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    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows on DreamSpark

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    Due to the number of comments I have had on this post, I just wanted to confirm what products will be available under DreamSpark for students.

    MSDN Subscriber Downloads: August 15th, 2012

    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 are available as of, August 15th, on MSDN Subscriber Downloads to DreamSpark Subscribers.

    To confirm DreamSpark Premium Subscription Program Administrators may follow these steps to get immediate access to the software:

    1) Visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads

    2) Sign in with the Windows Live ID associated with their DreamSpark Subscription

    3) Search for the product of choice and click on “Download”

    4) To acquire product keys the administrator may click on “Product Keys” and “Get Key” for applicable SKUs.

    a. Note: Not all Visual Studio 2012 SKUs require a product key.

    5) The file will be downloaded in .iso format.

    a. Click here for instructions on how to use .iso files.

    DreamSpark.com and ELMS WebStore: August 25th, 2012 for student downloads

    Please see the SKU Availability Matrix below for specifics on which products will be available on DreamSpark.com, and through DreamSprk Premium ELMS Institutional WebStores.  The SKUs highlighted in red will be available starting August 25th, with the remaining releasing in a week thereafter, To confirm, Windows desktop operating systems are only available to students at education institutions which have purchased a DreamSpark premium subscription for STEM based disciplines .

    Note: these SKUs will be available in the following languages on the 25th, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional, with rolling releases of additional languages following on a week after:  

    For Visual Studio SKUs a separate Portuguese-Brazil language pack will be required, and will also be available on the 25th.

    Product SKU Availability Matrix

    Subscription Level

    Product SKU

    DreamSpark

    DreamSpark Premium

    Visual Studio Professional 2012

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Premium 2012

    X

    Visual Studio Ultimate 2012

    X

    Visual Studio TFS Express 2012

    X

    X

    Visual Studio TFS Server 2012

    X

    X

    Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2012

    X

    X

    Team Explorer Everywhere for TFS

     

    X

    X

    Windows 8

    X

    Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build

    X

    Windows 8 Enterprise

    X

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    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Milestones

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    August the 1st marked a important day for academic institutions wishing to use/teach Windows 8 in the next academic session.

    Windows 8 reached Release to Manufacturing, Windows 8 is now being issued to all PC OEM and manufacturing partners.

    More details http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/08/01/releasing-windows-8-august-1-2012.aspx

    • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators
    • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
    • August 16th: Education institutions with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
    • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
    • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
    • August 25th - 31st: Students will be able to download these via DreamSpark Premium institutional ELMS stores
    • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers and Academic License Resellers.

    So over the next few days/weeks you will see the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

    More details http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx

    Developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. While all apps during the preview phases were free, at RTM developers can begin charging for apps, so those with access to RTM bits will begin to see paid apps appear in the Windows Store.

    Also, Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.

    On September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and download by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.

    More details http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx

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    UNITY, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Azure

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    Over the past few weeks with the Public Beta of Unity for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have had a number of questions about the opportunity of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and UNITY3D.

    Unity is popular cross-platform game engine with a built-in IDE developed by Unity Technologies. It is used to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles and mobile devices, and is utilized by over one million developers.

    Unity in education is primarily used to create mobile and web games, but can also deploy games to consoles or the PC.

    The Unity game engine was developed in C/C++, and is able to support code written in C#, JavaScript or Boo. It grew from an OS X supported game development tool in 2005 to the multi-platform game engine that it is today which now supports Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

    Unity Plugins for Windows 8 and Azure Mobile Services

    A number of 3rd Party Unity assets are presently being developed to provide full support for Windows 8 and Windows Azure.

    One of these plug-ins is developed by Bit Rave. Bit Rave have extensive experience working with the Windows 8 platform capabilities, and as part of that we decided to build a library for Unity to make Windows 8 integration easier for everyone.

    Bit Rave are  currently looking for people interested in joining a closed beta.  Send an email to contact@bitrave.com if you want to participate.

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    So what important about Windows 8 features?

    Live Tiles

    Live Tiles are what makes your Windows experiences come to life.  Bit Rave Live Tiles allows you to update and manage Live Tiles from within Unity.

    LiveTiles

    For more information on Live Tiles check out Guidelines and checklist for tiles and badges on MSDN.

    Square and Wide Tile Support

    With both square and wide tile, Bit Rave makes it trivial to support both.

       1: LiveTiles.Update(newSquareLiveTile);   
       2: LiveTiles.Update(newWideLiveTile); 
    Text and Images

    With support for text tiles and image tiles, there are lots of options.

       1: LiveTiles.Update(newTextLiveTile); 
       2: LiveTiles.Update(newImageLiveTile); 

    And for Unity Pro users, you how about a screenshot on your live tile!

       1: LiveTiles.Update(newLiveTile);
    Rotating Tile Updates

    You can also manage rotating tile updates with just a few lines of code.

       1: LiveTiles.Update(newTextLiveTile); 
       2: LiveTiles.Queue(newImageLiveTile); 
       3: LiveTiles.Queue(newTextAndImageTile); 

    Snap View

    Windows 8 comes with a variety of devices, all with varying different screen layout capabilities.  Bitrave's Snap View library helps you implement responsive applications for all changes in UI without having to leave Unity.

    SnapView

    To learn more about the view states, check out Guidelines for Snapped and Fill Views on MSDN.

    View Changes

    Register for snap, filled, and full screen views with the following line of code.

       1: SnapView.RegisterForViewChange(OnViewChanged);
    Orientation Changes

    Register for orientation changes with the following line of code:

       1: SnapView.RegisterForOrientationChange(OnOrientationChanged);

    Charms

    Charms covers both the settings charm, and the share charm for sharing content from within your app.  For integration with the Search charm, it has it's own component appropriately named Search.

    Charms

    Settings Charm

    Setting is how your users find your help, your privacy policies, and find out further information about yoru application.  You can trigger the settings charm manually with a single line of code.

       1: SettingsCharm.Current.ShowSettingsUI();
    Share Charm

    Sharing is one of the key components of Windows 8 applications.  Sharing allows your application to interact with other applications who can consume the content.  You can allows your application to share with your favourite social media client, or maybe share an image with a photo manipulation app.

    Bit Rave for Live Apps allows you to share seamlessly.  To register content for sharing, it can be all done in a single line of code!

       1: ShareCharm.Current.RegisterTextShare("Title",   
       2: "Description",    
       3:  "Hello World!");

    Or maybe you want to share an image from within game:

       1: ShareCharm.Current.RegisterTextShare("Title",   
       2: "Description",    
       3:  imageTexture2D);

    And for Unity Pro users, how about sharing a screenshot from a camera!

       1: ShareCharm.Current.RegisterTextShare("Title",   
       2: "Description",    
       3:  cameraObject);

    And you can even trigger the UI manually from within game:

       1: ShareCharm.ShowShareUI();

    Settings

    With your Microsoft ID following you between machines, you can now take advantage of Roaming Settings.  Use roaming settings to synchronise high scores and game files across machines.  Bitrave Settings let you do all this simply and easily without having to leave Unity, and also supports Local Settings for non-roaming preferences and data.

    Register for updates to settings data with the following line of code.

    Roaming Settings

    Roaming settings go with you, and all it takes is just a line of code to set them.

       1: RoamingSettings.SetValue("high-score", hiScoreValue);

    And just one line of code to retrieve.

       1: var highScore = RoamingSettings.GetValue("high-score");
    Local Settings

    Local settings act just like roaming settings, but stay on a single machine when you don't want them to roam.  You set and retrieve them in the same way.

       1: LocalSettings.SetValue("high-score", hiScoreValue);

    And just one line of code to retrieve.

       1: var highScore = LocalSettings.GetValue("high-score");

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    Azure Mobile Services - https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/ iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone

    Azure Mobile Services allow you to take your application to the cloud quickly and easily.

    And now you can access Azure Mobile Services directly from your Unity code.

    Initialise

    Initialisation is just as simple as you'd expect.

       1: var service = AzureMobileServices("url", "token");
    Insert

    Insert an item into your Azure database in a single line of code from Unity.

       1: service.Insert<ToDoItem>(myItem);
    Update

    Update items in the Azure databsae with just one line of code from Unity.

    service.Update<ToDoItem>(myItem);

    Delete

    Remove items from the Azure database in 1 line of code from Unity.

       1: service.Delete<ToDoItem>(myItem);
    Query

    Query items in your Azure Mobile Services from Unity.

       1: service.Where<ToDoItem>(p => p.Category == "Exercise", MyCallback);   
       2: public void MyCallback(List<ToDoItem> items)    
       3: {    
       4: ...    
       5: }

    NOTE: await / async will be available when supported by Unity.  Until then we are using callbacks.

    Lookup

    Lookup items in your Azure Mobile Services from Unity.

       1: service.Lookup<ToDoItem>(myItem, MyCallback);   
       2: public void 
       3: MyCallback(ToDoItem item)    
       4: {    
       5: ...    
       6: }

    NOTE: await / async will be available when supported by Unity.  Until then we are using callbacks.

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    Microsoft recently ran an full day of events to highlight the opportunity of Windows and Unity.

    You can watch the content below and get access to all the materials at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Camp/Building-Windows-Games-with-Unity?d=1

    Introduction to the Windows 8 platform and the Windows Store

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    Get FREE certification exam for 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

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    Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

    counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

    • MCSD: Web Applications
    • MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5


    Use code : HTMLJMP for a free exam credit, the exam will normally cost £99.


    After passing 70-480, you will be given a certification for Microsoft Specialist and this is one of the three exams which will ultimately certify you as MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer).

    MCSD is one tier above MCSA (Associate) and is a respectable title in the field of web development.

    Exam registration: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-480
    Link for free online training: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/developing-html5-apps-jump-start?o=1943
    Link to MCSD page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcsd.aspx

    This offer is available for a limited time only until March 2013 and is open to IT Academy members also so all students undertaking a course can sit a free exam at  any prometric testing centre.

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    Downloading Software from DreamSpark.com with Secure Download Manager

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    Secure Download Manager

    The Secure Download Manager (SDM) is Kivuto's proprietary software program for managing the secure download of files from DreamSpark.com and institutions DreamSpark ELMS Stores.

    When you download software with the new SDM for the first time, you will be prompted to download and install the SDM on to your computer.

    You will need to install the SDM on your computer only once; all subsequent downloads will automatically launch the SDM. The SDM provides for secure, effective and efficient file downloads, especially for files that are too large for some browsers to download.

    Note: The DreamSpark SDM is only available for Windows.

    OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED BY KIVUTO SDM    

     Windows XP    
     Windows Vista    
     Windows 7    
     Windows 8
        Windows 8.1
        Mac OSX running Windows via VM Image or BootCamp   
     

    WEB BROWSERS SUPPORTED BY KIVUTO SDM
       
     IE 7, 8, 9, 10, 11    
     Firefox
     Chrome    

    How do I download and install the SDM?

    • To download and install the SDM, sign in to DreamSpark or  DreamSpark premium Institution WebStore using your Username and Password. 
    • Place the order for your software. When the order is completed, the Receipt page is displayed. 
    • On the Receipt page, click the Start Download button. The Secure Download Manager Installation window is displayed. 
    • Click the Download SDM button. The SDM starts downloading.

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    Where can I find the SDM on my computer? 

    • Once the SDM is successfully downloaded to and installed on your computer, in Windows, the Shortcut to Secure Download Manager.exe icon is displayed on your desktop.
    • For the Mac, the SDM is found in the Application Folder. If you choose to download additional software from the WebStore, you do not need to re-download or re-install the Secure Download Manager unless you have removed it from your system. If you have removed it from your system, the WebStore will prompt you to install it again when you initiate a new download.

    How do I download my software? 

    • Once you have downloaded and installed the SDM, download the .SDX file for your order and then launch that .SDX file. A new window will open. To begin downloading your software, click the Start button. Note: The SDM can only process one order at a time. Do not attempt to start a second instance as it will be ignored.

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    If you have any questions about the new Secure Download Manager contact Kivuto at DreamSpark@kivuto.com.    

    Further details on DreamSpark Secure Download Manager

    http://kivuto.com/dreamspark/SecureDownloadManagerReferenceGuide_en.pdf

    SDM FAQ's

    http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/Account/SdmDownloadFaq.aspx?ws=2cbc6a33-25f4-e011-8e6c-f04da23e67f6&secure=1

    Getting Started with a ELMS Store

    Getting Started Guide - http://kivuto.com/dreamspark/DreamSparkGettingStartedGuide_en.pdf

    Tutorial Videos for setting up ELMS - Training Videos

    DreamSpark for Institutions - Microsoft DreamSpark Program

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    XNA developers and Windows 8

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    A large number of the UK’s Universities and colleges have been using XNA since 2004 within gaming course curricula on Windows, XBox and Windows Phone. We have a huge set of Free curricula resources for  XNA  game development at http://www.microsoft.com/faculty

    XNA over the last 7 years has provide a number of students and indie game developers with an impressive content pipeline, game assets, load functionality, animation, math, sound and user input tracking via gamepad, mouse, keyboard and touch with game logic organized in a straightforward game loop architecture, more recently we have also added curricula for XNA and Kinect.

    Within education XNA has been a huge driver for a number of students and developers who wanted to learn how to create games. XNA along with Visual Studio made it as easy as File –> New –> XNA Game Studio Project and you were off developing.

    Since Windows 8 is built on the strong foundation of Windows 7, any app built for Windows will run in the Windows 8 desktop environment. This includes apps based on XNA, Win32, .NET, WPF, Silverlight, etc. 

    Windows 8 also introduces a new type of app called a Metro Style App for developers that wish to make their app available in the Windows 8 Store, for free or for sale. Using Visual Studio 2012, you have a language choice of C++, XAML with C#, VB or C++, or HTML5/JS to create a Metro Style App.

    Using the XNA Framework is not a choice for building a Metro Style App. Official Microsoft guidance on game development is documented here.

    Windows 8 allows you too build highly immersive games using HTML5/JS, XAML/C#, XAML/VB or C++ and DirectX.

    However a number of you have already stressed too me, that you and your students have been developing with XNA and have an existing code base, or would like to import existing XNA games too Windows 8 your only option it would seem is running as a desktop app.

    This is where MonoGame comes in…

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    MonoGame is an Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. The goal is to allow XNA developers on Windows & Windows Phone to port their games to the iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux with both PlayStation Suite and Windows 8 support currently under development.

    NOTE : This project is not linked with Microsoft or any of it subsidiaries. It is a non-profit, open source project. MonoGame is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)

    MonoGame provides a cross platform XNA Framework implementation for XNA developers who want to take their code to non-Microsoft platforms as well as the ability, to target Windows 8.

    MonoGame for Windows 8  you can take your XNA code and with a recompile and some additional features too simply create a Metro Style App for example Armed within the Windows Store uses MonoGame. I have too stress MonoGame is still under development and so any use of it should come with a note of advice to stay on top of that effort.

    In order to provide a complete implementation of XNA on Windows 8, MonoGame leverages SharpDX , an open-source project delivering the full DirectX API for managed code (.NET) and Windows 8 (WinRT). SharpDX is an open-source project, free of charge available under the following MIT License.

    Theoretically by moving your code over into a new Visual Studio Project Solution along with MonoGame, you should de able too recompile a Windows 8 Metro Style game so if your a XNA Developer give it a try and let me know the results.
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    Installing enterprise metro apps without using Microsoft Store

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    Over the past few days I have had a few questions re how does a University go about installing Enterprise apps onto Windows 8 machines without having to setup Microsoft LiveIDs on each of the machines,

     

    As your all aware from the Consumer preview, applications are installed via the Microsoft Store, authentication to the store is based upon your Microsoft LiveID. As a consumer you simply click on the store icon and use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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    However if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees/students or lab Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want to do it more directly.

    Which is where “sideloading” fits in.

    Microsoft Technet has detailed documentation on Windows 8 Sideloading to add and remove line-of-business (LOB) Metro style apps

    In brief:

    • App must be cryptographically signed
    • App can only be installed on a computer that trusts the signing certificate
    • Group Policy must have the Allow all trusted applications to install setting.
    • Computer must be domain joined to run the app (not needed for install)

    At which point installing an app is as simple as

    add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx

    Additionally you can also remove apps via this process

    Remove-appxpackage C:\app1.apx

    More details on the Windows Store can be found here

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

    And Building Windows 8 blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

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    The Microsoft Windows Phone Camps – Powered by UK Tech.Days Fun, Free & Open to all!

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    Want to start developing for Windows Phone, but not yet taken the plunge?

    Then this free day of training is the quickest way to find out all you need to know.

    The Windows Phone Camps will show you how to learn and build Windows Phone apps from scratch. You'll be guided through the development process with a series of hands-on workshops and short tutorials, with some seasoned experts to give you one on one help when you need it. There'll be topics like; Introduction to Windows Phone Development, Controls & Control Toolkit, Execution Model, Storing Data, Launchers & Choosers, Accessing Cloud Services, Marketplace & Submission. Also, there will be informal Mango tutorial sessions on offer covering topics such as Multi-tasking, Debugging & Profiling, Motion API, Advertising SDK and Sockets. There's even an introductory design session to help you make your app look its best. Just pick the workshops that are most useful for you and work at your own pace.

    Once you've got the basics, you’ll be off and running and ready to develop your own apps. You can work on your own projects with assistance from our Windows Phone MVPs, and of course there's the all-important opportunity to meet up with likeminded devs.

    The camp kicks off at 9am and finish at 6pm. By registering and attending, you will receive (fanfare please) an exclusive Windows Phone Design Guide Sketch Pad as well as your own customized Hit & Run Windows Phone Camp T-shirt.

    Spaces are limited, so register your place in the Windows Phone Camp today!

    Got a question? You might find the answer below...

    How much do I need to know about Windows Phone to attend this camp?

    You don't need any prior experience or knowledge about Windows Phone or app development to attend. The purpose of the camp is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to get started with learning about Windows Phone app development.

    Who can attend these camps?

    Academics, Students, developers, hobbyist, technology enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome! All we ask is that you are ready and keen to learn about developing apps for Windows Phone.

    How much does it cost to attend this camp?

    Your luck's in - it's FREE.

    What do I need to prepare in advance to make the most of this camp?

    There are a basic set of things you should prepare before attending the camp. This includes bringing your own suitable laptop with the Windows Phone Developer tools installed (these are free), preferably the latest version of the tools.

    It would also be useful if you could read the following documentation:

    If you have a Windows Phone please bring it with you.

    Are you holding these camps elsewhere in the country?

    Yes, this is a series of Windows Phone Camps kicking off around the country. Follow us on Twitter (@ukmsdn) to see where we’re visiting next.

    What if I've registered already and can't make it on the day?

    Please let us know as soon as you can if you can't make the camp as there will be plenty of people who are keen to take your spot. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you've registered and committed. Thanks!

    Who are Hit & Run?

    They're do cool live on-site event screen-printing. You'll get the chance to create your very own t-shirt with your unique design at the end of the camp.

    What’s the Windows Phone Design Sketch Pad?

    In the spirit of highlighting good design, we intend to provide each attendee with an exclusive Windows Phone design sketch pad with Windows Phone design guidelines as well as open spaces and templates to sketch your next big Windows Phone app idea. Great stuff!

    Register at the event of your choice below. Go on. You know you want to.

    London - Saturday 17 September

    Manchester - Saturday 24 September

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    Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

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    Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download

    DreamSpark subscribers can download Visual Studio FREE of Charge from either their Institutional DreamSpark ELMS store or direct from DreamSpark.com.

    Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms. From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms.

    As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles.

    Accessing Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

    When student download and install Visual Studio 2013 from DreamSpark.com, they will receive a static key to complete the installation. The key simply means the students do not have register or reregister the product every 90 days are per the RTM version..

    For administrators and IT technicians the DreamSpark institutional ELMS Store contains a copy of Visual Studio 2013 with a Pre-Keyed serial number this version can be used to install on institution teaching and learning lab machines either manually or via a managed desktop image.

    Visual Studio and Cloud services

    When the student/institutions have installed Visual Studio 2013 on premise, they will get prompted to go an connect online to use online features of Visual Studio a Windows Live ID or Microsoft Account is required. If a student signs in with their WLID this will save there solutions to the cloud.

    What are the new features

    There are great new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 for every developer, including innovative editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET web development, expanded ALM capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management, and much, much more.  Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 for details.

    Want to know more about Visual Studio 2013

    Visual Studio 2013 launch on November 13th.  at the launch event the Visual Studio team will  be highlighting the array of new features and capabilities in the Visual Studio 2013 release.

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    Visual Studio 2013 supports development of great Windows Store applications for Windows 8.1, which is also available for download today  FREE of charge for all  DreamSpark Premium subscribers.

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    Develop iOS apps in C# with Visual Studio

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    One of the questions I have had this week, is from Mobile development course leaders, how they can teach, Windows Phone, iOS and Android in the same lab? 

    For the first time ever, you can write native iOS apps in Visual Studio using C#.

    So I know a number of academics love  Resharper, Team Foundation Server, and the entire Visual Studio ecosystem, so hopefully the following information will make your life is now complete.

    Another key aspect of mobile development is code portability simply put the Sharing code between iOS, Android and Windows and with the Xamarin iOS plug this has just got a whole lot easier.

    Xamarin iOS for Visual Studio allows iOS applications to be written and tested on Windows computers, with a networked Mac providing the build and deployment service.

    This article covers the steps to install and configure the Xamarin iOS tools on each computer, in order to build iOS applications using Visual Studio.

    Developing for iOS inside Visual Studio provides a number of benefits:

    • Creation of a single cross platform solution for iOS, Android and Windows applications.
    • Using Visual Studio tools (such as Resharper and Team Foundation Server) for all your cross-platform projects, including iOS source code.
    • Using the familiar (for existing Visual Studio developers) code editor, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

    Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio supports configurations where Visual Studio is running inside a Windows virtual machine on a Mac (eg. using Parallels or VMWare).

    Watch the following video for more information

     

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