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  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Windows 8 Secrets of App Success

    Making $ on Windows 8: The First Mover Advantage The upcoming release of Windows 8 offers developers a huge opportunity.  How huge?  The Windows Store Blog sums it up well: With more than 630 million licenses sold to date, across 200+ countries and regions around the world, Windows has an unrivaled...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” and Virtual Labs

    Two new resources have just been published to help you learn about Windows 8. Windows 8 “Camp in a Box”, RTM Edition [Update 10/1/2012 – Camp in a Box RTM version] Recently updated for Windows 8 Release Preview, the Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” includes a variety of content from the Windows 8 Developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Camps and Hackathons – July through September

    I’m happy to pass along word that a new series of Windows 8 developer events are coming soon!  These are special two-day events , with a DevCamp on day one featuring a full day of sessions plus an InstallFest, followed on day two by a Hackathon with Lightning Talks where you can bring app ideas...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Release Preview, Visual Studio 2012 RC, and More!

    It’s a big day for releases as a number of new Release Previews and Release Candidates have just been made available: [Last updated – 7/13/2012] Windows 8 Release Preview Windows 8 Release Preview Home Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ “Delivering the Windows 8 Release...
  • Blog Post: Additional Windows 8 Developer Camps!

    I previously mentioned the series of Windows Developer Camps - free, full-day events to help you learn about building Metro-style apps for Windows 8. They feature a mix of developer sessions plus a series of hands-on labs to help reinforce what you’ve learned. Well, it turns out they’re popular. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 MSDN Webcast Series – Building Metro Style Apps

    Some colleagues and I have just started a new series of one-hour MSDN webcasts focused on many aspects of developing Metro style apps for Windows 8. The series launched yesterday, but all sessions will be made available as on-demand recordings.  (I’ll update this post as they are.)   Thanks...
  • Blog Post: Metro Accelerator Labs – Speeding Your App Development

    Do you have a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app idea?  Maybe you’re already working on an app and would like some guidance for getting it across the finish line?  Then come to one of the upcoming Metro Accelerator Labs !  These are three-day opportunities to develop your app with experts...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Events – Updated

    There’s certainly a lot of interest in Windows 8 and the developer opportunity around it, so here’s an update and summary of various events that can help you learn more. Windows Developer Camps The series of Windows 8 Developer Camps on the east coast that I mentioned in an earlier post are now underway...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Camps – Coming Soon!

    Ready to dive in and learn more about Windows 8 and the developer opportunity it represents?  Then get ready for the upcoming series of Windows Developer Camps !  These are free, full-day, developer-focused events featuring a combination of sessions and hands-on labs, and we’ll have 10 of them...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Deep Dive Day – Waltham and Beyond

    On February 12th, the Virtualization Group Boston is hosting a community-driven Virtualization Deep Dive Day in Waltham, MA, and the event is being simulcast to satellite events in NY, MO, and Canada. The day is a focus on various approaches to virtualization - desktop, application, server - and related...
  • Blog Post: Free Antivirus Protection with Microsoft Security Essentials

    A short and simple post…  Need antivirus and antimalware protection?  Want it for free?  Then download Microsoft Security Essentials now: Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Incubation Week Boston – October 5

    After other successful Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Weeks, it’s good to have another coming to the Boston area. Microsoft BizSaprk Incubation Week Boston will be from October 5th through the 9th at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham, MA. This will be an opportunity for BizSpark startups to learn...
  • Blog Post: Launch Event in Boston on October 5 – Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010

    From September through November, launch events for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010 are happening across the US.  Boston’s launch event will be on October 5th at the AMC Boston Common 19. (Other regional stops are NYC on October 20 and Philly on September 28 .) The event will...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour – Spring 2009

    Are you an IT pro looking for the latest on the Windows roadmap including details on Windows 7?  My colleague Blain Barton , from the much warmer state of Florida, has posted details of the free IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour , spanning the eastern US this spring: Get ready for Spring and join our local TechNet...
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