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  • Blog Post: Interested in teaching Silverlight? We have news for you!

    With the release of version 3, Silverlight has hit the maturity sweet spot with more and more organisations realising the its benefits and adopting it as a platform to develop rich internet apps and media based application. As such we start seeing a significant increase on the number of jobs that require...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface: real design, development and use in education

    With all the buzz about Mix 09 last week, many may have missed that we just launched Microsoft Surface here in the UK. Marc Holmes just posted a blog where he talks about the launch of Surface and the the media coverage that the event generated. But the most interesting thing (for me at least)...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Insight event for UK Academics

    We (the Microsoft Academic Team in the UK) are arranging an event targeted to Academics in Universities and Design Schools in the UK. Silverlight Insight is a one-day event designed to give attendees a solid understanding of the Silverlight 2 platform and of the Microsoft Expression Studio toolset...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper published: How to setup a XNA Lab

    I have been sitting on this for a while but I think it is worth publishing anyway… Our colleagues in the US published a whitepaper on how to set up a XNA lab called “ Implementation Strategies for Microsoft XNA Game Development in Academic Laboratory Environments ”. The white paper describes all aspects...
  • Blog Post: Mike ormond on Silverlight and the Mandelbrot Set

    Mike delivered a demo on Silverlight 2 Beta 2 to the Vista Squad user group in London this week (where I spoke about Live Mesh ) and now he just published the code he used during his demo. He described how to produce programmatically the tiles used by DeepZoom to allow the very smooth experience of zooming...
  • Blog Post: Are Universities relevant for employers?

    I was in Manchester on June 20th for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world's first stored-program electronic digital computer program successfully on 21st June 1948. That program was written by Tom Kilburn who, along with the late F.C. (Freddie) Williams designed and built the machine...
  • 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: Free coding e-book

    As spotted by Dan on Channel 9 “ Karl Seguin recently released a great free 79 page eBook for .NET developers covering design patterns, unit testing, mock objects, memory management, object relational mapping, and more.  Get it while it's free!”
  • Blog Post: New blog: OneNote and Education

    One of the best and least known components of Microsoft Office is OneNote . Released initially as part of Microsoft Office 2003, OneNote is an excellent note-taking application. Some of the guys in the OneNote team just launched a new blog dedicated to the use of OneNote in learning and education: http...
  • 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: Windows Embedded SPARK Your Imagination Program Goes Live

    Today we announced the availability of the Windows Embedded SPARK Your Imagination program. It is basically a low cost bundle of Software (Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 and Visual Studio 2005 Professional) and Hardware (one reference board from one of five hardware vendors). This program is aimed principally...
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