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I will speak at Office 365 Engage

I'm pleased to announced that I have been select to deliver 1 workshop and 3 sessions at the Office 365 Engage event. This event will take place at Haarlem, The Netherlands from 19th to 22th of June, with the 18th reserved for Workshops.

Workshop: Introduction to Microsoft Azure to Developers

In this workshop students, will learn the core skills about Microsoft Azure for Developers. We will check some of the main services like App Services, SQL Database, Azure AD and Storage.

Topics covered during the workshop:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Azure and Cloud Solutions
  • Resource Groups
  • Microsoft Azure App Services
  • Microsoft SQL Database
  • Microsoft Azure Storage
  • Create Identity Solutions with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD)


Bring your own device to have a hands-on experience during the workshop.


Session: Supercharge your applications with the Microsoft Graph API

When creating line of business applications, we always need data from several sources. This is no different in a cloud world, but instead of creating different services, that are accessed in different ways, we can leverage the power of the Microsoft Graph API to get data from Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services in a quick, easy and integrated way.

In this session, we will check how easy is to get data using the Microsoft Graph API to your application, like for example files from OneDrive for Business or SharePoint, list data from SharePoint, schedule a new event in a user agenda, etc… This is a very demo depended session where, we will create an application integrated with data from Azure AD and Office 365.


Session: WebHooks in Microsoft SharePoint Do it Like a Ninja!

In the old days, SharePoint Event Receiver were the main choice when it comes to create customizations that needed to react to specific events happening in the Server-Side.

With Office 365 Microsoft developed Remote Event Receivers, that allowed developers to create similar experiences in SharePoint Online to on-premises SharePoint Solutions. In an effort to embrace industry standards, Microsoft supports now WebHooks in SharePoint.

In this session, we will check WebHooks and how can we start to integrate then in your SharePoint developments. We will also introduce how to use it with Azure Notification Hub and make some push notifications you a client application.


Session: Microsoft Certifications - From Zero to Certified!!!

In this session, we will explain all Microsoft certifications and share some cool tips on how to get from zero to a Microsoft Certified Professional. We will check all MCSA, MCSE, MCSD, ... certifications but also the MOS and MTA Certifications that have a very special and important place in the certification world. In the second part of the session we will have an open discussion about the benefits of being a Microsoft Certified Professional and how your career will benefit from it.


You can find more information and register on the conference website: https://office365engage.com/

Use to following code SPRTC479 in order to get 10% off discount.

See you in Haarlem?


Microsoft Teams hits GA

Microsoft just released Microsoft Teams to all Office 365 tenants. Microsoft Teams is available in 181 countries and in 19 languages to customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans.

Office 365 currently have around 85 million active customers that now can use Microsoft Teams to empower communication trough a new chat-based workspace.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is the new chat-based tool in Office 365. Microsoft Teams gives a brand new experience bringing people, conversations and content all together. Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises:

A chat infrastructure for today’s teams

Microsoft Teams bring a state of the art chat experience to modern teams. With Teams we get threaded and persistent chat to keep all team members updated regarding the team discussions. In GA Microsoft Teams is possible to do audio and video calling on the Android App. This feature is schedule to be available shortly in the IOS and Windows Mobile App. Now is more easy to add email conversations to the conversation under Teams, you can just email to a channel!!! 

Hub for teamwork

Teams today not only use chat but need to share documents have a quick voice of video call and even share some documents and emails directly on the chat system. It's now possible to Share documents and emails in the teams chat. Documents are still manage by SharePoint. You can add Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI workloads into Teams.

Customize Options

Not all teams work in the same way and the chat system should be able to customize to the way teams work. You can customize the team workspace with tabs, connectors and bots. You can integrate today you Team workspace with other systems like Visual Studio Team Services, SAP, Trello, ...  You can also use one of the many bots available now and you can also build your own bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework in order to accomplish your needs.

Security and Compliance

Usually teams share Highly confidential information that should not be release to the public or competition. Microsoft Teams supports global standards like SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA. Microsoft also added for GA audit log search, eDiscovery and legal hold.

To learn more about Microsoft Teams and how it works, join the Ask Us Anything session on the Microsoft Tech Community on March 22nd at 9:00 am (UTC-7).

Start using Microsoft Team today at: https://teams.microsoft.com/start

You can find more information on the following Microsoft Teams team posts:

Azure DevTest Labs: Set expiration date for new VMs from Azure portal

In Azure DevTest Labs, you can now set a Virtual Machine to expire on a specific date. You already could do this via ARM templates, but now this is possible via Azure Portal. 

How does the Expiration options works?

Basically, the VM will be deleted on the specific date that you have specified. This is a very valuable feature to save you money and time. Being a consultant, trainer and speaker in several conferences I need to create labs quite often to show some of the cool features of Azure / SharePoint and other Microsoft Products. Not one or two times that I have forgot to delete resources that I no longer need and only remember some days after. During this time, I get billed by something that I wasn’t using… Silly me!!!

But now when I create a new VM under Azure DevTest Labs I can just choose an expiration date and I don’t have to worry about being billed for something that I will not use.

You just need to select your Virtual Machine expiration date:

Cloud Pro PT Community Launch

Joining efforts with 4 other fantastic fellows: André Vala, Niko Neugebauer, Pedro Vala and Ricardo Costa, I have created a brand new Technical community in Portugal – Cloud Pro PT. This community will focus on Cloud Products mainly, but not only, in Microsoft Azure. We want to help share the knowledge and information about the cloud and how can we build better tools and services based on cloud services.


We will have our first community meeting on the 8th of February, 2017 – 18h30 to 21h30 at Microsoft Portugal Offices. In this first event, we will have a great speaker lineup: Jason Nadal (Microsoft Portugal) and Luis Calado (Microsoft Portugal).

This meeting is free but registration is mandatory to estimate the number of attendees. You should register at: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/bilhetes-cloud-pro-pt-meeting-1-31525840638

You can also join our Facebook group and follow our Twitter account.

SharePoint 2013 Developer exams – New retirement dates

Microsoft will extend the retirement date of the following SharePoint 2013 exams:

  • 488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions       

Both of these exams should retire on March, 31, 2017, but Microsoft extended the exams until July 31, 2018, so given or take if you haven’t take those exams you have 1 year and 4 months more to take then. SharePoint 2013 is still highly used in companies and we don’t have any SharePoint 2016 developer exam released, so this is a wise decision by Microsoft.

BUT!!!!! Attention, this will not impact on the decision of removing the MCSD: SharePoint Applications certification. If you still plan to get this certification you still have only until March, 31, 2017 (so, less than 3 months) to take the 4 necessary exams.

The 488 and 489 exams are still elective exam for the new MCSD: App Builder Certification