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Volume 20, Number 26 | December 12, 2016 
Top News Worldwide
New: A roundup of enhancements for C++ in Visual Studio 2017 RC
Register for training: Microsoft SQL database development series
How to: Embed native views in your Xamarin.Forms apps
Announcing: Kafka Connect for Azure IoT Hub
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NoSQL .NET Core development using local DocumentDB emulator
Scott Hanselman shares his experience about a quick start ASP.NET MVC experience using the new DocumentDB emulator. No Azure account required.

MVA training: Service Fabric patterns and practices
Watch this course to learn about Azure Service Fabric from the pros who designed it. Find out how to design, develop, and operate your microservices on Azure Service Fabric using best practices and proven, reusable patterns as you explore the blueprint to design your first cloud app.
Developer training and a limited-time offer from MVA and WintellectNOW
Microsoft Virtual Academy has partnered with training firm Wintellect to offer free, in-depth training on topics including React, Node.js, and Electron. Explore Cortana development, Azure Machine Learning, .NET threading, and more. And for a limited time, Wintellect is offering a discounted subscription.

Microsoft Graph: Gateway to data and intelligence
Yina Arenas dives into Microsoft Graph and how it's used to build smarter, context-aware applications that use the latest APIs from SharePoint, Exchange, Azure Active Directory, and other services in Office 365 and the Microsoft cloud, all under a single endpoint and with a single authentication flow.
Create fully customizable dashboards with DevExpress
Learn how you can create fully customizable dashboards with our flexible data visualization tools, and distribute royalty-free.
Azure Data Lake: Big data development made easy
The development model and tools in Azure Data Lake (ADL) radically simplify working with scale-out, distributed queries over non-traditional data. MSDN Magazine explores some of the development and debugging strengths in ADL with U-SQL.

Bring your desktop app to the Universal Windows Platform using Desktop Bridge
The new Windows 10 app packaging technology enables your app to cleanly install, uninstall, and update, and provides full access to UWP APIs, such as Live Tiles and Cortana. Learn about the options for converting your app’s installation into a Windows app package.

Announcing: Office Store policy changes to support apps and add-ins for larger organizations
ISVs can now submit Enterprise Add-Ins. Some apps and add-ins that target larger organizations are not typically acquired by individual users – they require sign-up by the enterprise rather than by individuals. Office Store is making changes to Store validation policies for submissions that meet certain criteria.

In-memory DB performance for your apps
SQL Server 2016 SP1 delivers a consistent programming surface area across all editions of SQL Server. One of the benefits is that in-memory OLTP (aka Hekaton) is now available in SQL Server Standard Edition and Express Edition. Learn how to enable it to improve performance in your apps and services.

Secure and deliver with rugged DevOps
DevOps is about going fast. Security is about minimizing risks. Rugged DevOps is a set of practices designed to meet both these goals more effectively. Read this article from MSDN Magazine for a look at the practices, the partners, continuous integration, and continuous delivery.

Update to filtering and sorting in the Mail, Calendar, and Contacts REST API
A recent change deployed to Microsoft Graph V1.0 and the Outlook V1.0 and 2.0 endpoints blocks a specific class of requests. This, unfortunately, has impacted some apps and services. This post explains the change and what you should do if your app or service is affected.

How it is possible to run SQL Server on Linux
Mary Jo Foley digs into how SQL Server can support two operating systems and how the Microsoft Research project “Drawbridge” makes it possible.

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Ask the experts: Using your Visual Studio Subscription benefits
December 14, 2016 and on demand
Learn about the new capabilities of Azure and Visual Studio Team Services, and discover how and why to use the benefits available in your subscription. Watch live and on-demand webcasts on various topics designed for administrators and subscribers who have subscription-related questions.
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