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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: 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: Win2D

      Welcome to the Win2D Github Open Source project .   Win2D is an open source project which as developed a Windows Runtime API to expose the power of hardware accelerated Direct2D graphics to Windows Universal App developers who are targeting Windows 8 and Windows Phone.  Win2D is...
  • Blog Post: Xamarin + Visual Studio developing apps for iOS, Windows and Android

    A number of UK Universities are now moving to teach true Mobile development courses teaching mobile development for iOS, Android and Windows. With http://www.DreamSpark.com all institution get FREE copies of Visual Studio for all Students and teaching labs.  http://www.Xamarin.com provides Visual...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to write a 3D Software Engine from scratch in C#/WinRT & in HTML5 using TypeScript or JavaScript.

    With the announcement and availability of Windows 8.1 its now the perfect opportunity for game developers to build games in HTML5 WebGL for IE11.  HTML5 and JavaScript are excellent starting point for Windows App developers , simply because if your game works in IE 11 then the Windows Store app...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Windows Games Ambassadors

    With the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this academic year promises to be our biggest yet for the opportunity of building amazing games in a variety of technologies and frameworks including C#, HTML5/JS,  C++, DirectX , Unity , MonoGame , Marmalade , Construct2 and GameMaker ! So we decided...
  • Blog Post: Open technologies support for Windows Phone 8

    At /build a number of open source communities announced their support for Windows Phone 8 SDK availability , along with other partners . There are several open source frameworks to choose from today. Apache Cordova (known as PhoneGap) now supports Windows Phone 8 Sencha Touch 2 arrives with added support...
  • Blog Post: So what is so exciting about the gaming opportunity for Microsoft now within Education

      Students now have lots of options when it comes to language, framework and tools for creating their projects and assessments and this is now true for developing a game for Windows 8. GenerationApp provides design and technical consultations, video tutorials and technical articles that will help...
  • Blog Post: Xamarin now supports Azure Services

    Xamarin is partnering with Windows Azure Mobile Services to expand the Mobile Services SDK to iOS and Android platforms. Xamarin products empower more than 175,000 developers to write native apps for iOS and Android—all in C#. Mobile Services and Xamarin share a common goal: freeing developers to focus...
  • Blog Post: SUR40 Pixel Sense NUIverse Demo

      Jon Roskill and Steve Clayton join one of my colleague Dr Dave Brown at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto for live a demonstration of the Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense featuring Dave's creation NUIverse.   NUIverse is simply an amazing example of natural...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Training camp in a box

    The Windows 8 Camp in a Box is now available for download .  It includes all of the presentations, code samples, and hands on labs ideal for you getting your curricula up to date with Windows8. The content is available in both XAML/C# and HTML/JavaScript versions.   If you have been looking...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Windows Azure - Spring 2012 Update

    The spring 2012 release of Windows Azure has many great new features and capabilities including new services focused on helping customers build or bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way. These new services include: Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services....
  • Blog Post: FREE .NET Gadgeteer Curricula for Schools and Colleges

    Overview .NET Gadgeteer can be used in schools to help students make gadgets and learn C# programming along the way. These lesson plans give teachers all the material needed to run 8 1-hour sessions using .NET Gadgeteer. You will also need the hardware, details of which are given at http://netmf.com...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows curriculum resources

    I am happy to let you know that the new Kinect for Windows curriculum resources are now available for download from Faculty Connection .  These resources, created by Rob Miles (University of Hull, UK), are arranged into a half-semester course consisting of Lectures , Labs / Demos with Tutorials...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone SDK version 7.1.1 now available

    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...
  • Blog Post: Kinect in teaching with curriculum materials

    Creative uses for Kinect in teaching with curriculum materials The Kinect sensor, the "Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Gadget in History," adds a new dimension to Xbox 360 gameplay through its ability to read its environment and track the body movement of players. It is also a creative...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2011 BETA now available

      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...
  • Blog Post: The “.NET Gadgeteer Stirs Excitement in British Schools”

    “Youngsters love gadgets. So wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own, and at school? This is exactly what more than 70 British students, ages 13 to 16, are doing by using . NET Gadgeteer . On January 30, they gathered at the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab to present their final projects...
  • Blog Post: So how are you getting your students learning in their free time?

      Microsoft Research have come up with the following great tools for Windows Phone. The Research in Software Engineering (RiSE ) group at Microsoft Research have two great mobile programming apps TouchDevelop & PexforFun . TouchDevelop (New name for TouchStudio ) is an Windows Phone 7 App that...
  • Blog Post: Changing the World starts TODAY!

    Kinect for Windows Product Available February 1st The Kinect for Windows product group announced the upcoming release of their full commercial product in an official blog post on January 9. The new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1. It will be supported...
  • Blog Post: Cloud based development for Office365

    With the launch of Office 365 , which includes Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online, there is a now a huge requirement and market for graduates with the skills of how to develop for Office365.  The following blog outlines a number of great resources available for developers to help...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio Achievements

    Bring Some Game To Your Coding lessons I thought you all may be interested in the following. Visual Studio is a ideal tools for schools, colleges and Universities for inspiring future developers, to enhance the experience Microsoft has released Visual Studio Achievements , with the achievements students...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Opportunity for Academic App developers to win some great prizes

    The Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone is now available as a reward with the Windows Phone UK Developer Reward Programme . By simply joining the UK Developer rewards programme Educators and Students can get rewarded with loads of other fantastic prizes for building Windows Phone App and publishing it on the...
  • Blog Post: .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...
  • Blog Post: Think Computer Science 2011

    On the 7 th December 2011,  the DPE Academic team exhibited at the annual Microsoft Research Cambridge Think Computer Science event held this year at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford . Here is a write-up from Geoff Hughes of the days events. A suitably expansive and fun  venue for the focus...
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