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  • Blog Post: Upcoming West Region Events

    App Madness Student Challenge Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure Training Kit Now Includes 41 Hand-on Labs

    Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 Hands on Labs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012. The August 2012 update...
  • Blog Post: Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL

    So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different...
  • Blog Post: What’s New for Developers with Office 2013

    This week Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office...
  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit Adds Labs, Presentations on New Features

    Windows Azure Training Kit June 2012 Update is now available. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features. Some of the highlights of this update include: 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines 11 new...
  • Blog Post: 3500 Code Samples at Your Fingertips

    Code samples are developers’ favorite asset. In partnership with MSDN Samples Gallery team, we just released a new Sample Browser applications - a new way for developers to search, download and enjoy 3500 code samples at their fingertips . The 3500 code samples are from MSDN Samples Gallery...
  • Blog Post: New IT Pro, Developer Certifications Reflect Career Moves to the Cloud

    New Microsoft certifications offer IT Pros and developers a way to move your career to the cloud. In particular, a new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions. Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a...
  • Blog Post: Startups Invited to Windows 8 Event in Silicon Valley

    Are you interested in experiencing the next great app platform opportunity, Windows 8? Do you want to learn how to get started building apps for this new platform? We are inviting the Silicon Valley startup community to a full-day, knockout, deep dive event taking place on our Silicon Valley Campus...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance TechEd North America Early Bird Discount Expires Tomorrow

    The $200 Early Bird Savings will expire in only a few more days (February 29) for TechEd North America. Please help us capitalize on our biggest registration driver by reminding your customers of the substantial savings. Take advantage of the $200 Early Bird Savings ending February 29. Join in...
  • Blog Post: Register Today for TechEd -- Discount Available Through February

    Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 is a unique opportunity for you to gain comprehensive knowledge across the breadth of Microsoft products, solutions, and services. The event is in Orlando, FL June 11 –14. Save $200 if you register for TechEd before February 2012. TechEd also offers you...
  • Blog Post: Learn Node.js in Bootcamps

    Ready to learn Node.JS? Node Bootcamp is a free event for developers and designers who want to learn Node.JS from the ground up with hands-on instruction from Node experts at Microsoft and Cloud9. You will not need any prior Node experience is necessary to attend. At Node Bootcamp you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Learn About Windows Azure for Technical Decision Makers, Developers, Architects

    Windows Azure is a wide open and flexible cloud platform built for you. You can explore the possibilities , get a free trial , and get the Azure software developer kit, tools and more. You can write your app in .NET, node.js, Java, or PHP. Microsoft is hosting events in the Western US to help...
  • Blog Post: MIX Merges With Next Developer Conference Later This Year

    Tim O’Brien, General Manager, Developer & Platform Evangelism, has posted details about MIX. He writes, "We have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year." For details...
  • Blog Post: Bring Some Game To Your Code

    A software engineer's glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the final project ships. But rarely is a developer appreciated for all the nuances and subtleties of a piece of code--and all the heroics it took to write it. With Visual Studio Achievements...
  • Blog Post: New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started

    The new Windows Azure tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others. Developer Tools The new Azure site that launched this...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Release Supports Open Source Libraries Node.js, MongoDB, Hadoop, Solr, Memcached

    The December release of Windows Azure brings many cool new features including extensive support of open source libraries. An overview of the support was announced on Port 25 on Openness Update for Windows Azure . The announcement includes: We are releasing the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js as...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 5 Released with New Features for Developers

    Silverlight 5 has been released. Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. These are non-trivial features like a full 3d stack, parsing performance improvements, tons of enhancements to binding and much more. My favorite features have to be Implicit Templates and...
  • Blog Post: Web Camp Training for HTML5 Now on Video

    HTML5 Web Camp Videos now available. HTML5 is the arguably the hottest topic in web development communities around the world. Over the course of one year, it has evolved from a “novelty” discussion to a serious development platform. And the impact of HTML5 is manifesting itself across...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone Updated for ‘Mango’

    Create better Phone apps with the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit (August 2011) add-on. This is a great new release provides extra controls to those in the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK. For more details, see The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available for ‘Mango’ application...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate SQL Server ‘Denali’ With New Product Guide, Datasheets, Presentations, Demos

    A new product guide can bring you up to speed on SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3). The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide download contains the latest datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running...
  • Blog Post: Dive Into the Cloud with Getting Started, In Depth Tutorial on Windows Azure Site

    A new set of tutorial shows you how to get started with Windows Azure . The tutorial begin with explaining how to get the latest tools and how to deploy your first sample application, build an application with ASP.NET MVC, and how to build a code first data application with SQL Azure. Sections show...
  • Blog Post: Developers Can Update Your Retail Windows Phone to Mango Pre-release, Test Apps

    Developers will be able to update your retail Windows Phone to Windows Phone Mango pre-release to test your applications. Coinciding with the update Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools release comes the new beta Windows Phone SDK, a new program via Microsoft Connect will allow you to upgrade your Windows...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud, Windows Azure MPR Test to Apply to ISV Competency

    Private Cloud test will apply to the Silver ISV Competency in the coming months and a Windows Azure MPR test will apply to the Gold ISV Competency in October. The announcements were made on the Microsoft Partner Network site. Changes to Other Competencies Also of interest to ISVs, changes to the...
  • Blog Post: Table Compares Windows Azure Developer Offerings

    A table comparison shows developer offers on Windows Azure to get started and develop on Windows Azure. Find the right plan for you at Windows Azure Platform Offer Comparison Table . Special Incentives See Next 250 US ISVs Who Verify on Windows Azure Earn $250 . Getting Started with Windows...
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