• Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data, Hive & HDInsight Jump Start




    This is the first of a three-Jump Start series tailored for those interested in a demo-heavy learning experience introducing Microsoft’s Big Data solution set.

    Live Event Details

    17:00 BST Friday, 21 June 2013 END 22 Jun, 01:00

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    Microsoft Technical Evangelist Saptak Sen will start with setting up and loading data into Windows Azure storage and a Windows Azure HDInsight cluster. After covering Windows Azure Data Management concepts (e.g., SQL Machines, SQL Databases, Tables, Blobs), they will demonstrate using Hive to query Hadoop data using HiveQL commands and walk through how Hive leverages the entire Hadoop cluster.

    Finally, they will explore ways to pull data from HDInsight and other sources into Excel using tools like PowerPivot, Data Explorer, Power View and Geoflow to visualize data models with self-service analysis.

    Course Outline

    - Windows Azure Storage
    - Windows Azure HDInsight
    - HDInsight Hive Console
         - Create external table statements
         - Table partitions
         - Select statement syntax
    - Hive ODBC driver for connecting to ODBC consumers like Excel
    - Data Explorer Excel add-in
    - Excel PowerPivot and Power View
    - Windows Azure Marketplace, SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database
    - Geoflow Excel add-in

    For more details on Azure in Education see http://www.windowsazure.com/education

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    Imagine Cup 2012 UK Results



    On Wednesday 25h April at 16:00 BST, the UK hosted its local Imagine Cup finals webcast at the Microsoft Campus in Reading. The 6 finalists from the Software Design competition who were chosen from a round of preliminary judging were whittled down to the two top teams on 19th April through 5 hours of judging in a sealed room at our Microsoft offices in London Victoria. Through much deliberation over the next few days, we chose one team to represent the UK at the Imagine Cup worldwide finals in Sydney, Australia!

    Imagine Cup Software Design in the UK this year: A few stats



    · We had 991 registrations for the Imagine Cup UK this year

    · 374 of them signed up to the Software Design competition

    · 49 teams were formed for the Software Design competition

    · 26 teams submitted a Round 1 entry

    · 6 teams were selected for the UK final

    · 1 team won and will go to the worldwide finals in Sydney to represent the UK

    The Judges


    The Teams


    Bazinga! From Motherwell College – were inspired to use smartphone technology to inspire students all about Science! “Professor Duffy’s Interactive Labs app” is a complete science Lab on the phone utilising various sensors on the phone to demonstrate the practical side of science in a fun and interactive way.

    Teesside 0x32: From Teesside University was inspired to develop Cloud Doctor – In Ethiopia for example there is 1 doctor to 50,000 patients. Cloud Doctor, as the name implies, harnesses Windows Azure and Cloud technologies combined with Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets to deliver an on-demand, flexible and intelligent collaboration system – connecting healthcare workers in the developing world with specialists and doctors all over the world who volunteer their time to help patients on the ground.

    Team EyeWorks: From Northumbria University and Newcastle College were inspired to develop MIRA (a Mobile Intelligent Retinal Analysis platform). MIRA is a cloud based platform that utilises Smartphone technology coupled with a specialist lens attachment developed at Northumbria University to identify early stage sight loss in the developing world.

    WykeWare: From the University of Hull were inspired to develop a smartphone application to assist those people with a risk of falling be it the elderly or people prone to fainting. Their submission embraced cloud technology to match emergencies and responders to identify how to prioritise how best to help.

    Sentient Systems: From the University of Reading were inspired to develop “Sentience” a cost effective software solution designed to run affordable , advanced and customizable robot systems utilising cloud based distribution, plug-in architectures, commodity frameworks and low cost hardware specifically Kinect!

    Team Loading: From The University of Manchester were inspired to develop Project Sky High. Project Sky High is a Windows Phone application combined with a netduino hardware sensor to allow aid workers in the developing world to transform a smartphone into a cost effective portable ultrasound scanner and mobile blood pressure monitor. The patient data will be recorded in the cloud in Windows Azure and accessible by a medical professional.

    The Winners

    In 3rd place and winners of a pocket digital video camcorder each were…


    In 2nd place and winners of a Windows Phone each were…


    In 1st place and winners of a Windows Phone each, a trip to the Microsoft Technology Center in Reading to spend a day with the experts and also the grand prize of a trip to Sydney, Australia to compete in the worldwide finals were…


    A huge congratulation to all teams who competed and this year the decision was made much harder than ever before as the entries this year far surpassed previous years.

    All teams who submitted a Round 2 video entry will be receiving feedback and teams who have won prizes will be hearing from the Academic Team very soon! Congratulations to Team EyeWorks and we will be seeing you in Sydney!

    Watch the Video of the Imagine Cup 2012 UK Live Web Cast relieving the Winners of the UK Imagine Cup entries

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Touch Mouse: From an idea to award-winning paper to amazing product



    Touch Mouse

    For the past few weeks I have been getting to grips with my new Touch Mouse. Microsoft first unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multi-touch device designed exclusively for Windows 7 that enables users to click, flick, scroll, and swipe at 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

    The Touch mouse makes it easier and more fun to interact with a PC. Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a traditional mouse with the rich natural language of gesture. The new mouse has already received an accolade, winning ‘Best Peripheral’ at CES from Endgadget,

    So what's special about this mouse - two fingers snap windows into place, three fingers quickly switch tasks, and your thumb can move forwards and backwards through websites, photos and documents.’

    Like many of Microsoft products the Touch Mouse began in 2009 as part of a research project called ‘Mouse 2.0’ conducted by Microsoft Research and Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group. The results of that research were presented in 2009 during the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, garnering a best-paper award.

    Nic Villar

    Lead paper author from MSRC, Nic Villar, is particularly excited about the product release “When I finished my PhD at Lancaster University three years ago and came to work for Microsoft, I didn’t imagine that my research would contribute to a new product for the company so quickly or in such a tangible way. What’s particularly pleasing about this project is the close collaboration between MSR Cambridge and our colleagues in Redmond, which was critical to the successful transition from research to product. Following the initial research insights described in the award-winning ‘Mouse 2.0’ paper, the MSRC Innovation and Development team worked closely with the Hardware product team in Redmond to turn the research prototype into the commercial product that’s being released this year.”

    A huge advantage Microsoft has is nearly every product which Microsoft ships includes some form of technologies from Microsoft Research. So what does this advantage mean, through exploration and cross company collaboration we can advance the state of art computer science.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone Interoperability



    Got a porting question?

    Interested in Windows Phone but your currently a iPhone, Android or QT developer want to know more about porting your Android, iPhone or Qt apps over to the Windows Phone platform?

    Check out the  great resources, free easy-to-use tools to help you through the process, and even experts monitoring forums to answer porting questions. see http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/ 

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    UK Academic Survey


    We’d like to invite you to tell us what technology you use and what you think about it.

    If you can spare the time to complete the survey it will help us understand you and what you need from us. The goal of the survey is to better understand the use of technology by students and faculty across the UK. It collects no personal information, and our sole purpose is to get your opinion, not who you are. We understand how busy you are, especially at this time of the year, and the questionnaire has been designed to require only ten minutes of your time.

    All you need to do is to click here to participate in the survey.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft Vision of the Future


    Microsoft Vision of the Future Video

    Ever wondered what tech will be available in the future?

    The following is a video is a 5 min insight into what Microsoft believe IT technology  of tomorrow will be capable of.



  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    How Microsoft is helping to support Students and their Careers


    Brandon Foy who created the viral Ad referenced below is currently an studying at a US .edu University. Brandon has been involved in the Microsoft community previously as a Microsoft internship student.

    Brandon has developed it’s an exciting Ad and is a real Windows Phone fan.  Brandon Ad has really inspired the Windows Phone community and inspired Microsoft, as a result Microsoft invited Brandon to show his Ad at the Microsoft Mix11 conference in Las Vegas this week.

    With his "We Love Windows Phone" video. We want to thank him by jump starting his CV. So if the Ad gets 200k views on YouTube, Microsoft will air it on a US National ad spot!

    You can see Brandon Foy on stage with JoeB at MIX here http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mix/videoGallery.aspx

    So do we have any budding Brandon’s from UK Academia .ac.uk STEM-D courses let the Microsoft UK Student Team Know via the Microsoft UK Student Blog  or Microsoft UK Student Facebook Group.

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    Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni


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    Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone 8.

    Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks.

    There will be hands-on advice from Marmalade experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone

    If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone we have that covered! We will provide hardware running all the necessary developer tools and will provide access to Marmalade 7.

    This event is for new and existing marmalade developers and students

    10.00 Registration
    10.30 - 10.40 Intro from Uni
    10.40 - 11.00 Welcome from Microsoft/Marmalade
    11.00 - 12.00 Getting started with Marmalade - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
    12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
    13.00-14.00 Using Marmalade walkthrough popup lab tutorial - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
    14.00-15.00 Designing beautiful windows phone games - Lee Stott Microsoft
    15.00 -15.10 Break
    15.10 - 16.00 Microsoft/Nokia developer programmes and Opportunity - Lee Stott Microsoft
    16:00 -20:00 Hackathon/Gameaton with Marmalade for Windows Phone 8
    20:00 - 20.30 Games Showcase
    21:00 Close

    Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday

    Free devcies

    Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Season Greetings.. Win a Windows 8 Slate for Christmas and training resources for Jan 2013



    All App Builders registered in the Windows Store as a UK developer with an App in the Windows Store by 24 December have an amazing opportunity to win some great prizes. And this isn't just for apps from now - it's all Apps, including ones already in store. For every day until 24 December CreativeBloq will draw out an app that is in store from their list of registered participants Register Here

    Free training and resources for developers

    Join a UK community


    Getting Started with a Windows 8 app
    Find all the resources you need to start creating a great Windows 8 app.



    Free Developer Tools
    Templates. Kits. Tools. Everything you need to build your app.

    Join a UK community


    Windows Azure Poster
    This poster introduces Windows Azure for developers and summarises the benefits, such as global coverage and extensive language support.



    App Promotion Opportunity
    Does your app have a unique feature? A beautiful design? Email us with a description of the app, including what it does, your background and a link to the app store.

    Upcoming Events for Windows and Azure in 2013

    Windows Azure


    Online, Throughout January and February - Six Steps to Windows Azure - Join us for our Six Steps to Windows Azure programme which offers a series of free technical events and online sessions to guide you through how to take advantage of the Windows Azure platform.

    Register Now

    On Demand - Windows Store app development for IOS developers

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    Learn the ins and outs of the Windows platform from iOS developers who are now building Windows apps.

    Watch Now

    Windows 8


    London, 11 January - Ideas to Apps: Session 1 - Ideas and UX - This 'Ideas to Apps' Workshop series is tailored to help people with awesome apps ideas through the complete development process, from idea generation through to designing, building and even marketing an app.

    Register Now


    London, 26 January - Ideas to Apps: Session 2 - Match-Making - In session 2, we'll match you with developers and designers who can help make your app idea a reality.

    Register Now


    Monetise on your Windows 8 Apps

    Getting your app live in the Windows Store and monetised via Microsoft Advertising couldn't be easier, just follow these three simple steps;

    1. Build an app for Windows 8

    2. Download the Microsoft Advertising SDK

    3. Register in the PubCenter

    With the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows 8 you determine the advertising experience in your app - allowing you the flexibility to provide the most integrated user experience possible. As the app publisher, you have the opportunity to attract unique and valuable audiences that advertisers will pay to reach. By connecting the advertiser to your app audience with relevant and engaging experiences, you create value for advertisers and users, and revenue for yourself. View More Information

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    YoYo Games Gamemaker full support for Windows 8



    We are thrilled to announce the availability of YoYo Games support for building Windows Store games

    YoYo Games was founded in 2007 by a group of leading Games and Entertainment industry executives. The company, headed by CEO, Sandy Duncan (ex-Vice President of Xbox Europe), was created to support the founders' belief that a new generation of games development talent and devices was emerging and there was an opportunity to incubate and showcase some of the very best of this talent on these new and existing platforms.

    GameMaker is available today under a variety of licensing tiers, including a free tier, from the YoYo Games website (www.yoyogames.com) and has been downloaded more than 5 million times since 2007. In addition, GameMaker is the teaching product of choice for more than 5,000 schools and Universities worldwide. In September 2011, YoYo Games introduced GameMaker:HTML5, unleashing the games development talent of hundreds of thousands of gamers on the web. YoYo Games estimates that over 130,000 games have been developed using the YoYo Games platform.

    YoYo Games announcement - http://www.yoyogames.com

    YoYo Games Windows 8 Opportunity - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio/multiformat/windows8

    YoYo Games Windows 8 Contest - http://www.yoyogames.com/competitions/windows-8

    Download - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/studio

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