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As many of you know, alongside the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we also released the beta for the next version of Visual Studio 11. So whilst trying out the Windows 8 preview, there is No Better Time to Try Visual Studio 11 Beta, Team Foundation Server 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta are all now available and can be found here.
The best development experience for Windows 8
Continuing to ALM maturity
Visual Studio 11 Beta builds upon a strong legacy and with new collaboration capabilities to empower development teams, improved productivity through the core development experience resulting in delighted end-users with delivering modern, fast and fluid Metro-style, Windows Phone and Web apps.
There’s no solution on the market that can provide the depth and breadth of capability as Visual Studio across multiple platforms, and through Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process maturity. You can find out more about how your organisation approaches ALM, and then make real improvements, by taking the ALM Assessment. ALM as an approach to Development, to testing, and to IT and we hope it adds real value to you as well as open up your minds to talking about how then the relevant tools can support your move to ALM.
What’s the new?
The new Visual Studio experience is built around three core pillars:
· Delighting end users – end users, or customers, are the core reason any software project begins in the first place. we know you want fast and fluid Windows experiences and web applications that feel modern and intuitive. Business users want systems that simplify their day jobs, where the hard work is done for them. Visual Studio 11 Beta delivers these great experiences.
· Development simplified – the most common, useful daily tasks are simplified with a new integrated development experience. Focusing on simplification has enabled developers to save time and reduce risks, continuously enabling quality throughout the development process
· Empowered teams – focusing on people, not processes. Agile can be experienced throughout Visual Studio 11 Beta; we’ve taken the very best practices from agile and incorporated them throughout. Every opportunity has been taken to eliminate waste and reuse and recycle code across projects.
So Why Wait…
We’re really excited about the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta, we are bringing the best experiences to developers for Windows 8 as well as building on the great work we started with Visual 2010 building towards a mature ALM Solution unparalleled in the market. Visual Studio, supported by DreamSpark, will continue to be the right choice for Academics and students who want to remain productive, efficient and skilled in modern and appropriate tools for employability.
Download the VS11 Beta preview yourself and visit some of the key resources:-
Read more details re Visual Studio
Follow @VisualStudioUK on Twitter
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an entry-level certification that validates the fundamental technology knowledge that students and other new entrants to IT need to start building a career in Microsoft technologies. MTA helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for advanced studies in IT, and is a stepping stone to MCTS exams. MTA is currently available to students, faculty, and staff of accredited academic institutions and to MCT’s.
The MTA HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals exam is available!
98-375 HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals has released through Certiport. This exam tests knowledge of fundamental HTML5 application development concepts, including understanding the platform, publishing an app to a store, choosing and configuring HTML5 tags to display graphics or play media, arranging UI content using CSS, etc. Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove core HTML5 client application development skills that will run on today’s touch-enabled devices (PCs, tablets, and phones). See what all is covered in the exam here.
To see MTA commentary on LinkedIn, please join the MTA group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Microsoft-Technology-Associate-3701818?gid=3701818&trk=hb_side_g.
You can also see an announcement of the new exam on Born to Learn, posted by Kristi Svor, here.
Lets make TechEd Europe a giant success!
Lots more detail and updates are now available for TechED Europe which will take place in Amsterdam
TechEd updates now available on the Social section of the TechEd web site here: http://europe.msteched.com/social
Plus we’ve kicked off our regular Countdown series which will regularly bring 10 juicy minutes of information and detail from the planning team! http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/The-Countdown-Show
So if you want to get the latest information on Microsoft products, tools and technologies TechEd should be in your calendars.
Come and join us on the 27th of March in Newcastle we will be discussing the Consumerisation of IT and how to Manage consumer devices on networks. We hope that this event will be of interest to students, academics and IT Pros. The event will give you a glimpse of the latest technologies that Microsoft are running in the world of Virtualisation.
- Hands on learning with Microsoft experts Andrew Fryer @deepfat and Simon May @simonster - Discussion of the latest technologies from Microsoft including: System Center, Hyper-V, SharePoint and Exchange - Opportunity to win one of five Nokia Lumia phones - Other free goodies - Lunch, coffee and refreshments provided.
Event: Consumerisation of IT/ Manage consumer devices on a corporate network
Date: 27th March 2012
Location: Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon
This year the UK Tech.Days team have changed the format of our traditional Tech.Days theatre events into a series of ‘Boot Camp’ style seminars. The aim of these is to allow IT Professionals to have more discussion time with evangelists like Andrew Fryer, and each other to share common problems and solutions – and we’re looking for your help to share these with your users.
The Newcastle Event will host approx. 70 people with a mixture of discussions and practical demonstration. Although there will be a loose agenda, it will be PowerPoint-free event, allowing the hosts to focus on the questions that our guests ask.
For the event in Newcastle, we will be focusing on the Consumerisation of IT which a key topic within the UK Education sector
· How key Microsoft technologies such as System Center 2012, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange 2010 or Office 365 and Windows 7 come together to help you deliver flexibility and support for devices and desktops.
· How to use the latest tools to manage your estate, deliver applications flexibly, manage devices such as iOS and Android as well as Windows, implement IP Sec, reduce anti-malware costs, implement Direct Access and secure remote access.
· We'll also help you think about what you need to build into a "Bring your own device" or BYOD policy.
Registrations are now open and can be found here
Windows 8 Consumer Preview keynote - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windows/videogallery2.aspx
Windows 8 For Application Developers – By UK Tech.Days
This 3 city (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) tour focuses on creating broad awareness and excitement around the Windows 8 opportunities for developers.
These are 1 day events which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You are welcome to invite your customers and partners to attend. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.
London, Friday, 30th March 2012 – Register
Manchester, Friday, 27th April 2012 – Register
Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register
Windows 8 Camp – By UK Tech.Days
This 4 city (London, Manchester, Edinburgh & Birmingham) targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment. Again, our Windows 8 Champs will be delivering hands-on lab materials to fully get developers up to speed with app development.
Registration for these camps will be going live in late March.
London, Wednesday 8th May 2012, Thursday 10th May 2012 & Thursday 17th May 2012 – Coming Soon
Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Coming Soon
Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon
Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon
UK Tech.Days @ DevWeek 2012
DevWeek conference in London and will be evangelizing Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Visual Studio & ALM offerings. Check out our presence at DevWeek 2012. Tickets are still available for your customers/partners for this year’s conference - 26-30 March 2012.
Last week, Moodle Rooms announced that the updated plug in will be available to the Moodle community beginning February 23rd.
I just wanted to highlight the great work done by Moodle Rooms in developing this plug in and providing it to the Moodle community as it offers the following functionality
- Log into courses using their Windows Live ID and display select Live Services on a Moodle site.
- View and compose emails and calendar events within a Moodle site using Outlook® Live
- Access Windows Live Messenger chat and Bing™ search engine within a course.
This will offer huge advantages to those institutions with Moodle and Live@edu user base and will enhance the Moodle teaching and learning experience.
This is a great example of interoperability between Microsoft and open source solutions, something Microsoft strongly supports and will continue to support in the future.
Additional resources and links
- Download - http://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=set&id=11
· Sites: Liveatedu site announces availability of new plug in for moodle
· Blogs: Openness blog and Education Insights
· Twitter: @OpenAtMicrosoft
· Video on the Openness site and Live@edu
- More details on UK Live@edu Blog
In line with the todays launch of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I have collected a set of useful resources and links
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download
Windows 8 Consumer Preview download (web installer or ISO’s), videos, and FAQ’s.
Developer downloads for Metro style apps
Visual Studio 11 Express and the Windows 8 SDK + all the extra tools and SDK’s for Metro style app development.
Design assets for Metro style apps
100+ Photoshop files with common controls, shell components, tiles, icons, animation clips, color wheel references, and more.
Metro style app developer content
Windows Dev Center home
Links to Metro style app, Desktop app, Hardware, and IE development.
Metro style app development home
Links to key resources for designing, developing, and selling Metro style apps.
Product guide for developers
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Developers.
Comprehensive docs, articles, quickstarts, roadmaps, tutorials, checklists, developer agreements, and whitepapers covering all aspects of app design, development, and selling:
· Getting started · Planning apps · Designing UX for apps · Developing apps · Packaging apps · Debugging and testing apps · Selling apps · API reference · Concepts and architecture · Language reference · End-to-end apps
Design principles, UX design patterns, detailed UX guidelines, downloadable design assets, assessing usability.
Selling apps in the Windows Store
Windows Store markets, developer agreements, and checklists to prepare.
Visual Studio Express and the Windows 8 SDK + extra tools and SDK’s for Metro style app development.
Metro style app samples
Over 200 official samples from Microsoft are available in multiple programming languages. You can copy code inline, upload new code, rate, and leave comments.
Developer forums for Metro style apps covering designing, developing, and selling apps.
Blogs for developers
Building Windows 8 blog (B8)
An inside look at how, what, and why different features of Windows 8 are being built. This blog is written by Windows President Steven Sinofsky together with members of the Windows engineering team.
Windows Store blog for developers
All about doing business in the Windows Store. Members of the engineering team who’ve built the Windows Store write posts along with Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services.
Windows 8 app developer blog (D8)
Explores best practices for coding and designing Metro style apps. It is written by the team of developers who are building Windows 8.
Windows Internet Explorer Engineering Team Blog.
Inside Windows Live blog
The engineering being Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and Windows Live.
Visual Studio Blog
The official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team.
The Windows Blog
Consumer and general interest topics.
Social channels for developers
Twitter (Building Windows 8)
Twitter (Windows Dev Center)
Consumer Preview Newsletter
Launching with Consumer Preview
Tips, offers, and news about Windows 8 including resources for developers and businesses.
Desktop app developer/partner content
Desktop app certification requirements
Certification requirements for Windows 8 desktop apps.
Desktop App Certification Kit
The Windows 8 SDK includes the Windows App Certification Kit to test desktop apps and get them ready for certification.
Tips and fixes for common issues with desktop apps for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and software for Windows Server 8 Beta.
Compatibility of desktop apps and devices with Windows 8. Partners can add products and update compatibility status using this template.
Hardware developer/partner content
Hardware Certification Requirements
Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements and Policies
Hardware tools and certification kit
Windows Consumer Preview Kits and Tools for hardware development
Driver development documentation
Developing, testing, and deploying drivers
Hardware and driver community resources
Forums, blogs, and newsletters for the hardware and driver developer community.
New Updates - What’s new
AppHub Integration: Linking your DreamSpark Account with a Microsoft Live ID
I’m very excited to inform you that we’ve completed our “AppHub Integration: Linking DreamSpark Account with Live ID”
This will now dramatically improve the experience of those students that were having difficulties with App Hub registration.
With the update to DreamSpark students and educators create a new DreamSpark account that is not a Windows Live ID. However for students who wish to produce application for Xbox or Windows Phone require a Windows Live ID, to create apphub accounts via http://create.msdn.com. We have now enabled the system, to enable educators or students to map their DreamSpark account to new or existing Windows Live ID.
Here is the workflow:
- Student/Educator visits the page https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?ProductId=26 and sees [Map your Live ID] button enabled and [Register on AppHub] button disabled.
- Student/Educator Clicks on [Map your Live ID] button.
- Student/Educator Sign in on DreamSpark site with their Verified account (or get the account verified).
- Student/Educator then logs in using Windows Live ID account.
- Student/Educator is shown the message “Are you sure you want your map your DreamSpark login (email@example.com) with your Windows Live ID (firstname.lastname@example.org) with [Ok] and [Cancel] buttons.
- Student/Educator clicks on [Ok] button a Accounts will be mapped a User automatically signed out from Live ID account à User will be redirected to the page https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?ProductId=26 with [Map your Live ID] button disabled and [Register on AppHub] button enabled.
Team Foundation Server and what’s is the benefits of using TFS within your teaching labs?
So what is Team Foundation Server 2010.
Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 provides the code collaboration functionality for your software development students within a single very integrated product.
These functionality provides
TFS is separated server product designed specifically for engineering teams with developers, testers, architects, project managers, system analyst and all others who is part of software development life cycle.
Team Foundation Server on premise consist of two parts can be deployed in single / many machines
Team Foundation Server 2010 in the cloud – TFS Preview on Azure
I specifically want to discuss the latest preview release of Team Foundation Server which is available on windows Azure cloud as a SaaS service, allowing to quickly adopt TFS with the minimal infrastructure and administration burden. When we discuss the cloud the first questions are over security, compliance and concerns of source code and IPR. A typical comments we see is “I cannot host my source code in Microsoft or codeplex environment since the information we have is valuable to the institution”. This is a misconception that is common when it comes to the “cloud”. Especially there are a private and public cloud options. If you don’t want your source code out of your network firewall you could use a private cloud SAAS, use the following Cloud assessment tool http://www.cloudassessmenttool.com/Assessment.aspx
To date we are working with a number of UK Universities in relation to this preview release, and have a number of invitation codes available for UK Academics. We have these codes available for you to validate and use a implementation of Team Foundation Services in the cloud.
So if your interested in testing this solution please send a request to email@example.com from your academic email. The purpose of this preview and invitation codes are to allow you as academics and teaching institutions to
1. Understand the new process and allows you some time to evaluate and become aware of the opportunity of the cloud.
2. It provides a very simply way of proving this new tool to you. So we want to easily demonstrate that TFS Preview offers a solution to many institutions who are looking for a Cloud Hosted TFS or simply even a source code repository for their team working environment.
3. We hope TFS 2010 will be revolution in all aspects such as (Workflow builds, infrastructure, Lab management, Test manager, work items, SharePoint dashboards, project server integration and student performance monitoring).
What are the benefits
Team Foundation Service Preview enables everyone on your team to collaborate more effectively, be more agile, and deliver better quality software.
How to go about using TFS Preview
Connecting to TFS in the Cloud from Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2011 Beta
If your interested in developing for Windows 8 http://dev.windows.com then you will need to use Visual Studio 2011 which includes a full Windows 8 emulator and Windows 8 Metro solution templates.
You can download and install Visual studio 2011from here
There has been a number of improvements with Visual Studio 2011, I will quickly walk you through connecting Visual Studio 2011 to TFS Preview.
The first thing I will do is create new team project.
A browser window open to create new team project.
Join us for the upcoming launch of System Center 2012. Learn about 2012's exciting wave of Microsoft Private Cloud product launches and announcements – starting with the release of System Center 2012. Get the latest insights into the Microsoft Private Cloud and learn what's new in System Center 2012. The Best of MMS 2012 brings you the highlights from MMS 2012 conference in a choice of UK-wide one-day or virtual events.
Understand the Microsoft Private Cloud vision, strategy and roadmap, with deep dive sessions on managing your applications, infrastructure, desktops and devices plus sessions on service delivery and automation – opportunities you won't want to miss.
Experience how System Center 2012 lets you manage your virtual, physical and cloud environments from a single console using common and consistent management experiences that give you full control of your datacentre.
The Best of MMS 2012 is the best possible opportunity to interact with Microsoft, key strategic partners and customers at ONE of THREE events.
The Best of MMS 2012 Agenda
Microsoft's Private Cloud: Built For The Future, Ready Now
What's New in System Center 2012
Infrastructure and Fabric Management
Service Delivery and Automation
Desktop and Device Management
Networking and Close
We look forward to seeing you in May.
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