Get Your Learning Hat Ready for Microsoft Events

Get ready to learn some awesome technology and services. Ranging from Machine Learning to Disaster Recovery, we have events lined up for everyone.

letsdevthisDevelopers, new to Visual Studio 2015 or Microsoft Azure? Sign up now for a free, hands-on day of expert-led demos and labs in a city near you: http://aka.ms/letsdevthistour

Boston 9/30
New York 10/15

technetIf disaster strikes, is your recovery plan ready? Sign up now for a free, hands-on Azure virtual lab in a city near you: http://aka.ms/TechNetTour

New York 10/8

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Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Bootcamp

Join area technologies in this hands-on bootcamp exploring the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service, which leverages the perfect storm of the availability of massive, on-line data sets, low cost computation in the cloud, and leading edge predictive analytics algorithms.

The event will incorporate both lectures illustrating key concepts in machine learning and opportunities to apply these concepts using the free version of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio:

Machine Learning Levelset – discussion of supervised vs. unsupervised machine learning models, regression vs. classification models, and popular algorithms for each

AzureML Overview – how to use AzureML and the Machine Learning Studio to get and save data, preprocess data,, and build and publish predictive models.

R Programming Fundamentals – learn how to use R with popular packages such as stats, caret, ggplot2, and the new AzureML package to produce models hosted on the AzureML platform

Have questions about Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Bootcamp? Contact Blue Metal Architects
Boston 10/24
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AzureCon 2015 Boston Area Viewing Party
AzureCon: You’re Invited to the Microsoft Northeast District Office in Cambridge, MA for an exclusive AzureCon viewing party!

Where’s the Party?: Microsoft Northeast District Office – Cambridge, MA
(255 Main St. Cambridge)
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Party Starts: 11:30 AM EDT
Viewing Begins: 12:00 PM EDT
Party Concludes: 3:30 PM EDT

Lunch & snacks will be served – register now to reserve a seat!
Prizes and give-aways too!

AzureCon is the place to join us and be first to hear what’s next for Microsoft Azure, including additional features, powerful new capabilities and practical tips from pros who eat, drink and breathe Azure.

Ready to dig in? Good news: There’s more than enough Azure insights to go around – so while you can stream from anywhere, connect with your community and peers and watch with us.

More brains are better than one
Experience it first hand, and get the inside scoop on all things Microsoft Azure during this one-day live virtual event. Choose from more than 50 breakout videos lead by Azure engineers and community members that demonstrate how you can do even more with the Azure.

Hear it first from the minds behind Azure
Exclusive keynotes from Scott Guthrie, Jason Zander, Bill Staples, Scott Hanselman, Mark Russinovich and other Azure engineer gurus.

Building Cross Platform Apps with Visual Studio – Part 2

In part one we setup our development environment by downloading Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition. Installing Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. And stubbing out our app. If you did not do any of those steps, no worries, head on over to part one and then make your way back here.

Lets reset a bit on our project. We are starting to look at building an app that will be able to run on iOS, Android and Windows. There are a couple of ways to doing this, natively or cross platform approach. If we were to build a native app for 3 platforms we would have to code in 3 different languages and use 3 different IDE’s. (Not counting a tool like Xamarin). We are also looking at the multiple stack developer who has a lot of “web” knowledge. They know how to build web apps and their skills can translate well to this cross platform development. We will be using HTML and JavaScript to build this app. Most importantly, we will be using Visual Studio to create our cross platform app.

The app can be anything, but in this example it is a drink recipe app. Categories -> Results -> Details. That is the flow of our app. We will be using a theme from Bootstrap to make it look pretty and responsive for multiple screen sizes. AngularJS will be our JavaScript MVC Framework for the back-end. We left off with a basic “barebones” app structure that we will build upon.

Lets Begin

Read more “Building Cross Platform Apps with Visual Studio – Part 2”

Add Your Windows Phone App to All Devices!

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If you followed my Windows Phone App Studio tutorial then you are well on your way to become an app developer. Windows Phone App Studio makes it easy to create an app for the WindowsPhone. But why not take that great app idea and make it available for more devices my making it a Windows 8 application. PC’s and Tablets can enjoy your app as well. Check out this video to see how you can enable your phone app to work across multiple devices.

Learn more at http://aka.ms/appstudioeducation

Sometimes All You Need is a Spark!

fluvium When Philip Hooker, owner of a consulting company in Farmington CT called Acellan, purchased a new Windows 8 computer he did not know what it would spark.

Philip was a programmer by that was fluent in Java but has a background in design when he attended Kenyon College in Ohio. Philip was interested in the new UI/UX design that the Windows platform championed and decided he would start looking into building apps for Windows.

Watch the video below to learn what was the spark for Acellan.

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Microsoft Workshops for April and May

spring has sprungSpring has sprung and so have our workshops and events for the Connecticut region! I have been hosting workshops at the Microsoft Stores, on campus events and Build Your Biz workshops.

What we have lined up over the next few weeks makes these workshops even more exciting.

We have a great contests going on to support these workshops.

First we have a BAM or Best App a Month contest. Attend a workshop session or Studio Time and create a Windows 8 app for a chance to win a Dell Venue Pro tablet.

And then check out the giveaways at the //publish event

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Announcing Best App a Month Contest – Hartford

Best App a Month

I am pleased to announce a new contest we are running from April to June 2014 that might be of interest to some of you working on your Windows 8  apps. It’s called Microsoft’s Best App a Month Contest or BAM!.

We want to find and showcase cool and innovative apps and games on the Windows 8 platform. Have you created something recently we should know about and have attended one Studio Time that month? Do you have an idea for a cool Windows 8 app or game and you’re just getting started? If so, enter your app / game into the Best App A Month Contest, where you could win a new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.

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Build 2014 – Microsoft Announcements for Windows 8.1

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Microsoft announced a lot of new updates and features during Day 1 of the //build conference. From new hardware to Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Cortana, there is a lot to be excited about.

The Windows 8.1 Update delivers a collection of refinements designed to give people a more familiar and convenient experience across touch, keyboard and mouse inputs. It also brings improvements for business customers, really accelerates opportunity for developers, and enables device makers to offer lower cost devices.

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Build Your Biz

Build Your Biz

BuildYourBiz is a site created by local Boston Technology community leaders and technology business owners.  The great content and success factors covered are a collaboration of many technology leaders including John Ross, Dan Stolts, Tommy Patterson, Blain BartonJames Quick and others.  Together, These experts as well as other technology experts and business owners will help you build your business on free Microsoft resources. This site and project was put together to help people start and build their business. BuildYourBiz will teach business owners, consultants, technologists and students how they can leverage technology to build their business. This will include many tips, tricks and resources available to help start, build and grow your business.

This coming Saturday, March 1st 2014, I will be leading the workshop on how to build your first app. This will be a step-by-step lesson to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students. Now we will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required.

Register Now

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Windows App Studio Updated

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4 easy steps and you have an app. It is true!

Head on over to App Studio for the Windows Phone and you will find an updated site and features to build yourself a Windows Phone app in a few easy steps.

Redesigned UI, touch enabled, a better emulator, new templates and other features makes this a pretty powerful tool.

Most of all when you generate your project you have a choice of a Windows Phone project or a Windows Phone AND Store project! Woohoo!

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Start your app today!

Read more about the enhancements fromt the developer blog

Unity and Windows: Road to Success

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Unity developers listen up! Microsoft has created a great oppurtunity for success on the Windows Platform. Using a great tool like Unity, and a great platform like Windows, success is an easy few steps away.

Head on over to Unity3D.com to view the progam and the step to qualify and start feeling the success!