We announced last September our work towards providing a better experience for our Notification Hubs users and our Service Bus Messaging users by introducing separate namespace types. “Notification Hub” typed namespaces support customers looking to send push notifications through our Notification Hubs service, “Messaging” typed ones focus on enabling Queue, Topic, Relay, and Event Hub… Read More


I often hear many questions about the APM products that Microsoft ships. Including, What happened to SCOM APM? There were some killer features in the Visual Studio Online version of Application Insights – why are they not available in Application Insights in Azure? What are the differences between all those products that seem to address… Read More


Have you heard about Microsoft’s newest NoSQL database service, DocumentDB? DocumentDB is a document oriented database service that supports a familiar SQL syntax for queries over schema-free JSON data. Want to give it a try? Visit the Query Playground to try out DocumentDB’s rich querying capabilities for yourself. Complete each activity and learn about DocumentDB’s query… Read More


It’s time for the first official update for Azure Media Player! Since the release of Azure Media Player last month, there has been quite a bit of great feedback and this update addresses some of that. To check out the new updates, view the change log and check out my previous blog to learn how… Read More


We just released the very first preview of Application Insights for the ASP.NET v5 (a.k.a ASP.NET vNext) web applications. You can find the NuGet on nuget.org and will allow you to monitor server requests and exceptions for your application as well as collect end user information and browser page performance. Please follow this getting started guide… Read More


With the growing popularity of storing and managing data using Azure SQL Database, demand for full-text search capabilities in a wide variety of applications is rapidly increasing. This article announces Full-Text Search is now publicly available for preview in Azure SQL Database V12, it gives a high level overview of the feature set available and… Read More


I am very excited with all the announcements being made at Microsoft BUILD conference today! As you might have read in Soma’s blog and Brian Harry’s blog, we are announcing Public Preview of Visual Studio Application Insights, which is an analytics solution for any app that brings together Application Performance Management and Usage Analytics. Application Insights provides… Read More


Businesses run software and software runs businesses. Code can make or break your bank or bookstore. And if it goes down or performs badly, you stand to lose not just during the outage but for ever after, as customers move elsewhere. If users are having problems with your web site, you need to know immediately,… Read More


The first order of business for a startup is recognizing that there is a problem to be solved.  From that point onward, early stage companies need to translate that vision and help others understand how the problem will be solved.  In celebration of Earth Day, we thought it would be interesting to look at how… Read More