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  • Blog Post: A year in numbers

    As someone who works with Academics and students my year starts and ends in line with the Academic year (which is also more or less aligned with the Microsoft fiscal year but that is a different story). So every year before term, we look back at what we have done “last year” and start thinking about...
  • Blog Post: X48: Student games now available to download

    Last week at the University of Derby , we run X48 , a marathon gamecamp where student and indie developers used Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 3.0 to create a game in less than 48 hours on the theme of Evolution. Ed reported on the two days in this blog post and in a nutshell we had 80 students, more than...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Technology Day (AKA me on stage right after Steve Ballmer)

    On Wednesday 1st of October, join us at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the Microsoft Student Technology Day an event organised to discuss the next generation of computer science innovation with students and lecturers from across the UK. We lined up a number of very cool sessions...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Vista performance

    Today Steven Sinofsky published a very interesting Windows 7 -- Approach to System Performance in the Engineering Windows 7 blog. This is a very interesting entry for anybody who is interested in software development and in the trade offs that need to be taken when designing a complex system. And while...
  • Blog Post: ReMix UK 08 is just around the corner

    Who cares the Mix conference is gone already (the next one will be in March 2009)? ReMix UK 08 is coming and promises to be a very exciting “48 hours conversation all about the ‘Next Web’, what it means today and the potential impact of technologies, tools and techniques for the future. Inspiring designers...
  • Blog Post: Presentation at the Scottish Further Education Unit Event

    On the 26th of June I attended the Scottish Further Education Unit ’s Computing and Information Technology Subject Network Conference - A Qualifications Update . As part of the event, I delivered a speech on the latest Developer Technologies (including Visual Studio, XNA, Silverlight and Expression)...
  • Blog Post: A (special?) day in life…

    Last week we hosted a Talent Debate organised by Business in the Community to stimulate the discussion around how to develop talent in the United Kingdom to be able to ensure the future competitiveness of the country within the global economy. As part of the event, a number of exhibitors have been presenting...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates’ last keynote at Tech·Ed: announcing Silverlight 2 Beta 2

    Today was Bill Gates’ last public keynote as Microsoft Chief Software Architect. He spoke at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference and you can see a streaming version of the keynote here . While Bill is probably not the most exciting presenter on earth, I have always been impressed...
  • Blog Post: XNA presentation at the MSDN roadshow in London

    In a post some time ago I mentioned going to the MSDN Roadshow in London and while there I was interviewed about the XNA demonstration we had over there. I just found out that the video of this interview has been published on http://www.ilivetocode.com/games . (On the same occasion also Paul Foster has...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008

    Since yesterday it is possible to register for Microsoft Professional Developers Conference which will be held in Los Angeles from October 27th to 30th. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, will deliver the keynote session and in the preliminary list of session there are a number of very...
  • Blog Post: Vista Squad: UK based user group for all Microsoft Vista / .NET 3.5 and Silverlight is meeting next Tuesday 27th of May

    I will be joining the event ( more info and registration here ) which will be hosted in Microsoft’s London office near Victoria Station. At the event Marcus Tillett will talk about the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Aaron Parker will give an introduction to Microsoft Softgrid (AKA Microsoft Application...
  • Blog Post: Touch Wall

    At Microsoft CEO Summit 2008, Bill Gates demonstrated the “Touch Wall”. It is a similar concept to Microsoft Surface (the touch table which got so much media coverage lately) but it is based on a complete different technology ( and looks like it will be much cheaper to produce ). I hope they will start...
  • Blog Post: Back from the MSDN Roadshow in London… What I have seen and what I have learned

    I just came back from the MSDN Roadshow in London. We had some great sessions for .NET developers delivered by the UK MSDN team (upcoming sessions in Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle): Mike Taulty - “ADO.NEXT – Entity Framework & Data Services” Mike Ormond - “ASP.NEXT – The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions...
  • Blog Post: Four themed day events for HCI and Interaction Design researchers and students in the North West of England

    The Universities of Manchester, Central Lancashire and Lancaster have arranged four themed day events on Human/Computer Interaction in the North West of England. The 4 days are (click on the date for more details): Date Location Speaker Title Wednesday 30th April University of Central Lancashire Professor...
  • Blog Post: SofNet 08

    The International Engineering Consortium is hosting the SOFNET 2008 conference in London from April 28th to May 1st. In their own words: "SOFNET attracts the world's senior-level decision makers searching for the latest products and technologies to build out next-generation networks that can assist...
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