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Microsoft Issue 10
Hero Welcome to another edition of the Hero Newsletter. Through this, we hope to bring you anything and everything IT-related happening around the region. This time’s newsletter is not only about IT Pro news on all the latest in Microsoft products and services but also about ideas, innovations, excellence, cool new tools, releases, announcements, exciting sessions and much more. Prepare yourself for a deep dive into this exciting and rewarding world of information. Enjoy! The Hero Team
4 Africa
On Feb 5th, 2013 Microsoft introduced the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability, 75 percent of which Microsoft will help place in jobs. Furthermore, Microsoft and Huawei are introducing the Huawei 4Afrika – a full functionality Windows Phone 8 which will come pre-loaded with select applications designed for Africa.
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Channel 9
Making money with yourWindows Store apps
Making money with your Windows Store apps
Web App Gallery -Create websites the easiest way
Windows Phone SDK link – All you need to write world class mobile apps
Azure SDK - Get the tools and learn how to develop Cloud apps
Microsoft virtual academy – Free e-courses on Virtualization and Management
TechNet Portal – The essential portal for IT Professionals
TechNet Wiki – Collective knowledge from Microsoft experts and your peers
TechNet Downloads – Download free trials and betas of the latest Microsoft software
IT Skills for the cloud – All you need to set the sky as the limit for your career in a cloud IT environment
MSDN link – The key portal to knowledge base and free tools
MSDN Virtual Labs – It's like a big full scale data-center but for your experiments and creativity only
MSDN News Flash – Subscribe for key news and special offers
  This video discusses how you can make the most amount of money with your Windows Store apps. Windows 8 provides the greatest developer opportunity ever! If you take a look at the Windows EcoSystem, Windows has sold over 650 million copies of Windows 7 in 200 plus countries, and in over 100 different languages. This is the potential starting point for your audience to purchase your app from the Windows Store. And that's a pretty great starting point. For more information see the following reference link here: Making money with your apps  
  OfficeYour Office. Your Way. Join us to See where the new Office can take you. The new Office has smart new features and a fresh look. And with Office 365 you can work across your devices with seamless access to your documents and settings.Killer features of Office 2013
1. Fast and fluid experience with touch, pen, mouse and keyboard
2. Immersive touch-optimised Windows 8 apps
3. Optimised for the cloud
4. Edit PDF content easily with PDF reflow
5. Excel: Flash fill, Recommended charts, PowerView
6. Social: Multi-party HD Video, Skype federation, newsfeeds and people card
  System Center
System Center 2012 SP1 Solution Overview Microsoft's Cloud OS vision provides one consistent platform for your apps, infrastructure and data, spanning the private cloud at your datacenters, hosting service provider datacenters and the Microsoft Public Cloud. A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources, enabling you to offer true self-service infrastructure capability and optimize the way you manage application services. The trial experience includes an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 as an optional bundled package. Useful Links:
System Center TechCenter
Private Cloud Solution Hub
Server and Cloud Platform Blog
  MVA Update & New Courses: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start
This course is designed for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed with how Microsoft virtualization and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works and compares with VMware vSphere 5.1. This one-day event will feature Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Technical Product Manager Matt McSpirit (both VMware Certified Professionals) delivering an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience.
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