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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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    August Update from Microsoft Research & Faculty Connection



    Understanding the Immune Response to HIV

    HIV infection may not be the death sentence it once was, but it remains an undeniably serious condition that requires aggressive, life-long treatment and entails the ever-present threat of severe immunological impairment. Consequently, medical researchers continue to investigate the mechanisms by which HIV infection evades detection by the body’s normal immune responses. In the August 3, 2011, issue of Nature, investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard; Imperial College London; the National Cancer Institute; and Microsoft Research have shed light on the interactions of HIV and the immune system’s natural killer (NK) cells. The paper is the first to show that NK cells play a direct role in fighting HIV. This knowledge opens a new path of research into ways to beat the virus.


    Graduate Women's Scholarship Program

    The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during their first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft began accepting applications on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. To be considered, all applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 6, 2011, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time.


    Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Refresh Available

    Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released on June 16, 2011, has been strong, and we’re delighted to learn that so many developers and innovators who are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications have taken advantage of the SDK to explore the potential of the Kinect sensor. In support of our commitment to encourage researchers and enthusiasts in their exploration of the exciting possibilities of the Kinect sensor, we have now released a refreshed version of the SDK. The community has provided us with a lot of good feedback, and this release addresses some of the top items you’ve told us about.


    Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for 2012

    The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for 2012 started accepting applications on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. This program recognizes the best and the brightest Ph.D. students in the United States and Canada. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program in an accredited university in the United States or Canada, with a research focus in computer science, mathematics, or electrical engineering. All applications must be submitted through the office of the department chair. To be considered, all applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 6, 2011, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time.


    Cloud Infrastructure Soars in Europe

    It was barely a year ago that European scientific and industry leaders came together to develop, test, and deploy a high-quality, interoperable cloud platform for industry and research. The result was VENUS-C (Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud infrastructures). Jointly sponsored by the European Commission and a consortium of 14 partners, among them Microsoft Research, VENUS-C was conceived to meet the needs of seven different research and commercial areas: bioinformatics, systems biology, drug discovery, civil engineering, civil protection, civil emergencies, and marine biodiversity. VENUS-C has since developed into a functional, operational platform, and is now being used for 15 new pilot projects, which received seed funds after an open call that elicited 60 proposals from throughout Europe.


    Faculty Summit 2011

    As you may already know, Microsoft Research Connections hosted our twelfth Faculty Summit in July, providing a forum for lively debate of the development, application, and funding of technologies in the environmental, medical, and educational spheres over a long period of time. Presentations and streaming video of keynotes, talks, panels, workshops, and demonstrations are now available on-demand—find links to them on the agenda page.

    Upcoming Events

    September 8–9 Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011, Phoenix, AZ

    September 27  Microsoft Research 20-Year Anniversary, Redmond, WA, United States

    October 20—21 Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011, San Diego, CA

    October 23—25 eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication, Cambridge, MA

    November 9–12 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Portland, OR, United States

    December 4–8 2011 eScience in Action Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Microsoft Kinect - Happy Birthday! 1 year old on 04/11/2011– See how academic research contributions make a huge success



    Kinect for Xbox 360 has been a smashing success since its November 2010 debut, thanks in part to contributions from Microsoft Research to its audio, skeletal-tracking, and facial-recognition capabilities. And further refinements could mean the best is yet to come. Read the following to learn more about the science behind Kinect - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/about/feature/contributionstokinectforxbox360.aspx

    Over the last few months,Microsoft Research have published a series of feature stories to outline the contributions they have made to the ground breaking Kinect for Xbox 360 product, which Guinness World Records has dubbed the fastest-selling consumer electronic device ever.
    This week, the Kinect team is marking the one-year anniversary of Kinect. Read the following blog for more details and watch the an amazing video detailing their contribution http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2011/11/03/the-research-behind-kinect.aspx

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    Get your non technical students Publishing a Windows Phone App


    Great new app ideas aren’t worth much if you don’t get them out there. There is nothing more important to students than being to develop a suitable portfolio to get them ahead in future career aspirations.

    So with student getting back to University this week its key that they make the most of the FREE resources we offer. 

    Even non technical students will find the following resources of use to developing apps. So if your at school, college or University educators and students need to ensure they register for DreamSpark and register for Free developer resources and accounts for publishing Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.

    So here’s a way to make developing and publishing your app ideas easy and fast.

    All DreamSpark institutions and students over 18 get FREE membership in the Windows 8 Dev Center and Windows Phone Dev Center where you can submit applications for publication for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

    Building for Windows Phone

    Windows Phone is one of the best-designed mobile operating system with the best developer platform. It has strong consumer momentum, too, growing at a rate 6 times faster than the overall Smartphone market according to our internal analysis of available data.

    Here are some outstanding resources to get you started, based on your skill level.

    1. Windows Phone App Studio and ZipApp these are great tools that makes developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications easier for beginners. In fact, some developers have gotten up and running on it in as little as 10 minutes.

    2. If you’re new to traditional software development, Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners is an easy-to-follow, 35-part course that takes you from beginning to end in building two completely Store-worthy apps.

    3. Experienced developers can learn the ropes of Windows Phone development in our fast-paced, demo-rich online course, Windows Phone 8 Jump Start.

    Nokia Developer Program DLVP

    You’ll also find ways to have some fun with your app development, in Nokia’s DVLUP program. There, the apps you submit help you complete challenges and earn XP (experience points) you can redeem for rewards, everything from gift cards to the latest Nokia Lumia devices. Terms and Conditions of DVLUP apply.

    We look forward to seeing your first app and to helping you get it to the world.

    And because you already have a Microsoft Dev Center account, you can quickly submit applications for the fastest-growing smartphone platform.

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    Guide to Developing Windows Store Applications in the Labs



    In order to develop Windows Store applications, you need to use Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. These are available to you in the labs, but there are a few steps you need to take in order to develop Windows Store applications in the labs. These are required because:

    a) A Windows Developer license is required in order to develop Windows Store applications. In order to get one of these, you need to be running with Administrator privileges and, student accounts within your labs DO NOT have admin privileges.

    b) Windows Store applications cannot be deployed from a network drive and, of course, your Student location/drive in the labs are generally a network drive.

    Thanks to Wayne Rippin at Derby University who has developed the following guidance to overcome these restrictions and this blogs describes the steps you need to take.

    Obtain a Microsoft Account

    Before you do anything, you need to acquire a Microsoft Account. Some of you may already have one (it used to be known as a Live ID), but if not, you can easily acquire one from the following location:


    You can either use an existing email id or get a new one. You do not need to use your University email ID.

    Please Note: All Students receive a FREE Developer account via DreamSpark see http://www.slideshare.net/lee_stott/free-windows-store-access-for-all-students-via-dreamspark for Visual Studio Developer activation a LIVE ID/Microsoft account is the only requirement

    Obtaining a Windows Developer License in the Labs

    The machine will need to be logged into as a local admin to enable/activate visual studio

    The following PowerShell commands will remove the necessity of the local user having admin rights

    Please create a folder within the local machines and create the following PowerShell commands.








    Privilege Guard installed or a rights evaluation tool

    User Instructions

    Once you have logged in, go to the Windows Desktop and use Windows Explorer to navigate to the ( C:\Tools folder (or the folder your storing these scripts). This folder contains three scripts that perform various actions on Windows Developer licenses.

    Right-click on the script called showdev. One of the options you will see is “Run with Privilege Guard”. Select this and a dialog box should be displayed asking you to accept the license terms for a Windows Developer license. Press the button to accept these terms.

    If at this stage, the script terminates, just perform the above step again. For some reason, the first time this script is run, it just terminates when the license terms are accepted, rather than continuing.

    You should now see a progress box appear and then you will be asked to enter your Microsoft Account ID (LIVEID) and password.  If this is accepted, you should then see a dialog box that tells you that you have successfully acquired a Windows Developer license. It will also tell you the date on which the license expires.

    You can now start up Visual Studio 2012 and create a Windows Store application.

    Building from a Network Drive

    When you attempt to run a Windows Store application from Visual Studio, it actually deploys the application to the computer it is running on. Unfortunately, Windows Store applications cannot be deployed from a network drive. To solve this problem, you need to change the build target directory for your project so that it builds the application to a local drive:

    • If you are building a C# project, right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer. This will bring up the properties tabs for the project. Select the Build tab. Go down to the Output Path and change this to ‘C:\temp’.
    • If you are building a C++project, right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer. This will bring up the properties pages for the project. Under Configuration Properties, select General. Change the setting for Output Directory to ‘C:\temp’.

    Now when your project is built, the output files will be placed in C:\temp. When you run your application, it will be deployed successfully.

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    Nokia, Microsoft and Unity are hosting a series of Unity porting days across the UK and we would love to see you there!



    Attend and receive a token for FREE registration to the Microsoft App Store!

    Over the last 12 months, Windows 8 and Windows Phone market share has increased rapidly. More and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as:

    • Reindeer Round-Up from Christian West – over 10,000 paid downloads in just 8 days following his port at the London Unity porting event
    • Wilson's Adventure from Richard Hawkins – getting over 148k downloads in 3 weeks since his port at the London Unity porting event

    Now it's your turn to share in the success. Bring your game along to one of our porting days and we’ll help you port your title in one day!

    Don't delay… there are just 100 places per venue on a first come, first served basis.

    Register today

    There will be hands-on advice and Unity experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone or Windows Store.

    If you don’t have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone or Windows Store, we have that covered! We have a number of  PC laptops running all the necessary developer tools and will provide Windows QuickStart kits for iOS developers (which will run Windows 8 Pro on your MAC OS X via Parallels Desktop 9).

    This event is for developers who have developed a title using Unity and published to iOS App Store, Google Play, Amazon, Blackberry Store or other App Stores.

    Read Windows Porting success stories here

    Interested in porting but cannot make any of the days? Click here to learn how to port your apps to Windows

    Get on the AppCampus Program

    During the day we will also give you advice on how to get onto the exclusive AppCampus Program.

    Pick your Venue

    Glasgow  - Saturday 29th March 2014 @ Digital Design Studio, The Hub, Pacific Quay,
    Glasgow, G51 1DZ

    Birmingham - Saturday 5th April 2014 @ Innovation Birmingham Ltd, Faraday Wharf, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Birmingham, B7 4BB.

    Manchester - Saturday 17th May 2014 @ TechHub Manchester, 3rd Floor, Carver's Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HG

    London - Saturday 31st May 2014 @ Nokia UK (London), 2 Kingdom Street, W2 6BD London

    AppCampusNokia logoUnity logoMicrosoft

    Register today

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    Oracle on Windows



    Today Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, and Mark Hurd, President of Oracle Corp., announced a new partnership between the companies.

    As a result of this partnership, UK universities and enterprise customers now have an have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads onto Windows Server, Windows Azure, or a hybrid of both. Many UK Universities have Windows Server running Oracle workloads on premises, they now will be able to run those workloads in Hyper-V virtualized environments or Windows Azure, with full certification and support from Oracle.

    What this means:

    • You can run Oracle software on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and in Windows Azure with full support from Oracle.
    • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to use their existing Oracle licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.

    This makes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V the only non-Oracle hypervisor that Oracle supports.  This also makes Windows Azure the only properly licensed and fully supported public cloud option for Oracle customers. For more details see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/default.aspx

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    March 12, 2013 – One day in the cloud that could change the trajectory of your career



    As the cloud transforms IT, the need for qualified IT professionals has never been more urgent, and certification has never been more valuable. Registration is now open for Certified Career Day, an interactive LIVE event for IT professionals.

    Attendees will join a Live Industry Panel Broadcast comprised of industry experts who will discuss how the cloud is redefining IT recruitment and the growing need for certification. Then, Microsoft Product Specialists will host Live Product Sessions—in-depth depth discussions on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 that will help attendees learn how to prepare to get ahead of the inevitable shift to cloud-based technologies.

    So do you…

    Want to be a leader in Cloud technologies?

    Need training and tools you can use now?

    Join us for Certified Career Day on March 12 at 8:30AM PDT 16:30 GMT

    Registartion and further details here http://www.certifiedcareerday.com

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    Microsoft Data Culture series for Developers, Data Architects, Data Scientists, Database Administrators events in Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Reading and London



    The Microsoft Data Culture series of events are delivered in partnership with Hortonworks and KPMG UK to provide a full day, end to end immersion experience to showcase the Microsoft Data Platform, Business Intelligence and Analytics capabilities.

    It focuses on giving you the insight to drive a Data Culture within your organisation which has been proved to deliver significant competitive advantage.


    This exclusive event will give you an opportunity to:

    • Learn about the benefits of driving a Data Culture within your organisation
    • Learn about the data dividend and how to get access to the £58Bn available over the next 4 years
    • Understand the latest innovations across the Microsoft Data Platform, Business Intelligence and Analytics capabilities
    • Immerse yourself in one of 7 tracks with hands-on instructor led session
    • Interact with experts from Microsoft and our partners
    • Discover innovations in our Solution Showcase
    • Network with your peers

    Big data. Small data. All data. You have access to an ever-expanding volume of data inside the walls of your business and out across the web. The potential in data is endless – from predicting election results to preventing the spread of epidemics. But how can you use it to your advantage to help move your business forward?

    Data is growing exponentially and it’s now possible to mine and unlock insights from data in new and unexpected ways. Empower your business to take advantage of this data by harnessing the rich capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server and the familiarity of Microsoft Office to help organize, analyze, and make sense of your data—no matter the size.

    The Microsoft Data Culture series of events shows you how to drive real-time business, from apps to insights, through a deeper look into the comprehensive Data Platform, Business Intelligence and Analytics capabilities from Microsoft, Hortonworks and KPMG.

    For Data Specialists (Big Data Architects, Analysts, Developers, Data Scientists, Database Administrators)

    Attending this one-day event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations we’re delivering around data that will empower your business with the tools you need to quickly uncover business insights and make smarter business decisions. Make the most of the day and attend a track tailored to your role;

    For Developers

    • Join the Data Insight Immersion and experience BI capabilities from a development perspective (or)
    • Join the IoT track to understand how to leverage sensor based data and gain insight (or)
    • Join the Azure Data Services track to learn about the latest data services in the cloud.

    For Data Analysts and Power Users

    • Join the Business Intelligence Immersion and experience BI capabilities from an end-user perspective.

    For Data Scientists

    • Join the Data Science Immersion and experience predictive and machine learning capabilities.

    For Big Data Architects

    • Join the Big Data Bootcamp and experience in-depth Big Data capabilities.

    For Data Platform Architects

    • Join the Data Platform Modernisation Immersion to learn how to combine in-memory, cloud, and storage advances to lower your Data platform TCO and dramatically increase performance.

    Agenda for the day

    • 9:15 – 10:00 – Registration
    • 10:00-10:30 - Welcome, Partner Solution Expo
    • 10:30-11:30 – Keynote - Data Platform, Business intelligence and Analytics Overview
    • 11:30-12:30 – Introduction to Breakout Tracks
      • Data Insights Immersion Track – Developers ( PowerBI, HDInsights)
      • IoT Track – Developers (ISS, EventHub, ServiceBus, PowerBI ) – Coming December
      • Azure Data Services Track (DocumentDB, AzureSearch, PowerBI) – Coming December
      • Business Intelligence Immersion Track– Data Analysts and Power Users (Excel, PowerBI)
      • Data Science Immersion Track- Data Scientists (AzureML,Power BI)
      • Big Data Bootcamp Track – Data Architects (Hadoop, APS, HDInsight, PowerBI)
      • Data Platform Modernisation Track – Data Platform Architects (SQL 2014, in-memory, Database-as-a-service)
    • 12.30 - 13.15 - Lunch and Partner Solutions Expo
    • 13:15 - 15:00 - Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences
    • 15:00 - 15:15 - Break
    • 15:15 - 16:30 - Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences
    • 16:30 - 17:00 - Panel, next actions & Close
    Register for Event
    Date: 24th February 2015  Time: 9:15 – 17:00
    Location: Leeds REGISTER NOW
    Date: 24th March 2015 Time: 9:15 – 17:00
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    Date: 8th April 2015 Time: 9:15 – 17:00
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    Location: Reading REGISTER NOW
    Date: 19th May 2015 Time: 9:15 – 17:00
    Location: London REGISTER NOW
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    Windows 8 Camps Students, Educators all welcome



    Windows 8 DevCamps

    For Developers & Designers who want to get hands on help to kick start their Windows 8 app development

    The Windows 8 Camp is open to everyone and offers an experience catered to your background and technology preference. Find out how to make sure your app is in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market.

    We don’t expect you to have finished your application in one day (although that’s not impossible). You will at least understand the Windows 8 operating system, what makes a great Windows 8 style application and the development paths that are available to you. If you choose to take advantage of one of our 1:1 UX labs, then you will also leave with a set of wireframes that you can use to start your base your Windows 8 style application on.

    You can then return to one of our future camps to carry on with your application build and take further advantage of our Windows 8 experts who will be present all day to personally answer your questions.

    Windows 8 DevCamps

    For more details and resources see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8/

    For students and educators get all the necessary software and windows store accounts from www.dreamspark.com

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