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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Graphics Analyzer IDE now in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC ( Download ) Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC ( Download )isual Studio Graphics Analyzer IDE is a new feature of Visual Studio 2013 update 3 which is a dedicated space for analyzing graphics frames With the updates to Visual Studio 2013 the  Graphics Diagnostics tool...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Graphics Diagnostics (VSGD) now in VisualStudio 2013 Update3

    VSGD is a new is a tool to help diagnose graphics rendering and performance issues in DirectX apps which has been made available with Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC ( Download ) So where do you find VSGD VSGD is a new option under the DEBUG->Graphics->Start Diagnostics menu or you can quick access...
  • Blog Post: Unity and the Windows 8 & Windows Phone Opportunity

    The Unity 5.0 lowdown There’s plenty to look forward to in Unity 5 . Thanks to UNITY Teleporter demo you can see just how versatile our new physically-based shader is. Plus, get an overview of what you can expect from it here . New GUI this summer Learn about how the new Unity GUI   and with less...
  • Blog Post: Porting your Cocos2D-x game to Windows devices

    Cocos2D-x is a great open source C++ cross-platform gaming engine for building games for mobile devices. Microsoft Open Technologies is contributing code to the open source project for the Windows devices support. What is MS Open Tech doing with Cocos2D-X? Cocos2D-x. Cocos2D-X is originally based on...
  • Blog Post: BAFTA Breakthrough Brits is Back!

    BAFTA, in partnership with Burberry, is looking for the next generation of British talent in Film, TV and Games. If you're working professionally in these industries and making a name for yourself in your chosen field – or you know someone who is – then we want to hear from you. Up to 20 talented newcomers...
  • Blog Post: Building a WebGL game for Windows 8 Store

    Install Visual Studio 2013 To build a Windows 8.1 app for the Windows Store, you’ll need. 1. Windows 8.1 2. Visual Studio 2013 to package your code. 3. Windows Store and Developer account. Simply follow the procedure described here: Get started - Download the tools . You can install the free version...
  • Blog Post: Reach millions of players. Just like that.. with Unity3D

    It's so easy to bring your existing Unity titles to Windows Store and Windows Phone. Use the resources on this page to port your content quickly and efficiently to a whole new global audience. Start with the basics Our Getting Started guides cover everything you need to know: configurations, SDKs, general...
  • Blog Post: Using Cloud Services to make a Leaderboard for a Unity Game

    As part of the #UnityportingUK http://www.unityportinguk.com one of the most common question we get is how can I take advantage of Azure Cloud Services Setting up Azure and Mobile Services If you do not have an Azure account, then you should sign up for one. The Azure Mobile Services have a free tier...
  • Blog Post: What programmes/competitions does Microsoft UK have live at the moment?

    Here are the details of the various programmes/competitions we have live at the moment so you can have a look around them.  If your a new Start-up doing any technology then  BizSpark should be of interest to you, you can find more details at www.microsoft.com/bizspark . If your a start-up then...
  • Blog Post: Nokia, Microsoft and Unity are hosting a series of Unity porting days across the UK and we would love to see you there!

    Attend and receive a token for FREE registration to the Microsoft App Store! Over the last 12 months, Windows 8 and Windows Phone market share has increased rapidly. More and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game...
  • Blog Post: Play a part in something special – help the attempt to secure a Guinness World Record and have some fun whilst doing it

    Date for your diary: from 7pm GMT, Friday, March 14th Game studio Illyriad , powered by Windows Azure, are mounting an attempt on the existing Guinness World Record for the Largest Videogame Player vs Player (PvP) Battle on Friday March 14th.  The attempt will be part of the public Alpha test of...
  • Blog Post: Power Up: The Beautiful Game Competition

    Exclusive for UK Games Developers Microsoft and supporting games industry partners are working together to help encourage the growth in the UK games industry which seeks to recognise and help game studios and developers of all sizes. As part of this ambition we have developed a competition which seeks...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is bringing Unity developers yet another opportunity to achieve creative success

    Microsoft is supporting the creation and launch of the best made-with-Unity games and apps on Windows Phone/Windows Store. The new offer helps to clear the way for talented and committed Unity developers to reach millions of new players and users. How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to...
  • Blog Post: Xbox360 for education announced at BETT2014

    There has never been a better time to learn how to program. Modern programming languages, coupled with powerful and widely available development environments, provide an excellent place to work. A wide range of operating environments, including mobile devices, cloud computing, robotics, embedded devices...
  • Blog Post: Marmalade and Windows Phone

    On the 19th of Nov we ran a dedicated day for developers building Windows Phone apps using Marmalade Marmalade Windows Phone Offer https://legacy.madewithmarmalade.com/wp8/faq https://www.madewithmarmalade.com/offers/wp8 Here are some video for those who could attend the event.. Building your first Marmalade...
  • Blog Post: Unity3D - Getting Started on Building/Porting to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

    Getting started with the basics for Unity The Unity Getting Started guides cover everything you need to know: configurations, SDKs, general considerations and first steps Getting started on Windows Phone (663 KB) Getting started on Windows Store (720 KB) Porting to Windows tips Once you get the basics...
  • Blog Post: Installing XNA on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012

    Guest blog by Simon Grey Lecturer in Games Development Studies at the University of Hull XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game. For us, a tools...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni

    Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Do you Accelerate, Incubate or Seek Investment

    The Microsoft Accelerators, Incubators and Investment opportunities are the great demonstration of Microsoft interest and involvement in the UK Start-up community. Last week at Games Industry Fair conference I had the opportunity to speak about this very matter. Accelerate Microsoft Accelerator – http...
  • Blog Post: Great news for Cocos2D and XNA developers Cocos2d-XNA

    Cocos2D-XNA is a 2D/3D game developer’s framework that is written specifically for XNA. XNA is the game API developed by Microsoft for independently published games on Xbox Live Arcade. To support other platforms than the now deprecated Microsoft XNA targets, Cocos2D-XNA supports the MonoGame runtime...
  • Blog Post: DirectX immediate mode rendering in your C#/XAML app using the SharpDx library.

    Last week we had a huge Microsoft representation at Eurogamer ranging  from Xbox360, XboxOne, Windows Phone and Windows 8 demonstrating our devcies, services and latest titles. During the event I had a lots of interesting discussions with game devs, educators and students, one of the key themes...
  • Blog Post: Touch Develop Inspiring the next generation to code - Scheme Of Work for GCSE

    In 2012 the Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, the Royal Society report was informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing. Key points of the report include: The current delivery of Computing...
  • Blog Post: Testing and Publishing your GameSalad Games/Apps to Windows 8

    GameSalad Creator is a 2D object oriented tool that allows you to create completely original games using a drag and drop interface, enabling you (the user) to create applications for Windows 8, iOS, Android, HTML5, and even for the Mac Platform without typing a single line of code so perfect for those...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Game Developer Stories & Resources

    Have you Got your game face on? Take it to the next level with Windows Azure . Whether you’re targeting iOS, Android or Windows, Windows Azure has the tools you need. Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on making great games and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. Learn how real-life...
  • Blog Post: Getting started building Windows Phone Games with Unity

    With the release of Unity 4.2, you can now take your Unity games and quickly port them to Windows Phone 8 and extend your reach to Windows users. Getting started building a Windows Phone 8 game with Unity To develop, compile and submit a Unity game to the Windows Phone store, you will need: • Unity 4...
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