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    Windows 8 Apps That Should be On Your End of Year List

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    This is a repost from our friends at the BizSpark Group Blog . The holidays are here, and that means one thing: you are not going to be doing much work. We hope. But it is a time of the year when you plan on how you are you going to tackle the new year. For some of you that means more fun. For others, that means more work, or more efficient work. We have produced a list of some of the Windows 8 apps that have recently been published in the Windows Store. Some of these apps are made by Microsoft...
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    Free software, services, and support for entrepreneurs and independent developers

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    Do you have an idea so brilliant, it keeps you up at night? Developers & entrepreneurs, BizSpark can help. The Microsoft® BizSpark® program is FREE and helps your app development ideas come to life. You will have access to over 11 terabytes of software development tools, technical support; be provided connections with key industry players, and gain marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services...
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    Have a great idea for a game? Bring it to life at Game On!

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    Join us for this FREE, hands-on event and learn how to build a Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone game in record time. We'll cover everything you need to create, upload and publish an amazing game. Expert developers will outline different game frameworks and give you the tools you need to start building. They'll also explain how to add graphics, levels, and sound to base games, while sharing other cool ways to make the game your own. In one jam-packed day of learning and coding, turn your idea into...
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    Windows Azure Developer Camps 2013Q4

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    Join a Microsoft Developer Camp and learn critical skills that all modern developers need to know. Roll up your sleeves at this free, one-day, instructor-led workshop where you can learn the critical skills that all modern developers need to know. We will start with basic Microsoft Modern Platform principles and build up to more advanced topics. Instructor-led, hands-on labs will focus on: Updating an App to a Modern Architecture Modern Dev & Test Practices Configuring and Testing a Modern Application...
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    Windows Azure Infographics

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    These posters are excellent for learning about Windows Azure, Cloud Services, Infrastructure Services, Integration, Media Services, Mobile Gaming, and Mobile Services.  You can zoom into the details or print them – though they are quite large 26”x30” or 66.04x99.06cm.  You can access them here .  
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    From the Windows Phone Developer Blog: New Tools and Capabilities that Further Expand Opportunity and Enhance Productivity for Windows Phone Developers.

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    Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets New tools for first-time developers We’ve heard from many potential Windows Phone developers who have great ideas, but who might not have the coding skills to create an app using standard development tools. Sometimes it’s a first-time developer with a small-scale idea for an app; other times it’s an accomplished developer who wants to frame up a concept before...
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    New Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 App: Recipes by allthecooks.com

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    Cooking is an art, it is a form of relaxation and there are uncountable mouthwatering food recipes and tastes available around the world, but sadly everyone doesn’t know about all of them. With over 150K recipes and vibrant community of cooks allthecooks.com has recently launched their Recipes Windows 8 app. The app is simple and easy to use, has beautiful Windows Modern UI. With over 150K recipes, the app makes great use of the Search and Share charm in Windows 8. The app allows you to...
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    New Windows 8 App: Syncplicity File Sync and Sharing

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    We’re starting a new series of blog posts about great new apps that our partners are developing in the Western Region of the US. The first app I would like share is Syncplicity. The app uses the native features of the such as share, search etc. You can add all Windows 8 8 devices to your device list for enterprise file sync and sharing. The app makes it easier to share a file, access updated files, check storage, and find favorites from your Syncplicity home page. Use the Share charm to...
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    Premium Preview for the Windows Azure SQL Database

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    Microsoft is excited to announce a limited public preview of a new Windows Azure SQL Database business-class offer, Premium, which delivers reserved capacity for more powerful and predictable performance. Windows Azure SQL Database, via the new Premium service, will help deliver greater performance for cloud applications by dedicating a fixed amount of reserved capacity for a database including its built-in secondary replicas. Requesting an invitation to the reserved capacity preview requires two...
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    News From BUILD

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    Windows 8 Refined During BUILD's Day 1 keynote speech, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other executives outlined the reach, design and economic opportunities for developers to build differentiated, touch-based apps for the Windows platform, including new developer tools and increased support. The Windows 8.1 Preview launched and preview releases of Visual Studio 2013 , Team Foundation Server and .NET 4.5.1 were shown. Read or watch the Day 1 Keynote for more information.The Day 2 keynote speech...
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    Cross-Post: Partners in the enterprise cloud

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    Editor's Note: This post comes from Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server & Tools Business As longtime competitors, partners and industry leaders, Microsoft and Oracle have worked with enterprise customers to address business and technology needs for over 20 years. Many customers rely on Microsoft infrastructure to run mission-critical Oracle software and have for over a decade. Today, we are together extending our work to cover private cloud and public cloud through a new strategic...
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    Windows Azure Active Directory: Ready for Production with over 265 Billion Authentications & 2.9 Million Organizations Served!

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    This is reblogged from the Windows Azure blog which can be found here .  Last week we shared how Enterprises can benefit by integrating Windows Azure into their business strategy.  Having a strong enterprise identity strategy is a key component for enabling new applications and infrastructure in the cloud. Today, we’re excited to share that Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) has reached general availability and is now ready for production use!   Windows Azure Active Directory...
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    Registration for BUILD 2013 Begins Tomorrow–April 2, 9:00AM PST

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    BUILD 2013 will take place at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA from June 26 – June 28, 2013. Last year BUILD sold out very quickly.  This is a reminder to register as soon as possible if you’re interested in attending in person. Registration will open tomorrow (April 2, 2013) at 9:00AM Pacific Standard Time! For more info follow the link .
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    Build 2013

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    The following is a repost from the The Official Microsoft Blog and Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft Corporate VP and Chief Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism In the past year, we’ve introduced an assortment of new opportunities to build incredible apps and experiences on Windows, and developers all over the world have taken advantage of it. Just look at the last few weeks - we’ve seen great apps like Twitter on Windows 8 and Pandora on Windows Phone 8 as great examples...
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    Download the Windows Azure Training Kit–December 2012

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      I realized that we didn’t create a post on the latest Windows Azure Kit in December.  Sorry for the delay in case you weren’t aware it was available. The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the latest Windows Azure features and services. December 2012 Update The December 2012 Refresh of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes two new demos from the BUILD 2012...
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    Handy Windows 8 and Windows Azure Resources

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    How To Prepare Your Windows 8 App For The World Market With the possibility of selling apps in more than 200 markets to billions of people, it’s pretty important that your Windows 8 apps be accessible to a worldwide market. Luckily, it’s easier than you might think to accomplish that goal. This Windows 8 blog post shows you how to design new world-ready apps with little to no code modification. Test Your Windows Store App – From Anywhere! ...
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    Final Release Now Available: ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2

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      The newly available ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update is FREE and adds some great additional features to both products. All of the ASP.NET templates have updated versions of jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Validation, Modernizr, Knockout, and other open source NuGet packages. ASP.NET Web API now provides support for OData endpoints that support both ATOM and JSON-light formats. With OData you get support for rich query semantics, paging, $metadata, CRUD operations, and custom actions over any...
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    Three New Exclusive Offers for BizSpark Members!

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    If you are a BizSpark member, you are eligible to receive unique offers and promotions. This month, there are three new offers to take advantage of: With New Relic , you can monitor your Windows Azure apps in real time, track real end-user experiences, and diagnose and eliminate bottlenecks. BizSpark members receive New Relic Standard FREE of charge plus a 3-month trial of the Pro version (usually $199/instance/month)! Sign or send documents for signature from anywhere using any internet-connected...
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    Windows Azure News

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      Mobile Services Adds Android Support We created Mobile Services to make it easier for developers to build engaging and dynamic mobile apps that scale. We’ve made it even easier to develop for the Android platform. The Windows Azure team partnered with Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. to deliver Android support; our friends at MS Open Tech developed the SDK and the Windows Azure team built push support and completed the portal integration. This release also expands Mobile Services availability...
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    The Windows Phone Dev Center App is in Preview

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    The Windows Phone Dev Center app (preview) gives you all that great data about how your app is doing in the real world to help you make it the best it can be. Access download and crash trends, and read user reviews quickly from your phone. IMPORTANT: This app requires a Windows Phone Dev Center account and won’t work without one. Key features: Secure connection to Windows Phone Dev Center. Downloads and crash trends for 5d, 1m, 6m, and 1y periods. User reviews translated to a...
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    Upcoming West Region Events

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    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 in store during any one of the sprints and win an awesome trip for two. The location will be determined by a Facebook poll among participants. You decide! For further details check out the official...
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    New Windows Azure Videos on Channel 9

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    There is a new landing page on Channel 9 where you can find videos, event recordings and shows about Windows Azure. The page aggregates numerous videos from events like Build and AzureConf and a bunch of new content. The first new videos include these tutorials : Below you will find a list of some of the newest Windows Azure series available on Channel 9. Windows Azure Mobile Services Tutorials App development with a scalable and secure backend hosted in Windows Azure. Incorporate...
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    Zero260–Take your app from 0 To 60!

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    ZERO260 is a virtual training session, that will get you up to speed FAST with Windows 8 game creation. In just 2 hours, participants will learn everything needed to create, upload and distribute a new game. Each session will cover a different game style, and keep you on the edge of your seat! We think Construct2 by Scirra , is an AWESOME game framework that allows brand new developers to build their first game, and allows even the most experienced developers to build games quickly and easily...
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    The Best Ski and Snowboard App on the Planet - Exclusive to Windows Phone

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    This is a cross post from my colleague Kevin Ashley . It’s a great App if you have a Nokia phone. Windows Phone now has the best app in ski industry, leaving Apple and Google far behind, and raising the bar for ski apps very high: the app is called WINTER SKI & RIDE . For now the app is exclusively available on Nokia Windows Phones. The WINTER SKI & RIDE app received recognition from the association of professional ski and snowboard instructors of America (PSIA-AASI) , as an official...
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    Win the Ultimate Experience by Publishing Your App–Ends 2.28.13

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    To enter, publish your app(s) to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 and February 28, 2013 and complete the form on the generation app site to qualify for the following rewards: PUBLISH 1 APP Store Registration Fee Reimbursement New subscriber? Receive your Windows Store or Windows Phone Store registration fee reimbursement when you register for the Store and publish your eligible app during the promotion period. Publish an app in both stores,...
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