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Swiss //Publish/ event on Friday, May 16 – bring your project and join the hackathon!

Geneva, Switzerland / May 16, 2014

blue-infinity SA
Route des Jeunes 35
Geneva, 1227 Switzerland

10:00 AM -10:30 AM Registration/Event Welcome
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote – new features, converged apps…
11:30 AM – 13:00 AM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support
13:00 PM – 14:00 PM Lunch/Webcast
14:00 PM – 17:30 PM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support
17:30 PM – 18:00 PM App Showcase/Judging & Awards
18:00 PM – 19:00 PM Dinner/ Webcast
19:00 PM – 22:00 PM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support


Bring your existing app and game projects to Microsoft’s //publish/ event to code with developers from around the world. Collaborate and get help with app design, performance, testing, publishing, porting from Unity – you name it.

Receive onsite support from community experts to remove blockers and add the finishing touches to your project.

Join a testing group of your peers and try your app out on a range of devices.

Connect online with developers and Microsoft product specialists from all over the globe in simultaneous worldwide events. Show off your completed project at the App Showcase.

MS Virtual Academy Live event: Porting Unity games to Windows 8.1 & Windows Phone

Microsoft Virtual Academy Live events presents a fast-paced live virtual session on “Porting Unity games to Windows 8.1 & Windows Phone” for developers, free of charge.

Basic knowledge of the Unity editor and engine is recommended.

The event will be hosted by Michael “Mickey” Macdonald, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist @ScruffyFurn and Bryan Griffiths, Video Game Design Instructor at triOS College.

The live event will take place December 6, 2013 / 9:00am – 5:00pm (PST)

Details and registration at http://corti.ch/6bkoc

Technical Evangelist MACH role available at Microsoft Switzerland!

There is a job opening at Microsoft Switzerland in my team – right now. Beware, you will be working with me! (;

It’s a Technical Evangelist role with focus on App/Game Development. The opening is looking explicitly for a MACH candidate (Microsoft Academy for College Hires).

In the Microsoft Academy for College Hires MACH, we have customized experiences to help you start strong at Microsoft, build your global network, and drive your career. Our two year program (while being fully paid) is focused on ensuring that you receive the professional development early to help you accelerate your impact in role and that you have the tools and knowledge to steer your long term career.
In order to qualify for the MACH program and this role you will need to have a bachelor or master degree and no more than 3 years of working experience.

The overall goal of a Technical Evangelist is to share his passion for the newest development technologies and stimulate the local developer community in embracing these technologies. By giving inspiring speeches in front of technical audiences, working with technical communities and leveraging social media channels effectively. This job focuses on the evangelization of the technologies to implement Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store Apps (XAML/C#, HTML/Javascript/CSS).

Within this area, you will be responsible for:

  • Talking at events in front of a technical audience (Developers).
  • Writing educational sample code and prototypes.
  • Liaising with communities and user groups.
  • Writing technical articles and short texts that will be included in our channel communication (newsletters, blogs, Facebook page, Twitter,…).
  • Staying socially connected with the target audience to stay on top of market trends.
  • Inspiring the local game developer community, to help them understand the benefits of the Windows Platform, and supporting them with its adoption.

Some people still frown at the term “evangelist” but I suggest having a look at the Wikipedia page to learn about its origins. Also, Thomas Lewis, technical evangelist for over 12 years at Microsoft, wrote an interesting piece on “8 Tips To Become a Microsoft Technical Evangelist”.

The job listing can be found here: https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jid=119073&jlang=en&pp=ss

For more information on the MACH program, have a look at: http://careers.microsoft.com/careers/de/ch/graduate.aspx

Windows 8.1 release date announced (via “Blogging Windows”)

The Windows 8.1 availability date has been announced publicly on http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-windows-8-1.aspx

Starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market.

Kinect face tracking based user interface.

I just stumbled upon this great project by David Newman. The system integrates Kinect facetracking and a custom-built wireless EEG headset for hands-free computer control.

Surface Pro in Switzerland – Availability Date and Price announced.

Via: http://www.microsoft.com/switzerland/mediacorner/de/PressRelease.aspx?title=Surface_Pro_kommt_in_die_Schweiz___&id=8ea440d0-c945-446e-b359-062882c09fe7

Surface Pro will be available in Switzerland on May 30th, priced as follows:

  64 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 959.-
128 GB Surface Pro:   CHF 1‘059.-

The following accessories will be available at launch:

• Touch Cover at CHF 130.- (recommended retail price)

• Type Cover at CHF 140.- (recommended retail price)

• Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition at CHF 79.90 (recommended retail price)

WebMatrix 3 released, ready for free download.

WebMatrix is a free, lightweight web development tool we first introduced in 2010, and which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js.  

Today’s release includes a ton of great new features.  You can easily get started by downloading it, and watching an introduction video:

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Get more in-depth information on http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2013/05/01/announcing-the-release-of-webmatrix-3.aspx

OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin

It’s only been a few weeks since Microsoft has released an update for the free OneNote app for Windows 8. Today, the company released yet another update that adds a feature that will please many users who access OneNote on touchscreen devices like the Surface.

As described on the official Office blog, the new version now allows anyone to draw on the app just with their finger on a touchscreen, instead of using a pen or stylus. To access the feature, users simply tap on the app’s radial menu and select the Draw option.

via OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support – Neowin.