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February, 2014

  • Chalk Talk for Developers: How to use and debug Background Transfer API issues

    In this talk we will take a look at how to use and debug Background Transfer API issues in your windows Store App.  For a brief preview of the talk, check out this video:

    Please join us on Wednesday February 26th, 2014 from 10am-12pm PST.  We’ll be hosting a live chalk talk with technical experts from our developer support team.

    We’ll look at demos of real-world scenarios, how the technology works, best practices for implementation, and development troubleshooting tips. There will also be plenty of time for you to ask your questions.

    If you are interested, sign up today as space is limited.

    WHAT: How to use and debug Background Transfer API issues

    WHEN: February 26th, 2014. 10am-12pm PST

    WHERE: Online Meeting

    REGISTRATION: email with the subject “Feb 26th Chalk Talk”.

    COST: Free

  • New Windows Azure Training for Partners

    Seems like everywhere you turn these days, Windows Azure is a hot topic.  We get questions daily about where to find some great Windows Azure training.  Well, we’re excited to let our Partners know that a new set of Windows Azure training is available for you.  The training, Partner Practice Enablement: Windows Azure Technical Training, is available in multiple formats (more on that below).

    What Kind of Training is it?  What will it cover?

    The level 200-300  training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing workloads from on-premises.

    Students will be introduced to the rich features of Windows Azure Active Directory and see how it can be used to achieve single sign-on across cloud applications, protect application access, enforce multi-factor authentication, and integrate with Windows Server Active Directory. The 8 modules in the training are:




    Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services


    Windows Azure Infrastructure Services Networking


    Windows Azure Active Directory


    Windows Azure Active Directory Integration


    Cloud Services, Websites and Infrastructure Services


    Development and Test


    SQL Server and SharePoint Server in Windows Azure


    Management and Monitoring of Virtual Machines

    Each module includes an instructional session, Q&A, and self-study guides for additional hands on learning.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who is new to, or has not worked with Windows Azure at all, can benefit from this training.  The training will have a technical focus, so technical sellers, implementers, and support experts are encouraged to participate.

    When is the training and how do I sign up?

    Web-based live training will run weekly from March 4th until April 24th.  The webcasts are offered twice a day at 7AM and 5PM Pacific time.  The schedule is as follows:

    Module 1: March 4th Module 5: April 8th
    Module 2: March 11th Module 6: April 15th
    Module 3: March 18th Module 7: April 17th
    Module 4: March 25th Module 8: April 24th


    in addition to the live training, we are making self-study recordings of the training sessions available via an MPN Learning Path:


    What does this training cost?

    The self-study content of the Learning Path is provided at no cost.

    For the live webcasts, two Partner Advisory Hours will be deducted from your organization's balance per session independent of the number of attendees from your organization.


    If you have any questions, please send an email to

  • Windows Azure Diagnostic Runtime Configuration

    Visual Studio 2013 enables you to modify the collection of diagnostic data after a cloud service is deployed to Windows Azure. This is a useful technique to collect troubleshooting information from a single instance or to temporarily increase the logging level in order to diagnose a problem. Changes that you made via the Visual Studio Server Explorer will persist until you do a full re-deployment of your cloud service because the diagnostic configuration is written to the wad-control-container in your storage account.

    These are the links shared at the end of the video:

  • Automatically convert your 3D meshes and assets for use in your Windows 8 and Windows 8 Phone apps

    In this video blog we talk about two powerful but overlooked features of Visual Studio 2013 that can help to speed up the DirectX development process on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. We will take a look at the Visual Studio 3D asset viewer and modify our 3D model directly in the viewer. We will also take a look at setting up your project to automatically modify your standard 3D mess assets to a format that is more DirectX and Direct3D friendly.