Tag Archives: Visual Studio

Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12

15 Jun

Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon (Belgian Coast)

The word is out: on July 12 we’ll be organizing the first of our Summer App-a-thons.  And it’s going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge.  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach, ice cream and a beautiful sunset!

We’re building upon the success of the coding night at the Windows 8 Developer Day and have a hackathon to build cool Metro-style apps.  So team up with your best UX or developer friend and form a killer app team, come alone or sign up with an entire group, whatever you want!


This seaside Summer App-a-thon promises to be an experience like N.O. O.T.H.E.R!   Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8. 

There will be 2 coding sessions: 1 for Day Birds from 10AM – 4PM and one for Night Owls from 6PM – 12AM. You have 3 registration options:

  1. Only the Day Birds coding session
  2. Only the Night Owls coding session
  3. Both the Day Birds and the Night Owls session  


So if you’re a developer or UX designer, sign up right now to join us for an unforgettable experience!

    Sign up

    Technical pre-requisites

    – Familiarity writing either desktop apps, mobile applications or developing websites. Familiarity with either Javascript, C# or C++.
    – Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express
    – Required software: 

    Windows 8 Release Preview
    Visual Studio 2012 RC
    Windows 8 SDK samples


    How to find Visual Studio 11 Sales Training

    11 May



    Are you interested in the new possibilities Visual Studio 11 offer, the application lifecycle management or the customer value it delivers and sales opportunities it offers?

    Look no further, we lined up three interesting online partner trainings for you:

    Visual Studio 11: What’s New

    Visual Studio 11: Application Lifecycle Management – Delivering Continuous Value

    Visual Studio 11: Customer Value and Sales Opportunities


    Happy training!

    Team Foundation Service: now with cloud-based build service

    1 Apr

    Visual Studio 11 Beta LogoAs you may or may not know, at the BUILD conference last September, Microsoft announced the availability of a preview of Team Foundation Service.  With Team Foundation Service Microsoft provides you world class ALM as a service, entirely hosted on the Windows Azure platform.

    This means that you can benefit from all the great features and functionality of Team Foundation Server, without having to setup a server infrastructure for it.  In only a few minutes you can have an account and be productive with your team, regardless of where you are around the world!  It takes away the time and hassle of arranging for hardware, installing software, providing network infrastructure, etc. The service takes care of all of that for you and lets you focus on your project.

    We are continuously adding new functionality to Team Foundation Service Preview and one notable feature that was missing up to now, and which people were often asking for, was being able to run your team builds in the cloud, rather than on local build servers.  Up to now…

    Earlier this week Brian Harry, Technical Fellow at Microsoft, announced and demonstrated a new cloud-based build service for Team Foundation Service on Azure.  With this new service, we’ve made it possible to skip installing and managing build machines and just use a pool of build machines that we manage in the cloud. And, of course, you can do more than just build – like with on-premises TFS, you can run a default workflow that includes, compilation, testing, etc or you can create a custom workflow that does whatever you like.

    Note that Team Foundation Service is still a pre-release offering. We’re working very hard on it and you should stay tuned to a lot more improvements in the coming months. We are releasing new capabilities to the service about every 3 weeks. In one of our recent updates, we changed our Terms of Service to more clearly express that the service can be used to “go-live” production projects and not just test and experimentation.

    Team Foundation Service is a great, real life example of providing software as a service.  Are you ready to provide your software as a service to your customers, where they can get started in a matter of minutes, without having to go through provisioning, installing and configuring an entire infrastructure?

    Here’s is how you can get started with the Windows Azure Platform:

    1. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the free trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.
    Note: With the new spending limit functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.

    2. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

    Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

    3. Attend one of our free Azure events:

    Get hands-on overview of the entire platform during a two-day Azure Camp at the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Brussels.  Or get an introduction on how Azure can be beneficial for your ISV business in one of our Azure business sessions ().

    Did you know that for Microsoft Partners with the Silver or Gold ISV competency, you are entitled to software benefits. Included in these benefits is Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, which entitles you to use Team Foundation Server.

    ALM Summit 2011 recordings available on Channel9

    4 Jan

    Last November we hosted the annual ALM Summit at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, where luminaries from across the software industry presented, covering the evolution of practices across both the Microsoft and OSS communities. Attending the ALM Summit allows you to gain deeper insight into your application lifecycle. You also discover and learn about industry best practices that address additional development challenges, and how Microsoft’s ALM Solutions enable and support those best practices.

    In addition to offering over 30 sessions on current technologies the ALM Summit gives a glimpse into the future of the next generation ALM Tools with 7 sessions delivered by the Visual Studio 11 product team members.

    Some of the key speakers we’ve had at the event were:

    Tim Lister Tim Lister – Author
    Jason Zander Jason Zander – Corporate VP Microsoft
    Scott Guthrie Scott Guthrie – Corporate VP Microsoft
    Thomas Grant Thomas Grant – Senior Analyst Forrester Research

    For those who have missed the ALM Summit 2011 or if you want to watch some of the sessions again, we have put the recordings of all keynote, plenary presentations and breakout sessions online on Microsoft Channel 9 Events.


    Get started with Microsoft’s ALM Solutions today:


    To learn about the next generation of ALM Tools:

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