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    Interesting Opportunity for Academic App developers to win some great prizes


    The Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone is now available as a reward with the Windows Phone UK Developer Reward Programme.


    By simply joining the UK Developer rewards programme Educators and Students can get rewarded with loads of other fantastic prizes for building Windows Phone App and publishing it on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    The programme concludes (Sunday 5 Feb 2012). So There is no better time to start building and publishing your Windows Phone app. It’s incredibly easy with 5 simple steps:


    1. Build your original & unique Windows Phone App and publish on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
    2. Register yourself on this website (www.my-rewards.com/wp).
    3. You will be awarded with one point when we have evaluated your app in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
    4. Redeem your points for a range of fantastic prizes and gadgets. When you have earned a point, you are automatically entered into the weekly prize draw with an awesome line up of bonus prizes.
    5. Build more Windows Phone Apps and get the chance to earn more points to redeem bigger and better rewards!

    So download the tools form DreamSpark and Register and start building & publishing your Windows Phone apps today.

    Once you started building apps why not get involved and Make a Difference

    Enter to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2012 Windows Phone Challenge and create software that can really make a broad impact in the world.


    Get started on your solution today.

    Get your questions ready! Join Windows Phone Challenge Captain Jukka Wallasvaara on 22 February at 15:00 GMT or 23 February at 05:00 GMT via Live Meeting and ask him about competing in the Windows Phone Challenge. Follow these instructions to join Live Meeting. The Live Meeting sessions will be recorded and posted on this page under the Helpful Links. Find out what time it is your country/region.

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    Teched Europe 2012 Registration now open



    Come to TechEd Europe, unplug from your day job, & dive into the thousands of learning & networking opportunities

    In addition to over 400 sessions with Microsoft and industry speakers, TechEd offers you face-to-face connections with thousands of your peers who share your challenges. TechEd is the forum to gain the expertise and insights that will help you get the most from your IT investments.
    TechEd offers 4 days to:


    • LEARN in-depth about the latest technology trends and how you can leverage these effectively in your business
    • DISCOVER the future of Microsoft’s products, technologies, solutions and services directly from Microsoft’s leaders with news, announcements, and demos
    • NETWORK with Microsoft and industry thought leaders, and fellow delegates that share your technology interests and business challenges
    • PLAN the features and architecture to support your business goals and product roadmap

    Need Even More? Attend a Pre-Conference Seminar

    By arriving a day early on Monday, 25 June and registering for the special Pre-Conference Seminars you will get in-depth training and insights on the Microsoft technologies and products that power your business. Select from 10 different topics taught by John Craddock, Kate Gregory, Steve Fox, Mikael Nystrom, Kent Agerlund, Alberto Ferrari, Richard Hundhausen, and more!

    Register NOW for TechEd Europe

    Register Now or visit europe.msteched.com and learn more

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    Cloud Futures 2012: Hot Topics in Research and Education


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    The conference takes  place in Berkeley, California, May 7-8.  As in previous years, the workshop brings together researchers, educators and practitioners from all over the world. This year workshop is in association with and supported by the University of California, Berkeley. The keynote speakers are from UC Berkeley, Microsoft and Google.

    You are very welcome to attend and contribute to the workshop. website: http://research.microsoft.com/en-US/events/cloudfutures2012/

    Call for Abstracts and Participation

    This year, we are looking for extended abstracts on hot topics in cloud computing to be presented at the workshop—either as talks or posters. Abstracts should highlight how new techniques and methods of research in the cloud may solve distinct challenges arising in diverse areas, including computer science, engineering, earth sciences, healthcare, humanities, interactive games, life sciences, and social sciences. We encourage abstracts that describe practical experiences, experimental results, and vision papers.

    Submission Instructions

    Submit abstracts of five pages, including references.
    Your submission should include a bio (150 words maximum).
    Submit your abstracts through the online form.

    Important Dates

    Abstracts due: February 29, 2012
    Results available: March 23, 2012
    Workshop: May 7–8, 2012

    The previous workshop presentations can be viewed here:

       Cloud Futures 2011: http://research.microsoft.com/en-US/events/cloudfutures2011/default.aspx

       Cloud Futures 2010: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/cloudfutures2010/videos.aspx

    Questions about the workshop should be directed to cloudfut@microsoft.com

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    Great tool for using multiple machines with a single mouse and keyboard


    I was recently visiting a institution, and meet with an lecture who announced how impressed he was with using Mouse without Borders.

    So I thought I should share this great FREE software with you.


    So what is Mouse Without Borders 

    Mouse without Borders in a nutshell, allows you to reach across your PC's as if they were part of one single desktop.

    For example the academic had a laptop and slate on his desk, using Mouse Without Borders he could use a single mouse and keyboard to move between the two screens on his desk, even though each of the devices were attached to different screens, what’s more, using mouse without borders you can move files between the 2 computers simply by dragging them from one desktop to another. In fact you can control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard with no extra hardware needed.

    Mouse without Borders has been developed by Truong Do who by day is a developed for Microsoft Dynamics. What interesting is that Mouse without Borders has been developed as part of Microsoft wide program that encourages grass roots invention, tinkering, ideas and incubation of projects entitled the Garage. In The Garage,employees get together after hours to build whatever they dream up and the results are often impressive. 99.9% of the Garage projects either ship as part of a Microsoft project or remain internal.

    Mouse without Borders is easy to setup and in addition to enabling drag and drop of files, you can lock or log in to all PCs from one PC for more information on Mouse without Borders see the following video.

    You can download Mouse without Borders for FREE here Download Now [1.1mb]

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    Want to learn more about Visual Studio


    Visual Studio 2010 Events

    Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio 2010 and associated tools such as Team Foundation Server.


    The Visual Studio team are running a number of in-person events on Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010.


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    From developer to cloud developer



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    Microsoft Learning have now introduced a number of specific cloud examinations aimed at both the IT professional and developer.

    One of the new roles identified is the role of cloud developers. As a cloud developer, you’ll need to understand how applications are designed, developed, and deployed for platform as a service (PaaS).

    Cloud Developers will need to focus on innovation and integration, and work more closely with business units to help them increase productivity.

    As a result Microsoft Learning have developed a set of examinations and curricula to help expand students skills to meet this demand.

    Introduction to Microsoft Windows Azure Platform (Learning Snack)Windows Azure Step by Step (Microsoft Press)Course 10263: Developing Windows Communication Foundation Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010Course 10265: Developing Data Access Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010Developing Applications on Windows Azure Platform (with SQL Server 2012) (Jump Start)Course 50466: Windows Azure Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

    Click to see exams and resources associated with this job role.
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    Update to Microsoft DreamSpark


    Today we made some exciting changes and improvements to DreamSpark, with the launch of a new site and rebranding of MSDNAA to Microsoft DreamSpark premium.

    DreamSpark is the first step for educators to make learning more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students by providing no cost access to professional-level development, design, and gaming software.

    DreamSpark is:


    A unique opportunity for both students and educators to use the latest professional development, design and gaming software at no charge

    A chance to learn new technologies to excite students in classrooms

    Access to software and curriculum resources to help develop courses that will enable students to achieve their career goals after graduation

    A way to help educators expand their personal and professional portfolios and enhance classroom objectives

    For Students

    DreamSpark is simple; it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.

    DreamSpark gives Students the chance to develop world class software, web applications, cool and creative designs as well as amazing games. Microsoft believes that students can do amazing things if they only have the right tools.

    For Academics

    DreamSpark is about giving educators no cost access to Microsoft professional-level developer, designer and gaming software so they can reach, motivate, and ensure their students achieve their greatest potential. DreamSpark gives you the software and resources to ensure your classroom always has the latest technologies to challenge, motivate, and keep students engaged in new ways.

    Learning must be relevant, exciting, and engaging. DreamSpark is aligned with universities, associations, and employers to ensure that educators are able to discover, create, and deliver courses to students that lead to increased technical proficiency, employability and of course creates the next generation of technical leaders.

    · DreamSpark Pricing Model and usage

    Free for all students – simply self-subscribe to DreamSpark via http://www.dreamspark.com

    Free for all Schools being in the system and setup to provide their students verification solution
    This was is through domain, shibboleth, or Live@Edu validation
    Schools DreamSpark Administrators can request codes and give to their students

    For more details regarding Microsoft Dreamspark offering contact the DreamSpark support team

    NB. Licensing does not allow for the products to be used in class, and FREE licensing does not cover educators

    Changes to licensing and costs

    DreamSpark for Schools, College and Unis subscription is now available and priced at $99 FREE for EES customers – This change allows all DreamSpark software to be installed for teaching and learning on Institutional Lab machines and it’s a campus license as per EES so you only need to purchase 1 license and not 1 per school or faculty and if your a EES subscriber its included for FREE. (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and is available for all taught discipline, previously this only covered students usage and not licensed for intuitional equipment)

    DreamSpark Premium – Previously MSDNAA so includes more products including Visio, OneNote and Project and is aimed at STEM FE and HE institutions and all IT Academy Subscribers. The cost has been reduced to $499 from £1000+ (also it now covers educators and students for personal non-commercial usage and all lab installations)

    Microsoft was started when many of the founders were still students so we know that anything is possible. To make this happen, we are aligning with universities, associations, and other communities around the world to make sure that DreamSpark reaches everyone as fast as possible.

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    Windows Phone Curricula Resources DVD and Online resources




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    DVD + On-line

    Windows Phone Programming in C# by Prof Rob Miles;

    WP7.5 update + extra modules
    This material contains a ten chapter textbook with labs, demos and step by step instructions on how to create Windows Phone 7 applications.

    1st & 2nd Year Programming courses

    Introduction to Game Programming with XNA and Windows Phone 7 by Prof Kelvin Sung (UW)

    WP7.5 update + new material

    This material is a 16-hour course designed to teach students how to build a 2D interactive video game.

    3rd & 4th Year (require background in data structure)

    Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Silverlight by Michael Iantosca.

    WP7.5 update + new material

    Students learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop a mobile application on the Windows Phone 7.5 platform using Microsoft Silverlight. 2nd & 3rd Year: background in programming needed (preferably C#, but C, C++, Java helps

    Designing for Windows Phone by Microsoft

    This material contains the following 7 lessons on how to design for the Windows Phone: METRO Design, Building WP7 Assets, Layout Controls in Expression Blend, Creating Animation and Basic Interactivity, Working with the Visual State Manager, Adding Data to your Application and Creating the Flickr4Fun app. [ HCI and Software Dev-t classes 1nd - 3rd Year: ]

    Azure Mobile Curriculum by Rob Miles

    Find out how Cloud computing works and what it brings to the Windows Phone user. The content will show you how to use the cloud for data storage and databases, farm out heavyweight tasks for cloud data processing and use the cloud to perform identity validation. [addition to above courses]

    If you would like to receive a FREE copy of the CD please email ukfac@microsoft.com with your University contact details and full UK postal address.



    Don't forget students can get great resources and developer tools for free from http://www.dreamspark.com and check up on all the latest offers and prizes via the Microsoft UK Student Blog and Facebook Group

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    Curriculum Resource Kits


    The Faculty Connection Resource Kits contain information to assist you in developing course materials. The Kits are grouped by subject and provide links to curriculum material and resources such as presentations, labs, exercises, software tools, programming tutorials, academic papers, research talks and reference material plus source code, documentation, specifications and more.

    Curriculum Resource Kits

    Operating Systems Faculty Resource Kit
    Operating Systems
    Microsoft Dynamics GP
    Microsoft Dynamics GP
    Microsoft Dynamics AX
    Microsoft Dynamics NAV
    Gaming, Game Development, and Design Faculty Resource Kit
    Gaming, Game Development, and Design
    Software Engineering Resource Kit
    Software Engineering
    Cloud Computing
    Cloud Computing
    Phone Development
    Phone Development
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    Kinect Hardware and Software release announced as 1st Feb 2012



    The new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 at a suggested retail price of US $249.

    Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors. The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements. Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

    For more details on this announcement see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/09/kinect-for-windows-commercial-program-announced.aspx

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