Pit People Coming to Xbox Game Preview in January

Earlier this year, we held a closed beta for Pit People on Xbox One and players had a chance to play our fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure to quest and explore, find awesome loot, customize fighters, and recruit strange species! After this very helpful run in September, we continued development on Pit People with tons of feedback from the community. Next, for the first time ever, we will bring our game to Xbox One Game Preview starting January 13, 2017! Our Pit People Xbox One Game Preview experience will include a sizable chunk of the Story missions, access to several of…

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Microsoft Ventures: Making the long bet on AI + people

Today, I’m excited to share another significant commitment by Microsoft to democratize AI: a new Microsoft Ventures fund for investment in AI companies focused on inclusive growth and positive impact on society. I also have an update about the growth of our overall portfolio of companies. AI holds great promise to augment human capabilities and improve society by tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. Our recently announced partnership with … Read more »

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Two Hot Visual Studio Extensions, Hot Keys and Hot Commands

Today we’ve got two hot extensions from Justin Clareburt, two extensions that will help you save time and effort…

Hot Keys – Keyboard Shortcuts

HotKeys – Keyboard mapping scheme pack

Provides the following new keyboard mapping schemes:

  • Visual C# 2015  (New!)
  • IntelliJ (IDEA style) for C#
  • ReSharper (IDEA style) for C#
  • ReSharper (VS style) for C#

Brings to life all your favorite shortcuts from other editting tools.

Choose your new keyboard mapping scheme from Tools->Options; Environment->Keyboard


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Hot Commands for Visual Studio

HotCommands for Visual Studio provides the following commands:

Command Notes Default Shortcut
Edit.ToggleComment Comments or Uncomments selected text or lines,
or if no selection, Comments/Uncomments the current line then moves cursor down one line.
Duplicates the currently selected text, or the current line if no selection.
Reversed: Same as Duplicate Code, but places the new code before the current selection (or line).
Edit.FormatCode Formats the selected text, or the whole document if no selection. Ctrl+Alt+F
Expands/Shrinks the current text selection by one level (ie. next largest/smallest code block level)


Navigates to the previous/next member (ie. Method, Class, Field, Property) Ctrl+Alt+UpArrow
Moves the current member above(/below) the previous(/next) member


Refactoring Suggestions/Helpers

Feature Code Refactoring Provider Notes
Initialize Field From Constructor InitializeFieldFromConstructor Inserts variable as parameter to constructor and initializes it
Extract Class or Namespace ExtractClassToAFile Extracts the selected class (or namespace) into a separate file
Change class modifier ChangeModifier Change class modifier to public, protected, internal, private, or protected internal



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The are both open source too… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last Week on Channel 9: December 5th – December 11th, 2016

Here are a select few, just 28, videos, posts, episodes and shows from just last week here on Channel 9…

Luis Valencia – IoT, sensors, and Azure

This is another short MVP Summit interview, this time with Luis Valencia. Luis talks about his Azure IoT system of sensor monitoring and alerts. …

TWC9: Build Dates Announced, Cellular PCs, New Windows Sysinternals Book and more…

This week on Channel 9, Nikola, Vlad, Shen and Petri discuss the week’s top developer news, including;

#317 – No More Blacksmiths

This week Shane and Todd crown our first Podcast Listener of the Day, though with any contest, there was some controversy. After that is settled, we discuss a few new releases from Microsoft. Things like Azure AD Connect, and the PowerShell cmdlets for Azure AD. We show you how to see every PowerShell command that has ever been run on your machine. We finish up by talking about Amazon Go, and how it won’t destroy the lives of Americans everywhere. At least not yet. …

Behind the Scenes: Microsoft, Costa Farms and the Fully Automated Farm

It’s time consuming, costly, and difficult for farmers to measure and regulate pH levels in their plants throughout the day and across the lifecycle of a plant. Indeed, pH levels are one of the key factors in plant health.  …

This Week On Windows: Gigantic, Halo 5 Forge, Forza Horizon 3, and more

This Week on Windows: we’re giving you a deal on Adobe you won’t wanna miss, Chris and Denzel bring the Magnificent Seven and Forza Horizon 3 gets some sweet new cars. Other topics covered in this edition: …

Including the database in your DevOps pipeline

DevOps practices like continuous integration have long been part of the world of application development. But what about the database? How can you ensure it is smoothly integrated into your DevOps pipeline? Steve Jones, Evangelist at Redgate Software and Editor of SQLServerCentral.com, discusses how Redgate’s SQL Toolbelt helps…

Episode 220: API Management Updates with Anton Babadjanov

In this episode Chris Risner and Thiago Almeida are joined by Anton Babadjanov, Program Manager on the API Management team.  Anton joins us to go over some of the new features API Management has released since the team was last on the show over a year ago.  Anton starts with a brief review of API Management and then jumps into the new features, starting with it’s presence in the modern Azure portal including adding new APIs, …

Introducing Apache Kafka on Azure HDInsight

Raghav Mohan stops by to announce the addition of Apache Kafka to the HDInsight family. Azure HDInsight is a managed cloud Hadoop and Spark service built for the enterprise. This is an exciting addition as it enables enterprises to build scalable, real-time streaming pipelines on the HDInsight platform within minutes and with just a few clicks. …

WinHEC Keynote 2016 – Device Innovation Opportunities in Mixed Reality, Gaming and…

At the 2016 Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft joined its partners and hardware engineering creators from around the world to talk about their vision for building the next generation of modern PCs supporting mixed reality, gaming and more; to make mixed reality mainstream; and to introduce always-connected, more power efficient cellular PCs running Windows 10. …

Session 1 Connectivity to the Microsoft cloud

Session 1. This is the first of ten presentations about Azure ExpressRoute and Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365. Jon Ormond presents this session about connectivity to the Microsoft cloud. …

#316 – Turn that Frown Upside Down

This week’s podcast is a hilarious mess of production woes. Shane and Todd try out some streaming software with disastrous effect. Next week will be better. It just has to be. :

We get the duct tape out, we fix things and we put on a show. We chat about the changes in the Office Patterns and Practices PowerShell cmdlets, and then we spend some time gushing about how great they are. Whole new countries of people get to enjoy Office 365 this week thanks to Microsoft expanding the market. We deliver the good news to them. We finish up by talking about some shenanigans at Reddit and our evil plan to get CNN to buy our podcast. …

#314 – The L and the R, No the Backwards L

Todd’s gone, and Shane tries his best to do my podcasting legacy proud with this episode. He spends a bunch of time talking about SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1. He covers how to install it, and how to use it for hybrid scenarios. He fills out the rest of the show with exciting topics like lightbulbs, Nintendos, and adult websites. …

#313 – Shane Scratchin’ It

The audio in this episode gets a little rough, sorry. I tried to edit it all out, but it snuck in a little.

When Hangouts were cooperating, Shane and I talked about the new OneDrive for Business client, and how it sucks a lot less than we expected it to. We talk about some questionable SharePoint training that’s coming out, and Microsoft’s new Teams product, that recently came out for Office 365. We wrap things up by talking about Tesla, and the new Nintendo retro game console. …

ASP.NET Monsters #84: Integration Testing with Entity Framework Core

Entity Framework Core makes it easy to write tests that execute against an in-memory store but sometimes we want to actually run our tests against a real relational database. In this episode, Monster Dave looks at how to create an integration test that runs against a real SQL Server database. …

The Most Overlooked Performance Secret – Gaming Monitors

If you have ever wondered how Pro players are able to track and respond the way they do, part of the secret is being able to see the action clearly which most monitors are not necessarily good at. If you want the best immersive gaming experience, it is not all about your graphics card. Often gamers overlook one of the most crucial elements – the monitor. Watch this video for an excellent overview of the key monitor considerations that can take your gaming to the next level. …

Kinect as a Baby Monitor. Crazy or Crazy Brilliant?

Dennis Bednarz of On MSFT caught this great Xbox UWP Kinect app…

Unified management across Linux and Windows Server with OMS and PowerShell

In watching this episode, you’ll get a first look at how you can use operations management and security, the unified management of your Linux and Windows server environments at scale, with Microsoft Azure. You’ll see configuration management in your hybrid environment, applications using resource manager templates and PowerShell DSC applying your IT policy with OMS. Also, a look at orchestrating operational tasks using PowerShell and graphical Runbooks. …

Announcing Microsoft Build 2017

Announcing Microsoft Build 2017

Unified update management across Windows, Linux and hybrid environments

Lead engineer, Eamon O’Reilly walks you through the latest update management capabilities for Windows and Linux as part of the new automation control service in Azure. Includes demos of how this gives you visibility and control of updates across your hybrid environments and how you can now deploy software updates with respect to your defined maintenance windows. To learn more go to: aka.ms/automationsvc. …

The Xamarin Show 12: MVVM Light and Xamarin with Laurent Bugnion

This week, James is joined by friend of the show Laurent Bugnion, Software engineer and UX enthusiast at Valorem/IdentityMine, introduces us to the world of developing with the MVVM Light Toolkit with Xamarin development. The MVVM Light Toolkit offers Xamarin developers a MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) library that adds data binding, commands, navigation, extensions, and a whole lot more to traditional development with Xamarin. Laurent even shows us the use cases and compatibility with Xamarin.Forms. …

Interview with Katie Stone Perez

Golnaz and Kaitlin had the chance to sit down with ID@Xbox’s Senior Program Manager, Katie Stone Perez (and host of Channel 9’s Level Up show)!

Katie has worked in gaming for fifteen years. In this episode she talks about her passion for games at an early age, pursuing studies in child psychology, and how that later lead her to Microsoft’s ID@Xbox team. …

In-Memory OTLP in Azure SQL DB

We just can’t get enough of Jos; he is that awesome. Plus, he has cool stuff to show us. Jos is back in the studio to talk about In-memory OLTP in Azure SQL Database. And, true to form, this is ALL demo, no slides. I love shows like this.

In today’s show, Jos shows how you can use the In-memory technology that is generally available in Azure SQL Database to optimize the performance of your database but also introduce cost savings. …

ASP.NET Monsters #83: A Book on ASP.NET Core
Today we have the pleasure of announcing the release of a new source of reference for building an application in ASP.NET Core MVC.
Over the last two years we have had the great fortune of serving the ASP.NET community, sharing in our learning, getting tonnes of feedback and having a great time exploring the next version of ASP.NET.  In this episode, we shamelessly plug the table of contents for our newly released book. Join the Monsters to hear more about what is sure to be a timeless classic, coffee table material in every household. …
Hybrid, Private and Public Clouds on Windows Server 2016

In this episode we’ll examine the range of features, connectivity types as well as integration points with Azure that Windows Server 2016 brings to bear. Giving customers a broad range of cloud options that make it extremely fast and easy to extend your on premise environment to the cloud at will in a modular fashion to suit your business needs. …

Patterns and Practices on LEAP

In this short video, Christopher Bennage and Masashi Narumoto give a very brief talk about why it matters to stay up to date on technology, as part of their LEAP engagement in Norway. …

Protecting network passwords with Windows 10 Credential Guard

To help protect against credential theft, such as pass-the-hash attacks, Microsoft IT enabled Credential Guard across our network on all Windows 10 devices. Credential Guard isolates derived domain credentials—and the process for managing them—in a secure container, using Hyper-V and virtualization-based security. It’s one more way we reduce our risk profile and secure our network against cyber security threats. …

GPU Accelerated Deep Learning Wanted also for .NET

There exist already several deep learning libraries but none of them targets .NET. Alea TK is a new open source project that aims to develop a complete GPU accelerated deep learning stack for .NET. It is built on top of Alea GPU and is designed from ground up to be GPU accelerated, easy to extend and to deploy. It is in an early phase. Contributors and developers are welcome! …

Episode 131: Event Hubs, Service Bus, & More with John Taubensee

Jason and Carl talk to John Taubensee about Event Hubs, Service Bus, relay, and more! Lots of great Connect() announcements. Doom is apparently the best use of the Apple TouchBar. And Carl has a life changing tip that will speed up browsing of your downloads folder. …

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