Live Platform Jumpstart 2009 in Sydney 8th-9th of December 2008

At PDC 2008 this week, we announced a new way to program Live Services, the Live Framework (in CTP). Check out the overview of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services.

Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize the Azure Services Platform.  This PDC preview release of the training kit includes 11 hands-on labs that cover the broad set of services including Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.   These are the same hands-on labs that have already been used by hundreds of customers at the PDC. 

You can download the Azure Services Training Kit from the Microsoft Download Center here.

Over the next few weeks we will also be releasing several samples and scenario-based demos that can be used to both demonstrate the value proposition of these services and understand how to use the SDKs, Tools, and Services themselves. 

Please note:   The Windows Azure hands-on labs can be used locally with the Windows Azure developer fabric that is included with the Windows Azure SDK.   However, the .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services labs require a registered service account. You can apply for a services account here.

PDC sessions on this topic so far:

  • A Lap Around Windows Azure
  • Windows Azure: Essential Cloud Storage Services
  • Live Services: Making your Application More Social
  • Live Services: A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services
  • A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform
  • On the 8th/9th Dec in Sydney we are holding a 2 day Live Services Jumpstart provides in-depth technical training sessions (level 300-400) on Microsoft’s cutting edge consumer web platform technologies that help developers / partner organizations build rich web applications, sync and share them across devices and more importantly, build audience for the web applications.

    The Jumpstart event contains several in-depth sessions, hands-on code labs and informal Q&A.

    You can learn more about the event at

    The 2 day agenda is at

    Capacity is limited to maintain a setting that fosters dialogue among all participants. However, we’re eager to accommodate you if we can, so please register at and we will contact you shortly to let you know if your registration has been accepted.

    If you are accepted into the training there will be no cost associated but T&E will be your responsibility.


    Next Thursday in Sydney is also Liberation Day in Australia.

    SteveB will be talking about our developer vision (especially around S+S) – this is not to be missed. Following Steve, we’re going to be joined by Gianpaolo Carraro and Tim Sneath.

    Gianpaolo will go into more depth around the services component. He is an expert on the topic and will be hot off PDC announcements.

    Tim is the windows client (WPF, Vista, Silverlight etc) evangelism lead at Microsoft. He’ll be going into more depth around the software component.

    The event will be streamed live on Thursday 6th Nov 5:30pm NZ Time over at

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