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9/27 Boston Azure: Comparing Azure's compute options & Azure-powered PowerPoint
Join us at Boston Azure on Thu Sep[masked] PM for talks on Azure-powered PowerPoint and an overview and comparison of the suite of Azure "compute" options. Pizza will be provided (sponsored by Finomial). Hope to see you there! Sincerely, @bostonazure Two talks (times are approximate!): * 6:00-6:25 - gather, grab some pizza, socialize, and pick a seat * 6:30-7:00 - Azure-powered PowerPoint with the PowerPoint Translate Addon by Veronika Kolesnikova * 7:00-8:15 - Understanding Azure Compute Options by Bill Wilder * 8:15-8:30 - Wrap up ABSTRACT FOR "Azure-powered PowerPoint with the PowerPoint Translate Addon by Veronika Kolesnikova": Artificial Intelligence is a new big thing. It's just everywhere! I hope you heard about Microsoft Cognitive Services. You might even tried some of them. Now you don't even have to be a developer to use all benefits of Speech Cognitive Services. Veronika Kolesnikova will show you a quick overview and a fun demo of new Add On for Power Point that is based on Speech Cognitive Services. ABOUT Veronika Kolesnikova: Web Developer at Rightpoint Passionate about backend web development, mainly with Microsoft technologies like C#, .NET, SQL, Azure. Loves to learn new development tools and languages and share the knowledge with the community. Recently started working with Xamarin and cannot wait to provide her insights. Recently Veronika graduated with MS degree in Information Technology. In her free time, she likes dancing, traveling and practicing aerial yoga. Happy to chat on twitter: @breakpointv16. ABSTRACT FOR "Understanding Azure Compute Options by Bill Wilder": What are all the ways you can "run code" in Azure? Whether a canned Wordpress site, custom micro-services, enterprise software, and everything in between, Azure can run it. Can you name all of Azure's compute options? After this talk you will be able to! We will review the compute options, how they differ, and why you might use one instead of another. A few example topics: Runbooks, Azure Functions (serverless!), VMs, and Websites. ABOUT Bill Wilder: Bill is a cloud veteran, long-time Azure MVP, author of Cloud Architecture Patterns book, founder of Boston Azure, and co-author of a couple of Azure training courses for CloudAcademy. During the day, Bill is CTO at Finomial. Reach out to Bill on twitter via @codingoutloud.

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Boston Azure is a community-run group with the goal of learning about cloud computing with the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. We have been meeting since October 2009, making us the oldest such Azure-focused community group in the world. The group was founded by Bill Wilder (@codingoutloud (

The group is run by volunteers. So far for all the events we've hosted over the years, we've managed to provide them for free to attendees. This is in large part to Microsoft offering free space at NERD where we've held 90% of our events, but also to the occasional meeting/event sponsor.

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Boston Azure usually meets in the Boston/Cambridge area. You may also be interested in the North Boston Azure group, run by Jason Haley (@haleyjason (, which meets in Burlington, MA.

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