Opening Keynote | Australia 2017

Cloud technology is rapidly evolving, offering new ways to enhance productivity through organisational digital transformation. To harness this shift, and evolve your organisation’s capabilities, it’s more important than ever to invest and learn new skills to leverage the cloud. Join Scott Guthrie our Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise on Tuesday morning to kick-start Microsoft Ignite Australia. Scott will focus on how technology enables digital transformation and, along with guests, demonstrate new technologies and investments for you to leverage our technology to make change happen.

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 5:27 pm

TWC9: New Azure Functions, 5 Awesome VS 2017 Features, VS Launch Event and more... | This Week On Channel 9

This week on Channel 9, Nikola and Shen discuss the week's top developer news, including; Developer Day—Creators Update[01:25] Last Week's TWC9[01:53] Announcing new Azure Functions capabilities to accelerate development of serverless applications [Raman Sharma][02:39] 5 Features to Watch in Visual Studio 2017 [Scott Addie][04:20] Join Us: Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary [Julia Liuson][05:31] Doing Visual Studio and .NET Code Documentation Right [Terrence Dorsey][06:46] Penny Pinching in the Cloud: Running and Managing LOTS of Web Apps on a single Azure App Service [Scott Hanselman][08:22] Service Fabric and Windows Containers sample[08:50] Winners of the 2017 Microsoft Health Innovation Awards [Laura Wallace][10:00] Real-Time Communications on the Universal Windows Platform with WebRTC and ORTC [James Cadd]Picks of the Week!Nikola's Pick of the Week:[11:08] LiveScan3D-HololensShen's Pick of the Week:[12:19] Surface Dial Tools for Visual Studio [Mads Kristensen]Please leave a comment or email us at @CH9 Follow @metulev Follow @shenchauhan Follow @gduncan411

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 5:00 pm

Episode 223: Azure Managed Disks with Chetan Agarwal | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

In this episode Chris Risner and Hannah Krager are joined by Chetan Agarwal, Principal Program Manager on the Azure Compute Team.  Chetan joins us to talk about Managed Disks, a greatly simplified way of managing storage accounts used with VM disks.  When using Managed Disks, you just specify if you want Premium or Standard storage and the size of disks you want and the service handles everything else for you.  Managed Disks also offers new features such as availability set isolation, snapshots, and images.Links from the show:[00:53] - Basics of Managed Disks[05:08] - Availability Set Isolation[10:22] - Managed Disks in the portal[17:50] - Quick Start Templates with Managed Disks support[23:15] - CLI 2.0 and Managed DisksAnnouncing Managed DisksManaged Disks OverviewAzure Quickstart Templates on GitHubTemplates with Support for Managed DiskUsing Managed Disks with Azure ACSMigrating to Managed DisksAPI Reference: Creating and Updating Managed DisksCreating Managed Disks from the 2.0 CLIPowershell updates for Managed DisksSwagger Docs for Managed DisksManaged Disks on Tuesdays with CoreyLike Cloud Cover on Facebook!Follow @CloudCoverShowFollow @chrisrisnerFollow @nzthiagoFollow @chagarw

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 12:09 pm

Opening UWP to OpenZWave

Morten Nielsen shares his journey and work on getting ZWave devices working in .NET and UWP Apps...Using OpenZWave in UWP appsIn my recent IoTivity hacking, I wanted to create a bridge between ZWave and IoTivity, and run it as a StartUp task on my Raspberry.Something similar already exists in Windows IoT Core, as a bridge between ZWave and AllJoyn. Actually all you have to do is get a Generation 2 Aeotec ZWave ZStick, plug it into your device running IoT COre and you got yourself a ZWave-to-AllJoyn bridge. Unfortunately those aren’t being sold any longer, only the Generation 5, which isn’t compatible with the bridge. AllJoyn isn’t doing too well either.Anyway, back to IoTivity: To build a bridge, I needed a ZWave library that supports UWP. After all, most of my devices are ZWave devices. I have my SmartThings hub as a primary controller, but you can add any number of ZWave USB Sticks as secondary controllers to the ZWave network. So I can continue to rely on SmartThings (for now), while I start hacking with the USB controller against the same devices.Luckily Donald Hanson has an awesome pull-request for OpenZWave that adds a native UWP wrapper around OpenZWave, based on the .NET CLI wrapper......Anyway go grab the source-code (make sure you get the submodule too), and try it out:’s how you start it up:...The rest is in the Notification handler. Every time a node is found, changed, remove etc. an event is reported here, including responses to commands you send. Nodes are identified by the HomeID (one per usb controller), and by the NodeID. You use these two values to uniquely identify a node on your network, and can then oerform operations like changing properties via the ZWManager instance.There’s a generic sample app you can use to find, interrogate and interact with the devices, or just learn from. Longer-term I’d like to build a simpler API on top of this to work with the devices. The Main ViewModel in the sample-app is in a way the beginnings of this.And by all means, submit some pull requests!"... [Click through to see the entire post]Follow @CH9 Follow @coding4fun Follow @gduncan411

Posted on: 24 February 2017 | 8:00 am

SQL Unplugged - February 2017 Edition | SQL Unplugged

Rohan Kumar and Scott Klein are back LIVE on SQL Unplugged. Great topics (including SQL Server v.Next) and some great audience questions!This show is your avenue for chatting with the individuals who own the relational database at Microsoft. Tune in each month as Scott and Rohan answer your questions and discuss the insights and inner workings of the SQL Server engineering team. Be sure to follow this show on Twitter (@SQLUnplugged) for updates and information on upcoming shows.

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 7:41 pm

DocumentDB Support for Aggregates | Azure Friday

In this episode of Azure Friday, Aravind Ramachandran talks with Scott Hanselman about support for aggregate functions at global scale in Azure DocumentDB. Aravind explains how you can perform low latency aggregation queries against large datasets without schema definitions or secondary indexes, and other improvements in the DocumentDB query engine like reduced request units and support for polygon indexing.

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 7:00 pm

Using Spinnaker's Release Pipeline for CD to Azure | Azure Friday

Arun Chandrasekhar, Program Manager for Azure DevOps OSS, shows Donovan Brown how to continuously deploy containers using the Azure Spinnaker to Kubernetes QuickStart Template (

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 3:27 pm

Cortana, Planet Earth II, and more | This Week On Windows

This Week on Windows: Cortana is coming in hot with reminders to help you stay on top of life, we're showing you how to get the most out of your day with the calendar app and we say aloha to Moana and Planet Earth II! Specific topics covered in this episode include:Cortana commitmentsPlanet Earth IIMoanaOscar collectionDid you know: Intro to calendar app

Posted on: 23 February 2017 | 12:00 pm

Using Espresso Tests | Visual Studio Toolbox

In this episode, Donovan Brown is joined by Adam Barlow, who shows how to use Espresso tests with Xamarin Test Cloud and Visual Studio Team Services. He shows how to leverage your existing Espresso tests with in your continuous integration build.For more information on the Xamarin Test Cloud, see the Test Cloud website.

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 4:49 pm

The Xamarin Show 16: Polished UI for Xamarin.Forms with Sam Basu | The Xamarin Show

This week, James is joined by friend of the show Sam Basu, Developer Advocate on the Telerik team at Progress, who introduces us to Telerik's DevCraft UI for Xamarin to create polished user interfaces. We discuss several roadblocks that developers run into when creating mobile applications and specifically focus on user interface controls that developers need such as charts, graphs, enhanced list views, and more.Segments:[07:00] Introduction to DevCraft[10:00] Telerik UI for Xamarin[17:00] Enhanced ListViews[30:00] Flyout Navigation, Charts, Graphs, and moreShow Links:Telerik UI for XamarinSample Apps: Android, iOSFollow @SamBasuFind James on: Twitter, GitHub, Blog, and his weekly podcast Merge Conflict.Follow @JamesMontemagnoNever Miss an Episode: Follow @TheXamarinShowUseful Links:Xamarin Developer Center & BlogXamarin and AzureMobile DevOpsXamarin University Self-Guided

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 10:00 am

Tuesdays with Corey - more AzureCLI 2.0 Goodness | Tuesdays With Corey

Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Compute team goes ROGUE and decides to cut Rick out of the creation process in order to record his own #AzureTwC on the new AzureCLI tooling.Post any questions, topic ideas or general conversation here in the comments OR online on via Twitter with  #AzureTwC.Follow @CoreySandersWAFollow @RicksterCDN 

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 9:02 am

Windows 10 - The time is now | Australia 2017

Take a look at the latest and greatest within Windows 10 right now, and take a sneak peek at Windows 10 Creator's update planned for Q1 2017 – including features, security, productivity and roadmaps. Experience the latest features across the new People centric interface, 3D and more.

Posted on: 10 February 2017 | 5:33 pm

High DPI Improvements for Desktop App Developers in the Windows 10 Creators Update | Windows Developer Day - Creators Update

Display technology and usage scenarios have changed significantly since the time when many desktop app technologies were first introduced. Many desktop UI frameworks on Windows have, historically, struggled to keep up with modern usage scenarios such as handling multiple displays with different DPI values or handling dynamic DPI changes (docking/undocking, RDP, mixed-DPI). This has resulted in desktop applications that can render blurry or be sized incorrectly. In this session we'll discuss what Microsoft is doing to address these challenges, including new APIs and technologies targeted at high-DPI usage scenarios for desktop apps. 

Posted on: 8 February 2017 | 12:15 pm

Interview with Dona Sarkar and Jeremiah Marble | NXTA 2017

In this session, Seth interviews Dona and Jeremiah about the latest Windows Insider Program updates

Posted on: 27 January 2017 | 4:30 pm

Day 2 Keynote: Data Dreams | NXTA 2017

We are living in an extraordinary time where every person and every organization on the planet can achieve more through the power of cloud computing, AI and data. Learn about the vision, and the new realities, from Microsoft CVP of AI & Research Global, T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan who will share innovations and the capabilities of the cloud with a guest appearance from Scott Hanselman to really drive the point home with a relevant and personal demo. If you can dream it, you can build it.

Posted on: 27 January 2017 | 4:24 pm

JavaScript, the Cloud, and The Rise of The New Virtual Machine | NXTA 2017

One day we woke up and things were different. Maybe it happened overnight, maybe it took many years. Suddenly we are scripting against thousands of Virtual Machines from the command line while creating things today with JavaScript in the browser that were impossible yesterday. LiveScript becomes JavaScript becomes ES6 and now we're compiling C++ to JS. Join Scott Hanselman as he explores the relationship between the Cloud and the Browser, many Languages and one Language, how it might all fit together and what might come next. NOTE: Non-technical business people and technical IT people alike will enjoy this lighthearted talk.

Posted on: 27 January 2017 | 4:22 pm

Opening Keynote | NXTA 2017

NexTech Africa opening keynote

Posted on: 27 January 2017 | 1:55 pm