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SharePoint Server developers, take this Jump Start to learn how to help your users work more collaboratively by incorporating new capabilities, such as enhancements to the social networking and Business Connectivity Services (BCS) features, into your application. Christopher Harrison will be back in our studios on December 13 for a fast paced day of demos and training based on real world scenarios. If you are working towards an MCSD: SharePoint Applications this course will help you prepare for exam 70-489.
Developing SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions
Date: December 13, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
If you’re looking at the new version of Visual Studio and wondering what’s in it for you, Christopher Harrison and Susan Ibach will be live in our studio on December 12 for a fast paced day of free training about the new features. Each session will focus on specific tools, including IDE, ALM, improved IntelliSense, and easier debugging. Whether you develop for the web, Windows, or Windows Phone, and whether you are using C#, XAML, HTML, or Visual Basic, this course is designed to make development faster and easier.
What’s New in Visual Studio 2013
Date: December 12, 2013 Time: 10:30am–4:30pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Join James Chambers, Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS with Tejaswi Redkar, Microsoft’s Director of Application Platform Technical Communities and author of the recently published Windows Azure Web Sites, live on December 11. You’ll learn how you can use Windows Azure to develop, deploy, and scale your large-scale web apps in a matter of minutes. Both new and experienced Windows Azure developers will find out what they need to know to save on time and resources, including integrating with Office 365 and Elastic Search. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered by Microsoft’s experts.
Windows Azure Web Sites – Deep Dive Jump Start
Date: December 11, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
UX expert Chris Mayo will show you how to take your skills as an app designer and apply them to creating for Windows. We’ll spend lots of time on how to best express your brand and deliver unique and intuitive experiences for users. You’ll learn about the Windows features that enable greater flexibility to optimize for your content and offer personalized experiences. The course will also cover how taking advantage of search features in Windows to make your app discoverable beyond the store, in the context of common scenarios.
Windows 8.1 UX Design
Date: December 9 and December 10, 2013 Time: 9:00am–5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
As announced on the Windows Server blog last month, the team has released Windows Server 2012 R2 for General Availability. Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation or use our free Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Labs to test the product online without installation.
Then, learn directly from Microsoft's product experts with a series of new Windows Server 2012 R2 courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy:
Windows Server 2012 R2: Networking
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Management & Automation
Windows Server 2012 R2: Web and Application Platform
Windows Server 2012 R2: Access and Information Protection
View all of the latest courses on Windows Server 2012 on the MVA Windows Server Topic Page.
Unity game developers, learn how to increase your income and your customer base by bringing your existing Unity game to the Windows and Windows Phone platforms—for free! You’ll see how easy it is to customize your app to take advantage of the built-in Windows 8.1 features and to increase downloads and revenue at the same time.
Porting your Unity games to Windows 8.1 & Windows Phone
Date: December 6, 2013 Time: 9:00am–5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Here’s your chance to learn how to create games from the ground up, using C++ and DirectX. With these skills, you’ll be building the engine—not just the game. Experts Mickey MacDonald and Bryan Griffiths will put you on the road to creating mind blowing, interactive graphic experiences.
Introduction to C++ / DirectX Game Development
Date: December 5, 2013 Time: 9:00am–5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Have you had a chance to check out the SQL Server 2014 CTP2? This second public community technical preview is essentially feature complete and enables you to try and test all of the capabilities of the full SQL Server 2014 release. To help get you trained on the new capabilities, we’ve got two lively, demo filled events planned. First on December 3rd, Mission Critical Performance with SQL Server 2014 will show how SQL Server 2014 will help you improve performance speed by 10-30 times, using your current hardware. And you’ll improve reliability at the same time. Then on December 4th, we’ll cover the benefits of moving your organization to the cloud, and how that can provide cost benefits at the same time as increasing scale and flexibility. Microsoft experts will show you how you can make that move one step at a time, using SQL Server 2014 to create a hybrid environment.
Mission Critical Performance with SQL Server 2014
Date: December 3, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Platform for Hybrid Cloud with SQL Server 2014
Date: December 4, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Update: We now have the date for the rescheduled course! Hope to see you on January 21st!
Attention HTML and XAML developers, build on your core skills, have some fun, and take advantage of awesome new features in Windows 8.1. We’ll dive deep into gadgets and devices, including USB, Bluetooth, point of sale, and even 3d printing. And we’ll look at some early versions of great toolkits.
Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition
Date: January 21, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Are you ready to learn C++? The ramp probably won’t be as steep as you think. Author Kate Gregory and Microsoft’s James McNellis will be in our studio live to teach you the basics of C++ from the ground up, whether you’re updating legacy code or writing new code for new platforms. You’ll learn the fundamentals, how to use the language and its Standard Library effectively, and how to use the Visual Studio environment for developing C++, including debugging, exploring code, and understanding error messages. We’ve planned a great starting point for building software in C++.
C++: A General Purpose Language and Library
Date: November 19, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
C# developers: save the date for these two live Jump Starts that will help you take advantage of all the new features and improvements available in Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Jerry Nixon and Daren May will be returning to our studios to deliver two refresh courses that will completely update the material from their popular MVA courses about developing C# and XAML based apps for the Windows Store. Both courses will uses lots of demos to teach you techniques you’ll be able to start using right away on your projects.
Windows Store App Development with C# Refresh
This free course scheduled for November 14 shows you how to create Windows Store apps using C#. You’ll find out how to implement new Windows 8.1 features using Visual Studio 2013 and how to successfully publish your first app to the Windows Store.
Date: November 14, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
Advanced Windows Store App Development with C# Refresh
Developers, learn lots of new techniques for building Windows Store apps, such as the new windowing model, advanced contract scenarios, branding, monetization, and animations. Attend this one-day live event and find out how to differentiate your apps in the marketplace. You’ll also learn about the new Windows Live SDK and how to take advantage of SkyDrive from within your apps.
Date: November 15, 2013 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Where: Live, online virtual classroom Cost: Free!
If you are working towards your MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification, these courses will prepare you for exams 70-484 and 70-485. If you are currently taking the MVA courses Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C# and Advanced Windows Store App Development using C# Jump Starts, those will be retired from MVA in early December. We encourage you to register for these upcoming live, refresh courses which will replace the older versions.
Additional courses will be added throughout November, so block some time on your calendars to check back regularly.
You can learn more about System Center 2012 R2 by downloading the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 evaluation for free from the TechNet Evaluation Center and by checking out the latest TechNet Virtual Labs, which provide free online experiences allowing you to get hand’s on without setting up your own environments:
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