Vincent-Philippe Lauzon’s

Azure, Apps & Data

  • Back to work!

    I am back to work after two weeks of parental leave.

    Yes, I am blessed to be the father of a very healthy and beautiful daughter.  This is our first kid, so we’re going through the familiar hoops of parenthood, such as sleep depravation.

    I am very happy though.  Seeing a human being evolving on a daily basis is quite...

  • Project Natal has a name: Kinect

    Microsoft is starting to release commercial material about its famous Project Code Name Natal.  The brand name is Kinect.

    I do not know how close they actually came from their original vision, given the time constraints (basically, it had to be shipped for XMas 2010).  Spoken commands seems to be there, I don’t know about hi-res camera...

  • Office Web Apps Released!

    Available at

    Basically, you need to use your sky drive as store.

    I haven’t tried the integration with Office 2010, where you’re supposed to be able to share documents with other people and see them editing.  I only have Office 2007 at work.  With Office 2007, the file is locked altogether when you open it on your PC.

  • Release of Windows Azure SDK 1.2

    Microsoft just release its Windows Azure SDK 1.2.  This is a key release, including among other features:

    • Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM.
    • .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework.
    • Cloud storage explorer: Displays a read-only view of Windows Azure tables and blob...