Microsoft Requests Feedback

The Senior Director of Product Planning for Windows Azure, Mike Wickstrand, is soliciting feedback on how to make Azure even better.  There’s even a site with user submitted suggestions at  You can submit your own ideas, or read through the list and vote for others’ ideas.

I think this is a great idea.  If they can continually improve this product based on the users’ feedback, they’ll have the best cloud-based solution in the business!  I’ve been pretty happy with my development in SQL Azure.  I haven’t gotten to the Windows Azure, and probably never will.  I hope to outsource that portion of my projects.  But knowing that if anyone on my team comes across something that they genuinely feel can be made better, and knowing Microsoft is there to listen.  That’s definitely something to consider when choosing a cloud-based platform.

Keep it up Microsoft!

By Shannon Lowder

Shannon Lowder is the Database Engineer you've been looking for! Look no further for expertise in: Business Analysis to gather the business requirements for the database; Database Architecting to design the logical design of the database; Database Development to actually build the objects needed by the business logic; finally, Database Administration to keep the database running in top form, and making sure there is a disaster recovery plan.


  1. Hi, I’m very interested in Linux but Im a Super Newbie and I’m having trouble deciding on the right distribution for me (Havent you heard this a million times?) anyway here is my problem, I need a distribution that can switch between reading and writing in English and Japanese (Japanese Language Support) with out restarting the operating system.

    1. A little off topic, but I’ll give my opinion. I believe Ubuntu is a great starter distribution. I’d also suggest grabbing the latest version, installing it, and giving it a shot. After installing it, check out the language packs available for it. In your start bar you’ll see an “add programs” Search there for the language packs you need. I think you’ll find you can use many languages without restarting. Let me know if you have more questions about Linux or SQL.

  2. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

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