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    Xbox Companion App release for Windows Phone 7 (cross-posting)

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    Have you seen the Productivity Future Vision video released a few weeks ago? May you think a lot of it is not more than science fiction. I look at it focusing on the overall trends and pieces of technology that are coming together more and more to move towards that vision.

    Yesterday’s Xobx Companion App for Windows Phone release is an example of how things come together. You can control your Xbox through the app, learn more details about what you’re listening to or playing, get access to more content, and more.

    My colleague David Hernie blogged about the release, so check out all the details in his post “Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App”.

    >> Direct link: Download Xbox Companion App here, it’s free.

    Before leaving you, a few screenshots to give you an idea:

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    Want to be  that you can keep up on all the latest stuff from Windows Phone through the The Birdsflok website and @WP7BE Twitter handle.

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    TechDays 2012: 80% of agenda online and 1 more week to benefit from 15% discount

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    Just 1 more week to benefit from a 15% discount on your ticket for TechDays 2012: the Early Bird pricing ends on December 21. Registrations are coming in strong, so be sure to secure your spot before we sell out!

    Top Speakers

    Developer Track
    Alex Turner

    Brian Keller

    Jeff Prosise
    IT Pro Track
    Corey Hynes

    John Craddock

    Adam Hall

    We are happy to confirm speakers like:

    - In the Developer track: Alex Turner, Brian Keller, Bart De Smet, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Prosise, Maarten Balliauw, Matt Milner, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Nikhil Kothari, Rob Miles, Tarek Madkour, Wade Wegner

    - In the IT Pro track: John Craddock, Kurt Roggen, Ilse Van Criekinge, Adam Hall, Corey Hynes, Kim Oppalfens, Mike Resseler, Dan Holme 

    International speakers are teamed up with our local experts to give you a top content mix.


    TechDays program: 80% of agenda is finalized

    This year promises to bring a lot of new content from Microsoft. Looking at the next versions of tooling, languages, OS and management you know this is not a standard TechDays event. Our content is split into current and upcoming technology.

    Deep Dives (February 16)

    Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans (U2U) will be delivering a full day .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio (Dev11) Futures for Web Development Deep Dive covering all the latest and greatest in .NET 4.5, focusing on Web Development with ASP.NET, HTML5 and WCF.

    Rhonda Layfield will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the different tools and techniques to deploy Windows 7, she will also cover the upcoming Windows OS deployment tools.

    Mike Resseler & Tom Shinder will deliver a full day covering private cloud topics, including Management and Operations of your private cloud infrastructure.


    About TechDays 2012

    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 Futures
    • Next generation apps
    • 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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    New Windows Azure Site and Features Available (cross-posting)

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    Cross posting from my colleague Bart Vande Ghinste’s blog.

    Yesterday Microsoft released the new Windows Azure Website with improved billing, management and SQL Azure capabilities. The site is in English today with localized versions planned to roll out next year

    A highlight of the new features include:

    • Implementation of “Spending caps” where you can eliminate the risk of being charged by setting a €0 cap or reduce risk of large bills from unexpected usage by setting a higher cap and receiving alerts as they approach the cap.
    • SQL Azure database size increased from 50GB to 150GB and lowered prices
    • SQL Azure also has a new sharding feature along with SQL Azure Federation that enables you to build applications that are virtually unlimited in size
    • Open Source Experience with an updated Java SDK, a new SDK for Node.js that makes Windows Azure a first-class environment and new limited preview of Hadoop on Windows Azure
    • Simplified billing/reporting experience that integrates directly into the Management Portal
    • ISO 27001 complaint (public certification coming next month)

    On Tuesday December 13th after European Business hours, Microsoft will be holding a special Windows Azure event for developers. Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. More details can be found here.

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

    1. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.

    Note: With the new capping functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.

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

    Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

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

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    Quick tip: SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, Hotmail calendars and more

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    Last week the Windows Live team announced the availability of the SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos, so you can leverage the user’s free cloud storage in your own applications. There are several ways to integrate:

    • REST APIs for usage within any type of application or device such as websites, mobile apps, basically any application that can do a REST call.
    • Live SDK for Windows Phone, allowing you to integrate with SSO using a Windows Live ID and have access to SkyDrive, Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger
    • Live SDK with Windows 8 Preview: more details in this post “A preview of Windows Live for Windows 8

    In addition to SkyDrive the APIs also give you access to the user’s Hotmail contacts and calendars as well as integrating with Messenger via XMMP.

    Take advantage of these features to give your users seamless access to their documents and photos in your applications. As the usage of cloud behind the scenes becomes more and more current users grow the expectations that their content is always available and synchronized from wherever they access your app. SkyDrive might be one of those options for you.

    >> Official blog post: SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos—now ready to cloud enable apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone and more

    >> Live Connect Developer Center

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    JIT for Christmas, Lumia 800 for WP7 project call participants

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    Some folks are getting an extra Christmas present this year Smile 
    Read further what my colleague David Hernie has the pleasure to announce! And don’t hesitate to participate next time.

    The Microsoft Innovation Center organized in 2011 four Windows Phone 7 project Calls. The objective of this initiative is to stimulate and support developer, student or company to develop innovative apps on the Windows Phone 7.5 platform.

       
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    The contract was simple –

    • Participate to the training,
    • Subscribe to the Marketplace,
    • Develop at least 6 applications before Dec 31
    • Tweet about it on #wp7be & #micbelgique.

     

    I’m really pleased to announce

    1. Matthieu Vandenhende
    2. Glenn Versweyveld
    3. Alice Cloquet
    4. Bart Smets

     

    A phone is waiting for you at the Microsoft Office at Zaventem – 9th floor – Reception Desk. (Available from Tuesday noon)- Please come with a valid ID

     

    You want to participate to our next project call - Very simple

    Save the date, the next one will be organized in February after the TechDays.

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    TechDays 2012 Developer Content Update

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    We’re almost ready to confirm 100% of the developer agenda for TechDays 2012, February 14th to 16th 2012. Take a look at the online session listing and speakers where you can see for yourself and have your preferred agenda in mind.
    Just in time for the end of the early bird, ending today!

    Top speakers

    This year we are welcoming some regulars as well as some new faces to the event. Speakers like Jeff Prosise, Bart De Smet, Brian Keller, Wade Wegner, Tarek Madkour, Matt Milner and more. Alex Turner is also back after a few years away, as is Nikhil Kothari the creator of Script#. From over the English channel we are welcoming Steve Sanderson and Richard Finn for the first time, as is Rob Miles joining us for the second year.

    Local speaker favorites and again a few new faces for TechDays: Gill Cleeren, Maarten Balliauw, Kevin Dockx and Sam Vanhoutte, and Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans for the post-conference deep dive.

    As for the keynote: we still have an announcement to be made there once we are ready to confirm.

    The big content themes

    Our big focus is giving developers get a head-start on the platform and tools such as the next generation of Visual Studio Tools and Languages, the main patterns and paradigms to build applications leveraging cloud services and targeting multiple devices.
    At the same time we also ensure there are enough sessions that go deep on current technology learning’s and real world architectures.

    Post-conference deep dive

    This year the developer deep dive on “Web Development Futures” is delivered by Jurgen Postelmans and Peter Himschoot from U2U. Peter and Jurgen prepared a full day of sessions focusing on Visual Studio 11 for web development, ASP.NET (4.5) Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC 4, HTML5 and WCF. If you are looking at how to leverage new tooling for HTML5 and JavaScript development, target multiple devices, take advantage of ASP.NET features you should not miss this deep dive.

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    A grab at some of the sessions

    The Future of C# and Visual Basic (Bart De Smet)
    Today's trend of connected, service-oriented, cloud-centric applications forces us to rethink everyday programming tasks such as I/O, ensuring responsiveness and scalability. Asynchronous programming is an essential tool in achieving those goals, unfortunately lacking language support.
    With C# 5.0 and Visual Basic 11 this changes, thanks to the introduction of the new async and await keywords. Come and learn how to use those exciting new programming language features for a variety of asynchronous tasks, including the usage of new Windows 8 Runtime APIs.
    After covering caller-info attributes - a little language feature introduced in this iteration of the languages as well - we'll have a look at project "Roslyn", turning compilers into services that can be leveraged to write custom refactorings, great IDE experiences, meta-programming, REPLs, and more.

    Project Roslyn: Exposing the C# and VB compiler’s code analysis (Alex Turner)
    Until now, the VB and C# compilers have been used as black boxes. You put text in, and you get out a binary file. In our long-lead project, codename “Roslyn”, we’ll be changing that dynamic by building an API that exposes our compilers’ analysis engines. In this session, we’ll give an overview of the Roslyn project and share our early plans for the future version of the C# and VB compiler and language services. We’ll look at object models that can be used for code generation, analysis, and refactoring, and upcoming support for scripting and interactive use of C# and Visual Basic.

    Devices + Cloud: Using Windows Azure with Windows Phone, iOS, Android (Wade Wegner)
    So, you’re building apps that span multiple devices apps and you’re curious about what the cloud can offer. Is it possible to deploy scalable Web apps and services on Windows Azure? How about storing data in the cloud? Is it possible to use the cloud for push notifications to the device? In this session, you'll learn how to build Windows, Windows Phone, Android and even iOS apps that are backed by scalable cloud services with the Windows Azure platform. This demo-focused session will cover the end-to-end experience and address how to tackle issues such as authentication, storage and notifications across a wide range of devices.

    Developing HTML5 Applications with Script# Compiling C# into JavaScript (Nikhil Kothari)
    Script#, a free C# to JavaScript compiler, brings the power of Visual Studio and .NET Tools to build a productive and familiar development model for creating, testing and managing modern applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript along with popular frameworks such as jQuery. This session provides a hands-on look at using Script#, shares success stories and experiences from real-world use. More information about Script# is at http://www.scriptsharp.com and https://github.com/nikhilk/scriptsharp. Come learn about getting started, and contributing to the project.

    Windows Phone Fast App Switching, Tombstoning and Multitasking (Ben Riga)
    With Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) comes the ability for users to switch quickly between running applications. This dramatically enhances the end-user experience and will be expected by end-users. In this session you'll learn how fast app switching works and how to prepare your application for this functionality. Finally we'll cover how to incorporate background tasks into your applications for notifications, file transfers and audio.

    Silverlight, MVVM & WCF RIA Services: an architectural story (Kevin Dockx)
    At the start of each project, you’ll have to lay out your solution architecture - and it’s very important to “get this right”. Silverlight, MVVM & WCF RIA Services work nicely together, but as with each architecture, the best solution depends on your application requirements. What are your options in this case? What are the pitfalls? How can you tie these technologies together to provide you with a solid foundation for your projects? This is an in-depth session, based on real-life experience.

    Building services for your phone and tablet applications using WebAPI (Matt Milner)
    The Web API is a new framework for building web services in .NET. In this session you will learn how to use this framework by example as we build a service and show how it can be consumed from mobile clients such as tablets and phones.

    More details to be announced soon for the last set of speakers and sessions, we do have a few sessions under the covers that will make developers happy Smile

    So what’s your top list of sessions? I’ll aggregate some of the lists blogged by the community soon, so don’t hesitate to put up your list to be referenced.

    See you at TechDays!

    Note: schedule, speakers and agenda are subject to change.

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    Azure Spotlight: Numeri’zik Robot Stream Goes Cloudy (cross posting)

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    Leveraging an interesting post from my colleague Nick with a case on Numeri’zik’s project on Windows Azure.

     

    Numeri’zik is a Belgian startup company that is involved in the digitization of media and new ways of communication. They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, through which they have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners.Numerizik Logo

    Robot Stream LogoCompanies need to communicate to their employees about internal events, organizational changes, HR-related announcements, etc. Often email or other electronic communication is not appropriate and a more personal approach is needed. However, bringing all employees together in one physical location may not always be possible for different reasons.

    Numeri’zik has built the Robot Stream application, which provides companies and institutions with an Enterprise Radio that gives them an innovative, fun and informal way to communicate with their employees. Through Robot Stream, you can integrate information messages in a music stream and target them at all or specific groups of employees, regardless of their location. Whether it’s in the coffee corner, during lunch in the cafeteria, on the PC or smartphone, you can reach anyone, anywhere in the organization.

    With support from the Microsoft Innovation Center in Mons, Numeri’zik has developed the Robot Stream solution using Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform. The streaming server is hosted in Windows Azure and which can communicate with an on-premise Robot Stream appliance (NumeriBox).

    By leveraging Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Numeri’zik can offer its customers a solution that is highly available without having to invest in and manage a server infrastructure. At the same time, as the number of Robot Stream users fluctuates the platform can flexibly scale up or down, optimizing the operational cost.

    Follow Numeri’zik:

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    Do you want to be the next one to feature your cloud application here?  You can get started with the Windows Azure platform in 2 easy steps:

    1. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the free trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.
    Note: With the new capping functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.

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

    Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

    When all steps are executed successfully you should have your first application running on the Windows Azure Platform. Let us know about it and maybe you’ll be in the spotlights!

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    Call for C++ Community folks in Belgium – January 10th meeting

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    Are you passionate about C++ and interested in finding like-minded people? Feel like coming together, setting an informal User Group in 2012? We’d like to support you in that and have a call to action for you.

    Marc Gregoire, C++ MVP and author of the book Professional C++, 2nd Edition is one of the folks passionate about the technology and interested in starting up a more active C++ community in Belgium. Are you interested? Join Marc and us for an informal discussion at the Microsoft office in Zaventem on Tuesday January 10th 2012 at 6:30 PM.

    Contact Marc through his blog, leave a note on this blog or reach out to me via Twitter and we’ll see you in January.

    If you are looking for some of the other Microsoft technology communities we have the full listing here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/nl-be/cc196311.

    As I’m sure I’ve said it before, developer communities are doing a great job in Belgium. With the end of year period I just wanted to make sure I give a special thank you for the motivation you give us at MSDN Belgium. Keep up the good work and looking forward to continuing the collaboration in 2012!

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    Join us for the first PHP & Windows Azure Hackthon in Belgium

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    My second post of the day is another one about User Groups and communities. You’d think we only work with Microsoft-technology focused user groups? You’d be wrong Smile

    One of the user groups I’ve been working with in the past few years is the PHPBenelux. Since there are enough interesting touch-points around interoperability, MS’s increased support for PHP on Windows and of course support on Windows Azure platform there is no reason why we would not collaborate.

    Some of the folks in the PHP community have been great to work with, and it’s a great pleasure to be sponsoring the PHPBenelux Conference again this year (27-28 January 2012). What’s new: with the help of Michelangelo van Dam (@dragonbe) and Maarten Balliauw (@maartenballiauw) we’ll be hosting a free half day Azure/PHP Hackathon on January 27th 2012.

    When getting your ticket for the conference be sure to add the free hackathon and come hack away on PHP & Azure.

    My thanks to the whole PHPBenelux community. We look forward to another successful PHPBenelux Conference.

    Some references:

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    Deadline approaching for student competition “The Imagine Cup 2012” (cross posting)

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    If you are a student or a teacher, this is something you should make sure to read. My colleague Lieve Goedhuys has the full post on the Academic Belux blog.

    Leveraging the information below:

     

    image The StudentsAppsVenture contest has just been closed, or another very renowned international competition is waiting for you : “Imagine Cup 2012”. In addition to the prestigious category “Software design”, there are 4 other very interesting competitions in which you can participate as individual student or in groups up to 4 participants.

    Sign up for the Imagine Cup. It is an amazing experience!

    What makes it so exciting ?

    • You work on a topic that interest you the most – though related to “millennium development goals” ( eradicate poverty and hunger, education for all, sustainability, improve maternal health, reduce child mortality, ..)
    • You will use all various skillsets : project management, technical development and communication skills
    • You discover in-depth the technology and will be encouraged to go the extra mile, via e-learning and or coaching
    • You will be able to network with peers ( participating students and academic coaches)
    • Big prizes : the best Belgian teams in each category will be able to join the international contest in Sydney from July 6-10. Travel and participation costs will be completely covered for you. On top of that, the best international team (being the winners of each category) can win a prize ranging from 3.000USD up to 25.000USD!

    How can you participate ?

    There are different categories, with focus on different technologies. You will certainly find the category that fits best your core skills/interest.

    Have a look at the different categories, presented in a nutshell.

    You can still register, but act now : select carefully your category and topic to work !

    Category

    Short description

    Rules

    DEADLINE for registration and 1st round

    Software design

    In this ultimate category, participants will develop innovative, dynamic and powerful software applications. It is the ideal competition to demonstrate your ideas and technical ingenuity.

    info

    March 13, 2012

    Windows Phone Challenge

    Develop a Phone App (Imagine Cup theme). Ensure it is a practical application with a strong content and an appealing look and feel.

    info

    March 13, 2012

    Azure challenge

    Use the Azure Cloud computing platform in an innovative way to develop a powerful web application that answers one of the challenges of the millennium targets.

    info

    March 13, 2012

    Game design: Xbox/Windows

    Create a “fun game” that illustrates the Imagine Cup themes. Above all, the game should be fun to play and illustrate how technology can impact positively the world in which we live.

    info

    February 14, 2012

    Game design phone competition

    Develop a creative and technically unique phone game in line with the Imagine Cup themes. Do not forget a high fun factor !

    info

    February 14, 2012

    For all categories, except Software design, the will be a first and second round, managed completely by Microsoft Corp. Please read carefully through the info on each category to find out:

    Good luck.. and hope to see you and your teammates in Sydney !

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    TechDays 2012: Scott Guthrie for developer opening session and content updates

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    Less than one month to go! As we approach TechDays 2012 be sure to secure your spot before we sell out! The full agenda is now available: we invite you to have a closer look and pick your favorite sessions.
    Note: keep in mind minor changes to the agenda are still possible. Make sure to check online for the latest version.
       
    As you can imagine, we’re very happy to announce that for our 10th anniversary edition we got a special gift ... Scott Guthrie (aka The Gu) will deliver the Opening Session for developers on February 14! That’s not all, you can enjoy two extra breakouts by Scott as well: a session on ASP.NET MVC 4 as well as “ScottGu Unplugged”. Come prepared with your questions!

    Opening Session by Scott Guthrie

    Top Speakers

    Join a mix of international third-party and Microsoft speakers paired with some of our local heroes. Some names are:

    • In the Developer track: Alex Turner, Brian Keller, Bart De Smet, Scott Guthrie, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Prosise, Maarten Balliauw, Matt Milner, Ben Riga, Steve Sanderson, Rob Miles, Tarek Madkour, Nick Harris, …
    • In the IT Professional track: John Craddock, Kurt Roggen, Ilse Van Criekinge, Adam Hall, Corey Hynes, Kim Oppalfens, Mike Resseler, Dan Holme


    TechDays Full Agenda Now Available

    This year promises to bring a lot of new content from Microsoft. Looking at the next versions of tooling, languages, OS and management you know this is not a standard TechDays event. Our content is split into current and upcoming technology. You can take advantage of filtering options on the website in order to build your custom agenda by adding sessions to your calendar through the export icon. By choosing a filter on the main themes you can have your Chinese sessions menu.

    Register now

    Deep Dives (February 16)

    Peter Himschoot and Jurgen Postelmans (U2U) will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the latest and greatest in .NET 4.5, focusing on Web Development with ASP.NET (both WebForms and MVC), HTML5 and WCF. Come spend a full day with us to dive into next-generation web development.

    Rhonda Layfield
    will be delivering a full day deep dive covering all the different tools and techniques to deploy Windows 7, she will also cover the upcoming Windows OS deployment tools.

    Mike Resseler & Tom Shinder
    will deliver a full day covering private cloud topics, including Management and Operations of your private cloud infrastructure.

    Please note that 1 day tickets for the Deep Dives Day are SOLD OUT. Other packages are still available: register here
      
    Entrepreneur Track (February 15)

    New at TechDays 2012 is the Entrepreneur Track: 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.

    This track is organized in close collaboration with the Microsoft Innovation Centers – the MICs are supporting entrepreneurs and startups to boost their IT projects into a successful business enterprises.

    It is possible to register separately for this track. MIC members should contact the MIC directly as there is an offering from the MIC.


    Dynamics Sessions (February 14)

    In an effort to broaden the topics of the conference there will also be 3 sessions about Microsoft Dynamics on the TechDays agenda. All 3 of them are scheduled on February 14:

    10:45 – 12:00
    Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Better Together
    Wim Coorevits

    13:00 – 14:15
    Integrating on premise Line Of Business applications with CRM Online
    Sam Vanhoutte

    14:30 – 15:45
    Extending the reach of your Microsoft Dynamics AX Application with the next-gen tools
    Jeroen Doens

     
    About TechDays 2012   

    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 Futures  (.NET 4.5 and Dev11)
    • Cloud development with Windows Azure Platform
    • Windows 8 Metro Style applications runtime and apps
    • Web development with HTML5, JavaScript and ASP.NET
    • Windows & Internet Explorer
    • Windows Server 8 & Hyper-V
    • Windows Phone 7 development
    • System Center 2012 & Windows Intune 

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

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    Bring your idea to life- turn it into an app (Windows Phone development)

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    Need some extra developer content on Windows Phone 7? My colleague David Hernie has setup a set of training sessions from deep dives to Blend training to take your skills to the next level.

    Leveraging David’s post below:

    Windows Phone 7.5 brings dozens of new platform features to Windows Phone. When you have previously built an application for Windows Phone, you might ask yourself, "How do I take advantage of all these cool new features in my existing Windows Phone application?" Well, there are 2 ways to get your question answered:clip_image002

     

    • You prefer to have a real discussion with an expert and follow an intensive training ? Then this blog post is for you.
    • No, you don’t have the opportunity to release a couple of days or you want to do it at your space then I propose an online training.

    19- 20 March– Windows Phone 7.5 Deep Dive in the Platform –English – 2 days

     

    You are an experienced developer in Windows Phone or Silverlight. You want to go deeper and develop complex applications. This is the right place for you. No introduction, we suppose you are comfortable with the tools and technology. That means, no “Hello World”. That means no XAML introduction. But instead, we’ll dive in the features offered by the Windows Phone 7.5 platform. You’ll get your hands dirty while doing some hands-on labs, where you get the chance to apply your newly gathered knowledge.

    Speaker : Gill Cleeren http://www.snowball.be/

    Registration : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-deep-dive-in-the-plateform

    Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

    3- 4 April – Windows Phone 7.5 – Design – All about Microsoft Blend – English – 2 days

     

    This training of 2 days will focus only on Blend Design almost not on writing C#

    With Expression Blend for Windows Phone, it has never been easier to create the user interface of your application; simply drag UI elements to the design surface where they can be quickly customized and styled, import assets from tools such as Adobe Photoshop and turn them into data driven UI elements before finalizing your UI with transitions and animation that bring your application to life users navigate from screen to screen.

    Speaker : Fons Sonnemans from Reflexion IT

    Topics detail : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-microsoft-expression-blend-training

    Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

    16-17 April – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call - Français -2 Days

     

    You are an individual, student or a company, your goal is to acquire a new competence This is for you - No marketing blabla - 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive a token, coaching, even a phone if you publish some applications

    Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

    registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75

    Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

    4-5 June – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call - Francais -2 Days

     

    You are a student individual or a company, your goal is to acquire new competencies This is for you - No marketing blala - 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive atoken & coaching

    Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

    registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75--2

    Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

    You need more …. like Dev tokens, phone to develop & test, advise, visibility .. Just ask me dhernie@microsoft.com or just be curious – Follow David on twitter

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    Join the Belgian Experts and Microsoft Corp Product team for 12 hours of SQL Server 2012

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    12hofsqlJoin us for the 12 hours of SQL Server 2012, the next release of the Microsoft Cloud-Ready Information Platform that is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2012. During the 12 hours of SQL Server 2012 we'll offer you 12 webcasts over 12 hours starting 12:12 CET on February 24th (too bad February 12th is a Sunday).

    Together with our 12 speakers, both local and international, we'll walk you through the all new innovations we're bringing to the platform, or as we call them "The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012". Our speakers will dive into all the new things around Business Intelligence, Tier-1 Performance & Reliability, the Manageability enhancements and of course the Cloud readiness and integration of SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure.

    Make sure to Register Today and explore the next release of SQL Server 2012 together with us.

    Agenda:

    Timing Title
    12:12-13:12 Partially Contained Databases
    13:12-14:12 An introduction to Data Quality Services (DQS)
    14:12-15:12 Power View from the Data Visualisation Perspective
    15:12-16:12 Building your first Analysis Services Tabular BI Semantic model with SQL Server 2012
    16:12-17:12 What's new in Integration Services 2012?
    17:12-18:12 Manageability Enhancements of SQL Server 2012
    18:12-19:12 Building the Perfect BI Semantic Tabular models for Power View
    19:12-20:12 SQL Server 2012 and Big Data
    20:12-21:12 Extending your data to the cloud
    21:12-22:12 Database Schema Management & Deployment using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
    22:12-23:12 Inside SQL Azure: Self Governing, Self-Healing, Massively Scalable Database Service in the Cloud
    23:12-00:12 Performance and High-Availability at Scale with SQL Server 2012
  • Katrien's MSDN Blog

    Quick tip: Windows Phone 7 Guidance - patterns & practices release

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    The patterns&practices team at Microsoft has just released an update to last year’s Windows Phone Developer Guide. With release of Windows Phone 7.5, and the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, the team has updated the guide to “A Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud Services".

    This guidance is built for developers looking to developer high-quality software. It might be overkill if you are looking to develop a really simple Windows Phone application.

    In addition to the “Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud Services”, the team has also spent time on guidance around “Building Testable Windows Phone Applications” as well as a piece of guidance on the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel): “Developing a Windows Phone Application using the MVVM Pattern”. There is full detailed  documentation as well as sample code and libraries.

    Resources

    >> Go to Patterns & Practices: Windows Phone Guidance Home on MSDN
    >> On Codeplex: http://wp7guide.codeplex.com

  • Katrien's MSDN Blog

    Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 Sneak Peek and beta date announced

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    Today, S. Somasegar and Jason Zander gave a sneak preview of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta, officially announcing Beta availability for February 29th 2012.

    More details on the announcement, TFS Express and the new UI.Four examples of a common visual language across multiple products 

    Looking for content?
    There were several sessions covering Visual Studio 11 (Developer Preview) features at TechDays Belgium 2012. All sessions are posted live on Channel9 and soon at www.techdays.be.

     

     

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