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Microsoft Azure DevCamps in the United States

  To learn the latest Microsoft Azure dev tools and technologies. Join Microsoft experts at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/02/2015

Microsoft Azure Readiness - DevCamp Content Update - Feb 2015 Release

  You can find and download the latest Azure readiness content (presentations, hands on labs...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/27/2015

Cross-post: Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard

Today marks a major milestone, as Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/16/2015

Get Poll Responses and Survey Results Live and Instantly with Bing Pulse

The service from Microsoft named “Bing Pulse”, allows you to get live response from your audience...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/28/2015

Watch Windows 10 Story Live Event Today

  http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/21/2015

Free One-Day Workshop for ISVs in the United States in Feb 2015

My team (vertical ISV aka vipp) is hosting a series of free workshops in various cities in the...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/15/2015

Sample Windows 8.1 App – Uploading Images to Cloud Using Azure Mobile Services

I ran into several issues while trying to put together a quick demo universal Windows App using...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/12/2015

Free App Dev Tools for Students

Microsoft and a number of partners team up to offer application development tools to students. More...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/12/2015

Fix Visual Studio Error “No exports were found that match the constraint”

When loading an existing universal Windows App solution, I noticed that the shred project failed to...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 01/02/2015

Host a Live Event from Your Computer with Microsoft Azure

It takes me less than 30 minutes to go through the process of setting up an environment to host a...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 12/17/2014

Learn What’s New in Visual Studio at Microsoft Connect() Event Online

You can watch the streaming session live or on-demand at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 11/12/2014

Leverage Clouse Services to Power Digital Health Devices with Scalability and Real-time Data Analysis

I discovered at a hackathon a patented smart pill bottle invented by Josh Stein and his team at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/25/2014

Data Resources for Creating Healthcare Apps

I attended the Medication Management Hackathon at Minneapolis this weekend where I met many leaders,...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/25/2014

Azure Sample App: Vehicle Real-Time Status Tracking, Statistics and Analysis

  This sample app demonstrates how an Azure hosted application, using Storm, a distributed...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/24/2014

Upcoming Microsoft Conferences in 2015

  Microsoft announced at the Official Microsoft blog site a number of upcoming Microsoft...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/24/2014

Share Your iOS, Android and Windows Phone Screens on Desktop

I’ve been doing a bit cross-platform app development lately and had a need to share or display...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/21/2014

Free Workshops for Healthcare ISVs: Get Started with Developing Apps on Microsoft Platform

Microsoft Developer Experience (DX) team has recently launched the Microsoft Vertical ISV...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/08/2014

Azure Government Preview Available

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. To meet the security and compliance needs of U.S....

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/01/2014

Windows Store Apps Just Work on Windows 10 (Preview)

Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for download now. (Windows Server Technical Preview...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 10/01/2014

Windows Azure Mobile Services and Websites Are Available Now

At Build 2013, Microsoft made a number of Windows Azure announcements including the availability of...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 06/30/2013

Watch Live Sessions from Build - Microsoft's Developer Conference 6/26-6/28

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 6000+ are attending the conference in San Francisco and...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 06/26/2013

App Builder Virtual Summit, May 2 / 9am – 12:30pm PST

60+ million Windows licenses sold. On May 2, learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/01/2013

Microsoft Build Conference 2013 San Francisco June 26-28,2013

The event has been sold out. However, you can sign up to join the Waiting List.   When June 26...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/01/2013

How Did I Fix My Nokia Lumia 920 Gear and Blank Screen Issue

My Nokia Lumia 920 has been a great device since I purchased it last November. But it started to...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/01/2013

TechEd 2013 North America and Europe Registration Open Now

The registration is available at http://www.msteched.com Check out the latest news on TechEd at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 05/01/2013

Resources for Developing Windows Store apps

If you are relatively new to Windows Store app development, you may find useful the resources listed...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/30/2013

Take Up Windows Azure Developer Challenge Compete for Great Prizes

You can find the detail at codeproject.com Below are some highlights. Try Windows Azure and our 5...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/30/2013

Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET Just Released

ScottGu in a recent post summarizes the new features and enhancements in the latest release. ...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/30/2013

Windows Azure Training Kit - April 2013 Available

The new release includes new and updated contents since last December release. Click here to...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/30/2013

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Officially Launched

As part of the new Infrastructure Services release, we’ve added in new high memory VM instances...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/16/2013

Windows Store Development Series by joelcitizen

My colleague Joel Reyes has recently published a series of Windows Store development post to discuss...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/13/2013

My New Role at Microsoft: Focusing on Windows Azure

I will start a new role today at Microsoft focusing on Windows Azure. It’s been my great...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 04/01/2013

Creating Windows Store Apps Using 55 App Templates

They are available for download now at here.  

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/22/2013

Can you build Windows Store App and Make Money?

The answer is YES and perhaps a lot by my standard. But that all depends on how you do it. My...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/21/2013

Windows Store App Helps Build Vocabulary

This is one of the apps I’d like to build but I am super happy to see that my colleague Steve Seow...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/21/2013

A Game Startup Arkarium Makes Big Bets on Windows 8

You may have seen or played one of the games Arkarium has released to Windows Store and other...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/15/2013

Develop and Publish Windows 8 / Windows Phone Apps Get Up to $2000 ($100 Per App)

How It Works Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between March 8, 2013...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/13/2013

Sign Up and Start Building Your Windows Store App

Visit our revamped App Builder program (previously known as Generation App). Jumpstart your app...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/05/2013

Building iOS Applications with Windows Azure Mobile Services

Join Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire and Mars Edit on Mac and iOS, in learning how to build...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/05/2013

Top 10 List About Microsoft

If you’ve been following up technology news, you probably have seen a lot of new things at...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 03/02/2013

New Website Makes It Easier to Find College Info From Cost to Graduation Rate

The new website College Scorecard released by the Department of Education makes it easier to search...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/28/2013

Coding is Fun and Writing Apps is Rewarding

The video at code.org may be for students but the message is good for all of us. Coding is fun and...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/28/2013

Windows Phone Next App Star Contest and $60K Prize

Contest open only to students, hobbyists, or developers in the field of software technology 18+....

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/22/2013

A Prototyping Tool for Your Windows Store and Windows Phone Apps

I came across a website that provides PowerPoint templates for prototyping your Windows Store and /...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/21/2013

Microsoft Windows Azure Demonstrates High Performance Over Competition

Network World reports that Windows Azure demonstrates high performance based on Nasuni’s tests....

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/20/2013

Windows 8 Virtual Office Hours

I will be hosting weekly office hours to discuss Windows 8 app development and answer questions from...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/05/2013

BLINK–a Continuous Picture Taking App on Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Research has recently released a great Windows Phone 8 app named “BLINK” that takes...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/03/2013

Can iOS and Android Developers Make Money on Microsoft Platform?

My colleague Kevin Ashley has shared with us his first-hand app dev experience and his success with...

Author: Benjamin Xue Date: 02/01/2013

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