• Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft and Nokia AppCampus – Got an Idea get funded now

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    AppCampus

    To drive innovation and business opportunities in Finland's mobile ecosystem and beyond, Microsoft Corporations and Nokia invested up to 9 million euros into "AppCampus" program -a newly established mobile application development program at Aalto University during the next three years. The AppCampus program has been set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem, and in addition, Nokia platforms, including Symbian and Series 40, to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups.

    Kicked off in May 2012, AppCampus is led and managed by Aalto University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup companies. AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world.

    Apart from investing 20,000 – 70,000 euros per project, AppCampus also supports the admitted applicants with comprehensive support, training in mobile technology, design and usability, and funding to create innovative new mobile apps and services. Windows Phone Marketplace and Nokia Store offer local and global business opportunities to program participants via distribution to consumers around the world.

    We don't take equity or commission from the investment. Successful applications are expected to be available exclusively on Windows Phone and other Nokia platforms for the first six months.

     

    For more details see http://www.appcampus.fi

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    So how do CS students make a beautiful looking Windows 8 application?

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    The simple answer is they can use this index to quickly find the user experience (UX) guidelines that can help you create a great Windows 8 style app.

    Click to download the guidelines This PDF file.

    Windows 8 design style

    Windows 8 UI style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8, and great apps share an important set of traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience.

    Touch interaction

    Metro style app touch interactions

    Use touch interactions that keep the user in control and confident, and leverage the screen or device edge so people can confidently find commands. See Touch interaction design.

    Snapping and scaling

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    These features help you create great experiences for every form factor and every viewing option your users have.

    • Flexible layouts: Design for different form factors and let users manipulate the content to fit their needs and preferences. Think of landscape view first so that your app will run on all form factors, but remember that some screens rotate, so optimize the layout of your content for a taller-than-wide view that retains functionality. See Guidelines for layouts.
    • Snapped and fill views: Design for your users' multi-tasking needs. Users want to use your app while they chat, surf the web, watch a movie, or whatever, so make your snapped view useful and maintain context when going between snapped and unsnapped views. See Guidelines for snapped and fill views.
    • Scaling to screens:  Design an app UI that looks great on devices of various sizes—from a small tablet screen, to a medium laptop screen, and all the way up to a large desktop or all-in-one screen. See Guidelines for scaling to screens.
    • Scaling to pixel density: Make sure the images in your app look great when scaled. Windows scales your app to ensure consistent physical sizing regardless of the pixel density of the device. See Guidelines for scaling to pixel density.
    • Resizing: Make sure your app looks great when Windows needs to resize it. Windows automatically resizes your app when the user changes the view state or calls up the soft keyboard. See Guidelines for resizing.
    Contracts, charms, and capabilities

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    Contracts are the glue that binds Metro style apps together and to the system UI. Two apps that have implemented the same contract can work together to complete a broad or complex scenario. Some contracts are represented by charms. See a complete list of app contracts.

    Capabilities identify the device features your app uses.

    Tiles and notifications

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    A tile is the front door into an app. Sitting on the Start screen, it is an extension of the app and can provide much more personal and engaging information than a traditional icon. Invest in designing a great tile to draw people into your app.

    Provide fresh content through live tiles and notifications to let people feel connected to your app. Make sure you help your users connect with the people and devices that they care about.

    Controls

    Design your app's UI to showcase the content. Minimize distraction and help people get immersed in the content by leaving only the most relevant elements on screen. Following these guidelines will help you provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience.

    Commands

    Navigation

    Transient UI

    Images

    Text and input

    Roaming to the cloud

    Multiple devices running Windows 8: laptop, tablet, desktop monitor

    Create a continuous experience across devices by roaming data and settings that lets people pick up a task right where they left off and that preserves the UX they care most about, regardless of the device they're using.

    • Roaming: Make it easy for users to use your app everywhere, from their kitchen family PC to their work PC to their personal tablet, by maintaining settings and states with roaming. Additional guidance on roaming can be found in Managing app data and Guidelines for roaming app data.
    • Settings: Consolidate all of your app's settings on one UI surface, and let users configure your app via common mechanism they are already familiar with. See Guidelines for app settings.
    • Single sign-on:  Ensure that users can sign in with their Microsoft account and enjoy a consistent experience on any Windows 8 device they use. See Guidelines for single sign-on and connected accounts.
    Fundamentals

    Every app should always have a solid foundation in order to reach as many people as possible.

    • Splash screen:  Use the splash screen to smooth the transition between when people launch your app and when it's ready for use. The splash screen should subtly reinforce your brand with your users, not distract them or advertise to them. See Guidelines for splash screens.
    • Suspend and resume app state:  Users will switch your app on and off the screen, and Windows will terminate it in the background when it is unused. You should save and resume the app state when possible to maintain context. See Guidelines for app suspend and resume.
    • Auto-launching and "Open With": Launch the default app for a file type or protocol from your app. See Guidelines for file types and protocols.
    • Globalization, localization, and app resources: Windows is used worldwide, so you need to design your app so that resources, such as strings and images, are separated from their code, to help make localization easy. See Guidelines for globalizing your app and Guidelines for app resources.
    • Accessibility: Make your app available to all users regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or preferences. If you use the built-in UI controls, you get accessibility for free. When you need to create custom controls, see Plan for accessibility.
    • App help: Provide help or troubleshooting tips to your users. See Guidelines for app help.
    • Store categories: Learn how to create great apps for specific Windows Store categories, like games or entertainment. See Category guidance.

    Resources

    Teaching Curricula see http://www.microsoft.com/faculty

    Windows 8 resources for UK Developers  see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8

    Windows 8 resources for Gaming Developer see http://www.ubelly.com/gaming

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    Do you have great students? Well its their time to shine as a Microsoft Student Partner

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    MSP

    Applications are now open!

    The Microsoft Student Partner Programme recognises top young minds from around the world that are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real-world skills to help you succeed in your future career, to help others learn about the technology of today and tomorrow, and to connect with other like-minded students, all whilst having a ton of fun along the way. The program is our way of encouraging students who are interested in building a closer relationship with Microsoft, and those who are simply hooked on technology, or talking about it to others to develop their skills further.

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

    So what exactly is a Microsoft Student Partner?

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    As a team MSPs are responsible for helping students and start-ups design, create and publish great quality apps for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone.

    An MSP’s role is to help us achieve this by:

    • creating great quality apps
    • writing great content we can use to showcase student talent
    • co-delivering content with us at events

    So we are looking for students who:

    • are experienced software developers
    • are passionate about developer technology and for Microsoft
    • are able to prove this passion
    • you have written an application for Windows Phone or Windows 8
    • are at a UK university and over 18
    • have the support of a faculty member
    • are able to articulate technology to a crowd

    We do want to encourage discussion and debate about technology and hence your experiences and opinions are extremely valuable. If you want to share your passion and develop industry-leading skills, we want to hear from you.

    What will you get in return?

    As part of your role as an MSP you will receive the following

    • an MSDN subscription
    • monthly Lync calls with the UK Academic team
    • technical education sessions organised on-line
    • the ability to showcase your skills to a wider audience though Microsoft promoting your apps and skills to the wider student and developer community
    • increased visibility in your university (dependant on you driving this with your faculty contact)

    How do we select MSPs?

    The application process will open in August 2012 and we’ll review applications in September. Subsequent selection will take place until the end of December 2012.

    Eligibility

    To consider applying for the MSP Program, you must be:

    • Over 18 years of age.
    • Studying a full-time course at an officially recognised university in the UK.
    • Have the support of a Faculty Member or a Professional within the technology industry.
    • Everyone needs to have published at least one app in a Microsoft MarketPlace or Store (Windows Phone, Windows 8, Azure etc)
    • If you have an app in the design stage you can become an MSP on probation for 3 months until your app gets published

    What are we looking for?

    All MSPs should have the following basic qualities:

    • Passionate about technology and what it can do
    • Someone who loves to learn
    • Be part of an active and vibrant network

    Competencies

    • Demonstrates a high degree of responsibility, honesty, and integrity
    • Good rapport with faculty and students studying other disciplines
    • Willing to share knowledge & eager to educate and inspire others
    • High level of social activity, both online & offline
    • Willingness to support and organise university events and involve the local community

    What’s the fine print?

    • The time commitment is somewhat variable and depends on you and the activity but it might be somewhere between 1-3 hours/week.
    • Students must be enrolled fulltime in an accredited academic institution within the UK.
    • In order for new people to be accepted onto the programme we expect prospective MSPs to provide some evidence that you have the desire, capacity and willingness to share your passion for technology.
    • If we find it is not meeting your needs then MSPs are free to leave the programme at any time
    • Microsoft retains the right to exclude people from the programme at any time.
    • Your details will not be used for any other marketing purpose.

    How to apply?

    Applications for the 2012-2013 Academic Year are now open. To apply for the Microsoft UK MSP programme, please refer to the competencies required and the responsibilities above.

    Complete the application form by clicking here.

    ·You will need to provide contact details from an academic member of your department or the professional who you have worked with in the technology industry

    Contact Us

    For all questions regarding the Microsoft UK program, please email ukmsp@microsoft.com

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    Installing Visual Studio 2012 and enabling developer licenses for Windows 8 apps

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    The  RTM versions of Visual Studio 2012 require developer activation to enable the developer to develop a Windows Store application.

    This activation is via a registered LiveID/Microsoft Account, and simply enrols VS2012 for a 90 day development license.

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    I have a had a number of question how do we do this?

    The process you must be undertaken by a local admin on the desktop, you must also have access to Visual Studio and register your LiveID/MicrosoftID against the machines copy of Visual Studio 2012..

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    To enable you to undertake the activation on a large scale deployment such as University or college lab environment here are some tips


    We are in the process of producing necessary documentation and white papers but In the meantime the following FAQ is helpful:

    ·         Does the developer license only have to be acquired/renewed in relation to Windows Store app development?
    Yes. To be precise: You need the developer license to install, develop, test and evaluate new style apps BEFORE you submit them to the Window Store. To be able to submit an app to the Windows Store, you'll need to open a separate Windows Store developer account through the developer website.

    ·         Is the license per user or per machine?
    Per User and machine, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974578.aspx

    ·         It seems that you have to have local administrator privileges to renew the license, is that correct?
    YES

    ·         Is the renewal of the license something that could be automated by an administrator via remotely deployed PowerShell scripts?
    YES, see section "Getting a developer license at a command prompt" at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh974578.aspx

    ·         How can I use a DreamSpark account?
    Here is how to associate your DreamSpark account to a Microsoft account and also get a developer license for Windows Phone/Xbox development
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/02/29/dreamspark-and-apphub-account-creation-simplified.aspx

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    Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK

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    The Kinect for Windows team announced our Fall Roadmap today on our blog.

    It includes an SDK update that we will release on October 8th.

    In addition to making Kinect for Windows hardware available in seven new markets this autumn, we will be releasing an update to the Kinect for Windows runtime and software development kit (SDK) on October 8.

    So what is included in the update

    This release has numerous new features that deliver additional power to Kinect for Windows developers and business customers. We will share the full details when it’s released on October 8, but in the meantime here are a few highlights:

    · Enable businesses to do more with Kinect for Windows
    We are committed to opening up even more opportunities for the creation of new end user experiences. We’ll be adding features such as expanded sensor data access—including colour camera settings and extended depth data—to continue to inspire innovative uses of the Kinect for Windows technology in new and different places.

    · Improve developer efficiency
    We continue to invest in making our platform easier and more powerful for developers. That’s why we’ll be releasing more tools and samples in October, such as a new sample that demonstrates a “best in class” UI based on the Kinect for Windows Human Interface Guidelines.

    · Extend our Windows tools and operating system support
    We want to make it easy for our customers to be able to build and deploy on a variety of Windows platforms. Our October update will include support for Windows 8 desktop applications, Microsoft .NET 4.5, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

    So let me know what exciting projects your working on using the Microsoft Kinect for windows SDK.

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    Windows Azure Educator and Student Passes

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    Windows Azure Educator Grants are a great way for you and your students to get access to Azure for the duration of your class. These passes are available for faculty teaching Azure.

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    Azure in Education Passes

    · 5 month passes for PAAS: Any educator may apply online requesting access, and sharing the course name he/she is teaching, and how many students/passes they are requesting.  

    · NEW 5 Month passes teach with IAAS: Premium services will be enabled, to include 3 core = 2 small VMs (Windows or Linux VMs.), 10 Free Website/  Media Services(TBC)..

    · NEW 12 month passes for Educators.  Any educator applying for a grant, will receive an educator pass that is 12-months long and renewable, as part of their class request.

    · Imagine Cup Passes – Competitors will be offered passes

    For additional questions or special requests email AzureU@microsoft.com

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    New Curricula Resources available

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    The following is a list of new content that was added.   clip_image001Add this to your RSS feeds in Outlook to stay up-to-date!

    • Designing for Modern UI - 11 modules that provide lectures and tutorials on how to design for the new Windows 8 UI.
    • App Development for Modern UI - covers fundamental concepts of developing a Metro style app using JavaScript and HTML5/CSS3 with Microsoft tools and resources.
    • App Development for Modern Devices - advanced course that covers development systems for phones, tablets, and desktop computers. It focuses on network aware software, interfaces for touch and NUI devices, and graphics programming.

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    • Windows Azure and SQL Database – .  This new modular course provides information about Cloud Computing in general and Windows Azure and Windows Azure SQL Database in particular.  The tutorials cover how to develop for the Windows Azure environment and how to use SQL Database as the back-end RDBMS.  Creating Virtual Machines and using Web Sites – the new Azure functionality – is  also included.  Each of the 6 Modules consist of a lecture and a lab,
    • Windows Azure and SQL Database (Instructor Supplement)The Instructor Supplement contains the Lab Solutions and is available for  “faculty only”, i.e. will require Faculty Connection membership to download.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Samsung AITV range and Windows 8

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    Samsung

    So what will OEM Windows 8 machine be like?

    Samsung held an event yesterday to announce a trio of Windows 8 PCs - ATIV Tab, ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro – and a Windows 8 Phone. So if you are interested in what Windows 8 OEM Find out more about the Samsung ATIV range

    What about other vendors?

    For other vendors offering you can check out the Microsoft News Center Gallery of OEM's offerings. There will be more to come, over the next few weeks as we approach the GA of Windows 8 26th October 2012

    So what about apps?

    If your interested in building or learning more about Windows 8 application development then you need to visit this new Microsoft UK Site which contains all the necessary information

    Windows8Site

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    If your thinking of installing Windows 8 are your labs machine HyperV capable?

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    Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, many of us need to run multiple operating systems. Windows 8 uses Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server.

    In brief, Hyper-V lets you run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same computer. Instead of working directly with the computer’s hardware, the operating systems run inside of a virtual machine (VM).

    Hyper-V enables developers to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments without incurring additional hardware costs.

    An introduction to Hyper-V

     

     

    Requirements

    Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). SLAT is a feature present in the current generation of 64-bit processors by Intel & AMD. You’ll also need a 64-bit version of Windows 8, and at least 4GB of RAM. Hyper-V does support creation of both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in the VMs.

    Hyper-V’s dynamic memory allows memory needed by the VM to be allocated and de-allocated dynamically (you specify a minimum and maximum) and share unused memory between VMs. You can run 3 or 4 VMs on a machine that has 4GB of RAM but you will need more RAM for 5 or more VMs. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also create large VMs with 32 processors and 512GB RAM.

    In conclusion, by bringing Hyper-V from Windows Server to Windows Client, allows you to provide a robust virtualization technology designed for the scalability, security, reliability, and performance needs of most data centers. With Hyper-V, developers and IT professionals can now build a more efficient and cost-effective environment for using and testing across multiple machines.

    So how do I know if my machine support SLAT (second level address translation). 

    1. Windows 8 HyperV requires support for SLAT (second level address translation). 

    2. So if your thinking of installing Windows 8 in your institutions computer labs you should check your machine BIOS as this feature can be enabled/disabled.

    3. To do this Download CoreInfo from the Windows Sysinternals website, here.

    4. Open a command window with admin rights and type coreinfo –v, if an asterix is displayed next to EPT row then your Intel processor supports SLAT.

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    Welcome to the 2013 Imagine Cup season

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    Today the ImagineCup team launches new competitions and framework for 2013, taking our first steps towards St. Petersburg, Russia, where all of our efforts will culminate in our Worldwide Finals in July, 2013.

    This year, we have three big competitions and challenges.

    Competitions:

    · World Citizenship: Make an app that could change someone’s life. Pick your cause: the environment, education, health, you name it. Use technology as an agent of change.

    · Games: Put a smile on the face of the world. Make the next great game and see people playing it all around you on console, PC, phone, slate – wherever people play games.

    · Innovation: Reinvent social networks. Transform online shopping. Experience music in a new way. Do something amazing with GPS. It’s time to take that crazy idea of yours and ship it!

    Challenges:

    · The Windows 8 App Challenge will test a team’s ability to design and build a Windows Store app that takes advantage of Windows 8 features and design principles to deliver an exceptional experience on the platform.

    · The Windows Phone Challenge is seeking the best apps that feature startling functionality and device-focused utility, combined with a delightful Windows Phone user experience.

    · The Windows Azure Challenge is about getting your team started on the “next big thing” by leveraging Azure platform features to build a great web application.

    ImagineCup

    The biggest prizes in the history of the ImagineCup to go with them.

    For each competition, we'll award:

    · First Place: $50,000 (USD)

    · Second Place: $10,000 (USD)

    · Third Place: $5,000 (USD)

    And each challenge:

    · First Place: $10,000 (USD)

    · Second Place: $5,000 (USD)

    · Third Place: $3,000 (USD)

    Plus every finalist team and their mentor will also get a free trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete in the Worldwide Finals!

    To keep upto date join the ImagineCup mailing list and subscribe to the ImagineCup blog to be the first to get all the news. 

    This year, we want to give students all kinds of ways to create, learn, compete, and win.  So please point them at our page on ImagineCup Facebook page, and follow the ImagineCup team on Twitter.  

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