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    Comparing Content Management Systems

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    There are a lot of good open source Content Management Systems out there and I’m sure we all know some of the big ones in the market. There is a slight problem with so many good alternatives out there and that is which one to choose? Let’s take a look...
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    Cel Shading in XNA

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    Ever wondered how games achieve that really cool cartoony looking effect? With the bold, blocky lighting and the big black borders? It’s quite a neat look and helps make games look really eye-catching! It’s easier and more effective to make a game look...
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    Student Project Express: Completing your student project with Microsoft technologies

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    Learning to use the Microsoft Developer tools and technologies (.NET Framework, C#, Visual Studio, SQL Server, etc) is something that can prove extremely important for graduates looking for a job once they complete their studies. Using these for the final...
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    Silverlight - Gadgets, Web Slices and More! (Part 2)

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    In this part of the Silverlight article, we’ll be going through IE8 Web Slices – what they are, how they work and how we can put our Silverlight application in them. What are Web Slices? A Web Slice is a new feature within IE8 that allows a user to subscribe...
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    PDC 2009

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    Intro Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is often mentioned in revered tones around the water-cooler. Not just because it’s notoriously difficult to get a ticket (usually the conference is a sell-out), or hard to get to (Los Angeles...
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    Life as an Intern (Laura Blackmore)

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    My role at Microsoft revolves around many of the skills I have learnt throughout my two years at university. I first started Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 without any courses in mind. I decided to study BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems...
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    Bing Maps

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    Microsoft recently launched the new beta Silverlight version of Bing Maps. Merging a whole range of technologies, there’s now some really cool stuff available in Bing Maps! From satellite view to Streetside to Photosynth, Bing Maps has it all! User Interface...
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    Life as an Intern (Colin Davies)

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    My name is Colin Davies and I am currently on placement at Microsoft as a Marketing Project Manager. Around now a lot of you will be thinking about getting applications in for either placements or grad roles so I have been asked by the lovely editor of...
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    Silverlight – Gadgets, Web Slices and more! (Part 1)

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    There’s a lot of cool things you can do with Silverlight. This new series will introduce you to some of them, including parameters, OutOfBrowser, Gadgets and more. In this part, we’ll be discussing passing parameters in to an application to inform the...
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    Azure Applications (Explained)

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      What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform. It allows the deployment of cloud based applications that are managed at Microsoft datacenters. How do I get Azure? In order to start building Azure applications, you need to have...
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    Life as an Intern (Samantha Mills)

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    Let’s set the scene... 2nd year of University; more interested in a buzzing social life than rolling out tones of coursework, plus exams which actually count for something for the first time since A Levels – the previous year or 2 of a lazy, carefree...
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    Pushing Paint applications into Web 2.0 using Silverlight

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    Paint applications on the desktop has been developing for a long time however there are few available on the internet, even less that offer the same control that you would find on a desktop paint application, even one as simple as Paint. Let me show you...
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    Mix Conference 2009

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    The Mix Conference held each year in Las Vegas is a showcase for Microsoft’s vision of internet technologies and this year was no exception. It bridges the gap between Web professionals and industry leaders in a way that allows them to explore the future...
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    Getting to grips with Dreamspark

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    What is DreamSpark? DreamSpark is Microsoft’s way of giving free software to students. Students can simply log on and enjoy the free Microsoft products available to download. Products available on DreamSpark include Expression Studio 2, Virtual...
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    Microsoft Surface - Real world meets software engineering

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    Warren Rieutort-Louis, third year at CUED and a Microsoft Student Partner in Cambridge, explores the power of software engineering and the design process through a new touch technology that hopes to revolutionise the way we interact with out environment...
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    Dreamspark

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    Students love free stuff, fact. Dreamspark was launched by Microsoft to do just that. Free downloads of Visual Studio and other cool Microsoft products such as Windows Server were already available for students. However, Microsoft decided this wasn’t...
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    Making bigger bets with smaller stakes.

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    Keeping Lionhead Innovative. Adam Jethro Langridge How do you make something big and innovative? That's a particularly interesting question in the computer games industry. It is easy to see its significance once you peruse your local Computer...
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    F# ...Functional programming in the .Net world - Kevin Pfister

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    F# was developed as an experimental programming language by Microsoft Research to provide a combination of many sought after features in other programming languages. The problem with most programming languages is that they usually have to give up on...
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    Visualising media search better (Part 2) - Kevin Pfister

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    The way Image search results look now hasn’t really changed much in the last few years, I ask the simple question ...why? In this article I want to try something that hasn’t been done before; combining Deep Zoom and Live Image Search. I call it DeepSearch...
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    Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass

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    Ever fancied getting some more letters after you name and improving your job prospects when you leave uni? Then Microsoft certification is for you! We're making a whole bunch of official eLearning content available to students for free through the...
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    Windows 7 for Tech Students

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    Ten top features in the next generation of Windows for development and productivity Following Windows 7’s recent beta launch to the public, I’ve taken a look at the new development features and productivity improvements to Microsoft’s flagship product...
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    A better way to visualising media search (Part 1)

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    Search... the most important aspect of the internet; without it no one would be able to explore easily the vast amount of content available in an efficient manner, but could it look better? Over the years search has come a long way, improving its algorithms...
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    Surface gets unwrapped at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

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    Earlier this month Chris Bishop, chief research scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge was selected for and hosted this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. The Christmas lectures themselves originated in 1825 when Michael Faraday wanted to...
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    Developer events coming soon

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    Developer Events Join other developers at free regional Microsoft Technical Events to receive technical 'know-how' demos from Microsoft experts, insights into our latest technologies and a chance to meet and talk to other developers. Free developer...
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    Which Imagine Cup Category is for you?

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    Imagine Cup competition is made up of 9 different competitions split across 3 different categories. This year’s theme is around trying to save the world’s largest problems using technology; the challenges that are trying to be solved are focused around...
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