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  • Blog Post: NDC London - are you ready?

    NDC London’s drawing nearer and we can’t wait to join the rest of you heading to Excel next week to join the festivities and see some of the best speakers on the circuit. You can still get tickets for NDC if you haven’t already. We’ll be covering the event on Twitter, from @ubelly...
  • Blog Post: How VPNs can help you use your MSDN Azure benefits with TFS Lab Management

    By Richard Fennell , Engineering Director at Black Marble and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Visual Studio (ALM) As I'm sure many of you know, if you have an MSDN subscription you get some Windows Azure credit each month. The question is how to use this as a developer within a corporate...
  • Blog Post: Building Connected Apps

    By Andy Wigley , Technical Evangelist, Microsoft UK In the beginning, an app was just an app. You installed it onto your smartphone, ran it, it performed some useful or entertaining function, and then you closed it. And that was that – a nice, encapsulated experience, easily accessed and...
  • 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: The Internet of Things

    There’s a lot of buzz about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) One of the key areas I get asked most questions about in regards to students projects is the internet of things. This is a great topic for student and researchers based at Microsoft we have  huge passion for the Internet of Things over the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Gaming Opportunity Unleashed

    Traditional cloud gaming has been associated with streaming of game content only - well, things have really changed with the advent of apps. Many of today’s top apps and games have been truly unleashed as a result of today’s mobile platforms. For an app to be truly successful they need...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft billed as ‘visionary’ for Windows Azure

    By Dan Scarfe , Dot Net Solutions Recently Gartner released their magic quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Providers: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1IMDMZ8&ct=130819&st=sb . It was fantastic to see Windows Azure placed in the visionary quadrant, outlining...
  • Blog Post: Science is at an inflection point - Windows Azure for Research

    “Science is at an inflection point where the challenges of dealing with massive amounts of data and the growing requirements of distributed multidisciplinary collaborations make moving to the Windows Azure cloud extremely attractive.” Windows Azure for Research Microsoft Research is pleased...
  • Blog Post: Tools for the Job: Notifications made easy with Windows Azure Notification Hubs

    by Andy Wigley , Microsoft Technical Evangelist. A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Azure SDK V2.1 which is a major update containing many new features and enhancements. One of the standout features was GA (General Availability) of Windows Azure Notification Hubs as part of...
  • Blog Post: GDC/GamesCom 2013 Cologne

    Last week I had a hectic week in the city of Cologne, Germany. Why Cologne well simply because Cologne was serving as host to both GDC Europe and Gamescom 2013. I had the opportunity to meet many of my European colleagues and represent the UK developer ecosystem on the ground for two of the...
  • Blog Post: Push Notifications made easy: Using Windows Azure Notification Hubs with Windows Phone

    When I built the Windows Phone 8 Jump Start training, one of the sessions was on Push Notifications. The demo app I used was an update of an old favourite, a Weather app which first saw the light of day a few years ago with the initial demos built for Windows Phone 7.0. In the demo, you have a phone...
  • Blog Post: Building Scalability in Identity: A short story in innovating for a Mobile Payments Platform

    by Richard Conway , UK Windows Azure User Group Following an event that we at UKWAUG ran on Monday 8 th July I spoke about how Windows Azure Active Directory can be used to scale identity in the cloud and why and how you should be using it. For the last 6 months we’ve been helping a startup...
  • Blog Post: Want to create something new? A hackathon could fit the bill

    by Richard Conway , UK Windows Azure User Group In our day to day jobs it’s sometimes hard to find (or make) the time to really innovate. Hackathons can be a way to try new tech, learn from your peers and have some fun along the way. Some people enjoy them so much you’ll see them at nearly...
  • Blog Post: UK team from University of Exeter - Crowned World Wide Imagine Cup Winners

    Thursday 11 th July was a proud day for our UK and University of Exeter. Team Colinked with their app SoundSYNK competed against top teams from over 190 countries, beating everyone to win the coveted prize of $50,000 and the title of ‘Imagine Cup Winner’! The Imagine Cup is a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A roundup of Key //Build 2013 announcements

    http://www.buildwindows.com/         @bldwin Quick Links Session Recordings — Watch all the session recordings on-demand right now   Session Evaluations — Attended or watched a session? Tell us what you thought about it   Windows 8.1 Preview Download  ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources Day 2

    If you have not yet watched today’s keynote, I encourage you to check it out on demand Today’s highlights: · Mobile & Web Cloud Experiences: The Windows Azure Team   announced the general availability of both Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites as well as previews of new...
  • Blog Post: Roaring for the Lions: Creating a reusable, extensible app development platform using Windows Azure

    The Project In January of this year, Sequence teamed up with Microsoft to deliver an immersive, cross-platform mobile application for the British and Irish Lions promoting their 2013 tour of Hong Kong and Australia. As we started to investigate the requirements for the project, it became apparent that...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe Live Streams 25th–28th June via Channel9 MSDN

      This week is full of events and announcements! From today, Madrid, Spain we will host of 1000s of IT Professionals and press from across Europe for a week of immersive content and technical demos during our annual TechEd Europe Conference . It all begins at 8:00 am GMT on June 25th. TechEd provides...
  • Blog Post: //Build Conference San Francisco 26th June 2013

    This week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center we will host developers and press from around the world for three days of immersive content, hackathons and demos during our annual Build Developer Conference . It all begins at 9:00 am PDT on June 26th. Microsoft’s senior executives and top technical leaders...
  • Blog Post: One idea, a cup of inventiveness and Swapplr was born

    Vivek Doraiswamy and Riham Satti are students from Oxford University and the Co-Founders of Swapplr , a swapping and trading site for students using the latest Microsoft technology to help the student community and marketplace. “Take the TV! I don’t need it”. There it was. Eureka...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure as a Cloud Gaming Platform – half day technical briefing, Monday 1st July, 2pm, London

    This half day technical briefing is designed for developers, designers and architects in the games industry to help you explore the Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, and discover how it can be used as a powerful and flexible cloud platform to extend and enhance your current games or the ones...
  • Blog Post: Unity step up their support for small Indies and Students by going FREE

      “The basic version of Windows Store will be free, so Win8 desktop/tablet/WP8 are all covered.  Also all users of Unity Pro will get the basic Windows Store product for free.” Andy Brammall, EMEA Biz Dev for Unity Announced by Unity is their support for small indies and students (as measured...
  • Blog Post: Join Microsoft on the 20th of June 2013 to learn about Windows Azure in Education

    Join Microsoft for this one day event to lean how Windows Azure can be used in curricula, support research endeavours, and enable student projects. Institution administrators can explore how to use Windows Azure for infrastructural and application needs. Location Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre UCL...
  • Blog Post: Azure and JaNET Peering announced = UK Education reducing costs for Cloud Services

      As part of our on-going commitment to add value to the education community we serve, we are thrilled to be working with JaNET to provide additional support and services to their user base. JaNET provides and develops a network infrastructure to support world-class research and education to over...
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