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  • Blog Post: The UK MSDN blog is on the move...

    We've had a great time here on the UK MSDN Blog over the past few years, but it's time to move to a new home. We've thought long and hard about how we run social media for developers in the UK and have decided to create a brand new site for all UK developer content, including how to's, industry news...
  • Blog Post: Designing your Share Charm experience on Windows 8

    Every web page, app, café and even individual cans of drink now provide you with the ability to ‘share’ your current experience. Tell your friends on Facebook that you’re in a castle in Wales exploring the medieval dungeon (I did...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How to develop your first Windows 8 App

    by Marcus Austin at Firebrand Training The New Year is always a good time to make a fresh start in life, so why not choose to start this year by creating your very first Windows 8 app? What’s that? You don’t want to have to learn a new language or buy new development tools? Well relax because creating...
  • Blog Post: Additional Use Rights for MSDN subscriptions

    On my journey to keep you better informed I will throw in information as I get it sometimes. Just to be clear I’m not an expert on licensing so you should always consult a licensing specialist before making any decisions. Now that I’ve got ...read more
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: The Best Bits of 2012

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  • Blog Post: Learning Announcement: Pluralsight Training Offer for MSDN Subscribers

    Effective today, MSDN subscribers can sign up for a 12-month “starter” subscription with Pluralsight. The subscription comes with more than 20 of Pluralsight’s most popular courses, including several new Visual Studio 2012 courses: · Introduction to Visual Studio 2012 – part 1 · ALM with TFS 2012 Fundamentals...
  • Blog Post: WhitePaper: Visual Studio 2012 & MSDN Licensing Update

    As I know many of you are subscribers to MSDN and are every day users of Visual Studio I thought it would be a good idea to let you know about the recently released WhitePaper on the licensing clarifications that have been added to the whitepaper below. This white paper provides an overview of the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Developers Get Your Apps into the Windows Store Now

    We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets – and the UK is one of those...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: February edition of the MSDN Magazine is out now

    It may be the shortest month of the year but the latest MSDN magazine is packed with useful articles. The featured article is " Asynchronous Programming with C++ Using PPL ," by Artur Laksberg, looking at how C++ features can be used to create more efficient and scalable applications. Data binding...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Camp UK Continues in Bristol & London

    Registration is now open for the 2012 edition of the Windows Phone Camp (powered by Tech.Days UK). The Windows Phone Camps are learning events which will show you how to learn and build Windows Phone apps. You can work on your own projects with assistance from our Windows Phone MVPs, network with...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Organising Events

    by Jonathan Allen We have a strong SQL community in the UK, but earlier this year the user group leaders agreed it would be good if we could encourage more people to join in. Chris Testa O’Neill and Tony Rogerson came up with the idea of SQL Relay when they were at the MVP Summit in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: There is no better time to build a Windows Phone app!

    Join the Windows Phone UK Developer Reward Programme Today! Imagine being rewarded with the latest gadgets (digital cameras, LCD TVs & Kinect) and treated to exhilarating experiences (Ferrari thrill & flying lessons) just by publishing your original and unique Windows Phone app on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Bootcamp Coming to Edinburgh this November

    We still have a few spaces left in this free full-day training for Windows Azure in Edinburgh on Friday 11 November from 9am onwards. If you have considered cloud computing with Windows Azure, this is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the basics from our Cloud Computing Evangelist Steve...
  • Blog Post: What to expect at the up-coming Windows Azure Bootcamp?

    Kicking off this Friday is our new series of Windows Azure Boot camps in Manchester (and next Friday in London). If you are the lucky ones (as the first two boot camps have already been fully registered) who have scored a seat, here is a quick preview of what is in store for you! Registration kicks...
  • Blog Post: Why do people attend the Windows Phone User Group?

    By Matt Lacey A wide variety of different people attend meetings of the Windows Phone User Group (WPUG). They're mostly developers but a number of designers and even a few people who are just interested in the platform come along too. The experience of attendees ranges from having built and released...
  • Blog Post: An F# focus in the August edition of MSDN Magazine

    This month's MSDN Magazine has an FSharp focus - creator Don Syme explains why he felt it was necessary to create it and answers some of the most common questions on this new language. As well as FSharp, you can read about parallel programming, artificial intelligence and building apps with HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Introducing your new look MSDN website

    Exciting times, folks – overnight the MSDN website has metamorphosed and adopted an altogether better looking design. You’ll also notice there are now two homepage tabs: Platforms and Tasks. Hit the Tasks tab to learn about, test and get stuck into coding, with fast access to the tools and references...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows Phone 7 application from start to finish

    Sometimes the mood takes me to have a poke around on the MSDN website, and on this occasion the fruit of my labour was this excellent guide to building a Windows Phone 7 app from start to finish . Here’s a summary: This documentation and accompanying sample application will get you started building a...
  • Blog Post: Moving applications to the cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform

    This book is the first volume in a series about the Windows Azure platform. Here’s a summary: Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform How do you build applications to be scalable and have high availability? Along with developing the applications, you must also have an...
  • Blog Post: Explore the MSDN developer centres

    As you know, sometimes I love nothing better than a poke around on MSDN. Today I thought I’d remind you about the useful resources you can find within the site’s Developer Centres. MSDN Developer Centres and Resource Centres pull together content and resources around specific products and technologies...
  • Blog Post: UK Tech.Days 2011 Registration Now Open!

    We’re pleased to announce that registration is now open for TechDays UK 2011, c overing topics including cloud, the web and Windows Phone. Hear from our customers and partners as well as seeing in-depth technical sessions from the Microsoft experts. View the agenda and register here . Follow...
  • Blog Post: Wanna get creative on 24 March?

    Tech.Days Online Conference – Create.Design.Deliver | Windows Phone 7 Last Thursday more than 250 developers joined us for the latest Tech.Days online conference – it was great to see so many of you online. We’ve now added the recordings from the event for you to enjoy at your leisure. Simply click the...
  • Blog Post: Backward compatibility between Access 2010 and Access 2007

    Microsoft Access 2010 introduces features that are not supported in Microsoft Office Access 2007. Access 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will not open databases containing these features; Access 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will in some cases offer limited viewing and designing capabilities. Therefore, installing...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Visual SourceSafe - post updated 10 January

    Hi all - I updated this post today (10 January) with revised info. Don’t forget that mainstream support for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe ends on 10 July 2012 . After this date you’ll still be able to access extended (paid for) support, as detailed in this Microsoft Support Lifecycle blog...
  • Blog Post: New on MSDN: Microsoft SharePoint Online Developer Resource Centre

    SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service for businesses of all sizes. It helps businesses create sites to share documents and insights with colleagues, partners, and customers. SharePoint Online provides sites to: Manage and share important documents using My Sites. Keep teams in sync and manage important...
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