Hardware

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft is building a game streaming network to unlock console quality gaming on any device. Microsoft has realized that not all gamers are going to buy an Xbox. Instead of focusing on building games that can only be played on the Xbox game console, Microsoft is...

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

The new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit board is pretty amazing! It is Arduino compatible and includes many sensors, buttons, and an OLED display all built-in. You can use this board to start prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions without the need to do any...

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven't really seen this as an issue since deploying code...

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven't really seen this as an issue since deploying code...

Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

Azure IoT Developer Kit Preview Started Shipping

A couple months ago Microsoft announced the availability of the new Azure IoT Developer Kit Board. This is a board that has integrated sensors, buttons, OLED screen and a few other features. This board makes it even easier to get started developing Azure IoT based...

Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to Purchase!

Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to Purchase!

In the early days of Microsoft Azure, back in 2010 when it was called Windows Azure, Microsoft had announced plans to make the Azure services available to be run / hosted in on-premises datacenter. Shortly after the announcement they released Azure Pack which wasn't...

Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

Azure IoT DevKit Preview built with Arduino and VSCode

There have been a number of Azure IoT Starter Kits available for some time now. I've written about the Starter Kits in the past. Some of these like the Raspberry Pi Azure IoT Starter Kit from Adafruit require you to wire up sensors and things, while the GrovePi+...

Windows Server running on ARM CPUs, Azure is Next!

Windows Server running on ARM CPUs, Azure is Next!

So far the servers within Microsoft Azure data centers have been running Intel processors (CPUs). For a long time I've wondered if the power efficiency of ARM CPUs could make them more cost effective than Intel x64 CPUs that are more powerful. It's possible through...

Azure GPU Computing in the Cloud

Azure GPU Computing in the Cloud

One of the many exciting new features to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that Microsoft announces at AzureCon 2015 is the all new Azure GPU Compute. This allows for Virtual Machines (VMs) to utilize GPU's hosted in the cloud. Now, even graphics processing and video...

Azure Cloud Hardware is Made of Containers

Azure Cloud Hardware is Made of Containers

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud are servers, networks, Internet connections, and much, much more! These data centers share a lot of qualities with traditional Enterprise data centers; such as fire suppression, humidity control, temperature control and more. One...

Featured Articles

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Microsoft's adoption of Linux today is something that appeared to never be possible only a few years ago. It was not even twenty years ago when Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft at the time) stated that "Linux is a cancer." Now, fast forward to today and Linux is the #1...

Docker development VM in Azure

Docker development VM in Azure

Ever wish you had a Docker dev workstation in Azure? About two months ago, we introduced the Azure Kung Fu VM, and judging by the views of that article many of you gave it a try. Today, I wanted to share a different version of that VM running Docker Desktop. You can...

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Did you know that you can have significant savings on Dev/Test environments in Azure? I'm working with the Azure Dev/Test team on a project right now, and I didn't realize exactly how much you can save. They have an offer for Dev/Test where you only pay for the price...

Certification

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Embedded within Microsoft's announcement of retiring ALL of the MCSE, MCSD, and MCSA certifications (and their associated exams) is the fact that certifications for Windows Server and SQL Server products are gone. As the older technology-based certifications are being...

Internet of Things

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

For some time now, Tim Warner, a fellow Microsoft MVP, has been posting short videos that methodically go over all the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals certification exam objectives and skill areas. This is a pretty great free series of training/study content geared towards...

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

This year at the Microsoft Azure + AI Conference co-produced by Microsoft and DEVintersection, Chris Pietschmann (the founder of BuildAzure.com) will be presenting. The topics of his sessions at the conference will center around Microsoft Azure and the Internet of Things (IoT) with topics including Azure Sphere and Real-time IoT Stream Processing in Azure.

This edition of the Azure + AI Conference is being held November 18th through 21st, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, in partnerships with the Azure + AI conference,  we are pleased to announce that you can register for the conference with the discount code “BUILDAZURE” to receive a $50 discount.

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Internet of Things (IoT) solutions employ some kind of messaging protocol for each individual IoT device to communicate in the system. These messaging protocols are used to transmit device telemetry (or messages) from the IoT devices to the IoT Messaging Hub (or...

Azure CLI: Manage Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS)

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's simple to provision an Azure IoT Hub service instance using the Azure Portal. However, there are time when you need a more DevOps style approach by scripting it. The Azure Powershell Az.IotHub module can be used to manage commands for managing Azure IoT Hub...

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