Vincent-Philippe Lauzon’s

Azure, Apps & Data

  • 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...
  • Over 10 000 customers on Windows Azure

    Mary-Jo Foley published another interesting article about Windows Azure adoption.

    Microsoft has passed the bar of the 10 000 customers using Windows Azure.  The article details the typical workloads observed and does the usual education about Cloud Computing.

    The good news coming with the fact that the demand really exists...