MSDN Flash - May 30, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 10

May 30, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 10
Editorial

Stefano Mallè

Dear readers,

We are pleased to introduce a new form of free events hosted at Microsoft Switzerland in Wallisellen this June: The ExpertTalks! We’ve invited two top speakers from the US. So, before you take off for your well-deserved summer holidays, join us on these two events:
 
» On the 21st, the internationally known top speaker David Chappell will present "Cloud Platforms Today: A Perspective". What is a cloud platform, anyway? What’s the real difference between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)? And how does the Windows Azure platform stack up against alternatives like Amazon Web Services, Google AppEngine, and the rest? David Chappell will provide a balanced perspective on cloud platforms today.

» The second expert is Stephen Toub, Principal Architect within the Parallel Computing Platform at Microsoft Corporation. On June 23rd, he will delight us with two speeches on parallel computing:
   - Parallel Computing with Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4, and
   - The Future of Parallel Computing with the .NET Framework
Don’t miss the occasion to learn how to profit at best of the hardware industry shift towards multi-core and many-core processors!

More information and free registration links are found on the local MSDN event pages.

 

Have fun with the current MSDN Flash,

Stefano Mallè
Evangelism Lead – Developer Platform, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH


 
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