Microsoft Build has been changed to an online only event this year, and runs from May 19 to May 21, 2020 starting at 8 AM Pacific Time. Registration for this online educational event is free at register.build.microsoft.com.
Lynda.com, the online learning platform owned by LinkedIn, offers free training through participating public libraries for library card holders through its Lynda Library program. The library patron must log in through their local library’s digital resources website and not through the main Lynda.com website. A full list of Lynda.com courses may be found at lynda.com/sitemap/courses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available online tools and resources to help protect small businesses from cybersecurity attacks. These include:
- SBA Cybersecurity Center
- Top Tools and Resources for Small Business Owners
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Business Center
- Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit
- Cybersecurity Online Training Exercise and Worksheets
- US-CERT (Department of Homeland Security) Resources for Small and Midsize Businesses (SMB)
- US-CERT recommendations to avoid ransomware attacks
Microsoft allows users to take its certification exams remotely as well as at Pearson VUE testing centers by using Online Proctored (OP) Exam Delivery. The user’s computer will have to meet certain system requirements and the user will be monitored remotely by an exam proctor via webcam and microphone.
More information is available at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/online-proctored-exams.aspx.
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) will have a live stream of events held at the Seattle PASS Summit 2017 conference on November 1st, starting at 08:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time.
PASS Summit is a conference devoted to SQL Server, Azure, and other Microsoft data technologies.
On October 12th 2017, Google announced a one billion dollar grant initiative to nonprofits around the world to help train workers as well as grow businesses.
Applied Digital Skills is a part of this project and is a free online resource for learning digital skills.
More information is at https://google.com/grow.
Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects. The full list can be found here.
- Book topics include:
- Microsoft Office
- Windows 10 and Windows Server
- SQL Server
- Visual Studio
- Power BI
- Dynamics CRM
Microsoft’s annual developer conference will run May 10th – 12th 2017 in Seattle, WA. Live streaming of the event can be found at https://build.microsoft.com/ starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time/11 a.m. Eastern Time.
SQLSaturdays are free in-person SQL Server training events held in various locations around the world. These events are organized by the
Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
Register for an upcoming SQLSaturday event at
PASS also has webinars, podcasts, and other training available at
Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2017 on March 7th 2017. This also marks the 20th anniversary of Visual Studio. Microsoft had announced the release of Visual Studio 97 back on January 28, 1997.
Register for in-person Microsoft launch events at various locations around the world at https://launch.visualstudio.com/local-events/.
Online training and web sessions on March 7th and 8th can be found at https://mva.microsoft.com/colleges/visual-studio-2017-launch.