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Even with the bounty of online forums, webcasts, blog posts and articles, in person events are still a critical part of keeping up to date with the latest in technology as well as gaining valuable relationships with others in the industry. TechDays is a great way to make sure your IT team have the knowledge they need to make the best decisions on technology solutions.
Below my colleague Paul outlines one of the tracks available at TechDays 2011 – the Windows client and phone track. You’ll also find this post on the Canadian Mobile Developer blog.
P.S. One update from Paul’s post below – the early bird pricing for Toronto has been extended until October 11.
By now, you may have seen that TechDays 2011 is now open for registration. TechDays is Microsoft Canada’s premier, in-person training event that is reaching 3 cities (Toronto – October 25-26, 2011, Vancouver – November 15-16, 2011 and Montreal – November 29-30, 2011) with 2 full days of training in 8 different tracks (in alphabetical order: Cloud Computing and Online Services; Communication and Collaboration; Developer Tools, Frameworks and Languages; Development Practices and Architecture; Security, Identity and Management; SQL Server and Data Platform; Virtualization; Windows Client and Windows Phone).
Over the next week, you will see and hear more about many of these tracks on our Connection blogs but in this post I will outline the Windows Client and Windows Phone track.
As Track Owner of the Windows Client and Windows Phone track at TechDays 2011, I am honoured and excited to introduce the many sessions that you will see talking about Windows Phone and Windows Client. It’s a jam-packed track that will appeal to both developers and IT Pro’s alike, with lots of content that will both enable to use these technologies today and to inspire you to build the next great thing tomorrow.
To give you some background as to why the sessions you see below are found in the Windows Client and Windows Phone track, I want to explain the rationale behind the decision process. First, I wanted to provide Client and Phone content that would be beneficial to everyone using or thinking of using our platform technologies, regardless of whether your job entailed development, management or operations in IT. Second, I wanted to give sessions that attendees would find both exciting and relevant to their day-to-day jobs. Finally, I wanted these sessions to inspire you. IT is only a tool, a means to an end. It’s your creativity and passion that make software wildly successful. It is my hope that through these sessions you will see and hear something that will kindle an amazing idea that will change the world!
Below is a video that introduces the Windows Client and Windows Phone track:
So on with the sessions in the Windows Client and Windows Phone Track:
WIN301: Windows Phone 7.5: An Overview and Architecture Deep Dive
WIN302: Adding the Awesomesauce Flavour with Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites
By now, you've heard about pinned sites in Internet Explorer 9. And, you've probably even used them yourself. But, did you know that this feature can help increase site visits and engagements? In this session, you'll hear stories of Pinned Site implementations by some of the most popular websites on the web today. You'll also discover how to support pinned sites with a few lines of markup. Finally, you'll learn best practices that will help you deliver an awesome experience to your visitors.
WIN303: Windows Intune: PC Management with Cloud Services and Windows 7
WIN304: Building Windows Phone 7 Applications with the Windows Azure Platform
No doubt you’ve heard a lot about HTML5 as a web developer. Now it’s time to look at what that means. In this session we’ll take a look at the construction of an HTML5 line-of-business application. It will show you what you need to consider targeting the desktop, phone and tableting web experiences while taking advantage of the tools that HTML5 delivers to you.
If you are still spending money on your desktop deployment solutions, be prepared to be impressed! The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 (MDT 2012) can do it all. And it’s free. In this session Rhonda will show you how to set up a MDT server, create a complete image including Office 2010 and deploy that image using the new Deployment Wizard. But wait that’s not all MDT 2012 can also migrate your XP machines to Windows 7 while maintaining users data and settings as well. See it all in this demo driven session.
If you are interested in attending, don’t delay in registering as the conference is filling up with registrations right now. We are also providing early bird pricing for the conference (CAD $399.99 instead of the regular fee of $799.99, which is a 50% discount). For Toronto, this early bird pricing ends on October 4, 2011 (Vancouver early bird pricing ends October 25, 2011 and Montreal early bird pricing ends November 8, 2011), so time is running short on getting a great discount on premier training and networking!