MSDN Flash - Volume 20, Number 25: November 30, 2016

Top News Worldwide

Visual Studio 2017: An overview of new features and enhancements

Self-paced training: Learn to develop Microsoft Azure solutions

Introducing Visual Studio for Mac

Take an in-depth look at what’s new in C# 7.0

Exploring Visual Studio Mobile Center
Learn about Microsoft’s new Visual Studio Mobile Center, now in public preview. Xamarin co-founder Thomas Dohmke shows how you can connect your repository and then build, test, deliver, and monitor your apps from a single dashboard.

Announcing Azure Bot Service: Industry’s first cloud Bot-as-a-Service
Powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Functions, the new Azure Bot Service enables rapid bot development. Discover how you can build, deploy, and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally with users and allow your bots to scale based on demand.

Take the Azure Functions Challenge
Test your skills and learn how to build solutions using Azure Functions at the same time. Azure Functions is an event-based serverless compute experience that can help accelerate your development. Learn more and take the challenge.

Webinar: Using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Microsoft Azure
Accelerate concept-to-production without compromising the integrity or quality of your product. Register for this webinar hosted by Red Hat and Microsoft to learn about building, deploying, and managing containerized services.

New SQL Server extension for Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code is a graphical code editor for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The new mssql extension for VS Code lets you connect to SQL Server, query with T-SQL, and view results. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Step by step: How to build a SQL app
Ready to build a SQL app? Choose your preferred language and operating system, follow the steps on the site to get the prerequisites and tools, then start creating a simple SQL app with a step-by-step tutorial.

Visual Studio 2017 RC adds support for CMake
CMake is a cross-platform open-source tool for defining build processes that run across multiple platforms. Now Visual Studio offers tools that enable an end-to-end C++ development experience for CMake projects.

Know it, Prove it: Take the challenge and earn an MVA badge
The latest 30-day challenge offers an opportunity to earn a badge from Microsoft Virtual Academy. Pick the tech topic of your choice – big data, web development, or IoT – and get started. Learn new skills along the way and for each challenge you complete, you will earn a badge.

SQL Server 2016 SP1 adds advanced features for Express and Standard
SQL Server 2016 SP1 makes it easier for developers to build and upgrade applications that take advantage of advanced performance, security, and data mart capabilities. With SP1, you can build to a common programming surface across all SQL Server 2016 editions.

Now available: Windows 10 SDK Preview build 14965
Check out the new Windows 10 Anniversary SDK Preview, which is to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 14965 or greater) and Visual Studio 2017 Preview.

Experience the Microsoft cloud at a Microsoft Technology Center near you
Through December 16, nationwide
Visit a Microsoft Technology Center to interact first-hand with the latest Microsoft technologies. Find a location and live event in a city near you.


MVA: Cortana Intelligence Suite End to End
December 6, 2016
Learn how to architect solutions in Cortana Intelligence Suite and build intelligence into your applications. Get hands-on and create a working web app in this step-by-step guided session. Register today.


Save on all Microsoft Press books and eBooks
Save up to 55% on all books and eBooks in the Microsoft Press Store. Just enter discount code SHOPNOW during checkout to apply savings. Offer ends December 3, 2016. Shop now.


Downloads and tools for Windows 10

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Try Microsoft Azure for 1 month free

Microsoft Virtual Academy – new training

Testing tools for web developers

Free Microsoft Press eBooks

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Free software and training for startups from Microsoft BizSpark

Code editing tools for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications

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