Free Phone Reminder: Get Your Apps in to the Mango App Challenge!

A couple of weeks ago I introduced the Mango App Challenge – in essence, a contest for you to develop and publish 2 Windows Phone apps to the Marketplace and in return we’d give you a free phone.  Well, so far the contest has gotten a lot of entries (but there’s still plenty of phones…

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TechDays Labs in Toronto from the HockeyGeekGirl perspective

Wow! it’s over already really? But I was just getting warmed up! Tuesday and Wednesday, the Toronto Congress Center was overrun with technology enthusiasts ready to learn all new tools, features, and tips and tricks from the experts at TechDays Toronto. If you were looking for me and didn’t find me, that’s because I spent…

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Download the Canadian Techdays 2011 Windows Phone 7 App

Today we published the Windows Phone 7 app for Techdays 2011!  If you are attending Techdays in Vancouver (November 15/16) or Techdays Montreal (November 29/30) and have a Windows Phone 7 device, then go ahead and download it here! What’s in the App: Choose between the 3 different cities (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) Browse the schedule…

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Everything You Need for TechDays Vancouver

  With just under a week to go before TechDays Vancouver, I know that the team here is going through all our prep lists to make sure that we have everything to ensure an amazing experience for you. While we’re doing that, you can get started on your TechDays prep with this “everything I need…


Reason # 42 to Attend TechDays 2011: Hands-On Labs

One of the elements added to TechDays 2011 that I am most excited about is the addition of instructor-led hands-on labs at the event.  This is directly as a result of your feedback asking us for more content where you can actually play with the technology.  We will have 9 labs on site and an…

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F12 The best kept web debugging secret

Shhh don’t tell anyone about this blog, then you will look brilliant in front of your co-workers when you show them these cool tools! Have you found the F12 key yet in Internet Explorer? I will admit that until 6 months ago I hadn’t. If you are running Internet Explorer 8 or 9 you can…

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Hey you. Yeah, you. Wanna Windows Phone?

Now that I’ve caught your attention with the title of this post, I want to introduce you to a really great promotion we are holding at Microsoft Canada for you as a mobile app developer (by the way, when I write “app”, I actually mean “app or game”). One of the biggest comments that I…

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Conference or Course? Where Should I Spend my Training Budget?

I started work in the era of Stephen Covey and the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ craze. Heck I was even sent on a 7 Habits course and given a 7 habits daytimer! One of the 7 habits was to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ which amounts to the importance of spending time improving yourself and…

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What’s Next in Software Delivery?

Come and find out! Sam Guckenheimer, ALM expert, product planner for Visual Studio, and author of “Agile Software Engineering with Visual Studio: From Concept to Continuous Feedback” is coming to Toronto to talk about exactly that: “What’s Next in Software Delivery”, If you are in the Toronto area you can come out for a unique…

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Update! Update! Get Your v1.5 Update!

A few weeks ago, the Windows Azure SDK v1.5 was released with many enhancements and fixes that further simplifies development, deployment, and management of applications on the Windows Azure platform. As soon as it was released, I headed over to the SDK download page (Web Platform Installer), downloaded the latest version, and started exploring the new features….