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For the last few days, I have been touring gaming departments of University's in the North West of England.

As part of the tour we have been hosting a number of presentation including employability, CV and portfolio development guidance by the team from Aadrvark Swift Recruitment and then I have been discussing and demoing the opportunity of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure. Finishing the events with awareness of competitions such as Search for a Star and the Imagine Cup.

A number of questions, students have been asking are around the use of 3rd party frameworks vs. native game development and the opportunity on the new Windows platform. I have done a number of blog posts about the opportunity on Windows 8 see here.

As your all aware Native code offers a number of benefits related to code reuse, and it opens up opportunities for game engines, physics, animation, audio libraries, and more.

The following organizations are announcing Windows Phone 8 support:

If your interested in Windows Phone 8 development check out the following Video from Build.

· Designing awesome XAML apps in Visual Studio and Blend for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

· How to Leverage your Code across WP8 and Windows 8

· Windows Phone 8: HTML5/IE10 for Developers

· Windows Phone 8: Application Model

· Windows Phone 8: Native C/C++ Game Development

· Windows Phone 8: XAML Application Development

· Windows Phone 8: In App Purchase & Developer Center

· Windows Phone 8: Critical Developer Practices for Delivering Outstanding Apps

· Windows Phone 8: Networking, Bluetooth, and NFC Proximity for Developers

· Windows Phone 8: Making Money with Your Application on Windows Phone

· Windows Phone 8: Maps, Location, and Background Execution for Developers

· Windows Phone 8: Performance & Optimization for Developers

· Windows Phone 8: Photo and Lens Apps

· Windows Phone 8: Tiles, Lock Screen, and Notifications

· Windows Phone 8: Using C++ in your Applications

· Windows Phone 8: Using the Speech API

· Windows Phone 8: Wallet and Deals for Developers

· Windows Phone 8: App to App Communication

Interested in more details re Windows Phone see http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2012/10/30/new-tools-for-windows-phone-8-save-developers-time-and-money.aspx

If your interested in Windows 8 Development

· Bringing existing C++ code to Windows Store apps

· Developing a Windows Store app

· It’s all about performance: Using Visual C++ 2012 to make the best use of your hardware

· Graphics at the core of Windows 8 and your app

· The Future of C++

· Powering your apps with Microsoft accounts

· Core technologies for Windows 8 games

· The power of C++ - Project Austin app

· Designing awesome XAML apps in Visual Studio and Blend for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

· Xbox Live on Windows 8 Deep Dive

· Developing a Windows Store app using C++ and DirectX

· DirectX Graphics Development with Visual Studio 2012

·· Graphics with the Direct3D11.1 API made easy

· Diving deep into C++ /CX and WinRT

·· Performance tips for Windows Store apps using DirectX and C++

· Tips for building a Windows Store app using XAML and C++: The Hilo project

· From zero to hero! Building a Windows Store game in HTML5

· Building mixed-language apps