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With Microsoft Azure FREE webspace, students can set up a web presence in the cloud – and it won’t cost you a penny! Hit new heights as you start with your own website, and expand the potential with Azure web apps. Scroll down and follow the instructions on registering for FREE Azure hosting via Microsoft Imagine and DreamSpark - you can download a copy of our guide on how to set up a Wordpress site, too!
Azure offers the ideal portfolio for your creativity, so whether you’re a budding artist, writer or musician, share your work with the world!
Azure is open, so it is ideal for your coding projects, whatever operating system and language you prefer – from games to utilities and apps!
Looking to the future? Promote yourself, your enthusiasms and your talents in the most dynamic way with an online CV hosted on Azure.
DreamSpark gives students access to FREE Microsoft software, Azure cloud services plus a store account. All without needing any credit card details.
If you have already registered for DreamSpark, skip to Step 2 below to register for Azure.
If you haven’t registered for DreamSpark yet, click here and select Create Account. Chances are your college or Uni is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to do is create your own account to start reaping the benefits. But even if your institution isn’t signed up, if you are a student you can still get it. Here's how. You will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com – if you don’t have a Microsoft account you can create one here).
You will now see a screen where you specify your name, date of birth and preferred email; most of this is pre-populated based on the settings in your Microsoft account. Consider selecting the checkbox so Microsoft can let you know about programs and offers in your area. You can use an existing email address for your Microsoft account. After you have completed all the required fields, select Continue to verify.
Now, DreamSpark wants to verify that you are in fact a student. There are five different ways to do this, pick the one that works for you!
A. I have a school email account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, you can just provide your school email address to get verified.
B. Get verified through my school account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, but validates DreamSpark through school accounts rather than email addresses, you can select this option.
All Colleges and Unis in the UK use this authentication method, so if you don't see your school listed it doesn't necessarily mean your school does not offer DreamSpark to its students! It just means they have chosen another method for authentication, so you may want to try the email address option instead. If you choose the school account you just need to search for your school in the list.
C. I have an International Student Identity Card – This is not your university or college student ID card, but the international student card (you can apply for one at https://www.isic.org . if you pick this option you can type in your ISIC serial number or the ISIC/CIP number or your ISIC/NUS card number to prove you are a student.
D. I have a verification code – this option requires you to enter a verification code. But where do you get a verification code? You need to reach out to a Microsoft representative or possibly a school administrator. Attending a Microsoft hackathon or workshop is a great place to meet someone and find out how you can get a verification code. Entering a code will give you access to DreamSpark resources for one year.
E. I can supply documentation – if none of the above options works, choose this option. You can provide a scanned copy of your school ID card, a current report card, or acceptance letter to a university or college as proof that you are a student to get validated.
Once you have created and verified your account, you can now download software, get a code that allows you to publish apps to the Windows store for free, and get free cloud services on Azure including website hosting – see the next step.
Once your DreamSpark account is set up, sign in and then click here to go to the Microsoft Azure for DreamSpark site. Click the green button to register for Azure.
A verification by phone is required. This is an important security measure that ensures that only you have access to your account in the event of a password reset, by tying your account to your mobile or landline phone number. You’ll receive a text or a call at your number, depending on the option you chose. Enter the code to finish the sign-up.
Now wait for the Azure servers to provision your account, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.
You now have access to your very own Azure account! You will be see the new Preview Portal or Standard Portal. To use a new service, go to “New” and search for whichever service you want to use.
If a service is greyed out, it’s not yet available for students. Stay tuned on our blog to hear about new service additions. Here are some specific resources you can check out for help with some of the currently available Azure DreamSpark offerings:
Web Apps Overview
Application Insights Overview
Visual Studio Online Overview
Now that you've become part of the cloud, you're probably itching to get started! We've produced 3 Quick Start Guides to help you get up and running - just download the PDF you need.
Setting up a new Wordpress site
Transferring an existing Wordpress site
Deploying your first web app
Make sure you don’t miss out – register for Student Azure now and start benefiting from all the advanced features of this robust cloud platform!
A year ago Connect(); started the journey for a new Microsoft for developers, unveiling the future of an open source .NET on Linux and Mac, and a free Visual Studio for targeting any device and any OS.
Join us this year to hear directly from Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, and Scott Hanselman on what’s next in this exciting journey. Get deeper insights into our exciting announcements with over 70 on-demand sessions. Interact with the engineering team members behind Microsoft tools and technologies to help you get started.
Save the date and visit http://connect2015.visualstudio.com/ for more details
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10:00–11:15 a.m. EST The future of Microsoft tools and services for the new role of developers Scott Guthrie
11:15–11:50 a.m. EST Microsoft development services for the DevOps era Brian Harry
11:50–12:30 p.m. EST The Microsoft cloud platform for developers Scott Hanselman
12:30–1:00 p.m. EST Keynote recap Seth Juarez, Dan Fernandez
1:00–1:30 p.m. EST Scott Guthrie unplugged Scott Guthrie
1:35–2:05 p.m. EST The Lesser Scotts Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter
2:10–2:40 p.m. EST Live Q&A with Brian Harry Brian Harry
2:45–3:15 p.m. EST Ask Anders Anything Anders Hejlsberg
3:20–3:40 p.m. EST Windows application development with Kevin Gallo Kevin Gallo
3:40–4:00 p.m. EST Mobile development with Amanda Silver Amanda Silver
4:00–4:20 p.m. EST Visual Studio Code with Erich Gamma Erich Gamma
11:00–11:55 a.m. EST Building apps with .NET – ASP.NET & .NET Core
12:00–12:55 p.m. EST Building apps with Microsoft Azure
1:00–1:55 p.m. EST Building mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows
2:00–2:55 p.m. EST Application Lifecycle Management & DevOps
3:00–3:55 p.m. EST Office Extensibility
4:00–4:55 p.m. EST Building Windows apps using the Universal Windows Platform
5:00–5:55 p.m. EST Visual Studio Code
6:00–6:55 p.m. EST Developing with Visual C++
Wave goodbye to time spent endlessly staring at the Android boot logo.
The new Microsoft Android x86 emulator boots and runs at nearly the speed of a physical device, making debugging a breeze on graphics-intensive, processor-hungry apps. Also, with Hyper-V compatibility you can run the emulator side-by-side with the Windows Phone Emulator and other Hyper-V VMs, cutting the time you spend switching between platforms. Work-From-Home is covered too—unlike other Android emulators, the Visual Studio Emulator for Android works over remote desktop.
Download the Emulator for FREE
Java developer using Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT? We’ve got you covered with our standalone installer that you can use to acquire our emulator without Visual Studio. Just open up the Visual Studio Emulator for Android entry in your Start Menu, hit play, and the emulator is ready to debug from any IDE. Download the standalone emulator today!
The Visual Studio Emulator for Android integrates directly into C++ Cross-Platform, Apache Cordova, and Xamarin projects and offers one-click access to your Device Profiles from the Tools menu.
You even receive updates to the emulator alongside other Visual Studio extensions in the Notification Hub.
Deploy, test and debug Android apps with our fast, free, and best-of-breed Android emulator
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 now has options for Android development: C++, Cordova, and C# with Xamarin. All Students get Xamarin Studio FREE via DreamSpark.com see https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=100
When choosing one of those Android development options, Visual Studio will also install the brand new Visual Studio Emulator for Android to use as a target for debugging your app. You can also download the emulator without needing to install Visual Studio. For more, watch this video teaser or see it in action.
Further Documentation and resources on the Android Emulator
Microsoft is hosting a technical workshop on 9th December in Birmingham to help developers, makers, data professionals, and IT implementers discover the full capabilities of Microsoft’s cloud and data platform through hands-on learning.
Attendees will learn how to connect devices, and unlock breakthrough insights and business value by leveraging the latest features of Microsoft Azure including IoT Suite and our advanced analytics platform via one of four immersion tracks.
Discover how business leaders using data assets to their advantage will capture £53 billion more in business value by 2017 than those who lag behind. With the increasing variety and velocity of data growing on a daily basis, data specialists are under increasing pressure to deliver instant and usable insight to gain a competitive advantage for their organisation. The Microsoft Data Culture series is designed to help data specialists manage the complexities of their corporate data landscape to enable high performing data solutions that unlock insights and deliver measurable ROI for their organisations, through three simple steps:
Understand the benefits of driving Data Culture and delivering on the data dividend Unlock access to all your data, whether small or big through fundamental data science and advanced technology including SQL Server, PowerBI, Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, and Azure Data Services Empower your organisation to gain a competitive edge through data driven insight
The Data Culture Technical Day offers an immersive 4-track event to allow you to get a hands-on experience led by Microsoft and MVPs, which will give you the 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 Interact with experts from Microsoft and our Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) Network with like-minded peers
Attending this one-day event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations Microsoft is 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; Agenda
09:00 - 10:00 Keynote - Data Platform, Business intelligence and Analytics Overview
10:00 - 12:00 Breakout Tracks
o IoT Track
o Big Data & Data Management Track
o Machine Learning and Analytics Track
o Visualisation and Data Discovery Track
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 14:45 Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:00 Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences
16:00 - 16:30 Bringing it all together
16:30 - 17:00 Panel, Next actions & Close
Register Now http://aka.ms/dataculture
More Data Culture Events http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/enterprise/event/microsoft-data-culture-series.aspx
I get this question so often? How can I install XNA with the latest version of Visual Studio.
The question generally comes from UK Academics still teaching XNA here the latest up to date how to use XNA and Visual Studio 2015.
Thanks to the Open Source Project MXA, XNA now works fine with Visual Studio 2015
XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game.
Many academic still stress
A tool like XNA is an invaluable intrinsic motivator – inspiring students to want to learn to code, as opposed to being motivated because we said so, or because they will get better grades.
1- Download the latest version of this package MXA - XNA 4.0 Refresh for Visual Studio 2013 downloaded here
2- Unzip the content
3- Follow the readme and install all files except the 'vsix'
3- Open the 'XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix' with the Windows zip extractor
4- Edit the .vsix file because it doesn't let you install it in VS 2015. It turns out it is simply a ZIP-File.
5- Simply edit the version numbers in extension.vsixmanifest to 14.0.
1: <Installation InstalledByMsi="false">
2: <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.VSWinDesktopExpress" />
3: <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro" />
4: <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Premium" />
5: <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Ultimate" />
6- Copy the modified 'extension.vsixmanifest' into 'XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix'
7- Run the vsix with Visual Studio
If you’re interested in or studying a subject like art, fashion, design or photography, a digital portfolio is a necessity – an easy way to showcase your work to the world. WordPress has the tools you need to create a beautiful portfolio that could impress peers, teachers and employers alike. But you may have been stuck on how to set one up. Not anymore! Follow our guide below to register for FREE Azure hosting via Microsoft Imagine and DreamSpark, and let your creativity speak for itself. You can download a copy of our guide on how to set up a Wordpress site, too!
Developing a Blog or website acts adds a new dimension to your creativity. It helps you think in different ways creating new opportunities to display, reflect and showcase your work to the world.
Microsoft Azure is an open platform that makes it easy to integrate and share your work with others and build a solid foundation for the future.
By going online, you are making your work instantly accessible to your friends, relatives, and potential employers. 24x7 coverage for your creativity!
Web Apps Overview
Microsoft brings Azure and the power of the cloud to student developers
In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, it’s critical that student developers have access to the latest tools that empower them to create compelling digital experiences.
Microsoft vision is to Empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.
In support of student developers, we’re happy to announce a new offering that enables students to take advantage of the power of the cloud with the launch of Microsoft Azure for student developers.
This new Microsoft Azure offer enables students everywhere, to explore and expand their development skills in the cloud.
The Microsoft DreamSpark Student Azure offer supports the mission we outlined with the launch of Microsoft Imagine: to connect student developers with the tools and knowledge needed to create, code and bring their ideas to life. It’s not just about the creative spark, but about the ability to turn those ideas into something tangible, like a website or a web app or a cloud service.
Student developers are growing up in a world that requires them to leverage cloud services to deliver cool and modern experiences.
Microsoft Azure is a great fit for students, because of its speed and flexibility enabling the creation and development of websites and web apps. This new offer for students, available today in 140 countries, gives young developers access to the latest technology, allowing them to develop in or deploy sites and apps to the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required.
Our new Microsoft Azure offer for students offers a number of rich features that will make it easy to develop websites and web apps in the cloud. As an example; Azure App Service Web Apps enables students to build, deploy and scale web apps in seconds, whether they’re programming in ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python. Another feature, called Application Insights, gives students a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
Microsoft Azure is an open platform that supports many programming languages – and perhaps the quickest path to developing for Microsoft Azure is through Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build and ship software across a variety of platforms. Students can get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server. And of course VS-Online is also available as part of this new student offer.
We also have a host of other really great services and features
Azure MarketPlace https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/
Azure MarketPlace Data http://datamarket.azure.com/browse/Data
Azure SaaS Application http://datamarket.azure.com/browse/applications
And amazing competitions for students at http://www.imaginecup.com
Get coding in the cloud and sign up for Microsoft Azure for students today.
What do Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Co-Founder of Lastminute.com; Lord Coe, President of the IAAF and Richard Reed, Co-Founder of Innocent have in common? That’s right. They will all be appearing at Future Decoded 2015 in November. What’s more, Anthony Salcito, World Wide Education Lead of Microsoft will be delivering an education specific keynote in the afternoon of the business day.
General availability tickets have now sold out but we have a limited number available for our education customers. Please register now using the invite code below to secure your free place at what promises to be a life shaping experience unlike any other.
Future Decoded 2015 will explore the skills and technology that will empower us all to do more and achieve more. Future Decoded promises to end 2015 with a cornucopia of informative sessions, helpful insights and fantastic speakers.
Anyone who has visited the Microsoft stand at BETT in recent years will know that we don't do things by half in education! Giving you a small taste of what to expect next January, the Microsoft in Education stand at Future Decoded this November will feature an Office Zone, as well as dedicated areas for people to get hands on with some STEM activities using Minecraft and the BBC micro:bit. Over the course of the two days there will also be education sessions running in the theatre, with day one covering Office and the micro:bit, and day two looking at Minecraft and further exploring the micro:bit.
With a strong education theme to the event, we're looking forward to Future Decoded 2015 hugely, and do hope to see as many of you there as possible, so please take advantage of the invite code above.
If you are already registered for Future Decoded 2015 and would like to attend these education sessions, please click here and put in your registration code from your confirmation email to access your booking. Once you are in the “Amend Your Booking” page, please enter the invite code below in the box at the top, click to verify the code, and click on the “Amend my booking” button to confirm your place.
You will then receive a confirmation email with details of the session which will also automatically appear in your “My Agenda” section of the Future Decoded schedule builder App, due to be released in October. If you have received more than one session invite, please follow the process above to register for each session and add these to your booking.
We would love for you to join us!
Step 1. Please fill out this form here: http://aka.ms/MCSTN so that we can create your account
The network exists for our CS teachers to engage directly with Microsoft engineers and to:
1. Collaborate on content directly with other teachers and with the engineers who make the product (or run the training program) at Microsoft! Get teaching tips and tricks from those who are experienced teaching your topic!
2. Troubleshoot with Microsoft employees to get unblocked so you can teach!
3. Provide feedback on Microsoft educational tools and training programs! Join private previews and get sneak peaks!
4. Share with the teacher community the latest news on the topic and get the latest news!
Microsoft Computer Science Education is all in!
You’ll be able to join groups and connect directly with Microsoft employees who run the…
CS Educational Tools/Technologies:
1. Visual Studio - https://www.visualstudio.com
2. Small Basic - http://smallbasic.com
3. Touch Develop - https://www.touchdevelop.com
4. Kodu - http://www.kodugamelab.com
5. Project Spark - http://projectspark.com
6. BBC micro:bit - http://www.microbit.co.uk/
7. Lego Mindstorms EV3 - http://www.ev3basic.com
8. Code Hunt - https://www.codehunt.com
9. Class Dashboard - https://cd.microsoft.com
10. Dafny - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/dafny
11. F* - https://fstar-lang.org
12. Lean - http://leanprover.net/
13. Office Mix - https://mix.office.com
14. Snip - https://mix.office.com/en-us/snip
Training Programs and Services:
1. Microsoft in Education - http://www.microsoft.com/education
2. Imagine - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/imagine/imagine-home.aspx
3. Imagine Cup - https://www.imaginecup.com/
4. Women Engineers at Microsoft
6. Learn to Code - http://aka.ms/learn2code
7. IT Academy - https://itacademy.microsoft.com
DevOps quickly evolved Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Agile methodologies to address the needs of the digital business including:
1. The critical importance of transparency, communication and collaboration between development and operations teams
2. The inclusion of the project’s business owner and other critical groups such as security (DevOpsSec), networking, compliance in the discussion
Practicing DevOps can help teams respond faster together to competitive pressures by replacing error prone manual processes with automation for improved traceability and repeatable workflows.
Here some of the main benefits to effective DevOps
2. Cost savings Enabler
3. Provide the best end solution with a combination of on-premises and cloud resources,
4. Provide a tightly integrated open source tooling and services thus reducing costs.
5. Minimize risk and facilitate much needed self-service of resources while at the same time reduce security risks across hybrid environments.
6. Improve quality practices helps to identify defects early in the development cycle, which reduces the cost of fixing them.
Data Insights & Predicative Planning
Rich data obtained through effective instrumentation provides insight into performance issues and user behavior to guide future priorities and investments.
Are you ready for a journey?
DevOps should be considered a journey, not a destination. It should be implemented incrementally through appropriately scoped projects, from which to demonstrate success, learn, and evolve.
Do your customers want
1. More from your app?
2. Do they want it now?
3. Do you know how to to deliver it?
4. Where to deliver it from? Whether you work in the cloud, on-premises, or in between.
5. On any platform? Whether you use iOS, Android, Java, Linux or Windows,
Real-time analytics - Learn from your customers
Track application health alongside usage metrics and application crash analytics. Get powerful dashboards where you can filter for different views and levels of detail—from segmenting data to drilling down to an event.
Plan and monitor all your team’s work—including operational issues—using built-in Kanban boards. Track work in progress to ensure you have a streamlined channel from idea to delivery.
From continuous integration to continuous delivery, create automated builds and repeatable workflows to keep code quality, get development to match production, and deploy seamlessly. Use the built- in version control or build system, or use your own and easily integrate releasing applications to production and operations faster, more often, and with less risk. Audit progress of your application at every stage of the release pipeline with full traceability.
1. Deliver better quality software faster and with better compliance
2. Drive continuous improvement and adjustments earlier and more economically
3. Increase transparency and collaboration among stakeholders involved in delivering and operating software
4. Control costs and utilize provisioned resources more effectively while minimizing security risks
5. Plug and play well with many of your existing DevOps investments, including investments in open source
Download the Forrester Infrastructure as a Code WhitePaper http://aka.ms/iac_tlp
Get Access to DevOps Training on Microsoft Virtual Academy http://aka.ms/devopsmva
DevOps Maturity Self Assessment http://devopsassessment.azurewebsites.net
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