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Virtual Machine Support Coming to Windows Azure – Put Your Virtual Machine in the Cloud & New Desktop Player Available for

Posted Apr 02 2010 11:44am

Hard Hat Area:  If you are not familiar with virtual machines, skip this article and read on to the next post.  To me this is great news and I wouldn’t mind giving this a run myself since I used virtual machines a lot and store them on a USB drive to access when needed.  I mostly use them for testing new products where I don’t want image to put beta or trial software on my production operating system.  

I use Microsoft’s VM products and also play around with a few others as well.  This would be nice to reach and and grab that virtual machine when needed without having to store it locally I must say. 

In some other interesting news if you are a developer, the beta version of the Microsoft Desktop Player is available online and for download, using Silverlight technology.  I’m going to download and try this out myself.  You can find the links at the blog post above from Kurt Shintaku’s Live Site.  This looks to be a dynamic software application to help stay on top of what is happening with events, news and other items from Microsoft.  BD

“Some interesting features include:

  • Offline and Online Player
  • Contextual relevant content surfaced  depending on IT Adoption Lifecycle by selecting the right filters.
  • Local IT Evangelist and Developer Evangelist connection – The player surfaces your local IT Evangelist or Developer Evangelist based on the user profile
  • MSDN and TechNet Events integration ,
  • Local Community events integration
  • Local CPLS integration to find the best place to get your Microsoft Training”


Many of my customers and partners have raised questions around Windows Azure and the pilot program that Microsoft announced with Amazon Web Services.

While Windows Azure is not participating in this pilot, Microsoft is actively monitoring the feedback and will leverage the results this pilot to shape their future offerings. 

Microsoft has committed to enabling customers to purchase Windows Azure through a combination of existing and new licensing agreements. Additionally they will also ensure that they support a centralized seamless and consistent purchasing experience that existing multi-year commercial customers enjoy. Microsoft will have more specific details on this process later in the year.

Below you will find the FAQ for questions related to the pilot program. If you have additional questions please let feel free to comment on this post. I can answer those individually.

Microsoft will add Virtual Machine functionality to Windows Azure to expand the set of existing applications that can be run on it. This Virtual Machine deployment functionality will enable developers to run a wide range of Windows applications in Windows Azure, while taking full advantage of the built in automated service management.

In the future, Microsoft will provide the ability for Windows Azure licensing agreements to be integrated into Enterprise customer programs such as Enterprise Agreement and Select.  We will provide specifics about the licensing model and pricing details in calendar year 2010.

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