STEM Labs: A firsthand look at the life of a software developer

Ever since Microsoft DX started hosting hackfests last this year, we’ve seen steady growth in the level of participation. Rarely does a week go by that we don’t have at least one hackfest going on in Redmond or elsewhere. Last week there were three going on, and this week I’m headed to Berlin to join…

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A Recap of the Edupoint Hackfest

About six months ago Microsoft DX conducted a hackfest with Edupoint, a software vendor based in Arizona that builds Student Information Systems (SIS) – solutions to help teachers track each student’s progress and identify where changes might be needed. For the last several years, Edupoint has been relying on Infrastructure as a Service VMs to…

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PART TWO: Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

A few months back DX team member Jason Young kicked off a series of hackfests with Skyline Technologies that were focused on helping manufacturers make better use of their data. As I spelled out in a related post earlier this year, manufacturers are swimming in data from a variety of sources throughout the plant, whether…


Project Thali: Giving Users More Flexibility and Control Through a P2P Web

If there’s a common theme among the people on my team, it’s their ability to overcome some of the thorniest technical challenges with what might be considered the most unorthodox of approaches. Yaron Goland is a great example. Throughout a lengthy career at Microsoft (as well as a six-year hiatus outside the company), one of…


Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

Last month we held a hackathon with Skyline Technologies, a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in building solutions for the manufacturing sector. Roughly one-quarter of the jobs in that region are in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry is already experiencing a revolution with the introduction of highly intelligent machines, self-service business intelligence, and role-based displays. At Microsoft,…


Website to App — The Web App Template Simplifies Windows App Development

At BUILD last year, Guggs and I showed how Giorgio Sardo and his team here in DPE have been coding together with great companies — like Khan Academy — to move entire websites into Windows Store apps — more or less effortlessly. As I showed in the demo, the trick to making this so easy…


The Facebook and Microsoft Hackathon — Some Background

Hopefully you’ve heard about the upcoming hackathon that Facebook and Microsoft are hosting at the Facebook headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 17. Head over to the registration page for details and to RSVP for the event. The goal of the hackathon is to help developers integrate Facebook Login, announced in November of last year,…