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Using PowerShell with Microsoft Online Services

Date: January 28, 2010
Event Start Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (UTC – 8 hours)
Duration: 1 hour


Join Jenna Lyday on Thursday, 1/28/2010 for the third webinar in our migration series. In this webinar, Jenna will demonstrate how to use PowerShell commands to:

  • Provision and Activate users
  • Perform a simple migration from Hosted Exchange to Exchange Online
  • Grant a user Full Mailbox Access permissions on another user’s mailbox

[register at this address]

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Windows Mobile 7 to be unveiled in February 2010?


Yesterday Long Zheng posted a news item on the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Feb 2010).

Apparently he is invited by Microsoft Australia to visit this conference:

During Microsoft’s PDC09 developer event in November last year, it was revealed (to the disappointment of many) that Windows Mobile 7 would only be discussed half-a-year-later at Microsoft MIX10 in March.

However as of today it’s pretty much certain we’ll get to see this make-or-break mobile OS first, a month-ahead of MIX10, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February 15-18.


It is clear to everybody that Microsoft is losing ground very rapidly in the mobile space to Apple, Nokia and GoogleWindows Mobile 6.5 is nowhere near the appeal that the competition is bringing to the table – something must be done. One could argue that Microsoft is too late to make up for the lost market share – but it would not be the first time that the company is able to show they have the capability to create/conquer a market that seems to be lost to them.

see the full story here….

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Microsoft Launches Azure on PDC Conference


Azure goes live on January 2010.

LOS ANGELES — Nov. 17, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows Azure platform at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC). In his opening keynote address, Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, described Windows Azure and SQL Azure as core elements of the company’s cloud services strategy. The company also announced a set of new Windows Azure features, Windows Server capabilities, and marketplace offerings that will make it easier for developers to build profitable businesses from their Microsoft-based solutions. [more…]

Azure Launch Calendar 

(Picture taken from Long Zeng Flickr Photos)

Azure VM Pricing

(Picture taken from Long Zeng Flickr Photos)


At last Azure is now announced to be live (no pun intended) in January 2010. There are a couple of things noteworthy:

  • This is targeting the Enterprise market, where Microsoft already has a strong position. This is contrary to other Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers who started from the consumer and small businesses market.
  • Microsoft owns the platform. The technical environment is build on top technology that has been developed and engineered by Microsoft themselves; including the hypervisor and the management software. I am told they even designed some of the server hardware, but that was probably just a rumor.
  • By adding the .NET platform Microsoft taps into a large community of existing .NET developers and existing applications that almost immediately can become ‘cloudy’.
  • Microsoft is tapping into their large existing partner network of SI’s and ISV’s to sell Azure. They will give incentives to this networks thus unleashing a large sales-force (again no pun intended) onto the corporate world.

Azure is providing the internet with some very powerful stuff, but enterprise class processing and database scalability, security and data compliancy will remain risky areas that any customer or partner needs to be aware of.

BTW before you start up your calculator: running a ‘X Large’ – server 24/7 for a year will cost you $ 8,409.60. January seems to be free of charge.