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  • Blog Post: Unity3D - Getting Started on Building/Porting to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

    Getting started with the basics for Unity The Unity Getting Started guides cover everything you need to know: configurations, SDKs, general considerations and first steps Getting started on Windows Phone (663 KB) Getting started on Windows Store (720 KB) Porting to Windows tips Once...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark FREE Software for all learners and educators

    What is DreamSpark? www.DreamSpark.com is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. DreamSpark is simple: it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no...
  • Blog Post: Getting to grips with the Cloud – FREE Azure Webinar Series for educators and researchers

    The cloud is becoming more and more useful in education. There are stunning examples of academic research which are pushing the boundaries of data intensive science. Some of these great examples include the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report...
  • Blog Post: Installing XNA on Windows 8 with Visual Studio 2012

    Guest blog by Simon Grey Lecturer in Games Development Studies at the University of Hull XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game. For us, a tools...
  • Blog Post: Student to Educator – How Microsoft can inspire tomorrow's educators

    Guest Blog by - Dominic Langmead | University of Chester, my journey from a student to educator. My journey started in 2009, after leaving Scarborough Sixth Form College with 3 A Levels – Computing, Maths and German gaining A, D & C respectively. With this I decided I wanted to study Computer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 includes the Visual F# Tools for F# 3.1.

    At the end of October 2013, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 to MSDN subscribers and DreamSpark.com Subscribers . This includes the Visual F# Tools, matching version 3.1 of the F# language. F# itself is an open source and cross-platform functional-first programming language, see fsharp.org for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Research on LinkedIn & Twitter

    Announcing the  Windows Azure for Research LinkedIn discussion group! The group will serve as an opportunity to connect and engage with researchers and domain experts to drive awareness of Microsoft Research and Windows Azure for Research. We’d like for you to be part of the community and discussions...
  • Blog Post: Looking for HPC - Windows Azure HDInsight is now generally available.

    HDInsight Services for Windows Azure is a service that deploys and provisions Apache™ Hadoop™ clusters in the cloud, providing a software framework designed to manage, analyze and report on big data. Data is described as "big data" to indicate that it is being collected in ever escalating volumes...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2014

    Competitions We have three primary competitions: Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. General information on these competitions can be found on our website at http://www.imaginecup.com Here a quick summary of the 2014 competitions. World Citizenship : This category is most similar to past Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

    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...
  • Blog Post: Managing Azure Academic Passes with the Azure Tracker Portal

    What is Azure Tracker? Azure Tracker is a tool designed primarily with faculty and educators of students with Azure Educator grants. The tool allows users to manage and monitor student use to help optimize Windows Azure in their classroom. What can I do on Azure Tracker? The various sections of Azure...
  • Blog Post: Touch Develop Inspiring the next generation to code - Scheme Of Work for GCSE

    In 2012 the Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, the Royal Society report was informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing. Key points of the report include: The current delivery of Computing...
  • Blog Post: Testing and Publishing your GameSalad created Games/Apps to Windows 8

    GameSalad Creator is a 2D object oriented tool that allows you to create completely original games using a drag and drop interface, enabling you (the user) to create applications for Windows 8, iOS, Android, HTML5, and even for the Mac Platform without typing a single line of code so perfect for those...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Game Developer Stories & Resources

    Have you got your game face on? Take it to the next level with Windows Azure . Whether you’re targeting iOS, Android or Windows, Windows Azure has the tools you need. Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on making great games and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. Learn how...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Imagine Cup 2014! Can the UK be No1 Again?

    Registrations for the  Imagine Cup 2014 are now officially open !  This is the 12 th year of Imagine Cup, and with that we are rolling out a new model which evolves the program to foster year-round engagement based on feedback we have received from institutions world wide. So what is new? The...
  • Blog Post: Deploy software across your institution with a FREE ELMS for DreamSpark Webstore

    Electronic License Management System (ELMS) for DreamSpark is an electronic software distribution solution included in every DreamSpark subscription at no additional cost . ELMS for DreamSpark provides a Webstore for the easy management and distribution of software licenses to students, faculty and staff...
  • Blog Post: Getting started building Windows Phone Games with Unity

    With the release of Unity 4.2, you can now take your Unity games and quickly port them to Windows Phone 8 and extend your reach to Windows users. Getting started building a Windows Phone 8 game with Unity To develop, compile and submit a Unity game to the Windows Phone store, you will need: ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy–Your professional Virtual Learning Environment

    Have you joined MVA? MVA membership is FREE and you have access to over 200 expert-led courses across more than 15 Microsoft technologies, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, HTML5, C# App Development, and others. You can develop a personal learning path and get professional certified and skilled...
  • Blog Post: Heading back to School, College or Uni - Publish Your First Windows Phone App NOW!

    As a student you get a DreamSpark membership for FREE which give you access to tools like Visual Studio Professional and a membership in the Microsoft Dev Center you can submit applications for publication to all users of Windows Phone. Windows Phone is the best-designed mobile operating system with...
  • Blog Post: Only DreamSpark gives you the pros’ most integrated developer tools at no cost to students —like Microsoft Visual Studio Professional.

        It’s the full suite, not a trial version! So start building apps, games and sites right away in HTML, C++, C#, Ruby, Java and more.   No cost. No catch. Start downloading today at dreamspark.com/student You’ll find everything from student app contests to coding camps, tutorials, expert...
  • Blog Post: Presentation from Windows Azure in Education Event Summer 2013

    On the 20th of June a number of UK academics and researchers joined us at UCL for a one day event. The event was simply to learn how Windows Azure can be used in curricula, support research endeavours, and enable student projects. Additionally we focused on how Institution administrators can explore...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit ON DEMAND

    This year Microsoft;s Faculty Summit, was streamed LIVE to people all over the world. For those of you who weren't available to watch the live stream during July  you can now watch all of it on your computer. During the summit viewers watched and participated in the keynote Q&A with Bill Gates...
  • Blog Post: From Big Data to Big History and Beyond

    The largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) took place in Maastricht, Netherlands, from June 3 to 6, 2013. More than 500 participants attended the event, including decision makers, networking specialists, and managers from all major...
  • Blog Post: 10 Reasons To Use Team Foundation Service

    I recently had an interesting discussion with Giles Davies, Giles is from Visual Studio UK Team @VisualStudioUK . The discussion was about group based projects and how academics and students could use technology to assist them in this task. So I asked Giles to write a short summary of what he believes...
  • Blog Post: Babylon.GameFX – a framework to build HTML5 WebGL games in a few lines of code

    With the recent release of Windows 8.1 Preview and IE11 you can now build and use WebGL games. WebGL can be used on any device in a very easy way, so it’s now a perfect solution for building cross platform browser/web based games. David Catuhe and David Rousset fellow Developer and Platform Evangelists...
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