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    Windows Azure Mobile Services and Websites Are Available Now

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    At Build 2013, Microsoft made a number of Windows Azure announcements including the availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services and Websites. Read the team blog here for more detail. Mobile Services makes it fast and easy to create a mobile backend...
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    Watch Live Sessions from Build - Microsoft's Developer Conference 6/26-6/28

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    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 6000+ are attending the conference in San Francisco and many more are watching live streaming online…   At Build, we'll share updates and talk about what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure...
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    App Builder Virtual Summit, May 2 / 9am – 12:30pm PST

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    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...
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    Microsoft Build Conference 2013 San Francisco June 26-28,2013

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    The event has been sold out. However, you can sign up to join the Waiting List.   When June 26 – 28, 2013 Where Moscone Center 747 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (at the corner of Third & Howard) Where to Stay We have negotiated discounted...
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    How Did I Fix My Nokia Lumia 920 Gear and Blank Screen Issue

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    My Nokia Lumia 920 has been a great device since I purchased it last November. But it started to misbehave a bit lately. The Issues It first showed a static (non-spinning) gears screen as shown in the picture . I didn’t even know when and how it happened...
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    TechEd 2013 North America and Europe Registration Open Now

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    The registration is available at http://www.msteched.com Check out the latest news on TechEd at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd The Microsoft TechEd 2013 Content Catalog is LIVE with hundreds of Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs and Instructor-led...
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    Resources for Developing Windows Store apps

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    If you are relatively new to Windows Store app development, you may find useful the resources listed below. This set of resources touches many key areas that developers will need to work with while developing Windows Store apps.  Writing code for...
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    Take Up Windows Azure Developer Challenge Compete for Great Prizes

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    You can find the detail at codeproject.com Below are some highlights. Try Windows Azure and our 5 programming challenges for a chance at spot prizes, Stage prizes and the Grand Prize. Over $16,000 in prizes total are up for grabs with 65 chances to win...
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    Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET Just Released

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    ScottGu in a recent post summarizes the new features and enhancements in the latest release.  These new capabilities include: Web Sites : Visual Studio Tooling updates for Publishing, Management, and for Diagnostics Cloud Services: Support for new...
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    SharePoint on Windows Azure Resources

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    I recently came across a number of SharePoint on Windows Azure resources and want to share them with you. See list below. Channel 9 Talk: SharePoint on Windows Azure (20 minutes) http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Edge/SharePoint-on-Windows-Azure TechEd:...
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    Windows Azure Training Kit - April 2013 Available

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    The new release includes new and updated contents since last December release. Click here to download. New Presentation: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services and Android New Lab: Windows Azure Mobile Services...
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    Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Officially Launched

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    As part of the new Infrastructure Services release, we’ve added in new high memory VM instances (28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core) to run the most demanding workloads.  We’ve also added added in a number of new Microsoft validated instances to our list...
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    Windows Store Development Series by joelcitizen

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    My colleague Joel Reyes has recently published a series of Windows Store development post to discuss some broad issues w.r.t. Windows Store application development. In the first four posts, he discussed the constraints and tradeoffs of developing Windows...
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    My New Role at Microsoft: Focusing on Windows Azure

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    I will start a new role today at Microsoft focusing on Windows Azure. It’s been my great pleasure working with the US DPE team for the past several years, and I look forward to my solution architect role with the Worldwide Windows Azure services...
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    Creating Windows Store Apps Using 55 App Templates

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    They are available for download now at here .  
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    Can you build Windows Store App and Make Money?

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    The answer is YES and perhaps a lot by my standard. But that all depends on how you do it. My colleague Kevin Ashley tells his story of how to make $30,000 a month. Read his blog here . Please don’t ask me how you can make money because I don’t have an...
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    Windows Store App Helps Build Vocabulary

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    This is one of the apps I’d like to build but I am super happy to see that my colleague Steve Seow has made it available at the Windows Store. I remember the days when I relied on dictionaries, books and fresh cards to learn new words while preparing...
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    A Game Startup Arkarium Makes Big Bets on Windows 8

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    You may have seen or played one of the games Arkarium has released to Windows Store and other platforms. But the game startup has decided to double down its development effort on the Microsoft platform after receiving $5 million venture capital. Read...
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    Develop and Publish Windows 8 / Windows Phone Apps Get Up to $2000 ($100 Per App)

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    How It Works Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between March 8, 2013 through June 30, 2013 Submit up to 10 published apps per Store and get a $100 Virtual Visa for each one that qualifies Who Is Eligible? Below is a summary...
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    Sign Up and Start Building Your Windows Store App

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    Visit our revamped App Builder program (previously known as Generation App). Jumpstart your app development over the next 30 days with the tools, help, and expert guidance you need to make sure your app is ready for the Windows Store. Great resource at...
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    Building iOS Applications with Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    Join Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire and Mars Edit on Mac and iOS, in learning how to build iOS your app with data stored in the cloud , user authentication and use of push notifications via APNS.  
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    Top 10 List About Microsoft

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    If you’ve been following up technology news, you probably have seen a lot of new things at Microsoft. So how would you describe Microsoft? I jogged down a few things to share with you. Please note that this is not an official list. 10...
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    New Website Makes It Easier to Find College Info From Cost to Graduation Rate

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    The new website College Scorecard released by the Department of Education makes it easier to search colleges and find info on costs, graduation rates and so son. Check it out below. While the web app works well in browser, I certainly would like to see...
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    Coding is Fun and Writing Apps is Rewarding

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    The video at code.org may be for students but the message is good for all of us. Coding is fun and you can start with something small and grow your skill over time if you like to continue the passion. Writing apps is rewarding. Create something you like...
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    Windows Phone Next App Star Contest and $60K Prize

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    Contest open only to students, hobbyists, or developers in the field of software technology 18+. Submission period ends 3/5/13 and public voting period ends 4/8/13. For details, see Official Rules . All you have to do is register via our email opt-in...
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