Cloud Platform University is Back in 2016!

Following its successful roll out last year, Cloud Platform University (CPU) is back in 2016, with some important updates and changes for partners that I wanted to share with you. The below information will help you get up to speed and know where to go for more information and registration for both Cloud Platform University Online…


Clear Excel cells using Windows PowerShell

This will guide you how to use Microsoft PowerShell to clear cells in an Excel worksheet.   Loading the Excel file from your location : ##################################################################### ## Load Excel file $ExcelPath = ‘D:MyInputFile.xlsx’ $Excel = New-Object -ComObject Excel.Application $Excel.Visible = $false $ExcelWorkBook = $Excel.Workbooks.Open($ExcelPath) $ExcelWorkSheet = $Excel.WorkSheets.item(‘MySheetName’) Writing the clearing logic with the help of…


Porting to .NET Core

.NET Core is getting closer and closer to an RTM release. Only two months ago, we announced the RC release of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. As part of our validation, we’re working with internal as well as external customers to port their code to .NET Core. We received many requests from you asking us…


PySpark: Appending columns to DataFrame when DataFrame.withColumn cannot be used

In many Spark applications, there are common use cases in which columns derived from one or more existing columns in a DataFrame are appended during the data preparation or data transformation stages. DataFrame provides a convenient method of form DataFrame.withColumn([string] columnName, [udf] userDefinedFunction) to append column to an existing DataFrame. Here the userDefinedFunction is of…


Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP

Today we released Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP. Our focus for this release has been stability and performance, along with responding to feedback you’ve given us on Visual Studio 2015 RTM and Update 1. Here are the biggest things you’ll find in this update: Fixes for quite a number of bugs: Crashes when editing…


Get your code hosted for free in VSTS

If you have a project you’ve been working on, but haven’t yet had a chance to put it in source control, then spend a few minutes of your leap day this year and host it for free in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).  VSTS is a great place to host all of your projects for…


Claudia McIntosh appointed as new Partner Sales Lead for Small, Mid-market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P)

  I am very pleased to announce today that Claudia McIntosh has been appointed as the new Partner Sales Lead for Small Mid-Market Solutions and Partners, effective 1 April, 2016 replacing Dean Swan. Claudia joins the Partner Sales team from the Corporate Accounts business where she has led the Territory Managed Sales team for the…