Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.
To build these applications and services, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, and XML. Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. What is the Azure Services Platform?
Today, Microsoft Live Labs is announcing the Volta technology preview, a developer toolset for building multi-tier web applications using existing and familiar tools, techniques and patterns. Volta’s declarative tier-splitting enables developers to postpone architectural decisions about distribution until the last possible responsible moment. Also, thanks to a shared programming model across multiple-tiers, Volta enables new end-to-end profiling and testing for higher levels of application performance, robustness, and reliability. Using the declarative tier-splitting, developers can refine architectural decisions based on this profiling data. This saves time and costs associated with manual refactoring. In effect, Volta extends the .NET platform to further enable the development of software+services applications, using existing and familiar tools and techniques.
The following message can also be found at WLMD team blog site:
Well, there's been a lot going on since last posting - so I wanted to take a
moment to make sure we keep you all up to date on the latest happenings.
New Build Available for download!
Of course the most exciting thing to mention is that we have a new build
available for your downloading pleasure!
In this new build you'll see some major improvements! Right off the bat,
the most noticeable change will likely be the updates we've made to our User
In addition to UI changes, here are just a few of the MANY improvements that
-Lots of work on performance
-AutoDetect for adding email accounts
-Contacts and RSS management improvements
-New search folders for RSS and Newsgroups
Please grab it and give it a whirl! We're very anxious to hear what you
have to say!
And speaking of which.
Revamped Feedback Plan
Not too long ago, we blogged about ways to send feedback to the WLMd team.
Since then we've spent some time coming up with more comprehensive ways to
hear what you all have to say.
We have created a new NG (Microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop) just
for WLMd that you can view both through newsreaders and through the web.
This is a great place to go and discuss your issues/suggestions with others,
and to filter through the posts to see if maybe someone else has hit the
In the latest build of WLMd, you'll see a couple new options for sending
feedback on WLMd through the Help option in the Toolbar.
Send Feedback (web) - Navigates to http://feedback.live.com/. Just search
through the list, find Windows Live Mail desktop, click on it - and send us
Send Feedback (email) - Launches a compose page with our team's internal
Well, it's been a good run - but I'm going to have to close down the
Comments feature for this Blog. You have all been sending so much feedback
through this site and it's been really hard to keep up! The feedback loops
that I've discussed above are much better ways for us to get the information
that you're sending and be able to filter it appropriately.
That's about it for now! Hope you all take the time to install the latest
build - and send us your thoughts!
This is an old news, I just found it out when browsing around. In 15th, June 2006, the Live Favorites Team, are happy to announce that as of today Live Favorites is officially released as a V1 product... Beta No more!
A little while ago we put into production our final V1 service and web site.
Check it out: Windows Live Favoties Blog
Microsoft said late Tuesday that its Custom Domains service had officially launched, making it the third Windows Live project to come out of beta. The service allows a customer to use a custom domain name with Windows Live Mail and Hotmail.
Windows Live Custom Domains is a free service, just like other Live offerings from the company. Additionally, with the final debut, Microsoft has launched a new feature called "open membership."
More Windows Live services are expected to come out of beta through the rest of the summer. Microsoft has said over 20 new services are currently planned for the Live platform( Windows Live Ideas).
Windows Live Custom Domains
Do you own an Internet domain name? Custom Domains provides free hosted e-mail for your domain.
- E-mail accounts for everyone. Create an unlimited number of accounts in your domain.
- New e-mail features. Everyone at your domain will get an MSN Hotmail account. These accounts can upgrade for free to the new Windows Live Mail beta, which offers 2GB of storage and enhanced security features.
- Use it for Windows Live Messenger and more. E-mail addresses at your domain can also be used for instant messaging and other services on the MSN and Windows Live network.
- No hassle or fuss. Your e-mail is hosted by Microsoft, so there is no need to buy or manage e-mail servers.
- Flexibility. The optional software development kit lets you choose how Custom Domains works with your website or application.