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    Early Bird Pricing for TechDays 2012 Extended to December 20. Register now!

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    We have good news: the Early Bird pricing for TechDays 2012 tickets will be extended to December 20. If you register before December 21 you can benefit from a 15% discount off the full pricing. Registrations are coming in strong, so be sure to secure your spot before we sell out!

    Top Speakers     

    Developer Track
    Bart De Smet
      Steve Sanderson portrait
    Steve Sanderson

    Jeff Prosise
    IT Professional Track
    Corey Hynes

    John Craddock

    Adam Hall

    We are happy to confirm speakers like:

    - In the Developer track: Bart De Smet, Jeff Prosise, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Tarek Madkour, Wade Wegner
    - In the IT Pro track: Corey Hynes, John Craddock, Adam Hall, Jeremey Chapman, Ilse Van Criekinge, Rhonda Layfield

    Many more are to be announced soon, so stay tuned.

    NEW: Entrepreneur Track on February 15

    A full day to learn from best practices in the industry, meet the owners of successful startups and learn from their experiences as an IT entrepreneur. Learn more.

    About TechDays 2012

    Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. Microsoft TechDays is one of the premier technical events in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed.

    With more technology areas than ever to explore, TechDays 2012 is the perfect place to get up-to-speed on the latest Microsoft technologies and up-level your skill on the technology you use every day. Content will be delivered by industry experts and Microsoft product team members.

    Join our 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

    • Windows & Internet Explorer
    • Windows Server 8 & Hyper-V
    • Windows Phone 7 development
    • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune
    • Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB
    • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
    • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET
    • ...

    REGISTER NOW

    Hope to see you at the TechDays 2012!

    Questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or simply via e-mail.

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    StudentAppVenture, the Windows Phone 7 Developer Contest for Students : develop, submit and win

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    My colleagues are launching a very interesting Windows Phone 7 developer contest for students in Belgium and Luxembourg. If you are a student check-out the offers below and participate! Here’s the main info:

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    Are you a student ?

    Would you like to get a free Windows Phone ?

    Microsoft announces a new contest for students called StudentAppVenture. The concept is very simple. Develop three Windows Phone applications, submit them to the marketplace and win a Windows Phone.

    The first 20 students to publish 3 Apps before December 31, 2011 will not only receive a Windows Phone but will also see their name published in the “Hall of Fame” on this blog, the official Microsoft Academic blog.

    START NOW 

    1. Visit the official contest rules first.

    2. Register as Belgian student associated to your Dreamspark Account http://create.msdn.com. Contact your academic institution when you do not have access rights or alternatively, contact your Academic Program Manager.

    2. Download the free windows phone developer kit http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27570 and develop three windows phone 7 applications (entry)

    3. Submit each entry to the certification process, an entry is eligible only when it is published publicly and available on the marketplace. http://create.msdn.com. Only the publishing date counts.

    When the entry is accepted we recommend you to tweet with the hashtag “#WP7BE” “#Lievegoedhuys” “#Davidhernie” or tweet @academicbelux. You can also add a comment on the blog post of the campaign or on the wall of our facebook page ‘Microsoft Academic BeLux’. For example, you might tweet: “Just created a great WP7 with the URL of your app @msacademicbelux #WP7BE”

    There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit but each entry must be substantially unique and different. Updates are not considered as new entries. Multiple entries of the same applications will be disqualified.

    4. Send an e-mail to lieveg@microsoft.com containing following information:

    • Subject line : Contest WP7
    • Content should contain your name, academic institution, name of your submitted App, acceptance of publication of your name on the list of winners (yes/no).

    This information will only be used for the contest.

    5. Add this Academic blog link to your browser favorites, as we will update the list of the lucky winners on a regular basis – and new student competitions might be announced there too.

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    Updated Windows Azure SDK & Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK Available

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    Leveraging an announcement from the Windows Azure team with news on Windows Azure SDK (Tools for Visual Studio 2010), Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK and another update to the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit.

    Please find the highlights below or read the official Windows Azure Blog post.

    We are simplifying the development experience on Windows Azure with three updates—a new version of the Windows Azure SDK, a new Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK, and an updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. Whether you are already using Windows Azure or looking for the right moment to get started, these updates make it easier than ever to build applications on Windows Azure.

    Highlights:

    • Windows Azure SDK (November 2011)—Multiple updates to the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 that simplify development, deployment, and management on Windows Azure. The full Windows Azure SDK can be downloaded via the Web Platform installer here.
    • Windows Azure HPC Scheduler SDK— Works in conjunction with the Windows Azure SDK and includes modules and features to author high performance computing (HPC) applications that use large amounts of compute resources in parallel to complete work. The SDK is available here for download.
    • Windows Azure Platform Training Kit—Includes hands-on labs, demos, and presentations to help you learn how to build applications that use Windows Azure. Compatible with the new Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010. The training kit can be downloaded here.

    You can start building your application on it in 3 simple and easy to do steps:

    1. Download the Tools:

    Get Visual Studio Express and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio to start building and debugging applications for the Windows Azure Platform at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sdk/
    If you have already Visual Studio installed you can download the tools directly from http://tinyurl.com/toolsforazure.

    2. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric. You can learn more about the accounts at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/learn/get-started/ or you can sign up directly and get the trial http://tinyurl.com/getazurefreetrial.

    3. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

    First learn how to create a simple ASP.NET application in Visual Studio for Windows Azure and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/learn/tutorials/getting-started-web-tutorial/

    When all steps are executed successfully you should have running your first application on the Windows Azure Platform.

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    Announcing first ISV Cafe event: join and get your free copy of Forza Motorsport 4

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    It looks like my colleagues are a fan of some gaming. Join them for the first ISV Café and spend an interesting evening on Dec 6th around Windows Phone Mango, SQL Server 2012, business sessions and partner cases. Full information follows below.

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    Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the very first edition of ISV Café, where networking meets Microsoft technology in a thrilling Forza Motorsport atmosphere. The event will take place at the beautiful ‘Espace Del Goutte’, located in Ophain near Brussels.

    In the presence of Joe Wilson, Sr. Director of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Western Europe, we race through a series of 15’ sessions, providing you a mix of business and technology topics.  Joe will kickoff the event and talk about the value of the ISV-Microsoft relationship.

    For the technology-minded, we first take a look at Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’: what’s new and what are the opportunities for ISVs.  In addition, we give you an overview of the next version of our data platform, SQL Server 2012 and highlight the licensing changes.

    But also for those interested in the business perspective, there is plenty to look out for. We first have a great session on how to enter the SaaS business: how does this impact your business model, financials, licensing, etc.  In a second session, Tri-Vizor presents their experiences in building a business in the cloud, resulting in winning the Supply Chain Partner Award!

    Of course as you all know, we never forget about the fun part here at Microsoft, closing everything off with a drink, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with other ISVs and the Microsoft ISV team.

    On top of that, the first 50 to race towards that registration button get a free copy of Forza Motorsport 4 on Xbox 360! So don’t hesitate and register immediately.

       

    Practical Details

       
    Date: December 6, 2011
    15:00 – 18:00
       
    Location: Espace Del Goutte
    Rue de Bois-Seigneur-Isaac 40
    1421 Ophain


    Agenda

    15:00 – 15:30

    Welcome

    15:30 – 15:50

    Key note: The value of the ISV-Microsoft relationship
    Joe Wilson, Sr. Director of the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft Western Europe

    15:50 – 16:05

    Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’
    David Hernie, Developer & Platform Evangelist / Jeroen Van Hees, Mobile Business Group Lead

    16:05 – 16:20

    Break

    16:20 – 16:35

    Introduction to SQL Server 2012
    Christophe Van Mollekot, ISV Partner Account Manager

    16:35 – 16:50

    Partner Azure case: Tri-Vizor “Supply chain award winner”
    Alex Van Breedam

    16:50 – 17:05

    Starting up SaaS business: knowledge, practice sharing
    Ben Piquard, Director Microsoft Innovation Center asbl

    17:05

    Closing drink

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    Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October 2011 Update now available

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    The October release of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit (WAPTK) is now available as a free download. The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs (HOLs), presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. Download the full training kit including the hands-on labs, demo scripts, and presentations here. Browse through the individual hands-on labs on MSDN here.

    The October 2011 version of the training kit includes the following new and updated content:

    • HOL: SQL Azure Data-tier Applications NEW
    • HOL: SQL Azure Data Sync NEW
    • HOL: SQL Azure Federations NEW
    • DEMO: Provisioning Logical Servers using Cmdlets NEW
    • DEMO: Parallel Computing on Windows Azure - Travelling Salesman NEW
    • SQL Azure Labs and Demos with the new portal and tooling experience UPDATED
    • Applied several minor fixes in content UPDATED

    Also available is an updated preview of our web installer, which enables you to select and download just the hands-on labs, demos, and presentations you want instead of downloading the entire training kit. As new or updated hands-on labs, presentations, and demos are available they will automatically show up in the web installer. Download the training kit web installer preview release here.

    You can start building your application on it in 3 simple and easy to do steps:

    1. Download the Tools:

    Get Visual Studio Express and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio to start building and debugging applications for the Windows Azure Platform at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sdk/ 
    If you have already Visual Studio installed you can download the tools directly from http://tinyurl.com/toolsforazure.

    2. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric. You can learn more about the accounts at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/learn/get-started/ or you can sign up directly and get the trial http://tinyurl.com/getazurefreetrial.

    3. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

    First learn how to create a simple ASP.NET application in Visual Studio for Windows Azure and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/learn/tutorials/getting-started-web-tutorial/

    When all steps are executed successfully you should have running your first application on the Windows Azure Platform.

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    Quick tip: Expression Encoder SP2 released

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    The Expression team has announced Service Pack 2 for Expression Encoder 4. With this Service pack you get over 300 bug fixes and some new features:

    • Encoding features like support for 1 and 2-pass VBR for offline H.264 encodes, support for more AAC audio options (Pro only), ...
    • Live features such as Live crop, Support for Live H.264 VBR 1-pass, ...
    • No more screen capture 10-minute limit, template improvements, new SDK samples, including a thumbnail generator and more

    Note there are two versions of Expression Encoder, a free one and a Pro one. Some of the features are only applicable to the Pro version.

    Quick links:

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    Web Camps Belgium: Hands-on HTML5 and Web Apps announced

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    Web Camps are back! This time you can register for any of the four confirmed one-day events to learn more about using ASP.NET, open source web apps and get to some practical HTML5 coding.

    What are Web Camps Belgium: Hands-on HTML5 and Web Apps?

    imageWeb Camps Belgium are free full day training events where you get to get your hands on the technology and build something. If you are wondering how to take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, use a free open source app like Umbraco, Orchard, Drupal, or others or simply want to program your own website, then this event is for you.

    The morning section is presentation time while in the afternoon it’s time to get coding on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, ASP.NET and web apps. You will be able to choose from a more basic to a more advanced tutorial depending on your interests. The trainer will be available the full afternoon to help you build your app.

    Are you a camper?

    Practical details

    Dates (choose your preferred date and click to register)
    Because these events are hands-on seating is limited.

    Location:
    Microsoft office
    Da Vincilaan 3
    Zaventem

    Agenda of the day

    Morning – Theory and demos

    9:00 – 10:30

    Web Platform Overview and open source Web Apps

    Get a good overview of the Microsoft Web Platform, free tooling like Visual Studio 2010, Web Developer Express, IIS web server and a peek at what’s coming in Visual Studio 11 and ASP.NET MVC 4.

    After the general introduction we’ll show you around Orchard CMS, Umbraco and other open source CMS apps using WebMatrix.

    10:30 – 11:00

    Coffee Break

    11:00 – 12:30

    Practical HTML5

    This session kicks off with a good overview of the different elements in HTML5 that make up this umbrella term. We’ll go over standards HTML, new CSS3 specs and font usage and web app specs. Most importantly, the session will also address how you can start taking advantage of new features in the specs while still supporting older browsers through the use of polyfills and frameworks like Modernizr.

    To finish you’ll learn how to make your website shine on the Windows 7 taskbar through site pinning.

    12:30 – 13:30

    Lunch

    Afternoon – Hands-on labs

    13:30 – 17:00

    Hands-on labs

    The afternoon is hands-on, the perfect timing to apply the learning from the morning session.

    Labs include creating a website using a web app by leveraging, practical HTML5 and CSS3 labs addressing Canvas, WOFF, CSS3 layout features and more.

    At the end of the session you’ll have a good practical feeling on how to use and customize open source web apps as well as leveraging the best in HTML5 today.

    17:00 – 17:15

    Closing, discussion, top recommended resources

    Speaker: Kris van der Mast
    clip_image002Kris is an MVP since 2007, ASP Insider, board member of AZUG user group. Kris is a real community person who enjoys running, reading and seeing new places all over the globe and getting to know the local culture.

     

     

     

     

    What do we offer?

    • Training and content, labs
    • Drinks and food (yes free)
    • A good and free wireless connection

    Pre-requisites

    In order to follow the hands-on labs you need to bring your own laptop, packed with the following free tools:

    • Bring your own laptop!
    • Browsers:
    • WebMatrix
      • Go to WebMatrix Download
      • Click the green button Install WebMatrix button to install WebMatrix
    • Visual Web Developer 2010 Express
      • In Web Platform Installer, scroll to Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1 and click the button Add to install the Visual Studio Express tool.
        Or go through this link: http://www.asp.net/vwd
      • After you have successfully installed Visual Web Developer Express, you should see an Installed status.

    Optional: Visual Studio Web Standards Update: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdevtools/archive/2011/06/15/web-standards-update-for-visual-studio-2010-sp1.aspx

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    Register now for TechDays 2012 and benefit from 15% Early Bird discount

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    Starting today (November 2, 2011) registrations for the Belgian TechDays 2012 are OPEN!

    About Microsoft TechDays

    Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. Microsoft TechDays is one of the premier technical events in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed.

    With more technology areas than ever to explore, TechDays 2012 is the perfect place to get up-to-speed on the latest Microsoft technologies and up-level your skill on the technology you use every day. Content will be delivered by industry experts and Microsoft product team members.

    Register now

    Join our 10th anniversary edition in a new location (Kinepolis Imagibraine - Braine l'Alleud) and learn about:

    • Tooling and languages with Visual Studio, C# and VB
    • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
    • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET ...
    • Windows & Internet Explorer
    • Windows Server & Hyper-V
    • Windows Phone 7 development
    • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune

    TechDays 2012 Register Now

    Kinepolis Imagibraine

    After 3 great years in Metropolis Antwerp we’re moving TechDays to a new location: Kinepolis Imagibraine in Braine l’Alleud (Eigenbrakel). The movie theatre is easily reachable both by car and via public transportation.

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    If you’re coming by train: the Braine l’Alleud train station is very well connected with major cities in Belgium:

    - Antwerp: direct connection from Antwerpen-Centraal taking approx. 1 hour
    - Ghent: 1 hour trip from Gent Sint-Pieters, switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Brugge: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Hasselt: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Leuven: 50 min trip switching trains once at Brussel-Noord
    - Mons: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Namur: 1 hour trip switching trains once at Charleroi-Sud
    - Liège: 1,5 hour trip switching trains once at Brussel-Zuid
    - Brussels: 15 minutes from Brussel-Zuid

    There is a direct bus line (bus 67 from the TEC company) running from the Braine l’Alleud train station to Kinepolis Imagibraine, taking about 10 minutes.

    Coming by car? Kinepolis Imagibraine is just 5 minutes from the R0 highway (exit 24). Driving directions are available here.

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