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June, 2011


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    UK institutions using Live@edu SkyDrive has been upgraded



    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 UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft wins Best Cloud Service award at Cloud Computing World Series Awards



    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/

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    New Pricing Structure for Windows Azure from 1st July 2011–FREE inbound data transfers


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    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.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Dare to be Digital–Microsoft Windows Phone and Kinect Teams


    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

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    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 social-twitter @Rebel_Donut

    blog: http://rebeldonutgames.blogspot.com/  

    Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?idTeam=1315&year=2011 

    Team Tea and Techno social-twitter @TandTechno

    Dare blog: http://www.daretobedigital.com/team-information-2011/team.php?year=2011&idTeam=1435

    Here are the benefits for students taking part:

    • Enhance your CV
    • Get mentoring from the industry
    • Produce a demo to take to interviews
    • Hone your skills and get the experience that employers are looking for
    • Expose your skills and work to games industry luminaries / potential employers
    • Experience working as part of a team

    Want to know more

    Simply visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Embedded Systems- Using Windows 7 Embedded



    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

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