Regardless of which type of cloud your business chooses to utilise, there are some common properties and benefits. In this video, Microsoft executives explain the differences and advantages in each type of cloud.
Microsoft announced back in December 2014 that extended support for SQL Server 2005 will end in April 2016 – that’s just 7 months from now.
Staying ahead of the support date will help achieve regulatory compliance and mitigate potential future security risks. That means SQL Server 2005 users, especially those running databases on Windows Server 2003, should make upgrading the data platform an IT priority.
Learn more about why you should upgrade to SQL Server 2014 in this video.
Microsoft has announced ASP.NET WebHooks preview as a new addition to the ASP.NET family.
WebHooks is a lightweight HTTP pattern providing a simple pub/sub model for wiring together Web APIs and SaaS services. When an event happens in a service, a notification is sent in the form of an HTTP POST request to registered subscribers. The POST request contains information about the event which makes it possible for the receiver to act accordingly.
Read the article in full on the .NET Web Development and Tools Blog.
Microsoft has announced the General Availability of its Live Encoding service as part of several of updates announced for the Azure Media Services suite.
Live Encoding allows broadcasters to send a single video stream to Azure Media Services, where it is encoded into an adaptive bitrate stream, which then allows it to be delivered to different types of devices in MPEG-DASH, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS, or Adobe HDS formats. Ultimately, this means that video producers can send high-quality broadcast streams to the cloud, which then lets users stream in lower quality on slower bandwidths. The tool has already been proven in its use by US broadcaster NBC at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, where Azure provided end-to-end live streaming entirely in the cloud for the first time in history to great success.
To learn more about Live Encoding read the announcement in full on the Azure Blog here.
On the .NET Blog Microsoft announced that MSBuild is now open source, and it is going cross-platform: “The .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) has been open source for a while now, Microsoft is taking .NET open source and cross-platform, and the ASP.NET 5 Runtime is open source and cross-platform as well.”
It added, “Immediately after open-sourcing, we started work on a version of MSBuild that runs on Linux and Mac using the Mono software platform. This let us find and fix many Windows-specific parts of our code. Moving forward we’ve decided to switch gears and bet on .NET Core as our runtime, the open source, cross-platform version of .NET.”
Read the blog in full here.