The Philadelphia Microsoft Technology Center Is kicking off a new weekly Tech Talk series featuring interactive, one-hour technical sessions on Fridays from 12:00-1:00PM Eastern. Customers viewing the webcasts will be able to interact with presenters using an integrated Yammer, Yam Jam style, feed. All upcoming sessions are listed below. For more information on how to join the sessions, please visit the MTC Philadelphia website.

Have topics you would like to request for the Tech Talks series? Visit the Philadelphia MTC Facebook Page here, and leave the team a note with your suggestion.

We hope you will join and invite your colleagues as well.

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2/21 - What's New in SQL Server 2014? - William Emmert
SQL Server 2014's mission is to deliver mission critical performance, business insights for any data and platform for hybrid cloud. During this session, we will look at what's coming in the next release. We will cover new features such as in-memory and SQL with Azure Storage Integration and enhancements to columnstore, resource governor and security.

2/28 – Lync for Developers – Teo De Las Heras
The Lync Developer platform is a powerful differentiator, used by about 1 out 4 Lync customers. This session will explain the components of the platform, how it's used by customers, and how you can get more value out of Lync investments.

3/7 – Azure for Developers 1 of 4 Introduction to Microsoft Azure for the Enterprise – Todd Furst and Danilo Diaz
Cloud Computing, Mobility, Big Data and Social Media are the four major trends in IT today. Cloud Computer is unique in that it can be used to enable the others. In this session you will learn the basics concepts of cloud computing, patterns and economic of the cloud. We will also introduce Windows Azure – Microsoft's Cloud Computing platform.

3/14 - Azure for Developers 2 of 4 Connecting Your Corporate Environment to Azure – Todd Furst and Danilo Diaz
Azure provides several options to seamlessly extend customers' network to the Azure Cloud. In this session, we will walk through common customer scenarios amd show the Azure connectivity solution that best aligns to the scenario.

3/21 - Azure for Developers 3 of 4 Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) – Todd Furst and Danilo Diaz
In this session, we will walk through scenarios showing how customers can leverage Azure's IaaS capabilities to extend their datacenter to the cloud, quickly build test/dev environments, scale on demand, etc. We will also show how System Center can provide seamless management across both Azure and customers' on-prem cloud.

3/28 - Azure for Developers 4 of 4 Azure for Developers – Todd Furst and Danilo Diaz
Windows Azure is powerful platform that enables developers to build solid enterprise ready applications that are reliable and scalable. In this session will walkthrough some of the application building blocks available in Azure as well as some of the other services that can help developers thought the entire application life cycle.

4/4 – Enterprise Social with SharePoint, Yammer, and Azure Media Services – Michael Gannotti
Enterprise Social Media is hot and Microsoft is bringing the social heat. In this session learn how Microsoft brings together all the aspects of rich social media in an integrated fashion that can help your organization work smarter, faster, more efficiently.