Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy) Monthly - What's coming this month...

MVA Monthly: November 2014 Preview

Jerry Nixon and Colin Lyth are back and in this installment of our MVA Monthly series they discuss what’s new and upcoming for the month of November.

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MVA (as you can see below) has been something I've been watching for a while now. And let me tell you, you are GOING to be seeing much more from them. They have very aggressive growth plans and are working hard on getting more courses, authors and content out to us... All still at the same price as today, free.

One tip, add their recent releases feed to your reader of choice. That, and Jerry and Colin's MVA Monthly series, will help you keep in the MVA loop...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Look, Microsoft Virtual Academy has a new look!

Microsoft Press Free eBooks now have a home in the Microsoft Virtual Academy
//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/ -> //your free new training sessions/
11 for 12... 11 Free SQL Server 2012 Microsoft Virtual Academy Classes
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free Microsoft Cloud Tech training
Congratulations you can become a Microsoft Licensing Expert and earn MS Licensing Accreditation (no lie)
Developing with HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jumpstart from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (free and a free exam voucher too!)
8 x 2 = 16 hours of instructor lead virtual Windows Phone 8 Dev training (That's free too!)
"Office 365 for the IT Pro - Platform" course now available on MVA
Microsoft Virtual Academy - Announcing the Release of the ‘Office 365 for the IT Pro – Platform” course to the
WAMVA - Windows Azure Microsoft Virtual Academy courses... (which are free of course)

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free Microsoft Cloud Tech training

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

BKVM, to the cloud! "Creating training virtual machines in Azure" using the BKVM (VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM)

Naked ALM - Creating training virtual machines in Azure

I am teaching the Managing Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 class next week in Cheltenham and for that I need 16 VM’s based on the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. To make life easier I will be creating training virtual machines in Azure.

If you have ever had to teach a training course, especially a technical one, it’s the equipment that is the most painful thing to configure. Azure has matured a lot over the last few years and although I have configured training in Amazon’s AWS service I wanted to go all Microsoft.

The kind of tough thing is that the virtual hard disk (VHD) used by the virtual demo machine form Brian Keller is 80GB. And yes, I have to upload that beast to Azure.

Uploading your Hyper-V virtual machine

The first task is to download and install the Azure PowerShell using the web platform installer. This will get all of the pre-requisites and install them for you.

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While I've highlighted the BKVM (aka VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM ) a number of times (as you can see below), as well as Azuring it, but this post by Martin Hinshelwood is one of the most complete I think. Plus I think this is the first time I've seen it used this way, as an Azure training room. If you are thinking about using the BKVM on Azure (or other VM's) you owe it to yourself to check out this book (I mean post... ;)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM now with Update 3 (VS 2013.3)

24! [Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts now available in the big BK Visual Studio 2013 ALM VM] + [Bonus: Azure'ing it too...]
Happy VM Day! The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available
The HOL "Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012" thing
Featuring Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with TFS2013 in these Hands On Labs
Visual Studio 2013 ALM and HOL VM now available...
VS2012 Update 1 ALM VM and HOL / Demo Scripts now available
The VS 2012 ALM Virtual Machine and VS 2012 Update 1 (In short, there's an updated VM coming, don't install it on this VM if you don't have too)
The big BK has updated the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs
VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form
Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Look, Microsoft Virtual Academy has a new look!

Microsoft Virtual Academy - Hello new MVA course experience! Goodbye grey bars of confusion!

Dear MVA learners! On the heels of hitting over 1,000,000 learners who visited just last month, today we unveiled a totally new way for you to experience your MVA learning!

Over the past year many of you told us:

"Your course player was hard to use!"

"Clumsy, cumbersome!"

"I didn't know where to start when I landed on a course."

"Juggling different pages and video players was confusing!"

This new player experience, using HTML5, is designed to help make it easier to get you to the courses you are interested in and allow you to discover and navigate all within a single page.

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I missed this when it was announced earlier this month. I went to MVA today and was impressed with the new look and feel of the Course pages. Short, simple and easy to use, three of my favorite things.

Also somewhat new is that there's now a New Course Feed and News Feed. Now I AM a happy camper!  :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Microsoft Press Free eBooks now have a home in the Microsoft Virtual Academy
//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/ -> //your free new training sessions/
11 for 12... 11 Free SQL Server 2012 Microsoft Virtual Academy Classes
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free Microsoft Cloud Tech training
Congratulations you can become a Microsoft Licensing Expert and earn MS Licensing Accreditation (no lie)
Developing with HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jumpstart from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (free and a free exam voucher too!)
8 x 2 = 16 hours of instructor lead virtual Windows Phone 8 Dev training (That's free too!)
"Office 365 for the IT Pro - Platform" course now available on MVA
Microsoft Virtual Academy - Announcing the Release of the ‘Office 365 for the IT Pro – Platform” course to the
WAMVA - Windows Azure Microsoft Virtual Academy courses... (which are free of course)

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free Microsoft Cloud Tech training

Monday, September 22, 2014

VS 2013 HOL/ALM VM now with Update 3 (VS 2013.3)

Brian Keller - Now Available: Update 3 refresh of Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine

I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve published the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 ALM Virtual Machine. This includes several updates to the hands-on-labs / demo scripts to show off some of the new capabilities which have been added in Updates 1 – 3.

With the continuous stream of great updates coming to Visual Studio every few months I haven’t been able to update the virtual machine with each new update, so I didn’t publish a new VM for Updates 1 or 2. But with Update 3 we hit critical mass of some great ALM capabilities which demanded an update.

For people who are interested in this level of detail, I’ve included a high-level changelog below which details the updates we’ve made in this version of the VM and labs. You can download the latest version of the VM and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts at http://aka.ms/vs13almvm. You can find a list of our other ALM VM’s at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs. As always, we love hearing your feedback.

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Virtual Machine

  • Upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Applied all recent Windows Updates
  • Increased the size of the VHD file to account for the updates
  • Added TFS 2013 Power Tools
  • Other smaller fit-and-finish fixes and updates based on user feedback

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Want to play with the latest production release (for now) of VS 2013 and TFS, with a ton of great HOL's, with everything all setup for you to learn and explore, data and all? You know the drill, head over to http://aka.ms/ALMVMs and get your download on...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
24! [Hands-on-Labs and Demo Scripts now available in the big BK Visual Studio 2013 ALM VM] + [Bonus: Azure'ing it too...]
Happy VM Day! The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is now available
The HOL "Building a Release Pipeline with Team Foundation Server 2012" thing
Featuring Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with TFS2013 in these Hands On Labs
Visual Studio 2013 ALM and HOL VM now available...
VS2012 Update 1 ALM VM and HOL / Demo Scripts now available
The VS 2012 ALM Virtual Machine and VS 2012 Update 1 (In short, there's an updated VM coming, don't install it on this VM if you don't have too)
The big BK has updated the Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs
VS 11 ALM DemoMates updated for the Beta
Visual Studio/TFS11 ALM Demo's... Mate! See the VS/TFS 11 ALM's hands-on-labs in DemoMate form
Visual Studio 11 ALM VHD's, VirtualBoxed (and even on x86 hosts too)
Want to play with Visual Studio 11 & TFS 11 Dev Preview but don't want to install it (and have access to a Hyper-V server)? Here's a VHD just for

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Logikcull is trying to help make eDiscovery logical... and giving you a free eDiscovery Education and sandbox to play in too!

Logikcull - Logikcull Launches On-line e-Discovery Education for the Legal Community. And it’s Free.

WASHINGTON, DC, September 15, 2014 - Logikcull announced today the launch of its e-Discovery Education for Everyone initiative. With this initiative, lawyers around the world will be able to learn e-discovery by performing e-discovery, for free, and without the need for special software or hardware. Simply log-in and Logikcull will automatically teach you how to do e-discovery. Each free Logikcull account comes with a set of “sandbox-data” that lawyers can use to learn about metadata, de-duplication, and many other technical aspects of e-discovery.

Understanding e-discovery is becoming increasingly important to the legal community. For instance, California has an open ethics opinion that states lawyers that don’t attempt to learn about e-discovery may face malpractice claims. The Logikcull e-Discovery Education for Everyone initiative hopes to mitigate that risk for attorneys everywhere.

“E-discovery education is vital for lawyers practicing in the 21st century—which is to say, all of us. The time is nigh when not understanding e-discovery will be malpractice; but why wait until then? If you want to remain competitive and competent, you’d better know about it now.” said Mark Wilson, writer for Findlaw.com who recently wrote about “Is Not Understanding e-Discovery Unethical?”

One of the problems with learning about e-discovery is just that: you learn about it in the very traditional CLE-way. But usually, you don’t actually get to practice e-discovery until it’s too late. And if it’s too late, you may end up making poor e-discovery choices that can result in professional misconduct. With Logikcull, lawyers can learn e-discovery by doing e-discovery in a safe and real-world environment. This learn-by-doing environment will better prepare legal professionals when e-discovery demands arise.

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This is a first I think, a public eDiscovery sandbox to learn and play in. You know I've said, over and over, that even if you're not in a legal firm/department/etc, that even if you're just an IT guy and gal, if you have "customers" then there's a chance your firm might be involved in a legal matter one day. The more you know about what this "eDiscovery" thing is the better you'll be able to help your firm (or at least understand what your lawyers are asking for and why...)

One thing to understand, this is a "request" for a sandbox. It's not immediate (though the automated emails come in fast...). I'm hoping this is sales-hands-off and just a site/service I can use, learn from and play with. If this is just a "demo-with-data" that "we'll walk you through..." i.e. salesware, I'll be disappointed. But these guys seem be pretty unusual for a firm (see the XRef's below), so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Something we all need sometimes, some “Logik Redaction”
Every industry deserves it’s own apparel, doesn’t it? Now there’s apparel for the EDD Guy or Gal in you…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's new in C# 6, VB 14? VS 14? Think "Developer Productivity versions"

Kathleen Dollard - Video Series on C# 6.0, Visual Basic 14 and Visual Studio 14

Video Series on C# 6.0, Visual Basic 14 and Visual Studio 14I am really excited to be sharing a series of short videos on C# 6.0, Visual Basic 14 and Visual Studio 14. The series will be free and available at www.WintellectNOW.com

The first video is “The New Compilers” and is an overview of the next releases.

The second video “Simplifying Classes with C# 6.0” shows how to use auto-property initialization, getter-only auto-properties and primary constructors to create classes with simple code and immutable or mutable properties.

Next week I’ll dive deeper into auto-properties and primary constructors in C#.

Visual Basic folks can watch these videos for the basic concepts in this release, and I’ll focus some upcoming videos on Visual Basic 14 features.

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BillWagner  - Overview of C# 6 language enhancements

I was interviewed by Carl and Richard on .NET Rocks a bit ago to discuss the new features in C# 6, the upcoming version of C# that will ship with the next version of Visual Studio (link goes to CTP 3, current as of Aug 2014). You can learn all about the new version of C# at the Roslyn CodePlex site.

The initial buzz about the next version of C# centered around the implications that this compiler was a complete rewrite, written in C# from the ground up. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about how you can use the Roslyn APIs to inspect and modify code models programmatically. That is super cool, and much easier than using the earlier CodeDOM and Reflection.Emit functionality. It’s also an edge case for most of us. I’ve written very little code that uses either CodeDOM or Reflection.Emit. And, while it is also very cool that the C# compiler is now self-hosted (meaning it is written in C#), that will have very minimal affect on you either.

So what is new?

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C#6/VB 14 are shaping up to be "the" developer productivity version. The scary thing? This wheel has just started rolling and we're just starting to see the promise of Roslyn/.NET Compiler Platform. The next couple years are going to be very exciting in the .NET world.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Sparking the dreams and imagination of young dev's with DreamSpark...

Canadian Developer Connection - What does Back to School mean for coders?

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Did you know DreamSpark gives students access to Microsoft developer software for free? That includes Visual Studio. Since not all schools teach .NET languages, it’s important to know that Visual Studio isn’t just a code editor for C#, you can use Visual Studio to code HTML& CSS, C++, Python, Unity, even nodeJS.

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Another great way for students to stand out is the Imagine Cup. For coders and non-coders this is an opportunity to showcase their talent and potentially win a trip to represent Canada at the World finals at Microsoft headquarters in July 2016. For the coders there is usually a games category, innovation category (for all those great business ideas), and World Citizenship category (for those who want to help others). For the non-coders watch out for things like a pitch video challenge or the user experience challenge for those with a passion for design! Last year a team of students from New Zealand won $50,000 at the World Finals in the Innovation category for an app that allows you to see how far away your friends are when you meet up. I’ve seen lots of students building similar apps at hackathons, do you think they had any idea if they finished and polished up their app it could have put them on stage at the world finals? We will be announcing specific details for this year’s Imagine Cup soon!

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Dream the dream, my young dev's...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

New SQL Server 2014 Virtual Labs (aka Hands On Labs) available... 18, no... 20!

A Story of BI, BIG Data and SQL Server in Canada - 18 Free SQL Server 2014, Azure and BI virtual labs

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Do you want to learn about SQL Server 2014, Azure SQL Databases, Corporate BI, and Power BI without the need of installing and configuring the installation bits?

We’ve just released 18 (eighteen) new virtual labs based on the integrated demo Virtual Machines with full step-by-step instructions.

All that you need to start using these online labs is the Internet access and browser (IE, Chrome, and FireFox)*

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SQL Server 2014 has been out for a little bit now, time for you to start wrapping your head around its new features... And there's nothing to install, just learn...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Microsoft Press [Older] eBook Shelf

Earlier this year, I blogged about how the Microsoft Press eBook shelf got a new home on the Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft Press Free eBooks now have a home in the Microsoft Virtual Academy (-> http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks)

Well it seems that currently only some of the books are listed there, the newer ones. Where do you go for the older titles?

Microsoft Press - Free ebooks: A recap of our older titles

I was looking through our download numbers the other day and saw how many older titles are still popular. However, I noticed that there has been a drop in downloads of our older books that started when we began placing our new free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. We don’t list the older titles on the free ebooks page. Maybe we should.

Until then, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the older ebooks and their links.

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Grr... Don't you hate when you think of a great post title AFTER you publish a post? I should have titled this, "A tale of two eBook Libraries...". Oh well. :)

(via Kurt Shintaku's Blog - INFO: Microsoft’s two free eBook libraries)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pluralsight's way of saying thank you... Active Military and Vets can get one free month

Pluralsight - This Memorial Day, we thank our vets with free training!

Memorial Day is around the corner and Pluralsight would like to show our appreciation to anyone who has served our country or who is currently serving.

We are offering all U.S. veterans and active military personnel a month of free training. Please fill out the form below, and we’ll hook you up with access to 4,000+ hours of developer, IT and creative training for 30 days! Here’s to you!

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And thank YOU Pluralsight...

Monday, May 19, 2014

What is 14 sessions, 21 hours and free? The Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd North America 2014...

Speaking of content to catch on the Channel 9 Windows Phone App...

Born to Learn - Now Available On Demand: Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd NA 2014

Whether you attended TechEd North America 2014 or not, all the Exam Prep sessions are available for you to watch anytime, thanks to our friends at Channel 9. Catch them all here.

For ease of reference, here's the list of Exam Prep sessions in the order they were presented during TechEd NA. Enjoy!

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14 sessions, 21 hours'ish, all free...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Web Camps Training Kit, March 2014 Edition

Microsoft Downloads - Web Camps Training Kit - March 2014

Version: March 2014

Date Published: 4/29/2014

WebCampsTK-Package-WebCampsTrainingKit.exe, 114 KB

The kit includes all the content presented around the world at the recent Web Camps events; presentations, demos, labs and more. Inside the new kit you’ll find content that covers the following technologies:

  • ASP.NET 4.5
  • ASP.NET MVC 4
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • jQuery
  • SignalR
  • Entity Framework
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Internet Explorer 11 and HTML5
  • Building apps for Office with HTML5
  • Cloud application services

 

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Internal or external, if you're doing any kind of Microsoft Web Stack Training, presenting or attending, this is a great resource...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Web Camps Training Kit Updated
“Web Camps Training Kit” Don’t re-invent, re-use…

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mixing up your PowerPoint training with Office Mix, your PowerPoint - > Interactive Training Tool

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - BETA: “Office Mix” – Turn PowerPoints into Interactive Training\

What does MIX do?
The short answer? It makes your life a lot easier. ...

NOTE: Registration requires an invitation.  If you do not have one, you can request an invitation at http://aka.ms/mixconnect.

What does Office Mix do?

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The “I-need-a-little-more-detail” answer? Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. We install an add-in that gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes and CK12 exercises. There’s even a screen capture tool so you can record anything on your PC.

Once your presentation is ready just click “Create Mix.” We work our magic to mix it into an interactive document complete with analytics, and place it in the cloud. From there, just share the link, and your students can watch it on just about any device with a web browser. You can then check student progress online and see who watched the presentation, and how they did on your quizzes. 

How much does Office Mix cost?

Are you ready for this? It’s free! The website, data analytics, and add-in are all free. Office Mix does, however, require Office 2013. You can try Office for free if you don’t have the latest version.

mix.office.com

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This is a new Microsoft.. A "Sign-in with Google?" This is first time I think I've seen that on a Microsoft product/service like this (I think ;)

Anyway... With all the interactive features in PowerPoint, and the fact that how many more can you really add, this looks like a smart way to extend it and give it more life.

Friday, April 18, 2014

//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/ -> //your free new training sessions/

Building Apps for Windows - //build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/: new resources to help you publish your universal Windows apps

You’ve heard announcements at //build/ around the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and the converged development platform; now get the details and support from community experts to bring your universal Windows apps to life. We’d like to invite you to join us over the next month for a series of educational and hands-on events.

First up is //learn/, a unique opportunity for you to get an introduction to building your own universal Windows apps for phone, tablet and pc. Ask questions and learn what’s new from Microsoft MVPs and get insights from your peers.

Jumpstart, a 3-day training course from Microsoft’s Virtual Academy follows, giving you an in-depth overview of the most important new features and platform capabilities.

Once you’ve started your app, be sure and register for one of our in-person //publish/ regional events, where Microsoft MVPs and local experts will be on hand to help you bring your apps over the finish line and into the Windows Store.

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//learn/ - coming soon, April 24

Microsoft MVPs will present live webinars introducing the latest features and technologies for phones, tablets and PCs. ...

Date: April 24, 2014

Click here to register

Jumpstart

In this live training webinar by Microsoft Technical Evangelists Andy Wigley and Matthias Shapiro, you will learn how to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C# to share a high percentage of code. You will also learn...

Dates: April 29 – May 1, 2014

Click here to register. If you are unable to attend live, you can watch this course on-demand on Channel 9 after May 9, 2014.

//publish/

//publish/ is a global event series where you will bring your project to polish and complete, and receive support, incentives, prizes and just have a lot of fun along the way.

//publish/ events occur in more than 60 different locations worldwide - simultaneously, all connected by a big online digital dashboard (“The Board”) You will receive expert guidance and support for app design, performance, testing, publishing, and Unity porting in a cool and inspiring environment.

Attend in-person at one of the 35 Microsoft-led events or 30 MVP-led satellite events at locations worldwide. No matter which event you attend, you’ll find it an extraordinary opportunity to learn, share and code; connected to the others via a unique online experience. Register early as space is limited.

Dates: May 16 - May 17, 2014

Click here to register

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//learn/

Whether you are a New Windows App Developer or an Experienced one- we have something for you!

Join us and take a deep dive into the latest features and technologies for Windows Phones, PCs and Tablets.//learn/ from our community in this “to the community, for the community and by the community” event where our MVPs and Expert Developers will help you better understand all that’s new with Windows.

Want to learn how to easily share code between store apps of different form factors? or Want to build your own universal App? You are at the right place. These sessions will cover all the basic concepts to develop Universal Windows apps –One App for all form factors (PC, Table and Phone), Windows Phone 8.1 apps: the new application lifecycle, the new XAML etc.-with live chat and Q&A with our speakers

No need to dress up or step out you can watch and learn from the comforts of your home/office in this online webcast of informative sessions delivered by our community experts. That’s not all, our local experts will deliver these sessions in not 1 but 8 languages from across the globe(each accommodating the local time zone) to help you learn and leverage the new features and technologies.

So get started and Register Now!

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Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 Jump Start

If you're an app developer who wants to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C#, don't miss this exciting event. The two-and-a-half day, demo-rich course, taught by experts who have years of experience developing (and writing about the process), focuses on how to create apps for Windows Phone 8.1 in Visual Studio and how to create universal app projects that share a high percentage of code and that target both Windows and Windows Phone.

Course Outline:

  • Day 1: Introduction to Windows Phone 8.1 & Building Windows Store Apps
  • Day 2: Programming Windows Phone 8.1 Platform Features
  • Day 3: Store, Universal Apps, and Silverlight

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Now, get your learn on!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Heartbleed in eight minutes, what it is, it's impact and more, Khan Academy style

TechCrunch - What Is Heartbleed? The Video

You’ve probably heard about Heartbleed. You’ve probably been told that, as far as security vulnerabilities go on the Internet, it’s pretty damned scary.

But what is Heartbleed? How does it work? Why is it something that you should care about? This Khan Academy-style* video tries to break it all down.

Made by Zulfikar Ramzan, MIT Ph.D. and CTO of cloud security firm Elastica, this video does a great job of explaining the bug at a pretty high level. Its still got a whole lot of acronyms and jargon thrown into the mix (so don’t expect an Explain-Like-I’m-Five explanation here), but it does a good job of explaining the bug’s ins and outs in a way that more people should be able to grasp. [GD: Post leached in full]

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Don't know if you've been following this, that the OpenSSL/Heartbeat/Heartbleed apocalypse is upon us, or not, but if you're like me and want a short brief about what the heck is going on, what it is and why it actually is pretty darn scary, this video is a must watch.

Windows 8.1 Update for your business users, four videos and a hand-out

Microsoft Downloads - Windows 8.1 Update how-to videos for business users

A series of short videos designed for business users to learn about basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption.

Date Published: 4/2/2014

Windows 8.1 Update_How-to Videos for Business Users.zip, 256.9 MB

Windows 8.1 brings together devices, apps and services so that they work intelligently and are a beautiful fit for the way your live and work. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your favorite apps, sites, and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Whether you’re collaborating on a large project, preparing for an upcoming conference, or traveling for work, you can use touch, mouse, and keyboard together–seamlessly–to do what you want, the way you want. This quick guide will show you how to get around, navigate, manage apps, work on desktop, and personalize your Windows 8.1.

Rob notes that the zip contains these four videos;

  1. Welcome To Windows
  2. The Charms
  3. The Familiar Desktop
  4. Customizing your Windows

(via The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Download 4 Windows 8.1 Update how-to videos for business users)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide for Business

This 20 pages brochure-type guide is designed for end-users who want to learn more about the advanced features of Windows 8.1, such as Taskbar customization, Task Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Mobility Center, Windows To Go, Miracast, OneDrive for Business, and File Explorer. Power users will enjoy learning about how they can get the most out of their Windows 8.1 devices

Date Published: 4/2/2014

Windows_8_1_Power User Guide.pdf, 876 KB

With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new Task Manager and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and fluid access to the world. And best of all, you can do it all feeling confident that your important data is secure. With the advanced features of Windows 8.1, you can get the most out of your device.

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Now that Windows 8.1 Update is rolling out everywhere and people see how it makes Windows 8.1 that much more mouse/keyboard friendly, there's going to be somewhat less friction in getting it into the enterprise. These videos and guide will help you easy your training burden.

These are also pretty great for friends and family too... :)

(via The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Download the Windows 8.1 Update Power User Guide)

Friday, March 28, 2014

"What is Open Source..." the LEGO movie

What is Open Source explained in LEGO

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Have you ever wondered - What is open source?

We made this stop motion video in an attempt to explain it for anyone. This, simply to help scale the positive principles within the open source paradigm.
The video itself is open for everyone to use, modify and share. So feel free to do that!

We made this video to explain the idea of Open Source. We wanted it to be easy to understand - even for people with no prior knowledge of Open Source or Free Software. However, history is never simple. We can only urge people to do further research into the history and as such the development of open source.

Kr├Žn Hansen wrote this blogpost to explain our thoughts behind the video: http://blog.bitblueprint.com/now-anyone-can-help-everyone-understand-open-source/

Please visit http://bitblueprint.com/ for more information on how to apply the open source paradigm to your organization. Visit http://movingmonday.com/ if you want to learn more about this awesome video production!...

If you're having a problem getting the idea of open source across, there's nothing like a fun video to help... and hey, it's LEGO's!

(via 404 Tech Support - Explaining Open Source with LEGO)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Six videos toward helping you upgrade your inner DBA to SQL Server 2014'ness

Channel 9 - Updating your Database Management Skills to SQL Server 2014

Do you manage online transaction processing (OLTP) database workloads? Want to learn about the new and enhanced capabilities in SQL Server 2014 to help you do so? Watch this course to learn about enhancements and capabilities new to SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform since the release of SQL Server 2008.

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Since the RTM bits are not yet available you can get a jump on your friends and co-workers and start upgrading your DBA brain cells to support (or sell to your bosses) SQL Server 2014. As I've said, this is a pretty awesome release and there's a great deal to grok. The sooner you start...

 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

iXplain helps you explain, recording your voice, screen and pen (think "Killer Surface Pro app for anyone teaching or explaining about anything")

Australian Teachers Blog - Creating Tutorials using the Record Voice and Pen App

This post follows on with our focus on sharing tools which can help you make engaging tutorials for your classroom.

If you’re currently using a Windows 8 device and need to create a tutorial that records your voice, writing or annotations, it’s time to master the Record Voice and Pen App.

Since first exploring Record Voice and Pen, I have put it in my must-have apps for Windows 8 in Education. It is such a simple and effective app that suits a variety of skill levels. I also like that you are given the ability to save your video onto your device, then share it through whichever platform you currently use in your classroom. It is a great tool for the Flipped Classroom.

Some handy uses for tutorials made with this app include:

  • Flipped Classroom style tutorials
  • Mathematic tutorials showing working out
  • Explanations of diagrams in Science or Geography
  • Discussions of Sport positions and movement
  • Script writing for Foreign Languages studies
  • Students creating their own tutorials for each other
  • Students creating presentations which describe images, diagrams or concepts

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Step 1

Install the Record Voice and Pen app onto your Windows 8 device. You can access Record Voice and Pen via the Windows Store.

Step 2

Watch video...

Step 3

Plan the tutorial that you would like to create. Here are some questions to help you plan your tutorial

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Step 4

Use record Voice and Pen to create your tutorial. Save and upload to your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or your own online space for students to access it.

Optional Activity

Share with your peers for feedback to help you improve your tutorial style.

Record Voice and Pen is a great way to make classroom tutorials more engaging and memorable whilst also having a resource for future use. So why not have a go and share your experiences in the comments section below.

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iXplain

Description

Explaining something in a presentation or a classroom is easy when you can use your voice, use images, and can annotate on them, all at one go. In iXplain you can record all this at once. It creates a video file which can be shared through email, Facebook or YouTube, or used in a presentation or a classroom.

Features

  • Recording of your voice and pen drawings at the same time

  • Import images

  • Export recordings to video files (mp4)

Supported processors

x86, x64, ARM

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This and the Surface Pro and you've got a cool, fairly inexpensive, teaching tool... (and the app's price of Free doesn't hurt).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Eric Ligman's List of "Free Microsoft Office 365 Resources, Training, Virtual Courses..."

Microsoft Sales Excellence Manager - Eric Ligman - How To Get Free Microsoft Office 365 Resources, Training, Virtual Courses, and More

Microsoft Office 365 provides a cloud-based service that enables individuals and businesses to accomplish the tasks they want to, where they want to, when they want to, all with the familiar Microsoft Office platform they’ve been using for years. By enabling this experience across devices, both in the cloud and offline, it lets people accomplish more, easier, in a much more efficient way. Whether you are new to Microsoft Office 365 or have been using it for awhile, I thought I would let you know about many free resources we have available to you from Microsoft to help you get the most out of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

What’s New – Find out what’s New for each of the Microsoft Office 2013 applications you get with Microsoft Office 365:

Quick Start Guides

Microsoft Virtual Academy Sessions

Free eBooks

Video Sessions

Are you a U.S. Microsoft Partner?

Support -

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You've been hearing allot about Office 365 recently. If you're new to it, here's a bunch of great resources to help get you up to speed quickly... and cheaply... :)