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January, 2012


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Curriculum Resource Kits


    The Faculty Connection Resource Kits contain information to assist you in developing course materials. The Kits are grouped by subject and provide links to curriculum material and resources such as presentations, labs, exercises, software tools, programming tutorials, academic papers, research talks and reference material plus source code, documentation, specifications and more.

    Curriculum Resource Kits

    Operating Systems Faculty Resource Kit
    Operating Systems
    Microsoft Dynamics GP
    Microsoft Dynamics GP
    Microsoft Dynamics AX
    Microsoft Dynamics NAV
    Gaming, Game Development, and Design Faculty Resource Kit
    Gaming, Game Development, and Design
    Software Engineering Resource Kit
    Software Engineering
    Cloud Computing
    Cloud Computing
    Phone Development
    Phone Development
  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Kinect Hardware and Software release announced as 1st Feb 2012



    The new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 at a suggested retail price of US $249.

    Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors. The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements. Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

    For more details on this announcement see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/09/kinect-for-windows-commercial-program-announced.aspx

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Conference



    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance
    Associated with Microsoft Convergence 2012 (March 18-21)

    Preconference: March 17-18, 2012
    Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, USA

    Deadline for Refereed Paper Submissions: January 28, 2012

    Deadline for Presentation and Panel Discussion Submissions: February 1, 2012


    The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) Preconference provides an important forum for the exchange of ideas and information for current and prospective DynAA members. DynAA invites papers/abstracts in research, research-in-progress, teaching, applications, and case studies incorporating Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems curricula.

    Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence/Analytics
    • Business Performance Management
    • Cloud Computing
    • Curriculum Design Issues
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • Financial Reporting Systems
    • Information Audit
    • Information Assurance/Security
    • Information System Project Management
    • Information Systems/Computer Technology
    • Supply Chain Management


    Author(s) may present teaching or research ideas/papers (including case studies, etc.) and request publication of paper or detailed abstract in the DynAA conference proceedings. Detailed abstract and full paper submissions will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one of the authors must certify intent to attend the conference.

    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions).
    Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance | Microsoft Dynamics Academic Preconference 2012 DynAA will publish conference proceedings in CD/DVD format and online. In addition, the best quality papers from those accepted will be recommended to the Journal of Integrated Enterprise Systems for publication.

    Full paper and detailed abstract submissions require the use of Microsoft Office Word format, double-spacing, minimum 11 font size, and 3 to 20 pages. Manuscripts should follow APA guidelines for citations and references (See http://apastyle.apa.org).

    The deadline for online submission is January 28, 2012. No hardcopy will be accepted. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012. Final revisions of accepted extended abstract or papers for publication in conference proceedings are due February 25, 2012.


    Author(s) may present a topic (case studies, issues in using software, class projects, software installation, etc.) or conduct a panel discussion that is not published in the refereed proceedings. (If the author wants to publish the topic/paper in the proceedings, please see the preceding instructions.) These submissions require author(s) to submit their proposal within an abstract limited to 100 words.
    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions). At least one author must certify intent to attend the conference. The deadline for online submission is February 1, 2012. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012.


    Click the following link for online submissions: http://clcloud.com/DYNAA2012
    If you have any problems in submitting your paper, extended abstract, proposed presentation, or panel discussion online, please e-mail it to dynaa@microsoft.com and cc to Huei.Lee@emich.edu.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    TechEd Europe Summer 2012



    The next Tech·Ed Europe will be held the week of June 25, 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in the historical and picturesque city of Amsterdam.

    Confirmed pricing for academic rates is a follows which are a significant saving over the early bird and standard rates.

    Delegate - Academic Faculty and Student Fee


    Delegate - Early Bird Registration Fee (ends 31 March 2012)


    Delegate - Standard Registration Fee




    PreCon Only


    For more information and updates please register here https://www.ustechsregister.com/TechEdEuropeMailingList/main.aspx

    Registrations will open early Jan 2012 so ensure you check the site to guarantee your place.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Azure licensing via ESS for UK Institutions



    Did you know your Institution could get access to Windows Azure Cloud Platform services via and existing Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement?

    The simple answer is YES.. from December 1st 2011, Windows Azure Platform services will be available as Additional Product under EES to Academic Customers.

    So if your interested in adding Windows Azure to your existing Microsoft Campus licensing agreements please contact your Microsoft Licensing Account Manager.


    Windows Azure Homepage: http://microsoft.com/windowsazure

    Windows Azure Case Studies: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/evidence

    Windows Azure FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/default.aspx

    Windows Azure  Videos: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/getstarted/

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    .NET Gadgeteer Useful Resources & Links



    If your interested in developing new curricula in 2012, which will really stimulate your students then you need to have a look at  .NET Gadgeteer.

    The .NET Gadgeteer is an amazing  platform, so if your interested in teaching and inspiring students practically about electronics, microcontrollers, robotics and Computer Science.


    The .NET Gadgeteer is an ideal resources, as its name suggest the .NET Gadgeteer is based on the .NET Micro Framework, using C# as the primary development language.


    C# is available as part of Visual Studio 2010 and can be downloaded via existing MSDNAA subscriptions or via DreamSpark for Free by all UK Students.

    Who are the Manufacturers

    Gadgeteer boards and modules are primarily available from the following manufactures


    • GHI Electronics – .NET Gadgeteer mainboard, and supplier of many modules as well.

    SEED logo

    • Seeed Studio  – Maker of numerous sensor modules, from gyro and compass to accelerometer and GPS.


    Community and Microsoft Sites

    There are a number of excellent resources available online to begin your Gadgeteer adventures and to ask questions about .NET Gadgeteer hardware or software:

    • .NET Gadgeteer Site -  Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. Build all manner of electronic gadgets quickly and easily with .NET Gadgeteer!
    • TinyCLR Gadgeteer Forum – Run by GHI, this forum is dedicated to .NET Gadgeteer topics, and is very active, with a number of smart and friendly folks from the community pitching in to help newcomers get started.
    • Seeed Studio Forum – Technical support and device device drivers for Seeed products.
    • Official .NET Gadgeteer Forums –  The official Microsoft Research team responsible for Gadgeteer
    • Core Gadgeteer API documentation – API resources and information, this is a good place to start.
    • Gadgeteer Source on Codeplex – when documentation alone isn't enough, you can always check out the source code to see what's really happening under the covers.
    • Skewworks – Supplies additional software useful in .NET MF and Gadgeteer projects, including UI libraries and operating environments that allow for running multiple applications without reflashing.


    Here are some good blogs on .Net Gadgeteer:

    Supplies & Parts, for bigger better projects

    Although you can do a great deal with just a mainboard and a few modules, eventually you're going to want to go beyond, and for that you'll probably want some additional gadgets to your projects, things like a breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs one of the best places in the UK to get these items in the UK for your Gadgeteer projects is http://coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/ They have a vast array of accessories, from LEDs to header pins, jumper wires, servos, motors. 

    So 2012 looks a very interesting year for curricula developments using .NET Gadgeteer

    More importantly .NET Gadgeteer is a neat way of introducing students of all ages to STEM.

    Happy New Year!

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Welcome 2012 - 2011 The year of Kinect !


    “We always overestimate change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten!” Bill Gates


    Well 2011 may well go down as one of those years where we all truly underestimated the pace of technology innovation with the phenomenal rise of  http://www.kinectforwindows.org/ . 2011 in may ways was the year of Kinect. Throughout 2011, The UK Academic team have been constantly inspired and amazed by the work faculty, researchers and students have done atop the platform to enhance human computer interaction.

    You can take a look some of this innovation over at: http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/ & http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Kinect/Kinect-Effect

    And if you have yet to take a look at the Kinect for Windows SDK you can find it here along with additional resources and documentation. http://www.kinectforwindows.org/resources/ 

    Lastly, We thought it fitting to highlight Microsoft Research’s Review of 2011 as inspiration for our 2012 Olympic Year !

    Year in ReviewResearch quadrants




    So.cl user interface

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