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How to Add a New Visual Studio Solution to an Existing VSTS Repository

You can follow instructions outlined in two articles below to create a new Git repo and run basic...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/30/2018

How to Connect Your Bot App with Microsoft Cortana

You can create and deploy a Bot app, connect it to Cortana, and test the app with Cortana all...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/09/2018

How to Fix It When Your Edge Browser or Office Apps Won’t Start Normally

I noticed lately that the Edge browser or any Office app would occasionally try to start but end up...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 08/01/2017

Azure Cosmos DB: Build a .NET application using the Table API

You can follow the instructions here to get started. If you see something like “The remote server...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 06/01/2017

Build Bot Applications to Improve Patient Services in Healthcare

There are many ways to improve patient services with technologies today. In this blog post, I will...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/10/2017

Get started with Azure Relay Hybrid Connections – Using Apache Thrift Listener

The Azure Relay Hybrid Connections service enables you to securely expose services that reside...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/05/2017

Integrate Bot App with Cognitive Services LUIS, RESTful Services and Web APIs

This post walks through the steps you take to integrate Cognitive Services – LUIS and RESTful...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/04/2017

Developing and Deploying a Service Fabric Voting App to Azure

While preparing for a partner meeting on Service Fabric, I went through two labs, Part I by the...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/25/2017

Use Bot Framework Emulator Correctly to Test Your Bots

Original Blog Date: January 16, 2017You can use the Bot Framework to build and connect bots to...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/16/2017

Adding HTTPS Support to Individual Windows Containers Using Self Issued Certificates

There are two types of Windows Containers you can work with Windows Server Containers and Windows...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 12/19/2016

Microsoft Power BI - Choosing the Offering that Meets Your Needs

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. With...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 11/01/2016

How Many Developers Use C++ vs. C# vs. Other Programming Languages

A customer recently asked me a question on C++ vs. C# in terms of developer populations while...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/24/2016

Troubleshooting Tips on Getting Started with Azure Service Fabric Application Development

Azure Service Fabric is a PaaS service with which developers can build always-on, scalable,...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/24/2016

Deploy an Azure Container Service cluster - Tips and Tricks

Deploying an Azure Container Service (ACS) cluster is fairly easy. You can use the Azure portal,...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 09/30/2016

Tips and Tricks on Doing “Lift and Shift” On-Prem Systems to Azure

While Microsoft Azure offers an open and flexible platform for PaaS solutions, customers and...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 07/30/2016

Azure Mobile Apps – Contoso Health Demo App that Integrates with Azure Machine Learning and Power BI

I recently worked with the Cortana Intelligent Suite Ecosystem team to create a demo app called...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 06/13/2016

Azure Mobile Apps – Migrate Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 App to Windows 10 UWP App

Using Microsoft Azure App Service, you can create a cross-platform app (Android, Cordova, iOS,...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/06/2016

Azure Marketplace Part II – Single VM Solution

As we outlined in the first blog post, single VM is a natural choice for solutions that can be...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/15/2016

Azure Marketplace Part I: Why Partners Should Care

If you know Microsoft Azure, you probably have heard about the Azure Marketplace, which was launched...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/29/2016

How to Capture Smart Card Added and Card Removed Events In Windows Store Apps

I’ve modified the sample smart card app (C# version) and upload the code here...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/17/2016

Join a Microsoft Real-time Internet of Things Experiment Feb. 23, 2016

  Pegasus II Launch Date Feb 23 2016 from Kankakee, IL. Want to learn how? Simply, sign up for...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/22/2016

Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator Tool

The Azure Cost Estimator has been designed keeping in mind the need to provide the IT manager of...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/01/2016

Free One-day Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Training at U.S. Cities

Attend this free, full-day training session and discover first-hand how to integrate cloud solutions...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/01/2016

Understanding Windows 10 Updates for Enterprise Customers

Windows 10 will release as a service. Users will have access to on-going updates to the latest...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 11/13/2015

Hands on labs for Windows 10 UWP app development topics

If you like to get first-hand experience with writing apps for Windows 10, check out the hands on...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 11/02/2015

Developer Virtual Event–Connect Nov 18-19, 2015

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/23/2015

Catch up the latest on Microsoft Azure through Virtual Event–AzureCon

It’s today. Watch live sessions at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/azurecon/ AzureCon will include...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 09/29/2015

Migrating Windows Phone Silverlight Apps to Windows 10

I’d like to share a couple of resources related to migrating WP Silverlight apps to Universal...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 09/28/2015

Microsoft Azure SQL Supports Up to 1 TB Databases

  Great news on SQL Azure Database. Microsoft has just announced two new Azure SQL Database...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 08/27/2015

Microsoft Azure Developer Reference

The redesigned Azure developer reference aligns all Azure reference contents based on the service...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 08/26/2015

How to Get “Get Windows 10” App

Use Windows Update on your computer eligible for free upgrade. See detail here. Windows 10 Upgrade...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 08/01/2015

Fix Windows Store App Download Error 0x803F7003

The error is probably resulted from invalid cache from previous download. To fix it, open your...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 07/30/2015

Windows 10 – How to Upgrade

Windows 10, the latest and best ever operating system from Microsoft, will be available in 190...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 07/29/2015

Reinstall Microsoft Health to Complete Band Setup If You Experience “You're paired! Please go back to the app to continue."

If you get stuck with the msg on the device screen while setting up Microsoft Band initially, one...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 07/24/2015

When Will WeChat Add Development Support for Windows 10?

  WeChat is one of the popular messaging apps. It was initially available on mobile devices...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 07/24/2015

ISV Partners Building Solutions on Azure and Windows (Part II)

In the first part of the blog post series, I introduced three partners, Walkway, IntraLearn and...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 06/22/2015

ISV Partners Building Solutions on Azure and Windows

Since July 2014 I’ve been working with U.S. based ISV partners across industries to provide...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/28/2015

Microsoft Build 2015 This Week

  If you are unable to attend the conference, you can watch online key announcements and demos...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/27/2015

Azure RemoteApp Resources

While preparing a RemoteApp virtual lab, I gathered a handful of white papers, articles, blog posts...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/13/2015

Azure Resource Explorer

Azure Resource Explorer is a new tool that allows developers to discover the Azure Resource...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/03/2015

Windows 10 Developer Resources

Check out the blog post here. You can sign up to participate in the Insider program here.

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/24/2015

OnWindows Magazine on Microsoft and Partner Technology News

  A UK-based company publishes the latest Microsoft and partner product and technology news at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/16/2015

IoT Conference at University of Minnesota Hosted by IoTFuse

  This week I will join some of my colleagues to participate in a local IoT conference hosted...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/16/2015

Microsoft Convergence 2015 Starts Today at Atlanta GA

Watch Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote and general sessions by Microsoft leaders. Download Apps...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/16/2015

Health Technology Conference in Burlingame CA Wednesday, May 27-28, 2015

The event is hosted by Heath Technology Forum and Microsoft will participate in the event as one...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/11/2015

Detect SQL Server (Express) Existence Programmatically

At a customer’s request, I did a quick search on the web and found a few suggestions and discussions...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/11/2015

Microsoft Cloud IT Architecture Posters Published

  Microsoft has published several architecture posters that give you information about...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/11/2015

Introducing Microsoft ISV Partner Program (VIPP)

Recognizing the needs of startups and small- and medium-sized companies that develop technology...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/10/2015

Visual Studio Live – First Tour March 16-20, 2015 at Las Vegas

The first tour starts next Monday 3/16. Hundreds of developers will gather at Las Vegas, Nevada for...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/10/2015

What Do You Know About Windows 10 as App Developer?

  Microsoft has made Windows 10 Preview available to insiders.  There are a lot of...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/05/2015

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