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    Discover Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010


    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.

    • Better organization. Discover the ways OneNote - the digital notebook – helps organize lectures, Web articles, videos and other rich content in one convenient program.
    • Be more expressive. Learn about the improved designs, slicker transitions, quality graphics and other ways to better engage your audience with PowerPoint.
    • Collaborate freely. Microsoft Web Apps are online companions to Microsoft Office, and are available for free. Access, edit and share Microsoft Office documents virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.

    OneNote 2010 Getting Started guide  click here

    OneNote 2010 Step-by-step guide click here

    Office 2007 & 2010 Step-by-step guide click here

    Office 2007 & 2010 Getting Started guide click here

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    What is the STEM cirriculum?


    STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

    Aims and objectives of Microsoft:

    • To support Academics in delivery of the STEM curriculum.
    • To support industry in reducing the STEM skills gap and understanding of modern software skills.
    • To raise the profile of Science, Technology,  Engineering and Maths within the Academic Community.
    • To provide STEM students with access to the lastest skills and sofware.

    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

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    The Power of Kinect SDK


    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

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    Microsoft Windows 7 & Office 2010 - Windows Slate device support


    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.


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    Windows Azure supports open source PHP/Eclipse and Drupal


    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:

    • Tutorial - Bing Maps Drupal Module Installation: enable easy & flexible embedding of Bing Map in Drupal content types (like articles for example)
    • Silverlight Pivot viewer Module: enable easy & flexible embedding of Silverlight Pivot in Drupal content types, using a set of preconfigured data sources (OData, a, b, c).
    • Windows Live ID Module: allow Drupal user to associate their Drupal account to their Windows Live ID, and then to login on Drupal with their Windows Live ID
    • Tutorial - Bing Maps Drupal Module Installation: allow data sources based on OData to be included in Drupal content types (such as articles). The generic module includes a basic OData query builder and renders data in a simple HTML Table. The package includes a sample module base on an Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) OData source, showing how to build advanced rendering (with Bing Maps)
  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone 7 App Development






    Visuals & Media

    Make your applications visually appealing with images, animations, and media.


    Sensors & Other Phone Specific Features

    Use unique features of the phone, such the accelerometer, GPS, and camera, in your applications

      Beyond the QuickStarts


    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.

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    Microsoft supporting the Start Up Britain Campaign


    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 www.startupbritain.org.



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    Microsoft Game Development with XNA Game Studio



    Online. Plaintext Searchable Code. Lessons for Design, Art, and
    Programming. Everything You Need, Free.

    Jump in at: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment

      Developed in Collaboration With MSDN Channel 9, XNA Game Studio, and App Hub

    Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience

    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.

    • Videos are each less than 5 minutes in length
    • Accessible with a web browser, no special installs needed
    • All source code is plaintext, easy to copy and paste
    • Assets and code projects downloadable for a quick jumpstart
    • Downloadable checkpoints throughout to keep learners on track
    • Entire experience can be run windowed, side-by-side with Visual Studio


    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

    How Do I Get Started?

    Just browse to: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment


    On this new Game Development Page:  

    • A full “graduation path” for game developers from Beginner to Pro
    • Step-by-Step guidance for each level
    • Information about Xbox LIVE Indie Games and Windows Phone 7 marketplaces.
    • Links to “Going Professional” guidelines and contact points for Xbox LIVE Arcade and
      Microsoft Game Studios

      Special thanks to the Xbox LIVE Arcade and Microsoft Game Studios Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 teams!


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    So what is Windows Phone 7 and what is the benefit to UK Academia


    Students: Get Paid for Your Apps

    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!!

    Watch Rob Miles screencast containing a step-by-step demonstration of the process to upload your first Windows Phone 7 application to the AppHub.

    1) Download the free tools 2) Register on App Hub 3) Verify with GeoTrust

    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:

    • Visual Studio 2010 Express
    • Windows Phone Emulator
    • Silverlight
    • XNA Game Studio 4.0
    • Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone
    • .NET Framework 4

    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:

    • Go to the App Hub Registration page.
    • When prompted make sure you register as a Student.
    • Complete the App Hub registration process.
    • Use the tools you downloaded to create applications and share your creativity with the world.


    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:

    • Go to App Hub and submit an app
    • You’ll get an email from GeoTrust – check your junk filters if you don’t get it within 24 hours.
    • After you register your identity, Geo Trust will request a copy of one piece of identification that has your signature.
    • Once you send in your signed identification your application will be approved within 5 business days.
    • Once approved your app will appear in the market place within one day.


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    Python Tools for Visual Studio 2010


    An integrated environment for developing Python in VS2010

    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)

    Keeping up to date

    Web Site http://pytools.codeplex.com/
    Twitter @pt4vs http://twitter.com/pt4vs
    Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pt4vs or "Python Tools for Visual Studio"
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