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Office 2016 Public Preview Now Available

In March of this year Microsoft introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of their Office desktop apps on Windows, and now they’re ready to take feedback from a broader audience. As such, they have now made available a work-in-progress version of Office 2016 and are inviting folks to download, use, test and report back on their work to date. If you want to help shape the next release of Office, Microsoft are looking for Office enthusiasts to offer feedback on the new features.

If that sounds like you, and you want to get your hands on a copy, visit here.

Posted in Microsoft, Office 2016.

Microsoft Events – On Demand

Microsoft Edge Summit, May 5-6, 2015

Catch up on all the sessions from the Microsoft Edge Summit where the Microsoft team the EdgeHTML rendering engine and discuss modern web technologies like ES6, SVG, WebGL and Web Audio.

Watch the sessions here.


Microsoft Ignite, May 4-8, 2015

You can also catch up on the keynote speaker addresses and the specialist seminars from the Ignite conference, here.

Posted in Event, Microsoft.

Oracle Virtual Technology Summit, May 12, 2015

Join the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) to learn from Oracle ACE’s, Java experts and Oracle product experts as they take you through a series of hands-on labs and technical presentations. Topics covered include:

  • Java: 20 Year Anniversary
  • Database: Delivering on Big Data Promise and New Generation Application Development
  • Middleware: Spotlight on Service-Oriented Architecture and Oracle SOA Suite 12c
  • Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies, and Hardware: Oracle Linux application optimization for Oracle stack

Where: Online
When: May 12, 2015 (09:00 – 12:30 BST / 10:00 – 13:30 CEST / 12:00 – 15:30 GST)
Cost: Free

For more details, and to register, click here.

Posted in Event, Oracle.

Use Microsoft’s AppToCert program to fast track your certification

With Microsoft’s AppToCert Program, HTML5/JS or C#/XAML developers can save hundreds of dollars and get credit for up to two exams by showing the app development work you are already doing.

Additionally, the app review will provide you with tips on app design and implementation, and address common pitfalls and blockers to getting apps into the marketplace.

Earning credit towards certification through AppToCert is achieved simply by completing three steps:

  • Pass either a Core or Intermediate technical review of your application by a Microsoft engineer
  • Publish or update your application in the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store
  • Take and pass one Microsoft developer certification exam from a list of Web, SharePoint, and Windows Store app exams.

For a full breakdown of the process and to register, click here.

Posted in Microsoft.

Live Event (Free), May 19-21 – A Developer’s Guide to Windows 10

You’re invited to a free in-depth look at the Universal Windows Platform which will show you how Windows capabilities and social integration can help create amazing experiences on devices running Windows 10, including phones, tablets, PCs, and (coming soon) Xbox. This is a three day, demo heavy showcase of Windows 10 possibilities where you can explore cool new Windows 10 features and get practical guidance. Each individual session lasts about 30 minutes so you can pick and choose the topics that interest you most.

On Day 1, “App Basics,” take a look at fundamental platform considerations, patterns, and tools available for building successful Windows apps. On Day 2, “Windows Essentials,” survey several core scenarios that apps handle, including low memory, background task execution, cross-device communication, file and data management, and user interaction techniques. And, on Day 3, “Extended Features,” will demonstrate how to light up your apps to create loyalty and buzz.

Microsoft recommend that attendees are already familiar with Microsoft development languages (like C#), but newbies to programming/development should also find the content valuable.

Day 1:

  • Introduction
  • XAML Design
  • XAML Advanced
  • Device/Adaptive Design
  • Navigation
  • Connected Experiences

Day 2:

  • XAML Performance
  • Data Management
  • Suspend/Lifecycle
  • Background
  • Notifications
  • Cloud Services/JSON

Day 3:

  • Migrating Existing
  • App-to-App Communication
  • Media
  • Natural User Interface
  • Platform Features
  • Sensors

Where: Online
When: May 19-21, 9am – 5pm PDT
Cost: Free

For more information and to register, click here.

Posted in Event, Microsoft, Windows 10.

A new option for MCSE recertification

Through Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), candidates can now recertify their Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence certification by taking a prescribed series of courses and passing all related assessments — at their own speed and on their own schedule.

Candidates can still choose to recertify by the traditional method of passing the relevant recertification exam or via this new option of completing the MVA course and related assessments.

Microsoft have announced that they intend to add more MVA recertification paths for other MCSE and MCSD certifications over the coming year.

Read all about it here.

Posted in MCSD, MCSE, Microsoft, Recertification.

Cisco Certifications, Are They Worth It?

Sign up for a free webinar series from Cisco, starting April 14, 2015 where the hosts will discuss the merits of Cisco certification, cover various studying tips and discuss with past students and current HR managers about the value of Cisco certification. The three sessions are:

Session 1: Introduction to Cisco Certifications and Exam Tips, Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Session 2: A Day in the Life of a Cisco Professional, Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Session 3: Why Employers look for Certified Candidates, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The cost is free, you can ask questions during the webinars and, apparently, there are prizes to be won.

For more info, click here.

Posted in Cisco, Webinar.

Free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

From Microsoft Press, another free book to help you with your studies.

This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2014 and wants to understand its capabilities. The book assumes the reader has some familiarity with SQL Server already.

For more information about the book, and to get your free copy, click here.

Posted in E-books, Free Stuff, Microsoft, SQL Server 2014.

April 14th Webinar – Learn Network Progammability

Hear from Cisco subject matter experts who will provide an introduction to programmable networks and software automation, review the types of job roles that are available, provide an understanding of real-world applications for network programmability, and discuss the Cisco Network Programmability certification program.

Where: Online
When: April 14, 2015
Time: 1000hrs Pacific Time
Duration: 90 minutes

For more details, and to register for this webinar, click here.

Posted in Cisco, Webinar.

Cisco Exam Preparation – Learn how to Learn

From Cisco learning, a collection of free videos designed to help learners get the most out of their learning efforts. The host, Dr. Stephanie Burns, has a PhD in Adult Learning and has studied the habits and strategies that successful students use to reach their learning goals. She will step you through various strategies and concepts to help you refine your approach to studying for your exam.

While the videos and content are Cisco-focused, there is useful advice for anyone studying for a certification.

A Cisco learning account is needed to log in (it’s free to join). Click here for details.

Posted in Cisco, Exams, Free Stuff, Training.