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Visual Studio 2015 - Final Release!
Are you ready to write Universal Windows Platforms apps? Don’t even know what they are? Want to load test your web sites at massive scale, profile your apps, or debug your app after you have encountered a bug rather than using break points ahead of time? These are just some of the things that Visual Studio 2015 can help you do. 
On July 20th (that's a bleary eyed 3.30 am, July 21st for Kiwis) we celebrated the final release of Visual Studio 2015! We invite you to join us online to learn about the new features and technologies in this release. Jumping into the technical details covered in over 60 on-demand sessions. The videos are available on Channel9 to watch at your leisure.

You will also have the opportunity to see the Visual Studio developer team creating an end-to-end solution for an open-source project, leveraging the newest tools and technologies. See how they tackle the different problems along the way, and ask them questions directly. 

And check out Soma’s blog here for all the Visual Studio news for this release and beyond.

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Microsoft New Zealand
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Marmalade SDK-based apps to Windows 10
With the recent release of the Marmalade Beta SDK with Windows 10 Support, apps and games built with the Marmalade SDK can now be targeted for and deployed to Windows 10 PCs or phones.
Integration of Office 365 REST APIs
Get users' mail, calendar, contacts and files data, with more APIs coming soon. Use on any platform too: SDKs for iOS, Android, .NET and Cordova are also provided.
Get an early start on developing with Windows 10
Create or update Windows apps with the new Windows 10 features. Build a single universal app experience that can reach every phone, tablet, PC, and soon Xbox running Windows 10.
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Upcoming Events
Gather 2015
11 July (Auckland)
Gather is the digital, technical and creative community’s big day out. It’s an event designed to facilitate collaboration and allow people to learn and share their latest designs, works-in-progress, tech toys, and side projects with other like-minded, awesome people. Come along! You will be fizzing with ideas and inspiration after spending the day among such excellent company.

Wellington .NET User Group - SSMS Tips + Tricks
15 July (Wellington)
Ever think to yourself that there must be an easy way to do that while using SQL Management Studio? Or been frustrated by SELECT TOP 1000 FROM table? Join this demo driven talk with Michelle Burke to find out more.

Azure Lunchtime Meetups
16 July (Wellington) 21 July (Auckland)
Join the Wellington Meetup and Daniel Bowbyes from Datacom’s CloudConsult team for a refresh on Azure AD (and of course some pizza). Meanwhile, this month the Auckland Meetup will be covering scaling websites with Azure. The talk will be based on the Ignite Chicago site with 23,000 users and high visibility.

Integration Saturday 2015
18 July (Auckland)
On Saturday the 18th of July, the Auckland Systems User Group will be hosting a jam-packed full day event on integration development, at the Datacom building in Auckland. This is a free event, and is limited to the first 70 people who register.

22 -23 July (Wellington)
WDCNZ is the best place to learn cutting edge and practical tools and techniques from the best in the Web. Come along to their workshops for a day filled with awesome talks about all aspects of web development.

North Shore.NET User Group
23 July (Auckland)
Demonstrate IOT home automation using Raspberry Pi as the Automation controller and how this can be integrated with Azure IOT suite. The main focus of this talk will be use of Azure Services and patterns to integrate IOT devices for recording telemetry and command and control of devices.

AgileNZ Conference 2015
1-2 September (Wellington)
The focus for AgileNZ Conference 2015 is transformation. Lean|Agile approaches are not only continuing to transform software delivery, they're being adopted outside of software to transform entire businesses. The event will explore the latest thinking in Agile, the development of the 'Agile Enterprise’ and what might be learnt from New Zealand’s digital transformation.

Ignite NZ
1-4 September (Auckland)
The huge keynote line-up for the Ignite Kick-off event has been announced. It includes Microsoft Distinguished Evangelist, Laura Butler; Microsoft General Manager Cloud + Enterprise Division – Strategy, James Staten as well as Pixar/Disney’s Business Director, Chris Ford. This year we are also lucky enough to have the person who runs the team building Phone/Tablet/PC versions of Windows, Corporate Vice President, Joe Belfiore. Make sure you lock in your ticket.

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Recommended Apps
QuizUp is a free, award-winning multiplayer trivia game that connects people through shared interests - and the love of trivia! It's a great way to spend rainy nights, or train rides home. Keep an eye on the weather with the recently published Aotearoa weather app, straight from our Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook Group.

Another good way to spend a rainy night is online shopping - TradeMe Mall is a unique oportunity for Windows users to buy new goods from large, Kiwi retailers through TradeMe.

Quiz Up
Aotearoa Weather app
  TradeMe Mall
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Skill-up! Bite-sized resources from Channel9 & Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
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Implementing entity framework with MVC
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