Beta Certification Exams for Silverlight and Windows Azure

The Microsoft Certifications blog has announced availability of two beta exams: Silverlight Beta Exam (71-506) – Available now through 11/5 Windows Azure Beta Exam (71-583) – Available 10/28 – 11/17 Space permitting, you can take these beta exams for no charge.  Beta exams are longer, but count for the same credit as the exam in…

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Microsoft Certification Second Shot Program Makes a Return

If you’re a developer or IT pro interested in earning certifications to advance your career, but have been worried about not passing, take a look at the Second Shot program, which offers a free exam retake, and is making a return now through June: Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying…

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Announcing the Architect Factory 2 – Cambridge, January 27

The first Architect Factory was held in June and was a great success, helping experienced developers learn the skills to transition into a variety of architect roles. I’m glad to announce that the Architect Factory 2 is coming to Cambridge, MA on January 27th from 1-8PM. From the event page: This, the second Architect Factory…

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Tech Telecommuters – What’s Your "Third Place"?

Adventures in Telecommuting At Microsoft, I’m classified as a "mobile" employee.  That’s code for "work where you can be productive".  Much of the time, that means home, and sometimes our Waltham, MA office where we have shared space you can grab as needed.  Many times, though, it’s a "third place" (I’ll get to that in…

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What’s It Like to Be a Developer Evangelist?

The “Evangelist” title has come into more common use within the technology industry and many larger companies now have some forms of evangelism roles.  Want to get an idea of what’s involved with the role of Developer Evangelist (DE) at Microsoft?  Watch this Channel 9 video with DEs Lynn Langit and Asli Bilgin for some…

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Webcast Series for Becoming a Better Developer

Here’s a chance to take a step back from the technology treadmill and consider your career. John Bristowe posts that my colleagues with Microsoft Canada are hosting a series of 5 webcasts, not on technology X or Y, but on the fundamentals of being a more effective developer and managing your career.  They have some…

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Job Openings with Microsoft SoftGrid in Cambridge

As I’ve mentioned before, Microsoft is in the process of moving/growing groups to a great new location in the Cambridge area.  Microsoft SoftGrid is one of the groups moving into that space on 1 Memorial Drive on September 24th. The SoftGrid team has a bunch of Software Development job openings available – Dev Manager, Lead…

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