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Hello, I'm Matt Calder, and I've recently joined the Microsoft Virtual Academy team as a publishing manager. I'm here because my passions for live video and education lead me to get very interested in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), and I have been really impressed with what MVA is doing with the Jump Start and Live Q&A series. You may have already seen me moderating Jump Start Q & A. If you're interested in more about me personally check out my personal blog and Linked-in profile, and I'd love to connect on Twitter. As a publisher my role is to ensure that the site, our courses, our instructors and subject matter experts engage our visitors. I'll be one of the voices of the MVA team for our audience, and more importantly, I'll represent the voice of our audience to the MVA team.
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Our instructors Jerry Nixon and Daren May made the first part of this series one of the most dynamic we’ve had in our studio this year, and you won’t want to miss the second live installment on May 2 starting at 8 am PDT. Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# will cover creating the User Interface layout and structure using XAML, the AppBar and layout controls, deploying a Windows Store app to the Windows Store or an enterprise store, and more. You can bring any questions you want answered by our experts in real time, and Jerry and Daren will be creating samples and showing demos of features you’ll want to start implementing in your own code.
This series on windows app development using C# is also a great step towards getting an MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification, and Microsoft Virtual Academy students can get a voucher for up to 15% off the price of the certification pack (exams 483, 484 and 485). If you are interested in certification, I recommend the Born To Learn developer study group, and you can also use the Roadmap for Windows Store apps using C# from the Windows Dev Center to put together your own study plan.
We hope to see you live from Redmond on May 2!
What happens when you put the left brain and right brain together for two days of accelerated app design instruction? This week we’ll be bringing engineers and designers together to show you how to create apps that provide elegant and compelling user experiences. Our live online course Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start will be taught by industry leaders, Chris Mayo of Microsoft and Brandy Porter, Director of Design at Big Nerd Ranch. Even if you can’t attend the entire two days, you’ll want to register so you can jump into the conversation and get your questions answered.
If you’re looking for resources to get started designing for Windows 8, you should check out the article Designing UX for apps which can be found at the Dev Center for Windows Store apps. In addition to covering how to plan your app, providing design guidance and inspirational case studies, you can also find links to download design assets you can use today.
I’ll look forward to seeing you in the Q & A chat on April 24th and 25th, and you can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #MSJumpStart.
This fast-paced MVA Jump Start is designed to help IT departments understand why it's time to start the process of extending infrastructure to the cloud. Microsoft Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken will leverage a demo-rich and engaging team-teaching style to illustrate how Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (e.g., Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Storage, Active Directory) makes it easy to safely migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud.
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Date: May 16, 2013Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PSTWhere: Live, online virtual classroomCost: FREE!
Additionally, they'll cover SharePoint and extending System Center 2012 SP1 during this course. This is one Jump Start you don't want to miss.
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If you enjoy the type of creativity and irreverence that asks “What would it sound like if a DJ was scratching hooks from Chopin?” you’ll want to join us for the Microsoft Virtual Academy Live Q & A with Charles Petzold tomorrow at 5 pm PDT. The renowned author will be taking audience questions on camera in our studio, and you can get a place near the front of the line by tweeting your questions to us ahead of time @MSVirtAcademy #MVALive. Register for this free event to tune in and watch live, and then follow the conversation on Twitter to meet the broader MVA community and hear what they have to say. We’ll be pushing questions to Charles on camera from both Twitter and our moderated Q & A chat.
We like to keep the moderated chat focused and on topic, but we use our Twitter tab for general community chat and donnybrook. We make our Twitter feed available in the MVA event presentation because it’s a great way to share ideas and links with the other attendees, and like all events, some of the most valuable conversations can happen on the side. So if you’re looking to meet other members of our community, or even just If you can’t be there with us in real time but still have a burning question you want answered, you can jump into the conversation using hash tag #MVALive.
The featured Windows Server 2012 virtual lab at the TechNet Evaluation Center shows you how to take advantage of enhanced storage features.
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With Microsoft Certification, you can keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive - and with the Certification Center onsite at TechEd North America, you’ll have the chance to learn, practice, and talk one-on-one with the training experts on a variety of technologies.
All Microsoft certification exams will be offered at 50% off the regular price to registered TechEd North America attendees! Check out the resources that will be offered onsite, as well as valuable online resources you can take advantage of now, and pre-register for your onsite certification exams: http://aka.ms/kfeg3b.
Join us for TechEd 2013 in New Orleans on June 3-6, featuring 400+ sessions and labs that offer deep exploration and experience with the latest solutions and technologies from Microsoft.
Prepare for TechEd with free online training from Microsoft Virtual Academy:
Exploring Windows 8
System Center 2012 SP1 Updates
Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals
Windows Server 2012 Identity & Access
Private Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Management
Private Cloud: Application Services Management
Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start
Administering Office 365 for Small Business
SQL Server Essentials for Oracle DBAs
Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013
Windows Intune for IT Professionals