Tackling the Dragon – Converting a Java Based Game to Universal Windows Platform

Ragnarök is Nigh. Hamilton Ontario based Thrive games have been working on their lead game, Dragon of Legends for sometime with aspirations of delivering their game to the Steam platform.  The game uncovers countless mysteries of the past as players battle across platforms in a vibrant 2D world inspired by Celtic and Norse mythology. Our…

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Powershell Basics: Using Variables In ActiveDirectory Filters

When working with the ActiveDirectory PowerShell module, the -filter parameter is sometimes required to search for accounts or objects in Active Directory. Utilization of variables in those filters may also be required to return a needed value. As an example, running the following command from the remote Exchange management shell returns an object that includes…


Augmenting Image Metadata with Cognitive Services

Hello Folks, This week, the team from Microsoft Canada has partnered with 4 startup teams at Communitech, an industry-led Waterloo Ontario based innovation centre that supports and fosters a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies, to incorporate Microsoft Cognitive Services into their offerings. While I am unfortunately unable to be there, I wanted to share…

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Harnessing Chatbots via Xamarin.Forms to Automate Disaster Recover Resource Obtainment

Recently Microsoft partnered with Robust Choice Cloud Solutions to create an intelligent solution that would enable two-way mass communication with citizens affected by natural disasters. Robust Choice Cloud Solutions Inc., is a Canadian startup company formed out of the University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship center, in 2013. Robust Choice was emerged from years of cutting-edge…


Step-By-Step: Migrating Active Directory FSMO Roles From Windows Server 2012 R2 to 2016

With Windows server 2016 was released for public (GA), many businesses are working on migrating their services to the new offering. This post will walk you through the steps needed to migrate Active Directory FSMO roles running on Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. The same steps are valid for migrating…


Teaching Drones to Aid Search and Rescue Efforts via Cognitive Services

InDro Robotics, a drone operating outfit based in Salt Spring Island British Columbia, recently connected with our team at Microsoft to explore how they could better enable their drones for search and rescue efforts. The team joined forces to create a Proof of Concept to test the ability of automatic object detection to transform search…


DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through…

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PowerShell Basics: Detecting if a String Ends with a Certain Character

Did you know you can detect if a string ends in a specific character, or if it starts in one in PowerShell? This can be doe easily with the use of regular expressions or more simply know as Regex. Consider the following examples: ‘something\’ -match ‘.+?\\$’ #returns true ‘something’ -match ‘.+?\\$’ #returns false ‘\something’ -match…


Understanding Azure Managed Disks

Hello Folks, Lately I’ve had a lot of questions about this new item in the Azure portal. Namely managed disks that became generally available on February 8, 2017. Azure Managed Disks is a way to simplifies disk management for VMs by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. You only need to specify…

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Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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