Guy Barrette

Freelance developer and Azure MVP in Montreal, Canada

Free Office 365 eBook

Microsoft is offering Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook in PDF, EPUB and MOBI.  More info here  
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Visual Studio 2010 - only a dead snail is slower

At my current client, I'm using Visual Studio 2010 inside a VM and the overall experience was, well...excruciating.  Turns out that VS uses the GPU to help rendering the designers, IntelliSense, etc.  Well, since a VM provides a software video card, the result is a painfully slow expe
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Syncfusion offers free Metro style icons

Syncfusion if offering a free icon editor that let you customize 600+ Metro style royalty free icons.  What's cool is that the editor can export in JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, ICO and XAML Browse the library and download the tool here. [youtube:R56wcghyggI]        
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Microsoft Canada's Windows 8 Camp

A Windows 8 Camp is a free, two-day event. During the Camp, you’ll discover HANDS-ON how to build your first Metro Style App for Windows 8. You’ll learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and apply what you’ve learned with support from Microsoft Canada. How do I register?Re
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GesturePak for Kinect

Carl Franklin of .NET Rocks fame just released a cool tool called GesturePak for Kinect along with a full dnrTV episode demonstrating the use of the tool.  So what's GesturePak?  It's a Kinect gesture recorder that come with a class that you can use in your apps to make them Kinect aw
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Adobe Shadow

Adobe released a tool that looks promising: Adobe Shadow.  It's a tool that allow you to do live testing of HTML rendering on iOS and Android devices from Mac or PCs.  Shadow is available for free from the Adobe Labs site.  No word about if it will remain free or become a pa
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Office 365 - First impressions

I'm planning to move my main email from the dotnet-expertise.com domain to my personal guybarrette.com domain.  I'm currently using a hosted Exchange account but wanted to try Office 365 since Microsoft offers a 30-days free trial. Setting up the account was easy and no credit card is required
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Want color back in Visual Studio 11?

Visual Studio 11 Beta (AKA Dev11) introduces a brand new controversial look and feel.  I won't try to explain what changed, this blog post from the Visual Studio team does that in great details.    Many people, for a lot of different reasons, think that this is a bad move. 
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Reduced Pricing on Azure Storage and Compute

Microsoft announced these reduced pricing an Azure storage and compute: Windows Azure Storage Pay-As-You-Go pricing has been reduced by 12% ($0.14 to $0.125) 6 Month Plans for Windows Azure Storage have been reduced across all tiers by up to 14% Windows Azure Extra Small Compute has been reduced by
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