Microsoft Issue 5
 
DEVELOPER AND IT PROFESSIONAL NEWSLETTER
     
 
Hero Welcome to another edition of the Hero Newsletter. Through this, we hope to bring you anything and everything IT-related happening around the region. This time's newsletter is not only about IT Pro news on all the latest in Microsoft products and services but also about ideas, innovations, excellence, cool new tools, releases, announcements, exciting sessions and much more.

Prepare yourself for a deep dive into this exciting and rewarding world of information. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Windows Developers' Conference - 14th & 15th of May at Four Seasons

On the 14th and 15th of May, Microsoft held one of the biggest Windows Developers' Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel, with more than 1000 attendees and 2350 online attendees on live stream.

As part of the conference kick-off, Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corp., gave a wonderful keynote on the 'Microsoft Story'. The attendees were extremely excited about the opportunities to work on Windows 8.

Later, Sherif Abbas, Egypt DPE Lead, presented a live demo on Windows 8, showcasing Egyptian partner Apps like Masrawy, Yallakora, Youm7, To-Do List App and many others. He was then joined by Ayman Abdellatif, Egypt General Manager, to congratulate and recognize some of the Microsoft early adopter partners like LinkDev and Isource for their metro style Apps on Windows 8.
Microsoft Windows Developers' Conference - 14th & 15th of May at Four Seasons
On day one, many sessions covering different aspects that could help developers to start coding their Windows 8 applications were conducted. On day two, more sessions took place alongside with hands-on labs and competitions. The developers' competition required participants to submit their App ideas on the 'App Board', and then collect the biggest number of votes for their App to qualify for the finals of the 'Best App Contest' on codevnext. To encourage the developers to create Apps for the community, even a CSR competition ran in parallel.

The 6 winning applications were: 'Ahram Reader', 'Share it', 'Conversion', 'U learn', 'Children Education Helper' and 'Prescription'.
 
   
Tool Box

TOOLS FOR DEVELOPERS & I.T. PROS
Web App Gallery -Create websites the easiest way
Windows Phone SDK link – All you need to write world class mobile apps
Azure SDK - Get the tools and learn how to develop Cloud apps

RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPERS AND I.T.
PROS

Microsoft virtual academy – Free e-courses on Virtualization and Management
TechNet Portal – The essential portal for IT Professionals
TechNet Wiki – Collective knowledge from Microsoft experts and your peers
TechNet Downloads – Download free trials and betas of the latest Microsoft software
IT Skills for the cloud – All you need to set the sky as the limit for your career in a cloud IT environment
MSDN link – The key portal to knowledge base and free tools
MSDN Virtual Labs – It's like a big full scale data-center but for your experiments and creativity only
MSDN News Flash – Subscribe for key news and special offers
   
     
 
Windows Azure

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

Always up. Always on.
Open
Unlimited servers
Unlimited storage
Powerful capabilities


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  Sql Server

SQL Server 2012 Customer readiness update - registration on Microsoft Virtual Academy surpasses 10,000 students!

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 College on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has surpassed its 10,000th registered student! The SQL Server 2012 College went live on 7th March to coincide with the SQL Server Virtual Launch Event that introduced the world to SQL Server 2012. A couple of early comments from students include: “This is a very good video, good job guys, please keep it up” and “Great course!” The SQL MVA College is a great place to direct everyone for free training to learn about the latest features and capabilities of SQL Server 2012. IT Professionals can learn about the various aspects of SQL Server computing from reporting, analysis services and data warehousing to how to scale mission critical applications by utilizing the cloud scenarios.

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  Global Foundation Services

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 College on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has surpassed its 10,000th registered student! The SQL Server 2012 College went live on 7th March to coincide with the SQL Server Virtual Launch Event that introduced the world to SQL Server 2012. A couple of early comments from students include: “This is a very good video, good job guys, please keep it up” and “Great course!” The SQL MVA College is a great place to direct everyone for free training to learn about the latest features and capabilities of SQL Server 2012. IT Professionals can learn about the various aspects of SQL Server computing from reporting, analysis services and data warehousing to how to scale mission critical applications by utilizing the cloud scenarios.

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  Sky Drive

With consumers and businesses seeking ways to ensure greater and more streamlined productivity across a rapidly expanding sea of devices and platforms, many have turned to the cloud for answers. Since the launch, Microsoft’s SkyDrive has delivered personal cloud storage for Windows that’s available anywhere – via any HTML5 web browser, across operating systems, and across many mobile devices. To expand on this commitment to anywhere access, Microsoft has released SkyDrive apps for your PC, Mac, along with key updates to Windows Phone and iOS apps, that improve file management and sharing across devices. SkyDrive also makes it easy for developers to bring cloud storage to any app on any platform, with tools like the Live SDK for Android. This builds upon last week’s announcement that SkyDrive and Office Web Apps now support the Open Document Format, which is used by open source office suites like OpenOffice. All this means even greater access for consumers, no matter the platform or the device.

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Focused on Security

Fix your hijacked web browser

Safety & Security Center: "Browser hijacking" is a type of online fraud. Scammers use malicious software to take control of your computer's Internet browser and change how and what it displays when you're surfing the web.
 
     
     
 

Get Ready to meet windows azure
Learn about the latest Windows Azure cloud platform technologies from Scott Guthrie. Live streaming from San Francisco on 7th June, 2012 at 1:00 pm local time, or view the event on demand, at your convenience.

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