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    Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme short listing announced Feb 2013


    A new round of the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA started in September when 109 applications were received from 20 countries in the EMEA region.



    Applications comprised those submitted to the Initiative in Informatics with Edinburgh University (where we co-fund four PhD Scholarships a year) and a new initiative with University College London.

    The applications, which were submitted by academic supervisors and are often co-authored by Microsoft Research Cambridge researchers, are currently being reviewed by Microsoft internal and external reviewers and announcements will be made in Feb 2013.

    Students will then be appointed and start pursuing their research in the 2013–14 academic year.

    If your interest in more details click here.

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    Student Developer get stuck into Windows Phone over the summer holidays



    About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday:

    The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application.

    The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203 participants submitting prototypes.

    So if your developing Windows Phone make sure your using Microsoft Expression Sketchflow which can be downloaded for FREE via Microsoft DreamSpark or MSDNAA and here are some useful tips and guidance on your designs.

    • Clarity of Purpose – Easy to understand what the app would do and for whom. There are various ways to do this: use of an “about” screen, using notations throughout the prototype, and the use of another web-page or even a video explanation.
    • Innovative – Does your app do something new or accomplished something in a new way are you using the device features.
    • Use of Metro – Does your application belong on Windows Phone due to the choices made in layout, in the use of controls (e.g. pivots, colours, functions and layout)
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    Six Steps to Windows Azure - Registration open for 8th and 9th November




    Six Steps to Windows Azure – Starts on 8th and 9th November:

    Six Steps to Windows Azure programme which offers a series of free technical events and online sessions on the Windows Azure Platform. The programme aims to guide developers and IT professionals currently building apps or considering the cloud on how to take full advantage of Windows Azure.

    Our upcoming events will cover both the technical and commercial aspects of adopting Windows Azure.

    We will be launching a brand new web site with the full list of details and registration. Register now for the following events.

    Windows Azure in the Real World - 8th November 2012

    Get started with Windows Azure by seeing how companies have implemented real world solutions for different types of Azure workload. Join us if you currently building applications, considering moving to the Cloud and want to understand how to take full advantage of the Windows Azure Platform.


    Advanced Topics in Windows Azure - 9th November 2012:

    Join us to tour the latest features of Windows Azure from Media and Mobile services to Windows Azure Active Directory. The day will explore the opportunities Windows Azure offers with Windows 8 and the latest Phone Toolkits (iOS, Android and Windows Phone).


    What’s next? Here are the upcoming themes. Registration will open shortly.

    Windows Azure - Architecture and Design (13 November)

    Integration with Mobile and the New World of Apps (4 December)

    Open Source Development (15 January)

    HPC (4 February)

    Big Data (24 February)

    For more details of Azure in education including FREE Curricula see http://www.windowsazure.com/education

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    Interested in Windows 8 in Education



    We have two key resources

    The Windows 8 in education eBook

    Windows 8 in Education UK Microsite.

    The microsite is design to sharesome key Windows 8 in education assets that look closely at our new OS specifically through an Education focus at schools, colleges and Universities.

    In addition to the eBook, a key new asset that has literally just been added to the microsite is our Windows 8 in education video. The video showcases how both UCL and Hartsbrook E-Act Free School are using Windows 8 to build 21st skills and create more emotional connections with learning .I was involved in the filming of this video and both institutions are doing some amazing work with Windows 8, and technology in general. I personally loved the impact that Windows 8 had on the primary age students at Hartsbrook E-Act Free School to PhD Students and Researchers at UCL.


    Windows 8 Apps

    Windows 8 apps also sit front and centre of our new Windows 8 in education microsite. With a rapidly growing selection of education apps from the likes of Pearson, RM and Autology, the education category in the Windows Store has definitely been one of the most dynamic and innovative areas since launch.

    Our app showcases offer a detailed overview of specific apps combined with screencasts, screenshots and information to allow you to learn more about how the app can help directly within your institution.

    The intention is not to list every education app in the store, but offer a overview of a selection of UK apps available both today and over the coming months.

    The UK Education Team will be adding fresh content, especially around new apps, to the site on a regular basis so be sure to come back regularly and keep up to date with what is going on.

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    Christmas is an Amazing time we would like you join us for Appy Christmas! 17th and 18th Dec 2012 London UK


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    Get involved in Appy Christmas!

    This December were running a special two day event so if your building an app or game, have an existing app or game for iOS and Android or simply interested in meeting with fellow app developers and building amazing Windows 8 apps then this is the event for you.

    We’re running a two day event in December to create amazing app experiences for people using Windows 8. There’ll be some workshops, some training, some tools and resources for you to make use of – and you’ll all get to publish your app(s) by the end of the month into the Windows Store.

    Who’s attending? There’s a great mix of students and non student developers. As long as you can do some basic coding you’ll have the skills needed.

    In a nutshell…

    • When? 17th and 18th December
    • Where? Modern Jago in Shoreditch, London
    • What? Write code and create a Windows 8 app! There’ll be a mix of tech talks, presentations and lots of working time

    Register now

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    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.

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    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.



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    Get in the Game… Create some Games over summer with Construct2 HTML5/JS


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    Scirra have teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new Windows 8-based competition with some fantastic prizes!

    Create a new game with Construct 2, or port an existing one, and successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by June 21st to be entered in to the competition. Allow a week for the store submission to complete, so try to get your entries submitted to the store by June 14th.

    • 1st: a Windows 8 touch device, a Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X and a Construct 2 Business license
    • 2nd: a Windows 8 touch device and Construct 2 Personal license
    • 3rd: a Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X and Construct 2 Personal license
    • 4th-10th: a Construct 2 Personal license

    In addition to the above prizes, the top fifty entries will also receive a $100 voucher that can be redeemed in the Scirra Store! That's right, there are 50 of these available!

    For more details see https://www.scirra.com/blog/113/windows-8-summer-competition

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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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    Microsoft BizSpark: Helping startups succeed with all the right resources


    Microsoft® BizSpark™ is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business.

    So if you're interested in becoming a startup or are a institution incubator or innovations centre and are interested in becoming a Bizspark network partner simply visit www.bizspark.com for more information.


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