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  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Engagement: Engage your mobile app users with targeted push notifications and in-app messages

    Hello Developers!! Trying to keep up with Azure announcements and new features is a very demanding activity. The number of new features and enhancements just in the past year was overwhelming. Microsoft is investing heavily in Azure innovation, while focusing on solving for the needs of developers...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for the new DVLUP?

    Hello Developers!! Today, the DVLUP team has announced the launch of their new site! This new site now further integrates DVLUP into the Microsoft Developer Network, and improves the experience for developers overall. DVLUP now lives as part of MSDN under Programs > Rewards. You can also access it...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure now free for Student Developers

    Hello Developers!! In this new age of information and technology, developing applications be it web or mobile is no longer limited to age group. With initiatives like hour of code that reaches out to students age 4 and above, children and specifically students can now develop and create something...
  • Blog Post: Start developing for Windows 10 with the SDK preview

    Hello developers!! Yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows 10 developer tooling preview with an initial SDK which is only available to members of Windows Insider Program for now. The tools will allow you to start developing for the Windows Universal App Platform. As you might already know Windows...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Developer Events in the UAE and Kuwait

          Hey Developers! We have a lot happening in the coming few months, and we just wanted to keep you posted with the activities we are running. All the below activities target enterprise as well as individual developers, and are delivered by Microsoft technical experts free of charge...
  • Blog Post: Add text recognition capabilities to Windows Store apps

    Some scenarios in a mobile app might require a text recognition mechanism, for example scanning a car plate or passport and transferring the input to data. Microsoft has built the library that you need to develop such a functionality in your WinRT apps. It is called Microsoft OCR Library for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Automatically set a startup project for Windows Universal Apps

    Hello Developers! Now with Universal Apps we have 3 or more projects loaded into the Visual Studio solution. Windows 8.1 Project: It contains XAML UI pages and code that targets Windows 8.1. Windows Phone 8.1 Project: It contains XAML UI pages and code that targets Windows Phone 8.1. Shared...
  • Blog Post: Meet Visual Studio's Code & Compile Error Assistant

    Developers! Have you ever suffered from error research frustration? Did you ever complain from having to leave your code to copy/paste and research the error message in a search engine. Does the following image frequently popup in dreams or nightmares ? Then you will love this new feature in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone in a Nutshell at Microsoft Office Dubai

    Join us in person or online on March 5th at 6pm in Dubai for the Windows Phone in a Nutshell talk to get an overview of what you need to build a Windows Phone 8 app, and how to do it in minutes! This interactive session will cover the key app development features of the platform and will include demoes...
  • Blog Post: New to Mobile Services .NET and PhoneGap Support

    Last week, Microsoft released a great deal of enhancements to Windows Azure . Among these enhancements we had some great updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services , which included: .NET support Notification Hubs integration Integrated PhoneGap support .NET Support Now Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Develop Apps and Fly

    Ready, Set, Go! ✓ Are you passionate about developing apps? ✓ Are you looking to be a famous developer? ✓ Are you super-excited to attend TechEd in Europe? If you answered yes to all of the above then the Develop and Fly Challenge is your chance to win a trip to TechEd in Europe. Click here...
  • Blog Post: New Courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy

    New Windows 8.1, Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2013 courses are now being offered on Microsoft Virtual Academy. For those who are not familiar with Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), it offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses...
  • Blog Post: Dubai Hackathon

    Dubai, UAE Microsoft Office,GEMS Room, Bldg #8, DIC November 22-23 9am-7pm FREE EVENT Limited seating, register today. To find out more click here Join the Dubai Hackathon week-end and develop Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 applications. This is your opportunity to get training and support...
  • Blog Post: Windows and Windows Phone developer accounts merged

    2 Platforms + 2 Stores + 2 Markets = 1 Developer account Exciting news today regarding your Windows and Windows Phone developer account benefits. As announced on the official Windows Blog , starting today, developers (and basically anyone interested) will be able to register (and renew) their account...
  • Blog Post: 10 Online sessions for Windows Phone 8 Development

    Windows Phone and non windows phone developers brace yourselves for a series of 10 weekly online sessions throughout the upcoming 2 months, the sessions cover Windows Phone 8 Development from a general introduction and overview of the Windows Phone 8 differentiated features across building and designing...
  • Blog Post: Facebook makes it easier to integrate with Windows 8 and WP8 apps!

    While we still wait for Facebook to release an official app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 , the social networking service is now making it easier for third-party app developers of those platforms to put in Facebook features in their apps. In a post on the Windows Phone developer blog...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from VPS to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    “Virtual Machines deliver on-demand, salable compute infrastructure when you need to quickly provision resources to meet your growing business needs. With Virtual Machines, you get choice of Windows Server and Linux operating systems in multiple configurations on top of the trustworthy Windows...
  • Blog Post: Build your own Web site using Azure for Free in 5 minutes

    Building a website has never been easier with the new CMS available today, but configuring it to be up and running was always a time consuming job; configuring the database, providing the connection string, configuring the domain, setting up ftp account to upload your website…etc. " Web Sites...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start (Free Course)

    The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to announce the second Jump Start in a three-course virtualization series. This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed with how Microsoft virtualization and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works and compares with VMware vSphere...
  • Blog Post: Build an App in 3 Days!

    Developers and Designers, we are inviting you to the first App Academy in Kuwait on Feb 10, 2013. It will be held at Gulf University for Science and Technology in the main auditorium. This program will ramp up your development skills on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Application design and development...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING VISUAL STUDIO 2012 UPDATE 2 CTP 2

    We are excited to announce the availability of the CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 , as it bring forwards a number of improvements for the XAML developer. The following are some of the key improvements you will find in this release: WPF, SILVERLIGHT AND SKETCHFLOW SUPPORT IN BLEND Blend for...
  • Blog Post: Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start (Free online course + Free exam vouchers)

    This course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps students gain basic HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript programming skills. This course is an entry point into both the Web application and Windows Store apps training paths and helps prepare learners for Microsoft exam 70-480...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mobile Services New Features & Content Updates

    Today, Microsoft announced updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services which allows developers to take advantage of the cloud to build and deploy modern apps for Windows 8 and iOS. Whether you are a developer building for the Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, or iPad, Mobile Services provides an easy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with C# (Free online course!)

    Ready to make money and share your great Windows 8 app ideas with the world? Not sure where to start? Start here! Over the course of 34 lessons, our friend Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development by walking you through building the Contoso...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new SkyDrive app for Xbox Live — created by Microsoft interns

    Just how sharp are computer science and engineering students these days? Look no further than the new SkyDrive app for Xbox Live, rolled out by Microsoft today . It was created from scratch by a team of six Microsoft interns, who were able to make a feature-complete version of the app over the summer...
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