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June, 2011


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft Biology Foundation 2.0 Beta 1 Release and Coding Contest




    The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) team is looking for the best bioinformatics and genomics application built on MBF 2.0 beta 1. Biologists have a chance to enter to win an Xbox 360 4 GB console with Kinect by registering their MBF 2.0 beta 1 based application by July 15, 2011

    MBF 2.0 beta 1, a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework, helps researchers and scientists work together and explore new discoveries. This beta release provides significant updates, such as:

    • Increased capacity for de novo assembly of larger and more complex species than V1
    • New comparative assembly functions for characteristic genetic diversity within or between species
    • Core object model improvements for a smaller memory footprint and increased parallel processing
  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Special Live Event on Channel 9 16/06/2011


    UK Academic community, This evening Microsoft is announcing something very special. which I know a lot of you will like.

    Check out the live stream from MSDN Channel9 

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    UK Office Trainers join round table discussion with Microsoft Learning



    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”.

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  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Microsoft Supporting Britain Works



    Giving people the opportunity to acquire workplace skills and experiences, Get the essential technology, design, and business tools that will help your students land the job of their dreams after graduation.

    Britain Works will help today and tomorrows students to learn new skills, improve and enhance  current skills, get real-world experience through internship programmes, and to start networking.

    Whether you're new to technology or a seasoned IT professional, Microsoft can help get you the skills, training and certification needed to compete in today's technology-driven workplace.

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  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus Business breakfast network event



    On Friday June 17th Miles Deegan and myself  of Microsoft presented at the Daresbury SCI Business Breakfast Networking Event.


    daresburyin The Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus Business breakfast network event is an opportunity to connect with the North’s most dynamic hi-tech entrepreneurs, corporates, universities, support organisations and funding and professional communities.

    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.


    Microsoft BizSpark

    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:

    Developing Software

    Privately held

    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.

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