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  • Blog Post: Tower Defense Game Engine for Windows Phone 7

    If you’re still unconvinced by the posts on this blog or resources elsewhere that getting started with Windows Phone 7 game development is not that difficult, then here’s another neat little tool for you – a ready-to-go game engine for the tower defense genre.   ScriptTD is a high-level engine that...
  • Blog Post: Social gaming in the cloud!

    Are you a social media geek and a gaming freak? If so, then it’s time you create your own social game in the cloud with Azure. To make it easier for you to get started, the Windows Azure team has a treat for you. The Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games includes everything you need to create your own...
  • Blog Post: AzureFest Kitchener

    AzureFest is coming to Kitchener! ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cdndevs/archive/2011/05/23/just-confirmed-azurefest-kitchener.aspx ) Why should you care? Well let’s face it, as students we don’t like to attend long and boring lectures. We prefer to get straight to business and get our hands dirty. AzureFest...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and Lab Webinar

    Cloud Computing is one of the most talked about buzz words these days. But what is it? What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud platform that allows you to build and deploy highly available and scalable apps using .NET (or Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby). As a student, why do I need to...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 3

    Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 3 In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we setup a multiplatform XNA solution that deploys to the PC, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 devices seamlessly. In this 3 rd and final part of the series, we’ll implement platform-specific...
  • Blog Post: Introducing XNA: A Tri-Platform Game Development Framework – Part 2

    Introducing XNA: A tri-platform game development framework – Part 2 In part 1 of this series, we set up a tri-platform XNA solution that can be deployed to three platforms simultaneously. While the cornflower blue screen we saw in the previous part is a truly breathtaking achievement,...
  • Blog Post: Game Development Tutorial

    Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience This combination video and text tutorial set teaches basic 2D game development on Windows, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4.0 my be found here Videos are each less than 5 minutes in length Accessible with a web browser...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DigiGirlz Day

    Microsoft's DigiGirlz programs give high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-n computer and technology workshops at the NERD Center in Cambridge, designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Ad SDK - Grossing Revenue with you WP7 mobile application

    Jake Poznanski and his classmate Sam Kaufmann are computer science majors and first time mobile app developers that started with one rule… develop simplistic quality. Choosing the Windows Phone 7 platform because it was a clean slate for development, Jake and Sam have created several apps with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy - IT Skills Training

    Improve your IT skill set and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition. Courses being offered currently and with more being added in the near future are: Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

    This toolkit is designed to make it easier for phone developers to leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation....
  • Blog Post: How to Start Building Windows Phone 7 Apps

    If you’re a developer who has experience with .NET, Silverlight or XNA, you already have the core skills necessary to start writing a Windows Phone 7 application or game. Since the Windows Phone 7 application platform is Silverlight-based, most articles or information about writing a great Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Incorporating 2D assets in your Windows Phone 7 Games

    What makes a game great aside from the interesting game play, are the static data that makes the game dynamically fun. Pictures, fonts, sounds are all important elements that can make or break a game. These static data are called assets and are used by importers, processors, content loaders. ...
  • Blog Post: Managing your projects with SharePoint Workspace

    With march break over and school starting (again), we will soon be overwhelmed with homework assignments, essays, quizzes, tests and everything else in between. However, while we might think that this sound horrible, we often forget the dreaded project, where not only do we need to work, but we also...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canadian Student Newsletter - Signup to monthly news, events, and more!

    Each month the Microsoft Canadian Student Newsletter brings you news about what is current and hot around the Microsoft product space. In the Newsletter you will find content from Microsoft interns reflecting on their job experiences, insights on the working culture, and opportunities to participate...
  • Blog Post: Battle of the Apps Code-a-thon - Queen’s University

    It is always important to go beyond your abilities and Microsoft is here to help you in your journey. Microsoft is going across Canada to bring the coding party to your campus. Join your friends for a 24-hour Battle of the Apps Code-A-Thon in Kingston hosted by Microsoft and Queen’s University...
  • Blog Post: Install Windows Phone 7 tools on Windows Server 2008

    As I mentioned in a previous blog post, where I describe how to install the Zune software on Windows Server 2008, the Windows Phone 7 tools do not install on Windows Server 2008 as easily as on other “workstation” versions of Windows (Windows Vista, Windows 7). Once again, this is perfectly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Mesh 2011 - By Shahrad Rezaei MSP

    Windows Live Mesh 2011 Nowadays, computers offer us unlimited customization to our computers. Our settings, our backgrounds, and especially our files make our computers really special and unique. This however, causes a problem: how do you work on other people’s computers? Their settings are...
  • Blog Post: Enable Wireless networking in Windows Server 2008

    When installing Windows Server 2008, you probably noticed that you can’t connect to a wireless network. In fact, Windows Server 2008 is unable to find wireless networks. This is not a problem with your wireless card or its driver. It’s due to a security feature of Windows Server 2008. ...
  • Blog Post: Enable Vista theme in Windows Server 2008

    When installing Windows Server 2008, you probably noticed that you’re running in Windows Classic theme. If you’re fan of the Windows Vista theme, you can benefit from it in Windows Server 2008. All you have to do is to enable one service as described below. NOTE: using the same procedure...
  • Blog Post: Effective presentations using Powerpoint's Presenter View - Tidjani Belmansour - MSP

    I decided to write this post after seeing many students in my university and colleagues being “in pain” with their presentations. It’s the same scenario all the time: when they have to do a presentation, they always proceed using the following steps: 1. Create a PowerPoint document;...
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