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  • Did you hear the news last week about the general availability of Azure SQL Database Service Tiers? Join us live on September 26 to get your questions answered in real time as our experts show how the new service tiers are designed to support predictable performance and how they enable you to easily scale a database up or down to meet throughput demands and to maximize your budget. And the new Azure SQL Database model supports your need to build robust cloud apps, provides increased functionality and offers improved disaster recovery.

    We’ll help you decide which edition is the best fit for your organization. And you’ll see us demonstrate the near-zero administration that makes it easy to develop your applications in the cloud. Our walkthrough of the business continuity features will show you how to enable continuous operation of your cloud application and help you protect your data from human errors or data center outages.

    Course outline

      • Service Tiers: Overview

      • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

      • Predictable Performance

      • Azure SQL Database Benchmarks

    Azure SQL Database for Business-Critical Cloud Applications

    Date:  September 26, 2014
    Time: 9am‒1pm
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Register now!

  • Dear MVA learners! On the heels of hitting over 1,000,000 learners who visited just last month, today we unveiled a totally new way for you to experience your MVA learning!

    Over the past year many of you told us:

    "Your course player was hard to use!"

    "Clumsy, cumbersome!"

    "I didn't know where to start when I landed on a course."

    "Juggling different pages and video players was confusing!"

    This new player experience, using HTML5, is designed to help make it easier to get you to the courses you are interested in and allow you to discover and navigate all within a single page. 

    Hopefully these new changes provide you a clearer and cleaner way to learn, engage and achieve your personal learning goals.

    Just like successful technologists never stop learning, and great technology never stops evolving, we in the MVA team will continue to learn from you, evolve, and strive to create the best place for you to learn online.

    This is the first step of many refinements to this new MVA experience we will iterate on over the next few months. So there is more to come next month!

    Keep the feedback coming; thanks for helping to make us better!


  • Are you an established Unity developer? Want to reach an even larger audience by porting your games to Windows Store and Windows Phone? Join us for a day of working sessions to help you do just that. In “Porting Unity Games to Windows Store and Windows Phone,” on September 11, learn the common pitfalls to avoid, and get advice on how to monetize your apps, in this practical, step-by-step deep dive.

    Experts Jaime Rodriguez and Mickey MacDonald walk you through an end-to-end port and explore requirements, tools, Windows APIs, and must-implement Windows features. They explain optimizing for Windows hardware and troubleshooting porting issues, and they even share their own lessons learned. At the end of the training, you can have your full game ported!

    Course Outline

    • Getting Started: Tools, Settings, and Project Structures
    • Porting Your Game: Hardware & Software Differences
    • ​Plugins: A Deep Dive into the Runtime
    • Light-Up: Making a Great Windows Game
    • Optimizing Your Game, Advanced Troubleshooting
    • The Windows Store: Monetizing and Submitting Your Game 
    • Programs & Offers, Resources, Next Steps, Q&A

    Porting Unity Games to Windows Store and Windows Phone

    Date:  September 11, 2014
    Time: 9am‒4pm
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Register now!