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  • 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: 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: Computer Science Women Students, Join us on 13 March in London from 6-9pm for the exclusive, first-ever Codess University event

    COMING SOON: Computer Science Women Students, join us on 13 March in London from 6-9pm for the exclusive, first-ever Codess University event, where you will have the chance to check out the latest Microsoft technologies by Xbox UK , Skype , Microsoft Research , Bing and Yammer .  There will also...
  • Blog Post: What does DreamSpark –> UK Education

    In less than 10 years, students have made approximately 48 million downloads of our developer tools – fuelling massive learning and innovation from students. Microsoft has invested in thousands of Young developers and entrepreneurs with Microsoft BizSpark . The support which BizSpark has provided has...
  • Blog Post: New Digital Literacy course teaches coding basics with TouchDevelop

      “ Build Your First App ” – a free two-hour eCourse – launched today at www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy this is  the newest addition to the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum. The course is a collaboration among Microsoft Learning experiences, Microsoft Research, and Microsoft YouthSpark...
  • Blog Post: Be the next generation of Microsoft Application close in 2 days

    Be the next generation of Microsoft At Microsoft, we’ve built our business on the same youthful enthusiasm and pioneering spirit that our founders had in 1975. Now, almost 30 years later, we still look for these qualities in our people. Our award-winning Software Development & Technical Consulting...
  • Blog Post: Project Spark

    For the past few months I have been having a good play with Project Spark and been really impressed with what can be achieved. I am really impressed how easy kids can pick this up and make some beautiful games. The experience and Project Spark got shared more widely at GamesCom Europe and here is a video...
  • Blog Post: Get your students to prove that they’re a game changer! http://www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk/

      Get your students recognised and rewarded for their hard work. if your teaching Windows Phone 7 then your students could get bonus rewards for migrating their Windows Phone app to Windows Store and vice versa or incorporating one or more Windows Azure Services. T he official website is not yet...
  • Blog Post: Build a bot that will compete in an online game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – Participants code a player ‘bot’, host it on Windows Azure, and its take part in battles with other competitors.

    Microsoft's US team are holding a challenge aimed at US based holders of a Windows Azure account (including a 90-day free trial) can win prizes is running again with three weeks still to go. However as this is US Challenge UK entries cannot win but I thought it may be of interest to some academics and...
  • Blog Post: Want to learn Windows 8 development – Gameification with Visual Studio Achievements

    I am excited to announce an update to the Visual Studio Achievements extension: the availability of nineteen new achievements all oriented toward Windows 8 app development. These new achievements can be earned in JavaScript, C#, VB and C++. Some examples include: I Like To Move It Move It which is earned...
  • Blog Post: Do you have great students? Well its their time to shine as a Microsoft Student Partner

    Applications are now open! The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology...
  • Blog Post: What Makes a Quality Games Programming Graduate?

    Microsoft presents the largest opportunity for game developer students. Why? The choice of development languages and tools including  XNA, C++, DirectX, HTML5, JavaScript, .NET, C# VB, and Visual Studio all available for FREE from DreamSpark . Our developer resource guidance available from http...
  • Blog Post: Registration open for July Windows 8 Camps

    The Windows 8 Camps have been designed to show you how to build a Windows 8 app. You can tailor the day to make it as personally productive and rewarding as possible. You can work on your own projects with assistance from Windows 8 experts, network with others and also have the option of attending short...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic – A great tool for introducing programming

      Microsoft Small Basic is, in my opinion, one of the really cool platforms for introducing programming to younger students. A FREE simple IDE, a simple subset of BASIC, and built in turtle graphics all resonate with me. And a number of teachers around the world seem to agree. What is really great...
  • Blog Post: .NET Gadgeteer Updates, resources and 1st Book Publication

    Gadgeteer support for .NET Micro Framework 4.2 is on the way, which means you'll soon be able to run Gadgeteer on .NETMF 4.2-compatible mainboards like GHI's Fez Cerberus .  This update also enables Gadgeteer apps to be written using Visual Basic (Visual Studio or Visual Basic 2010 Express). A beta...
  • Blog Post: Windows Design & Development Resources

    Thanks to all of the Universities who have updated their curricula to include Windows Phone . For the past few month we have been running a number of Phone Camp across the UK and judging from all the questions and comments in relation to METRO there is clearly a lot of interest and passion around this...
  • Blog Post: Update to Microsoft DreamSpark

    Today we made some exciting changes and improvements to DreamSpark , with the launch of a new site and rebranding of MSDNAA to Microsoft DreamSpark premium. Dreamspark DreamSpark is the first step for educators to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students by providing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Tech Clubs

    There are many ways to learn technology around the world. We realize that sometimes the way students can master professional tools is on their own time with your friends. Microsoft goal is to support them with the access to tools, training and a platform to connect. Student Tech Clubs are communities...
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