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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: UK's Largest Unity Porting Day 29th Nov 2013 Microsoft/Nokia/Unity

    Nokia, Microsoft along with Unity are hosting one of the largest Unity porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive a whole host of rewards, the latest Nokia devices and app store marketing. Over the last 12 months we have seen the...
  • 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: Great news for Cocos2D and XNA developers Cocos2d-XNA

    Cocos2D-XNA is a 2D/3D game developer’s framework that is written specifically for XNA. XNA is the game API developed by Microsoft for independently published games on Xbox Live Arcade. To support other platforms than the now deprecated Microsoft XNA targets, Cocos2D-XNA supports the MonoGame runtime...
  • Blog Post: Design tips for Windows 8.1 apps

    This week I have been at Campus Party in the TheO2 which is pretty specular location for any event. During the week I have been discussing apps and game development with 1000s of students. One of the most popular questions I have had was what are the to main 8.1 changes? This lead into lots of discussions...
  • 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: 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: Updating your app from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

    Updating your apps to Windows 8.1 Preview provides significant benefits. · Numerous performance improvements in common scenarios, including app startup time and panning within large data collections · Improved rendering of animations · New and improved controls · More flexible app layouts and Window...
  • Blog Post: A run down of essential presentations from Build 2013

      We know people like to know what to watch so they can optimise their time. Paul Tallett, Microsoft’s Application Development Architect has put together a brief synopsis of the following sessions with a timeline (index) so you can skip to parts that interest you. This is also useful if you want...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to write a 3D Software Engine from scratch in C#/WinRT & in HTML5 using TypeScript or JavaScript.

    With the announcement and availability of Windows 8.1 its now the perfect opportunity for game developers to build games in HTML5 WebGL for IE11.  HTML5 and JavaScript are excellent starting point for Windows App developers , simply because if your game works in IE 11 then the Windows Store app...
  • 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: WALES’ GAMES DEVELOPERS ARE INVITED TO BAFTA ‘POWER UP’

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Wales has today announced that it is to team up with Microsoft and Nokia to present an exciting opportunity to budding Game App Developers in Wales.  The ‘Power Up’ competition, invites developers in Wales to create a game app...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources

    In today’s Build keynotes , you had the opportunity to hear from Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond about the latest Microsoft’s devices and services. They clearly discussed the vision and provided and end-to-end view of the developer opportunity on Windows 8.1.  If you have not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing from £133 on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between 19th June 2013 and 31st August 2013

    Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realise their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions.   Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want...
  • 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: 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 titles for Xbox live for Windows (PC/Tablet), Web, and Windows Phone

    Developing Games for Windows (PC/Tablet), Web, and Windows Phone Microsoft Studios mission is to pioneer hit innovative experiences that deliver on the promise of Microsoft Gaming Platforms. Microsoft Studios has multiple initiatives available for Xbox LIVE enabled games around Windows (PC/Tablet...
  • Blog Post: Surface RT Student and Academic 10% Discount

      Students with a valid academic email address can now save 10% when they purchase any Surface RT device through Microsoft Store! The offer is available for students, faculty and staff, and requires verification of eligibility using an .ac.uk email address. The discount is only valid until 31st...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1, Outlook for Windows RT and Office on Small Screen x86 devices

    Today Microsoft gave its very first public demo of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, the announcement covered many of the exciting improvements as highlighted in t his blog post from last week . You can see some of the highlights of what to expect in Windows 8.1 for yourself in this short demo video featuring...
  • Blog Post: Lemon Moose Games a student to indie studio story

      Guest blog from James Mintram Director Lemon Moose Games Lemon Moose Games was founded during my, and my business partner Tomasz Kandziora’s, first semester of our second year at Northumbria University . Northumbria University offers a great enterprise development department which helped us register...
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