You know how I like to focus on stuff that helps you help yourself? Teaches you to fish, and all that?
You've heard about Wintellect, right? These are the people who help Microsoft build some pretty cool stuff. They also help and train major corporations about developing with and for Microsoft technologies too. You've all heard about John Robbins, Jeffrey Richter, Mark Dunn and Jeff Prosise (to name just a few)?
Well Wintellect is now sharing this all with you!
...WintellectNOW, a new on-demand learning service designed to make the same training content that we provide to Microsoft and other large customers available anywhere, any time.
Jeffrey Richter and a team of talented people at Wintellect designed and wrote the software, which we’re continuing to improve on a daily basis. We’ve done some streamlining on the registration process since launch, for example, and we have a cool library-search feature tested and ready to roll out to production. Videos are hosted by a third-party hosting service, while all the data the site uses, including the video metadata and registration information, is stored in Azure. We have some really cool stuff on the back end to make it easy for enterprise training managers to move people in and out of seats and to get metrics regarding seat usage, and of course, we offer volume discounts to enterprise customers. In short, we invested a lot of time and money into V1 of the software, and we’re already working on V2. We can’t wait to let the public see some of the stuff we have planned.
My primary job in launching WintellectNOW was to recruit authors and manage the editing, acquisition, and publication process. I was fortunate to find some talented authors who believed in what we’re doing and were willing to invest sweat equity into preparing the launch content. Sitting alone in a room and speaking into a microphone all day isn’t nearly as thrilling as leading a class of 50 smart developers or speaking to a conference audience of 500, but it’s gratifying to see the end results published for the whole world to see. This month, we’ll be publishing more than 25 new sessions and introducing several new authors. After that…well, wait and see. We have a few surprises in store and I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone!
Most of the sessions available on WintellectNOW require a paid subscription, but we’re committed to providing free content as well. Currently, you can view the following videos without purchasing a subscription:
- John Robbins deep dive into IntelliTrace, a talk that has proven wildly popular with our corporate customers
- Jeffrey Richter’s introduction to all things Azure
- My introduction to writing jQuery plugins
We’ll be publishing more free videos this summer and periodically rotating existing videos between the paid pool and the free pool. So keep your eye out for some great free content..
Yep, free stuff... Where? Go to the Library and sort by Plan.
I had to chuckle when I was writing this. You know where Jeff said in his above post that, "We’ll be publishing more free videos this summer... "? When I went to the Library a few minutes ago, there were three free items. When I refreshed the page just before taking the snap, there are now four..
So what do you get? Here's a snip from John's deep dive into IntelliTrace talk;
Want a little more? Say like a 14 day free trail? Check out the June 21st, This Week on Channel 9 show for a 14 day trial promo code.
Now get WintelectNow'ing!
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