If a tear in the space-time continuum were to suddenly rip open, two things would fall out…

If a tear in the space-time continuum were to suddenly rip open, two things would fall out: the Terminator and then the Surface Book quickly tumbling to the Earth behind it. From the snake-like hinge, the flat design and even down to the washed-out silver color of this laptop, everything about it just seems like it came from the future.

From: techradar review.

TechDays Baden: We are excited to announce Erich Gamma as keynote speaker

Dear TechDays Friends,

we are excited and proud to announce that Erich Gamma will be holding a keynote at the upcoming TechDays in Baden, on the 29th of February:


From www.techdays.ch:

Ankündigung der Keynote mit Erich Gamma

Wir freuen uns anzukündigen, dass wir Erich Gamma als Keynote Referenten gewinnen konnten. Erich leitet das Team, welches in Zürich-Wollishofen Visual Studio Code entwickelt. In seiner Keynote wird er interessante Einblicke in seine Arbeit vermitteln.

Visual Studio Code ist ein schlanker Code Editor mit ausgewählten Funktionen einer Entwicklungsumgebung, der für Web- und Cloud-Lösungen gebaut wurde. Das Werkzeug ist seit November 2015 in der Beta, ist (und bleibt!) kostenlos, und läuft auf OS X, Linux und Windows. Visual Studio Code ist Open Source und durch die Community erweiterbar.

Am besten unterstützt das Tool Web-Sprachen: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, JSON, Less, Sass, TypeScript und C# – hier gibt es zum Beispiel Refactoring und Intellisense. Es beherrscht aber für 36 Sprachen intelligente Syntax-Markierung.

VS Code hat eine Unterstützung für Git Code Repositories, es eignet sich also auch zum Arbeiten in Entwicklerteams.

TechDays 2016 bietet die einmalige Möglichkeit, Erich live sprechen zu sehen und ihn persönlich kennenzulernen.

Looking forward to meeting you in person at TechDays!

Techdays Keynotes and Agenda are live!

Dear Technology Friends,

Today, we have published the agenda of the upcoming techdays and the keynote speakers. I think that we have a great setup, with exciting topics and entertaining speakers. I hope that you share my opinion and that you will be joining numerous…

If you have any comment, please do not hesitate to come back to me.


Keynotes – February 29, 2016 | 1.30pm to 6.15pm with subsequent evening program
Breakout sessions – March 1st, 2016 | 9.00am to 4.30pm


We are proud to announce that Craig Dewar, Senior Director of Product Marketing in the Windows-Division of Microsoft Corporation will talk about Windows 10 made for Enterprises in his keynote session.

Another keynote about Big Data and Cloud-Computing called The future of data and databases will be given by Rafal Lukawiecki, Strategic Consultant and Director at Project Botticelli.

Marc Holitscher, National Technology Officer and member of the management board of Microsoft Switzerland will depict in his keynote Trusted Transformation – Hyperscale how the Microsoft’s cloud has been designed around the core topics of security and scalability.

The most current developments regarding The Windows Universal Platform and Technologies in Microsoft Azure will be presented by Ronnie Saurenmann, Principal Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Switzerland, in his keynote by demonstrating these with live examples.

Breakouts Agenda

TD Agenda

Anything else on: www.techdays.ch


Windows 10 Now Active on over 200 Million Devices | Windows Experience Blog

From the article

Windows Store sees Dramatic Growth in 2015, Creating Opportunities for Developers

A major investment in Windows 10 is delivering one platform that enables developers to reach the breadth of Windows 10 devices – across PC, tablet, phone, and more – with a single app and a single Windows Store. The new Windows Store has storefronts for both consumers and organizations, with new promotional surfaces to help people discover and acquire content. This approach is beginning to gain traction with 3 billion visits to the new Store and more universal apps becoming available for Windows 10, including Netflix, NPR, Pandora, Shazam, TuneIn Radio, Twitter, Uber, Wall Street Journal, 1-800-Flowers, and more. Top developers are also releasing new games to the Windows Store including Minecraft: Story Mode – a Telltale Game Series and World of Tanks Blitz, with more new titles coming in early 2016, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider. These developers see the opportunity hundreds of millions of customers present – and we’re just getting started.

The new Windows Store has seen:

  • 2x increase in the number of paid transactions from PC and tablet customers this holiday season.
  • In December alone, 60% of paying customer were new to the Store.
  • In December, Windows 10 generated more than a 4.5x increase in revenue per device, as compared to Windows 8


Coming off a great holiday in the US and Canada, we are excited to bring Surface to more people in more markets. Surface Book recently became available for pre-order in China and Hong Kong and today, I’m pleased to share that it will soon be available in a total of 10 new markets. Starting tomorrow, customers will be able to pre-order Surface Book in Austria, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand and it will be coming soon to Japan.


Free eBook – Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Published in April go but still very much top of mind…

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Jeff Barnes

This third ebook in the “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series introduces Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services. The ebook presents an overview of modern data science theory and principles, the associated workflow, and then covers some of the more common machine learning algorithms in use today|Less

Get this eBook with interactive features by downloading the Microsoft Press Guided Tours app from the Windows Store.

Free eBook available at: https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks


Register now: Swiss BizSpark Snow-up Week (seats are very limited)


You are invited to the upcoming BizSpark Snow-up Week in January in Engadin!

BizSpark Snow-up Week, what is this?

It is a unique opportunity for BizSpark members to spend a few days in the sunny Engadin to enjoy a beautiful working environment, to get advice from technical experts and to network with entrepreneurs and other startups outside the everyday-walls – and of course to enjoy some great winter sports!

We will be located in a fabulous, 300 years old alpine boarding school that has recently been refurbished. The institute is set up as an Olympic Sports school, which means that there are amazing sports facilities in- and outdoors, which we are welcome to use.

The BizSpark team of Microsoft Switzerland with its technical and business evangelists will be at your full disposition to help you get things done: However, there will be no obligation or fix program. Take what you need.

What is the deal?

You are an active Swiss BizSpark Startup? Then join us and profit of this amazing offer for the first 50 registrations:

Full week / 6 nights: CHF 100

Half week / 3 nights: CHF 75

The offer is valid for a maximum of 2 participants per startup. Extra seats come at the regular rate of CHF 85/night.

Seats are limited and registrations are processed on a “first come first serve” basis at www.alpincoworking.com/bizspark.



6 Nights: 25.-31. January 2016

3 Nights: 25.-28. January 2016

3 Nights: 28.-31. January 2016

Package includes Accommodation in twin room

Full board

Travel Travel to the location has to be organized by the attendee
Venue Hochalpines Institut Ftan Chalchera 154 CH-7551 Ftan
More information and details on www.alpinecoworking.com/bizspark

Do you have questions or need any other information? Email us at swissbizspark@microsoft.com.