Curious about co-op and new full time jobs at Microsoft?


    The Microsoft Human Resources team has put together some webinars to help you understand some of the opportunities available!

    Some of the more common questions I get when I am on campus and talking to students are around job opportunities. Microsoft Canada does hire co-op students and new graduates, but, Microsoft Canada does not have a lot of technical positions. The Gaming studios in British Columbia hire interns and graduates, but aside from that most of the technical positions are based out of Redmond, Washington. The good news is that many of these positions are filled by Canadian students! To find the list of current job opportunities from Microsoft corporate visit the student section of the careers website. If you are looking for Microsoft Canada intern opportunities check the Canadian Microsoft student jobs site.

    Sometimes it’s hard to gauge what a job entails from a job posting, so the Microsoft HR team has put together a series of free webinars to help you find out more about the types of positions available. This a great chance to find out more about what it’s like to work at Microsoft.   Details on all the upcoming webinars can be found here. Times are probably PST.

    Friday, October 12, 2012 4:30-6:30 Software Testing in Your Career

    • Get the scoop from academic and industry icons on why testing is vital to any successful career in software, no matter your role or title.

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 6pm-7pm Demystifying the Microsoft Program Manager Role

    • It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...Microsoft PM!? Chat with current Microsoft PMs and decide if this role is right for you.

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12pm-1pm Demystifying the Microsoft Program Manager Role

    • It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...Microsoft PM!? Chat with current Microsoft PMs and decide if this role is right for you.

    Monday, December 03, 2012 11:30am-1pm The Insiders View on Windows 8

    • Hear from a Microsoft top dog on the coolness that is Windows 8.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:30pm-6pm The Insiders View on Windows 8

    • Hear from a Microsoft top dog on the coolness that is Windows 8.

    Microsoft has been listed as a top employer in Canada and Worldwide, come find out why!

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    Windows Azure Mobile services help students build professional apps


    IC613644Ever wanted to develop a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app which reads and writes data from a database? It just got a lot easier.

    You want to build an app, a really good app. Depending on the type of app you want to build, you may need your app to access a database.

    Normally, when you want to create an app to read and update data, you create a WCF “Windows Communication Foundation” web service. This web service usually connects to a SQL server database hosted on your server or on SQL Azure. In your web service you create methods to read records, delete records, add records and update records in the database.

    There are lots of apps built with this model. But chances are  your school never taught you how to build a web service, so there is a learning curve. If your priority is to add this functionality as quickly as possible with the confidence that you have a good architecture, check out Windows Azure Mobile Services. Windows Azure Mobile services provides an API that you can use to call methods to add, update, or delete records and you don’t have to publish your own web service. How do you get it? Sign up for Windows Azure, create a new Mobile service and then add a reference to the Windows Azure Mobile service API and start using it!

    How to get started

    For more details on how to get started with Windows Azure Mobile Services, check out this video.

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    We’re giving away 8 Kinects and a laptop!


    imageSign up to be part of Microsoft’s technical student network and you’ll be first to know and maybe first to win!

    During the year we organize some big events and some cool promotions. Whether it’s the Imagine Cup which challenges you to do amazing things with code or the Developer Movement which rewarded students who built apps. We want to make sure we can let you know about our big announcements.

    Sign up to be part of Microsoft’s technical student network and you’ll be first to know and just for fun we’ve got a grand prize of a cool new laptop and 2 winners per week for a Kinect for Xbox 360. Contest closes October 25, 2012.

    Sign up today!

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    Want to get hands-on with the cloud?


    TWindows Azurehere are some online workshops coming up on Azure to give you some hands-on experience

    The cloud is here to stay, that’s not changing. It’s one thing to read about it, but nothing replaces actually trying it out for yourself.

    There will be a series of Online workshops you can attend to learn how to leverage Azure. There are so many aspects of Azure you might find of interesting.

    • Need a place to host a website? (psst…Azure websites)
    • Building mobile apps and looking for pre-created services to speed that up? (psst..Mobile services)
    • Need to store data somewhere our there on the internet? (psst…SQLAzure  
    • Have a virtual machine you want to put out there in the cloud?  (psst…Virtual Machines)
    • Want to create your own web service in the cloud? (psst… Cloud services)
    • Starting your own business but don’t want to spend money and time buying and maintaining your own servers?

    Learn more about how to make Azure work for you, register for these hands-on online workshops listed below!

    Here's a few resources to help you get rolling with Azure as well



    Date & Time


    Windows Azure Virtual DevCamp

    Through instruction, demonstration, and hands-on labs, you will get an understanding of the ins and outs of the platform and how to best leverage its services to build your new applications in the Cloud or migrate existing applications to the Cloud.

    October 3rd, 2012


    Windows Azure Virtual Workshop #1: Cloud Variations

    In this workshop, you will explore Windows Azure’s infrastructure options – Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and Websites. Through comparing and contrasting the options, you will walk away from the workshop better equipped to choose the right option for different solutions.

    October 15th, 2012


    Windows Azure Virtual Workshop #2: Building Connected Applications with Windows Azure

    In this workshop, you will discover how the various Windows Azure services can be integrated into apps  to extend their functionality. You will also learn how to address common needs such as computing capabilities, storage, authentication, and more. To demonstrate concepts, this workshop focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone, though concepts can be applied to any platform including Android and iOS.

    October 22nd, 2012


    Windows Azure Virtual Workshop #3: Migrating Applications to Windows Azure

    In this workshop, you will explore approaches to migrating applications, walk through concerns and considerations to take into account while planning a migration, and learn how to implement a migration plan to move applications from on-premises (or traditional hosting) to Windows Azure.

    October 29th, 2012


    Find out about these and other events happening for students in Canada on our Facebook MicrosoftCanadaStudents/Events page

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    GameSalad announces Windows 8 support


    Good news for gamers trying to support multiple platforms, GameSalad is adding support for Windows 8

    GameSalad has announced they are going to bring Windows 8 app store publishing to GameSalad creator.

    So what is GameSalad? It’s a tool that allows you to build games and will generate code from your design for multiple platforms such as Windows 8, iPhone, and Android. If you are curious, it’s powered by HTML5. A lot of the game design is done with drag and drop. Define your actors, scenes, and actions. You can check out some of the games others have built with GameSalad here 

    There will be a webinar on Friday September 28th at 1:00 PM CST for any developers interested in publishing to the Windows 8 store. You can register here.

    Of course it’s possible to create games from scratch, but for some developers a tool can make it easier. You can download the basic version of GameSalad here and explore. Nice option for game developers trying to target multiple platforms who don’t necessarily have the knowledge to build native apps on their own for the different platforms.

    Don’t forget to keep checking our Windows 8 resources page for suggestions on where to find resources for new and experienced app developers. As we find new resources to help you we’ll keep adding them there!

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