Essential Resources for Getting Started with Windows Azure

The following blog post was co-authored by John Bristowe and Cory Fowler. Important! Check out the Windows Azure Introductory Special. It is the easiest way to get started with Windows Azure. To make it even easier, Barry Gervin and Cory Fowler have created some step-by-step videos on how to register for Windows Azure using the…


Register TODAY for the “Introducing Visual Studio Webinar Series”

Some great news for folks looking to kick off the new year with a bang! Next month, we’re kicking off a free, six-part webinar series, covering Visual Studio 2010, Team Foundation Server 2010 and quality assurance! These webinars will run on a monthly basis (from January to June) and will bring you up-to-date on what…


Windows Phones in Canada

Want to know what Windows Phone 7 devices are being offered by Canadian telcos? I’ve got the list below: Telus Telus offers two Windows Phones: HTC 7 Surround. This is the one with the slide-out Dolby Surround speakers and a little kickstand so you can use it as a mini video player. The speakers are…

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Update Azure Community promotion: over $2,100 going to the community… just for learning and sharing feedback on Window Azure!

The Azure Community Promotion was launched in mid Dec and allows the user group (UG) community members to grow their skills while giving back to their UG.  It is open to all user groups and user group members in Canada.  At the center of this promotion is skills growth, giving back and trying something new.  …

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Happy Holidays from Canadian Developer Connection!

From all of us at the Developer and Platform Evangelism team here and the rest of us at Microsoft Canada, we’d like to wish you and your families happy holidays! Enjoy the downtime, have fun, be safe, and take a peek here every now and again because you never know what I might sneak in…

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Pirates Love Daisies: Uses HTML5, Plays on IE9, Hosted on Azure

If things get a little too quiet and boring during the holiday downtime and you’re looking for a game, try Pirates Love Daisies. It’s a “tower defense” style game with cute graphics, great sound and very addictive gameplay, and you can play it in a browser that supports the HTML5/CSS/JavaScript troika (often just referred to…

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Comic Sans Criminal

Comic Sans is probably one of the most misused fonts out there. Originally intended for the comic book-style speech bubbles for “Clippy” and other assistants in Microsoft Office, it got used first for “fun”, “childlike” documents and signs, and then found its way into far less appropriate venues, including those shown in the photos below:…

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New Book: Windows Phone 7 Game Development

This book’s so new that I’m not sure the dead-tree version is available yet: it’s Windows Phone 7 Game Development, published by Apress and written by Adam Dawes. I’ve just purchased the ebook version (which you can download right away for USD$34.99), so I’ve only had a chance to do a quick skim. According to…

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Lost in the Cloud? Trouble Figuring Azure Out? We Can Help.

Creative Commons photo by Christopher Sessums. Click to see the original. There’s no time like holiday downtime to go noodle with technologies you’ve been meaning to try out. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break from all the parties, family gatherings and the madness and crowds of Boxing-Day-and-beyond shopping. At the same time, I’m not…

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“The new C++ for the new Windows / Part 1 / Objects and Handles” by Kenny Kerr

Kenny Kerr is a software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about software and getting it done right. His new company recently launched Window Clippings 3, a screen capture tool designed to produce the highest quality screenshots. You can follow Kenny on Twitter at @kennykerr. This is the second article in a new series about…