TechEd Countdown Show: The One with the Sell Out Announcement | The Countdown Show

WOW! The response to TechEd North America has been phenomenal! So much so that we have SOLD OUT the event for 2014.If you wish to be placed on the registration waiting list, head on over to the TechEd Registration Page and click on the "Waitlist Signup" button below to create an account and sign up. You will be asked to complete minimal contact information. If we are able to accommodate additional registrations, spaces will be filled in the order that requests are received. You will receive a confirmation from the TechEd Registration Team asking you to access your record and complete the registration and payment process. The TechEd North America 2014 Registration Team will contact you regarding the status of your registration request no later than May 5, 2014.If you have not yet signed up for the Pre-Conference Seminars, you can still do so by clicking here.There are also still Expo Only passes available. The TechExpo Only Pass registration fee includes access to the TechExpo Hall (Partner Solution Expo and Microsoft Solution Experience) Monday, May 12 – Thursday, May 15, 2014 during open hours, as well as the Welcome Reception on Monday, May 12.Be sure to take our fun quiz to determine which type of TechEd attendee you are!To always be sure you get the latest TechEd news and information by following us on:Twitter: use the #msteched hashtag or comment to @teched_naOfficial Facebook Page: NorthAmericaAsk your questions in the ForumsFollow @TechEd_NAFollow @JoeySnowFollow @RicksterCDNFollow @Golnaz89

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 7:02 pm

TWC9: Windows Phone 8.1, Installer Projects are back, Microsoft Azure for IoT and more | This Week On Channel 9

This week on Channel 9, Brian and Dan discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:32] Windows Phone 8.1 now available on Windows Phone Preview for Developers (Cliff Simpkins), Windows Phone Preview for Developers[02:22] MSDN Voice Search app shows you how to integrate your app with Cortana (Ron), MSDN Voice Search for Windows Phone 8.1[03:13] Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Power Tools (Nick Randolph), Test and troubleshoot apps with the Windows Phone Developer Power Tools[04:51] Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension[05:51] Intelligent Systems Service (Microsoft Azure for IoT)[07:02] Debugging Deeper through Reference Source (Rion Williams)[08:00] Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta (S.Somasegar)[09:10] Xbox One and Smartglass App for Channel 9 [Cara, Duncan Mackenzie, Mike Sampson, Mark DeFalco, Golnaz][10:17] Tricks for catching up on the Channel 9 event videos for Build 2014 (Jon Galloway)Picks of the Week!Dan's Pick of the Week:[11:17] Terrifying interactive map shows global cyber attacks happening in real time (Zach Epstein),'s Pick of the Week:[13:08] New Book: Pro ALM with Visual Studio 2013, (Mickey Gousset, Martin Hinshelwood, Brian A. Randell, Brian Keller, Martin Woodward)

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 3:15 pm

"Bitcoin + Azure + Traffic Light"

Chris Walker, Friend of the Community and Blog, hardware geek extraordinaire, Matt Cavanagh bring usBuild 2014: Bitcoin + Azure + Traffic LightFor Microsoft Build 2014, the Internet of Things team at Microsoft put together a very cool Netduino-powered traffic light.Here's what it looks like on the inside:The software powering this cool project is based on the awesome Bitcoin + Azure code written by our very own Matt Cavanagh (roguemat).Microsoft's Steve Teixeira showcased the traffic light, controlling it manually via Bluetooth from a Windows Phone 8.1 device in the Build 2014 IoT SessionThe Netduino Plus 2 inside the traffic light can also pull down Bitcoin data from Azure in real-time, displaying the value changes as they happen (green = value going up; yellow = value steady; red = value going down).Here's a great blog post by Matt Cavanagh, explaining how to put together your own Netduino-powered Bitcoin Traffic Light:http://blog.roguecod...other-buzzwordsAnd here's a quick video of the demo in action (with an RGB LED instead of the life-size traffic light):This same code could be reused to indicate when a big software build completed, to indicate the current air quality in a building, to warn of little-time-remaining in a meeting, etc.Thanks a bunch to Matt Cavanagh (roguemat), to the IoT team at Microsoft and to Philip Lo and his NETMF dev team at Microsoft for enabling, building and showcasing this IoT demo at Build! [GD: Post taken in full][Click through for the complete thread]The Internet of Things with the Azure cloud, Netduino, Windows Phone, and lots of other buzzwordsIf you haven’t heard, “the cloud” is kind of a big deal right now. Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s slice of it  (with 54% of Fortune 500 companies running on Azure today), and is the reason that when you take a photo on your phone it magically appears on your PC (amongst other things). No one understands the cloud, but we know it is powerfulAt BUILD 2014, Microsoft announced their plan for allowing everything from your teddy bear to your traffic light (because people totally have these) to connect to Azure. And yes, this includes connecting up a full sized traffic light…What does that mean? Well, you could hook up your sprinkler system and a soil-moisture sensor to Azure and water your plants from half-way across the world. Or get a push notification to your phone when your significant other raids the cookie jar. Or just about anything else that involves moving data from one place to another without needing to setup any infrastructure.That also falls in nicely with some stuff I’ve been working on with the team at SecretLabs (the Netduino and AGENT makers) to make it really easy to hook up their devices to Azure, and to get things like sensor reading into the cloud with minimal effort.So to create a nice little illustration of the IoT running on NETMF, I created a simple demo.  This is based off Netduino and Windows Phone Bitcoin tracker on Azure.  [Steve Teixeira's awesome traffic light demo at BUILD 2014 was based off of this code.]...There are 2 variations (well, 3 if you include the one that was used in the presentation which is very similar to the latter):BTC + Netduino standaloneIn this demo you connect an Ethernet cable to a Netduino, which then pulls the latest Bitcoin price from an Azure service. To display the result (price up/down/steady), we use a traffic light (or some LED’s if you don’t have one handy).WP + BT + BTC + LEDsIn this demo you pair a Windows Phone with a Netduino (via a Bluetooth module on the Netduino). By tapping any of the first three circles it will tell the Netduino to change the color of the traffic light/LED. By tapping the bottom circle (the BTC one), the Windows Phone will automatically send color commands based on the BTC price.To start with, let’s look at the Azure service which is common across both variations. Azure service...BTC + Netduino standaloneThe Netduino code isn’t too complicated. It basically just constantly downloads the latest price and then changes the state of the LEDs. If the price goes down it will show red, up shows green, and stable/no change shows yellow/orange. When the LEDs change to red or green, there is a 30 second delay before it will switch back to yellow – this is to make it clearer because else it would just flash for a second....WP + BT + BTC + LEDsIn this variation the Windows Phone connects via Bluetooth to the Netduino. Wire and code it like in this post on Bluetooth with Netduino and WP8.The UI on the Windows Phone app is pretty straightforward, and uses a bunch of visual states to control which circle is selected....SourceSo although these were pretty trivial examples, they’re a good introduction into using external services on anything from a consumer phone/tablet, to a programmable microcontroller.Note that nothing here is using the new SDKs I talked about above – but once those launch it will be considerably easier to hook your Netduino into the cloud.[Click through for the entire post, source code and more]

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 8:00 am

Edge Show 99 - Assess VM Migration to Azure with MAP | Edge

Evaluate your vms and servers to migrate to Microsoft Azure in this interview with Program Manager Mike Switzer. Mike digs into the Azure migration assessment capabilities for your entire environment using the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit.In the technical interview that starts at [06:12], we cover:How does the MAP toolkit work to do discovery of machines on the network?[08:24] Demo: Excel report of readiness for Windows and Linux machines to be migrated to Azure[11:12] Demo: presentation of data in the MAP toolkit GUI[14:19] Demo: Utilization reporting and Azure calculationsHow does it factor in the processor speed with a translation to Azure VM sizes?How often does the MAP toolkit get updated?Migration Automation toolkit for MVMC 2.0Sign up for a free trial of Windows Azure - Azure AnnouncementsGA of Dynamic Routing VPN Gateways, Point-to-Site VPNs, Autoscale, Read access Geo-Redundant Storage, AD Premium, SchedulerNew Automation serviceUpdate Website and VM pricing - basic and standard tiersNew support for Chef and puppet agents with VMsNew datacenter in Brazil and South East AsiaWindows Server 2012 R2 Update WSUS Fix and revised servicing timeConnect with the Edge Team:Follow @tnedgeFollow @SimonsterFollow @SymonPerrimanFollow @dtzarFollow @RicksterCDNFacebook - Email

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 8:42 pm

IWP73: Peter Torr on Targeting Multiple Resolutions | Inside Windows Phone

At Build 2014 we announced the ability to build universal app projects in Visual Studio that can be leveraged to easily deliver apps for both Windows Phone and Windows PC/Laptop/Tablet. This new offering makes it easier than ever to share your business logic, and also does a few interesting things to help you with tailoring your UI as well... but there is still more you might want to do to maximize your users' experience in your application.Peter Torr gave a great talk about this topic at Build 2014, where he asserted, "we shouldn't be talking about DPI or resolution anymore, but rather about _effective_ resolution". Today we met with Peter to get more detail on what he meant by that, as well as his advice on some basic techniques that *you* can use to easily deliver form factor optimized applications from a single code base.Now, layout rules like this don't ship "in the box" at this point, but Peter's put together a great sample that demonstrates exactly how you could build out layout rules that could be wired to Visual States in order to achieve this automatic re-layout behavior based on the exact viewable space available to the app, regardless of the specific device the user is using.Here are some links to related material:Build 2014 sessions onlinePeter's session at Build 2014Peter's "Layout Rules" code sampleFor even more detail on supporting resolutions, including more on the backstory, check out Peter's blog post from last year, that was specifically focused on leveraging the extra space on larger phones.Please let us know if you have any questions!Larry Lieberman @larryalieberman

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 5:48 pm

The new Office: Office Garage Series: Click-to-Run Deployment Deep Dive Part 3 - Integrating C2R with Deployment Tools | The Garage Series for Office 365

This week marks the third in a three part series as hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh take the concepts from installing and configuring Office Click-to-Run in the first two parts and integrate those with software distribution tools like System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Windows Intune. They demonstrate the specific commands used with standalone software installation or part of the Windows imaging process and Jeremy tests whether he can stream Office to his car PC while WiFi-tethered with his phone before he crosses Seattle's famous floating bridge on Interstate 520.Stay up to date with the latest shows at the Windows Phone appFollow @OfficeGarage on twitter 

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 9:53 am

XAML Authoring Improvements in Visual Studio 2013 | Visual Studio Toolbox

In this episode, Robert is joined by Harikrishna Kumar, who show us improvements to authoring XAML in Visual Studio 2013. Hari shows us the Hub App template for Windows Store apps, Go to Definition, IntelliSense for data binding and resources, statement completion, IntelliSense matching and more. He also shows us some new features for working with XAML in Blend.

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 8:29 am

TechEd Countdown Show: The One About Newbies | The Countdown Show

Only 1 Month to go until TechEd North America invades Houston Texas (May 12-15). It's time for one of Rick and Joey's favorite episodes... NEWBIES!If you are new to the TechEd experience or perhaps even a seasoned attendee, Joey and Rick cover off some of the most frequently asked questions including:What should I do before I arrive?When should I arrive and register?What should I bring with me?How do I keep up with my normal routine (fitness)?Exporting my scheduleHallway sessions/networkingTechEd 101 what is it and should I attend?AND MORE!Of course you will also be sure you catch the rest of our Countdown Shows that we have done for this years event.Follow all of the TechEd news and information by following us on:Twitter: use the #msteched hashtag or comment to @teched_naOfficial Facebook Page: NorthAmericaAsk your questions in the ForumsFollow @TechEd_NAFollow @JoeySnowFollow @RicksterCDNFollow @Golnaz89 

Posted by on 15 April 2014 | 10:56 am

Designing for Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence | Build 2014

Shane Ginsberg, Nathan Moody, Michael Neuman, and Rick Barraza discuss topics ranging from the critical importance of user empathy when designing and building software for people, to design's role in the age of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence. Online viewers provided several great questions for the panelists to explore. Lots of topics and important information for designers and developers alike. Tune in.

Posted by on 1 April 2014 | 5:27 pm

Windows Graphics and DirectX 12 | Build 2014

Ales Holecek is back on Channel 9 to talk with Charles Torre about Windows Graphics and DirectX 12.

Posted by on 1 April 2014 | 5:27 pm

Developing for Windows Phone and Windows | Build 2014

Charles Torre sits down with David Treadwell to discuss what's next in developing Windows Phone and Windows.

Posted by on 1 April 2014 | 5:27 pm

What’s New for Windows and Windows Phone Developers | Build 2014

Charles Torre talks with Kevin Gallo about upcoming news and features for Windows and Windows Phone Developers, including universal apps.

Posted by on 1 April 2014 | 5:27 pm

Session 2: Building a partnership plan

To build any business partnership, you need to do your homework! Building a partnership has many rewards, but the process does take a clear strategy and dedicated effort. Join Diana Kreklow and Gail Mercer-McKay to learn about the elements you should include in your partnership plan and the steps you need to take to put it in motion.After you view this webinar, you'll understand the key elements a partnership plan should include and how to implement them to scale with your company's growth. Downloadable resources will help you take action right away.Do you have questions about the case for partnership? Join Diana and Gail live in the comments section for Q&A on Thursday, April 17 from 10am-11am, Pacific time (UTC -8:00)Resources Companion Guide: Building a Partnership Plan Download the .ics to add the Q&A session to your calendar  About the presentersDiana KreklowEnthusiastic and insightful, Diana cut her business teeth in sales and sales management at some of the world's best organizations including Microsoft, IBM, Attachmate and Computer Associates. Her responsibilities included the development and management of partnership strategies, business and solutions development, marketing innovation and performance reporting.  She enjoys working collaboratively with virtual teams, managing complex multi-partner engagements and developing partner and channel programs that deliver results.Able to skillfully navigate the challenges facing both smaller partners right through to some of the largest ISV's, she has successfully built programs that include alignment with market leaders such as Microsoft, IBM Global Services, Accenture, and McKinsey Consulting. Her industry experience includes Financial Services, Distribution, Healthcare, Public Sector and Manufacturing.Gail Mercer-MacKay With over twenty-five years' experience, Gail Mercer-MacKay works as a leader in the Microsoft ecosystem helping partners create compelling marketing communications stories. Prior to founding Mercer-MacKay over seven years ago, Gail was VP Sales and Marketing for an ISV, taking the organization from start-up to a multi-million dollar software company with clients across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.Gail serves as a Board Member at both the Canadian and International level of IAMCP – International Association of Microsoft Channel Partner and is a Business Advisor at the Research Innovation Center in Mississauga where she guides entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their business. She is the recipient of two awards for community leadership for her role as founder and director of "A Woman's Write", a program for patients suffering from mental health disorders at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Posted by on 1 April 2014 | 2:35 pm

Thinking for Programmers | Build 2014

Leslie Lamport inventor of Paxos and developer of LaTeX introduces techniques and tools that help programmers think above the code level to determine what applications and services should do and ensure that they do it. Depending on the task, the appropriate tools can range from simple prose to formal, tool-checked models written in TLA+ or PlusCal.

Posted by on 31 March 2014 | 1:06 am

What's New for ASP.NET and Web in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and Beyond | Build 2014

The web marches on, and so does Visual Studio and ASP.NET, with a renewed commitment to making a great IDE for web developers of all kinds. Join Scott & Scott for this dive into VS2013 Update 2 and beyond. We’ll see new features in ASP.NET, new ideas in front end web development, as well as a peek into ASP.NET’s future.

Posted by on 31 March 2014 | 1:06 am

Modern C++: What You Need to Know | Build 2014

This talk will give an update on recent progress and near-future directions for C++, both at Microsoft and across the industry. This is a great introduction to the current state of the language, including a glimpse into the future of general purpose, performance-intensive, power-friendly, powerful native programming.

Posted by on 31 March 2014 | 1:06 am

The Future of C# | Build 2014

Project Roslyn is a complete renewal of the C# and Visual Basic compilers, exposing them as full fidelity APIs for everyone to use, and providing a great foundation for evolving the tool experience and the languages themselves. How can you make use of Roslyn, and what new language features do we have in store? Come and see!

Posted by on 31 March 2014 | 1:06 am