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  • Blog Post: Cross Platform Mobile Development with Visual Studio

    One of the key goals for today’s developers is how to build an app or game and get it on as many platforms in the short most cost effective way. However building rich applications targeting multiple mobile platforms and a variety of devices up to now hasn't been an easy task but with In case you haven...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring the next generation of programmers - developer tools from Microsoft

    At Microsoft we have an amazing set of tools to inspire future developers Here a list of developer tools to help inspire tomorrow developers (Figures in bracket are guidelines for ages that it is appropriate) For FREE additional curricula materials see http://www.microsoft.com/faculty ·        ...
  • 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: Downloading Software from DreamSpark.com with Secure Download Manager

    Secure Download Manager The Secure Download Manager (SDM) is Kivuto's proprietary software program for managing the secure download of files from DreamSpark.com and institutions DreamSpark ELMS Stores . When you download software with the new SDM for the first time, you will be prompted to download and...
  • 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 Visual Studio 2013 includes the Visual F# Tools for F# 3.1.

    At the end of October 2013, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 to MSDN subscribers and DreamSpark.com Subscribers . This includes the Visual F# Tools, matching version 3.1 of the F# language. F# itself is an open source and cross-platform functional-first programming language, see fsharp.org for more...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

    Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download !  DreamSpark subscribers can download Visual Studio FREE of Charge from either their Institutional DreamSpark ELMS store or direct from DreamSpark.com . Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers...
  • 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: Deploy software across your institution with a FREE ELMS for DreamSpark Webstore

    Electronic License Management System (ELMS) for DreamSpark is an electronic software distribution solution included in every DreamSpark subscription at no additional cost . ELMS for DreamSpark provides a Webstore for the easy management and distribution of software licenses to students, faculty and staff...
  • Blog Post: Only DreamSpark gives you the pros’ most integrated developer tools at no cost to students —like Microsoft Visual Studio Professional.

        It’s the full suite, not a trial version! So start building apps, games and sites right away in HTML, C++, C#, Ruby, Java and more.   No cost. No catch. Start downloading today at dreamspark.com/student You’ll find everything from student app contests to coding camps, tutorials, expert...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit ON DEMAND

    This year Microsoft;s Faculty Summit, was streamed LIVE to people all over the world. For those of you who weren't available to watch the live stream during July  you can now watch all of it on your computer. During the summit viewers watched and participated in the keynote Q&A with Bill Gates...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism

    About patterns & practices The Microsoft patterns & practices team is responsible for delivering applied engineering guidance that helps  Software architects, developers, and their teams take full advantage of Microsoft’s platform technologies in their  application development project...
  • Blog Post: New look for Windows Developer Center and Design.windows.com

    So What is NEW at Design.windows.com ? A new UX Checkilist Checklist is a welcome addition to design.windows.com. It can empower designers when self-evaluating their app so they can better understand what is required and prioritize when they make need to make tough choices. Guidance links are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft deserves credit for Kid's Corner

    On the 8th of May there was a very interesting Guardian article based on research that the Windows Phone team commissioned in the UK. The key finding of the research · Over a quarter of UK parents affected by their kids’ unauthorised app purchases · Eight year olds have run up the largest app costs,...
  • Blog Post: UX/UI Design the benefits of building prototype, even if you have only initial sketches of your prototype.

    This week I had a really interesting discussion/debate with a University lecturer on teaching user interface design and it took me back just to how things have changed since the mid-nineties. When I was a student a lot of CS courses which looked at interface design had materials which referenced the...
  • Blog Post: Windows In Academia Presentations

    On the 26th of March we held an event to help raise awareness of the opportunity of Windows 8 and Windows Phone within academic gaming courses. The intention of the event was to.. 1. Introduce the latest technology released by Microsoft 2. Present the curricula resources available for academics 3. Provide...
  • Blog Post: What is your chosen UI/UX Design tool for concept meetings?

    I was having a discussion at weekend and got into the discussion of client meeting and UI/UX workshops and got into discussing the great blogs by the Cooper teams. I am sure as part of your academic reading lists Alan Cooper, “ The Inmates are Running the Asylum ” and “ About Face ” will be cited.. Here...
  • Blog Post: Guide to Developing Windows Store Applications in the Labs

    Introduction In order to develop Windows Store applications, you need to use Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. These are available to you in the labs, but there are a few steps you need to take in order to develop Windows Store applications in the labs. These are required because: a) A Windows Developer...
  • Blog Post: Top tips for iOS devs building Windows Store apps

      Resources for iOS developers available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj680134 Last week at Build , Aaron Hillegass, an existing well known iOS developer, who has worked for Apple and is the founder of Big Nerd Ranch an iOS training and consulting company, presented tips...
  • Blog Post: iOS Resources for Windows 8 Developers:

    The iOS Resources page ( www.interop.windows.com ) is now live on dev center. This is a great starting place for iOS developers to begin their Windows app building.   The page currently has numerous articles, including: - Installing Windows 8 and dev tools on Macs - Getting started guide for...
  • Blog Post: Using the right tone of voice for your brand

    Many of you are aware that a few months ago my colleague Andrew Spooner ( @andspo ) developed a series of films which focused on various aspects of digital design and user experience . A number of UK Universities used these videos as part of their guest lecture series, with the launch of Windows 8 Andrew...
  • Blog Post: Check out this set of Microsoft Visual Studio research tools and services.

    These versatile tools range from games to help you get started in a new programming language to analysis engines that enhance the power and usability of Visual Studio. These are tools made by researchers for researchers , designed specifically to meet the needs by people who share their needs. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark – Batch Creation of Registration keys for Windows 8 for students

    I am happy to confirm that DreamSpark has been modified and we have reinstated the ability to download batches of Windows 8 Professional and Windows Server 2012 unique retail keys. These student keys, are available from the MSDN Subscriber Portal for Program Administrator to distribute to their students...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Events

    Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio, especially now we’ve launched Visual Studio 2012. We have scheduled free in-person events on Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server for you to come...
  • 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...
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