Celebrate the new year: Create your own Minecraft server running in Azure!

  This holiday season I wanted to take a bit of a break and do something fun with Azure. I’ve spent a lot of time around children recently, and many of them Minecraft. I had heard that we now support Minecraft VMs in Azure, and decided it’d be a perfect time to try it out….


Top 5 O365 apps you should be using!

In 2013 Microsoft released Office 365. One of my favorite parts of Office365 is apps for office.  I just wanted to share my top 5 favorite apps which are free to use with office 2012 or newer including O365, and are free to use, so that you can use them and make your work day…


Microsoft Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Test Resources

  Right now, I’m studying for the Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions, Microsoft Exam 70-532. My colleagues have told me that the best way to study for the exam is to take every bullet point from the exam description, and make sure I’m able confident in it.  Here’s the list of resources I’ve compiled for that…


Arduino Uno & Visual Studio

  Today, I took some time to break out my Arduino Uno and have some fun. Before writing this post, I had no experience with Arduinos, but I did have some with building circuits. Step 1: Take it out of the Box I had received the Vilros Arduino Uno Rev 3 Ultimate Starter Kit for…


Build a Windows 8.1 App before dessert with Project Siena

Last week, you may have seen that Microsoft came out with a Windows 8 application called Project Siena. You can read one of the many press releases here. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how you can build a simple and useful Windows app in a few hours. You can now follow…


Let’s help make the Windows Store awesome!

For the holiday season, wouldn’t it be great if we had a windows store on which awesome apps were easily found and plentiful? If you agree, we’d love if you’d take a few minutes out of your day to help us rate apps, so the good ones bubble to the top charts (and the not…


UPDATE: Giving my first talk: your first Windows 8 app!

Loyal readers, I wanted to let you know that I’m giving my first talk tomorrow at the SoCal Code Camp at USC. The talk: Your First Windows 8 App Katherine Harris Christine Matheney 10:15 AM – Sunday, November 10, 2013 Location: USC ZHS 252 You want to build a Windows 8 app, but have minimal…


Follow up: Build a Windows Phone App before lunch

Just an update to my last blog post: Build A Windows Phone App Before Lunch! Update! My app is now in the store! The screenshots and description we developed earlier are now viewable, and people can download my app. Here’s a link if you want to check it out, download and RATE IT! You can…


Build a Windows Phone app before lunch!

So yesterday, I worked from home because I was fighting a bit of a cold. I decided for some crazy reason that I should try to make a Windows Phone app before lunch, it being 8am.  It was completely do able, and now I have an app pending approval to be published. Step 1 –…