TWC9: New Surface Pro, Worlds Largest Git Repo, P Language, Exiting Vim and more… | This Week On Channel 9

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Interview with Charlotte Yarkoni, Corporate Vice President Growth and Ecosystem at Microsoft | GALs

In this episode, Soumow sits with Charlotte Yarkoni, Corporate Vice President of the newly created Growth and Ecosystem division at Microsoft.  Charlotte talks about growth and adoption of Azure and her career journey and the different roles she has held in her career. 


GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work on the Channel 9 team. Golnaz Alibeigi, Soumow Atitallah, and Kaitlin McKinnon have started a new series featuring women in Tech who work in development, management, marketing and research who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT.

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OpenZWave for UWP and .NET

Morten Nielsen posted some good news recently, which we’re very happy to highlight!

We first blogged about his OpenZWave work a few months ago, Opening UWP to OpenZWave.

Recently he posted that there’s now an "Official" OpenZWave UWP and .NET Library (and it happens to be his! 🙂

Announcing the first official OpenZWave library for UWP

"As a follow-up to my recent OpenZWave blogpost ( ), a few things has happened since.

First of all I’ve worked closely with the OpenZWave team, and we agreed to consolidate efforts. My library is now the official OpenZWave library for .NET and UWP, and has been moved out under the OpenZWave organization on GitHub:

At the same time the older .NET library has been removed from the main OpenZWave repository, so they can focus on the native parts of the library, and I’ve taken over the .NET effort.

To successfully support UWP and .NET, I wanted to achieve as close code compatibility as possible, and for maintainability also reuse as much C++ code as possible…

However because of the many small breaking changes, the nuget package needs a major version increase.  I’ve just released the v2.0.0-beta1 package for you to start using. The API is release quality though, and should be very close to a final release. If you’ve done any OpenZWave dev, I encourage you to try it out and provide feedback.

Read the WIKI to see how to get started: 

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Check out the source here;

An Open-ZWave wrapper for use with .NET or UWP apps.

This library was based on the OpenZWave .NET Library, but refactored to greatly simplify its use, as well as adding UWP Support.



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Azure Hybrid Networking 101 | Azure Friday

In this episode of Azure Friday, Olivier Martin joins Scott Hanselman for the first of a two-part series on hybrid networking in Azure, which is key to connecting existing customer infrastructure into an Azure Virtual Network (vNet). In this episode, Olivier covers the different connection options (VPN and ExpressRoute) and provides a brief overview of what they are, connectivity models, partner solutions, and an overview of ExpressRoute peerings.

For more information, see Networking to and within the Azure Cloud, part 1.

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New Windows 10 Devices, Microsoft China event, and more | This Week On Windows

This Week on Windows we’re getting ready for summer with some of the hottest new devices, TV show season premiers and sales on some killer apps! Plus we’ve got the latest from the big Microsoft Event in China!  Other topics discussed in this episode include:

  • New Windows 10 devices
  • IAP Sale
  • Casual Season 3 on Hulu
  • John Wick Chapter 2
  • COMING UP: Netflix/War Machine + House of Cards
  • Microsoft China event


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Kinect to Your Inner Actor/Actress with Play The Knave

How is it that I’ve not seen today’s project before? I’ve only been blogging about the Kinect here for six years and I’ve not run across this? Bad Greg!

If you’re a Kinect fan or budding actor/actress you’ll want to check this out!

Play The Knave


Play the Knave is a motion capture video game for Windows that lets 1-4 players design and perform in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Users choose the scene they want to perform and select options for set design, sound, lighting, costumes, and theater space. Then they perform the scene, karaoke-style, by reading the script lines that scroll on the screen. This is no ordinary karaoke experience, however.

We use a Kinect motion-capture camera to pick up the player’s bodily gestures, mapping them onto the screen’s 3D avatar so that the avatar mirrors the user’s gestures in real time.

The players’ movements and voices are recorded, and they receive a video of their production, which they can edit or share with others.

Play the Knave engages users in the material labor of dramatic production, helping users understand and enjoy a Shakespeare play through the act of staging it.

The concept, content and design for Play the Knave are the result of an established collaboration between literary critics, theater artists, and computer scientists at the University of California, Davis. We have created a prototype of the game, which runs on Mekanimator, an open-source platform we are developing in-house. The Mekanimator platform is explicitly designed to make it possible to switch out assets very easily, and thus the game can be modified quickly to serve the needs of different audiences and institutions.

The complete game will offer players:
  • a range of scenes from a dozen Shakespeare plays, with options for 1-4 players
  • numerous historical and abstract/fantastical settings (each of which provides a menu of choices for avatar/costume and sound)
  • a choice from among at least six different theater stages, including some modeled on existing and historical theater buildings.
  • scene playback from multiple viewing angles
  • the option for players in different locales (even those in a different part of the country or world) to play together on the same virtual stage

Project Information URL:

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Keynote: Azure – The Intelligent Cloud | Techorama 2017

Experience the newest technologies in Azure by joining Scott Guthrie for a session on how you can do more on the intelligent cloud. Scott will present a deep dive into Microsoft’s cloud services, advanced workloads and capabilities. He’ll do a number of demonstrations first-hand to show how these solutions can enable you to achieve more using the best of the Linux ecosystem and the best of the Windows ecosystem, together. Demos will include the latest in infrastructure, enterprise mobility + security, Xamarin/mobile development, SQL, Data Lake, Cognitive Services, open source capabilities, Hybrid cloud, Azure Stack, Logic Apps, developer tools and services, containers and more.

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