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End of Microsoft Virtual Academy–Welcome to Microsoft Learn

December 24, 2018 Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft Learn, Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA No comments

In October, During Ignite 2018 Conference in Orlando, Microsoft announced the availability of new free interactive and sandbox based learning platform called  “Microsoft Learn”, and during these months Microsoft has been adding more and more specific contents for different roles such as Azure Developer, Azure Administrator, Azure Architect etc.

There is a specific learning path for all roles and you can experience different role based contents being aligned in each bucket.

Soon you will be seeing more specific contents for Power BI, Power Apps, Microsoft Flow and Dynamics 365 etc being added in to this platform.

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Benefits of Microsoft Learn:

  • No Fee: This platform is free, you are going to use a free azure sandbox for playing around with Hands-on learning.
  • Points for Learning: XP points for each sections you complete and you have different levels. I am on Level 7 on my learning curve.
  • Specific Learning paths leads you to successful Microsoft certification exams. a learning path tailored to today’s developer and technology masterminds and designed to prepare you for industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

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End of Microsoft Virtual Academy(MVA)

Microsoft Virtual Academy has been a free platform for learning about Microsoft technologies and earn completion certificates etc. Since we have the new interactive learning experience available through Microsoft Learn, Microsoft has decided to phase out Microsoft Virtual Academy and we have received an email confirming the same.

Planned complete retirement of MVA by Jan 29’ 2019.

Excerpt from the email received:

To simplify your tech training journey, we are consolidating our learning resources and retiring Microsoft Virtual Academy in phases, beginning on January 31, 2019. Complete site retirement is scheduled for later in 2019. Check your MVA Dashboard frequently for courses you have started that are retiring. To earn your certificates of completion, be sure to finish any courses by January 31, 2019.


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Enough said based on my experience I found Microsoft Learn is the new age learning platform providing gamified experience through the learning curve and earning XP points, unlocking achievements gives you a level of satisfaction. Smile

So join Microsoft Learn today.

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Azure DevOps–Community Launch-Letterkenny (08-January’ 2019)

December 21, 2018 .NET, .NET Core, .NET Framework, Announcements, Azure, Azure DevOps, Azure DevOps Server, Azure DevOps Services, Community, LKMUG, Microsoft No comments

Inviting you all to Azure DevOps Community Launch in Letterkenny on 08th Jan 2019. Few months back Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services has been rebranded as Azure DevOps.

Azure DevOps is now a suite of separate but integrated services for managing software projects, source control, build and release management and automation testing to enhance your productivity and team performance in whatever development and deployment environment you choose.

Martin Woodward: The Principal GPM for @AzureDevOps and Vice-President of the .NET Foundation would be joining us in Letterkenny for this event.

To know more about Martin Woodward:

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What we’ll cover:
 Introduction to Azure DevOps
 Azure Pipelines: Fully managed CI/CD platform that works with any language, platform, and cloud
 Azure Repos: Source code repositories (Git/TFVC)
 Azure Test Plans: Manual and Automated Testing
 Azure Boards: Plan, track, and discuss work across your teams
 Azure Artifacts: Package management

Additionally, We’ll also cover how to use Azure Pipelines for Continuous builds with your GitHub projects.

If you are interested to learn how to plan smarter, collaborate better and ship faster, sign up now and RSVP/Share it: https://www.meetup.com/lk-mug/events/255764767/ 

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Azure Master of the Month–December 2018 (Nithin Mohan T K)

December 13, 2018 Azure Certifications, Azure Master, Azure Master of the Month, Azure Master Program, Recognitions No comments

With extreme happiness and delightment I am sharing that I have been selected as the Azure Master of the Month. My journey with Azure Master program started in April’2017 and I have an Intermediate level master badge as of today. This program requires you to keep on updating the related events to be on the leader board.

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Little About Azure Master Program:

Azure Master Program is a recognition program organized by Microsoft to identify and engage with passionate and influential cloud computing focused experts from the industry..

Who are Azure Masters?

Microsoft Azure Masters are experts in the space of cloud computing. They are invariably passionate about sharing their knowledge with their peers, and using the same to architect, design, build and manage the next generation of systems and solutions.

On the bleeding edge of technology

Azure Masters are on the “bleeding edge” of technology know-how, and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on future-oriented technologies. They have deep knowledge of Microsoft Azure, while inheriting the ability to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions to solve real world problems.

Passion, sharing & caring

Azure Masters are driven by their passion, sharing spirit and their quest for knowledge. Above all, they are always ready to help others – the one that sets them apart.

How to become an Azure Master?

There are 3 very fundamental qualities you need to have to become an Azure Master:

  • A passion to learn new technologies pertaining to cloud computing;
  • A willingness to use your knowledge to enable and empower your peers; and
  • Envisioning, architecting, designing, building and managing future-ready cloud solutions.

The best of the lot loves what they do – something that stands them apart from all others. Whether you are an expert cloud implementer or manager, a great trainer, an influencer, a top technical community contributor, or have some totally different way of sharing your passion for cloud computing, we would love to hear from you!

From Announcement in Azure Master site:
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To Join the Azure Master Program – Sign Up @ https://www.azuremaster.in

Microsoft Build Tour – Hyderabad, 21,22 June 2017

May 30, 2017 .NET, Community, Dev Community, General, Microsoft, TechNet, Windows Azure Development 2 comments

The Microsoft Build Tour brings the best of Microsoft Build right to you. Developers building Line of Business or consumer applications using Cloud or traditional desktop technologies will hear firsthand from Microsoft experts about the latest technical news and updates from the Microsoft Build conference.

Date & Timings:
· DAY1 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
· DAY2 – Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Developer Hackathon)

Venue:
Trident Hyderabad
Survey No.64,
Hitech City Main Road,
HITECH City,
Near Cyber Towers,
Madhapur, Hyderabad,
Telangana 500081

AGENDA DAY 1
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:50 Opening keynote shares the future of Microsoft’s Cloud, AI, and Windows technologies.
10:00 – 12:30 Morning sessions dive deep into the latest Cloud tech including serverless, containers, AI, bots, Web, .NET, and cross-platform development.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:25 Technical discussion from your local Microsoft Experts. More details to come!
14:30 – 16:00 Afternoon sessions bring in-depth discussions and demos of Windows 10 features, UWP, Windows Store, and the latest devices.
16:00 – 17:30 Q&A Session with Microsoft Experts and Developers
AGENDA DAY 2
08:30 – 09:00 Registration / Team Assignments / Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction
09:30 – 16:00 Hacking
16:00 – 17:00 Presentations & Closing

REGISTRATION LINKS: DAY1 SESSIONS | DAY2 DEVELOPER HACKATHON

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 – Download

June 27, 2016 .NET, .NET Core 1.0, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, .NET Framework 4.5.2, .NET Framework 4.6, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 5.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET MVC, C#.NET, Community, JavaScript, Microsoft, MSDN, Trial Downloads, Updates, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS2015, WCF, Web API v2.0, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Store Development, WPF, WWF, XAML No comments

Today Microsoft has released Update 3 for Visual Studio 2015. Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 includes a variety of capability improvements and bug fixes. To find out what’s new, see the Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 Release Notes. For a list of fixed bugs and known issues, see the Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 MSDN Article.

Download:
Visual Studio Community 2015 with Update 3 – Web Installer –  ISO
Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 with Update 3 – Web Install –  ISO
Visual Studio Professional 2015 with Update 3 – Web Installer –  ISO
Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 – Web InstallerISO
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015 with Update 3 – Web Installer –  ISO
Visual Studio Test Professional 2015 – Web Installer – ISO
Visual Studio Express 2015 for Windows 10 – here
Visual Studio Express 2015 for Web – here
Visual Studio Express 2015 for Desktop – here

Visual Studio 2015–Editions

April 30, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework 4.6, ASP.NET 5.0, Community, Editions, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, MSDN, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS2015, Web API, Web API v2.0, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone SDK No comments

With Visual Studio 2015 Microsoft has changed type of  editions available as part the Visual Studio product line up, also made some changes to MSDN Subscription levels.

Changes in Visual Studio Editions

No more Premium and Ultimate  edition of  Visual Studio. There will only be 3 editions available:

  1. Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition –  Free, full-featured and extensible tool for developers building non-enterprise applications
  2. Visual Studio 2015 Professional Edition – Professional developer tools and services for individual developers or small teams
  3. Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition – Enterprise grade solution with advanced capabilities for teams working on projects of any size or complexity, including advanced testing and DevOps

Changes in MSDN Subscription Levels

MSDN Subscription Levels also has changed: there will be only two subscription levels MSDN PRO and MSDN Enterprise. If you have a valid MSDN Premium subscription, it will be automatically upgraded to MSDN Enterprise, which is fully loaded as previous MSDN Ultimate.

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Limited Period Upgrade Offer â€“ 50% off on upgrade to Premium

Beginning May 2015 – Upgrade from : Visual Studio Professional with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN to Visual Studio Premium with MSDN for 50% off the regular list price and get a free upgrade to Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN automatically when Microsoft release Visual Studio 2015.

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For more information follow: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/vs-2015-product-editions.aspx