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Volume 21, Number 10 | May 16, 2017 
    
Top News Worldwide
 
 
On demand: Watch keynotes, highlights, and sessions from Microsoft Build 2017
 
 
Build 2017: An overview of the latest Azure innovations for developers
 
 
 
Mobile at Build: Visual Studio for Mac, Xamarin Live Player, and Visual Studio Mobile Center
 
 
Announcing: Microsoft extends Azure managed database services with MySQL and PostgreSQL
 
 
Sponsors: DevExpress, and Red Gate
Introducing DevExpress v16.2 A third of teams don’t version-control their database
 
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Your Featured Content
 
How to: Create bots in the Microsoft Bot Framework using C#
Take this on-demand course and create a bot using C#. Find out how to use bots to interact with users in a variety of scenarios, such as for taking reservations, booking appointments, or finding affordable flights.


Protect web apps using Microsoft Content Moderator
With the proliferation of user generated content, curation and moderation is critical to keep your web apps free of offensive content. Microsoft Content Moderator provides a unique hybrid solution where machine learning and computer vision complement human reviewers.
 
Application Insights: Live telemetry across the app lifecycle
Watch Microsoft Mechanics for a deep look at Azure Application Insights and see how it provides a simple way for engineering teams to gather live telemetry from web apps and services. Proactively detect and diagnose issues and get actionable insights via machine learning and ad-hoc analytics.


Compliance as code with InSpec
InSpec is an open source project that lets you define your compliance requirements in a human- and machine-readable language. Once you’ve codified your requirements, you can run them as automated tests that audit your systems.
 
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Introducing DevExpress v16.2
DevExpress v16.2 is now available. Built and optimized for software developers targeting Windows, the web, and mobile platforms, DevExpress Universal empowers today’s enterprise and helps any organization deliver best-of-breed software solutions across devices and form factors. Download your free 30-day trial today.
 
ASP.NET Core for ASP.NET developers
ASP.NET Core provides some capabilities you won't find on any other ASP.NET platform: full control over the pipeline with the ability to create simple minimal web services, and applications that can run outside of Windows. Here’s what you need to know.


Announcing: Cortana Skills Kit
Learn about the new public preview of the Cortana Skills Kit, which allows developers to easily create intelligent, personalized experiences for Cortana. Discover how you can reach millions of Cortana users across platforms including Windows 10, Android, iOS, and new emerging devices.


Case study: Creating a user-centric mobile hub with Xamarin and Azure App Service
Microsoft campuses offer a variety services and amenities, including shuttles, shopping kiosks, and online food menus. A new mobile app provides an easy, streamlined mechanism for employees to keep track of and access all these services. Read about how this new app was created.


Setting up a .NET Core development environment on Linux (on Windows 10)
Scott Hanselman steps you through the process of configuring a development environment running the open source .NET Core on Linux on a Windows 10 system.


Vcpkg: Introducing the new export command
Users have indicated they need a command that exports binaries built using vcpkg. This is now available with a new command: vcpkg export. This will let you share the binaries you generate using vcpkg with other developers.


 
Ace your interview: Displaying technical skill is only half the battle
Technical skills on their own won’t get you a job offer. MSDN Magazine looks at five critical techniques to help you project excellent behavioral performance at your interview.


Bing Maps: Announcing new services and enhancements
The Bing Maps team had plenty to talk about at Build 2017. Check out this blog post to find out what’s new for vehicle tracking, distance matrix calculations, customizable maps, and more.


How Transnet improves logistics through DevOps and an IoT remote monitoring solution
Check out this technical case study on GitHub – complete with technical diagrams and code – to learn how a team leveraged DevOps and Azure IoT Hub to deliver a large-scale remote monitoring solution. Learn from their real-world experiences, and put new skills to work in your own organization.


Switch Automation: IoT for buildings
Switch Automation is not your traditional building management solution. It provides IoT and cloud capabilities to enable connected buildings and smarter operations. Better business. Learn how they worked with the Microsoft for Startups team to bring their global ambitions to life.




 
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A third of teams don’t version-control their database
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Events
 
Register: Live webinar with Brad Smith and Brendon Lynch on trust, privacy, and GDPR
May 24, 2017
Join Brad Smith, Microsoft President, and Brendon Lynch, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer, as they discuss data privacy rights and how Microsoft can help advance your organization’s privacy practices.
 
Live webinar: Building Games for iOS, macOS, and tvOS with Visual Studio and Azure
June 8, 2017
Register for this live webinar presented by Xamarin University, and learn how to use Visual Studio 2017 to build a cloud-connected game for iOS, tvOS, and macOS. Get the training, samples, and expert tips you need to start building mobile apps using the language and tools you already know.
 
Free hands-on IoT training in a city near you
Through June 27, nationwide
Attend a live session at a Microsoft Technology Center to learn how to combine Microsoft Azure IoT services and Power BI with Intel hardware and discover the benefits made possible by the Internet of Things. Find an event near you.
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Training
 
Mastering Azure App Service: Building Azure Mobile Apps
Get a basic overview of Azure Mobile Apps in this free on-demand course from Wintellect and Microsoft. See how Azure Mobile Apps helps you build rich mobile apps that support authentication, authorization, offline operation, push notifications, and more.
 
Free training: Get started working with Azure IoT
Interested in Azure IoT and Azure IoT Hub? In this helpful overview, Jeremy Foster explores the fundamentals and explains how you can get started. When you’re ready to go a bit deeper, check out Developing IoT Solutions with Azure IoT on edX.
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Resources
 
•  Downloads and tools for Windows 10
•  Get started with app development
•  Try Microsoft Azure for 1 month free
•  Microsoft Virtual Academy – new training
•  Testing tools for web developers
•  Free Microsoft Press eBooks
•  TechNet Flash
•  Get the latest information from Channel 9
•  Free software and training for startups from Microsoft BizSpark
•  Code editing tools for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications
 
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