Thursday, May 31, 2012

Online Audio Converter (MP3, WAV, Ogg, WMA, M4A, AAC) –

Online Audio Converter (MP3, WAV, Ogg, WMA, M4A, AAC) –

Windows 7 for some reason still does not have a tool that can save .mp3. Recording can be done as .wma, but that format may not play on an iPhone, Android or Mac. While there are some free tools that can be installed, it is hard to know if they are safe. Online service is simple and reasonable solution.

Windows 8 Release Preview

Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Today, Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download in 14 languages. This is our final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store.
... next milestone is traditionally called RTM, Release to Manufacturing (production version)
Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft President of Windows, is not a man of few words, and he clearly knows what he is talking about, and is delivering on time...


Time to take Windows 8 seriously...

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

Windows 8 supports "notification service" for "Metro" apps
(since all "Metro" apps are distributed trough "Windows Store". Sending such notification can be done by creator of the App. "Natural fit" for integration is Windows Azure, and there are some samples how to implement such (relatively complex) solution.

The system is similar to notification for Windows Phone 7, but not the same (as usual).

OAuth 2.0

OAuth 2.0 — OAuth

Windows Azure supports using OAuth 2.0 authentication
making possible to use existing accounts from Google, Yahoo, Live etc.
The protocol is useful, but not simple, so it is helpful that Microsoft provides tools for it.

Windows Azure Pricing Calculator

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SQL Azure Resources by Peter Laudati

Windows Azure Blogs

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