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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch Develop is looking for adventurous Windows Phone 8 mobile app creators.

    Do you have a device running the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system? Are you a fan of the TouchDevelop app that enables you to create apps directly ON your mobile device? Do you love to try out the latest apps, and give feedback about what you like or wish to see improved? Then our beta...
  • Blog Post: Get up to speed on Windows 8 in 6 weeks

           So its now the summer holidays, well its the perfect time to get skilled up for Windows 8, to do this you will need to be fully prepared. To confirm RTM of Windows 8 has been confirmed for August and General Release for Oct 2012.   So to help you get prepared we have...
  • 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: Visual Studio Achievements Gamification in the classroom

    Back in January this year, we announced Visual Studio Achievements for Developers – a fun way bringing Xbox LIVE-like points to everyday programming tasks. The fascinating program makes sure your students hard day’s work doesn’t go unnoticed and after over 80,000 downloads since the initial release,...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Camps May 2012

    As of this morning we have launched the follow on Windows 8 Camps for developers around London and Birmingham. The camps primarily targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment...
  • Blog Post: Improvements to Microsoft IT Academy Members Portal

    The redesigned My Academy benefits page will provide a consolidated view of all program benefits and enable you to explore all the great resources and academic discounts available to your institution. The new site can be used by both educators and administrators to quickly access and activate your benefits...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut keys combinations

    Last week I  attend a number of events, which involved discussions in relation to using Windows 8 with a Keyboard and mouse. I mentioned the fact that Microsoft had introduced a suite of keyboard shortcuts to help you manage its classic and metro interfaces. So here is the list of Windows 8 keyboard...
  • Blog Post: Mastering the Cloud.. with Windows Azure Curricula Resources

    A number of Universities have now added Cloud technologies into the curricula and at Microsoft we are assisting with the development of specific cloud computing curricula to support the teaching, learning and research of cloud technologies. As predicted by Analysts such as Gartner, IDC and Forrester...
  • 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: System Center 2012 - Importance of Private Clouds within the Education

    Last week I had a  number of interesting discussions with Universities in relation to the importance of Private Clouds within the Education and the opportunity which public and private cloud offers institutions IT Services and academics. The opportunities presented are specifically in relation to...
  • 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: Enabling your IT Support teams to deploy the right technology to ensure your curricula is appropriate and suitable

    Over the past few weeks we have had a number of interesting meetings with IT Services teams and academic faculties within UK Universities. These discussions have been particular interesting as we have discussed the opportunity of enhancements academics can make to curriculum if they had access to the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Silverlight 5

    For all of you who may of missed the announcement this week in relation to the release of Silverlight 5. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices. Download Silverlight 5 , a free plug-in less...
  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Azure Next Tuesday (Dec 13th)

    Next Tuesday, Dec 13th 2011 Microsoft will be holding a special Learn Windows Azure training event for developers. The Event will provide a great way to learn Windows Azure and what it provides. You can attend the event either by watching it streamed LIVE online. Learn Window Azure Event h During the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Update Includes Social Networking Features

    A service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM includes new social networking and cloud features which is great news for Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance members. The Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance is a program for member universities and colleges who wish to enhance the learning experience by...
  • Blog Post: Teaching UI and UX want some reference style guides–Metro

    From a design point of view a nice thing about Windows Phone is that it brings with it a whole set of design guidelines which are referred to as “Metro”. Microsoft has developed a sets of guides to  how controls are supposed to look and establishes a set of criteria that your applications should...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012

        “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.” The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges...
  • Blog Post: TechDays.Online FREE ONLINE Training in October 2011–REGISTER NOW

    I am pleased to announce a series of free Tech.Days Online Conferences for academic and student developers. Tech.Days online conferences simply give you access to hand-picked video content and technology training from our UK team, and the chance to get involved online, listen to speakers and ask our...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone - “Mango” Jump Start Videos Just Released!

    Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event featuring renowned MVPs Rob Miles, University of Hull & Andy Wigley AppMundi over 1,270 people joined the two-day event (Aug. 23-24, 2011). The two days of Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ITL Research – Helping develop an understanding of innovative teaching and learning practices

    Due to my role, I have interactions with Universities across the length and breadth of the UK. I have the great fortune of seeing best practices and some truly transforming faculties, departments and schools. From my visits I get to hear and learn from educators and  I’m always inspired and amazed...
  • Blog Post: The Interoperability bridges and Labs Center improving interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies

    For all of you whom are interested in open source take a look at The Interoperability bridges and Labs Center , the site is dedicated to technical collaborative work to improve interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies. On the web site, you will find a live directory of freely...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 World Wide Finals

    The 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals took place yesterday from 16:00-19:00 EST (NYC Local Time) 8pm to 11pm GMT you can watch a video recording of the stream here. The “World Festival Awards Ceremony” will be held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in downtown New...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic an intro to programming

    Small Basic Updates: After more than two years of pre-release versions of Small Basic, which has been available to all Academics and Students via Microsoft DreamSpark we are finally releasing the 1.0 version. For Schools and institutions wanting to teach or introduce students programming Small Basic...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK beta UK Academic Event 21st June 2011

    This morning Microsoft UK are holding a special event for the UK Academic community on the Kinect for Windows SDK ! Its been an awesome day so far and.. I will be blogging more about todays event and presentations. Kinect SDK Beta Launch Content Microsoft has produced over 4 hours of Channel9 Live...
  • Blog Post: UK Office Trainers join round table discussion with Microsoft Learning

    On Monday 13th June 2011, I attended a number of meetings at the University of York, UK, the University had a specific event entitle Office 2010 and Beyond! after the event the University of York IT Academy team hosted a round table event with 17 Microsoft Certified Trainers ‘MCTs’ who specialise...
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