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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Events

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    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

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    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.

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    Moodle to Microsoft Live@edu plugin

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    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.

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    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

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    A complete list of resources for METRO Windows 8 Developers

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    In line with the todays launch of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I have collected a set of useful resources and links

    Developer downloads

    Content

    URL

    Details

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Download

    http://preview.windows.com

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview download (web installer or ISO’s), videos, and FAQ’s.

    Developer downloads for Metro style apps

    http://msdn.microsoft.com
    /windows/apps/br229516

    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

    http://design.windows.com

    100+ Photoshop files with common controls, shell components, tiles, icons, animation clips, color wheel references, and more.

    Metro style app developer content

    Content

    URL

    Details

    Windows Dev Center home

    http://dev.windows.com

    Links to Metro style app, Desktop app, Hardware, and IE development.

    Metro style app development home

    http://msdn.microsoft.com
    /windows/apps

    Links to key resources for designing, developing, and selling Metro style apps.

    Product guide for developers

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/
    apps/hh852650

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Developers.

    Official documentation

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/

    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 resources

    http://design.windows.com

    Design principles, UX design patterns, detailed UX guidelines, downloadable design assets, assessing usability.

    Selling apps in the  Windows Store

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/
    windows/apps/br230836

    Windows Store markets, developer agreements, and checklists to prepare.

    Developer downloads for Metro style apps

    http://msdn.microsoft.com
    /windows/apps/br229516

    Visual Studio Express and the Windows 8 SDK + extra tools and SDK’s for Metro style app development.

    Metro style app samples

    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/
    windowsapps/

    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

    http://forums.dev.windows.com

    Developer forums for Metro style apps covering designing, developing, and selling apps.

    Blogs for developers

    Blog Name

    URL

    Details

    Building Windows 8 blog (B8)

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/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

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore

    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)

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev

    Explores best practices for coding and designing Metro style apps.  It is written by the team of developers who are building Windows 8.

    IE blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/

    Windows Internet Explorer Engineering Team Blog.

    Inside Windows Live blog

    http://windowsteamblog.com/
    windows_live/b/windowslive/

    The engineering being Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and Windows Live.

    Visual Studio Blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/

    The official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team.

    The Windows Blog

    http://windowsteamblog.com/

    Consumer and general interest topics.

    Social channels for developers

    Channel

    URL

    Details

    Facebook (developer)

    http://fb.windows.com/developers

    Developer blog

    Twitter (Building Windows 8)

    http://twitter.com/BuildWindows8

    Developer log

    Twitter (Windows Dev Center)

    https://twitter.com/windevs

    Developer blog

    YouTube

    http://www.youtube.com/user/
    WindowsVideos

    Video

    Channel 9

    http://channel9.msdn.com

    Developer videos

    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

    Content

    URL

    Details

    Desktop app certification requirements

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/hh749939

    Certification requirements for Windows 8 desktop apps.

    Desktop App Certification Kit

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/hh852363

    The Windows 8 SDK includes the Windows App Certification Kit to test desktop apps and get them ready for certification.

    Compatibility Cookbook

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=242534

    Tips and fixes for common issues with desktop apps for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and software for Windows Server 8 Beta.

    Compatibility Center

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/en-US/CompatCenter/Home

    Compatibility of desktop apps and devices with Windows 8. Partners can add products and update compatibility status using this template.

    Hardware developer/partner content

    Content

    URL

    Details

    Hardware Certification Requirements

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh833793.aspx

    Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements and Policies

    Hardware tools and certification kit

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/hardware/br259105

    Windows Consumer Preview Kits and Tools for hardware development

    Driver development documentation

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/hardware/ff554651

    Developing, testing, and deploying drivers

    Hardware and driver community resources

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/windows/hardware/gg454517

    Forums, blogs, and newsletters for the hardware and driver developer community.

    Compatibility Center

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/en-US/CompatCenter/Home

    Compatibility of desktop apps and devices with Windows 8. Partners can add products and update compatibility status using this template.

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    DreamSpark and Apphub account creation simplified

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    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 (name@university.com) with your Windows Live ID (myname@hotmail.com) 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.

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    Team Foundation Server 2010

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    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

    • Project management.
    • Work item Tracking.
    • Version Control.
    • Test case management.
    • Build automation.
    • Reporting.
    • Virtual lab management.

     
    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

    • Application tier which is a set of web services with which the client machines communicate by using a highly optimized web service- based protocol.
    • Data tier which is a SQL server database containing the database logic of TFS application, all data stored in database is used by TFS reporting functionality.

    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 ukfac@microsoft.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.

    • Project management capabilities and improvement in ALM (Agile Project Management).
    • Centralize the security administration.
    • Team explorer improvements.
    • Build improvements.
    • Stakeholder Feedback
    • Code Review Features.
    • Continuous Integration.
    • Version control improvements.

    How to go about using TFS Preview

    • Make sure you are using IE 8 or later.
    • Download and install visual studio 2011 developer preview from here or you can use visual studio 2010 SP1 after installing this hotfix KB2581206.
    • Open this URL (http://tfspreview.com/)
    • Click on create account.

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    • Click on “Click here to register.” or Enter Invitation Code

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    • Register with you Windows Live ID

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    • Now you are in TFS cloud

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    Connecting to TFS in the Cloud from Visual Studio 2010

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    • Ensure you have SP1 for Visual Studio 2010 2010 KB2581206
    • Open Visual Studio 2010
    • From the start page select Connects To Team Foundation Server.
    • Add new server; fill the server name (https://[NAME].tfspreivew.com).

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    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.

    • Open visual studio 2011 developer preview.
    • From team explorer connects to Team Foundation Server.
    • Here you are this is the new team explorer.

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    The first thing I will do is create new team project.

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    A browser window open to create new team project.

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    • Fill the name ,description and choose the process template. Currently in this version its not possible to customize process template.
    • Click create project and wait to finish creating team project.
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    • After finish click Navigate to Project.
    • Back to team explorer in the VS 2011 and select created ‘Demo’ team project.
    • Click to My Work, as you see below you have list of work items assigned to you and you can quickly do action like ( Finish, Suspend your current work item by move it out of your workspace and into a shelve set)

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    System Center 2012 Summit - Join us for the upcoming launch of System Center 2012.

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    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

     

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    Installing Windows Phone 7.1 SDK via .ISO using .MSI and Group Policy

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    Normally, if were installing the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 onto a single machine you do it through the web installer located here:

    https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=26

    or via Microsoft Download centre at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27570

    However, if you need to install it on a disconnected machine (VM image) or deploy the SDK to a number of machines within a lab or cluster  it’s helpful to have an .iso of the installation media to install from.

    Microsoft also provides a download for the .iso as well. You can get it from here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=226694

    Installing the Windows Phone SDK via ISO

    Phone SDK consists of many packages/products and all these are installed on User’s machine as part of Phone SDK installation. Some of these packages are Emulator, XNA, Blend, Visual Studio Add-in for VS Ultimate, etc. Each individual package has got it’s own MSI.

    When you extract the ISO (let’s say in dvd folder), you will find Setup.exe at the base level (dvd folder). This is a chainer and invokes all the MSIs one-after-another, the same way you mentioned below. Anyone who wants to install through ISO, should double-click Setup.exe and installation will start. It also gives you the option of Silent install same as MSI (option /q) and thus can be used through automation scripts as well.

    WCU\WindowsPhone

    This is an important folder which contains most of the package MSIs but they should not be invoked separately. The complete installation is dependent on the sequence in which these MSIs are installed.

    Uninstall:

    After Uninstall, only Expression Blend entries are left back and this is known. Blend is a separately installed product and many Universities may  therefore have this previously installed, as such we decided not to uninstall Blend in case a licensed version is present on the machine and our uninstall causes any problems with previously installed products.

    Summary:

    In short, consider Setup.exe as your master MSI and use it in your scripts, everything should work.

    Creating an bundled MSI file (This may be requirement for some institutional desktop images)

    The creation of MSI is primary used for legacy applications that were written prior to msi technology, and may be unreliable as the "snapshot" technique does not take into account existing software dependencies.

    Windows does not natively contain the necessary tools for you to create your own MSI files. Instead, you will have to rely on a third party MSI creation tool. There are several good tools available for free. Two of the more popular choices are MAKEMSI (http://dennisbareis.com/makemsi.htm) and WinInstall LE 2003 (http://www.ondemandsoftware.com/freele.asp).

    The reason why .MSI files are the preferred installer package for Windows is because of the file format’s capabilities. When you install or uninstall an MSI file on a machine running Windows 7, Windows creates a system restore point. Furthermore, MSI files allow the application to be “self healing”. I’ll talk more about this later on, but basically this means that if part of the application is damaged or removed, then Windows has enough information to replace the damaged or missing parts. Finally, MSI files allow the system to automatically perform a rollback to its previous state if an installation should fail.

    With MSI files having so many capabilities, it should come as no surprise that MSI files tend to be a bit complex. MSI files are actually database files with information pertaining to every file and setting that the application installs or modifies. Because of this complexity, most of the MSI file creation utilities require you to do at least some scripting when you create an MSI file.

    WinInstall LE requires you to have a machine with a clean Windows installation and network connectivity. The software then takes a snapshot of this machine and saves the configuration image. You would then install the application that you want to create the MSI file for and take another snap shot. WinInstall would then compare the snapshots and use the differences between the two images to create an MSI file and the corresponding installation package.

    This method is a little time consuming, but is far less tedious than writing scripts. Another advantage to using this method is that it is possible to install multiple applications on to the clean machine prior to taking the second snap shot. This means that you can create a single MSI file and installation package that deploys multiple applications.

    Publishing and Assigning Applications

    Now that you know how to create an MSI file, there is one last concept that I need to talk about before I show you how to deploy an application thorough the Active Directory.

    As you may already know, in an Active Directory environment, group policies are the main component of network security. Group policy objects can be applied either to users or to computers. Deploying applications through the Active Directory is also done through the use of group policies, and therefore applications are deployed either on a per user basis or on a per computer basis.

    There are two different ways that you can deploy an application through the Active Directory. You can either publish the application or you can assign the application. You can only publish applications to users, but you can assign applications to either users or to computers. The application is deployed in a different manner depending on which of these methods you use.

    Publishing an application doesn’t actually install the application, but rather makes it available to users. For example, suppose that you were to publish the Windows Phone SDK tools. Publishing is a group policy setting, so it would not take effect until the next time that the user logs in. When the user does log in though, they will not initially notice anything different. However, if the user were to open the Control Panel and click on the Add / Remove Programs option, they will find that Microsoft Windows SDK is now on the list. A user can then choose to install Microsoft Windows SDK on their machine.

    Assigning an application to a user works differently than publishing an application. Again, assigning an application is a group policy action, so the assignment won’t take effect until the next time that the user logs in. When the user does log in, they will see that the new application has been added to the Start menu and / or to the desktop.

    Although a menu option or an icon for the application exists, the software hasn’t actually been installed though. To avoid overwhelming the server containing the installation package, the software is not actually installed until the user attempts to use it for the first time.

    This is also where the self healing feature comes in. When ever a user attempts to use the application, Windows always does a quick check to make sure that the application hasn’t been damaged. If files or registry settings are missing, they are automatically replaced.

    Assigning an application to a computer works similarly to assigning an application to a user. The main difference is that the assignment is linked to the computer rather than to the user, so it takes effect the next time that the computer is rebooted. Assigning an application to a computer also differs from user assignments in that the deployment process actually installs the application rather than just the application’s icon.

    Deploying Applications

    Setting up the actual deployment is simple. The biggest thing that you must remember is that the MSI file and the corresponding package must exist within a network share, and everyone must have read permissions for that share.

    To perform the deployment, open the Group Policy Editor. To publish or assign an application to a user, navigate through the group policy console to User Configuration | Software Settings | Software Installation. Now, right click on the Software Installation container and select the New | Package commands from the shortcut menu. Select the appropriate MSI file and click Open. You are now asked whether you want to publish or assign the application. Make your selection and click OK.

    The process for assigning an application to a computer is almost identical. The only real difference is that you would use the Software Settings | Software Installation container beneath the Computer Configuration container rather than beneath the User Configuration container.

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    We need your feedback on Microsoft DreamSpark

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    We want to your feedback on the DreamSpark service within the UK

    What is DreamSpark

    We know a lot of you use DreamSpark but we’d like to know a little more about its value to you. So we are running in conjunction with c3education to get a more detailed understanding.

    We would like to see if it is helping raise attainment levels for educators and students and get general feedback on the programme. We need this so that we have evidence to share with the public and with journalists interested in the story. The ideal situation would be to establish a baseline for the beginning of the programme and to record impact perhaps twice a year, to check whether we are on track.

    From today 21st of February 2012,we have a launched two surveys one for students and one for academics.

    Below are the links to each of the questionnaires.

    DreamSpark – Academics/Educator Survey https://nerp241b2.questionpro.com

    DreamSpark –Student Survey https://nerp241b1.questionpro.com c3education who are operating the survey on our behalf will offer an Xbox 360 and a Kinect sensor to one lucky winner who completes the survey by 29th Feb 2012 and gives us their contact details at the end of the survey. You have to be a UK student. The winner will be drawn at random from all completions who fill in their details in the survey.

     

    Your feedback and assistance, in completing these would be greatly appreciated, We will also share top level results through this blog and our Linkedin group.

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    Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship 2012– Results

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    Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship 2012

    We are pleased to announce the final results of this year’s PhD Scholarship Programme. 

    In September 2011, Microsoft Research received 110 PhD applications which were reviewed by 148 internal and external reviewers between October and December 2011. Microsoft Research  have now selected 16 applications that will be funded through Microsoft Research Connections starting in the academic year 2012/13.

    Four proposals relate to the new Joint Initiative in Informatics with Edinburgh University.

    The selected applications are listed below.

    Applicants have already been informed of the decision.

    Selected applications

    Development of an Executable Model Encapsulating Blood Cell Development from Pluripotent Embryonic Stem Cells
    Supervisor: Berthold Gottgens, University of Cambridge
    MSR Supervisor: Jasmin Fisher

    Incremental and Adaptive Symbolic Execution
    Supervisor: Cristian Cadar, Imperial College London
    MSR Supervisor: Miguel Castro

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