Here is a short list of Microsoft Virtual Academy courses that I am hoping to find the time to watch this January. If you have some down time over the holidays, you might also want to take a look at some of these.
What’s New in Visual Studio 2013 – There is more here than you would expect, especially considering 2013 shipped only a little over a year following the last major release of Visual Studio
Mission Critical Performance with SQL Server 2014 – This course gives is a preview of the In-Memory OLTP that is coming in SQL Server 2014. With promises of 10-30x performance improvements, this seems like something worth learning about.
Windows Azure Websites Deep Dive – While Azure Websites seem like they are pretty simple, I suspect that there is a lot more to them once you get into the details. I am thinking this course will help broaden my understanding of the topic.