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    Adding gulp to Visual Studio Online Builds

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    At one of our Code in the Cloud camps someone asked me how they could integrate front-end build tasks in the Visual Studio Online (VSO) build process. Lately we’ve been adding great support for gulp/grunt/bower into our Visual Studio IDE (check out this...
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    Using Azure Search from PHP

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    Updated March 3, 2015: Azure Search is now generally available – updated pricing tier info and API version info. I recently had to present at a local PHP meetup where I gave an introduction to Microsoft Azure. As part of this I worked out some sample...
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    Game On! March 13: Learn to build a Unity game in 12 hours

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    Traditionally writing 3D or 2D games was not for the faint of heart. It took in-depth knowledge in math, physics, computer graphics, etc. to even build the simplest of games that had some level of realism to them. Long story short: game development was...
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    Running Powershell Web Jobs on Azure websites

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    Update: Web Jobs now natively support PowerShell scripts.  You can upload a zip file containing a .ps1 file and it will be executed without further configurations. Just last week we announced a series of new features for the Windows Azure platform...
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    Are you ready to Build?

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    The one constant in this technology world is change .  Technology changes at an amazing pace and it’s not trivial to keep up with this as a developer. Only six months ago we were in San Francisco for Build 2013. Since that time we have released Windows...
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    Superhackathon is back on November 15: Bigger, Better, Bolder

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    With the general availability of Windows 8.1 , the official launch of Surface 2 , the announcement of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 , the timing is perfect for you to show off your app development skills!  Continuing a great tradition, on November 15th...
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    Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #7

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    It’s time for our 7th blog post in our series of new Belgian Apps and it’s been a pretty big harvest again! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here . Personalize your device right now by installing these apps . And don’t forget to provide...
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    Stars of the Store

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    Over the last few weeks we have posted about new Belgian apps published to the Windows Store.  In this post we want to highlight a few ‘ Stars of the Store ’, great apps that have been in the Store for a while and have been updated recently. Yelo...
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    Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #6

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    This is the 6th blog post in our series to highlight new apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Store, made by developers in Belgium.  And what great activity we have seen since our previous post! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them...
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    Upcoming Microsoft Developer Camps (September - November) in Belgium

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    September is here! Back to school for our kids, but also at work things are speeding up again after the summer break. To help you improve your skills, we've got a number of free Developer Camps lined up in the next few months for you to join. Do you want...
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    Getting more downloads for your Windows Store app

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    How can you make your app more visible in the Windows Store and boost your downloads?  As we describe in the App Promotion Checklist , collecting user feedback can be accelerator for driving app downloads. In this blogpost I’m going to cover how...
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    The Ultimate Checklist to Promote Your App

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    Learn how to build a high quality app, that's visible in the Store, gets downloaded and receives good ratings. Introducing: the ultimate checklist on promoting your Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps ! (Also available as PDF document: right here .) It all...
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    Up for a challenge this summer?

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    Be brave. Defy the odds. Face the competition. Complete all 4 challenges of the Developer Summer Quest by September 15th 2013 and win a Surface Pro ! At each stage you can catch extra prizes, and even better: all 4 challenges are open as from today. Check...
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    Build 2013: Visual Studio 2013 Preview Available Now

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    On Wednesday Steve Ballmer kicked off the Build 2013 developer conference in San Francisco, and there’s been quite some buzz about the announcements we have made. And you’ll agree that with the Windows 8.1 Preview, a whole bunch of really cool features...
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    How do you build a Windows Store LOB app?

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    When building a line-of-business (LOB) app there are numerous things to consider.  Of course you need a great user experience, but what about validating user input, user authentication, how do you deal with application state across suspend-resume...
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    Join the Windows 8 App Race: Win Visual Studio headphones and Asus tablets

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    We want to give you a push in the back to develop great applications – join the Windows 8 App Race and win: How to win Your app(s) need to be published between April 1 and June 15, 2013 . Complete the contest form(s) on http://aka.ms/race . There is no...
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    Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

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    Today we announced the general availability of our Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support! With this release Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network move out of Preview and are now ready to use for your production apps. With Azure...
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    Relive TechDays Belgium 2013 online: videos and slides available!

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    2 weeks ago we closed the Microsoft TechDays 2013 in Antwerp. Close to 2900 IT Professionals, Developers and Students enjoyed 90 sessions with top content led by a broad selection of international and local top speakers. A special THANK YOU goes to our...
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    [MOOC] Start building apps on Windows 8

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    Windows 8 is a Windows re-imagined designed for both touch and keyboard. It is a mobile cloud-powered system which makes it easy to keep people connected and across multiple devices while leveraging the power of all the new capabilities of today’s hardware...
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    Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!

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    Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27 th for the 4-locations Belgian Windows 8 first Superhackathon . Code, build, eat, drink & win. Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows...
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    GOT AN APP IDEA? GET FUNDING and SUPPORT NOW !

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      Do you have a first-to-market idea with a fresh approach on design elegance, and superior quality and performance? Are you a developers and/or entrepreneur with the ambition to launch the next big thing in mobile? The Aalto University (Finland...
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    Microsoft TechDays 2013 (Belgium): First sessions & speakers announced!

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      Join top international and local speakers who can't wait to share their excitement with you about Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, HTML5 ... and much more! We're very happy to announce the following top speakers for...
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    Windows App Day November 23rd – Cook up the next great app

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      The app market is here to stay. Are you ready to talk Apps? Are you ready to design Apps? Are you ready to develop Apps? Don’t miss the first Windows App Day , packed with national and international speakers to talk about App Development, User...
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    WOWZAPP: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows in Brussels (November 10)

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    Eat. Drink. Code. Join us at HUB on November 10 th . Belgium is part of the app revolution! By registering, you’ll be joining thousands of developers worldwide as we build apps for the next generation of Windows. Microsoft app experts, MEET-members, developers...
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    Cloudify your Windows 8 and iOS apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    With the introduction of apps and application stores, the process of building, selling and distributing software has been truly democratized.  But what if your application becomes a top hit and is being downloaded and used by millions of users? ...
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