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  • Blog Post: Downloading Software from with Secure Download Manager

    Secure Download Manager The Secure Download Manager (SDM) is Kivuto's proprietary software program for managing the secure download of files from and institutions DreamSpark ELMS Stores . When you download software with the new SDM for the first time, you will be prompted to download and...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 deserves credit for Kid's Corner

    On the 8th of May there was a very interesting Guardian article based on research that the Windows Phone team commissioned in the UK. The key finding of the research · Over a quarter of UK parents affected by their kids’ unauthorised app purchases · Eight year olds have run up the largest app costs,...
  • 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
  • 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...
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