13 Good Reasons to come to Techdays 2013 #techdaysbe #MEETBE

td2013-logoYou have events that need some convincing to come to, other events don’t. Techdays Belux is one of those events that’s shouldn’t need a good bunch of reasons (hence it’s the kick-ass Microsoft event of the year, Chuck Norris styleJ). But if you are looking for some reasons, let me hand you 13 good ones!

  1. Top notch speakers world-wide speakers, ranging from MVP to Corp
  2. Top notch location: hey it’s in the METROpolitan (sorry ’bout that J) of Belgium : ANTWERP!!!
  3. You get to hook up with MEET : http://www.microsoft.com/belux/meet
  4. 3 packed days with technical goodness : 5th to 7th March, 2conference days and one dedicated pre-conf day!!
  5. Tracks for both IT Pro’s and DEV, but you can pick your own menu J : you decide!
  6. Get to see some very cool technologies (existing and new ones): Windows 8 , Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, …..
  7. Get to meet some of the cool women in IT : Iris Classon (http://www.irisclasson.com ), Paula Januszkiewicz(http://blogs.technet.com/b/plwit/) and of course our very own Katrien De Graeve (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/katriend/ )
  8. If you register now you still get 15% off: Register Here!

  9. Talk to User Groups : all / most of the Azug crew members will be present, and others too (no booths though)
  10. Network with your peers
  11. If you must: goodie hunting for the kids ;-)
  12. <shamelessplug>
    Cronos is main partner for the event!!! (http://www.cronos.be/microsoft / http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/2012/Partners.aspx )
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  13. Just because it’s Techdays!

And if that’s not enough : just for the great atmosphere and people J

See you there!

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Event 17/11/2012 : #WAS12 2.0 : When @AZUGBe meets @MADNBe (or: coding and BBQ)

November is THE month for Microsoft, having GA for Windows 8 , Windows Phone 8 and all it’s devices. But what is a good mobile device without a good mobile services backend? Windows Azure is capable of foreseeing in this kind of services very easy, very scalable and very Fast!  :-) To prove this we organize yet another great Windows Azure Saturday together with MADN, the Belgian User Group for all Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development!!!

During this event we will be demoing and guiding you also in completing an application from scratch, with tips and tricks.

So come join use to code, compete and eat , and not to forget to have a great deal of fun on Saturday November 17th.

Agenda

  • 08:00 – 08:30: Early start (with koffiekoeken for you!)
  • 08:30 – 09:00: Kick-off (rules, teaming, minimal requirements)
  • 09:00 – 12:30: Code, code, code!
  • 13:00 – 13:30: Demo your app and cloud service
  • 13:30 – 17:30: Barbeque time!

for more information and registration options please check our Eventbrite page : http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4609992612/estw

Hope to see you all there!!!

Another Countdown for MS Lovers 5-6-7 March 2013 !! #techdays2013 #techdays13 techdaysbe13 #MEETB

 As a MEET Member I’am proud to announce that next years Techdays will be held on 5, 6 and 7th Of March 2013. So block your calendars!!! And hope to see you all there!!

More news and details will be posted later on.

App-tastic: It’s Office 2013 – #OfficePreview

For those living under a rock the last couple of weeks: Microsoft is on a spree!!!!! (btw that must have been quite a rock J) And they are working down the list. Having started with Windows 8 last year, the recent announcements on Windows Azure Spring Release, Windows Phone 8 and the most wanted piece of hardware at this moment (Microsoft Surface), the guys from Redmond have almost completed the circle. Yesterday Microsoft announced with great bravoure what they state to be “THE LARGEST RELEASE OF OFFICE. EVER!” (I’m getting into this CAPS thing already J) .

I must say it was quite a show and I’m guessing at least 70 % of the audience was doing what is was doing: installing the goods J. And I must say, it was quite the experience.

For installing the bits you should go to http://office.com/preview

Now when willing to install it you need to make sure to make the correct choices from the start (although you can easily go over it afterwards again). The offer on the main page gives you a direct link to the installer of the Office 365 Home Premium Preview giving you right of use on the following:

A personalized experience
on up to 5 household PCs or tablets.
Access to your applications, documents, and settings on Internet-connected PCs The applications you trust: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access

But being a real fan of Lync, which seems missing in this install, I choose not to go for this one. So I went for the Office 365 Enterprise which installs additional tools :

on top of all the other tools you get the additional InfoPath Tools and the Lync Client.

The installation is very animated and not quite what we used to know, but perhaps that could have had to do with having already installed Office 2010 on my machine (Win 8).

Here’s a quick overview:

All is in the same METRO Style and very sleek. It even contains a movie during the setup, with an overview of what you can do. But the most impressive part is that it install in a time frame which unbelievalbly fast! And all that from online!! I guess the file copy features in Windows 8 do work ;-). Off to the use:

the restyled startup screen is simple sleek and chique J.
New Features I like : The Improved Presenter view in PowerPoint
Excel Flash Fill: type twice in a formatted table and hop: instant column fill J!
Subtle Outlook change: the unread tab in the item list (so WP7.5 !! Me Likes J):

Still playing with it all (didn’t have much time yet), so there’s going to be more in the upcoming weeks. One thing did surprise me though: standard there were no Office Apps, but … there’s already an OneNote MX available in the Windows Store and next up will be the Lync Client (the one I’m most looking forward to).

To wrap up: I believe Microsoft has created the ultimate “Deadly Hallows” to bring the Ava Kadavra to the iPad era: I said it before and I say it again: Sorry Apple but Microsoft created the ultimate Trio with Windows 8, Surface and Office. 2013will be the year the iPad have to do better than just deliver new hardware “tweaks”.

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Windows App-a-thon – Seaside Edition 12/07 #win8devbe

Don’t miss the first edition of summer app-a-thons on July 12th at the Casino Blankenberge! Team up with your best UX or developer friend to build a killer team, come alone, sign up with a group, whatever you want! Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Metro. Totally Windows 8.

When? 12 July 2012 Where? Casino Blankenberge Zeedijk 150, 8370 Blankenberge Fee? FREE

There’s also a Trello Board: add your Windows 8 app idea and build a killer team! just send me a tweet : @techmike2kx

And if you join us there and you create the best app that evening you might be even in for the win ;-) #teaser :-)

See you there (as first MEET member opportunity :-) )