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Microsoft is showcasing Windows Store Apps built by the community...

clock September 30, 2013 13:27 by author scottker

Microsoft has started showcasing applications built by the community on some very influential blogs as well as other Microsoft owned properties.  Take a look at some of the applications that Microsoft is showcasing right now below. If you have built and application please contact your local evangelist about opportunities for showcasing your great work.  If you haven't built an application yet, now would be a great time to get started.  Click HERE to start building application for FREE right now.



Cool document on porting your web site to Windows8 Metro Style

clock May 31, 2012 09:36 by author scottker

Take a look at this great little document on migrating your web-site to Windows8 Metro style.  The document shows a cool side by side of a web site and what it should look like and how it would work with Windows Metro Style.

Design case study: Website to Metro style app
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/windows/apps/hh868264 

Let me know what you think of this document and when you'll be ready to develop your own Metro Style app.

-Scott

 



FREE Windows Server 8 Beta Download and System Center 2012

clock May 23, 2012 04:03 by author scottker

There is a lot of buzz around the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the new Metro style application environment.  The other aspect of the next release of Windows is the server component that also has new capabilities.  There are a host of new  IIS enhancements that make it easier to manage your web applications.  Also, Hyper-V now has an extensible switch that is ripe for developers who want to create add-ons.  If you haven’ t had a chance to explore the next release of Windows Server, please take a moment to download and install the FREE Windows Server 2012 Beta now.  If you would prefer to have a preinstalled VHD, you can also download that from the download site.  My team mate, Harold Wong recently wrote a blog post with steps needed to take that VHD and configure your system to boot from it without having to install or repartition your hard drive giving you a no touch way to check it out.

Check out PC Magazines article on 10 Killer new features of Windows Server 8

Most developers are probably aware of Windows Azure and the benefits offered by a Platform as a Service public cloud offering.  As environments mature, more and more organizations are exploring hybrid cloud solutions.  There are definite benefits that a private cloud offers that may not be available in a public cloud offering.  Would you like to use a self-service portal to request a fully configured development environment that can be deployed quickly without any intervention from you?  Would you like to have insight into how your application is running during QA with direct integration with Visual Studio?  This is absolutely possible with System Center 2012!  I would encourage you to work with your IT folks to explore the Microsoft Private Cloud offering and how it can also be used to seamlessly manage an Azure environment using App Controller in addition to the afore mentioned items.  Download the evaluation bits for System Center 2012 today.

-Scott



Great resources for getting started with Windows 8 Application Development

clock May 22, 2012 04:15 by author scottker

One of my colleagues Jeremy Foster created a blog post with some GREAT resources like Metro Tiles, Visual Studio Add-In, and Art Tools.  Check it out if you are trying to ramp up on Windows 8 Development.

http://www.codefoster.com/post/2012/05/17/App-Accelerator-Resources.aspx

-Scott

 



Short Windows8 Developer events at the Microsoft Store's in SoCal and Phoenix

clock May 22, 2012 02:49 by author scottker

During the end of May and June in 2012, Michael Palermo and Alice Pang will be hosting Windows 8 developer events at the Microsoft Stores in SoCal and Phoenix for an exciting evening of development with Windows 8.  What better way to wind down from work than learning about developing on Windows 8?

Check them out here: http://bit.ly/win8msstore

Scott



FREE VIP Windows8 Developer Event - 4/23/2012 - Club Nokia @ LA Live...

clock April 18, 2012 14:28 by author scottker

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Windows reimagined.

Learn everything you need to start building Metro-style apps for Windows at our VIP free full-day Windows Developer Event.

Learn about the Windows Store and what you need to do to be considered for early access to the store long before it opens to regular developers!  Also learn how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.

Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have—from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

Seating is limited and registration is not guaranteed. Secure your spot today!

Date: April 23, 2012       Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Location: 
Club Nokia @ LA Live, 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Prerequisites

Tweet any questions about the event and Windows8 Development at any time #Win8AppDev

Notes - This free event is brought to you by Microsoft. However, you are responsible for booking and funding your own travel and accommodations. Please note that there is limited space available for this event, so be sure to register early.

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Can't make it to Los Angeles?  Attend the Livestream from 9amPST to 5pmPST!

Watch live streaming video from microsoftdevelopers at livestream.com

 

 

-Scottker



Photos of new Microsoft Surface units on 3/21/2012

clock April 2, 2012 06:42 by author scottker

I was recently at the Microsoft office in Irvine, CA and noticed there is a new Microsoft Surface unit in the lobby.  You should pop over to the office and take a look at the unit, it is such a better piece of hardware and furniture compared to Surface1.  I want to build a bar around these units they are so cool.

The Microsoft Irvine office is located at:  3 Park Plaza, Suite 1600, Irvine, CA  92614   949-263-3000

If you are interested in getting applications developed for the Microsoft Surface, let me know.  There are some great partners who have already innovated that I can hook you up with.

More info on the main site about Microsoft Surface:  http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

-Scottker



Good times @ DevCamp 3/30/2012!!!

clock April 2, 2012 06:15 by author scottker

After a short emergency trip to the eye doctor last Friday I got to attend a little bit of our DevCamp @ USC.  We had a really good showing across all of the technologies we were presenting including HTML5 (Over 100), Windows Phone (Over 50) and Cloud (Over 50).  Based on our numbers, it seemed like students were a lot more interested in Phone than HTML5 or Cloud, go figure as that is where there is money to be made.

Here is a picture library of the event, enjoy!

 

-ScottKer



CloudCamp coming to Los Angeles 4/11/2012!

clock March 29, 2012 17:26 by author scottker

This is for my Los Angeles readers!

There is a small technology agnostic cloud event happening on 4/13/2012 called CloudCamp Los Angeles.  If you are interested in the cloud and have a little time you should register and join.  Bret Stateham from Microsoft will be presenting on Azure.

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Enjoy

-Scottker



FREE! Microsoft Developer Camps coming to Western USA!

clock March 29, 2012 17:17 by author scottker

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FREE EVENTS
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ATTEND A CAMP, BUILD AN APP
Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned. Check out the four different DevCamps currently being offered and register today!

 

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PHONE CAMP

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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Take your apps to the next level at the Windows Phone Dev Camp. We'll be covering how to bring the cloud to your app by consuming external APIs, add UX polish with Expression Blend, reach new markets through globalization and localization, and keep your app running at peak performance through advanced debugging and testing. In the afternoon, we'll break into labs to reinforce what we covered, and offer a chance to present your application for a chance to win in our application competition.

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CLOUD CAMP

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Events run from
9:00AM – 5:00PM

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Join us to learn about the exciting new Windows Azure developer platform! Windows Azure will open up a host of new application and multi-screen development opportunities, and this briefing will give you a jumpstart in understanding how to take advantage of them.

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HTML5 WEB CAMP

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clip_image005[26]Denver, CO

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Events run from
8:45AM – 5:30PM

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As developers, you keep hearing a lot about HTML5, but many don't know what it actually means or is truly capable of. If you want to learn about it, your choices are limited. The HTML5 Web Camp is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you what's possible, and how you can start using it today. Space is limited.

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STUDENT PREP NIGHT

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Events run from
5:00PM – 9:00PM

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If you're a student, interested in attending DevCamp (Phone Camp, particularly), we'd love to have you join us for a night of preparation and pizza! We want to be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful with the professional developer community.

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For more information
Click here or to register by phone, call 1-877-MSEVENT.

 
Enjoy!
-ScottKer


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