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Microsoft teams up with edX to offer free online IT classes

Microsoft teams up with edX to offer free online IT classes
Mariella Moon
Mariella Moon|@mariella_moon|March 11, 2015 11:13 AM

EdX is no stranger to teaming up with tech organizations to offer online courses, and previous partners include the Linux Foundation and even Google. Now, it's Microsoft's turn to join forces with the online learning platform. The company says its courses will help you "build innovative applications, services and experiences on the Microsoft platform" and will be taught by MS experts. There are seven choices open for enrollment at the moment, from basic intro to Office 365 APIs to classes that teach programming with C# and the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell. The best thing about them is that they're free (unless you want a verified certificate for job apps), so they're a great way to spend your downtime if you've always wanted to learn about those topics.

We've listed all the courses below with descriptions from edX: check them out soon, since the first few classes will begin as soon as the end of March.

  • Programming with C#
    C# is a widely-used .NET programming language that is designed to provide a simple yet powerful language for general purpose programming needs. Students will learn the fundamentals of C# supporting cross-platform application development.
  • Introduction to TypeScript
    TypeScript is a new highly-productive superset of JavaScript that is rapidly gaining currency amongst developers who build and maintain large JavaScript applications. In this course, co-authored by Anders Hejlsberg, students will learn language syntax and how to use TypeScript to generate JavaScript for any platform.
  • Introduction to Bootstrap
    Bootstrap is a mobile-first web UI framework originally developed at Twitter that has become a foundational technology for front-end web development. This course will investigate the power of Bootstrap and how to implement it in applications.
  • Querying with Transact SQL
    Transact-SQL is the structured query language for SQL Server. This course will show how to use Transact-SQL to code a range of solutions, ranging from retrieving data from a SQL Server database to implementing transactional programming logic.
  • Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
    This course takes a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions on Microsoft Azure. Students will learn the latest tools and technologies in cloud development and study the techniques for cloud-based application design.
  • Introduction to Office 365 APIs
    Office 365 offers the tools users need to get work done anywhere and on any device. In this course, developers will learn how to create robust cross-platform applications using Office 365.
  • Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
    This course provides fundamental knowledge and skills needed to use Windows PowerShell to automate common administrative functions in Windows-based clients and servers. Students will get hands-on practice to replace manual, repetitive, and time-consuming operations with effective, automated solutions in both local and remote scenarios. This course is offered as part of the edX Professional Education series and has a fee associated with it.

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Microsoft teams up with edX to offer free online IT classes