Faculty Connection is an online set of real-world resources and shared peer knowledge, the goal of the Faculty Connection site is to put relevant and applicable tools and information at the fingertips of technology educators.
The UK Academic Team is responsible for offering IT students and faculty members free access to software, for enhancing knowledge and skills by providing curriculum materials and other learning opportunities, for helping students achieve their dreams by organizing an international competition, and finally for assisting last year students through career resources and job opportunities at our customers and partners.
With this blog we want to inform you on our latest initiatives.
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As a student you get a DreamSpark membership for FREE which give you access to tools like Visual Studio Professional and a membership in the Microsoft Dev Center you can submit applications for publication to all users of Windows Phone.
Windows Phone is the best-designed mobile operating system with the best developer platform and its FREE and easy for student and academics to get started on the platform with FREE Teaching and learning resources at Microsoft Faculty Connection including a complete Windows Phone curriculum.
Windows Phone has seen one of the strongest consumer momentum,growing at a rate 6 times faster than the overall Smartphone market according to our internal analysis of available data.
So if your interested in beginning to develop a portfolio of real apps then here are some outstanding resources to get you started, based on your skill level.
1.Windows Phone App Studio is a great tool that makes developing 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.
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 so please let us know via the Microsoft UK Student facebook group or if your an academic via our Faculty Connection LinkedIn Group.
So get your DreamSpark subscription and FREE Microsoft Dev Center account, and develop a portfolio of applications on the fastest-growing smartphone platform.
For the past few months I have been having a good play with Project Spark and been really impressed with what can be achieved.
I am really impressed how easy kids can pick this up and make some beautiful games.
The experience and Project Spark got shared more widely at GamesCom Europe and here is a video of a great walkthrough demonstrating the power of Project Spark
If you simply want to inspire your kids? Encouraging them to go into a STEM subjects or to simply get into game development then the release of Project Spark will be a great starting point.
So if your a teacher at school, college or University and are interested in Project Spark join the following linkedin group and keep an eye out for announcements. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Microsoft-Faculty-Connection-UK-3829706
A well-designed and built Windows Phone 8 app can be a great start for building a Windows 8 app. You can leverage the same programming language skills like C# and XAML, and powerful development tools, such as Visual Studio 2012, to accelerate your development, testing and publication time. By building apps for both platforms, you’ll increase your opportunity to reach more customers in over 190 markets.
We’re making it easy for you to get started with this collection of our best guidance to take advantage of the shared core.
Here are some key Resources and Guidance
Maximize code reuse when building for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8
Windows 8, Windows Phone 8: Building for Both
It’s the full suite, not a trial version! So start building apps, games and sites right away in HTML, C++, C#, Ruby, Java and more.
No cost. No catch. Start downloading today at dreamspark.com/student
You’ll find everything from student app contests to coding camps, tutorials, expert help and free resources to get your first Windows app built and published.
Want to know more about DreamSpark download these datasheets
DreamSpark Faculty DataSheet
DreamSpark Institution DataSheet
DreamSpark Student DataSheet
Last week I had a hectic week in the city of Cologne, Germany.
Why Cologne well simply because Cologne was serving as host to both GDC Europe and Gamescom 2013.
I had the opportunity to meet many of my European colleagues and represent the UK developer ecosystem on the ground for two of the most important gaming conferences in the world.
2013 is a important year and a year when Microsoft can say we have the best 3 screen experience with Xbox 360 and Xbox One as the best gaming console and Windows & Windows Phone as the Best Off-Console Gaming Platforms:
During GDC and GamesCom we used the full selection of devices, with an unprecedented level of presence including a total of over 40 devices with dozens of games from top UK publishers and indies.
I had a packed four days with meetings and evenings with gatherings hosted by the likes of Pocketgamer, Rovio, UKIE, UKTI and Crytek.
I met with dozens of UK developers and companies from all over the world, and discussed and identified many new opportunities relating to Windows Phone, Windows 8, Azure and XboxOne. From an academic perspective I got to meet an array of world wide academics and student developers and had a great session with the IGDA 2013 Scholars.
One of the many highlights of the week was watching AJ from Dlala Studio, give a truly excellent presentation at GDC. His talk,
Building Tomorrow’s Blockbuster Today Across Phones, Tablets, and PCs
Anthony James Grand-Scrutton, Chief Executive Officer at Dlala Studios & Kristina Rothe, Game Development Evangelist at Microsoft
Your games’ success depends on reaching the most gamers on as many devices as possible. Targeting a broad range of hardware doesn’t have to be expensive or painful. Microsoft’s gaming platform offers access to more screens, in more countries with more flexibility than any other platform. Whether you are a small Indie game shop or a member of a large, multi-year cross-team development pipelines – This session will show you how to design, build and publish your game in the most effective way to capture the most players across multiple screens and how Dlala did it.
2013 is the year that “Gaming Takes Many Forms”, and specifically that only Microsoft allows you to have deep immersive experiences across Console, Desktop, Laptops, Convertibles, Tablets, AllinOnes and Phones.
We had a variety of devices on site at GDC Europe – Windows 8.1 which proved to great discussion starting point
HP Dell Samsung Microsoft Toshiba ASUS Sony Nokia Samsung HTC
Envy x2 +Revolve 810 XPS 10, XPS 12, XPS 18 ATIV Smart PC range Surface RT + Surface Pro Kirabook ZenBook Prime + 27inch AllinOne Duo11 920, 1020, 925 ATIV S 8X
Gamescom has become — it’s the world’s largest gaming event with over 340,000 visitors, more than 6,000 journalists, and 635 exhibitors from 88 countries attending in 2013.
Selection of Photo Pre and during Show.
The week was full of action, and Cologne was an amazing host city. We’ll certainly be returning next year, and we’d love to welcome any of our new German friends to visit our office in LA whenever they have the opportunity. The pork knuckle might not be as big, nor the beer as strong, but we promise to show you just as good of a time!
One of the things I think will really exciting to the academic world is Project Spark.
Project Spark was officially disclosed at E3.
Project Spark is game builder at Gamescom project Spark had a huge presence and brought plenty of details on the game creation project.
The following video is a sneak into what future game designers and developers will see when the project is released.
Updating your apps to Windows 8.1 Preview provides significant benefits.
· Numerous performance improvements in common scenarios, including app startup time and panning within large data collections
· Improved rendering of animations
· New and improved controls
· More flexible app layouts and Window states
· Additional tile sizes and templates
· Better integration of contacts and calendar
· More natural in-app search experience
Updating your app now will help give you a chance to prepare for some of the changes and new features in 8.1.
Important: The Windows Store is not yet open for submission of Windows 8.1 apps. Windows Store apps written for Windows 8.1 will be eligible for submission to the Windows Store later this year. At that time you will be able to onboard new apps or onboard an 8.1 version to the same app ID as your existing Windows 8 app. This enables your 8 and 8.1 apps to share ratings and reviews – it also means that users will automatically get the 8.1 version of your app when they update and you will be able to continue to update both your 8 and 8.1 versions moving forward.
To help developers get started on updating their Windows 8 apps to Windows 8.1 the following white paper has been produced http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=304117
On the 20th of June a number of UK academics and researchers joined us at UCL for a one day event.
The event was simply to learn how Windows Azure can be used in curricula, support research endeavours, and enable student projects.
Additionally we focused on how Institution administrators can explore how to use Windows Azure for infrastructure and application needs. see http://windowsinazure.eventbrite.co.uk for attendees.Here are the presentations from the day
Welcome to Windows Azure - Rob Frazer Microsoft, Cloud CTO
Windows Azure in Academia - Ashwin Karuhatty Microsoft, Director of Academic Programs
Windows Azure PaaS, IaaS, SaaS - Carlos Oliveira http://www.shapingcloud.com and Windows Azure User Group http://ukwaug.net/
Windows Azure Pop Up Labs - Steve Plank Microsoft, Azure Technical Evangelist
See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/ The Windows Azure Prime Challenge
See http://www.primechallenge.org Windows Azure VM Depot - Steve Lamb, Microsoft Open Technology http://vmdepot.msopentech.com/
Windows Azure in Research - Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research Connections
For More details on Windows Azure in Education see the following resources
Microsoft provides Educator Grants for educators wanting to use Windows Azure in their curricula through Windows Azure academic passes. More info
Need access to Windows Azure outside the classroom? Working on a project on cloud computing? Or maybe your master thesis? More info
Tap into resources offered by Microsoft’s Windows Azure Research Engagement project to take your research to the cloud. More info
Help your students get the technology skills they need to be successful through Microsoft IT Academy. More info
This year Microsoft;s Faculty Summit, was streamed LIVE to people all over the world. For those of you who weren't available to watch the live stream during July you can now watch all of it on your computer.
During the summit viewers watched and participated in the keynote Q&A with Bill Gates, and watched live streaming of key faculty summit presenters; and the first-day closing keynote speaker, Doug Burger, who presented “The Beast from Below: How Changes in the Hardware Ecosystem Will Disrupt Computer Science.”
These sessions are now available for on-demand viewing.
· Watch Bill Gates’ keynote
· Watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on demand
Read more about the Faculty Summit at the MS Research Connections blog
The largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) took place in Maastricht, Netherlands, from June 3 to 6, 2013. More than 500 participants attended the event, including decision makers, networking specialists, and managers from all major European networking and research organizations, universities, and worldwide institutions, and industries .
Kenji Takeda from Microsoft Research Connections gave a keynote address exploring the opportunities of cloud computing in research. The availability of big and broad data is becoming a foundation upon which we can accelerate our research and education across all disciplines, including science, engineering, technology, social science, anthropology, history, and government. Takeda’s talk explored how Windows Azure is enabling new capabilities and insight in data-intensive research through services and tools in areas including big history, astronomy, genomics, medicine, and environmental science.
· Watch the TERENA 2013 keynote online
· Hear about big data and cloud computing
Learn more about Windows Azure for Academic Research project
Lean more about Windows Azure for Undergraduate teaching and Learning