New free courses at the Microsoft Virtual Academy, October 2014


    In this review, we will talk about free courses of the Microsoft MVA virtual academy , which will be useful for both professional software and IT pro developers and beginners. Please note that the video player on the site for a number of courses that are created in English contains the ability to enable Russian subtitles.

    Hit! Introduction to the Win2D Graphics Library

    This course is an introduction to Win2D, Microsoft’s new graphics library for universal applications. Previously, C # developers of universal applications needed to use third-party libraries to work with Immediate Mode graphics. With the advent of Win2D, there is now a solution from Microsoft.

    Preparation for certification . ExamMTA 98-375 HTML5 App Development Fundamentals

    If you intend to take the MTA 98-375 HTML5 Fundamentals exam, this training will help you prepare. The course begins with a discussion of exam expectations and frequently asked questions about the process. The course then introduces the concepts of the HTML markup language, CSS styles, and JavaScript. Use this course to learn the basics of HTML5 and pass the exam!

    Beginners! Introduction to Python Development

    Are you new to development? Make sure the development can be simple and interesting. Meet the experts Susan Ibach and Christopher Harrison, who as part of this course provide an introduction to solving real-world problems using the popular Python development language. Susan and Christop offer a step-by-step guide from simple ideas to translating these ideas into code and everything in between.

    Quick start . Development of 2D and 3D games with Unity for Windows

    Regardless of whether you are new to game development or already an experienced indie developer, if you want to expand your knowledge, then join the entertainment course Adam Tuliper and a team of experts from the industry for an informative quick start. This course will offer you a fascinating adventure using Unity - one of the most popular game development engines to date.

    You will learn how to develop games on Unity for Windows using C # and understand why Unity tools are the choice of millions of game developers around the world. Learn the interface, 2D and 3D game development, publishing to the Windows store, and monetizing your games. Discover how Unity helps animate events, use controls, and learn how to polish a game to shine. Do not miss this course!

    New!Upgrading Applications to Universal Applications on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1

    In this course you will learn how and why to upgrade your Windows Phone 8.0 applications to Windows Phone 8.1, how to upgrade from Silverlight to XAML, how to create a new universal application for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 or Turn an existing application into a universal one.

    Hit! New! Basics of building a domain network

    The course "Fundamentals of building a domain network" is an introduction to building computer networks using Microsoft operating systems. The course discusses the types of networks that can be created using Microsoft operating systems, the Active Directory service is discussed in detail. The course will allow you to create a domain network, add users and computers to it, combine them into groups and add to units.

    English . Developing games based on Construct 2

    Are you interested in becoming a game creator? Want to make the next Flappy Bird ? Look no further than Construct 2, a cross-platform HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2D games. It supports multiple platform exports, including free export to Windows Phone and Windows 8.

    Join experts James Quick and Shahed Chowdhuri for this engaging session. Learn to build a fun and engaging 2D game in just an hour, with no previous experience, using the popular "drag-and-drop" tool. Watch exciting step-by step demos, and see how easy it is to set up Construct 2, build games, and publish to the Microsoft platform. You can even get blog posts and video links to supplement your learning. Don't miss this chance to get started creating games!

    English . Create site-to-site VPN with Microsoft Azure

    IT Pros, are you planning to expand your datacenter into the cloud or exploring the possibility? Want to learn what it would take? In this course, get the information you need. Experts Aleksandar Đorđević and Predrag Jelesijević walk you through an overview and explore key scenarios in Microsoft Azure and Windows Server. They even show you practical demos that explore, in detail, how to create a site-to-site (S2S) virtual private network (VPN) connection and how to connect a site-to-site VPN. Don't miss it!

    English . Porting Unity Games on Windows and Windows Phone

    If you are a Unity game developer who wants to increase your reach by bringing your existing iOS, Android, or PC games to the Windows Store and Windows Phone, roll up your sleeves and join us for this practical, step-by-step deep dive. At the end of the training, you can have your full game ported!

    Experts Jaime Rodriguez and Mickey Mac Donald walk you through an end-to-end port and explore the requirements, tools, Windows APIs, and must-implement Windows features. In these working sessions, they explain optimizing for Windows hardware and troubleshooting porting issues. Jaime and Mickey share lessons learned, cover the common pitfalls to avoid, and even offer advice on how to monetize your app and how to submit it to the Windows Store. Don't miss this chance to get your games out to an even larger audience!

    Download the projects' That are Covered in the course the:
    - Demo game Created to show For how to port the Unity games to the Windows Phone and the Windows 8.1
    - the Plugin for Unity3D That Allows the AdMob and PubCenter the ads to the BE displayed on the Windows Phone and the Windows Store
    - of Angry Bots

    English . Amazon Virtual Machine Migration to Azure

    If you'd like to learn more about migrating virtual machines (VMs) from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure, check out this course. Explore reasons for the migration, plus how to prepare for it. Get the details on exporting and converting VMs from Amazon AWS, how to upload and import them to Microsoft Azure, and more!

    New!Microsoft Hybrid Cloud: A Guide to Typical Solutions The

    Hybrid Cloud enables organizations to optimize IT resources by storing mission-critical data within the company while providing unlimited scalability, processing power and storage capacity to solve numerous everyday tasks related to ensuring the enterprise’s performance and optimal use of labor. This course focuses on best practices in planning, building, deploying, and operating a Microsoft hybrid cloud for IT professionals.

    New! Toolkit for Preparing Users for Windows 8.1

    IT professionals, if you want to explain to users the benefits of using, features and functions of Windows 8.1, then this course is for you. The content of the course will help increase user awareness and interest, facilitate the transition, reduce the number of calls to the support service and facilitate the adoption of Windows 8.1 by users.

    English . Real-time web communications with SignalR

    Web Devs, are you curious about ASP.NET SignalR and its appeal throughout the dev community? You have probably heard how it makes developing real-time web functionality easy and how it enables bi-directional communication between server and client. You can use it for games, inventory apps, e-commerce, and much more. There are many reasons it is the # 1 most-watched .NET GitHub project, and it grows in popularity every day!

    In this second in the MVA Web Wednesdays series, watch entertaining experts from Microsoft, Jon Galloway and Brady Gaster, along with special guests Damian Edwards and David Fowler, for a detailed, step-by-step walk-through on how to add real-time HTTP to your web apps. See how SignalR can be used across virtually any .NET application platform or device, from phones to cloud apps. Start with the basics and ramp up quickly, with dozens of interesting demos and practical tips. Join the team for some fun-filled real-time goodness!

    English . Big Data and Business Intelligence

    Discover a complete hands-on immersive experience, demonstrating the Microsoft Data Insights platform as a key component of the Microsoft Cloud OS strategy. In this structured set of labs, focus on Big Data and Business Analytics, plus walk through various components of the Microsoft Big Data and Business Analytics solution, including hands-on experience with Microsoft Azure, SQL Server 2014, HDInsight, and Power BI.

    English . Fast start. The modern

    Devs web platform , want a primer on the latest capabilities and features available in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript? Discover the basics you need to create websites, web apps, and even native Windows apps. Dive deep into modern web APIs and tour libraries you can use to build anything from the simplest to the most complex apps.

    In this accelerated, foundational course, Microsoft experts demo the building blocks of the new environment, with practical tips and tricks, and they prepare you for the Developing Universal Windows Apps with HTML and JavaScript course. Learn how easy it is to add awesome to your apps! Watch this informative introduction to core platform technologies.

    New! Windows 8.1 Update for large organizations. Beginning of work

    Preparing to use your own device users in the workplace? You will benefit from Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Windows Phone! Details are in a three-day introductory course, packed with demos. Also, get the latest TechEd and Build conference materials and get ready for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure and MCSA: Windows 8.1 certification .

    Experienced professionals share practical knowledge in the process of exploring the new functionality of Windows 8.1 Update. Learn more about the key features of large organizations using the SCCM and Windows Intune management and security features and explore the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), deduplication, and tiered drive structure, as well as the Remote Desktop application.

    Windows 8.1 Update will help simplify the management of IT environments in the future, while significantly improving the work of a modern user. Check out this compact entry-level course and expand your knowledge.

    New! Best Practices for Using Exchange Server 2013

    The course introduces the principles of designing an Exchange organization, approaches to securely publishing Exchange servers, as well as the nuances of integrating Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013. Experts with MVP status in the relevant areas share their experience, answer questions and give recommendations that will help to avoid most common mistakes and get the most out of using products


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