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The Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone is now available as a reward with the Windows Phone UK Developer Reward Programme.
By simply joining the UK Developer rewards programme Educators and Students can get rewarded with loads of other fantastic prizes for building Windows Phone App and publishing it on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
The programme concludes (Sunday 5 Feb 2012). So There is no better time to start building and publishing your Windows Phone app. It’s incredibly easy with 5 simple steps:
So download the tools form DreamSpark and Register and start building & publishing your Windows Phone apps today.
Enter to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Windows Phone Challenge and create software that can really make a broad impact in the world.
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Get your questions ready! Join Windows Phone Challenge Captain Jukka Wallasvaara on 22 February at 15:00 GMT or 23 February at 05:00 GMT via Live Meeting and ask him about competing in the Windows Phone Challenge. Follow these instructions to join Live Meeting. The Live Meeting sessions will be recorded and posted on this page under the Helpful Links. Find out what time it is your country/region.
Last week I had the pleasure of playing with a SUR40 Surface 2 at the BETT Show. The SUR 40 is a 40-inch full HD LCD, that can be mounted horizontally or vertically and incorporates PixelSense technology which allows NUI controls not just touch.
The SUR 40 is now shipping and available through Samsung channel via Midwich in the UK. The SUR40 is a impressive piece of kit which has recently won a number of awards including the Popular Science Award, and International CES “Best of Innovations 2012” award winner. The awards recognize and honours outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 32 product categories, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Check out this video of Steve Clayton demonstrating the SUR 40.
For those of you interested in building Windows Phone app’s or putting the finishing touches on your Windows Phone app the following are a great set of resources for your students additional reading to the curriculum material we provide.
As always if you want to have a Windows Phone 7 Phone Camp on YOUR Campus please email email@example.com as you can see we have been busy visiting campus locations the length and breadth of the UK.
Windows Phone 7 Resources – Getting Started:
Code Samples for Common Tasks:
Panorama/Pivot View Sample:
Location Service/GPS Sample:
Use Sensor Data Sample (Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Compass:
Process and Use RSS Feeds in Win Phone:
Isolated Storage (3 Scenarios):
Local Database App w/MVVM for Win Phone:
AD Control Sample: For those students who want to make money on their Phone app via including advertising in their apps:
Over the past few weeks we have had a number of interesting meetings with IT Services teams and academic faculties within UK Universities. These discussions have been particular interesting as we have discussed the opportunity of enhancements academics can make to curriculum if they had access to the latest desktop OS and web browsers. These discussions were particularly interesting as a number of the IT Services teams highlighted a need for applicants/employees with very specific Microsoft skills sets. For example. experience in virtualisation and cloud computing, as well as product specific skills such as System Centre, Windows 7 and MDOP. Microsoft has a number resources available including IT Pro resources such as TechNet and IT Developer resources such as MSDN. To the specific training and certifications resources Microsoft IT Academy programme as one route for institutions to help their staff and students get recognised certifications and knowledge.
Another service we discussed was, The Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA is a online training centre which uses some of the characteristics of game-based learning to motivate learners. It’s free and open to anybody, not just those staff and students in formal education institutions, and it focuses on a range of Microsoft cloud-based technologies.
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. You can access a variety of training content online and become one of the renowned experts in the IT Pro community around the world. MVA provides its users with a virtual university experience: the student can select a track and study the material and then do the self-assessment. By doing so, they will collect points that will promote them to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Level. Students on MVA can get access to all the information, statistics and advancements of their training career, allowing them to maintain a long-term relationship with Microsoft. Learning through MVA is FREE of charge, and you can study the contents at any time and at your own pace.
In the UK there are currently
Topics covered include:
Clustering Hyper-V Office 365 Private Cloud Public Cloud Security SQL Azure System Center Virtual Machine Manager Virtualisation Windows Azure Windows Phone VMWare
The whole system runs in the Cloud, as it’s built on Windows Azure so is extremely scalable and reliable. So let me know how you get on with these resources.
The Microsoft IT Academy Program curriculum builds knowledge and experience in productivity tools and other technology applications that students will encounter on the job. It also provides an excellent foundation for future work and career advancement in technology and other fields. Students can develop skills that qualify them for certification as Microsoft Office Specialists, Microsoft Technology Associates, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists, or Microsoft Certified IT Professionals.
Optimize your curriculum with Microsoft Certification
It is recommended that educators integrate certification in their curriculum because it promotes workforce readiness and helps prepare students for their careers.
Microsoft Office Specialist Microsoft Technology Associate Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Benefits Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Overview Microsoft Certified IT Professional
Also check out our Microsoft IT Academy Program career path resources.
Last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York took place last, showcasing some of emerging trends and innovation. The feedback from the event really made me start thinking about how are we positioning the consumerisation of IT within your teaching and research?
At the NFT Conference Razorfish demonstrated a beta version of it's Retail Experience platform (codename "5D") and were drawing crowds with an amazing multi-channel retail experience that utilised Microsoft Surface, Tag, Windows Phone, Kinect and Windows 8 on Samsung slate. Whats interesting is the The 5D platform connects both enterprise devices such as kiosks, large-screen displays to personal and consumer focused devices such as tablets and personal smart phones, the goal is to better attract consumers into the stores, drive product engagement and arm store assistants and retailers with more contextualized digital tools.
A Short video of a fashion retail scenario is shown in the video below I hope this helps generation of some interesting potential research projects. The quality of graphical detail and transitions caught the attention of many so I thought I'd share here for all to see the power of a connected retail experience of the future.
Razorfish Connected Retail Experience Platform (codename "5D") from Razorfish - Emerging Experiences on Vimeo.
Overview of the video - A user is seen browsing a large-format catalogue using the Kinect, transferring the catalogue to a phone with a Microsoft Tag, shortlisting the catalogue on the Surface and even virtually trying on products with the Kinect. At the same time, a store assistant is able to assist the customer with a tablet application.
Microsoft Bing is more than an internet search engine
As a academic your day is filled with non-stop time commitments, class preparation and on-going research. Microsoft Office can help you handle the writing, presenting, organizing and communicating it takes to keep moving at the speed of the academic calendar.
For more info on how Bing can help click here
Bring subjects to life. Windows Live™ Movie Maker is the fast, easy way to turn photos and video clips into great-looking movies and slide shows you can share with students, other faculty, or on the Web. And it’s free.
Learn more about the power of Movie Maker click here
Quick Step by Step guide to using Movie Maker click here
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.
OneNote 2010 Getting Started guide click here
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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