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  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Day of the Living Dead

      A team of students from Vancouver talks about the experience of bringing a Unity game to Windows 8. This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Team Hungry ECE Programmers...
  • Blog Post: OIGC Gaming Conference Student Challenge

    The Ottawa Gaming conference has a gaming challenge for students, and you could win a Surface RT . What happens when SteamPunk and OuterSpace meet Zombies? That’s what we want to find out! We’ve got three packs of game art you can use to build something fun! Why not chill out and get a little creative...
  • Blog Post: How does a student get a DreamSpark account for free software and store accounts?

    DreamSpark gives students access to free software and free accounts for the Windows Store but how do you sign up? DreamSpark ( https://www.dreamspark.com/ ) is a program that provides students with free Microsoft software. Chances are your school is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to...
  • Blog Post: How do I get started building Windows Phone 8 apps?

    What do you need to build a Windows Phone 8 app? Windows Phone 8 was released at the end of 2012 and I am already getting questions from students about developing and testing Windows Phone 8 apps. First of all let me clear up two common misconceptions Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are not the same platform...
  • Blog Post: Got an idea for an app? In Toronto area? Enter the App Pitch

    The App Pitch Competition is coming to MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, January 29th, 2013 The App Pitch is the opportunity to show the Toronto startup‚ student and developer community your app ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Register to pitch your app as an individual or as a team...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Convertr

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Richard Ye a student from The University of Waterloo who built an application called Converter. Could you briefly describe your application...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Finals announced for Imagine Cup 2013

    How will Canadians compete in this year’s Imagine Cup? What prizes can they get? Here’s the scoop Last year Canadian students showed off amazing creativity in the 2012 Imagine Cup, and team Greeni from George Brown College travelled to Australia to represent Canada at the worldwide finals. This year...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 3: Installing the SDK & Tools

    How do you get the Windows 8 SDK and Visual Studio? What if you have Visual Studio already? This blog is part of a series, you can find the entire series here . In Step 2 we learned where to find and different options for installing Windows 8 which is required before you download and install the SDK...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows Phone apps:InkSpill

    This series features interviews with Windows Phone app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows phone applications. This week’s interview features Studio SYD, a software development startup who built a game called InkSpill Could you briefly describe your application/game? InkSpill...
  • Blog Post: Waterloo WowZapp Microsoft Worldwide Hackathon

    Waterloo WOWZAPP 2012 was an amazing experience! We were thrilled to see the creative work that people came up with in less than a day’s work. Our advertisement efforts successfully reached out to almost 70 students including nearby colleges. We started the event with a brief presentation on Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to publish your Windows 8 App to the Store

    Ready to submit your first Windows 8 app to the Windows Store? Read this walkthrough to guide you through the process Publishing your app requires a series of steps, we’ll try to walk you through them here! Log in to the windows store Submit your app App name Selling details Advanced features Age rating...
  • Blog Post: Last Call: Join us in Toronto for Windows 8 Pure Imagination

    Learn about HTML gaming, talk to a VC to learn about funding for start-ups, join the hackathon, learn about Windows 8 design, or how to use Azure for free websites or to give you back end services for iOS, Windows8, or Windows Phone, all this and more at Windows 8 Pure Imagination Microsoft with partner...
  • Blog Post: WOWZAPP Vancouver – Everyday coders did amazing work!

    The programmers at WOWZapp Vancouver sacrificed sleep for coding time and created some amazing apps. I had to share a couple of the many stories that inspired me, maybe they’ll inspire you as well. I’m beginning to suspect that the WOW in WOWZapp is there for the reaction you have when you see the apps...
  • Blog Post: Canada! Join the worldwide WOWZapp hackathon November 9-11th

    Microsoft has created a worldwide hackathon called WOWZapp, Canada has a number of sites so you can be a part of it! You may have already heard about WOWZapp in TechCrunch or on CNBC . This is a worldwide hackathon for developers to get building cool apps for Windows 8. Canada is all in! Co...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Fractal Photographer

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building Windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Rudi Chen a student from University of Waterloo who built an application called Fractal Photographer Could you briefly describe...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: WayTwoGood

    This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building Windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Three Red Cubes a team of students from Ryerson University who built an application called WayTwoGood. Could you briefly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mobile services help students build professional apps

    Ever wanted to develop a Windows 8 or Windows Phone app which reads and writes data from a database? It just got a lot easier. You want to build an app, a really good app. Depending on the type of app you want to build, you may need your app to access a database. Normally, when you want to create an...
  • Blog Post: We’re giving away 8 Kinects and a laptop!

    Sign up to be part of Microsoft’s technical student network and you’ll be first to know and maybe first to win! During the year we organize some big events and some cool promotions. Whether it’s the Imagine Cup which challenges you to do amazing things with code or the Developer Movement which rewarded...
  • Blog Post: How to get your free student Windows Phone store account

    Student can publish their apps to the Windows Phone store at no charge through the DreamSpark program. Here’s how. There are perks to being a student, in this case it’s not having to pay to register and publish in the Windows Phone or Windows 8 stores. In this blog post you’ll see...
  • Blog Post: Free events for students to help you build your apps

    ObjectSharp is organizing a series of AppFests to help developers with their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, the event is free for students! ObjectSharp has put together a series of events called .NET AppFest Revolution where you can learn from experts how to design, deploy, and support your apps on...
  • Blog Post: Hello Windows 8 XNA-ish

    Take a look at our MSP Kowsheek Mahmoud’s experience migrating his XNA game to Windows 8! The answer to the owes of XNA developers comes in the form of MonoGame which is an open source implementation of Microsoft XNA 4. The development of MonoGame for Windows 8 has been a little slow so the hackers at...
  • Blog Post: Hurry up and grab your name on Outlook.com

    Microsoft launched a completely new email service few weeks ago called Outlook.com Microsoft launched a completely new email service few weeks ago with limited ads, unlimited storage and built in Skype. It’s called Outlook.com , and it’s simple and clean. Does this look like your email address: thomas91...
  • Blog Post: How can a student in Canada get Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012?

    How can students in Canada get their hands on Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio 2012 so they can start building cool apps? On August 1st the Windows team announced they had completed the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8. The blog announced that developers could download the final version on...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WINDOWS 8 APP MORE …WELL … MORE WINDOWS 8!

    You’re building great functionally into your apps but don’t forget to the features that will make it shine on Windows 8. Some of windows 8 features are new concepts. As developers we need to become familiar with them and learn when and how to use them. Windows 8 has new features such as contracts, personalization...
  • Blog Post: Faculty Summit Live Channel

    Watch and chat LIVE with Microsoft and guests below June 21, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern time! Video will start playing automatically below. The audio is muted by default. Unmute the audio when you're ready. Session evaluations Building mobile experiences that don’t suck by...
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