Webcast: Build Awesome Windows 8 Apps using Azure Cloud Services

You may have heard about cloud-computing and all the cool ways you can use it to boost your projects, but did you know it could also land you more job opportunities as a mobile app developer?  Take Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform Windows Azure for example.  A rising number of businesses and companies out there are looking to hire developers who have experience creating apps on the cloud platform.  In fact, according to Elance.com, job listings looking for Windows 8 and Windows Azure developers have more than doubled since January 2012 and over 250 listings are added every month. There has seriously never been a better time to add cloud-computing to your resume, no matter how impressive it already is!

Elance and Microsoft are hosting a webinar tomorrow, April 23, 2013 at 11 am PST to talk about how to find more job opportunities and monetize your existing skill-sets. Whether you’re a student looking to make extra money, or a professional developer seeking out your next big project, here are the top reasons why you should attend this webinar. 

Find more job opportunities with Elance!

Elance is the largest and most popular freelance platform for businesses looking to hire and work with top freelancers. Over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelance professionals in more than 150 countries use the platform and each year, more than 1 million freelance jobs are completed through Elance! Combined, its users have earned nearly $700 million in revenue. The best part is that with the growing number of jobs seeking out developers with experience in Windows 8 and Windows Azure development, developers like you have a greater chance of making more money for your skills.

[Above: Windows Azure and Windows 8 job trends since January 2012] 

During the webinar, the Elance team will go over how developers can leverage the freelance platform to explore the growing job marketplace, submit client proposals, and lock down new job opportunities – all at no cost.  On top of that, Elance will be providing everyone who attends the webinar with a promo code for a FREE 3-month premium membership which gives users the ability to apply to more jobs and receive preferred search placement ($30 value) – don’t miss this opportunity! 

 Learn about the benefits of using Windows Azure Mobile Services.

If you want to learn more about Windows Azure Mobile Services and how it can benefit you as a mobile app developer, Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Brian Hitney,will cover the many different ways adding a cloud back-end to your app can help you streamline the development process. Here are a few examples: 

1)      Easily save data in the cloud

2)      Include custom business logic with server-side scripting

3)      Add users to their apps

4)      Quickly integrate push notifications

In addition, Mobile Services now fully supports Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android, and web app development and are free for your first ten apps so you have the option of leveraging Windows Azure across the board. 

 Meet the Speaker: Brian Hitney

 We will be joined by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Brian Hitney, a seasoned developer with a focus on developer and cloud computing technologies.  Brian has worked with the Windows and Windows Azure platforms for years and will be sharing his knowledge on how to best leverage these platforms in your upcoming projects. If you are just starting out, you won’t want to miss Brian’s presentation on how Windows Azure Mobile Services can save you time and help you make more money from your apps.

Watch his 5-part DevRadio series on Channel 9 on How to Use Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps which provides a great overview for what we’ll be covering during the webinar.



See you there!

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 11 am PST on the Microsoft Developer Facebook page. Check out the Facebook event page for more information and RSVP to reserve your spot!

Don’t forget, you can get ahead of the game by trying out Windows Azure FREE for 3 months with our trial offer! Quickly build, deploy & manage apps using any OS, language or tool: http://bit.ly/ZiN3P5

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