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    Break into Code challenge $3000 competition for 9–18 year olds using Touchdevelop.com



    Break Into Code!

    We want to give all students  the opportunity to learn coding, so why not get started today with www.Touchdevelop.com and have a chance of winning $3000

    Microsoft Imagine introduces the Break Into Code challenge as a beginner level challenge that will get students excited about coding even if they don’t have any previous experience. We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Research’s Touch Develop to get students of all ages started with a simple, easy to follow tutorial on coding a brick breaker game. The tutorial will get them started from a blank slate to a working game which they can then personalize and reinvent to make it their own. They can use any device with a browser and internet connection to participate.


    · Students register on www.ImagineCup.com and are directed to start with the Touch Develop brick breaker tutorial

    · Once they have completed the game tutorial, they can make whatever modifications they like so long as they stay within the spirit of the game

    · Students will submit their re-imagined games as entries to our contest 

    · The entries will be Judged on Customization, Quality, and Presentation

    Timeline: April 22th to June 7th

    Target Audience: 9-18 year olds

    Competition Age Brackets: 9-13, 14-18

    Prize: Winners from each bracket receive USD $3000 for 1st, $2000 for 2nd, $1000 for 3rd

    Tool: Microsoft Research Touch Develop www.touchdevelop.com

    Touch Develop Brick Breaker Tutorial and fully functioning game


    Touch Develop Brick Breaker with customizations

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    Windows 10 Student Game Jam



    To bring the best of Build to more developers around the world including a Windows \\Build Tour kicking off May and running until June

    We will also be hosting Microsoft Imagine Windows 10 Game Jam

    For more details see http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2015/04/07/bringing-build-2015-to-you/

    BUILD CONFERENCE (April 29 – May 1) #build2015

    Give the conference sold out so quickly, we are pleased to invite you to mark your calendars and participate via live streaming of sessions and interviews from the show floor.

    To join the live stream, save the event reminder to your Outlook calendar and watch the keynotes and sessions. For more details on the event and agenda, please visit the Build Home Page. All sessions will be available on-demand at Channel 9 within 48 hours of the event.

    BUILD TOUR (May 18 – June 15) #buildtour
    23 events have been scheduled around the globe, where we will be demonstrating and sharing the capabilities of our latest technologies with many of the same Build speakers. Each of these single-day events will cover the key announcements from the larger Build conference, as well as offering a deeper dive into Windows 10.

    Register today to secure your spot.

    MICROSOFT IMAGINE WINDOWS 10 GAME JAM (May /June) #win10gamejam

    If you’re a student, come make your first Windows 10 game at one of our worldwide 24-hour games hackathons. The Microsoft Imagine Windows 10 Game Jam is designed to give you access to the expert guidance and tools you need to set you up for the Windows 10 Universal App Platform, which unifies gaming across PCs, phones, tablets and Xbox One.

    The hackathons are taking place in 40+ cities worldwide, register today to participate.

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    Imagine Cup 2015 UK Winners



    Last week Dave Coplin,  Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK, chaired the  2015 UK Imagine Cup Finals.

    Each of the teams had to present their app or game for five minutes before facing a rigorous Q&A session from our panel of judges, including Michel Van Der Bel, MD of Microsoft UK, and other external figures of industry, such as Rob Bourne, Ministry of Defense of the UK MoD, Mike Bithell creator of Thomas was alone and many more..

    The entrants were hugely varied, with anything from wearable business networking tools an ‘Uber for healthcare’, collaborative real-time editing tools, and a game designed to raise awareness for tuberculosis.

    After a period of deliberation the judges finally returned with their winners in each category:

    We also launched two partner awards in the UK this year:

    • Social Media Creativity Award, ( Sponsored by Metia Agency) : Team Mover, awarded with work experience at Metia Agency 
    • Cloud Innovation Award: Team Siymb

    You can watch all of the finalist’s presentations via http://www.stuff.tv/news/vote-uk-techs-next-big-thing-in-microsofts-imagine-cup-and-you-could-win-xbox-one

    Overall the event was a huge success, with over 150 attendees, ranging from students to mature developers, and during the breakout sessions there were representatives from Microsoft Ventures, Visual Studios and Microsoft Education UK, all of whom offering advice and resources to students and budding entrepreneurs.

    So what’s next?

    In line with our event proposition, to inspire all of our contestants to continue to build and develop their ideas to make them happen, all of the teams have the opportunity to now apply for our MS Ventures accelerator program. For the teams who are not progressing to the World Wide Semi- Finals, Radication Games, Team Terrabite and The Lifeline team has been introduced to Microsoft Scotland who will continue to mentor the team with funding advice and the gaming teams (TripleOX) will be showcasing their game this weekend at Insomnia Gaming Festival.

    As for our winners, for them the Imagine Cup journey is just getting started! We wish them all luck in the World Wide Semi Finals taking place in May. Here is to bringing the Imagine Cup trophy home to the UK in 2015.

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    Cocos2d-x $25,000 Game Development Contest



    Cocos2d-x is a open source, cross platform set of game development tools used by developers.

    This week Microsoft Open Technologies group announced the option to use JavaScript to develop Windows Universal Apps using Coco2d-x. This will allow developer to us a combination of JavaScript and C++ and Cocos2d-x for Windows and Windows Phone games.

    Cocos2d-x have also announced a Windows Developer completion with a prize fund of $25,000.

    The first place winner will receive $25,000

    2nd Place $15,000

    3rd Place  $3,000

    Learn more about the competition at the Building Apps for Windows Blog

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    New Announcement with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015




    Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise with MSDN

     Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio Premium and Visual Studio Ultimate together into a single product called Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN. see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/03/31/announcing-the-visual-studio-2015-product-line.aspx

    So what are the new features/Versions?

    Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN

    This is aimed at teams delivering high-scale applications and services, VS 2015 Enterprise includes all the high-value features provided in Visual Studio Ultimate and adds the new innovations that are coming with the 2015 release.

    Visual Studio Professional with MSDN

    Delivers a comprehensive collection of tools and services that enable individual developers and development teams to be more productive when building professional-grade applications. 

    Visual Studio Community 2015

    Gives developers free access to the Visual Studio toolset for non-enterprise and open source development.

    Key features of Visual Studio

    Features will be more broadly available across the 2015 product set.

    CodeLens – a feature previously available only in Visual Studio Ultimate – will now be provided as part of Visual Studio Professional and above.

    PowerPoint storyboarding will be provided for free to community, professional, and enterprise users.

    If you already have a MSDN subscription

    Customers who have an active subscription for Visual Studio Premium with MSDN or Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN will receive an automatic upgrade to Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 with MSDN.

    More details see

    Microsoft announced the Visual Studio 2015 product lineup that will be available this summer.

    The Visual Studio blog http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/03/31/announcing-the-visual-studio-2015-product-line.aspx

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    Windows Phone Update Error codes



    These errors will be visible on the device in Settings > Phone update

    Incorrect Date / Time (error 80072f8f)

    If you receive Windows Update error 80072f8f while checking for updates, your device date and time might not be the same as the date and time for the online Windows Update service.

    Check that your device date + time is correct. Sometimes it helps to ‘reset’ automatic date + time settings (off>on).

    If you do not have a SIM card make sure that the manual selection is correct for your time-zone!

    We are currently unable to check for updates (error 801881D3)

    Currently we don’t know how to escape from this error except for restarting device and re-trying online check.
    Changing Region may help.

    Limited connectivity (error 80072ee2)

    This error may be caused by Wi-Fi connection (firewall or otherwise limited connection)

      • Try to turn off the Wi-Fi and check for updates via 3G connection. Once updates are available turn the Wi-Fi back on and start the download

    This error may also appear if your device Region is set incorrectly

      • Make sure that your device Region is set correctly to match the region you are currently in

    Insufficient space for update (error 80188308)

    Not enough space in system partition to continue the update

    Probable scenarios:

    • Some system update like Cortana, language packs, OEM feature has taken up system partition space leaving less space to complete a phone update
    • Users are blocked until more space is made on the system partition or the update is made extremely tiny to fit the available space

    The update could not be downloaded (error 801881d0)

      • Package could not be verified because of corrupt file. Very likely that the file download was stopped and started because of connectivity issues.
      • User should be able to retry by clicking on check for updates or session will auto expire and do another download in 6.2 days

    An update was installed but cannot be opened (error 80188306)

      • After taking a backup (see top of this page) please perform a hard reset of the phone (settings>about>reset the phone)
      • Set up the phone again, without skipping any steps and update the phone again using a good Wi-Fi connection

    Error "The Program can't start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer"

    • This error appears when you wish to run a software which require the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2012. The redistributable can easily be downloaded from the Microsoft website as x86 or x64 edition. Depending on the software you wish to install you need to install either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version. Please refer to the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679#
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    Welcome to the Azure Marketplace


    The new Azure Marketplace has launched and has over 3103 services and produces now available. Simply put  Azure Marketplace is a one stop shop for you to enhance productivity and performance.

    You can simply search and deploy thousands of solutions to simplify the development and management of applications on Azure from Linux virtual machines  to data services.

    Azure Marketplace

    If your interested in providing a services, data or VM images to Azure Market Place the following opportunities are available
    Virtual Machines and application services

    Put your products directly in front of the global Azure customer base where they can confidently purchase and deploy your Virtual Machines and application services on Azure with the knowledge that they have been vetted through the Microsoft Azure Certified program.

    View program details

    Azure Active Directory applications

    Integrate Azure Active Directory identity management with your application and help secure your customers’ access to your application along with access to Microsoft online services like Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications.

    View program details

    Web applications

    Integrate with Azure Websites to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy your web applications on Azure and share your web app with millions of Azure users worldwide.

    View program details

    API Apps

    Integrate with Azure API Apps to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover and connect to your SaaS or API’s. The global Azure customer base can easily connect their applications to your product with auto-generated SDK’s, simplified authentication and more.

    View program details

    Microsoft Dynamics Solutions

    Integrate with Azure Websites to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy your web applications on Azure and share your web app with Millions of Azure users worldwide.

    View program details

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    Azure Websites service, as part of several Azure services becoming integrated into a new larger service known as Azure App Service.



    App Service integrates the best of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, API Management, and Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services, along with new capabilities in Logic and API apps to provide you with a unified set of capabilities for building more powerful enterprise web and mobile apps. Removing the burden to develop across multiple platforms or learn new languages, App Service helps you build more secure connections to your enterprise and software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems, scale IT infrastructure, automate business processes, and more, so you can focus on building groundbreaking apps and experiences, faster and more efficiently.

    Azure Websites is now known as Web Apps within App Service.

    From an Azure Websites perspective, this is strictly a name change. You can continue to access your existing websites via the Azure Preview portal, where you’ll find all your websites listed under Web Apps. Additionally, Web Hosting Plan is now App Service Plan. App Service Plan can host any service type of App Service, such as web, mobile, logic, or API apps.

    Beyond the name change from Azure Websites to Web Apps, pricing will remain the same, but you’ll have access to significantly more capabilities coming from the integration of Azure Websites into App Service.

    You’ll now be able to extend your Web Apps with mobile back ends, create workflows, automate business processes, connect to enterprise and SaaS systems, and much more.

    For more information about Azure App Service, please visit the App Service webpage and remember students now get access to this service via DreamSpark.com and faculty can use Azure for Education for teaching and learning

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    New to Azure? Learn more about Azure with this on-demand Webinar on common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud.



    Learn more about Azure with this on-demand Webinar on common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud. Get Started Now watch this online On Demand webinar  

    Join technical product manager Jason Clarke for a tour of Microsoft Azure. In this on demand webinar, Jason will walk through common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud. Click here to register for the webinar.

    For Education we have various Azure FREE offering

    Azure for Education for teaching and learning

    Azure for Research

    Azure for Students via DreamSpark.com

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    We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.




    We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.

    This new offer for students in 140 countries around the world gets you started with the services you need most to develop in the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required:

    · Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. It supports up to ten websites or web apps, with 1GB of storage and 165MB of daily bandwidth.

    · Application Insights provides a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of your ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android platforms. Search and analyze your data to continuously improve your application, prioritize future investments and improve overall customer experience.

    · Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build, and ship software across a variety of platforms. Get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.

    Microsoft Azure is available now for validated DreamSpark students at no cost and no commitment, with no time limit and no accidental charges. You can upgrade to paid services later if you want, but you can host your web apps and websites today with the power of the Microsoft cloud behind you and it won’t cost you anything.

    When combined with Visual Studio Community 2013 for coding and the GitHub Student Pack to add more services and tools to your project, Microsoft Azure provides an incredible free launchpad for students. And we’ve got great free online courses for students to jump into web development at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

    We’re very excited to bring this offer to students.

    Can educators use this offer?

    No, this offer is for students. Educators can apply for the Azure Educator Grant, which offers free Azure for teaching and learning.

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