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Build Your Next Internet Connected BBQ with Microsoft Internet of Things Offerings

We’re now in an era where powerful computing has become portable and cheap. Coupled with advancements in connectivity, this has enabled new experiences like “Text me when my steak reaches the perfect temperature” for an impeccable BBQ, or “Let my neighbours know if my house has been invaded” for increased home safety.

It’s been exciting to see such advancements with the Windows Platform, the Universal App Model launched last year, and company-wide initiatives to unlock new opportunities for developers and embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) wave.

Recently, Raspberry Pi Foundation brought out the Raspberry Pi 2, and it has been announced that Windows 10 will support Raspberry Pi 2. We can get it free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT, soon to come. Last year Microsoft put Windows on the Intel Galileo with the Windows Developer Program for IoT. Today, Windows gets even better for IoT and Maker scenarios by supporting makers on Raspberry Pi 2.

This means that the familiar tools, techniques, and languages you already know today can be used to target a new set of devices like the Raspberry Pi 2, and the newly announced HoloLens running on Windows 10. Stay tuned for more details at Build 2015.

So back to our impeccable BBQ. Imagine, a Steak-o-Meter built right from your garage, using Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 2. It measures the temperature of your steak while pushing data to the cloud, with Azure Machine Learning slapped on top to constantly learn about the best temperature to cook your perfect steak. In integration with the Microsoft Intelligent System’s Services it will bring notifications to your phone just in time for the steak to be moved from the BBQ, to your plate, with the cricket ready to stream on your wall through the HoloLens.

If you’re interested in getting started, check out my demo heavy session on the Internet of Things with Windows at TechED NZ 2014, and start building your next dream Steak-o-Meter!

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Highlights from Build

Improving HTML Accessibility with Visual Studio Extensions.

As a step on the path of enabling software for all audiences and abilities, Microsoft Developer Network is happy to share a new Visual Studio extension that leverages Tenon’s HTML accessibility checker service. With this extension, we've made it easier for developers to detect and resolve common HTML-based user interface accessibility issues.

Reporting Enhancements for Windows Phone Developers.

Windows Dev Centre knows that having data as soon as possible is important to making decisions about your apps, so, Windows Phone download and in-app purchase reports have been optimised to deliver information faster. Find out more.

Meet Developers Whose Apps Will Make You a Better Musician.

If you think you've got what it takes to be a violin virtuoso, a guitar hero or singer superstar, but you're lacking the tools and inspiration, think again. Meet five developers whose apps will make you a better musician. Rock on!

Connecting with Beer Lovers, Kinect-Style.

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Apps

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.

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Events

The Inaugural Microsoft Student Accelerator Showcase.

9th March (AKL)
Microsoft is empowering students through the MSA programme , to help young Kiwis carve a pathway towards an IT career – either by joining an organisation, or by creating their own.

Students will find out the value of taking part in this programme in 2015 and organisations will discover the benefits of taking on innovative students over the summer period.

The showcase will also feature the top four teams who'll be battling it out in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.

eResearch.

23rd, 24th & 25th March 2015 (QUEENSTOWN)
eResearch NZ provides a place for anyone in the research sector to share works in progress and outcomes. This year, eResearch is going to Queenstown, set against the stunning views of Lake Wakatipu. Find out more.

Microsoft Developer Cloud Essentials.

24th March (AKL), 26th March (CHCH)
At this DevCamp you will learn about some of the best features and services of Microsoft Azure and how to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud. You will see how to build web sites, mobile applications, and enterprise-class applications.

Codemania.

24th April (AKL)
Codemania is for the passionate software developer. Get inspired by some amazing speakers at the conference, or attend their valuable workshops. There is plenty to see and learn!


Learn

Successful developers are always upgrading their skills. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts. Watch videos, download PowerPoint slides and test yourself as you learn at absolutely no cost. If you want to learn something different, head over to MVA here! Here are the courses your Microsoft Technical Evangelists recommend this week:

Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals.

Be prepared for Windows 10 by getting familiar with the fundamentals. Learn about new UI enhancements, find out how management and deployment is evolving, and hear about how new security enhancements in Windows 10 can help your organisation respond to the modern security threat landscape.

Developing Universal Windows Apps with C# and XAML.

Get real-world experience for developing universal Windows apps, and save yourself valuable time when creating apps for today's mobile workforce and consumer marketplace. Learn from Microsoft experts as they build a working app using tools and techniques that can give you a dramatic advantage as a developer targeting both Windows and Windows Phone devices.

Advanced Windows App Development with HTML5 Jump Start.

Looking to create Windows 8 apps? Preparing for Exam 70-482, one of the exams required for the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification? This fast-paced Jump Start dives deeper into the advanced programming skills and techniques required to optimize Windows Store apps, so that your apps can stand out from others in the Windows Store.

Resources

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