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    A busy week of announcements what happened at TechEd Europe 2013


    TechEd Europe 2013 Madrid

    This week over 5,000 customers, partners, press, speakers and Microsoft staff attend TechEd Europe in Madrid.The week started with a packed house for the keynote with Brad Anderson CVP of Windows Server & System Center.  Joining the onsite attendees, over 4,800 people watched the keynote streamed live. Brad Anderson Lands the Madrid Keynote!


    The event featured the announcement of availability for several key products and previews, as well as new customer stories from Telefonica and Aviva. Complemented by presentations from technical and product leaders.

    Brad keynote presented Microsoft direction for the Cloud OS vision and showcased how our products and services help customers transform their datacenter, enable modern business applications, unlock insights on any data, and empower people-centric IT.

    As attendees returned for day two and three, they experienced sessions and labs packed with great technical content, as well as the Windows Keynote. They also enjoyed Country Drinks at the beautiful Casa de Campo and the popular Ask The Experts event where more than 1,800 attendees engaged with Microsoft and industry experts to get their critical questions answered. Hands-on Labs also proved to be a great success with over 3,310 attendees undertaking training and labs.

    Windows Is The Future!


    Jon DeVaan, CVP of Windows Development, announced exciting new business advancements in Windows 8.1 during the Day 3 keynote presentation. The keynote showcased the best business tablets and PCs, Windows apps for business, bring your own device scenarios, as well as enterprise grade security and mobility. Windows 8 customer examples were also shared, with Edwin MacGillavry of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and Joseph Houben of SAP joining Jon onstage. The keynote included compelling demonstrations of the new Windows 8.1 UI, app development opportunities, mobility and security, and established that Windows 8.1 is business ready.


    Twitter #TEE13

    On Demand Content now available from all sessions.


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    Student can do really amazing things! Imagine Cup




    At the 2012 competition, QuadSquad, from the Ukraine, created a device that allows deaf individuals to communicate using custom-designed sensory gloves and a smartphone app to translate sign language gestures into speech. The device is nothing short of incredible and the team won the software design category with their product, Enable Talk.

    Time has just recognized the team as having one of the best inventions of the year. This incredible achievement has once again shown why Imagine Cup is an opportunity that every student should take advantage of as the ideas that are fostered during this competition can truly impact the world around us in a positive way.”

    For more details of the Imagine Cup see http://www.imaginecup.com

    If your interested in entering a team, or becoming an mentor see out guides here



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    Microsoft Student to Business



    Microsoft supports the dreams and aspirations of the next generation of technology innovators the students now studying will drive the next wave of technology innovation and Microsoft is committed to helping them achieve their goals through programs such as Microsoft Students to Business (“S2B”).

    What is the S2B Program?

    The Microsoft S2B program connects companies with talented university or post-graduate students like you  for entry-level jobs or internships in the technology industry by matching qualified candidates with open positions.

    Why should you register?

    In one word: access! Students are given FREE access to

    · Training and certification offers to help them develop the necessary skills for a successful career;

    · Software via DreamSpark

    · Jobs via Microsoft’s vast network of partner companies looking for qualified students to help their businesses grow.

    At S2B, we believe: Skills + Software + Experience = Jobs

    Register today at www.microsoft.com/s2b

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    Windows Phone - “Mango” Jump Start Videos Just Released!



    Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event featuring renowned MVPs Rob Miles, University of Hull & Andy Wigley AppMundi over 1,270 people joined the two-day event (Aug. 23-24, 2011).

    The two days of Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start was extremely popular and we are thrilled to announce the availability of HD-quality video recordings for FREE on Channel 9! There is over 14 hours of course content covering all aspects of Windows Phone development Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight, Expression, data storage, networks, user interface, XNA and the Marketplace.

    Format of training

    Team teaching with every module having engaging discussion, packed full of best practices and real-world demonstrations and examples.

    Where do I go for this great training?

    · Entire course on Channel 9: “Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start


    Links directly to specific modules:

    Mango Jump Start (01): Building Windows Phone Apps with Visual Studio 2010

    Mango Jump Start (02): Silverlight on Windows Phone—Introduction

    Mango Jump Start (03): Silverlight on Windows Phone—Advanced

    Mango Jump Start (04): Using Expression to Build Windows Phone Interfaces

    Mango Jump Start (05): Windows Phone Fast Application Switching

    Mango Jump Start (06): Windows Phone Multi-tasking & Background Tasks

    Mango Jump Start (07): Using Windows Phone Resources (Bing Maps, Camera, etc.)

    Mango Jump Start (08a): Application Data Storage on Windows Phone | Part 1

    Mango Jump Start (08b): Application Data Storage on Windows Phone | Part 2

    Mango Jump Start (09): Using Networks with Windows Phone

    Mango Jump Start (10): Tiles & Notifications on Windows Phone

    Mango Jump Start (11a): XNA for Windows Phone | Part 1

    Mango Jump Start (11b): XNA for Windows Phone | Part 2

    Mango Jump Start (12): Selling a Windows Phone Application

    Where can people learn more?

    After this Jump Start, please check out the Microsoft Learning Windows Phone training options to better understand mobile certifications and where to find instructor-led classes to help you and your students gain accredited certification into Windows Mobile application development.

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    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Conference



    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance
    Associated with Microsoft Convergence 2012 (March 18-21)

    Preconference: March 17-18, 2012
    Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, USA

    Deadline for Refereed Paper Submissions: January 28, 2012

    Deadline for Presentation and Panel Discussion Submissions: February 1, 2012


    The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) Preconference provides an important forum for the exchange of ideas and information for current and prospective DynAA members. DynAA invites papers/abstracts in research, research-in-progress, teaching, applications, and case studies incorporating Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems curricula.

    Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence/Analytics
    • Business Performance Management
    • Cloud Computing
    • Curriculum Design Issues
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • Financial Reporting Systems
    • Information Audit
    • Information Assurance/Security
    • Information System Project Management
    • Information Systems/Computer Technology
    • Supply Chain Management


    Author(s) may present teaching or research ideas/papers (including case studies, etc.) and request publication of paper or detailed abstract in the DynAA conference proceedings. Detailed abstract and full paper submissions will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one of the authors must certify intent to attend the conference.

    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions).
    Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance | Microsoft Dynamics Academic Preconference 2012 DynAA will publish conference proceedings in CD/DVD format and online. In addition, the best quality papers from those accepted will be recommended to the Journal of Integrated Enterprise Systems for publication.

    Full paper and detailed abstract submissions require the use of Microsoft Office Word format, double-spacing, minimum 11 font size, and 3 to 20 pages. Manuscripts should follow APA guidelines for citations and references (See http://apastyle.apa.org).

    The deadline for online submission is January 28, 2012. No hardcopy will be accepted. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012. Final revisions of accepted extended abstract or papers for publication in conference proceedings are due February 25, 2012.


    Author(s) may present a topic (case studies, issues in using software, class projects, software installation, etc.) or conduct a panel discussion that is not published in the refereed proceedings. (If the author wants to publish the topic/paper in the proceedings, please see the preceding instructions.) These submissions require author(s) to submit their proposal within an abstract limited to 100 words.
    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions). At least one author must certify intent to attend the conference. The deadline for online submission is February 1, 2012. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012.


    Click the following link for online submissions: http://clcloud.com/DYNAA2012
    If you have any problems in submitting your paper, extended abstract, proposed presentation, or panel discussion online, please e-mail it to dynaa@microsoft.com and cc to Huei.Lee@emich.edu.

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    Touch Mouse: From an idea to award-winning paper to amazing product



    Touch Mouse

    For the past few weeks I have been getting to grips with my new Touch Mouse. Microsoft first unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multi-touch device designed exclusively for Windows 7 that enables users to click, flick, scroll, and swipe at 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

    The Touch mouse makes it easier and more fun to interact with a PC. Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a traditional mouse with the rich natural language of gesture. The new mouse has already received an accolade, winning ‘Best Peripheral’ at CES from Endgadget,

    So what's special about this mouse - two fingers snap windows into place, three fingers quickly switch tasks, and your thumb can move forwards and backwards through websites, photos and documents.’

    Like many of Microsoft products the Touch Mouse began in 2009 as part of a research project called ‘Mouse 2.0’ conducted by Microsoft Research and Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group. The results of that research were presented in 2009 during the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, garnering a best-paper award.

    Nic Villar

    Lead paper author from MSRC, Nic Villar, is particularly excited about the product release “When I finished my PhD at Lancaster University three years ago and came to work for Microsoft, I didn’t imagine that my research would contribute to a new product for the company so quickly or in such a tangible way. What’s particularly pleasing about this project is the close collaboration between MSR Cambridge and our colleagues in Redmond, which was critical to the successful transition from research to product. Following the initial research insights described in the award-winning ‘Mouse 2.0’ paper, the MSRC Innovation and Development team worked closely with the Hardware product team in Redmond to turn the research prototype into the commercial product that’s being released this year.”

    A huge advantage Microsoft has is nearly every product which Microsoft ships includes some form of technologies from Microsoft Research. So what does this advantage mean, through exploration and cross company collaboration we can advance the state of art computer science.

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    Season Greetings.. Win a Windows 8 Slate for Christmas and training resources for Jan 2013



    All App Builders registered in the Windows Store as a UK developer with an App in the Windows Store by 24 December have an amazing opportunity to win some great prizes. And this isn't just for apps from now - it's all Apps, including ones already in store. For every day until 24 December CreativeBloq will draw out an app that is in store from their list of registered participants Register Here

    Free training and resources for developers

    Join a UK community


    Getting Started with a Windows 8 app
    Find all the resources you need to start creating a great Windows 8 app.



    Free Developer Tools
    Templates. Kits. Tools. Everything you need to build your app.

    Join a UK community


    Windows Azure Poster
    This poster introduces Windows Azure for developers and summarises the benefits, such as global coverage and extensive language support.



    App Promotion Opportunity
    Does your app have a unique feature? A beautiful design? Email us with a description of the app, including what it does, your background and a link to the app store.

    Upcoming Events for Windows and Azure in 2013

    Windows Azure


    Online, Throughout January and February - Six Steps to Windows Azure - Join us for our Six Steps to Windows Azure programme which offers a series of free technical events and online sessions to guide you through how to take advantage of the Windows Azure platform.

    Register Now

    On Demand - Windows Store app development for IOS developers

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    Learn the ins and outs of the Windows platform from iOS developers who are now building Windows apps.

    Watch Now

    Windows 8


    London, 11 January - Ideas to Apps: Session 1 - Ideas and UX - This 'Ideas to Apps' Workshop series is tailored to help people with awesome apps ideas through the complete development process, from idea generation through to designing, building and even marketing an app.

    Register Now


    London, 26 January - Ideas to Apps: Session 2 - Match-Making - In session 2, we'll match you with developers and designers who can help make your app idea a reality.

    Register Now


    Monetise on your Windows 8 Apps

    Getting your app live in the Windows Store and monetised via Microsoft Advertising couldn't be easier, just follow these three simple steps;

    1. Build an app for Windows 8

    2. Download the Microsoft Advertising SDK

    3. Register in the PubCenter

    With the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows 8 you determine the advertising experience in your app - allowing you the flexibility to provide the most integrated user experience possible. As the app publisher, you have the opportunity to attract unique and valuable audiences that advertisers will pay to reach. By connecting the advertiser to your app audience with relevant and engaging experiences, you create value for advertisers and users, and revenue for yourself. View More Information

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    Monetizing your Windows Phone App/Game with NAX Nokia Add Exchange


    Introducing Nokia Ad Exchange, a private mobile advertising exchange offering access to the top ad networks in the world. With one API and one partner.


    The exchange’s SDK lets you incorporate in-app advertising and be ready for payments in few minutes. You will also get a single dashboard to track your apps’ performance. And you can turn to Nokia Ad Exchange for both free house campaigns aimed at cross-promoting your applications, and paid campaigns in which you bid for ad space on others’ apps. 

    Sign up now

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    22nd Machine Evaluation Workshop HPC, Windows Azure and Techila moving your workload to the cloud


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    I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Machine Evaluation Workshop in Liverpool.


    Please find below a copy of the Microsoft presentation


    Additionally please find some technical materials about how the Techila solution. Techila is a middleware plug-in, which enables your applications to securely harness the infinite capacity of the Cloud. The application does not need to be a special HPC application. It can be any regular application like Excel, MATLAB, R, Pearl, Python, Fortan, C/C++ .Net code. When using Techila, you just get access to the results faster.


    Typical use cases for Techila and Microsoft Azure


    More technical documents and some videos including language-specific tutorials can be found on the Techila web site at: http://www.techilatechnology.com/technology/technology-docs/

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    Last week’s activity at TechEd Europe





    As your aware from my previous posts, I attended Microsoft TechEd Europe, the premier IT Conference with a  number of the UK IT Pro team and spent the week in Amsterdam, talking to, Academics Developers and IT Pros from the academic sector, whilst supporting Microsoft TechNet and Microsoft Virtual Academy programs at the Geek Lounge and learning more about this new wave of products that are on the horizon.

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    During this week there will have been 350 sessions for IT Pros and Developers, there were nearly 600 UK IT Pros and Developers in attendance:

    Keynote Day 1 -  from Brad Anderson, Jason Zander & Scott Guthrie

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    It was clear from the demos that Microsoft is the only company to deliver the cloud OS.  We have the knowledge, the people and the ability: Our Azure service now provides the equivalent of all the worlds computing power from 1999!  We serve half a billion Live IDs a day!   The key note was full of amazing demos and the power of Hyper V was clearly demonstrated with the  hypervisor technology "Hyper-V" demonstrating a maximum throughput of 1 million operations per second in a VM. That's three times faster than VMware.

    There were some great press reviews see http://www.itworld.com/software/282465/7-key-takeaways-teched-europe-day-1 so please do watch the keynote http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/KEY01

    Keynote Day 2 – Day 2 moved onto Windows 8 for the Enterprise. 

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    Antoine Leblond talked to the benefits of Window 8 for business.  His demo of Windows-to-go received a round of applause.   He talked about the shift from desktop to mobile and that next year he expected to see more tablets sold than desktop PCs.  There were also demos showing that Windows 8 is still going to be a great experience on desktop machines.  Again the keynote was full of excellent demos so please watch the keynote here http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/KEY02

    The rest of the week has been spent attending sessions, discussing technologies and changes to the future of Windows along with the opportunities of Azure within education.  

    I would encourage you to ask your teams who attend the event about their experiences and get them to share the buzz and insight to the weeks learning which they received, if you weren't fortunate enough to attend the sessions then feel free to watch the presentation at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/

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