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Posted by Thiago AlmeidaTechnical Evangelist, Microsoft New Zealand
Spreading the good word about Openness at Microsoft (check out our updated website!) and Windows Azure can take us far and wide, but we didn’t expect to find ourselves in the middle of Middle Earth. Let me explain…
Earlier this month, a few of us at Microsoft embarked on a road trip to talk with developers across New Zealand about Windows Azure and its support for a myriad of OSS technologies. Little did we know that New Zealand was also in the midst of celebrating the worldwide premiere of The Hobbit movie, with Wellington temporarily renamed the “Middle of Middle Earth.”
The scene at Wellington airport
Amid a throng of hobbits, wizards and Gollums, were Cory Fowler from Microsoft’s Windows Azure evangelism team, and Mark Cowlishaw from the Node.js on Windows Azure engineering team. Both made the trip from Redmond to take part in meetings with customers, partners, open source communities, and key user groups.
We met and presented to more than 100 people, ranging from developers and architects to IT managers. Here are just a few highlights from a busy week:
These meetings were great opportunities to listen to our partners and gain valuable feedback on our cloud solutions and interoperability efforts. We learned about specific trends, like PostgreSQL as a database option on Windows Azure gaining interest amongst PHP developers while at the Wellington PHP User Group, as well as the general excitement around Windows Azure as a platform and Microsoft’s continued work with open source was very exciting…
Unlike The Hobbit, this wasn’t quite “An Unexpected Journey,” but like the story, our trip did have a happy ending, as we have already noticed an increased local interest in Windows Azure. Let us know in the comments what your “expectations” are for Windows Azure.