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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 10 Reasons To Use Team Foundation Service

    I recently had an interesting discussion with Giles Davies, Giles is from Visual Studio UK Team @VisualStudioUK . The discussion was about group based projects and how academics and students could use technology to assist them in this task. So I asked Giles to write a short summary of what he believes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Scottish Universities Game Jam

       On the 3rd 4th and 5th of April, The Windows Games Ambassadors hosted the Scottish Universities Jam at the University of West of Scotland ‘UWS’ in Glasgow. The event was an intense weekend of game development based on Windows 8 games with a focus on students developing a portfolio of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is back and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before! 24th – 26th April 2013

    Tech.Days online is back and this time it’s bigger and better than ever before. So if your interested in learning about Microsoft latest technology and tools and hearing from experts then you need to book out the the 24th, 25th and 26th April for three, free days of interactive learning; online and direct...
  • Blog Post: Develop iOS apps in C# with Visual Studio

        One of the questions I have had this week, is from Mobile development course leaders, how they can teach, Windows Phone, iOS and Android in the same lab?  For the first time ever, you can write native iOS apps in Visual Studio using C#. So I know a number of academics love  Resharper...
  • Blog Post: Want to pimp your Windows Phone 8 emulator – well here you go http://wp8emulatorskins.codeplex.com/

      If you want to change the look of your Windows Phone 8 emulator   You can now do this using the WP8 Emulator Skin Switcher to make it look like a Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X or Samsung Ativ S. Which is perfect for when you need to run demos and the emulators during a presentation. Here are some...
  • 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: So, do you know how big Visual Studio is?

    Well there is Visual Studio IDE, then there is Team Foundation Server and Office integration and… well you get the picture.   Yes its a vast set of products which as academics and students you get for FREE via DreamSpark http://www.dreamspark.com Continuous Improvement Additionally we have now adopted...
  • Blog Post: Get to grips with Application Lifecycle Management & Visual Studio 2012

    Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 Register and attend one of our Free and in-person events in London or Reading In these sessions we will look at the Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 and how that supports the entire...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 – Now available

    Visual Studio 2012 Update 1, is now available.  You can install it today from the download page (see "Visual Studio 2012 Update 1" under the "Additional software" section). With this and future updates, we’re striving to ensure that developers and development teams always have...
  • Blog Post: So what's new in Windows Phone 8

    Over the past few days I have been at a number of events and had a lot of questions of what’s new in Windows Phone 8.   So here a quick video of what’s new.   Here a quick video on Windows Phone speech integration     For more details of Windows Phone see http://www.windowsphone.com...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event 12th Sept

    This week sees the launch of Visual Studio 2012.  On the 12 th of Sept we launch Visual Studio 2012 with Jason Zander CVP who will be presenting the keynote. This is where the development of apps really starts!  Visual Studio 2012 is the most significant Tools product we have ever launched...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Colour Theme Editor

    So if you don't like the all White look of Visual Studio 2012 you can now customize the Visual Studio 2012 colour palette, with a FREE extension.  This extension is supported for Visual Studio 2012 Professional and higher. Key features Choose from several prebuilt themes including a Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Some Interesting news for Institutions using Visual Studio and Unity

        There was some very interesting news this week for the hundreds of UK Gaming course and thousands of UK gaming students from the Unite 12 conference in Amsterdam. An announcement was made by Unity CEO that the Unity games engine is to support Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, after...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Blend and Sketch Flow for Visual Studio 2012

    We are pleased to announce new versions of Blend + Sketchflow preview for Visual Studio 2012. Bringing Blend and Visual Studio together offers more value. Blend is a great tool offering a wide variety of designers and developers the ability to quickly and easily build great looking and powerful UI. These...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Available for Download

      Today marked an exciting day, we announced via S. Somasegar’s blog post and Jason Zander’s blog post that MSDN subscribers including DreamSpark premium institutional administrators now have access to Visual Studio 2012. DreamSpark subscribers can download and install Visual Studio 2012 later this...
  • 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: Windows 8 Metro Style Gaming

    Next week I will be at the Develop Conference , attending some of the 103 sessions, 5 keynotes, and on the Microsoft stand at the Expo. I’m looking forward to networking with the 1500 developers and 450 companies during the event and discussing the opportunity of developing Windows 8 Metro Style games...
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