Resources: Helping You Make the Most of Your Learning Experience


Technology blog ideas are not easy to come by. Publishing blogs is not as simple as just posting articles online. It takes a lot of work to keep up with the latest technology releases, find industry information, talk with other developers, and know what your readers want.

For this reason, we’ve compiled some resources for you from  both free and paid. So that can make your life easier when it comes to blogging about technology.

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Free Resources

Free resources for technology bloggers are a nice starting place, especially since they won’t require you to pay up-front to get started. Here are some of our favorites:

Microsoft Office Blogs 

The official blogs from your favorite Microsoft products, including Office 365 and Windows. Both new posts and a variety of popular articles can be found here. 

Office 365 News 

News for the latest version of Microsoft Office 365. It also includes tips on how to use the software, which is great for readers who are new to the product line.

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) 

MSDN offers tons of information for developers. You can find technical articles that cover specific products, as well as more general content on programming languages and best practices. Many of these articles are available for free, but some may require you to purchase a subscription.

Programming Community 

For those who like learning through interactive tools, this is a great resource. You can find videos on programming languages, blogs by Microsoft employees, and more. They also have forums where you can talk with other developers about topics ranging from productivity software programs to data storage techniques. However, be aware that the forums do contain advertisements.

MSDN Blogs 

This website is related to MSDN, but offers content specifically for developers. It’s a good resource for those who are working with Microsoft products. Aside from the blog, you can find popular code samples and tutorials.

Microsoft Virtual Academy 

The Virtual Academy is probably best known for its training videos on products like Windows Phone 8 and SharePoint Online. However, it also has exclusive webinars about different topics of interest to developers. For example, there are presentations on how to develop mobile apps. How to use cloud services in your applications. And even an occasional webinar for Office 365 users.

Microsoft Press 

This is another Microsoft-related website. Read about their latest books, as well as Computer Networking and Security Bible, Windows 8 for Dummies, and more. You can also find blogs written by the authors of the books.

Visual Studio Blog 

The blog of a variety of different technology topics is available to registered Visual Studio users. From new technologies to job openings, Visual Studio Blog offers a wealth of information for developers.

Paid Resources

STC Blogs 

STC offers paid blogs for its customers that contain articles written by their employees or trainers. The company has over 11,000 customers in 50 countries, so there are many different blogs to choose from. Topics include everything from security to cloud computing to eLearning.

TechTarget Business 

This website offers various subscriptions- including financial information, healthcare news, and technology information- for businesses. The site has a wide variety of topics covering software development for specific industries, as well as general technology coverage.

Information Week 

This popular business magazine is available for both subscribers and visitors to browse through articles. You can find news on technology trends, interviews with top executives, and more on the information week website.

Helpful Discussion Forums

Blogs don’t always contain enough information for readers to understand the concepts well enough to learn them. If you’re looking for more in-depth discussion about technology, consider joining one of these forums. These are not the only ones out there. But they are generally well-organized. It provides a place where people can chat about topics in an orderly format.

The following websites have discussions for topics regarding technology:

Microsoft Community 

A community forum for all technologies related to Windows administration and development. You can find discussions about Windows 8, SharePoint 2013 or SQL Server 2012. It also includes blogs by the product teams, as well as Microsoft Hot Topics.

TechNet Community 

TechNet has a discussion forum for Windows administrator and development topics. As well as forums for Exchange Server, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), SQL Server 2012, and others. There is also an extensive Blogs section with articles related to each topic.

MSDN Forums 

This forum for Microsoft employees contains discussions about Microsoft products, both in general and regarding a specific product. There are a variety of topics to choose from. It includes Azure, Office 365 Pro Plus, Visual Studio 2013 Development with SharePoint 2013. Project Online, SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Tips & Tricks series and more.

Windows PowerShell Forum 

The PowerShell forum has a dedicated community for anyone to join. It’s a place where you can ask questions and get answers from other PowerShell users.

Exchange Server Forums 

This forum contains discussions about all versions of Exchange Server, from 2003 to 2013. There are both discussions and blogs from members, as well as an extensive collection of Microsoft white papers related to Exchange topics.

Visual Studio Forums 

This Microsoft support forum is great for anyone who uses Visual Studio. You can find articles that cover development concepts, news about the latest version of Visual Studio. And discussion on different versions of Visual Studio, going back to 2005.


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