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  • Blog Post: Are you a Mac user who wants to use Visual Studio and build .Net applications

    Well the answer is yes you can! At the Connect() developer event in New York City.  We announced a number of new capabilities coming with the Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 5 releases and some exciting news regarding .NET Open Source and Visual Studio Community editions.  You can watch the event...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Gaming Architecture–A walkthrough of how to get started

    Architecture The architecture has a logical layout (below). It looks complex, but the blog will hopefully explain it. The Pieces of the Puzzle for a great cloud gaming experience. When architecting our game your need to consider what the  components, described below. Some are apps (the clients)...
  • Blog Post: Technology Primers for Cloud Services

    Cloud Services are just one of Azure’s compute models. Think of a ‘compute model’ as the motor of a vehicle. Every type of powered transportation needs an engine to roll, fly, or sail. In the same way, every Azure app needs an engine to process data and perform tasks. But the motor is specialized to...
  • Blog Post: Wordament and Cloud Gaming

    One of the most successful word games on phones and tables is Wordament . The game is played by thousands of players, every day. It’s played on Windows phones, tablets, and PC, phones and tablets from Apple, and devices built on Android—including Kindle devices. It’s played around the world in over a...
  • Blog Post: New SSD based Azure Cloud Services announced perfect for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

      The new D instances have solid-state disk (SSD)-based local drives and faster processors relative to many of the A-series instances. The D-series instances can be used as VMs, as well as web or worker roles in Cloud Services, and are well suited for applications that demand faster CPU performance...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Azure webinar every Tuesday lunchtime: live demos of Websites, Cloud Services, VMs and Mobile Services

    The Microsoft UK team are spending every Tuesday to teach you how to use free cloud computing resources from Microsoft Azure cloud  and cloud computing concepts. So why not learn how to develop beautiful, interactive and fast websites using Microsoft web tools and platform ! You also have the option...
  • Blog Post: Building a Game with a Cloud Backend

    You need to think about what the cloud can do for you, whether it's something small like sharing save states or something larger like monitoring data and making quick iterations while your product is live. Then you can think about whether your use aligns with your players' perceptions, and whether you...
  • Blog Post: Building Cloud Based Games – A look into how they did it with Wordament

    Wordament is a multiplayer, original word puzzle game and is available cross platform Xbox Live title with over 1,000,000 players which was developed by two indie developers. To help you understand the opportunity of cloud connected games we have developed a three part series on MSDN, The series goes...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Cloud Services

    Microsoft UK Azure Evangelist Steve Plank is running a webinar every week called Azure Weekly. The event runs every Tuesday from 12:30 – 13:30 (UK timezone) and is aimed at the techie who has not yet had any/much exposure to Azure but who just wants a leg-up to get started. This is a more practically...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing resources available to help tackle climate change

    The effects of climate change are moving from the realm of simulation to stark reality. Understanding, managing and mitigating these effects is a critical endeavour for the global research community. To support this effort, Microsoft Research is offering 40 Azure Awards, each with 180,000 core hours...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure in UK Education

    Learn more about Microsoft Azure could help your institution discover the modern cloud by viewing/download our new infographic below: Resources available Microsoft Azure for education, teaching students all about cloud http://www.windowsazure.com/education Microsoft Azure for Research – Power your research...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Microsoft Azure Build Announcement

    At the Build 2014 conference, we introduced the new Microsoft Azure Preview portal and the new Basic tier of compute instances. We also announced the general availability of the Web Sites Basic tier along with enhancements to the Web Sites Standard tier, Active Directory Premium, Scheduler, RA-GRS, Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: Discover how Excel can help you with your research, including new Power BI features for data science and dynamic visualization

    Date/Time: Wed Feb 26, 2014, 8:00 AM, USA Pacific Duration: 1 Hour Online FREE Course Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used tools for researchers to manage, analyse and visualize their data. Learn about new data discovery and analysis features in Excel with the collaboration capabilities in...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate the speed of scientific discovery with Windows Azure

    Windows Azure provides researchers, educators, and students with the power and scalability of cloud computing for collaboration, computation, and data-intensive processing. Windows Azure is an open and flexible global cloud platform that supports languages, tools, and frameworks, such as Linux, Python...
  • Blog Post: Latest recipients of Windows Azure for Research Awards announced

    Microsoft Research’s Windows Azure for Research program, which features a continuing series of Windows Azure cloud training events and a program of Windows Azure research grants, has been going strong since its launch in September 2013 Selecting the winning proposals was extremely difficult, as we can...
  • Blog Post: Saving your game to the cloud

    One of the biggest requests gamers have for a titles is to save their game in the cloud. Gamers simply want the ability to save their progress so that, for example, if the upgrade to a new phone, they wouldn't have to start again. If your a develop and your game? Is all of of the game progress is being...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks Best Practice for building your Windows Phone Game

    Developing your game on Windows Phone 8 here are some top tips from my colleague Simon Michael @simon_mich 1. Visit the Windows Phone dev centre for documentation, tools and samples for Windows Phone Apps Development. 2. Register for a store developer account and reserve your app name/s as soon as possible...
  • Blog Post: Understand Cloud Computing with Patterns and Practices

    Microsoft Patterns & Practice team have released Twenty four design patterns Each pattern is provided in a common format that describes the context, solution, considerations for applying the pattern, and an example based on Windows Azure. Two primers and eight guidance topics Basic knowledge and...
  • Blog Post: A challenge to find the lost primes

    Can you find one of the ‘lost’ primes? The biggest prime number ever discovered is 17 million decimal digits long. Its predecessor, discovered in 2008 was 12 million digits long. Those are huge numbers, but there is also a huge gap between them. In order to be efficient, the algorithms that have been...
  • Blog Post: How are your degree programmes changing?

    “The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln is offering a new undergraduate BSc degree in Social Computing with a first intake of students in September 2014. The degree is built on a foundation of core computer science topics but with special emphasis on social and mobile software...
  • Blog Post: Getting to grips with the Cloud – FREE Azure Webinar Series for educators and researchers

    The cloud is becoming more and more useful in education. There are stunning examples of academic research which are pushing the boundaries of data intensive science. Some of these great examples include the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Research on LinkedIn & Twitter

    Announcing the  Windows Azure for Research LinkedIn discussion group! The group will serve as an opportunity to connect and engage with researchers and domain experts to drive awareness of Microsoft Research and Windows Azure for Research. We’d like for you to be part of the community and discussions...
  • Blog Post: Managing Azure Academic Passes with the Azure Tracker Portal

    What is Azure Tracker? Azure Tracker is a tool designed primarily with faculty and educators of students with Azure Educator grants. The tool allows users to manage and monitor student use to help optimize Windows Azure in their classroom. What can I do on Azure Tracker? The various sections of Azure...
  • Blog Post: Azure DataMarket getting access to free and premium data for apps/services

    Have you ever wondered if there are anywhere you can get data and more importantly real data for apps and services. Is your One-Stop Shop for Premium Data and Applications with Hundreds of Apps, Thousands of Subscriptions, Trillions of Data Points which you can use in your apps/services. Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: The Internet of Things

    There’s a lot of buzz about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) One of the key areas I get asked most questions about in regards to students projects is the internet of things. This is a great topic for student and researchers based at Microsoft we have  huge passion for the Internet of Things over the...
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