• Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    March 12, 2013 – One day in the cloud that could change the trajectory of your career



    As the cloud transforms IT, the need for qualified IT professionals has never been more urgent, and certification has never been more valuable. Registration is now open for Certified Career Day, an interactive LIVE event for IT professionals.

    Attendees will join a Live Industry Panel Broadcast comprised of industry experts who will discuss how the cloud is redefining IT recruitment and the growing need for certification. Then, Microsoft Product Specialists will host Live Product Sessions—in-depth depth discussions on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 that will help attendees learn how to prepare to get ahead of the inevitable shift to cloud-based technologies.

    So do you…

    Want to be a leader in Cloud technologies?

    Need training and tools you can use now?

    Join us for Certified Career Day on March 12 at 8:30AM PDT 16:30 GMT

    Registartion and further details here http://www.certifiedcareerday.com

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    Build a bot that will compete in an online game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – Participants code a player ‘bot’, host it on Windows Azure, and its take part in battles with other competitors.


    Microsoft's US team are holding a challenge aimed at US based holders of a Windows Azure account (including a 90-day free trial) can win prizes is running again with three weeks still to go. However as this is US Challenge UK entries cannot win but I thought it may be of interest to some academics and students as its a nice little challenge as don't have to be in the US to play the game and as a challenge in AI or applied statistics it is probably interesting enough to attract entries from UK Academia however I must stress your imaginable for prizes if your in the UK academic or student.

    As with earlier versions of the game, participants code a player ‘bot’ that that will compete in an online game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – with some additional embellishments. The bots are hosted on Windows Azure and  take part in battles with every other competing bot.

    A bot that wins a game scores 3 points on the leaderboard and a tie scores 1 point. The number of points you can receive depends on the number of players.

    The game is both a sweepstake and a contest. Each Friday until the end of the contest on January 25th 5 bots will be selected as winners from the US – Therefore UK Enterants will not be permitted to win prizes.

    As with its previous versions, the concept of this game is to build a bot that will compete in an online game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – with a few additional rules.  participants code a player ‘bot’, host it on Windows Azure, and its take part in battles with other competitors.

    So Get Botting!

    Do be aware however that deploying the Bot Lab will incur charges if you're not using one of the free Azure account offers see http://www.windowsazure.com/education for specific offers. If you are using a trial offer, hosted time will consume "compute hours" from your free allotment. Therefore, be sure to 'turn off' your Bot Lab when you're finished.

    For more details and Information see Rock Paper Azure Site
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    Christmas is an Amazing time we would like you join us for Appy Christmas! 17th and 18th Dec 2012 London UK


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    Get involved in Appy Christmas!

    This December were running a special two day event so if your building an app or game, have an existing app or game for iOS and Android or simply interested in meeting with fellow app developers and building amazing Windows 8 apps then this is the event for you.

    We’re running a two day event in December to create amazing app experiences for people using Windows 8. There’ll be some workshops, some training, some tools and resources for you to make use of – and you’ll all get to publish your app(s) by the end of the month into the Windows Store.

    Who’s attending? There’s a great mix of students and non student developers. As long as you can do some basic coding you’ll have the skills needed.

    In a nutshell…

    • When? 17th and 18th December
    • Where? Modern Jago in Shoreditch, London
    • What? Write code and create a Windows 8 app! There’ll be a mix of tech talks, presentations and lots of working time

    Register now

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    Tech.Days Online Conference Design from a User Perspective, 5 October, 3-5pm BST



    It’s one thing to create an application for Windows Phone. It’s another to *design* an application for Windows Phone that centres on experience of the user and delights them at every turn.

    Join this FREE online conference Microsoft be offering some recommended viewing / reading to help you familiarize yourself with different aspects of designing for Windows Phone (e.g. the philosophy behind Metro, considerations for mobile apps, tools, control palate, design guidelines etc.) and discuss the key principles and try to answer the questions you have related to applying these principles to your own applications.

    This new series will offer you the opportunity to ask questions you would like answered from Microsoft. Register today and start!

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    Microsoft IT Academy Resources for UK Academia


    What is IT Academy.

    The Microsoft IT Academy Programme is a comprehensive subscription based program that helps support ongoing technology education for a wide range of students, teachers, and faculty. The program features access to software licenses, E-Learning, official Microsoft course materials, and certifications. E-Learning and course materials range from computer basics to high-level programming, along with the chance to deploy Microsoft courses as learning aids in other (non-IT) subject areas.


    Overview of Microsoft IT Academy Programme

    How to become an IT Academy.

    Go to http://www.microsoft.com/education/msitacademy/itapapplyonline.aspx to apply online.

    What support can you expect.

    Each academy receives a welcome pack including logo and posters and an invite to a live meeting which runs through all of the login and general programme procedures. Any questions or queries about the features of the program are dealt with by Microsoft Academy Service Partner or escalated to the Regional Service Centre.

    For further details please see http://www.microsoft.com/education/msitacademy

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    Windows Azure and HPC + Partners



    Techila Technologies together with Microsoft have just published a new video explaining how cloud computing might be able to boost institutions success and innovation.

    I wanted to share you this information as you might be interested of hearing what Techila does today and what "cloud" in big scale really is and how it can change the future of computing.

    Techila and Microsoft Azure for HPC computing:

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    TouchDevelop developing directly on a smartphone




    TouchDevelop is a novel software development environment that lets users write programs for Windows Phone directly on a smartphone, without the need of a separate PC. The Windows Phone app can be used in the classroom—along with accompanying videos, a book, and slides—to teach programming concepts. TouchDevelop is ideal for courses on mobile computing, as it reduces the time required to write apps. It is also relevant for some compiler and computer-language courses.

    Windows Phone Loan Programme

    To help students gain access to this revolutionary new programming language and environment, we have established a program to lend academics Windows Phones for use in a course for one semester. If your interested please send a short proposal to outreach@microsoft.com. The proposal should include the name of the instructor, the course website, the number of students, and how the smartphones will be used.

    Learn more:

    · Learn more about TouchDevelop

    · Read about the TouchDevelop programming environment

    · Learn programming with TouchDevelop

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    Windows 8 Pinned sites - make your web site look like a Windows 8 app


    One of the neat little feature of Windows 8 is the ability to pin Web Pages to the start screen through IE 11.

    Here a great example of the pinned wpcentral site on Windows 8


    This is what it looks like on my start screen as large tile


    Instructions for uses on how to use Pinned sites.
    1. Make sure IE11 is set as the default browser—at least to pin, you can always switch it later. To choose your default browser, just type in “default programs” on the Start screen and launch the settings.
    2. Launch IE11 in Windows 8 UI mode (not desktop) and head to www.wpcentral.com
    3. Tap the Star icon (for favourites)
    4. Hit the Pin button
    5. Rename the Tile or just keep ‘WPCentral’
    6. Choose Tile size (you can always change it later)

    And that’s it! The tile should refresh with WPCentral direct news feed and depending on the size you chose, it will have a slightly different layout.

    Adding Pinned sites to your web page

    So you have seen this in action with WPCentral and now you can add this feature really simply to your site.

    To do this you can use the IE Pinned app builder tool at http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en this will  refresh your site code so that the IE pinned app looks like a windows 8 app and appear on users start screen. 

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    Windows Phone codenamed "Mango" Training Course



    Version: 1.1

    Mango offers a lot of new capabilities for developers to create even better, more immersive user experiences on Windows Phone. This course will give you hands-on experience with important developer features in Mango.

    After completing this course, you will be able to:

    · Get more out of the hardware with new APIs for compass, gyro, camera and a virtual motion sensor
    · Take advantage of the new multi-tasking capabilities such as fast app switching, background agents, alerts and reminders
    · Improve integration with the phone by using live tiles, Bing search extras, Bing maps, and the new calendar and contacts APIs

    Happy Windows Phone coding!

    Download Offline Training Kit

    Target Audience

    This training course is designed for developers who are familiar with Windows Phone development. The course focuses on new features in the Mango release. If you are new to Windows Phone, consider our introductory Windows Phone 7 training course to get a familiar with Windows Phone development.

    How-To Index for Windows Phone

    A How-to topic has also been produced this has been developer to allow you to complete a task by presenting a series of procedures, a code example, or both.

    How-to topics are a good place for you to start if you are trying to perform a specific task. For a full list of How-To see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg278408(v=VS.92).aspx

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Be one of the first to help create an amazing experience for Microsoft’s next generation operating system!



    Windows 8 offers unparalleled new opportunities for application developers to build and sell apps world-wide via the Windows Store. In this event, we'll deliver developer-level, demo-driven sessions that give you an accelerated entry into what it means to design, develop and publish exciting, modern, polished, world-ready applications for next-generation devices running Windows 8.

    Were hosting a special one day event for UK Students only at

    Microsoft Customer Centre
    Cardinal Place, Victoria
    80-100 Victoria Street
    SW1E 5JL London
    United Kingdom

    Friday, June 8, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (BST)  Register Now

    Level of knowledge required:

    1. Beginners Welcome.

    2. A familiarity with .NET development and Visual Studio would be advantageous but not required.

    Register Now to avoid disappointment

    Agenda (subject to change):

    09:30 – 10:00 - Registration Opens

    10:00 – 11:00 -  Windows 8 for Modern App Development

    11:00 – 12:00 -  Metro Design Language

    12:00 – 12:30 -  Lunch

    12:30 – 13:30 - "Metro Style" Apps - The Power of the Device

    13:30 – 14:30 - “Metro Style" Apps - The Power of the Cloud

    14:30 – 15:00 - From Idea to Store – Next Steps on the Journey

    Register Now

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