Just in case you didn’t see Ben Nunney’s blog or the post on our Facebook page we are offering a Sony Netbook in a random prize draw for those people who have downloaded IE9 and have sent a screen shot to email@example.com. Hurry though as it is only available today on launch day…..
Get it here
or check out what it can do here.
Microsoft Research has some really clever people who do some really cool stuff and once a year they converge for TechFest. An event that brings Microsoft researchers from around the world to Microsoft HQ to share their latest work with our product teams. Its a great forum for product teams and researchers to discuss the novel work occurring in the labs, and the potential of technology transfer into Microsoft products.
The last event happened last week in Redmond and you can check out a lot of the stuff here. The 2 really interesting areas for me are the specific projects they are working on and some of the videos describing the projects in detail.
Its always hard to pick a favourite but for me this year it has to be the 3D Scanning with a Regular Camera. Why? I guess cos its something we can all associate with and its using technology we all have (apart from our software of course) which won’t be available as a project download yet….
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Last week on our Facebook page I talked about the Free MS Certification Vouchers we were making available. I don’t know why I was surprised but it did generate a lot of interest so I thought I’d write a little more about it – and there are some vouchers still left! Only caveat is you need to be a student – obviously.
Visit DreamSpark, get yourself verified and away you go. Full details are on the site but by all means ask your questions here or on the Facebook page or via out twitter tag http://twitter.com/msukstudents.
There’s a wealth of learning materials - you can always start with TechNet for infrastructure "stuff" and MSDN for developer – some free and some chargeable. If you want to see what some questions look like then you can register here. They may not be specific to your exam but they will give you a good idea what to expect as they are real questions.
If you are studying at or are part of an IT Academy, we provide all the elearning we have for free that you can access and use to study. Find an ITA here - http://www.microsoft.com/education/MSITAcademy/ITAPLocator.mspx
However, there is always the boring bit you should read!
NOTE: This offer is for select exams (with 072 prefix) for students globally who have valid student identification (not available in India and China). Each voucher code can only be redeemed once. Once the code has been redeemed, it cannot be used again. Students must redeem and take exams by June 30, 2011. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer expires when supply is depleted and is not redeemable for cash.
Good luck on your exam!
Its very easy when you live and work with something every day to assume everyone else knows about it as well. Obviously that’s not always the case so I wanted to take some time to make sure you are aware how you, as a student, can get hold of our software free of charge to help you with your studies. It was the 6 new titles we put on DreamSpark last weekend that got me thinking.
We have 2 main programmes – DreamSpark and MSDN AA. So what’s the difference and how do I get access?
Primarily DreamSpark is designed to be simple - it’s about giving students Microsoft professional tools at no charge. You sign up, verify yourself as a student and start downloading – it really is that simple. Simply visit DreamSpark to get started
On the other hand MSDN Academic Alliance is the easiest and most inexpensive way for academic departments to make the latest Microsoft software available in labs, classrooms, and on student PCs. With MSDN AA you get all the professional tools BUT in addition you get Windows 7 and other more business products for you to use plus the department gets management tools and access to support incidents. There is a small charge for the department to sign up for the programme.
To get started with MSDN AA you need to check if your school or department is already registered and you can do that here, you can then get validated by the administrator and away you go. Let us know if you have any challenges or questions as we really want to make it easy for your to get our software for your studies.
Happy downloading – boy does that sound sad…..
Late on Friday we announced the availability of the Release Candidate for IE9 and you can download it here. It’s available for Windows Vista or Windows 7 and whilst there are changes related to performance you can check out all the improvements here and for the more technical you can check them all out on the UK MSDN site.
A browser is perhaps something we take for granted now and we just carry on using whatever we have always used. In order to demonstrate some of the enhancements to persuade to you take a look at IE9 there are some stunning demos on the test drive site . I don’t really know why (maybe cos I have children) but I did find the ABCs “interesting
If you do download it then let us know what you think. You can comment here on the blog or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy browsing…..
Tech.Days seems to be taking up a lot of our time at the moment and as well as the physical event I talked about earlier the team here is also running Tech.Days online, a webcast series running from the 8th February to the 21st June.
What is it?
Tech.Days online will be bringing IT insights and debates most Tuesdays from February to June, between 2 and 3pm. We have produced a short video from the presenters Simon May and Andrew Fryer to set the scene for the series that will cover the topics of desktop, private cloud and public cloud
For a bit of added fun, we’ll also be running competitions throughout the series to win three top prizes;
· Samsung 42 inch plasma TV
· Canon EOS 1000D camera
· LG DVD Home cinema system
Clues will be given away in each webinar to win a Samsung 42inch plasma TV, Canon EOS 1000D camera and an LG DVD home cinema system! The links in the table below take you directly to the session registration or you can visit the website. The details of how you can win the prizes are also on this site.
The Modern Desktop
Microsoft cloud for the IT Professional
What is Hyper-V cloud
Creating Your Own Private Cloud
Security integration with the cloud using Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS)
Automation and the Private Cloud
Managing the cloud
Deployment with the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP)
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Office 365 for the IT Professional
The Dynamic Duo, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Mixing and moving services between the private and public cloud
Governance Risk & Compliance in the cloud
Please feel free to tell your peers about these events.
Following the recent TechDays on-line event (all session details are recorded and you can watch them here) we can announce the dates for the physical TechDays 2011 event – its 23rd to 25th May 2011. There will be 3 days of events, with 2 tracks during the day at the London Vue Cinema in Fulham Broadway, London and evening events in our office in Cardinal Place, Victoria.
We will work with the team here to integrate student activity into the events but you are obviously all invited to the events themselves. You can follow @uktechdays if you are a twitter user, watch the TechNet blog if you are interested in infrastructure or the MSDN blog if you are more of a developer.
We will obviously keep you updated through Facebook, @msukstudents, and this blog but if you have any questions or comments then let us know – through any of our communications vehicles. Perhaps we’ll see you there?
Session links now available!
We held a TechDays online conference, Build an App for That, last Thursday where attendees, including students, enjoyed demo-rich sessions designed to help with building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. We now have all the recordings of the sessions available on the agenda links below (we are still waiting for two recording to be put live). If you did attend we’d love to hear your feedback so we can make it even better next time. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in our feedback form
At the same time the Academic Team ran an online session for Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs). The UK MSPs were a really active bunch tweeting a lot on the #uktechdays tag and being really positive and constructive where criticism was required! There may be an MSP at your University. Don’t forget, you can get hold of a lot of the technology from DreamSpark or perhaps check out if your department has signed an MSDN AA agreement.
Applications with Windows and HTML
Applications in Silverlight Introduction
Applications in Silverlight in-depth
15.00 – 15.45
Keynote – Microsoft & The Client Landscape, Mark Quirk
15.45 – 16.30
The Bluffer’s Guide to Expression Blend, Jon Harris
10 minute break
16.40 – 17.25
Modern Windows Applications
Silverlight Platform Overview
WCF RIA Services
User Interfaces with Touch
Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 Overview
Architectural Patterns with MVVM and RIA Services
18.20 – 19.05
Using HTML5 and CSS3 Today
Silverlight for LOB Apps
Creating Silverlight Apps with PRISM
19.05 – 19.50
Internet Explorer 9
Silverlight and Multi-Tier Apps
Premium Media Experiences with Silverlight
The developer Team here selected the following as their picks– do you agree? Let us know what you liked most by posting a comment below.
1. Expression Blend training
2. SketchFlow video
3. Great blog about software design and user experience
4. A fun way to learn about building Silverlight applications with Expression
5. Multi-touch input in Silverlight
6. Building modern Windows applications and more information on WPF (Mike T's content)
We held a really interesting Live Meeting last night with 24 UK Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs). As ever we ran out of time as it never seems to be a problem to get interaction going but we did try something different. We all watched the Live Stream from CodeMash - you can watch it here but skip the first 59 minutes as we appear to have recorded the holding slide . (We will fix that but wanted to let you know about it ASAP). This was the launch of Web Matrix and it’s now available for download so you can get started building web sites straight away!
What became clear on the call is we need top offer some simpler messages about what the product does so here goes….Web Matrix is a brand new web development tool aimed at beginners though Web experts to enable you to get going quickly. Depending on your level of expertise you can start by using built-in web templates, open source web applications or you can start writing code yourself. Is that simple and clear enough?
The MSPs were quite excited about the product (and some even started installing while we were on the Live Meeting). Have a look and let us know what you think. If you need more information to help you get going then Rafal Kwiek (our student intern) wrote 6 tutorials on his blog about the product.
When you build and publish a site using Web Matrix we’d love to hear about it. Have a good weekend.