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Last week I had a tour of colleges and Universities in the North East of England in relation to raising awareness and interest into the Imagine Cup 2012 competition. From the positive feedback of this event were holding additional regional sessions and the next planned events are in London and Edinburgh. The purpose of these events are to provide you with more information about what the Imagine Cup is as well as giving you the chance to meet like-minded people.
If your interested in the Imagine Cup why not come along to a sessions where you’ll learn about the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup is a chance for College, University students and academics to get together and use Microsoft technology to develop solutions to world problems.
This years World Wide Final will be held in Sydney, Australia and with the prize of $25,000 not only will you get this reward but the Imagine Cup is a great chance to showcase your students and your institution. So why not take the opportunity and enter. So please register to attend if you’re interested in entering and finding out what sort of projects you could do or what prizes you could win. you may of already registered and simply want to find some team members, a mentor. If you have already decided to enter please simply register online at http://www.imaginecup.com
Simply register for free
Edinburgh 29th November 2011 - http://ukimaginecup.eventbrite.co.uk/
London 1st December 2011 - http://ukimaginecuplondon.eventbrite.co.uk/
If you have any suggestions for other locations where we can hold such an event let us know at email@example.com for more information on Microsoft UK Students see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/ or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/microsoftukstudents
Welcome to the Windows Phone Developer Reward Programme.
The programme is simple. Successfully publish an unique and original app in the Windows Phone Marketplace and you will be rewarded with one point.
You can then decide to redeem the point for a 12 month magazine subscription or Gyro Stealth Flyer Remote Control Helicopter (more options available also).
You can earn up to 4 points and redeem a PocketCinema Projector, Xbox360 Console or 22 inch LED TV.
The only catch is that they must successfully publish their apps in the Windows Phone marketplace between now and the end of January 2012.
This reward programme is free to register and is open for all (including students and academic using the DreamSpark programme).
You will just need to have to have a AppHub membership.
So what are you waiting for go develop an app for the Windows Phone marketplace this Christmas season and get rewarded and free presents!!!
There is no better time to build and publish your Winodws Phone App! So get started today and register now.
Frequently Asked Questions - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukmsdn/archive/2011/11/10/there.aspx
I recently came across this site 31 Days of Mango, a series of articles which will focus on development for Windows Phone 7.5. This is a continuation of the original series, 31 Days of Windows Phone, which was published in the fall of 2010.
I will be publishing a detailed tutorial on Windows Phone development each day this month, specifically focusing on the new additions that were introduced with the Mango update.
For every one of these articles, you will need to use the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Visual Studio 2010. You can download both, for free, from the link below:
Also can make you aware of the incentives programme. There are great prizes, including Bose earphones, Ferrari drives, BluRay players, Sony camcorders, XBOX consoles, TVs, etc., and I expect lots of students would like these prizes (full list here). In addition to the main incentives programme, we’re also offering hoodies just for students – the closing date for the first draw is this coming Sunday, 27th November.
Techila is a middleware solution for High Performance Computing that enables existing applications to utilize more computing capacity. I believe that the key problem in business and operational computing is the lack of application performance. There are enormous amounts of computing capacity available using Windows Azure cloud service.
Techila allows applications to utilise all available computing capacity. To try demonstrate this a great example of the benefits of Techila and the Windows Azure with Techila integration is a case study, which Techila did with a leading cancer researcher. The researchers in question had a project, which would have taken 15 years. He had developed his research application in MATLAB. He used the Windows Azure with Techila integration to boost the performance of his application with the combined power of 1200 Windows Azure instances. This allowed him to complete the project in 4,5 days! Being able to do something in 4,5 days, which usually takes 15 years gives a real competitive advantage.
Techila develop the solution in close co-operation with end-users and system administrators from the very beginning.
Techila has selected Pharma, Economics/ Financial, and Universities/ Academia as the key markets because of the fact that they are strong on Techila's home market, Finland. But I want to emphasize that unlike many other distributed computing solutions, Techila is a fully horizontal middleware, which can be used in any segment and which can increase the performance of any application: The code can be a MATLAB application, or it can be R (or C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, Fortran,...) They also offer an open API, which can be used to connect any ISV application (3DSMax, SAS, COMSOL, Sungard,...) to the Windows Azure capacity.
Also please find below a demo of run a 2-day long computation in a couple of minutes using 500 Azure instances using MATLAB:
Techila with R language can be found here:
Big Data Solution
Microsoft’s end-to-end roadmap for Big Data embraces Apache Hadoop™ by distributing enterprise class Hadoop based solutions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure. The roadmap includes Microsoft BI tools such as SQL Server Analysis Services, Reporting Services and even PowerPivot and Excel. This enables you to do BI on all your data, including those in Hadoop.
On the more technical front, we have been working on a simplified download, installation and configuration experience of several Hadoop related technologies, including HDFS, Hive, and Pig, which will help broaden the adoption of Hadoop in the enterprise.
The Hadoop based service for Windows Azure will allow any developer or user to submit and run standard Hadoop jobs directly on the Azure cloud with a simple user experience. Therefore it doesn’t matter what platform you are developing your Hadoop jobs on -you will always be able to take a standard Hadoop job and deploy it on our platform, as we strive towards full interoperability with the official Apache Hadoop distribution.
This is great news as it lowers the barrier for building Hadoop based applications while encouraging rapid prototyping scenarios in the Windows Azure cloud for Big Data.To facilitate all of this, we have also entered into a strategic partnership with Hortonworks that enables us to gain unique experience and expertise to help accelerate the delivery of Microsoft’s Hadoop based distributions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure.
Finally, in line with our commitment to Interoperability and to facilitate the high performance bi-directional movement of enterprise data between Apache Hadoop and Microsoft SQL Server, we have released two Hadoop-based connectors for SQL Server to manufacturing.
The SQL Server connector for Apache Hadoop lets customers move large volumes of data between Hadoop and SQL Server 2008 R2, while the SQL Server PDW connector for Apache Hadoop moves data between Hadoop and SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). These new connectors will enable customers to work effectively with both structured and unstructured data.
For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/bigdata
jQuery Mobile version 1.0 was announced this week. Microsoft is pleased to use this exciting occasion to reinforce our commitment to supporting popular open source mobile frameworks. As many of you aware aware Microsoft recently supported PhoneGap by adding support for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), and now we are moving up the stack to improve support of jQuery Mobile on Windows Phone 7.5.
The jQuery team has additional performance optimization tips for Windows Phone in the change log that saves additional performance time in certain scenarios.
Many UK Universities are already using Microsoft Surface to conduct some amazing teaching learning and research.
Samsung and Microsoft announced today that a new, more versatile Microsoft Surface device is now available for pre-order, the near final stop on its journey from lab to marketplace. You can now visit the Samsung website to find a local reseller and place an order for the Samsung SUR40. Shipments are expected to start early next year.
The Samsung SUR40 was just named a 2011 “Best of What’s New” award winner by Popular Science magazine and is featured in a special awards issue currently on newsstands. Corinne Iozzio, senior associate editor at Popular Science, said the magazine’s editors were impressed with the update to the original Surface, a 2008 “Best of What’s New” winner.
The new device is also popular with academics, researchers and developers, a number of UK Universities are already using the Surface 2.0 software developer kit (SDK) which was released at MIX11 in April. The SDK features an input simulator that enables developers to write Surface applications on any Windows 7 PC.The SDK allows developers to write a single application that can adapt to all sorts of types of hardware. This makes for a great investment: they can target Microsoft Surface hardware as well as any Windows 7 touch-enabled PC. This is a flexible platform so developers can create the best user interface for the person actually using the computer.
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 100 application submissions for free!!
App Hub is the place to distribute and merchandise your applications for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
To get registered:
Problem or issues registering?
Are you having trouble with App Hub registration to submit Windows Phone Apps? Did you get this error?
We have detected an error while processing the page you were looking for. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again.
The following guidance has been issued on this issue.
Please visit www.xbox.com Click My Accounts Click Update Billing Account Information Re-Enter password.
Verify that the information in the site matches what you have enter in App Hub, Also verify your account information at http://accounts.live.com.
If the error persists, try clearing your Cache and using another browser.
If you have verified all your information and still receive the error, please provide screen shots of your account information so that we can better assess the issue and it email it to App Hub Support <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Microsoft Faculty Connection Cloud Computing with Windows Azure platform curricula resources.
If your interested in developing curricula resources on cloud computing you need to check out these great resources
Suggested Resources on Cloud Computing with Windows Azure platform
Overview of Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform: an Academic Perspective
Windows Azure Platform Virtual Labs
If your interested in Windows Azure please use the following 90 day trail offer
Windows Azure platform provides you on-demand compute, storage, database and content network delivery capabilities to host, scale and manage your Windows 8 applications through Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure enables you to focus on delivering value to customers – and not on managing technology infrastructure.
The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 is designed to make it easier for developers to create Windows Metro Style applications that harness the power of Windows Azure platform.
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8