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    Microsoft announces Open Technologies, Inc.



    Microsoft has created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc to advance Microsoft’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source. 

    The Interoperability Strategy team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous open source and standards efforts on behalf of Microsoft. It was recently involved in numerous standards initiatives, including HTML5, HTTP 2.0, cloud standards in DMTF and OASIS and in many open source environments such as Node.js, MongoDB and PhoneGap.

    This new subsidiary is further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities.

    Microsoft and our business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways across the company, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations.

    The subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and standards communities.

    This structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source world.

    As a result of these efforts, customers will have even greater choice and opportunity to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments.


    For more details see the following blogs



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    Channel 9 Windows 8 Application


    Channel 9 is home base online for technical know how, how to’s and tips and tricks.

    Channel 9 is used by millions of Developers worldwide each month through videos, how to articles and events.

    We are excited to announce that the team has just released a Channel 9 application in the Windows 8 App Store. 

    So Install the application today on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and easily browse the latest content on Channel 9, share content with your friends and view content on any of your Play To Enabled devices. 

    To find the app, Search the Windows 8 App store for Channel 9.


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    Installing enterprise metro apps without using Microsoft Store


    Over the past few days I have had a few questions re how does a University go about installing Enterprise apps onto Windows 8 machines without having to setup Microsoft LiveIDs on each of the machines,


    As your all aware from the Consumer preview, applications are installed via the Microsoft Store, authentication to the store is based upon your Microsoft LiveID. As a consumer you simply click on the store icon and use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview.


    However if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees/students or lab Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want to do it more directly.

    Which is where “sideloading” fits in.

    Microsoft Technet has detailed documentation on Windows 8 Sideloading to add and remove line-of-business (LOB) Metro style apps

    In brief:

    • App must be cryptographically signed
    • App can only be installed on a computer that trusts the signing certificate
    • Group Policy must have the Allow all trusted applications to install setting.
    • Computer must be domain joined to run the app (not needed for install)

    At which point installing an app is as simple as

    add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx

    Additionally you can also remove apps via this process

    Remove-appxpackage C:\app1.apx

    More details on the Windows Store can be found here


    And Building Windows 8 blog


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    Windows 8 Camps May 2012


    As of this morning we have launched the follow on Windows 8 Camps for developers around London and Birmingham. The camps primarily targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment.

    Again, our Windows 8 Champs will be delivering hands-on lab materials to get developers up to speed with app development.

    Registration details for Manchester and Edinburgh will be made available later this month. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    London, Wednesday 9th May 2012 – Register here

    London, Thursday 10th May 2012 – Register here

    London, Thursday 17th May 2012 – Register here

    Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Register here

    Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Don’t forget about Edinburgh!

    If you wish to attend the Windows 8 for App Developers in Scotland, we still have spaces available. This 1 day event which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register (Spaces still available)

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    Installing Windows 8 onto Samsung Series 7 Slate



    For those who have been asked about running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the retail version of Nike-Tab (sold as the Series 7 Slate)… please note that has Samsung created a new webpage to assist users with the install + drivers which can be found here: http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/

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    Microsoft UK TechDays Windows Phone BootCamp 12th and 19th May


    I am pleased to inform you that the dates for the May edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days are now available.

    In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.

    This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out.

    Windows Phone UK TechDays BootCamp

    Windows Phone Camp Registration & Information

    Saturday, 12 May 2012, London

    Saturday, 19 May 2012, Liverpool

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    Microsoft UK TechDays Azure BootCamp 11th and 18th May


    Today, we have announced our fourth and final edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days.

    The events are fantastic experience for you and your students who wish to get up to speed with Windows Phone & Azure development. Delivered by a line up of Microsoft evangelists, these camps have been inspiring UK developers, students and academics to get started with both Windows Phone & Windows Azure.

    I got an opportunity to meet similar people who think and understand like me & got to know a lot about Microsoft & it's mobile application development in depth.’

    ‘Having the technology (Windows Azure) explained by people who know it in depth. Difficult concepts explained with concrete examples!’

    This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out. 

    Windows Azure Bootcamp Registration & Information

    Friday, 11 May 2012, London

    Friday 18 May 2012, Liverpool

    In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.

    Overview of the Azure BootCamp

    At the Bootcamp, our Windows Azure & Cloud Computing evangelists will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually writing some code, deployed on to a cloud service and make a simple application available on the public internet.

    You will get all the information you need to get up to speed. So if your new to the Cloud this is a perfect oppurtunity.

    Click here to register for the London Bootcamp, Friday 11 May 2012

    Click here to register for the Liverpool Bootcamp, Friday 18 May 2012

    Spaces are very limited to please register today to avoid disappointment.

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    Windows Phone Student Competition Win a Nokia Handset



    We know you love the way Windows Phone puts People First.

    Do you want to win one? Course you do!

    The Microsoft UK Student team have put together a competition for those people who like writing Apps for mobile devices. With our latest programme, only available to students aged 16 or over in the UK, we want to encourage you to write lots of Apps and submit them via AppHub into the Marketplace.
    For EVERY app you write, during the periods of the competition, (see the detailed terms and conditions here) you'll have a chance to win one of 100 Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones. We also want to reward those who write top quality Apps so we are complimenting the random prize draw with a judged competition, the top prize being a trip to our offices to spend a day honing your skills and your Apps with our deep technical experts.


    Putting it simply

    1. Register once here.
    2. The Student Team monitor your app submission in Marketplace.
    3. 3 random prize draws (up to 30 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones per draw).
    4. 1 Top App Competition (up to 10 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones AND a trip to the Microsoft Technology Centre in Reading to talk with our technical experts and see the latest cool stuff).

    The more Apps you publish during the competition, the more chance you have of winning! 1 app = 1 entry into the relevant period draw, 2 apps = 2 entries etc, all Apps go into the Top App Competition.

    Any questions you can email us on ukstu@microsoft.com or post on the student Facebook wall.

    To enter the competition you simply need to register with your LiveID, Apphub Publisher name, preferred contact email address and mobile phone number and that's it. Obviously you then need to publish Apps to have a chance of winning. 

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    Microsoft Research solutions


    Research solutions from Microsoft, targeted at research departments in higher education institutions, the aim is to help you rapidly establish a platform for secure, collaborative research using, smart tools for analysis, development and professional authoring - all underpinned by scalable High Performance and cloud computing. For example, Microsoft Research has worked with several partners and a few higher education customers to develop a portfolio of complimentary virtual research kits now accessible on Codeplex. The free kits are Sharepoint extensions which allow customers to set up research web portals to house research projects including organization tools, integrated workflows, document management, real-time communications and easy team collaboration.

    With the onset of Azure and its open platform of applications and new SharePoint extensions for researchers, Microsoft now has a very robust set of products to simplify the management of research and reduce the costs of performing research in higher education institutions.

    From parsing big data to providing analytics to archiving and publishing findings, Microsoft and our partners have the technology to support research management engagements of all sizes.


    The portfolio of Sharepoint extensions for Research Management are listed on http://microsoft.com/eduresearch

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    Improvements to Microsoft IT Academy Members Portal



    The redesigned My Academy benefits page will provide a consolidated view of all program benefits and enable you to explore all the great resources and academic discounts available to your institution.

    The new site can be used by both educators and administrators to quickly access and activate your benefits.

    My Academy - Curriculum

    * Assign, manage, and use E-Learning This is perhaps our biggest improvement. You no longer need to request access codes to enter the Instructor Learning Management System (LMS). You can now access the LMS from the My Academy page or directly from the Web without an access code. The system also transmits your IT Academy member ID for you when you enter the LMS. If you already have access to LMS, you will still have access; nothing will change. You will still need to enter your Live ID to gain entry.

    In this section, you will also be able to:

    * Access the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum

    * Explore lesson plans and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam review kits

    * Gain access to the E-Reference Library for Microsoft Press

    * Generate course completion certificates

    * Create your own E-Learning courses

    My Academy - Certification and Profession Development

    * Get your Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Teacher Starter Kit

    * Get your Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Teacher Starter Kit

    * Become a testing center

    * Activate and use your MCT Membership

    * Achieve Teaching with Technology Professional Development

    My Academy - Software

    * Access software from DreamSpark and DreamSpark Premium subscriptions

    * Activate and use your TechNet Professional subscription

    My Academy - Marketing Resources

    * Find posters, flyers, and other marketing resources to help you increase enrolment and promote your IT Academy

    * Access career roadmap posters and tools to help your students efficiently and effectively accomplish their goals.

    My Academy - News and Special Offers

    * Find current and archived IT Academy member newsletters

    * Take advantage of academic discounts on Microsoft Press books, Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC), and Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC)

    My Academy - Support

    * Find program support from Regional Service Centers and access frequently asked questions and answers

    * Connect with a Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP) to get more out of your IT Academy member benefits

    NOTE: To view member benefits and member site navigation in your local language, use the “Translate this page” tool located in the top right corner of the member site.

    Visit the My Academy page soon to try out the new features or if your interested in becoming an IT Academy see more details here

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