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Continue your technical education with live webcasts, technical chats, and other great digital events. Presented by Microsoft myTechEd, these live webcasts and chat events can help you expand your knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies.

  • MSDN Series: Windows 8 for Devs

    Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined! Learn about the new platform for building Metro-style applications.

    • Introduction to the Windows 8 Platform and the Windows Store

      Length: 01:15:16 | Developer

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      Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We will also discuss the enormous opportunity for developers to make crazy money with the Windows Store.

    • Designing Apps with Metro Style Principles, Windows Personality

      Length: 00:55:21 | Developer

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      Metro style design has a set of five guiding principles to help you make the best choices when designing your app. These principles are the foundation for building great Metro style apps. Consider these principles as you plan your app, and always ensure your design and development choices live up to these principles.

    • Building Metro Style Apps with XAML for .NET Devs

      Length: 00:54:22 | Developer

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      If you are experienced with .NET or Silverlight and are already familiar with XAML, this session will teach you everything you need to know to create a Metro style app for Windows 8. We’ll talk about building reusable Windows Runtime Components in C#, Async programming in Windows 8 and both the Visual Studio and Expression designers.

    • Coding Windows 8 Metro Style Apps for HTML Devs

      Length: 00:58:59 | Developer

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      This session is perfect for any web developer wanting to leverage his/her skillset to develop Windows 8 Metro style apps. The session begins by proving how much web developers already know about building apps for Windows 8. The focus then turns to how to write JavaScript code with WinJS. Key points for Metro style app development will be highlighted by implementing popular feature requests using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

    • How Contracts in Windows 8 Help You Build a Killer Metro App

      Length: 01:01:11 | Developer

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      In this session, you'll learn how contracts work and how to implement the built-in contracts such as Search, Share, Settings, and More. With Contracts, you can help users get more out of your app, and in a way that is consistent and intuitive, and they will reward you by coming back to your app again and again.

    • Bring Your Windows 8 Apps to Life with Tiles and Notifications

      Length: 00:59:44 | Developer

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      Tiles and Notifications are important ways to draw attention to your app and improve your users' experiences. Tiles can draw users back into your app when your tile comes to life on Start screen. In this session, you will learn how to effectively implement Tiles and Notifications to help your apps shine.

  • TechNet Series: SQL Server 2012

    In this 13-part "Baker's Dozen" webcast series, you'll discover the new features found in SQL Server 2012.

    • Part 1: Using the New Column Store Index

      Length: 00:51:17 | IT Professional

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      Have you ever purchased or upgraded to a product because of one major, killer function? In this webcast, we show scenarios where you can create column store indexes and view the statistics and performance of queries with (and without) them. Based on the VertiPaq technology that’s already found in Microsoft PowerPivot, the new column store index can increase the performance of data warehousing queries by a factor of 10 or more.

    • Part 2: New Transact-SQL Enhancements

      Length: 01:03:36 | IT Professional

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      Each new version of Microsoft SQL Server contains a number of language enhancements for retrieval, summarizing, and management of data. Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2012 offers several new features to help application developers and database administrators. In this webcast, Kevin Goff goes through a series of code samples to illustrate scenarios where these new language features can be used.

    • Part 3: New FileTable Enhancement

      Length: 00:56:36 | IT Professional

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      The new FileTable feature is a mechanism that lets you map a folder or file system structure to a special database table, where SQL Server maintains a relationship dynamically. In this webcast, Kevin Goff builds a simple but meaningful example from beginning to end. The end result will be standard DML statements against the FileTable, which will automatically affect the contents of the basic document management example.

    • Part 4: New Capabilities in Integration Services

      Length: 01:04:33 | IT Professional

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      In this webcast, we go through many of the new features in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services, such as shared connection managers, new parameter capabilities, improved ways for the data flow pipeline to handle changes to metadata, and the new deployment features that make it easier for administrators to manage Integration Services packages on the database server.

    • Part 5: New Capabilities in Integration Services (continued)

      Length: 01:24:58 | IT Professional

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      In this webcast, we walk through a full example of an Integration Services extract job by using some new features in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services. The example gives you a chance to see a working example of an Integration Services solution for a data warehousing scenario and also how to incorporate custom Transact-SQL code/stored procedures and C# scripts into the process.

    • Part 6: The New Business Intelligence Semantic Model

      Length: 01:07:46 | IT Professional

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      In this webcast, we look at the new BISM and the different roadmaps that Microsoft has provided for creating business intelligence applications in SQL Server 2012. This is a general webcast that provides a "what's what" in the new BISM. It paves the way for subsequent webcasts where we look at the details of the tabular model and PowerPivot 2.0.

    • Part 7: What’s New in the Tabular Model

      Length: 01:19:41 | IT Professional

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      The new tabular model in Analysis Services provides developers with some of the same general features as the regular multidimensional capabilities of OLAP, but in a somewhat simplified user interface.In this webcast, we create an analytic database by using the tabular model in Microsoft Visual Studio (SQL Server Data Tools), pointing to a relational database as the source.

    • Part 8: What’s New in the Tabular Model (continued)

      Length: 01:12:53 | IT Professional

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      This webcast picks up where the previous part left off: we look at the different specific features in the tabular model, such as key performance indicators (KPIs), roles, partitions, and calculations.

    • Part 9: What’s New in PowerPivot 2.0

      Length: 01:21:27 | IT Professional

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      In this first of two segments about PowerPivot, we look at its basic capabilities: how to use Microsoft Excel 2010 and PowerPivot to access a relational database and create the equivalent of an analytic database "under the hood" of Excel.

  • Additional On-Demand Webcasts

    Learn about a broad array of Microsoft technologies with these recorded webinars.

    • Everything You Wanted about Windows Deployment (Part 1)

      Length: 01:00:02 | IT Professional

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      In this demonstration-rich, Q&A webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark. They discuss the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 release as well as tips and tricks from the experts about using the Windows Deployment Toolkit.

    • Everything You Wanted about Windows Deployment (Part 2)

      Length: 01:00:29 | IT Professional

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      In this demonstration-rich, Q&A webcast, Windows Product Manager Stephen Rose moderates an open conversation with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Product Manager Michael Niehaus and deployment guru Johan Arwidmark. They discuss the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 release as well as tips and tricks from the experts about using the Windows Deployment Toolkit.

    • Windows Intune and Modernizing Your Desktop Strategy

      Length: 00:57:13 | IT Professional

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      Are you spending more time managing your management environment than you'd like? Need guidance about how to embrace the cloud, get the most out of virtualization, or better understand the consumerization of IT? Watch as we discuss capabilities that address the most scenarios for creating or tweaking your desktop strategy to truly create a flexible work style for your organization.

    • Why You Should Learn Windows PowerShell

      Length: 00:58:18 | IT Professional

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      In this session, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson discusses the fact that in addition to being the management future for Microsoft products, Windows PowerShell offers a number of compelling reasons for learning it. This session is heavy with practical tips and demonstrations.

    • How to Compound Windows PowerShell Commands

      Length: 01:03:35 | IT Professional

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      One of the most basic, as well as one of the most powerful, features of Windows PowerShell is the pipeline. By using the Windows PowerShell pipeline, you can take a basic set of cmdlets and build a nearly infinite assortment of useful commands. And yet, all of this boils down to using the pipeline to perform essentially four different types of activities.

    • A Look at Windows PowerShell Providers

      Length: 00:54:48 | IT Professional

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      One of the revolutionary concepts in Windows PowerShell is the idea of Windows PowerShell providers. Windows PowerShell providers give a singular way to access different types of data that are stored in different locations. Default providers include a file system, registry, alias, variable, function, and environmental variable. This means that you can use Get-Item to access content that is stored in any of these different locations.

    • Windows PowerShell Does Event Logs

      Length: 01:02:29 | IT Professional

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      Regardless of one's position, it seems that at some point or another everyone will be involved in looking at event logs. Whether it is for security reasons or troubleshooting reasons or general Windows health monitoring, the logs contain nearly all the required information that one seeks. In this session, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson discusses the classic and the newer ETW style of logs and looks at the tools that are used with each type of log.

    • Using Windows PowerShell to Manage the Remote Desktop

      Length: 01:02:58 | IT Professional

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      Even though there are lots of commercial products out there that assist in managing desktops or servers, most are very complex and require a dedicated support team to manage them. Using Windows PowerShell to manage remote machines fills in the gray area. In this session, Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson discusses using Windows PowerShell to manage remote machines.

    • Lync for Mobile Devices

      Length: 00:55:44 | IT Professional

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      Do you want to learn more about the mobility capabilities of Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Lync Online, and Lync mobile apps? Watch this webcast to hear about enabling the mobility service on the server, deployment considerations, management, and security. We demonstrate the key types of communication that Lync 2010 supports.

  • Windows Phone 7.5 for Developers

    This special event series covers everything you need for developing Windows Phone apps.

    • Part 1: Windows Phone 7.5 Overview for Developers

      Length: 00:38:12 | Developers

      Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is a different kind of phone, architected to put the focus on end users and the people important to them. In this session we'll provide an overview of Windows Phone device and platform and discuss why you should make Windows Phone a platform for your apps.

    • Part 2: Building Windows Phone 7.5 Applications with Visual Studio 2010

      Length: 00:39:38 | Developers

      In this session we'll review how with Visual Studio you get all the tools you need to get your app to market fast. We'll cover the basic tools for building Windows Phone apps including creating, editing, compiling and debugging. We'll also cover deploying to physical devices and to the emulator for testing.

    • Part 3: Building Windows Phone 7.5 Apps with Silverlight

      Length: 00:59:34 | Developers

      This session will get you started building your first application. We'll cover tooling and extensibility. We'll also dive into the unique "Metro" design of Windows Phone and how with Silverlight your apps can feel to the end-user as if they are native.

    • Part 4: Windows Phone 7.5 Fast Application Switching, Tombstoning and Multitasking

      Length: 01:00:26 | Developers

      With Windows Phone 7.5 comes the ability for users to switch quickly between running applications. This dramatically enhances the end-user experience and will be expected by end-users. In this session you'll learn how fast app switching works and how to prepare your application for this new functionality.

    • Part 5: Live Tiles and Push Notifications

      Length: 01:01:56 | Developers

      The Live Tile is a defining experience of the Windows Phone 7.5 platform (Mango) and end-users have come to expect apps to provide full support for that. In this session we'll dive deep into Live Tiles to review what they are, how to include them in your apps, as well as how to leverage the Push Notification service. We'll also cover the newer capabilities in Mango.

    • Part 6: Building Games for Windows Phone 7.5

      Length: 01:00:07 | Developers

      In this session we review the game development model for Windows Phone 7.5 using the XNA Framework. We cover the game loop, content pipeline, as well as how to render game content to the screen. In addition, attend this session to learn how to render both XNA Framework and Silverlight content together in an application or game.

    • Part 7: Monetizing a Windows Phone 7.5 Application

      Length: 00:25:57 | Developers

      This session will provide you with the insights you need into the tools and processes necessary to begin distributing and monetize your app in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone 7.5 provides several distinctive characteristics (e.g. trial API) that you'll take advantage of to build applications that stand out.

  • MSDN Series: Windows Azure

    Learn insights and tips/tricks for developing on Microsoft's cloud computing platform.

    • Part 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing and Windows Azure

      Length: 01:01:42 | Developers

      In this webcast, we explore what cloud computing is, discuss the different delivery approaches for cloud computing, and provide a baseline of cloud computing definitions to get everyone on the same page. We cover why cloud computing is important and the changes within the operating system.

    • Part 2: Is My Data Really Secure in the Cloud?

      Length: 01:16:21 | Developers

      As cloud computing using offerings from Microsoft, Amazon and Google becomes more popular, have you thought about how to secure those cloud applications? Watch this discussion from TechEd 2011 to learn about implementing cloud security and hear experiences on what's worked and hasn't. *Disclaimer: This content is contributed by TechEd community members and doesn't necessarily reflect the views of Microsoft. You assume all associated risks.

    • Part 3: Using Windows Azure Storage Securely

      Length: 01:03:19 | Developers

      Microsoft built Windows Azure Storage with security being one of the primary objectives. In this webcast, we cover how to store and access data securely; we explain how to share blobs with other users using container access control lists (ACLs) and the SAS feature; and we discuss some of the best practices for using Windows Azure Storage.

    • Part 4: Windows Azure and the Phone

      Length: 01:08:15 | Developers

      Tune in as we look at developing a typical Windows Phone 7 application by using data and services in the web. We cover creating the data service and consuming it in our application, and talk about the available tools and techniques that make this easy.

    • Part 5: Windows Azure and SharePoint

      Length: 00:59:17 | Developers

      Microsoft SharePoint provides collaboration and list processing capabilities as well as a great way to host a Microsoft Silverlight application. During this webcast, we build out a Silverlight web part that uses the cloud to process a workflow and is delivered from a SharePoint solution.

    • Part 6: Windows Azure Migration Strategies

      Length: 00:58:31 | Developers

      During this webcast, we explore the challenges that you might face when you take a completely customized on-premises application to the cloud. We cover building out strategies for migrating data and compute to using the unique features of scale and high availability in the cloud.

    • Part 7: Using Windows Azure Table

      Length: 01:05:00 | Developers

      Working with data and figuring out how to capture it, store it, and manage it are challenges faced by developers of any system. In this webcast, we look at Windows Azure Table storage to see how we can use this scalable approach to capture and work with data. We cover how to create and manage Windows Azure storage, how to create and delete data, and how tables scale.

    • Part 8: Quest’s Windows Azure Platform Solution

      Length: 00:07:18 | Developers

      Quest Software creates simple-to-use IT management software to help their customers save time and money across their virtualized, physical and cloud environments. This webcast takes you through the cloud solution Quest implemented using the Windows Azure Platform. The discussion includes what developers need to look out for when using Windows Azure.

    • 9: Tips and Tricks to Make Mobile Apps Scale and Perform

      Length: 00:51:43 | Developers

      Your goal is to have the same application run on as many mobile platforms as possible. Just as important is scalability, while continuing to provide a seamless user-experience. Learn how to use libraries for your mobile apps and architect for scalability.

    • Part 10: Using DataMarket to Explore the Power of Local Weather Data

      Length: 00:38:12 | Developers

      In this webcast, we explore how you can use local weather data to create compelling applications and revolutionize business intelligence. We focus on Weather Central's differentiating science, the ease of data integration offered through Windows Azure DataMarket, and several use case applications.