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Kick-start your mobile business and leverage the power of the cloud

We would like to help you kick-start your mobile business for Windows Phone and benefit from the cloud (also for other mobile platforms like iPhone and Android).

Therefor we invite you for a one day free workshop where you will get up to speed around Windows Phone opportunities and cloud. You will get an insight in how to get started (with the help of Microsoft) with WP7 development and you will learn how you can leverage the cloud for your iPhone and Android applications. The morning is foreseen for a more business approach, in the afternoon the content will be more technical and we will go hands-on and put some apps in the cloud … so bring your labtop 😉

It’s ok to attend the morning and or afternoon only but you will get the most out of it by attending the whole day.

Date

29th of March

Agenda

8.45h- 9.15h : Coffee and croissants

9.15h 10.45 : Windows Phone : What’s in it for you and how to get started  (speaker: Christophe Peerens from Neomyic)

10.45h – 11h : Break

11h-12.30h : Leveraging the cloud for your mobile apps (speaker: David Sleeckx from 2sky)

12.30h-13.45h : Lunch

13.45h – 15.15h: Building your first Azure app – part 1 (Christophe Peerens + David Sleeckx)

15.15 – 15.30h Break

15.30h – 17h:  Building your first WP7 app leveraging Azure – part 2 ((Christophe Peerens + David Sleeckx)

Location:

Technoport

CRP Henri Tudor

PO Box 144 66,

rue de Luxembourg

L-4002 Esch-sur-Alzette Free

parking places are available at the domaine Schlassgoart visitor car park

To register you simply send a mail to agency@microsoft.com informing us you will be present for the morning and/or afternoon. Further details will then follow.

Feel free to forward this event to anybody who would be interested and let us know if you have additional questions via agency@microsoft.com.

See you on the 29th !

Activate your free Azure benefits in 3 steps

Developers working at a company that has a Microsoft competency have a nice set of free Azure benefits.  The benefits come with the free MSDN that comes with obtaining a competency (for example for the web development competency you get 10 MSDN accounts and 35 when you’re gold).
(check the overview of benefits that come with the different competencies)

Azure - Unlimited possibilities

Every MSDN has a value of 1500 € worth in Azure spending per year.

So in the case of a Silver web development partner yfor example, you could save up to 15000 € Azure of spending per year!

Here are a few steps to help you in the activation process:

1) The person managing the company profile in MPN should attach the developers that could benefit from a free MSDN account to the company with a LiveID. We recommend to use the business email address.

2) This person will then also be associated to the company and will get a Technical ID in MPN. This technical ID needs to be handed over to the developer.

3) Via the MSDN site the developer can then create an MSDN account and start using ALL MSDN benefits including the Azure benefits. Click on “Acces benefits from my account” on www.msdn.be.

If you encounter an issue in the process, please contact the free support number for Belgium at 0800 165 64. They will help you if you have an issue related to MPN or forward you if the issue is related to MSDN or Azure.

Hope this helped,

tom

Q8 campaign by These Days runs on Windows Azure

These Days, a respected and well-known innovative digital marketing agency in Belgium and Microsoft partner, realized a campaign for the petroleum company Q8. Customers can register online and win free petrol.

The campaign is available through www.q8fuel.be. You simply need to register and for every fill at a Q8 station you get an additional chance at winning free petrol. If you’re lucky, you could even get one year of free petrol at Q8 ! All prizes add up to more than 50.000 € of petrol.

In order to secure the scalability and availability of the web application, These Days made advantage of the Windows Azure Platform to build, host and scale the application.

The Windows Azure platform allows to focus on development and not infrastructure: there’s no need to buy servers or dedicate resources to infrastructure management and automated service management shields you from hardware failure and routine maintenance.

These days has profound existing skills with Visual Studio and .NET to build compelling applications so they went for a complete Microsoft stack. Nothing stops you however from building apps in Java, PHP or Ruby using Eclipse or other tools.

Everything you might want to learn about  the Windows Azure Platform is also bundled in one single training kit with videos, demos, code, labs, etc.

If you want to get started with the Windows Azure Platform but still have questions/remarks, don’t hesitate to contact agency@microsoft.com.

MIX11 – A recap you can’t afford to miss

MIX11

MIX, is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable sites on the web. This year’s event offers two days of keynotes streamed live and approximately 130 sessions available for download.

Sessions range from content strategy, usability and design topics to technical, code-based topics. You can watch the most  important announcements that were done during the keynotes of day 1 and day 2 but here are some of the
highlights:

–     Perhaps the biggest announcement at MIX11 was the release of IE10 Platform Preview 1, just a month after shipping IE9 RTW.  Microsoft showed-off several amazing experiences built on IE9, including World’s Biggest Pac-man and  htttp://foursquareplayground.com. All demo’s are available at  http://ietestdrive.com

– New Opportunities and Capabilities for Windows Phone are coming later this year: IE9 for Windows Phone 7, multi-tasking, ringtone API, new languages support  (including Dutch), … If you want to get started now: All Windows Phone Developper tools are free.

– Windows Azure: Windows Azure helps developers build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft datacenters. New capabilities announced include services that accelerate application performance and enable secure and open access to Web applications through popular identity providers, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. There was also a specific announcement on Umbraco and it’s Azure support. Umbraco is a very popular open source, .NET-based CMS application that is powering over 85K sites today.

WebMatrix updates: WebMatrix is a free web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website
development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple and best of all free.

–  Silverlight 5: Microsoft also announced the immediate availability of the beta for Microsoft Silverlight 5, which provides advances in rich media and application development. New capabilities include Hardware Video Decode, for
enhanced video quality and performance. More information and a download of the beta are available at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight.

– The Kinect for Windows SDK: a programming toolkit that will enable researchers and enthusiasts to access Kinect device
capabilities for  computers running Microsoft Windows 7 will become available. Check out the website for the SDK.

Recommendation: Watch the Day 2 keynote and browse through all available sessions and pick out the ones you find
interesting !