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Visual Studio Live! and TechMentor Offer Third-Party Deep Dive

This guest blog was written by Lafe Low, an editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group and a former contributing editor to Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Microsoft partners are intimately familiar with most of the major Microsoft shows. There's the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), where partners come together to network and share strategies. Depending on your unique offerings and business proposition, perhaps you've also traveled to Microsoft's Build or TechEd events. Build can certainly help get you up to speed on what's happening in the Microsoft development community. And TechEd, now combined with a number of other IT shows as Ignite, will give you the Microsoft view of how its technology stack fits into current enterprise business models.

There are myriad opportunities throughout the year to expand your professional knowledge and network. If you're ever looking for some higher-level, targeted education on specific development or technology tools, Visual Studio Live! and TechMentor have got you covered. (Full disclosure: These events are produced by the 1105 Media Enterprise Computing Group, which also brings you Redmond Channel Partner magazine and

Here's a look at some highlights of the next Visual Studio Live! in Austin, Texas, coming June 1-4:

  • A full-day workshop on ALM and DevOps with the Microsoft Stack
  • Building mobile cross-platform apps with C# and Xamarin
  • Getting started with universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone

The next Visual Studio Live! event happens in San Francisco from June 15-18. Highlights of this event include:

  • Hack-proofing your Web applications
  • Solving security and compliance challenges with hybrid clouds
  • Load testing ASP.NET and Web API with Visual Studio

Visual Studio Live! and TechMentor also return to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., this summer. Visual Studio Live runs from Aug. 10-14 while TechMentor runs from Aug. 3-7. Then Visual Studio Live! moves back to New York City in the fall, running from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

The flagship event of the year, Live 360! Orlando, brings five events together under one roof. Developers and IT professionals can choose between sessions at SharePoint Live!, SQL Server Live!, Modern Apps Live! as well as the standards Visual Studio Live! and TechMentor. This combined event runs from Nov. 16-20. Check out the agendas for any of these events at


Posted by Lafe Low on April 22, 2015