@Alladin: I'm thinking the same thing about XAML + WebCLR as a good replacement for HTML+JS.
Sooner or later we need to ditch the God-awful HTML standard and the God-awful EcmaScript mess that we're currently using as basis for client web applications. Come on, HTML 5 isn't a solution at all, it's simply a patch that's 10 years too late.
XAML as an open loyalty-free standard with some kind of open loyalty-free runtime would have been a great solution here. However, it cannot be Microsoft or another privately-held actor that holds it - it must be W3C or some other neutral consortium.
Thanks for the quick reply, Nick! Cross-database is almost always a bad design anyway (schemas anyone?). SQL VMs is cool but they don't provide real high-availability out-of-the-box the way Azure SQL Databases do, you know.
Really exciting stuff! I'm especially interested in the updates on Azure SQL Databases. Does the new Linked server stuff mean that you can have cross-database queries inside Azure as well, or only from on-premise SQL Server?
In real-world cross-database queries are used without a second thought, and porting over to azure is hard when this is not enabled..
I have to admit that I got really excited about Windows Phone 8 - much more so than I thought that I would. I already have a WinPhone7 and it's kind of starting to wear off a bit - I got the first one out in the market.
Now I really really want the new Windows Phone 8!
I crave a new phone experience besides the ultra dull and boring iOS and Android ones. Windows Phone IS really a fresh breeze, too bad they came so late into the SmartPhone revolution.
@WadeWegner: Hi, thanks a lot for the post - it describes the situation in details, just as I wanted to know. But simply saying that the article was so brilliant there's nothing more to say isn't an actual argument for not covering the news. It's rather a good argument for presenting the article, no?