An Introduction to Azure Managed Identities

As Public Cloud usage continues to grow, new problems emerge, and new tools arise to help us meet those challenges. However, these solutions have been prone to error and both misconfiguration and credential leaks have become genuine security issues, leading to data breaches, ransomware attacks, and data loss. Azure has introduced Managed Identities as a…

“Hello World and Then Some” with Azure Active Directory B2C Custom Policies – Part 8: Hello! It’s Time To Clean Up a Bit

This post continues a series that provides a walkthrough illustrating how to work with Azure Active Directory B2C custom policies by building one from the ground up. As the series progresses, the topics will serve to show how the different parts of the AAD B2C policy syntax and the underlying framework can be brought together…

“Hello World and Then Some” with Azure Active Directory B2C Custom Policies – Part 7: Hello! Please Either Sign In or Sign Up

This post continues a series that provides a walkthrough illustrating how to work with Azure Active Directory B2C custom policies by building one from the ground up. As the series progresses, the topics will serve to show how the different parts of the AAD B2C policy syntax and the underlying framework can be brought together…

“Hello World and Then Some” with Azure Active Directory B2C Custom Policies – Part 6: Hello! Let’s Add a User

This post continues a series that provides a walkthrough illustrating how to work with Azure Active Directory B2C custom policies by building one from the ground up. As the series progresses, the topics will serve to show how the different parts of the AAD B2C policy syntax and the underlying framework can be brought together…

“Hello World and Then Some” with Azure Active Directory B2C Custom Policies – Part 4: Hello! (But Only If You Have an Access Code)

This post continues a series that provides a walkthrough illustrating how to work with Azure Active Directory B2C custom policies by building one from the ground up. As the series progresses, the topics will serve to show how the different parts of the AAD B2C policy syntax and the underlying framework can be brought together…

Under the Hood with Windows Universal Projects

One of the main themes coming out of the keynotes and content at this year’s //Build 2014 conference was the continued convergence of the Windows Store and Windows Phone development platforms.  One exciting result of the fact that both these platforms now target very similar Windows Runtimes (WinRT and WinPRT, respectively) is the support for…

Showing the Onscreen Keyboard in Silverlight OOB Applications

Update – 4/10/2014  Wow!  Quite a lot has happened since I originally posted this.  Certainly one of the biggest changes is the diminished role that Silverlight now plays in both enterprise and consumer applications.  However, I’ve noticed that this particular blog post is still getting some attention, so I figured I’d try to provide some…

New in Visual Studio 2013–Windows Azure Mobile Services Integration

As part of the build-up to the official launch of Visual Studio 2013 on Wednesday 11/13, Microsoft has been running a series of guest blog posts, authored by members of the Microsoft MVP community.  I was fortunate enough to have been selected to be one of the authors for the series, and my post was…