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Windows Phone Camps

A Windows Phone Camp is a free, full-day or two-day event chock-full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a student, a seasoned veteran or just getting started with .NET development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps.

Don’t miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename “Mango”) features as well – with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application Switching, Multitasking, Live Tiles, Push Notifications, and more.

The day will be capped with an open lab hands-on session and prizes for apps completed. This is the perfect opportunity to begin work on your dream application, or finish that app you’ve already started, with Windows Phone experts there to guide you every step of the way. Bring your own laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app!

Don’t miss a chance to win your very own Windows Phone (ARV $500) – plus many other cool prizes. No purchase necessary, but you must be present to win.

Single-day Agenda (Dallas, Bloomington, Columbus)

09:00 AM – Welcome Campers

09:15 AM – How to make money with your Windows Phone app

10:00 AM – Frameworks for fun and profit > Silverlight and XNA

01:00 PM – Hands-on lab

03:00 PM – Cool stuff your app can do

04:00 PM – To the Cloud

04:45 PM – Be What’s Next > Peoples Choice Awards


Multi-Day Agenda

Day 1 Agenda

08:00 AM – Arrival and Registration

09:00 AM – Windows Phone Overview

09:45 AM – How to get started building Windows Phone Apps with Visual Studio

10:45 AM – Break

11:00 AM – Frameworks for fun and profit (part 1) – Building apps with Silverlight

12:00 PM – Lunch

01:00 PM – Frameworks for fun and profit (part 2) – Building games with XNA

02:00 PM – Live Tiles and Push Notifications

03:15 PM – Break

03:30 PM – Windows Phone 7.5 Fast Application Switching, Tombstoning and Multitasking

04:30 PM – How to make money with your Windows Phone App

05:00 PM – What’s Next/Resources

05:00 PM – Event Ends

Day 2 Agenda

08:00 AM – Arrival and Registration
09:00 AM – Open Lab Hands-on Sessions
05:00 PM – Event Ends

Get more details & Register at the following links

October 4-5 Austin, TX two-day premier event!
October 11 Dallas, TX
October 12 Bloomington, MN
November 10 Columbus, OH
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Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

If you are a developer, you’ve probably heard plenty about the cloud. But if you’re and IT professional, what have you heard about it? How does it intersect with the datacenter? How does it make your job easier – or harder? Is it something that your organization is looking at? Is the cloud something your organization _should_ be looking at but hasn’t really dug into it yet?

Whether we like it or not, the cloud – in all its varied forms – is coming. It’s best for us to be prepared, whether we are developers (see: Windows Azure Boot Camp) or whether we are IT professionals (see: this very post). Because the cloud is coming. We need to get ready for it and how we plan to address it or incorporate it… Or we could be left behind.

To help IT professionals understand what the cloud means to then, starting in March 2011 we launch our new series of TechNet Events, this series focusing on how IT is being transformed into a dynamic, service-based resource for your business. Think not just about things like Virtualization, but consider taking advantage of cloud-like solutions, whether in your own datacenter or hosted elsewhere. After all, choosing the right solution for the right scenario is always critically important.

The Events
Our events will cover three topics. First is cloud computing essentials for IT professionals. Second delves into the public cloud, covering the what, why and how you leverage the public cloud as part of your overall computing and infrastructure strategy. Last we cover the private cloud, again digging into the what, why and how you employ pooled computing resources, automated management, scalability, and on-demand provisioning via on premise resources as opposed to public cloud off premise assets.

The Schedule
Here is our full, 23-city schedule. We launch the series in just a month and run through mid-May 2011. If you live in or near one of these cities, please join us. If you won’t have the opportunity to join us in person, please follow the blogs of our resident cloud computing expert, Kevin Remde, and his peers (Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, and John Weston) to see alternative online options to learn more about cloud computing on premise and off.

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FTW! (For the Windows, that is…)

WPF XAML Document




Internet Explorer 9 Beta


Windows 7

What do WPF, Silverlight 4, and Internet Explorer 9 have in common? No, that’s not a riddle. Really, it’s not a riddle. They are all FTW. What I mean by that is they all offer developers unique ways to exploit the power of Windows 7, such as integrating with the taskbar, leveraging jump lists, or offering the ability to exploit multi-touch or hardware sensors.

And why am I even talking about this? Well closely following on the heels of our Windows Azure Boot Camp announcement, we are gearing up another boot camp series: For the Win: Window 7 Development Boot Camp. This new series of events will include evangelist-led presentations by none other than the purely awesome Jennifer Marsman as well as hands-on labs to help you really dig into developing client-centric applications using WPF and XAML, Silverlight, and Internet Explorer 9 (yes, client-centric integrations from your web site with just a touch of HTML5).

What’s Covered?
Jennifer will cover application compatibility and transitioning your application to Windows 7, leveraging the Windows taskbar and jump lists, exploiting the taskbar and jump lists from your web site using IE9, taking advantage of new sensor, location and multi-touch functionality, and creating Silverlight 4 out of browser applications. Each boot camp will last a full day, starting off right at 8am local time, include lunch, several sessions and a couple of hands-on labs to help you really get a feel for how to take advantage of Windows 7 capabilities in your applications.

So, yes, this is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event. Windows 7 is required, as is several other pieces of software: Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, Windows API Code Pack, Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers, IE9, and Silverlight 4.

What Cities?

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Unleash Your Coding Genius with Web Camps!

Starting in March 2011, we’re rolling out a series of 12 Web Camps in the Central US. Microsoft’s Web Camps are events designed to teach you all about building websites using ASP.NET MVC, WebMatrix, OData and more. We’ve held Web Camps all around the world over the past few years, but we’re taking them to the next level this year with more of one- and two-day events in Central Region, and one just might be near you.

If you’re near Austin, TX or Chicago, IL, you’ll want to join us for a special two-day Web Camp. We’ll cover ASP.NET MVC in-depth on day one and help you get hands-on on day two, facilitating smaller groups through labs, live-coding exercises, or even collaborating on your apps! If you can’t make a two-day event, never fear! We have a series of one-day camps in March, April, May and June throughout the region.

Flair003Join Clark Sell and Brandon Satrom for a special WebMatrix and ASP.NET MVC Web Camp you don’t want to miss. No matter your expertise in web development, these Web Camps are the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience and ‘unleash your coding genius’.

Our interactive sessions will:

  • Introduce ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web Pages and WebMatrix; discuss possible uses of these
  • Explore new features of ASP.NET MVC 3
  • Take a dive deep into jQuery
  • Facilitate an in-depth discussion on when to migrate ASP.NET WebPages applications to ASP.NET MVC
  • Discuss configuration and deployment of web applications.

This event is a unique opportunity, partnering classroom learning with hands-on-labs, and leveraging experts to help you build new and exciting websites.

1-Day Event Agenda:

Start Time Duration Topic
9:00 AM 10’ Welcome and agenda for the day
9:10 AM 50’ Web Stack Introduction
10:00 AM 50’ Building a Site in WebMatrix
10:50 AM 10’ Break
11:00 AM 60’ ASP.NET MVC Introduction
12:00 PM 60’ Lunch
1:00 PM 60’ Migrating from WebMatrix to ASP.NET MVC
2:00 PM 60’ jQuery Introduction
3:00 PM 1.5 hours Instructor-Led Labs
4:30 PM 10’ Evals

Two-Day Event Agenda

Start Time Duration Topic
Day 1
9:00 AM 60’ MVC Fundamentals
10:00 AM 60’ Data Access and Modeling with Entity Framework
11:00 AM 15’ Break
11:15 AM 60’ Metadata, Validation and Localization
12:15 PM 45’ Lunch
1:00 PM 60’ MVC and Ajax, jQuery Templating, jQuery Globalization
2:00 PM 60’ Using Dependency Injection and Global Action Filters
3:00 PM 15’ Break
3:15 PM 60’ Testing and Custom Validation
4:15 PM 45’ Q&A and Evals
Day 2

8:30 AM

2.5 Hours

Smaller Working Groups/Development

11:00 AM 15’ Break
11:15 AM 60’

Smaller Working Groups/Development

12:15 PM 45’ Lunch
1:00 PM 3 Hours Smaller Working Groups/Development
4:00 PM 30’ Q&A and Evals

Locations (Space is limited, so sign up now):

Date City, State Speakers Registration Link

March 7 & 8, 2011

Austin, TX

James Senior, Scott Hanselman, Brandon Satrom, Clark Sell

March 17, 2011

Clive, IA

Javier Lozano

April 27, 2011

Franklin, TN

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

April 29, 2011

Columbus, OH

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 16, 2011

Irving, TX

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 18, 2011

Little Rock, AR

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 20, 2011

St. Louis, MO

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 24, 2011

Brookfield, MN

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 25, 2011

Waukesha, WI

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

May 26 & 27, 2010

Chicago, IL

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

June 2, 2011

Southfield, MI

Clark Sell

June 2, 2011

Tulsa, OK

Brandon Satrom

All of the above registration links can be found in this link bundle as well:  Of course balloons on a map are cool too:

Space is limited so sign up now.

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Windows Azure Bootcamps

Windows Azure Boot Camp is a two day deep dive class to get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep, real world experience with Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned.


  1. Intro to Cloud Computing and Azure
  2. Web Roles
  3. Messages and Queues
  4. Using Azure Tables
  5. Using BLOB Storage
  6. Worker Roles
  7. Diagnostics and Service Management
  8. SQL Azure
  9. Connecting with AppFabric
  10. Cloud Computing Scenarios
  11. Available Resources

What do I need to bring?

During the boot camp you will have opportunities to practice what you learn with labs. Having all of your software ready will make it easier to dive into the yummy goodness of exploring the labs. The lab files package will be given to you during the event .If you want to have everything loaded into a virtual PC that would be even better

In order to run these labs you will need to bring:

Windows Azure Boot Camp Schedule

If you can’t make it to the in-person events, there are a number of online resources to help with your Azure studies:

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Windows Phone 7 BootCamp Coming Soon!

Start Dreaming. Start Building.

Picture1There has been a tremendous amount of buzz and excitement in the developer community as we get ready to launch Windows Phone 7. There have been over 300,000+ downloads of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools as developers are eager to take advantage of this next wave of computing. To help you along the way, my team is sponsoring a number of *free* Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp training events across the area. The purpose of these boot camps is to provide guidance around building apps and games that target Windows Phone 7 and lead  you down the path to start earning money in the Windows Marketplace.

Training and Hands-on Labs

Throughout the day, we’ll dive deep into the Windows Phone developer tools along with the services and components that allow you to light up your apps on Windows Phone 7. Bring your laptop! In the afternoon, we’ve set aside time for people to walk through various hands-on labs and give them an opportunity to get their hands dirty with the tools. We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions as well.

Prerequisites for the Hands-on Labs

Unfortunately training machines will not be provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine with WiFi capability. To prepare for the labs, please download the Windows Phone Developer Tools and Windows Phone 7 Training Kit prior to the event. (Note: please check the system requirements on the Windows Phone Developer Tools download page)

App Testing – Bring your XAP!

Have you been working hard over the past few months building the next Angry Birds or the next great Social App? Bring your XAP (or your source code) and we’ll provide an opportunity for you to test it on a real device!

Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp Agenda

8:00 am – 8:30: Registration Opens

8:30 – 12:00pm:

  • Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Platform
  • An In-Depth View of Building Applications for Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft Silverlight
  • WP7 + Data

12:00 – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 – 2:30pm:

  • Building Games for Windows Phone 7 with XNA
  • Making Money with the Windows Marketplace

2:30pm – 5:00pm:

  • Hands-on Labs and App testing

Sign me up!

The event is FREE – to register, all you need to do is click on a link representing one of our cities below:

 Columbus, OH 9/07/2010
 Grand Rapids, MI 9/14/2010
 Waukesha, WI 9/14/2010
 Cleveland, OH 9/15/2010
 Little Rock, AR 9/15/2010
 St. Louis, MO 9/16/2010
 Detroit, MI 9/21/2010
 Austin, TX 9/22/2010
 Des Moines, IA 9/23/2010
 Tulsa, OK 9/28/2010
 Memphis, TN 9/29/2010
 Houston, TX 9/30/2010
 Knoxville, TN 9/30/2010

My colleagues over on the East Coast are running a series of Windows Phone training events as well. Check them out!

(Thanks to Dave Bost for letting me copy some of his content for this post)

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Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp

startscreen_printAre you ready to gain access to the latest tools, turning your hobby into a source of revenue, or expand your network?

Stop dreaming. Start building. Join us for a new series of Windows Phone 7 Bootcamps where you can get an inside track on how to be part of the next step of Microsoft’s mobile strategy and get hands-on training for building Silverlight-based applications.  These free, live learning sessions explore the latest tools, discuss tips and technologies, and provide access to Windows Phone 7 experts.

ATTEND these special events and learn about:

  • the Windows Phone 7 platform
  • building Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7
  • submitting your application to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

WinPhone_v_webTake advantage of this opportunity to explore with a Hands-on Lab where you can leverage the Windows Phone 7 Experts and your peers as you build your Windows Phone 7 Application.

Dallas, TX

August 4

Little Rock, AR

September 15

Austin, TX

September 22

Tulsa, OK

September 28

Houston, TX

September 30

Events run from 8am–5pm

Seating for the live event is limited, so register today.