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  • 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: 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 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 for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via

    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 . Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers...
  • 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: 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 You’ll find everything from student app contests to coding camps, tutorials, expert...
  • 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: Microsoft Faculty Summit 2013 15-16 July

    On July 15-16, Faculty Summit will bring leading academic researchers and educators together with Microsoft researchers and engineers from around the globe to share ideas and results about some of today’s most exciting new directions in computer science. Key subjects to be discussed this year include...
  • Blog Post: Advertising is a key monetization option for app developers

    This week we launched a new format designed to create interactive and panoramic adverts within applications the following verge article is nice summary. As part of the opportunity of developing advertising as a monetization option I wanted to share some guidance on including advertising in general. 1...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism

    About patterns & practices The Microsoft patterns & practices team is responsible for delivering applied engineering guidance that helps  Software architects, developers, and their teams take full advantage of Microsoft’s platform technologies in their  application development project...
  • Blog Post: Nokia & Raspberry: an interesting recipe

    EcoPi – Monitoring boiler energy consumption using Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi Final year university student Lewis Greyson at the Lincoln School of Computer Science (LSoCS) recently showcased his dissertation project along with his fellow students at a show and tell event held within the...
  • Blog Post: New look for Windows Developer Center and

    So What is NEW at ? A new UX Checkilist Checklist is a welcome addition to It can empower designers when self-evaluating their app so they can better understand what is required and prioritize when they make need to make tough choices. Guidance links are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch Develop is looking for adventurous Windows Phone 8 mobile app creators.

    Do you have a device running the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system? Are you a fan of the TouchDevelop app that enables you to create apps directly ON your mobile device? Do you love to try out the latest apps, and give feedback about what you like or wish to see improved? Then our beta...
  • Blog Post: TouchDevelop—Programming on the Go Book Released

    Microsoft Research Connections announced the release of the book, TouchDevelop—Programming on the Go , available in print form, as an e-book, and on the web. TouchDevelop has reached new heights as the only programming environment on mobile touch devices that creates apps directly for the Windows Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Scottish Universities Game Jam

       On the 3rd 4th and 5th of April, The Windows Games Ambassadors hosted the Scottish Universities Jam at the University of West of Scotland ‘UWS’ in Glasgow. The event was an intense weekend of game development based on Windows 8 games with more
  • Blog Post: The power of 3D interaction

    Ok who has ever watched STAR WARS and wanted a 3D princess Leia Hologram? Holograms are often thought of as an optical novelty that can produce pretty 3D pictures, but they are capable of doing much more than that. One of my colleagues Dr Dave Brown has more
  • Blog Post: UX/UI Design the benefits of building prototype, even if you have only initial sketches of your prototype.

    This week I had a really interesting discussion/debate with a University lecturer on teaching user interface design and it took me back just to how things have changed since the mid-nineties. When I was a student a lot of CS courses which looked at interface more
  • Blog Post: Windows In Academia Presentations

    On the 26th of March we held an event to help raise awareness of the opportunity of Windows 8 and Windows Phone within academic gaming courses. The intention of the event was to.. 1. Introduce the latest technology released by Microsoft 2. Present the more
  • Blog Post: What is your chosen UI/UX Design tool for concept meetings?

    I was having a discussion at weekend and got into the discussion of client meeting and UI/UX workshops and got into discussing the great blogs by the Cooper teams. I am sure as part of your academic reading lists Alan Cooper, “ The Inmates are Running more
  • Blog Post: Guide to Developing Windows Store Applications in the Labs

    Introduction In order to develop Windows Store applications, you need to use Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. These are available to you in the labs, but there are a few steps you need to take in order to develop Windows Store applications in the labs more
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