Category Archive for Microsoft
I got the confirmation email from Microsoft that my MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for Visual C++ is extended for 2013
Microsoft has released Update 2 for Visual Studio 2012 (VS2012.2). You can get it here.
Check out Somasegar’s blog post for more details on this update.
Microsoft is organizing a Superhackathon in Belgium on 27th of March. Starting at 9AM for the Day part, and continuing until midnight for the Night part. This is a hackathon organized simultaneously in Brussels, Genk, Mons, and Kortijk.
Code, build, eat, drink & win.
Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. The event will be streaming live everywhere to the world.
There will be experts (many!), breakfast, pizza, coffee (lots!) and Red Bull. You can win prizes and rewards such as tickets to TechEd, Asus Vivo Tab, Lumia Phone and more.
There will be two pre-conferences on March 5th:
Content on March 6th and 7th: focus is on developing Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone apps, of course supported by sessions on EF, tools, ASP.NET, identity and more.
There will also be a corner with MEET members and MVPs who can help you with any questions or problems you might have.
You get an early bird discount of 15% if you order tickets before January 1st 2013.
We can now target Windows XP again with C++ code, and there have been a couple of C++ unit testing enhancements. For Windows Store applications, the update includes support for both mixed-mode managed/native debugging and for native ARM dump debugging.
Microsoft has removed the Beta label from their online Team Foundation Service.
TFS is thoroughly integrated into Visual Studio.
Microsoft is organizing a Windows App Day on November 23rd, officially described as follows:
Scoop: On the Windows App Day, Microsoft will be announcing a contest around Windows 8 where they’ll have devices as prizes for developing apps, so start thinking about possible Apps that you could develop for the contest. Details about the contest will be made public at a later date.
When: Friday 23 November 2012, 9AM to 6PM
As promised, Microsoft is releasing out-of-band updates for Visual C++. A preview of the first such update has now been released as the November 2012 Compiler CTP. This is a Customer Technology Preview and does not come with a ‘Go Live’ license, but it allows you to start experimenting and testing new features, and to provide feedback.
This November 2012 CTP contains a lot of new C++11 features:
More details, including installation instructions and how to give feedback can be found here.
Download the November 2012 CTP and start playing with these new C++11 features.
On 28th of September a colleague of mine (Francisco Almeida) and myself participated in a Windows 8 App-a-thon organized by Microsoft. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email a couple of days ago informing us that we won the first prize in the contest The winners have been announced on the Belux MSDN blog. Winning this contest is an extra encouragement to finish the little puzzle game we started and to put it on the App store. If everything goes well, the plan is to have an internal Beta version next week, and to submit the puzzle game for App store certification towards the end of next week or the week after. We have created a temporary landing page for our game which you can find here.
WOWZAPP 2012 is a worldwide hackathon running from Friday November 9th to Sunday November 11th 2012. The official description for the global WOWZAPP 2012 event is as follows:
In Belgium the hackathon will be organized on Saturday November 10th, from 8:08 AM to midnight at the following location:
The hackathon is free for everyone, lunch and dinner is included, and you get a chance to win a tablet.
More information and registration info here.
A while ago, Microsoft decided to abandon the name Metro. It has been replaced with the following naming scheme:
Metro apps = Windows Store apps
Note that the casing is also important. For example, the apps in Windows Store apps is with a lowercase a, not an uppercase.
There are a couple of seats left for the Windows 8 App-a-thon that will be held on Friday September 28th at the Microsoft Offices in Zaventem. Register your place now.
What’s in a name? Of course you know hackathons. App-a-thon is your version of the ‘Windows 8 apps hackathon’.
Mark your calendar for 28-9 and spend your day coding/designing at last app-a-thon before GA on October 26th!
Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8.
There will be 2 coding sessions, 1 for Day Birds from 10AM – 4PM and one for Night Owls from6PM – 12AM. You can join us for one or both sessions.
Build an app, have fun and go home with fantastic prizes!
1st prize: Xbox 360 + Kinect
No app idea yet? No problem! We have a bucket full of ideas and scenarios you can use right away to kick start your project!
Questions about UX & design? Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered. You’ll be able to talk to a Windows 8 UX Expert (will be there for 4 hours) and a designer (will be there the entire day!) to help out with logo’s, graphic design, etc.
Technical pre-requisites (for developers)
The dates for TechDays Belgium 2013 have been nailed down: 5-6-7 March 2013
The location hasn’t been determined yet, so stay tuned…
The next meeting of the Belgian C++ Users Group is planned for Tuesday October 16th 2012 at 18:30 in the Microsoft offices in Zaventem.
The agenda is as follows:
Microsoft is sponsoring this event by providing the location, drinks and sandwiches.
The event is free for everyone, but you need to register for it.
On 12 September 2012, there will be a launch event for Visual Studio 2012. You can follow this event from where ever you are. See here for details.
Microsoft has officially announced the launch date for Windows 8: October 26th 2012