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Happy Holidays from the MSDN NZ Team!
I want to take a moment to thank you all for your contribution to a fantastic 2014 and hope you had a safe and happy holiday with your friends and families. In the last 6 months we have run events in NZ that have been attended by 7,700 people! TechEd was once again a highlight for our team, moving the opening keynote to Vector Arena and reaching the greatest number of attendees since the event started in NZ 19 years ago. For those that didn’t attend we have hundreds of sessions from the event available for you to watch online.

Recently we also launched the Australian Azure Datacentres with great support for NZ companies moving their workloads to the cloud. I am personally excited to see New Zealand Cricket join the All Blacks in migrating to Azure in preparation of this year’s world cup events. In addition to this New Zealand customers are going to benefit from Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online being delivered from Australian datacentres. With the reduction in latency I encourage you to once again look at Azure as a potential to host a development VM to code from any machine with an Internet connection. If you are an MSDN subscriber, activate your Azure benefits to use your MSDN software on Azure for free.

I am also really proud of the work that the team and our customers and partners are doing to support our IT students to get relevant work experience before they finish their studies. A real highlight for me last year was to see Team Estimeet (a team that was formed during our summer student programme) win the Innovation Category in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup. I am also encouraged to see 2013’s national winners commercialise their idea. The tech Start-Up space in New Zealand is continuing to break ground and we have updated our App Showcase booklet to reflect some of this innovative work. It isn’t just the start-up space where innovation is happening, Datacom has worked with Microsoft to help Zespri become the world’s largest SAP workload to run on Azure.

Having signed out of 2014 I want to once again thank you for your support and hope you are facing 2015 recharged and ready to go!



Nigel Parker
Developer Experience Director
Microsoft NZ

Highlights from Build

Build 2015.

Build 2015 (29th April - 1st May) is Microsoft's premier developer conference held in San Francisco, California. Contact the DX Team by 12 Jan to reserve your seat.

Creating Developer Opportunity with Windows Store in 2015.

There is excitement building for Windows 10 as Microsoft continues to create a more unified platform for targeting the full range of devices that people rely on every day. Here are five key areas on which to focus to ensure today's success and getting on track to take advantage of Windows 10.

New Zealand Herald Competition.

The New Zealand Herald is currently running a competition: simply download their app, rate their app, fill in your details, and be in to win a Nokia Lumia 930 or a Dell Venue 8" tablet! Easy as!

Understanding Symbols & Symbol Settings in Visual Studio.

Keeping track of symbols and configuring your settings correctly for optimal performance can be quite complicated. Check out this walkthrough and get a better understanding of symbols in debugging and other diagnostic tools. Learning how Visual Studio behaves can save you hours of frustration!

Gaming & Open Source for Windows Phone & Windows Apps.

What do open source updates mean for your Windows and Windows Phone gaming apps? Find out here. You may also be interested in creating Windows Phone and Windows Store games with Monogame.


Have a Windows app project on the side? Show it off! Share it with the rest of the community in the Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook group or send us an email to nzdev@outlook.com.

Get social! Catch up with friends and family post-holidays to see how they've been. There are a number of apps to get you chatting, calling, or talking face-to-face through video calling. Have a look:

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Azure Lunchtime Meetup

20th January (AKL)
In this session Jim Taylor from Theta Systems will cover the basics of machine learning, introduce the specifics of the Azure Machine Learning service, and demonstrate how it can be used. Register now to get your seat!

22nd January (WEL)
Our first meeting! Join us for lunch and hear an introduction to Microsoft Azure from Thiago Almeida. Register today.



Microsoft Azure/Cloud Camp

10th February (AKL), 12th February (WEL), 13th February (CHCH)
At this DevCamp you will learn about some of the best features and services of Microsoft Azure and how to move a variety of apps to the cloud. Register now to get your seat and learn what's new.





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