imageJoin us for a FREE hands-on day of Microsoft Azure demos and labs in a city near you!

Here’s your chance to roll up your sleeves and learn about the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies. Join Microsoft technical experts at your local Microsoft Cloud DevCamp and leave with code running in the cloud!

You will learn how to use the new Microsoft Azure features and services like Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Websites, and Visual Studio 2013 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications.

Developers of all languages are welcome. With Microsoft Azure, you can use practically any language, framework, or tool to build or move existing applications to the cloud.

What you will learn
We will start with the basics and build up to more advanced topics. Instructor-led, hands-on labs will focus on:

  • Microsoft Azure Websites and Virtual Machines Using ASP.NET & Microsoft SQL Server
  • Deploying Cloud Services in Microsoft Azure
  • Exploring Microsoft Azure Storage for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013

Things to bring
Be fully prepared for this hands-on day of coding by bringing your laptop and signing up for your free Microsoft Azure 30-day Trial or activating your free MSDN subscriber benefits and get up to $1,800 of additional Azure services per year.


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Posted by: kurtsh | October 21, 2014

RELEASE: Introducing the Yammer Share button

imageToday, we’re launching the Yammer Share Button, a new way for you to share web content with your Yammer networks.

With the Yammer Share Button, you can share useful web content directly into your network to help your colleagues get the most out of Yammer. Select specific groups or coworkers to share with so the right people are included in the conversation.

We’ve already started to include this feature on many of our sites, including the Customer Success Center and Blog. You can find the Share Button in various places to make content such as PDF guides more shareable. Over time, we will integrate the Share Button into more Yammer sites, so keep an eye out for it.

Read more at the Yammer blog:

Delve is a cloud service that comes with business plans of Office 365.  Presented alongside Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, & Yammer, Delve provides insight into activity going on with others in your organization, especially people that you are close to, that might be working on projects & activities that are of interest to you.

Here’s some videos that review its functionality.

Introducing Office Delve

Here’s a video specifically on the Office Graph, which Delve is driven by:

Powered by the Office Graph

More resources for Delve are here:

imageOne more thing regarding the Office 365 Summit coming up on Dec 11-12:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 20, 2014

EVENT: Connect() – Online developer event, Nov 12-13

imageOn November 12th, we’ll be hosting an online developer event called Connect();Connect(); will be a chance to have a conversation with developers about what’s coming next for developer tools, developer services and application platforms across Microsoft.

Check out the Connect(); event page for the agenda and other details.

Read more here:

Save the Date Calendar links & Conference Agenda

Posted by: kurtsh | October 20, 2014

DOWNLOAD: Office 365 for Business Training

imageOffice 365 for Business Training provides training decks for the following scenarios:

  • Get it done from anywhere
  • Email and Calendar on the go
  • Run more effective meetings
  • Store, sync, and share files
  • Work like a network

Download the decks for free here:

Posted by: kurtsh | October 20, 2014

DOWNLOAD: .NET Universe Poster – 2014

imageThis poster shows how the trends are changing in .NET as we´re moving from a single large .NET Framework to a more loosely coupled and autonomous libraries and sub-frameworks, many of them even published as NuGet packages and evolving continuously.

The number of those libs and packages is evolving and growing, so having a visual photo of it can be helpful. The main idea of the poster is to show that you can create any kind of application with .NET, from the largest applications to the smaller apps: in the cloud, on the web, on desktops, tablets, phones, and in embedded environments (even watches!). Any of those application types is shown as category/bucket in the poster and within each bucket we´re tossing the main libraries/SDKs/packages out. Then we´re also showing cross-cutting concerns buckets like Security, Data Access, and .NET Extension libs.

The main categories are the following:

  • Emerging application patterns (Mobile, Web & Cloud)
  • Established application patterns (Desktop and Embedded)
  • Cross-Cutting concerns

Finally, the poster is putting a check/mark on every lib/SDK bullet depending if they are or not complaint with the following:

  • NuGet package
  • Open Source
  • Microsoft Official Supported

You can print it out or use it as in electronic format (.PDF). Using the electronic format (.PDF) allows you to access each content URL/page related.

imageOffice 365 Summit is traveling around the world and delivering technical and sales training direct from the source with Microsoft experts.

These 2 day workshops provide deep technical and sales readiness on all our productivity workloads for IT Professional, Developers, Sales, Adoption and Education. Check out the full event calendar below and register now to take advantage of this opportunity.

Office 365 Summit San Diego will feature over 60 breakout sessions and our best Microsoft speakers from Redmond and around the world.

Event registration is currently FREE for a limited time.

In addition to the keynote, here’s a list of some of the sessions being delivered:

  • Lync: Securing External Access
  • Getting started with Office 365 deployment
  • Office 365 security, privacy, and compliance
  • Office 365 ProPlus Introduction to Office 365 ProPlus -Bring your own Device
  • Office 365 Service Management Excellence: Managing Change and Service Incidents
  • Office 365 ProPlus Planning & Deployment – Part 1 -Bring your own Device
  • Ask the Experts Reception
  • Lync On-Premises Operational Support Tools
  • What’s new in Exchange Online
  • Office 365 internet connection planning and troubleshooting
  • Office 365 ProPlus Planning & Deployment – Part 2-Bring your own Device
  • Technical Overview of SharePoint Online
  • Lab: Troubleshooting On-Premises Microsoft Lync Server 2013 using Centralized Logging Service- Bring your own Device
  • Tools and tips for troubleshooting Office 365
  • MDM for Office 365
  • eDiscovery and Archiving in Office 365
  • Lync Online / Hybrid Overview and Administration
  • Overview of SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid and Coexistence
  • Office 365 ProPlus – Implementing a Monthly Staged Update Process –Bring your own Device
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite: an overview
  • Identity management integration options for Office 365
  • Data Loss Prevention in Office 365
  • Office 365 ProPlus – Using Telemetry Dashboard for AppCompat Testing Bring your own Device
  • Delve and the Office Graph
  • Exchange hybrid deployment
  • Office 365 ProPlus – Troubleshooting Installations & Updates – Bring your own Device
  • Lab: Administering Users in a Lync Online and Hybrid Deployment -Bring your own Device

December 11 – 12, 2014

Manchester Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101


Posted by: kurtsh | October 16, 2014

EVENT: Microsoft Ignite–Chicago, May 4-8

imageLast July, we put the word out that Microsoft will host a unified enterprise technology conference in May. We told you it will bring together the best of previously individual events – the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences – and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for. Now, we have more to share.

Microsoft Ignite is May 4-8 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Satya Nadella will keynote and will be joined by technical and business leaders including Brad Anderson, Joe Belfiore, Dave Campbell, Peggy Johnson, Chris Jones, Julie Larson Green, Gurdeep Singh Pall and many others.

Take a look at what Ignite has to offer. Registration is open now. Don’t wait too long to start making the case to your management why you can’t miss it.

  • Early Registration $1,920 (Register before December 11, 2014)
  • Standard $2,220 (Register after December 11, 2014)


Read the rest of the announcement here:

Register for Microsoft Ignite here:

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