Guy Barrette, Microsoft, Regional Director, Montreal, Canada, Visual Studio, .NET Expertise April 2011 - Posts - Guy Barrette

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada

April 2011 - Posts

Try Windows Azure for free, no credit card

If you’d like to test Windows Azure and don’t want to use your credit card, Microsoft has created a free 30 day pass that does not require a credit card.

Head here and use Canada as you country and CDNDEVS as the promo code.

Posted: Apr 29 2011, 07:25 AM by guybarrette
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AzureFest Montreal


What's AzureFest About?
Welcome to AzureFest! Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud operating system. Developing for Azure leverages your existing ASP.NET Development Experience and provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications in the cloud through Microsoft® datacenters or even hybrid off/on premises hosting models.

Come to AzureFest and let us show you how developing and deploying Azure Applications is fast and easy. You will learn how to set up your Azure account and how to take a traditional ASP.NET application and convert it for Azure. Publishing Applications to the Azure Developer Portal is a breeze. You'll learn how to set up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio.

What You'll Learn
How to setup your Azure Account
How to take a traditional on-premise ASP.NET applications and deploy it to Azure
Publishing Applications to Azure Developer Portal
Setting up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio

We Provide
The tools you will need on your machine to prepare yourself for Azure
Hands on instruction and expert assistance
Power and network access
Snacks and refreshments
Post event technical resources so you can take your skills to the next level

You Provide
Your own laptop
Your experience in building ASP.NET Applications and Services

Note that the event will be in French.  For more info and to register,  click here.

Posted: Apr 29 2011, 07:14 AM by guybarrette
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Solving a corrupt .OST Outlook file

I had a problem with my .OST Outlook folder last week.  First, Outlook reported a problem with that folder and asked me to run the repair tool (SCANPST.EXE).


I ran the tool and was able to access the folder again but that folder wouldn’t synch while all the others are fine.  When that folder was selected, Outlook showed me this in the status bar:


All the other ones showed this:


Now what?  My .OST file is corrupt and running the repair tool doesn’t solve the problem.  A quick search in the InterTubes lead me to this article and a simple solution: quit Outlook, delete/rename the file and restart Outlook.  Since everything reside on the Exchange server, Outlook will simply create a new .OST file and download all the emails again.  Note that this only works for if you use Exchange ant for .PST files.

Posted: Apr 18 2011, 07:16 AM by guybarrette
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IE10 Platform Preview

13-04-2011 7-04-58 AM

Announced yesterday at Mix11, the IE10 Platform Preview is now available for download.  This faster release cycle is a change for MS and it’s understandable because of the moving sands that is HTML5.

Posted: Apr 13 2011, 07:18 AM by guybarrette
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Bing breaks 30% US market share, Google 3% down

Interesting news about Bing market share in the US from Experian Hitwise: Bing breaks 30% US market share, Google 3% down

Posted: Apr 12 2011, 07:11 AM by guybarrette
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Rock Paper Azure

Here’s a cool way to learn how to set an Azure account and to upload and run an app into the Azure Cloud: The Rock Paper Azure Challenge.

Posted: Apr 11 2011, 08:38 PM by guybarrette
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Adobe Acrobat annoying behaviour

Acrobat is really annoying each time a document is opened.  It does some kind of screen reader preparation that I don’t care and shows this dialog for a few seconds:


How to get rid of that?  In the Acrobat preferences menu, click on the Reading category and select Only read the currently visible pages from the Page vs Document dropdown list.


Posted: Apr 11 2011, 08:24 PM by guybarrette
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Mix11 - Watch the keynotes live, read the liveblog

11-04-2011 7-58-09 PM

Can’t make it to Vegas?  No problem, you can watch both Mix11 keynote live:

More info here

Add to the fun by reading the Mix11 keynote group liveblog

Posted: Apr 11 2011, 08:14 PM by guybarrette
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MUST READ announcement from 3 Microsoft VPs

Microsoft published minutes ago an announcement in the Silverlight Team blog.  What’s unusual is that it is signed by 3 Microsoft VPs:

  • Walid Abu-Hadba, Corporate Vice President, Developer & Platform Evangelism Group
  • Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform
  • S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division

The announcement is titled “Standards-based web, plug-ins, and Silverlight”.  This is a MUST READ for any Web, Silverlight and .NET developer.

Posted: Apr 04 2011, 10:06 PM by guybarrette
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Canon using Microsoft Tags

I’ve seen these Tags from time to time but I just read at that Canon will add the Microsoft Tags to some of its products.

Posted: Apr 03 2011, 07:47 PM by guybarrette
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