March, 2012

  

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut keys combinations

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    Last week I  attend a number of events, which involved discussions in relation to using Windows 8 with a Keyboard and mouse. I mentioned the fact that Microsoft had introduced a suite of keyboard shortcuts to help you manage its classic and metro interfaces.

    So here is the list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

    For more details on Windows 8 see.

    Developing Apps for Windows 8

    Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Building Windows 8 Blog

    Windows Store Blog

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Visual Studio 2011 BETA now available

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    As many of you know, alongside the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we also released the beta for the next version of Visual Studio 11.   So whilst trying out the Windows 8 preview, there is No Better Time to Try Visual Studio 11 Beta, Team Foundation Server 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta are all now available and can be found here.

    The best development experience for Windows 8

    One of the goals for Visual Studio 11 is to help developers build stunning Metro style apps. When you install Visual Studio 11 Beta with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you’ll have an opportunity to try out the new tools, which are designed to help you, each step of the way. You can start off with one of the ready-made Metro style app templates, available in JavaScript, C++, C# or Visual Basic. Next, use Blend for Visual Studio 11 Beta to style and design your application, whether you’re using HTML or XAML. Debug locally, on the simulator, or attached to another device, and use the profiling and code analysis tools to monitor your app’s quality. Finally, once your app is ready and the Store becomes available, you’ll be able to use Visual Studio to package and upload your app to the Windows Store.

    Continuing to ALM maturity

    Visual Studio 11 Beta builds upon a strong legacy and with new collaboration capabilities to empower development teams, improved productivity through the core development experience resulting in delighted end-users with delivering modern, fast and fluid Metro-style, Windows Phone and Web apps. 

    There’s no solution on the market that can provide the depth and breadth of capability as Visual Studio across multiple platforms, and through Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process maturity.  You can find out more about how your organisation approaches ALM, and then  make real improvements, by taking the ALM Assessment.  ALM as an approach to Development, to testing, and to IT and we hope it adds real value to you as well as open up your minds to talking about how then the relevant tools can support your move to ALM.

    What’s the new? 

    The new Visual Studio experience is built around three core pillars:

    · Delighting end users – end users, or customers, are the core reason any software project begins in the first place.  we know you want fast and fluid Windows experiences and web applications that feel modern and intuitive.  Business users want systems that simplify their day jobs, where the hard work is done for them. Visual Studio 11 Beta delivers these great experiences.

    · Development simplified – the most common, useful daily tasks are simplified with a new integrated development experience.  Focusing on simplification has enabled developers to save time and reduce risks, continuously enabling quality throughout the development process

    · Empowered teams – focusing on people, not processes.   Agile can be experienced throughout Visual Studio 11 Beta; we’ve taken the very best practices from agile and incorporated them throughout.  Every opportunity has been taken to eliminate waste and reuse and recycle code across projects.

    So Why Wait…

    We’re really excited about the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta, we are bringing the best experiences to developers for Windows 8 as well as building on the great work we started with Visual 2010 building towards a mature ALM Solution unparalleled in the market. Visual Studio, supported by DreamSpark, will continue to be the right choice for Academics and students who want to remain productive, efficient and skilled in modern and appropriate tools for employability.

    Download the VS11 Beta preview yourself and visit some of the key resources:-

    http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/11/en-us/products

    Read more details re Visual Studio

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudiouk/

    http://dev.windows.com

    Follow @VisualStudioUK on Twitter

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft and Open Source

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    More Open Source news from Microsoft today, with the announcement that we are open sourcing ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) - all with contributions - under the Apache 2.0 license.

    You can find the source on CodePlex, and all the details on Scott Guthrie's blog.

    “We will also for the first time allow developers outside of Microsoft to submit patches and code contributions that the Microsoft development team will review for potential inclusion in the products,” Guthrie says. “We announced a similar open development approach with the Windows Azure SDK last December, and have found it to be a great way to build an even tighter feedback loop with developers – and ultimately deliver even better products as a result.”

    You can now browse, sync and build the source tree of ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Razor here.

    In short, as Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman notes in his blog about all this goodness: Open Source = Increased Investment. ASP.NET is a part of .NET, it will still ship with Visual Studio. It's the same ASP.NET, managed by the same developers with the same support.

    It is also very important to note, as Guthrie points out, that ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor will continue to be fully supported Microsoft products that ship both standalone as well as part of Visual Studio (the same as they do today).

    “They will also continue to be staffed by the same Microsoft developers that build them today (in fact, we have more Microsoft developers working on the ASP.NET team now than ever before),” he says. “Our goal with today’s announcement is to increase the feedback loop on the products even more, and allow us to deliver even better products. We are really excited about the improvements this will bring.”

    More details on this announcement @OpenatMicrosoft on Twitter or visit Scott Guthrie’s Blog

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone Student Competition Win a Nokia Handset

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    We know you love the way Windows Phone puts People First.

    Do you want to win one? Course you do!

    The Microsoft UK Student team have put together a competition for those people who like writing Apps for mobile devices. With our latest programme, only available to students aged 16 or over in the UK, we want to encourage you to write lots of Apps and submit them via AppHub into the Marketplace.
     
    For EVERY app you write, during the periods of the competition, (see the detailed terms and conditions here) you'll have a chance to win one of 100 Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones. We also want to reward those who write top quality Apps so we are complimenting the random prize draw with a judged competition, the top prize being a trip to our offices to spend a day honing your skills and your Apps with our deep technical experts.


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    Putting it simply

    1. Register once here.
    2. The Student Team monitor your app submission in Marketplace.
    3. 3 random prize draws (up to 30 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones per draw).
    4. 1 Top App Competition (up to 10 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones AND a trip to the Microsoft Technology Centre in Reading to talk with our technical experts and see the latest cool stuff).

    The more Apps you publish during the competition, the more chance you have of winning! 1 app = 1 entry into the relevant period draw, 2 apps = 2 entries etc, all Apps go into the Top App Competition.

    Any questions you can email us on ukstu@microsoft.com or post on the student Facebook wall.

    To enter the competition you simply need to register with your LiveID, Apphub Publisher name, preferred contact email address and mobile phone number and that's it. Obviously you then need to publish Apps to have a chance of winning. 

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone SDK version 7.1.1 now available

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    As just announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, I’m pleased to announce that the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center.


    The WPSDK 7.1.1 Update provides developers with a WPSDK patch that enables developers to develop and test for the recently announced Windows Phone 7.5 256 MB devices, as well as enable developers to run the WPSDK 7.1 on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release via the following:

    -          Updated 512 MB OS Emulator Image: An updated build Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Build 8773)

    -          New 256 MB OS Emulator Image: A new Windows Phone OS 7.1 emulator image (Build 8773) that emulates running on 256 MB devices

    -          Emulator Choice: Ability to debug or run your WP apps in either the 256 MB or 512 MB emulator

    -          Windows 8 Support: An updated emulator is included, which can run on Windows 8

    -          IntelliSense support for adding the new 512 MB requirement to the Windows Phone App Manifest file

    -          ‘Go Live’ license: The update now has a ‘Go Live’ license; developers running WPSDK 7.1.1 are now empowered to publish their Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    -          Full Localization: WPSDK now supports all 10 IDE languages; and the OS image now has Malay and Indonesian

    -          Windows 8 Support: The updated emulator will now run on Windows 8; note that the OS is still not officially supported by developer support until the final OS release

    Links of Interest:

    -          Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update CTP Download Center page


    Documentation

    Direct Download Links

    For additional information on this release, please refer to today’s posting on the WP Developer Blog.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Events

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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview keynote - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windows/videogallery2.aspx

    Windows 8 For Application Developers – By UK Tech.Days

    This 3 city (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) tour focuses on creating broad awareness and excitement around the Windows 8 opportunities for developers.

    These are 1 day events which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You are welcome to invite your customers and partners to attend. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    London, Friday, 30th March 2012 – Register

    Manchester, Friday, 27th April 2012 – Register

    Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register

    Windows 8 Camp – By UK Tech.Days

    This 4 city (London, Manchester, Edinburgh & Birmingham) targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment. Again, our Windows 8 Champs will be delivering hands-on lab materials to fully get developers up to speed with app development.

    Registration for these camps will be going live in late March.

    London, Wednesday 8th May 2012, Thursday 10th May 2012 & Thursday 17th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    UK Tech.Days @ DevWeek 2012

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    DevWeek conference in London and will be evangelizing Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Visual Studio & ALM offerings.  Check out our presence at DevWeek 2012. Tickets are still available for your customers/partners for this year’s conference - 26-30 March 2012.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows 8 app development. Build an app now

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    So if your interested in building Windows 8 Apps you need to join the following LinkedIn Group

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    1. You apply to join our UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group.

    2. We will reply asking you for some details of what it is you are building and then admit you into the group.

    3. You build a great app following the guidance that we have online and which meets the Store certification requirements.

    4. We will use the LinkedIn Group to invite you to an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading where you’ll work with an engineer to ensure certification requirements are being met and that the app is providing a great experience to the user.

    5. You leave the lab with a registration code that lets you begin the app submission process at the Windows Store.

    In terms of the details we will need from the individual developer, it will include the following:

    1. Your name and company name (if any).

    2. Your location.

    3. Application's name.

    4. Short description of application's purpose.

    5. What is the current status of the application - [idea/planning/building/complete].

    6. Are you looking to be able to publish the application before Windows 8 and the Windows Store go on general release?

    So if your highly committed to building and publishing a Windows 8 app in the next 2-3 months, this is the perfect opportunity to get your app into the store.

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    Windows 8 For Application Developers – By UK Tech.Days

    Also ensure you register for the Windows 8 for Applications developers tour focuses on creating broad awareness and excitement around the Windows 8 opportunities for developers.

    These are 1 day events which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

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    UK Student’s – Develop portfolio’s demonstrate your skills and competences

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    From our Windows Phone Camps we know a lot of students like writing Apps for mobile devices. Microsoft UK have put together a competition to help students demonstrate skills to potential employers. The Win a Windows Phone reward is only available to students aged 16 or over in the UK, we want to encourage students to produce real portfolio of work demonstrating skills, experiences and competences and building Mobile Apps which is potential used by 1000’s of users is a great way of doing this.

    We want students to design, develop, build and submit Windows Phones applications using the FREE Windows Phone development tools available on DreamSpark and learning materials on Faculty Connection.

    Students then simply need to upload their apps via App Hub into the Marketplace. For more details see the following Web Site http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/directory/student/ (including T&Cs)

    For more information about Microsoft UK Student offers and services see 
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/archive/2012/03/13/new-student-incentive-write-apps-chance-to-win-a-windows-phone.aspx

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Moodle to Microsoft Live@edu plugin

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    Last week, Moodle Rooms announced that the updated plug in will be available to the Moodle community beginning February 23rd.

    I just wanted to highlight the great work done by Moodle Rooms in developing this plug in and providing it to the Moodle community as it offers the following functionality

    - Log into courses using their Windows Live ID and display select Live Services on a Moodle site.

    - View and compose emails and calendar events within a Moodle site using Outlook® Live

    - Access Windows Live Messenger chat and Bing™ search engine within a course.

    This will offer huge advantages to those institutions with Moodle and Live@edu user base and will enhance the Moodle teaching and learning experience.

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    This is a great example of interoperability between Microsoft and open source solutions, something Microsoft strongly supports and will continue to support in the future.

    Additional resources and links

    - Download - http://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=set&id=11

    · Sites: Liveatedu site announces availability of new plug in for moodle

    · Blogs: Openness blog and Education Insights

    · Twitter: @OpenAtMicrosoft

    · Video on the Openness site and Live@edu

    - More details on UK Live@edu Blog

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft UK TechDays Windows Phone BootCamp 12th and 19th May

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    I am pleased to inform you that the dates for the May edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days are now available.

    In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.

    This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out.

    Windows Phone UK TechDays BootCamp

    Windows Phone Camp Registration & Information

    Saturday, 12 May 2012, London

    Saturday, 19 May 2012, Liverpool

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