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Interested in building Windows 8 applications and monetizing them in the Windows Store? Familiarize yourself with the driving philosophies behind the new paradigm, and find out what technical skills you can hone to best prepare you for success. Did you spend the weekend getting to...
With the release of Windows 8 comes an unprecedented opportunity for developers to build and monetize applications on a platform with over a billion users. Find out how to take advantage of that opportunity by signing up for a developer account and learning how to build applications fo...
If you’re in the Capital Region and into tech, you won’t want to miss the 2012 edition of Techapalooza, the area’s annual gathering of the Tech Valley’s professional and technologist community for educational and networking opportunities. This year’s edition will be held at the Hilto...
New England in the fall! What could make it better? Well, a code camp of course! You’re in luck, the fourth annual Vermont Code Camp is this Saturday, September 22nd, at the University of Vermont from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vermont Code Camp is a full day event that brings together techn...
Next Thursday, September 20th, the Cloud OS Signature Series rolls into the area – specifically to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 575 Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Craig Hodges, the General Manger of Microsoft’s Northeast District, will kick things off at 9 a.m. with a keynote: The Cloud O...
The next SharePoint Saturday in the area is less than 10 days away! Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, 2010, and 2013 Preview for SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire at Southern New Hampshire University in Man...
The historic first-ever SQL Saturday in Rhode Island will be held this coming Saturday in East Warwick at the campus of the New England Institute of Technology. Looking at the schedule there’s a number of local and not-so-local MVPs, Microsoft technologists, and SQL luminaries coverin...
It’s got a new name and new digs, but it’s the same tremendous event and experience!  Yes, New England Boston Code Camp is now open for business! If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s a day of technical presentations and networking held by the community for the community comp...
With Windows 8 officially released and the general availability date only about six weeks away, interest and excitement is definitely building. The time is right for understanding the development and business model so you can get your apps into the Windows Store for the general availab...
What's a Windows 8 Mini-Meetup? It’s an informal one-to-one (or one-to-few) chat with yours truly held either virtually or in-person for 90 minutes or so Come with your questions about building applications for Windows 8 – whether you’re just starting out or ready to pu...
Here’s the ‘back to school’ edition of the technical scene in the Northeast. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 ...
At the end of my last post, I put in a plug for using Windows Azure to host periodic notification templates, so I’ll use this opportunity to delve into a bit more detail. If you want to follow along and don’t already have an Azure subscription, you can get a free 90-day trial account o...
Grab your free Windows Azure account and get some hands-on time with Windows Azure via two great opportunities, one you can attend in person and one you can attend in your pajamas (read: on-line). Cloud OS Signature Event Series Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online Cloud OS Signature ...
Previously I took a look at incorporating Local and Scheduled Notifications into a Windows 8 application, and with this post I’ll move on to the first of what I consider ‘external notification’ mechanisms – periodic notifications. Bookmark-worthy References for Periodic Notifi...
Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to review my previous post on Local Notifications as it sets the foundation nicely for taking the next step to scheduling notifications to occur at some point in the future – when the application itself may or may not be actually running. Bookmark-wor...
If you’re in the Northeast (or elsewhere!) and didn’t register in time for the Windows 8 Dev Camp at the Museum of Science on the 17th, here’s your chance! The Public Sector team is running a series of one-day camps, with an agenda that’s eerily similar to the ones I announced earlier...
In this fifth post of my series on notifications, I’ll start looking at each of the notification delivery mechanisms (local, scheduled, periodic, and push) in turn. The structure and mechanics of creating notification content, which I covered in a previous post, are for the most part i...
When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP...
In the last post, I discussed the structure of a notification template and the mechanics for providing the various bit of information in that template. As you know, many of the notification templates can include one or more images, and that brings up a host of configuration options tha...
In my previous blog post, I provided a high level overview of notifications in Window 8, breaking the functionality down in terms of the user experience (tiles, toast, and badges) and delivery mechanisms (local, scheduled, periodic, and push). This post will look at the common programm...
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to experience Windows 8 – Windows reimagined – by downloading the Windows 8 Release Preview, but even if you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, it’s clear that more than any other release, Windows 8 enables an intensely personal experience. Clearly Win...
It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases. Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications an...
It’s July 16th, and given the announcements made at the World Wide Partner Conference, there’s less than a month until Windows 8 is released to marketing (in early August) and only few months until its general availability at the end of October.  With that comes the potential expo...
If you haven’t checked in on what Microsoft is doing in the Hadoop and Big Data arena yet, now’s your chance! I’ll be presenting as part of the on-line Windows Azure User Group, tomorrow, July 11th from 4-5:30 (ET).  Registration is free, so I hope you can join me. Cheap stora...
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This isn’t a groundbreaking post, since there are quite a few articles out there that have mentioned various keyboard shortcuts available for Windows 8, but after a couple of days of switching my main machine to the Windows 8 Release Preview (and going cold turkey on Windows 7), I thou...
Beat the heat in the air-conditioned comfort of the 5th Annual Hartford Code Camp this Saturday at New Horizons Learning Center in Bloomfield CT. As always, Hartford Code Camp is free, run “by developers, for developers”, and thanks go out to S.B. Chatterjee and the CT.NET Developers...
Here’s a quick a reminder that Boston Azure Cloud User Group is putting on a FREE two-day, hands-on Windows Azure Boot Camp TOMORROW and Saturday at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD).  There are a few spots still open. This is a great opportunity to...