Faculty Connection is an online set of real-world resources and shared peer knowledge, the goal of the Faculty Connection site is to put relevant and applicable tools and information at the fingertips of technology educators.
The UK Academic Team is responsible for offering IT students and faculty members free access to software, for enhancing knowledge and skills by providing curriculum materials and other learning opportunities, for helping students achieve their dreams by organizing an international competition, and finally for assisting last year students through career resources and job opportunities at our customers and partners.
With this blog we want to inform you on our latest initiatives.
Enjoy reading and stay tuned!
This week we launched a new format designed to create interactive and panoramic adverts within applications the following verge article is nice summary.
As part of the opportunity of developing advertising as a monetization option I wanted to share some guidance on including advertising in general.
1. Download and read the Ads 101.
Follow these guidelines when designing your app for ads.
3. Examples of advertising placement that was designed for the specific app layout and view state.
Full screen grid layout
There are specific requirements around the inappropriate use of advertising described in the Windows 8 app certification requirements. Adhering to these requirements helps you serve ads in your app without damaging the user experience.
Here are some quick tips
Ask these basic questions to help find the best ad provider for your app:
7. See how others are running Ads in Apps and the resources and support available
Lots of resources at http://adsinapps.microsoft.com/
8. Follow good Examples
Microsoft Studios mission is to pioneer hit innovative experiences that deliver on the promise of Microsoft Gaming Platforms. Microsoft Studios has multiple initiatives available for Xbox LIVE enabled games around Windows (PC/Tablet), Web, Windows Phone, and Xbox LIVE Arcade platforms.
Get the free tools to make games and apps for Windows (PC/Tablet), and Windows Phone at the Apps Hub. Connect with other developers on the forums, then submit and sell your own apps and games on Windows Phone Marketplace and Xbox LIVE Indie Games Marketplace.
Get the tools free at the App Hub website.
FAQs for Developers
Microsoft’s submission policy
The Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK give you the tools you need to develop innovative applications that harness speech and human tracking. Now, the power is in your hands to enable people to interact with technology in completely new and exciting ways. If you would like to learn more about Kinect for Windows please visit us at www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows/.
Xbox LIVE Arcade offers downloadable high-quality games through Xbox LIVE Marketplace with the ability to create connected experiences across multiple Microsoft platforms (Xbox, Windows (PC/Tablet), Windows Phone). If you are interested in working with Microsoft Studios, please feel free to contact Xbox LIVE Arcade Business Development at email@example.com.
Find out more about developing Arcade titles.
The Xbox LIVE Web Game platform allows you to distribute free-to-play web games on Xbox.com and Bing which include Xbox LIVE integration and the ability to create connected experiences across multiple Microsoft platforms (Xbox/Windows (PC/Tablet)/Web/Windows Phone). If you are interested in working with Microsoft Studios, please feel free to contact Xbox LIVE Web Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone Game Marketplace features a select portfolio of games for next generation smartphones, which include Xbox LIVE integration and the ability to create connected experiences across multiple Microsoft platforms (Xbox/Windows (PC/Tablet)/Web/Windows Phone). If you are interested in working with Microsoft Studios, please feel free to contact Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone Business Development at email@example.com.
The premier source for all-up entertainment, the Xbox LIVE on Windows (PC/Tablet) Game Marketplace features the best game, video, and music experiences with Xbox LIVE integration and the ability to create connected experiences across multiple Microsoft platforms (Xbox/Windows (PC/Tablet)/Web/Windows Phone). If you are interested in working with Microsoft Studios, please feel free to contact Xbox LIVE on Windows Business Development: at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with a valid academic email address can now save 10% when they purchase any Surface RT device through Microsoft Store!
The offer is available for students, faculty and staff, and requires verification of eligibility using an .ac.uk email address. The discount is only valid until 31st October 2013, so get in quick to be sure you don’t miss out!
For full details of the deal, head over to the Surface website.
When you’re looking at buying a new device it can be really hard to compare each device with one another without flicking between multiple tabs in your browser. The Windows team here at Microsoft have now made it easy, with their new comparison site for tablets.
The site gives you the option to compare some of our favourite Windows 8 tablets, including our very own Surface RT, against the iPad, showing you all the key specs you want to know such as battery life, weight and the ever important price.
In addition, you can find out about a few of the features and functions that each tablet provides, such as the Office suite, free cloud storage and printing capabilities.
Whether you’re in the market for a tablet, or are just interested in seeing the difference in available devices, check it out!
No matter whether you’re targeting iOS or Android, PC or Windows Phone, Windows Azure has the tools. Use our services to build community sites. Let users sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Microsoft accounts. Build an app from the ground up, or host a game you’ve already created. Explore and try (for free!) and see if we’re a match for your cloud computing needs.
Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on development and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. These resources showcase how real-life game developers are benefiting from Windows Azure.
Quotes from developers
“With Hadoop on Windows Azure, we can mine data and understand our audience in a way we never could before. It’s really the BI solution for the future.” - Mark Vayman, Lead Program Manager, Halo Services Team
“We can continue to work with the development language we know, and we are able to scale up when demand is high. It used to take us a week to set up a computer to run the game; this now takes only 10 minutes." - Vincenzo Tinebra, Cofounder of Waappy
Halo 4 Uses Windows Azure Service Bus
Pixel Pandemic on Windows Azure
Sneaky Games on Windows Azure
Meeting Challenge of Peak Loads
Webzen on Windows Azure
Kobojo on Windows Azure
Case Studies Halo 4 Developer Gets New User Insights from Big Data in the Cloud
Game Developer Uses Windows Azure to Reduce Costs, Meet Demand
Game Developer Reduces Costs and Achieves On-Demand Scalability with Windows Azure
Online Game Studio Minimizes Costs, Enhances Margin with Windows Azure
Application Developer Enhances Agility and Reduces Risk with Cloud Services
Game Developer Meets Demand and Prepares for Success with Windows Azure
Combat in the Cloud: Game Designer Launches Global Online Game on Windows Azure
Pottermore, Based on Hugely Popular Harry Potter Books, Uses Windows Azure to Scale Up to 1 Billion Page Views in First Two Weeks
Meet the ‘Plumbers’ Powering ‘Halo 4’ Infinity Multiplayer
Social Game Developer Enjoys Lower Costs and Improved Scalability with Windows Azure
MobileBits Makes It Easy to Deploy Games on Multiple Devices and Platforms
The UK students game competition Dare to be Digital 2013, is now LIVE.
I recently had a trip up to Scotland to meet with Elaine Russell programme manager for Dare to be Digital to be introduced to the 15 teams from all around the world who have come together for the next nine weeks to build new and original games. Their final task with be to demo the titles to thousands of families, friends, gamers and industry judges at the four day ProtoPlay event, taking place at Abertay in Dundee. The 15 Teams are the most diverse ever, with teams from China, England, India, Ireland, Norway and Scotland, developing projects for platforms including Android phones and tablets, iPad, iPhone, Ouya, PC and Xbox 360.
Stone Hammer Games
Two Remaining Souls
Co-op Action Tower Defence
Top Down, Multiplayer, Tactical Stealth
Simulation / Mini game
Crash Course Studios
Escape from Dr Noremac's Lair
Second Screen Multiplayer Party Platformer
Milksteak and The Jellybeans
Attack of the Ghastly Grey Matter
2D Sidescroller / Endless Runner
Action / Adventure
Co-operative Puzzle Platformer
Out Late Games
Jimmy and the Scousers
Horde, Tower Defense, Augmented Reality
Size DOS Matter
2.5D Action Side-scroller
The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital, will then go on to compete for the prestigious BAFTA Ones To Watch award.
This year, mentors and judges are from Lift London (Microsoft), Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Sega Europe, Codemasters, Reflections Ubisoft, Denki, Jagex, Ninja Kiwi, Outplay Entertainment, Ruffian Games, Tag Games and Cobra Mobile
The very best of luck to all of the teams.
You can keep track of the whole Dare competition online,
Dare to be Digital website, Facebook page and Twitter account
Also check out this interview with last years winner here
This is the first of a three-Jump Start series tailored for those interested in a demo-heavy learning experience introducing Microsoft’s Big Data solution set.
Live Event Details
17:00 BST Friday, 21 June 2013 END 22 Jun, 01:00
Microsoft Technical Evangelist Saptak Sen will start with setting up and loading data into Windows Azure storage and a Windows Azure HDInsight cluster. After covering Windows Azure Data Management concepts (e.g., SQL Machines, SQL Databases, Tables, Blobs), they will demonstrate using Hive to query Hadoop data using HiveQL commands and walk through how Hive leverages the entire Hadoop cluster.
Finally, they will explore ways to pull data from HDInsight and other sources into Excel using tools like PowerPivot, Data Explorer, Power View and Geoflow to visualize data models with self-service analysis.
- Windows Azure Storage - Windows Azure HDInsight - HDInsight Hive Console - Create external table statements - Table partitions - Select statement syntax - Hive ODBC driver for connecting to ODBC consumers like Excel - Data Explorer Excel add-in - Excel PowerPivot and Power View - Windows Azure Marketplace, SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database - Geoflow Excel add-in
For more details on Azure in Education see http://www.windowsazure.com/education
Windows Azure Jump Start? Is now available on demand on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). This free, expert-led course will help you understand how to use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as virtual machines and virtual networks to migrate, extend, run, manage, and monitor common workloads in the cloud. Watch it now.
Join Microsoft for this one day FREE event in central London on the 20th of June.
Lean how Windows Azure can be used in curricula, support research endeavours, and enable student projects. Institution administrators can explore how to use Windows Azure for infrastructural and application needs. Agenda 8.30 - 9.00 Arrival 9.00 - 9.10 Welcome to UCL 9.10 - 10.00 Welcome to Windows Azure - Rob Frazer Microsoft, Cloud CTO 10.00 - 10.15 Morning Break 10.15 -11.00 Windows Azure in Academia - Ashwin Karuhatty Microsoft, Director of Academic Programs 11.00 - 12.00 Windows Azure PaaS, IaaS, SaaS - Carlos Oliveira http://www.shapingcloud.com and Windows Azure User Group http://ukwaug.net/ 12.00-13.00 Lunch Break (Lunch will not be provided) 13.00 - 13.50 Windows Azure Pop Up Labs - Steve Plank Microsoft, Azure Technical Evangelist 13.50 - 14.00 The Windows Azure Prime Challenge 14.00 -15.00 Windows Azure VM Depot - Steve Lamb, Microsoft Open Technology http://vmdepot.msopentech.com/ 15.00 - 15.15 Afternoon Break 15.15 - 16.00 Windows Azure in Research - Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research Connections 16.15 -16.40 Azure Q and A Panel Microsoft 16.40 Close
Register at http://azureineducation.eventbrite.co.uk
BAFTA is searching for talented newcomers in Film, TV and Games as part of a brand new initiative. In partnership with Burberry, Breakthrough Brits will showcase and support the next generation of creative talent.
For more information on developing games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone see
http://dev.windows.com or http://dev.windowsphone.com and http://design.windows.com
Background to http://www.Appcampus.fi
Appcampus.fi is a joint effort between Nokia and Microsoft to build a new global mobile eco-system around the Windows Phone platform. Nokia and Microsoft selected Aalto University as a partner to accelerate the development of the eco-system globally. Aalto University initiated the AppCampus program to foster the development of new self-sustaining mobile innovation ventures via education, entrepreneurship and research programs. The goal of the AppCampus program is to create a self-sustaining application development ecosystem that would organically generate new services and applications for Windows Phone and Nokia Platforms.
Awards: 20,000 -70.000 euro per App/Game
Level 1 (e.g. 20kEUR) • Relatively simple (standalone) applications. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in two months. Level 2 (e.g. 50kEUR) • Application which requires interfacing with some existing network (cloud) based service/media/information. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in three months. Level 3 (e.g. 70kEUR) • Application which includes the development of the network (cloud) service back-end, and interfacing with it. • In calendar time we would expect this to be done in four months or more.
What support is provided?
Dedicated resources, coaching & Education, Product-oriented Professional Software development, Process & Quality Assurance Network & Marketing Support, Marketplace & Nokia Store
What are the clauses?
IPRs remain property of the developers. NOT NOKIA or Microsoft No Equity dilution. No Revenue Share required.
Why are Nokia and Microsoft doing this?
Fostering Next level of UX & Entrepreneurial Innovation
So how do you get started?
Creating a Kick Ass Submission
Application should meet some(*) combination of the criteria: 1. Innovative, first-to-market app-concepts. 2. Differentiated, unique apps, not already available on competing operating systems. 3. Support for key features and APIs of the platform as they become available. 4. Demonstrated design elegance and technical quality. 5. Potential to drive momentum of the new ecosystems. Like what? Innovative First-to-market app-idea(not seen before on any mobile platforms) Differentiated/Unique Not already published in any mobile app stores Key features/APIs Support key features and APIs of the platform Convincing Overall Proposal Demonstrated design, technical, and business excellence Popularity/Commercial value Potential for mass appeal and/or revenue generation
Use Features Live Tiles & Secondary Tile Push Notifications Nokia Maps/LBS Try and Buy Lock Screen (WP8) In App Purchase (WP8) Speech (WP8) Deals/Wallet (WP8) NFC (WP8) Lenses (WP8) App to App Communication (WP8, Nokia Music) NB. Mere ports of existing applications or simple feeds of syndicated content will not be eligible for funding.
Resources Blog http://appcampus.fi/blog How to do a good submission follow a case example Online submission: http://appcampus.fi FAQ http://www.appcampus.fi/faq Application http://www.appcampus.fi/application