Microsoft Online Learning Resources

Keeping current in a fast paced, technological world

Keeping current with all the new and changing technology is essential for developers and IT pros alike. Finding good sources of comprehensive online learning material can however be cumbersome and costly. This is why we decided to share some of our favorite and free online training resources with you, hoping that this will become as useful to you as it is to us.

Two portals, two flavors

Microsoft offers two main portals for all your online learning with two distinct flavors: Channel 9 and the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Channel 9 is the place to get the latest info. Fast. Updated multiple times a day, the videos cover the latest news in tech and are presented in various formats.

Repeating Shows are short videos with updates on various focus areas. Our favorites include:
This week on Channel 9 Azure Friday TechNet Radio
Every week our hosts go through hundreds of blogs, videos, and announcements to find the most important news in the developer community. Topics include Microsoft .NET development, Visual Studio tips and add-ons, developing for Windows and the Web, and gratuitous gadgets.Scott Hanselman sits down with the actual engineers who build Microsoft Azure on his journey to learn how to program the cloud. No marketing, no BS, just two engineers and a laptop in short managable chunks.The podcast for anyone who is passionate about IT. We go deep into the technologies you live with, and the people that build, deploy and manage these. Each week we offer a critical voice, guests ranging from your IT peers, technical roles inside Microsoft and industry experts.
Series cover specific topics in depth with a series of videos. Our favorites include:
Visual Studio ALM Ragners Coding4fun Azure VMs & Networking
The Visual Studio ALM Rangers provide professional guidance, practical experience and gap-filling solutions to the ALM community. The Channel 9 series is a monthly 15 minute inside look of landed, in-flight and planned solutions by the Visual Studio ALM Rangers.This is where coding meets experimentation. Creating apps that work with the Kinect controller, building your own IoT hardware to automate your home or even talk to your car via the OBD-II port and sending the data to Azure – Coding4fun has you covered!Easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. Migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code.
Events bring you all the session recordings and downloadable slide decks from Microsoft’s main events and conferences, in person or virtual. All the sessions can be filtered by keyword, topic or speaker. This makes it a great resource for on-demand learning. Our favorites include:
Build 2015 Microsoft Ignite 2015 AzureCon 2015
Build covers all Microsoft Platforms - expect rich new content and information on Windows, Azure, Office 365 and more. Developers will receive deep training, allowing them to take advantage of the incredible advances in our platforms, including Windows 10, and providing access to over 1.5 billion devices.It's for big thinkers looking for an edge. It's for IT professionals who need hands-on experience to enhance their tech skills. It's for enterprise developers and architects looking for innovative ways to maximize application development. It's for those who want to feel inspired and enlightened.Hear from the experts about the latest Azure innovation and easy-to-adopt solutions. Listen as customers take the stage to share their stories. Join live Q&As and interact with the architects and engineers who are building the latest features. Choose from more than 50 technical sessions—and accelerate your journey to the cloud.
The Microsoft Virtual Academy is your one-stop-shop for serious online learning, with free online courses specifically tailored for developers, IT pros, data pros and students. These formats are available to you.

Courses cover topics in depth and are usually split into several modules that can be viewed at your own leisure. Often, you can also download additional content like slide decks or whitepapers and answer a knowledge-check quiz at the end of each module. Our favorites are:
A Developer's Guide to Windows 10 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals C# Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners
16 hours, 19 modules3 hours, 13 modules9 hours, 25 modules
Do Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015 make a developer’s job easier? You bet they do! And now that the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is here, find out how simple it is for you to create outstanding end user experiences tailored to a wide array of device types, from the smallest Lumia phone to the new 84" Surface Hub, all running the same app!Want to know more about Microsoft Azure? Join the always-entertaining Bob Tabor as he delivers the first of four courses that teach you the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure.Want to learn a different language? Tune in to learn C# concepts applicable to video games, mobile environments, and client applications. We walk you through getting the tools, writing code, debugging features, customizations, and much more! Each concept in this C# for beginners course is broken into its own video so you can search for and focus on the information you need.
Live Events are all-day events, allowing you to tune in to specialists delivering a training live and allowing you to ask questions in person. Miss a live event? No problem! You can always review the recorded training on demand. Check the Microsoft Virtual Academy main page for a list of upcoming live events!.
Free E-Books is a growing collection of freely available e-books covering topics like App Development, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft System Center, Windows, Windows Server or SQL Server. The E-Books are available as PDF, EPUB or Mobi for Kindle. Some of our favorites include:
Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book helps you optimize your System Center Operations Manager environment. It focuses on best practices, design concepts, how-to procedures, and in-depth technical troubleshooting.The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills with Microsoft Azure. “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Web Apps for Developers” focuses on providing essential information about developing web applications hosted on Azure Web Apps.This third ebook in the “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series introduces Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services.
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