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Volume 19, Number 3 | February 9, 2015 
    
Top News Worldwide
 
 
Get your existing apps ready for Windows 10
 
 
 
 
Develop universal Windows apps with Cortana and the Speech SDK (February 11, 2015)
 
 
 
CoreCLR now open source on GitHub – get the details from the .NET Core Team
 
 
Enable cross-platform mobile apps regardless of connectivity
 
 
Sponsors: DevExpress, and Red Gate Software
Your next great .NET app starts here How to find and fix slow code in your .NET application
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DVLUP Challenges
 
Challenge yourself, earn rewards, and get started with Microsoft Azure
Learn why Microsoft Azure exists, what problems it solves for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, and other high-level conceptual topics related to Microsoft Azure implementation. Explore Microsoft accounts, organizational accounts, Azure accounts, subscriptions, Azure Active Directories, users, subscription and organizational roles, and common administration tasks.
 
DVLUP challenge: Microsoft Azure Websites
Take a deep dive into web hosting. Go from conceptual to tactical “How do I?” topics, including how to integrate Redis Cache, Microsoft Azure CDN, and Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager into your Azure Websites deployment.
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MSDN Subscriber Benefits
 
New software available for download
•  Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 (Version 14.0.22512.0.DP)
•  Windows 10 Technical Preview 9926
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Local News
 
Get your code running in the cloud at a free Microsoft Cloud DevCamp
March 25, Redmond, WA
April 14, Portland, OR
Learn how to use Microsoft Azure features and services, including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Websites to build and move apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile, and enterprise-class applications.
 
Build, deploy, and scale faster, more beautiful websites
February 19, Seattle (Bellevue), WA
April 7, Seattle (Bellevue), WA
The new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio 2013 makes it easier than ever to build cutting-edge websites – and once you create a beautiful, interactive site, you can quickly deploy and scale it with Microsoft Azure. Learn how at a free Microsoft WebCamp.
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Your Featured Content
 
14 Top Improvements in Visual Basic 14
Microsoft has rebuilt Visual Basic 14 from the ground up. VB team member Lucian Wischik presents the Microsoft VB Language Design Team’s top 14 improvements in the new Visual Basic 14.


Millions download role-playing app built by recent grad – learn from his success
Zoltán Gubics is a hugely successful mobile game developer; his role-playing game, Medieval Apocalypse, has accrued 1.1 million downloads on the Windows platform. Read more about his strategies and expansion plans.
 
Hadoop Made Easier for Microsoft Developers
HDInsight enhances big data processing in Microsoft Azure using the popular suite of Hadoop tools. Now the new Visual Studio tooling for HDInsight makes it easier than ever to take on big data projects using familiar frameworks.


Use Roslyn to Write a Live Code Analyzer for Your API
Can the .NET Compiler Platform change what it means to write a Microsoft .NET Framework API? Learn about diagnostic analyzers, a key new feature of Visual Studio 2015 that lets a NuGet package introduce custom warnings and errors.
Build apps and build your career. Get started on your certification.
We recognize that you have real world experience in building apps, and hard decisions on how to spend your limited time and money for training and certification. So, why not simplify your life and get credit for apps you’re building?


Know the latest and what’s ahead with the Cloud Platform Roadmap
The Cloud Platform roadmap provides a snapshot of what we’re working on in the Cloud Platform business. Use the roadmap to find out what we’ve recently made generally available, released into public preview, are still developing and testing, or are no longer developing.


Try Azure ExpressRoute Free of Charge
Try Azure ExpressRoute free of charge* through June 30, 2015. Promotion includes ExpressRoute 10 Mbps NSP offering where available. Telco partners are complementing our promotion with their own offers. Get more info on the promotion, and more details on ExpressRoute.

*Note NSP partner charges may still apply.


Windows App Studio: How to take your app from idea to app in record time
James Quick and Joshua Drew show how to easily and quickly develop an app using the free Windows App Studio, showcase apps from consumer to enterprise using drag and drop development, and how to extend an app with back-end code using Visual Studio.


February 13: Cloud-Enable an ASP.NET MVC LOB App
Modernize your ASP.NET MVC enterprise client applications by moving them into the cloud. Get a basic overview, learn how to secure your database and services with Active Directory, and explore ways to integrate the cloud with on-premises resources.


Azure Mobile Services (+ universal apps)
Read Technical Evangelist Shahed Chowdhuri's blog for his intro to universal apps, which walks through examples of how to tie multiple apps across devices using Azure Mobile Services. Download Visual Studio Community 2013 and start creating your app.


Share UI code across mobile platforms with Xamarin.Forms
The head of the Xamarin.Forms project shows how the framework provides access to all the native power of the major mobile platforms, while also delivering the goodness of a simplified API for those things that don’t need the complexity of native APIs.
 
Submit games to the Windows Game Developer Contest – win up to $10,000
Build a creative new game or port one you’ve already made, and you could win:
First Prize: $10,000 USD
Second Prize: $5,000 USD
Third Prize: $3,000 USD
10 Honorable Mention Prizes: $1,000 USD each
Deadline for entries is March 20, 2015.


On demand: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
Watch this course and learn from experts how to design solutions for scale. You’ll go from implementing to understanding, as you get practical and accelerated training and learn to set up enterprise-grade projects. The course content also helps you prepare for Exam 70-532.


Code Project’s Azure IoT Challenge
Create a Microsoft Azure application that unlocks the true power behind embedded and connected devices. $10,000 in total cash prizes available. The sky’s the limit - surprise and impress us!


February 12: Cloud-Enable a Windows Presentation Foundation LOB App
Modernize your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) enterprise client applications by moving them into the cloud. Get a basic overview, learn how to secure your database and services with Active Directory, and explore ways to integrate the cloud with on-premises resources.


Experimenting with a proposed standard drawing library for the C++ language
MS Open Tech takes a look at the possible future of C++ graphics by developing a sample app based on Michael McLaughlin, Herb Sutter, and Jason Zink’s proposal to the ISO C++ Committee.


Trustworthy cloud logistics for first responders
Learn how Shawn Jackson created Resgrid, a cloud/app combination that first responders can use from their mobile devices to coordinate logistics and resource management.


February 24: Polyglot Persistence – Choosing the Right Storage
If you’re struggling to get your data into tables and columns, join us for this informative learning event. Find out about the many storage options beyond relational data, with Microsoft Azure.
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Events
 
Get your code running in the cloud at a free Microsoft Cloud DevCamp
Through April 23, 2015, nationwide
Learn how to use Microsoft Azure features and services, including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Websites to build and move apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile, and enterprise-class applications.
 
Develop fast, beautiful, and interactive websites
Through April 14, 2015, nationwide
Take your websites to the next level with the new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio Community 2013. After you build a cutting-edge site, deploy and scale it quickly with Microsoft Azure . Want to learn how? Join us for a free, live WebCamp in your local area. Don t miss this free opportunity to sharpen your coding skills – regardless of which languages or platforms you use.
 
Microsoft Ignite session catalog is live
May 4–8, 2015, Chicago, IL
Check out the session catalog to see what Microsoft Ignite has to offer. Come ready to talk tech all day and night, and bring your toughest technology challenges. Top leaders will be waiting – with answers. Register today.
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Microsoft Virtual Academy
 
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Resources
 
•  Free offers and discounts from Microsoft partners
 
•  Get started with app development
•  Try Microsoft Azure for 1 month free
•  Testing tools for web developers
•  DevRadio
•  Explore virtual labs
•  Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Starts
•  Microsoft Virtual Academy Visual Studio courses on demand
•  Free software and training for startups from Microsoft BizSpark
•  Free Microsoft Press ebooks
•  MSDN Magazine
•  ASP.NET
•  Silverlight
•  ScriptJunkie (DHTML)
•  TechNet Flash
 
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