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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certification – Academic Discount and Free ‘Second Shot’

    Interested in gaining professional qualifications and differentiating yourself from fellow students? Then read on… Microsoft Certification offers you just that – an opportunity to demonstrate your technical ability to perspective employers and differentiate yourself from your peers. There are a wide...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Webcasts for Students!

            Just a quick post to let everyone know about a bunch of free webcasts aimed at students. The topics are: Internet Explorer 8 & Bing – 10th March Technology Trends: Women in Technology – 24th March Introduction to C# Programming – 7th April Technology Trends: Career Opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Student Hosting with 123-reg.co.uk for £1!

    Microsoft have teamed up with 123-reg.co.uk to offer UK students the chance to get themselves premium Windows based hosting with a free domain name for only £1 per month. You need an ac.uk email address and a voucher code to sign up . (You can request a voucher code here ) Once you have a voucher code...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Online Training for Students

    This will probably be particularly interesting for those of you who read my previous post on free student access to Azure . ICS, our partner on this offer are running a series of online training sessions later this week specifically for students. Each session will cover the following: - Overview and...
  • Blog Post: Try Microsoft’s Cloud Platform for Free!

    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform allowing you to build and deploy scalable .NET applications online. Cloud Computing is a hot topic and likely to be a key part of of many organisations IT strategy moving forward. As a student now is the time to learn more! We are making a limited...
  • Blog Post: Kodu is Here!

    Have you ever wanted to create your own game but don’t want to get your hands dirty with code? We now have the answer… Kodu! Kodu allows you to build games using traditional programming paradigms such as conditional statements and loops but without having to fire up Visual Studio. Basically you start...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Azure #1

    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform allowing deployment of .NET applications with flexible scaling. My colleague Paolo recently wrote a great introductory article for our Faculty Connection newsletter which outlines the fundamentals. Over the coming months I will be writing a series...
  • Blog Post: Free MCTS Certification Through DreamSpark

    For a limited time Microsoft is offering free vouchers to sit an MCTS exam through the DreamSpark programme. The MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) stream is aimed at developers and IT professionals and is available in multiple flavours relevant to a raft of developer and infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Student Celebration Day Slides

    To follow on from yesterday’s post I wanted to share the slides from the MSR talks: MSR Overview - Andrew Herbert Getting from A to B: fast route-finding using slow computers - Simon Peyton-Jones Curing Cancer, Halting global Disease Outbreaks and averting Dangerous Climate Change - Drew Purves Proving...
  • Blog Post: IT Academy Student Pass - Free eLearning

    A little while back I posted about a great new programme we launched which gives students free access to official Microsoft eLearning courses. To sign up you need a unique code which authenticates you as a student, the great news is these codes are now available (along with a bunch of free software)...
  • Blog Post: Free eLearning for Microsoft Certification

    Ever fancied getting some more letters after you name and improving your job prospects when you leave uni? Then Microsoft certification is for you! We're making a whole bunch of official eLearning content available to students for free through the IT Academy Student Pass programme. These courses will...
  • Blog Post: New XNA Mini Game Available

    Video: XNA Creators Club Online: Movipa Mini Game The XNA team just announced a new mini game called Movipa . Its basically a jigsaw game where you have to reorder the pieces to make the image complete the cool thing is it uses animations rather than static images. The game is available for...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh Now Available to UK Users

    You've probably all heard something in the IT press about Live Mesh over the last couple of months well now you have a chance to go try the tech preview yourselves! Sign up is now open to UK users and if you already have a Live ID then all you need to do is go to mesh.com and log in. To find out more...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Web Development; Popfly Input Blocks

    In this the last in a series of five articles on Microsoft Web Development we look at creating an input block to allow your web service to be used in Popfly. Building our block For the purpose of this tutorial we will implement a block that will take XML data (in the form of an RSS feed), process and...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Now Available

    The Beta 2 of Silverlight v2 is now available adding a bunch of new features to .NET based SL development. Scott Guthrie has put together an awesome post detailing all the new stuff. Everything you need is available on the official Silverlight website so there's no time like the present to go and have...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Web Development; Silverlight and SQL

    In the fourth in a series of five articles exploring Microsoft Web technologies we'll look at implementing a Silverlight front end for our SQL database/WCF Web Service. Prerequisites For this tutorial you will need Visual Studio 2008 Standard or above and the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Tools for Visual...
  • Blog Post: Robochamps Robotics League - Win Real Robots!

    Today saw the launch of a new website which allows users to compete in a  series of challenges to program virtual robots using Microsoft Robotics Studio (a plugin for Visual Studio - C# Express and above). Historically robotics has had many barriers to entry for the casual users wanting to get started...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Web Development; Building an ASP.NET/SQL Web Application

    In the third of a series of five articles exploring Microsoft Web technologies I'll walk you through building a simple Web application which retrieves and stores data in a SQL database. Getting Started First off you need to set up your development environment, to find out how see my previous article...
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