Azure Dev Camps: 2 free training events

Microsoft Virtual Academy is holding 2 free Azure training events this week:

Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Build a Cloud-Native App
April 23, 2014 9:00am–1:30pm PDT
Join this Developer Camp, explore the latest Microsoft Azure development tools and technologies, and leave with code running in the cloud! Entertaining and informative experts help you to build your first cloud-native app and to deploy it into an auto-management environment. Get ready to create infrastructure at the "speed of code."

Microsoft Azure Developer Camp: Move LOB Apps to the Cloud
April 24, 2014 9:00am–3:00pm PDT
Move existing .NET LOB apps to the cloud, learn about securing your database and services with Active Directory, and find out how to build a modern enterprise client for your application. Sign up now to gain the critical skills that all modern developers need to know.

For more info and to register, click here

Visual Studio Talk Show: Imaginer un meilleur Windows 8

Nous discutons avec Jay Machalani de son travail de recherche sur comment améliorer l'expérience usager de Windows 8 et de l'incroyable impact de sa publication sur Internet.

My name is Joseph Machalani, but you can call me Jay.  I used to always sign every single thing "J.Machalani" and even use that as my name online until a website refused "J" as my first name. So, I wrote the exact pronunciation of my first letter.

I am a User Experience, User Interface & Branding Architect. My work is not around beauty and shininess, it's all about psychology and the users themselves. I love big hard design challenges, complex problems to solve and find ways to optimize the way we use technology. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you're designing a mobile app or the HUD of a fighter jet, you need a well thought interface and structure.  I always aim for something straightforward and simple and if it doesn't have a purpose, than it shouldn't be there. Everything in my sight is negative, especially my work, since there is always place for innovation and we should never settle down. I play the synthesizer, I'm a Canon photographer and a short film director on YouTube.

Microsoft ends support for Custom Domains service

Live Custom Domains was the best email deal available, now it's gone Cry

Visual Studio Installer is back

In case you haven't noticed, Microsoft removed the installer project starting with Visual Studio 2012.  While not the most popular project type in VS, this was essential to many developers and bringing back this feature was the #1 request on UserVoice.  Well, it's back!  Microsoft announced that they are bringing the installer project back for Visual Studio 2013 (no luck for VS 2012 however).

Azure new region: Brazil

Microsoft announced that the first south american region, Brazil, is now in public preview.

Olá Brasil!

Windows Phone Coding Day

The Microsoft Metro Montreal user group is having a full Windows Phone day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Here's the description:

Never published an app on Windows Phone? Get the know how from some of the best in the business. Already published?  Find out how to be more successful with your app(s).

What to expect: The day begins with a brief introduction from your local Nokia Developer Ambassador, Atley Hunter, who will share his experience developing more than 350 apps for Windows Phone.

Then you’ll get straight down to business with plenty of time for hands-on app development and support from Atley and other local Windows Phone experts (Laurent Duveau, Sébastien Lachance, Matthieu Guyonnet-Duluc, …). We’ll make sure you’re well-fed and caffeinated all day long, to keep your strength up and the creative juices flowing.

At the end of the day, you’ll leave armed with the knowledge and the gear you need to publish your first app in the Windows Phone Store and to be more successful once you have published!

Register here

Top Azure features every ASP.NET developer should know about

Mark your calendar!  Bill Wilder will speak at the Montreal Azure User Group on April 28th, 2014.

Top Azure features every ASP.NET developer should know about

Let’s face it: as technologists, “the cloud” is in the future for all of us, and resistance is futile. For many of us who predominantly develop on Microsoft technologies, adopting the Microsoft Azure cloud platform will be a natural progression. How to get started? In this talk we will cover some easy ways to get started with the cloud, progressing from simple ideas to more ambitious ones as we go. Similar to how learning a new programming paradigm tends to stretch the mind (e.g., a C# developer learning functional programming with F#), you will also see that learning how to develop for the cloud will inform and shape how you go about developing day to day - even if not (yet) for the cloud.Some of the topics we will cover (in varying depths) include devops, dev-test, non-.NET tool stacks, federated identity, semantic logging, and cloud-friendly architecture patterns - all while touching on a variety of Azure features and services on the way.

Bill Wilder (Principal Cloud Architect for Development Partners Software Corporation) is a hands-on developer, architect, consultant, trainer, speaker, writer, and community leader focused on helping companies and individuals succeed with the cloud using the Windows Azure Platform. Bill began working with Windows Azure when it was unveiled at the Microsoft PDC in 2008 and subsequently founded Boston Azure, the first/oldest Windows Azure user group in the world in October 2009. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Windows Azure MVP and an Azure Insider, and is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns, published by O’Reilly in September 2012. Bill can be found blogging at and on Twitter at @codingoutloud. You can also check out the Boston Azure cloud user group at and @bostonazure.

For more info and how to register, click here

Azure April updates

Tons of new Azure features were announced at Build 2014:

  • Web Sites: SSL included, Traffic Manager, Java Support, Basic Tier
  • Virtual Machines: Support for Chef and Puppet extensions, Basic Pricing tier for Compute Instances
  • Virtual Network: General Availability of DynamicRouting VPN Gateways and Point-to-Site VPN
  • Mobile Services: Preview of Visual Studio support for .NET, Azure Active Directory integration and Offline support;
  • Notification Hubs: Support for Kindle Fire devices and Visual Studio Server Explorer integration
  • Autoscale: General Availability release
  • Storage: General Availability release of Read Access Geo Redundant Storage
  • Active Directory Premium: General Availability release
  • Scheduler service: General Availability release
  • Automation: Preview release of new Azure Automation service

As always, ScottGu explained these in this blog post

Surface killer feature: multiple accounts

IMHO, this is the killer feature for Surface vs iPad

Is Microsoft abandoning TFS?

All it took was just one tweet to create a storm.

And no, that's no true

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