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Archive for September, 2012

Windows 2012 is here (and it brought .NET 4.5 and IIS 8 with it)!


We know you’re hungry for the latest and greatest, so we’re really happy to announce that we’ve put away the jackhammers and wrenches, the dust has settled, and Windows 2012 hosting is now available at Winhost!


The Windows 2012 platform supports all of the latest Microsoft technologies; IIS 8, ASP.NET 4.5, MVC 4, WebMatrix 2, Entity Framework 5, ASP.NET Web API, WebSockets, Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio Express 2012, and even Dynamic IP restriction. That’s a bumper-crop of fresh new goodies to make all of our lives more interesting.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one!

Okay, there is one little catch.

ASP.NET 4.5/IIS 8 is only available on the Windows 2012 platform. If you want to migrate an existing site to the new platform, we can help you with that. Just drop a note to support saying that you want to move to Windows 2012 and they will make it happen. Quick and painless.

We’re not yet sure if or when we will upgrade the existing Windows 2008/IIS 7 servers to .NET 4.5. There are some potential issues that we are keeping an eye on, and when we’re satisfied that we can move to .NET 4.5 on the existing servers without any disruption, we’ll make the move. But at the moment we can’t give you a time frame on when that may happen.

So if you want .NET 4.5 now, just let us know and we’ll hook you up.

Vote for Winhost (again)!


Last year you turned out in force and voted for us in the DevProConnections Community Choice Awards, and we placed fourth behind some industry heavyweights!

Well guess what? We are nominated again! And it would be great for this still scrappy upstart to show the big boys what we’re made of. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, we would appreciate your vote!

Here’s the voting page.

We’re listed under 10. Hosting Service. Voting closes on Friday the 28th, so please pop on over there as soon as you have a chance.

It would be quite a feat to move up in those rankings considering the competition, but anything is possible, right? Vote!

And thank you for your time, your support, and most of all, thanks for using Winhost!

An unusual flyover

A few minutes ago the space shuttle flew directly over our offices here in Pasadena.

Well, that’s not something you see every day.

Better pictures to come, but here are some phone pics in the meantime.

(Updated pic:)


The Internet as it was in 1996

I know that when you woke up this morning you thought to yourself, “I wonder what a 1996 instructional video about the Internet would look like?”

Oh, you didn’t?

Well, we have one for you anyway.

Enjoy as a fake fancy archaeologist guides you through the fascinating online world that exists right at the tip of your virtual fingers. Wow!