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Learn new ways to easily create, express and share your ideas.
Now faculty and students can view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.
Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.
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Office 2007 & 2010 Step-by-step guide click here
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We ensure that primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and HE in the UK have access to high-quality STEM curriculum enhancement and software tools.
These activities produce successful STEM learners by offering engaging and achievable challenges, whilst building student confidence. They support students' development into responsible citizens through placing the STEM learning in relevant life contexts.
For more information on STEM visit STEMNET
So UK Student's and Academic's are you doing anything as cool or interesting as this?
We would really love to hear about how your using Microsoft Technology and software in your curricula or research.
Tell us and and share your outcomes and experiences at the Faculty Connection UK Linkedin Group
Over the past few days I have had a number of questions, regarding the oppurtuity of institutions providing IT equipement as part of the overall student experience.
In particular I have had lots of questions regarding Windows Tablets or the new Slate form factor. I personnal use a Windows 7 ThinkPad x201 with a multitouch enabled screen which I simply take everywhere as its my office, phone and connection back to the corporate network, however what is really neat is that this is now also my note pad and my whiteboard during these meeting. This piece of kit has raised a number questions over the past few weeks from ITPro's, Academic and students during my institution vists.
So what are the questions. The number one statement is woo! thanks cool! the number one question is simply who can the new range of Windows Tablets and Slate devices support students learning as there lots of debate at present in the slate market simply because the price of device is becoming more attractive. The key question in my response to this is simply what is your software portfolio and how do you manage this? The Windows 7 Slate has a major advantage for most Institutions as it natively fully supports Windows applications such as Office.
To help answer the simple question or what are like to use? What can you do with these in regards to software applications? and how easy are they to use?
I suggest you watch the following video, the video gives you a quick overview of the power of Windows 7 and Office 2010 when used on the slate device form factor.
From my perspective the Window 7 slate device is a very attractive proposition for both students and institutions wanting to deliever and support software and hardware.
Learn more about Windows Azure and Windows Azure Interoperability with PHP with these great new and updated tutorials below.
Updated Windows Azure Tools for PHP (Compatible with the Windows Azure 1.3 SDK):
Windows Azure with Drupal 7
Four new generic modules developed by Schakra and MindTree that allow Drupal administrators/developers to provide users with new features:
The basics of creating Windows Phone applications, particularly as it relates to the user interface.
Make your applications visually appealing with images, animations, and media.
Access data on the Web, store it on the phone, and display it to the user.
Use unique features of the phone, such the accelerometer, GPS, and camera, in your applications
So if you have developed your own apps and your a UK Student or Academic we loved to hear your experience and more about the app.
David Cameron launched “Start Up Britain” from Microsoft Cardinal Place, Customer Centre last week ….
Prime Minister David Cameron launched ‘StartUp Britain’ – a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to support small business in the UK.
Microsoft were proud to host the launch event at Microsoft’s Customer Centre at Cardinal Place which was attended by the Prime Minister along with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, as well as representatives from British business and high profile entrepreneurs.
StartUp Britain is designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK, and it is fully supported by HM Government and has so far gathered the backing of significant international brands including Barclays, BlackBerry, Experian, Intel, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co. and Virgin Media.
To find out more about this exciting initiative visit
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Jump in at: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment
Developed in Collaboration With MSDN Channel 9, XNA Game Studio, and App Hub
This combination video and text tutorial set teaches basic 2D game development on Windows, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4.0.
Learn the following lessons in our easy-to-follow chapters:
· Game Design from Start to Finish· Animated and Static Art Creation· The Game Loop Explained· The XNA Content Pipeline· Rendering Static and Animated Sprites· Player Input on Windows, Xbox 360, and Phone· Collision Detection and Response· Debugging Game Code· User Interface Design and Rendering· Sound Playback· Information on Xbox LIVE Indie Games and Windows Phone Marketplace
Just browse to: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment
On this new Game Development Page:
Special thanks to the Xbox LIVE Arcade and Microsoft Game Studios Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 teams!
DreamSpark has partnered with Windows Phone 7 and the App Hub! Now, you get the same tools professional developers and designers have, and you can sell your mobile applications and make money! Along with all the free applications, we're waiving the $99 registration fee and giving you the first 5 application submissions for free!!
Our smart installer only downloads and installs the components you need to complete your development environment. The full installation package from http://www.dreamspark.com includes:
After installing the Windows Phone Developer Tools, you should also install :
We have also released Visual Basic support for developing Windows Phone applications. Note: requires that you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher. This add-on provides support for using Visual Basic to build Silverlight Windows Phone applications only at this time.
App Hub is the place to distribute and merchandise your applications for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
To get registered:
Ready to submit your app? Once you submit an app you’ll need to verify your identity with GeoTrust. Read more at App Hub’s FAQs.
To verify your identity:
Python Tools for Visual Studio is a free & open source plug-in for Visual Studio 2010 from Microsoft's Technical Computing Group. PTVS enables developers to use all the major productivity features of Visual Studio to build Python code using either CPython or IronPython and adds new features such as using High Performance Computing clusters to scale your code. Together with one of the standard distros, you can turn Visual Studio into a powerful Technical Computing IDE...
Advanced editing, Intellisense, browsing, “Find all refs”, REPL, …
Supports CPython and IronPython
Local & Cluster/remote debugging
Profiling with multiple views
Interactive parallel computing via integrated IPython REPL
Support for HPC clusters and MPI, including debugging support
NumPy & SciPy for .Net
Support for Cloud Computing (soon)
Support for Dryad (large scale, data-intensive parallel programming) (soon)
Free & Open Source (Apache 2.0)