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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup is back! Let’s show the world what Canada can do!

    The 2015 Imagine Cup is here! Students in Canada and around the world can test their coding chops in the Code Hunt, pitch a great idea, design the ultimate user experience, or go big and develop their great software ideas to win money or even a trip to the world wide finals at Microsoft headquarters...
  • Blog Post: What does Back to School mean for coders?

    If you are a student, or you know a student, do let them know about the programs we have in Canada just for students! Did you know DreamSpark gives students access to Microsoft developer software for free? That includes Visual Studio. Since not all schools teach .NET languages, it’s important to know...
  • Blog Post: The #surlybeaver is back. With a vengeance.

    Those of you that follow this blog may have seen a post about our HTML5 Coat of Arms and how we gave away a large number of t-shirts with the emblem on the front. If you didn’t see that post, basically we took the HTML5 logo and created a uniquely Canadian version (which was possible as the...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: RESAAS

    I believe that the best way to learn is to learn from each other, so I’m always on the search for stories of Canadian developers who have either built new applications using Windows Azure services or have migrated existing applications to Windows Azure . This is the story of RESAAS . Points of Interest...
  • Blog Post: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems

    The Imagine Cup is a world wide Microsoft competition where we ask students to address problems faced around the world and use technology to help. Monday April 30th in Waterloo the top Canadian entries will be competing on stage at the Canadian Imagine Cup Finals! Come out and be inspired! It starts...
  • Blog Post: What’s going on across Canada? Lots! Check it out!

    There are so many great events coming up in Canada, I wanted to list some of them here, so you don’t miss out! TechDays isn’t your only opportunity to get out and learn about the latest technologies from experts. We hold a number of smaller events throughout the year, and we also sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Want some tips on Release Management?

    Thursday January 19th, 1PM Eastern time is a free webcast discussing the challenges of Release Management and how you can use Visual Studio features to help. Release Management is a tricky business to get right and it’s crucial to the success of a project. There are so many things that need to come together...
  • Blog Post: Happy Canada Day 2011

    Happy Canada Day folks! I hope you have a safe and relaxed holiday with family and friends! And, of course, your favourite developer tools. ;)
  • Blog Post: HTML5, IE9 and Interoperability

    Yesterday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) introduced a new HTML5 logo program . From the description on the logo page: It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It's...
  • Blog Post: Q&A with Matt Kiazyk on “Own This World” for Windows Phone 7

    Matt Kiazyk ( @mattkiazyk ) hails from small town Manitoba and is a partner in Big Nerds in Disguise (BNID), an independent application development shop based out of Calgary, Alberta. Graduating in 2003 from Brandon University , he now works for an accounting firm in Brandon, Manitoba. He recently teamed...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Simulcast with Kate Gregory

    Are you building applications for Windows 7? And, more importantly, are they awesome ? If you’re looking to improve your Windows 7 application development skills or you’re looking to get the latest information on building applications for Windows 7 in managed code then I would strongly urge you to REGISTER...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Community Tour

    As a developer, I’ll admit that I have built a number of applications that didn’t integrate as well as they could have with Windows. In these scenarios, the user’s experience was non-optimal because they would be left wanting for particular capabilities or features. For example, integration with the...
  • Blog Post: Developers in Canada You Should Follow on Twitter

    Earlier today, David Yardy ( @dyardy ) sent me the following tweet : As a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, I want to make sure that I’m staying on top of what’s happening in the Canadian technical community. To do this, I leverage a variety of events, sites, and tools. Among...
  • Blog Post: GovCamp: Ottawa, May 31 – June 1, 2010

      Creative Commons Photo by the Poissant Family. Open Government / Government 2.0 The intersection of the internet and politics has given rise to many things, including the concept often referred to as “Open Government” or “Government 2.0” . To borrow a couple of lines from Mark Kuznicki’s keynote...
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