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  • Blog Post: ISV Partners Building Solutions on Azure and Windows

    Since July 2014 I’ve been working with U.S. based ISV partners across industries to provide technical guidance and assistance in building apps and solutions Azure and Windows. It has been a very rewarding journey and I am totally thrilled with what they have done. Below are some of the highlights from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Build 2015 This Week

      If you are unable to attend the conference, you can watch online key announcements and demos and Windows 10 apps and updates at www.build15.com
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Explorer

    Azure Resource Explorer is a new tool that allows developers to discover the Azure Resource Management APIs, get API documentation and make actual API calls directly in your own subscriptions. Currently in Preview, the tool is being developed as Open Source, and is hosted on GitHub here . You can find...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 Developer Resources

    Check out the blog post here . You can sign up to participate in the Insider program here .
  • Blog Post: Health Technology Conference in Burlingame CA Wednesday, May 27-28, 2015

    The event is hosted by Heath Technology Forum and Microsoft will participate in the event as one sponsor. Registration is available here . Look forward to seeing you there. Event Details The 4th Annual HTF Innovation Conference titled ‘Common Good’ will take a deeper look into health and wellness enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Detect SQL Server (Express) Existence Programmatically

    At a customer’s request, I did a quick search on the web and found a few suggestions and discussions below. I tested the code provided by my colleague Parikshit Savjani more than six years. And believe it or not, it works! The sample code is available for download here . When No SQL Server Instance Present...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Live – First Tour March 16-20, 2015 at Las Vegas

    The first tour starts next Monday 3/16. Hundreds of developers will gather at Las Vegas, Nevada for Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas. Registration is still available here .  
  • Blog Post: What Do You Know About Windows 10 as App Developer?

      Microsoft has made Windows 10 Preview available to insiders.  There are a lot of discussions about the one Windows Platform and Universal Apps from mobile to pc to phone and even to the big screen. Not only I am interested to learn what’s cool in the new OS but also what people are saying...
  • Blog Post: Free One-Day Workshop for ISVs in the United States in Feb 2015

    My team (vertical ISV aka vipp) is hosting a series of free workshops in various cities in the United States for the next two months. If you are an ISV, individual developer, startup, small or medium-sized company, working on apps or solutions (desktop, web, cloud, tablets and smart phones) for healthcare...
  • Blog Post: Sample Windows 8.1 App – Uploading Images to Cloud Using Azure Mobile Services

    I ran into several issues while trying to put together a quick demo universal Windows App using Microsoft Azure Mobile Services and the Azure Storage Client Library. I fixed the issues after a few hours of debugging and testing, and now have a working app . You can download the demo code here , replace...
  • Blog Post: Free App Dev Tools for Students

    Microsoft and a number of partners team up to offer application development tools to students. More detail here . If you're a student aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study, the GitHub Student Developer Pack is for you. All you need is a school-issued email address, valid...
  • Blog Post: Fix Visual Studio Error “No exports were found that match the constraint”

    When loading an existing universal Windows App solution, I noticed that the shred project failed to load in Visual Studio 2013. When creating a new one, I ran into an error as shown below. No exports were found that match the constraint:      ContractName    Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Learn What’s New in Visual Studio at Microsoft Connect() Event Online

    You can watch the streaming session live or on-demand at http://www.visualstudio.com/connect-event-live-vs  
  • Blog Post: Leverage Clouse Services to Power Digital Health Devices with Scalability and Real-time Data Analysis

    I discovered at a hackathon a patented smart pill bottle invented by Josh Stein and his team at Adhere Tech. As stated in Adhere Tech’s blog post , the smart bottles may look like normal pill bottles, but actually send data to AdhereTech’s servers automatically. If a patient misses a dose, AdhereTech...
  • Blog Post: Data Resources for Creating Healthcare Apps

    I attended the Medication Management Hackathon at Minneapolis this weekend where I met many leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs, and learned there are a great deal of data resources for developers who are interested to create apps for healthcare businesses and users. Below is a list of some of...
  • Blog Post: Taking on Senior Program Manager Role for VIPP Program

    Glad to be back and I look forward to supporting the Vertical ISV partnership program for the U.S. market. I will use the MSDN online asset, in-person workshops and other resources to stay in touch with the ISV developers, architects, business and technical decision makers. The VIPP program was announced...
  • Blog Post: App Builder Virtual Summit, May 2 / 9am – 12:30pm PST

    60+ million Windows licenses sold. On May 2, learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and marketing an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Hear from developers who have done it and find out for yourself. Sign up now ! Keynote: The Windows Opportunity Windows 8 brings a new opportunity! Create...
  • Blog Post: Publish an App 12/28/2012-2/28/2013 and Get Free Windows Store or Windows Phone Store Account and More…

    Publish your app(s) to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012-February 28, 2013 to qualify for the following rewards: A Store registration reimbursement† AND a copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360! A chance to win one of 12 Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The more eligible apps...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows Store Apps Using Store Ready Templates

    A Microsoft team in India has created fabulous fifty Windows Store app templates. These templates will be available soon. For more detail check here .  
  • Blog Post: Developer Series: Building Windows Store Applications with Dr. “Z”

    At this series of free, in-person developer events at Microsoft Store at Mall of America , you will learn how to build Windows Store applications focusing on healthcare, education and government/citizen with Dr. Z, Microsoft technical evangelist. In some future events, guest speakers will be invited...
  • Blog Post: Instructions on How to Install Windows 8 and Developer Tools on Mac

    You can install Windows 8 on your Mac with two options below. Run Windows 8 in a virtual environment using software like VMWare Fusion 5 or Parallels for your Mac Run Windows 8 on your Mac natively using Boot Camp Both are good options, and will allow you to build apps for Windows. It’s really just a...
  • Blog Post: Creating Apps for Education – Sign up for SLC’s Silicon Valley Camp and Codeathon

    The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is holding a contest for the two best open source apps that are written on the SLC data store this weekend!  There will be two applications selected for a prize of $2,000 each. Check out http://dev.slcedu.org/bounty/camp-bounties-checklist for more details...
  • Blog Post: Create Apps on All Your Mobile Devices with TouchDevelop

    The Microsoft Research team has created a programming environment called TouchDevelop that enables you to create apps (scripts) on your mobile devices. These apps or scripts can perform various tasks similar to regular apps. You can share your scripts with other people by publishing them to the TouchDevelop...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit - November 2012

    You can download the latest training kit here . The November 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 52 hands-on labs, 24 demos and 37 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include: Updated labs to use Windows Azure SDK (October 2012) Updated labs to use Visual Studio 2012...
  • Blog Post: Developer Resources for Building Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure Apps

    Developers interested in building Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure apps can download and install any of the following tools to get started. · VISUAL STUDIO 2012 o Visual Studio Express Edition · WINDOWS 8 o 30-Days-To-Launch Your First Windows 8 App o Windows 8 SDK Download · WINDOWS PHONE...
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