June, 2013


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    A busy week of announcements what happened at TechEd Europe 2013


    TechEd Europe 2013 Madrid

    This week over 5,000 customers, partners, press, speakers and Microsoft staff attend TechEd Europe in Madrid.The week started with a packed house for the keynote with Brad Anderson CVP of Windows Server & System Center.  Joining the onsite attendees, over 4,800 people watched the keynote streamed live. Brad Anderson Lands the Madrid Keynote!


    The event featured the announcement of availability for several key products and previews, as well as new customer stories from Telefonica and Aviva. Complemented by presentations from technical and product leaders.

    Brad keynote presented Microsoft direction for the Cloud OS vision and showcased how our products and services help customers transform their datacenter, enable modern business applications, unlock insights on any data, and empower people-centric IT.

    As attendees returned for day two and three, they experienced sessions and labs packed with great technical content, as well as the Windows Keynote. They also enjoyed Country Drinks at the beautiful Casa de Campo and the popular Ask The Experts event where more than 1,800 attendees engaged with Microsoft and industry experts to get their critical questions answered. Hands-on Labs also proved to be a great success with over 3,310 attendees undertaking training and labs.

    Windows Is The Future!


    Jon DeVaan, CVP of Windows Development, announced exciting new business advancements in Windows 8.1 during the Day 3 keynote presentation. The keynote showcased the best business tablets and PCs, Windows apps for business, bring your own device scenarios, as well as enterprise grade security and mobility. Windows 8 customer examples were also shared, with Edwin MacGillavry of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and Joseph Houben of SAP joining Jon onstage. The keynote included compelling demonstrations of the new Windows 8.1 UI, app development opportunities, mobility and security, and established that Windows 8.1 is business ready.


    Twitter #TEE13

    On Demand Content now available from all sessions.


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    Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources Day 2



    If you have not yet watched today’s keynote, I encourage you to check it out on demand

    Today’s highlights:

    · Mobile & Web Cloud Experiences: The Windows Azure Team announced the general availability of both Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites as well as previews of new developer productivity features such as auto scaling.

    · Develop & Test in the Cloud: MSDN subscribers can now activate their Windows Azure benefits without a credit card to accelerate development.

    · Identity:  Extending Windows Azure Active Directory to easily access third party cloud apps, LOB apps and Microsoft Cloud Services such as Office365 via a single sign-on.

    · Industry Device Experiences: Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview extends Windows 8.1 technologies to industry devices and leverages the common Windows codebase.  You can Download it here

    · Partners, Demos and more partners and more demos. Windows 8.1 , Windows Phone, Windows Embedded, Windows Azure and others. 

    Building Apps

    Watch the keynote to see Khan Academy’s HTML5/JavaScript website became a Windows 8 app with an easy port. Details on the Windows Experience Blog here.

    Game devs

    Unity’s announced commercial support for the Windows Store and access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (for developers with Microsoft Studios publishing agreements) and a whole host of new technology offers and ways to get our developer ecosystem engaged and ready for the Microsoft platform.

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    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Wales has today announced that it is to team up with Microsoft and Nokia to present an exciting opportunity to budding Game App Developers in Wales. 

    The ‘Power Up’ competition, invites developers in Wales to create a game app for the Microsoft Windows 8 marketplace.  In teams of up to 5 people, there is no limit to the number of game apps that can be submitted.  All entries will then be judged by a panel of experts from BAFTA, Microsoft, Nokia and other leading lights from the online games industry.

    The shortlisted finalists will then be invited to an Awards Ceremony hosted at Dolby’s London HQ in October 2013.  In addition to the awards ceremony itself; there will be a chance to discover the latest audio technologies and listen to a guest speaker discussing the challenges involved in delivering a great audio experience. The winning team will receive a Prize Pack of goodies including a Windows 8 Smartphone, a Microsoft Kinect, an Xbox Games Bundle and a Nokia Developer Account. 

    Dewi Vaughan Owen, Chair of BAFTA Cymru said: “Our ambition is to help make Wales one of the best places in the UK to do games business and, as an Academy, ensure that we recognise and celebrate the very best work of our emerging talent”.   
    Details of how to enter, along with the full terms and conditions of the competition can be found by visiting: www.bafta.org/wales  


    For further information, please contact:
    Claire Heat, Awards & Events Coordinator, BAFTA Cymru
    T 029 2022 3898
    E clairehe@bafta.org   

    About BAFTA
    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org, and to access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production visit www.bafta.org/guru    

    Microsoft has consistently transformed the way that people live, work, play and connect through great technology. We are inspired every day by the genuine belief that we can change the world for the better.  At http://www.microsoft.com find out more about how we are driving advances in cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move, while transforming education and public services and supporting the UK economy. Microsoft is still a young company. We’ve been at the centre of the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to every aspect of our lives and we’ll be at the centre of tomorrow’s transformations. The best is yet to come. For Windows 8 developer resources see http://dev.windows.com design resources see http://design.windows.com and for Windows Phone developer resources see http://dev.windowsphone.com 

    Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Nokia Developer offers a range of tools, resources and technologies to help developers build cutting-edge apps for hundreds of millions of Nokia Lumia Windows Phones and Nokia Asha phones. For more information, visit http://developer.nokia.com.

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    Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources



    In today’s Build keynotes, you had the opportunity to hear from Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond about the latest Microsoft’s devices and services. They clearly discussed the vision and provided and end-to-end view of the developer opportunity on Windows 8.1.  If you have not yet watched the keynote, I encourage you to check it out on demand.  Among today’s highlights: http://channel9.msdn.com/

    Windows 8.1 Preview

    Windows 8.1 Preview launched.  Download it from http://preview.windows.com

    Windows Store

    Redesigned Windows Store in Windows 8.1 to better connect consumers to the apps they want.

    · More Monetization Opportunities such as Windows Store gift cards and third party payment systems.

    Design UI/UX

    Leading Design and Devices that showcase developer productivity wit flexible windows states, new live tile designs and automatic updating.


    Preview Releases of Visual Studio 2013, Team Foundation Server and .NET 4.5.1 to make it easier for developers to create apps and services that span across mobile devices and the cloud.  Learn about all the new features, and download here.


    Bing Developer Platform to embed intelligent services in apps for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone Xbox and Office.

    So what new?

    The Windows team just published an App Builder blog post announcing what’s new for app builders and developers and how to migrate apps to Windows 8.1 Preview.

    The preview is available to download now from http://preview.windows.com (ISOs available tomorrow 27/06/13) and new app builder content and tool and SDK downloads are now live in the Windows Dev Center: http://dev.windows.com.

    Windows 8.1 Preview Guides

    · Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide This all-up product guide is an overview of what’s new in Windows 8.1 for consumers, businesses, and app builders. 

    · Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for developers The product guide for developers is an overview of what’s new in Windows 8.1 Preview for app builders. 

    · Windows 8.1 Preview Feature Guide for developers The feature guide covers new APIs and features for developers.

    · Migration guide for app builders This whitepaper covers the step-by-step details on updating your app from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview.

    Windows Dev Center updates for Windows 8.1

    Developer downloads – This single page gives you access to all the downloads you need to build Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 Preview. You can access the Windows 8.1 Preview downloads, Visual Studio 2013 Preview, code samples, and additional SDKs and tools.
    Developer content – The developer content in the Windows Dev Center is updated for Windows 8.1 Preview with new API reference documentation, feature guide, migration guide, and new start to finish narratives on Windows Store app UI, Flat navigation, User interaction, and Media playback.
    Design resources – All Windows 8 design resources are located at design.windows.com. See case studies, category guidance, and get updated UX guidelines for Windows 8.1.
    Marketing content – We have new “Download from Windows Store” badges in 13 languages and a new Windows Store App Marketing Guide to help app builders promote their apps in advertising.
    WindowsStore.com – The app builder campaign will promote the downloads and product guide, and will be updated with new evidence videos soon.

    Blogs and Further resources

    Windows Team Blog: This is the blog where we disclose information about Windows 8.1 Preview to all audiences and blog about new apps.
    Windows App Builder Blog NEW! This new blog combines our two previous blogs – Windows Store for developers blog and the Windows 8 app developer blog – into a single place with our other Windows blogs. App builders can find best practices to design, build, and market apps from the Windows team. Over the coming weeks, there will be a series of new post about Windows 8.1 preview published here.
    Somasegar Blog: S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Take a look at his latest Visual Studio 2013 Preview release announcement to find out more about this release.
    Developer Tools Blog Network: This network hosts the top Microsoft developer-related blogs. Check the latest feed to learn about the new features in store for developers.
    Microsoft Advertising Blog: Find out what’s new with Ads in Apps and the SDK.

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    Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing from £133 on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between 19th June 2013 and 31st August 2013


    Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realise their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions.


    Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. For more information or to place  an order, email  SurfaceEDU@microsoft.com.     

    Surface RT (32GB) - £133 +VAT (Estimated Retail Price is £399)
    Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover - £168 +VAT (Estimated Retail Price is £479)
    Surface RT (32GB) with Type Keyboard Cover - £196 +VAT (Estimated Retail Price is £509) United Kingdom Pricing (GBP) 

    The order form can be viewed/downloaded here simply download complete this and email a scanned copy to surfaceedu@microsoft.com

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    TechEd Europe Live Streams 25th–28th June via Channel9 MSDN




    This week is full of events and announcements! From today, Madrid, Spain we will host of 1000s of IT Professionals and press from across Europe for a week of immersive content and technical demos during our annual TechEd Europe Conference. It all begins at 8:00 am GMT on June 25th.

    TechEd provides the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-release suite of products, solutions and services. 

    If your not lucky enough to be physically at TechEd Europe 2013. You can still earn achievements as you plan, attend and give feedback about the conference. Be part of the event experience!

    See the full schedule and live streams at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013#fbid=iLLRnPT2pL6

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    Windows Phone Games with Construct 2


    Guest post by Henry Hoffman from Mudvark.

    Who are Mudvark

    Mudvark are an independent games studio based in Central London. Specialising in crafting award-winning games for a variety of platforms, they have self-published titles which include Mortar Mellon for Windows8 and Windows Phone 8.


    Windows Phone can be a great platform to release your Construct 2 games. My tests have shown it to outperform iOS and Android, enjoying silky-smooth gameplay even with physics-intensive games. The marketplace is also much less competitive than rivals, making it the perfect platform to test your game before branching out into more competitive territory.

    Unfortunately the mobile version of Internet Explorer 10 has some shortcomings, so I created the Windows Phone Plugin for Construct 2 to plug the gaps, giving better performance and native feature support.

    I have created an extensive walkthrough/tutorial and how to get started building for Windows Phone 8 using Construct2 and will ensure that this is to kept up to date as new features are added.

    The tutorial will guide you through adding the necessary features to a basic Construct 2 game, so that it will run and pass certification on Windows Phone.


    What is Construct2..

    Scirra Ltd was founded in May 2011 by brothers Ashley and Thomas Gullen based in Twickenham, SW London. You can read more about the people behind Scirra on the team page. Construct 2 is there flagship product. It is the next generation of programming-free game creation. It has been described by customers as "Photoshop for games" and is develops games using HTML5/JS Learn more about Construct 2.

    Getting Started with Construct2 and Windows Phone 8

    Firstly ensure you’ve downloaded and installed Construct2 and the Windows Phone Plugin for Construct 2.

    The Tutorial is structured as follows

    The full tutorial is posted on the Scirra Forum at https://www.scirra.com/tutorials/593/windows-phone-games-with-construct-2/

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    //Build Conference San Francisco 26th June 2013



    This week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center we will host developers and press from around the world for three days of immersive content, hackathons and demos during our annual Build Developer Conference. It all begins at 9:00 am PDT on June 26th.


    Microsoft’s senior executives and top technical leaders will tell the Microsoft Platform Story through keynotes, supported with some incredible Microsoft product news, partner app announcements and compelling demos to show developers what they can do on our platform.

    What’s happening

    Over 160 deep technical sessions and around-the-clock hackathons.  

    Get Involved

    If you are not attending Build, our Channel 9 Community will broadcast keynotes, top sessions and interviews live throughout the event.

    Ask the questions

    This year you can submit questions online.

    More details

    Updates and announcements can be found on the Microsoft News Center. All remaining sessions will be made available on-demand within about 24 hours of presentation time.


    Day One

    June 26 – 9:00 AM PDT

    Day Two

    June 27 – 9:00 AM PDT

    The official hashtag for Build is #bldwin.

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    Surface Pro Academic Purchasing Process


    With the recent release of the Surface Pro, and just over 6 months since the launch of the RT device, we hope you’ve had a good chance to get your hands on one and have a play.

    If, like us, you love the Surface and want to get a device, accessories or after-market service plans for your institution, you may like to know that you’re able to do it all through our commercial order forms, meaning you can use a PO rather than a credit card to complete the order.

    For more information on how to order, head over to https://microsoftedweblive.com/sites/BHO/default.aspx

    Some important notes:

    • A valid Purchase Order (PO) is required for each order form submission
    • Lead times for delivery and order requirements may vary depending on inventory.
    • If you do not currently have a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, there may be additional processing time to setup account and credit terms
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    Oracle on Windows



    Today Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, and Mark Hurd, President of Oracle Corp., announced a new partnership between the companies.

    As a result of this partnership, UK universities and enterprise customers now have an have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads onto Windows Server, Windows Azure, or a hybrid of both. Many UK Universities have Windows Server running Oracle workloads on premises, they now will be able to run those workloads in Hyper-V virtualized environments or Windows Azure, with full certification and support from Oracle.

    What this means:

    • You can run Oracle software on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and in Windows Azure with full support from Oracle.
    • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to use their existing Oracle licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.

    This makes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V the only non-Oracle hypervisor that Oracle supports.  This also makes Windows Azure the only properly licensed and fully supported public cloud option for Oracle customers. For more details see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/default.aspx

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