http://www.forrester.com/rb/Research/q%26a_by_2011%2C_cios_must_answer_question%2C/q/id/55193/t/2
Gartner “Key Predictions for IT Organizations”
http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1278413
Steve Ballmer on the Cloud – “We’re All In”
http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/9c8601a5-a82a-4452-965d-e4a04f38efb6
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (The Datacenter People)
http://www.globalfoundationservices.com/

Your Public Cloud: What, Why, and How

Office 365 – http://office365.microsoft.com
Public Cloud Site – http://www.microsoft.com/publiccloud
Windows Azure Product Home – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure
SQL Azure Product Home – http://www.microsoft.com/sqlazure
SQL Azure Migration Wizard – http://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com
Case Studies – http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies
Windows Azure Portal – http://windows.azure.com
Cost Analysis – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff803375.aspx
TCO and ROI Calculator – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/economics
Windows Azure Team Blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure
Getting Started – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/getstarted
Platform Training Kit – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=130354

Windows Azure Pass (free 30 days / no credit card)
http://windowsazurepass.com / Promotion Code TNAZURE

Azure User Groups – http://www.azureusergroup.com
Windows Azure on Facebook – www.facebook.com/windowsazure

Your Private Cloud: What, Why, and How

The Private Cloud Home Page – http://www.microsoft.com/privatecloud
Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides – http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud-get-started.aspx
Virtualization – http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization
Hyper-V – http://www.microsoft.com/hyperv
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – http://www.microsoft.com/scvmm
SCVMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) 2.0 – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=205827
SCVMM Team Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

I came across this today while reading the web. I have always wondered why Open Source seemed to get a free pass to intellectual property. I always assumed that it was because it was a mix of freedom of speech and a lack of charging money for the product. i.e. there is no one to sue for using your idea.

I guess if you build your products using Linux then you are using someone else’s idea and selling it for money. Which opens you up to patent lawsuits.

The article I stumbled across is “Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, Inventec over Android e-readers”.

Here is the full article at ZDnet.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/microsoft-sues-barnes-noble-foxconn-inventec-over-android-e-readers/46314?tag=nl.e589

Let me know what you think in the comments section…

imageHave you downloaded IE 9 yet? I hope so cause it is awesome but there is another browser that just released. Firefox 4.0 is available! It’s not showing up on the main Firefox webpage yet because they plan to update the webpage tomorrow. However, you can access it via the links below:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-4.0&os=win&lang=en-US

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/4.0/win32/en-US/

Here are a few new things to try:

  • Pin a tab as an ‘app tab’
  • Create tab groups and move tabs into different groups. Ctrl+Shift+E to bring up the group interface.
  • HTML5 (youtube.com/html5)
  • about:home