Ever find yourself wanting to learn new technology but not sure where to start?  Not familiar with Azure but wondering what it has to offer to developers? Want to know what’s coming up in SQL Server 2014?  Have no fear – the Microsoft Virtual Academy is here!

FREE eBooks

There are many Microsoft eBooks that are available for FREE!  Some of the titles available include:

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
  • Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure

These are just some of the titles available.  These eBooks are available in various formats – including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi for Kindle.  Did we mention that they’re FREE? You can find these books at: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks

Online Courses

Regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office, in a hotel on the road, in a coffee shop, or anywhere else with Internet access, you can brush up your skills by taking online courses through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  So many courses to choose from!  Some topics that are covered include:

  • Practical Performance Tips to Make Your HTML/JavaScript Fast
  • MEAN Stack Jump Start
  • Introduction to AngularJS
  • Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Cross-Platform Development with Visual Studio
They even have these Quick Start Challenges that are short explanations (less than an hour) on how to do some things including:
  • HTML5 Portability
  • Touch Support Using openFrameworks
  • Creating Your First Marmalade Game
  • Python and MongoLab

You can find all of these courses over at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Live Events

If you happen to be able to get away from work to sharpen your skills, there are also Live Events offered by the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Don’t be fooled by the name – these aren’t in-person events.  The Microsoft Virtual Academy is keeping it virtual, but these online sessions are at a scheduled time, with live presenters.  They also have recorded sessions from past events.  Interesting topics include:

  • Java on Microsoft Azure
  • Creating 2D Games with GameMaker: Advanced Techniques
  • Data on Azure: A Technology Overview
  • Fundamentals of Application Lifecycle Management

You can find these and more at: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Live-Training-Events

Conclusion

Microsoft has provided a resource for techies to get up to speed on their various technologies – take advantage of this resource to help stay up on where technology is and where it is going!  Check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy at: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/