Faculty Connection is an online set of real-world resources and shared peer knowledge, the goal of the Faculty Connection site is to put relevant and applicable tools and information at the fingertips of technology educators.
The UK Academic Team is responsible for offering IT students and faculty members free access to software, for enhancing knowledge and skills by providing curriculum materials and other learning opportunities, for helping students achieve their dreams by organizing an international competition, and finally for assisting last year students through career resources and job opportunities at our customers and partners.
With this blog we want to inform you on our latest initiatives.
Enjoy reading and stay tuned!
(MBI) Microsoft Biology Initiative is an effort in Microsoft Research to bring new technology and tools to the area of bioinformatics and biology.
This initiative is comprised of two primary components, the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) and the Microsoft Biology Tools (MBT).
Microsoft Biology Foundation The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) is a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework—initially aimed at the area of Genomics research. Currently, it implements a range of parsers for common bioinformatics file formats; a range of algorithms for manipulating DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; and a set of connectors to biological web services such as NCBI BLAST. MBF is available under an open source license, and executables, source code, demo applications, and documentation are freely downloadable from the project page. MBF 2.0 beta 1 is now available for download. Learn more...
Microsoft Biology Tools The Microsoft Biology Tools (MBT) are a collection of tools that enable biology and bioinformatics researchers to be more productive in making scientific discoveries. The tools in this catalog are free and, when available, include links to the source code and open source collaboration projects. Browse the catalog...
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Data collection and analysis, as well as information authoring, publishing, and preservation, are essential components of an academic’s daily work. The following resources have been developed to help assist you with these tasks.
Microsoft Tools and Resources
Collect Data, Research, and Analyze
Publish and Disseminate
Store, Archive, and Preserve
Papers on STEM
On Friday June 17th Miles Deegan and myself of Microsoft presented at the Daresbury SCI Business Breakfast Networking Event.
Once a month, a group of over 100 such individuals, meets in the Daresbury Innovation Centre to start their Friday with an hour or two of high-value networking. The presentation was aimed at Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services within SME and Microsoft BizSpark programme for start-up companies.
A program that provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Startups.
Fast and easy access to current, full-featured tools and platforms you need to design, develop, test and demonstrate your software application. Here’s a sample list of the software you have access to:
ASP.NET: a technology for building dynamic web applications
Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content
SQL Server: all editions of our database server software
Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications
Windows 7, Vista, XP: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems – for design, dev, test and demo only
Windows Azure Platform: access to our cloud computing platform
Windows Server: all editions of our server operating system
For those familiar with Microsoft Products, BizSpark includes access and licenses to most of the software included in a Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Subscription.
A connection to over 2,000 BizSpark Network Partners. These are active members of the global ecosystem: university incubators, hosters, government agencies, investors, consultants, influential bloggers and financial institutions who can provide guidance, mentoring and resources.
Email support, online training and invitations to local technical events for entrepreneurs working with early adopter technologies, like Windows® 7, Microsoft® Silverlight, Windows® Azure and Microsoft® SQL Server 2008.
Developer support through managed newsgroups, online library, online concierge, newsletters, conferences, blogs
Two technical support incidents per start-up
Start-ups have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients, and partners by profiling their company and posting offers and events in the BizSpark online networking hub, BizSpark Connect. Startups may also be highlighted as a featured company and be promoted as BizSpark "Startup of the Day” on Microsoft.com/BizSpark and BizSpark’s social media sites.
To qualify for the programme you must meet the following criteria:
Less than 3 years old
Making Less than US $1 million in annual revenue
There is no fee to enroll in Microsoft BizSpark
If you want to enrol on the programme you can do this most simply through Daresbury SIC who is a network partner.
On Monday 13th June 2011, I attended a number of meetings at the University of York, UK, the University had a specific event entitle Office 2010 and Beyond! after the event the University of York IT Academy team hosted a round table event with 17 Microsoft Certified Trainers ‘MCTs’ who specialise in training Microsoft Office technologies.
The trainers, many of whom had travelled from all over the UK, joined Andrew Bettany, from the University of York IT Academy and member of the Microsoft Learning Advisory Council, and Wendy Johnson, Senior Product Manager, Office Certification at Microsoft Learning (Redmond, WA) and myself from Microsoft UK.
The discussion was organised to follow an IT Industry event at the University’s new Ron Cooke Hub building. During the afternoon we showcased what is new and "cool" in the Office/SharePoint arena - each presenter had just 30 minutes each to impress the audience of nearly 100 attendees.
Following the public event, 17 MCTs held an informal roundtable discussion with Wendy which provoked lively discussion and provided a range of suggestions and feedback regarding Microsoft Office Specialist certification, training and the value of being an "IW" (information worker) MCT.
Andrew Bettany, who organised the event, said "It has been a fantastic day. Particularly great to see so many MCTs attend the event, readily engaging with each other, sharing ideas, best practice and exploring ways to develop and improve the program and community. There was a real eagerness to repeat this type of event again."
The discussions were extremely interesting. It was clear that the academic sector has seen large growth, year on year, for "MOS" (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification. Collectively the group estimated that the audience had taught 250,000+ learners during their careers. There were some fascinating insights from MCTs on how they value the status of being an MCT whilst at the same time most preferred to describe themselves as "Certified Office Experts”.
The Microsoft IT Academy Programme offers educational establishments extensive benefits and the opportunity to deliver Microsoft’s popular I.T. Training and Qualifications to their Students, Staff and wider community.
Click here to find out which Microsoft qualifications you could deliver.
Members benefits include:
We had a fantastic morning and lunch with over 80 Academics, researchers and students at a special event our team ran on the Kinect for Windows SDK.
The speakers and agenda for the day was as follows:-
Introductions - Geoff Hughes, Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Ltd
The Science of Kinect - Andrew Fitzgibbon, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Overview of Kinect for Windows SDK - Dave Brown, PhD, Microsoft Technology Centre
Demos from David’s Presentation are available here
Microsoft External Research Connections - Kenji Takeda, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
It was a great morning with lots of stimulating thoughts, discussion and debate and UK academic’s are certainly thinking of interesting uses for the Kinect device and its potential usage within teaching, learning and research.
We would welcome any ideas you might have and also keep us informed of your progress with the SDK.
Today Microsoft launched a update to its amazing SkyDrive services, the updates include speed boosts, a revamped UI, and improvements to photo viewing.
SkyDrive is a service bundled into Microsoft Live services which all UK Academic receive for free if they provide the Microsoft Live@edu services.
Windows Live enables you to do the things that are important to you, such as staying connected with all your friends. Read your friends’ status messages with the “What’s New” feed, or chat with them using Windows Live Messenger online, on your desktop, or via mobile. Windows Live includes Photo Gallery, SkyDrive, Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker, and more. It’s the place where you can share photos, files, e-mail, and socialize with friends.
The latest version is a update to the SkyDrive services which is now almost four-year-old service has cut wait time on actions like clicking folders, from six to nine seconds down to 100 to 300 milliseconds.
The updated software also features H.264 video playback, a navigation system and a single view for files, docs, and photos.
A video tour of its SkyDrive cloud based services below. For tips on using SkyDrive more effectively click here
Microsoft has won the Best Cloud Service award at the 2011 Cloud Computing World Series Awards.
Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards were presented to Microsoft at the 3rd annual Cloud Computing World Forum on the 21st June, Olympia, London.
Since the Windows Azure platform became generally available over a year ago, it has been adopted by customers across 41 countries. These customers are creating new services and gaining greater efficiencies as they take their companies to the cloud, enabling them to able to address customer needs quickly with innovative solutions that are cost effective and reliable.
“It’s fantastic for us to see this type of recognition for the Windows Azure platform. We’re seeing companies creating business solutions in record times, reinforcing the new possibilities created by the cloud,” said Michael Newberry, Windows Azure lead, Microsoft UK.
For more information on Microsoft visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/
We are pleased to announce a change in pricing for the Windows Azure platform that will provide significant cost savings for customers whose cloud applications experience substantial inbound traffic, and customers interested in migrating large quantities of existing data to the cloud. For billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011, all inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free.
This is a positive move for UK Academic and educational customers, this announcement has already created a great deal of excitement within the UK academic sector.
As a team were very excited by this change, the cost of inbound data transfer has been a significant concern to academic researchers and the changes will make research projects easier to estimate and removes a barrier or uploading large data sets.
Buy making this announcement, we hope its make Windows Azure more affordable for the academic community, no matter what the project or research activity is or how large or small.
So now if your transferring megabytes, gigabytes or terabytes, eliminating data ingress fees will significantly reduce the time and resources required for research and development, testing and significantly reduce operational costs
We hope that changes such as these continue to increase the value of the Windows Azure platform for our customers.
What Dare is...
Dare to be Digital is a video games development competition for extremely talented students at Universities and Colleges of Art. Teams of 5 students, usually a mix of artists, programmers and audio, assemble at Abertay University for 9 weeks during June to August to develop a prototype video game, receiving mentoring from industry.
At the end of the competition, the prototypes are displayed at talent showcasing event Dare ProtoPlay. The general public and industry experts get to play and vote for the games. At the Dare awards ceremony, three prizes of £2500 will be awarded to the three highest scoring teams based on the criteria of innovation and creativity, market potential and use of technology (none of the three will be specifically attributed to any particular criterion). Seven months later the winning teams attend the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted "Ones to Watch Award".
Microsoft is proud to be an official sponsor for the provision of Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Kinect
In this blog I want to focus on the Windows Phone Teams a further blog will be written about the Kinect team
The Windows Teams are:
Team Rebel Donut @Rebel_Donut
Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?idTeam=1315&year=2011
Team Tea and Techno @TandTechno
Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?year=2011&idTeam=1435
Here are the benefits for students taking part:
Want to know more
Simply visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/
Microsoft is committed to higher learning, and Windows Embedded delivers one of the best sets of embedded technology and resources to the academic field. Windows Embedded offers the opportunity to take advantage of the career potential that goes along with the current growth of the embedded market and provides a platform for exposure to embedded systems.
The Windows Embedded Academic program provides professors and students access to the Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Standard operating systems.
Check out the Embedded Suggested resources from Faculty Connection here:
Additionally check out the Windows Embedded Academic Program site: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/evaluate/windows-embedded-academic-programs.aspx