October, 2011


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone Interoperability



    Got a porting question?

    Interested in Windows Phone but your currently a iPhone, Android or QT developer want to know more about porting your Android, iPhone or Qt apps over to the Windows Phone platform?

    Check out the  great resources, free easy-to-use tools to help you through the process, and even experts monitoring forums to answer porting questions. see http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/ 

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Phone codenamed "Mango" Training Course



    Version: 1.1

    Mango offers a lot of new capabilities for developers to create even better, more immersive user experiences on Windows Phone. This course will give you hands-on experience with important developer features in Mango.

    After completing this course, you will be able to:

    · Get more out of the hardware with new APIs for compass, gyro, camera and a virtual motion sensor
    · Take advantage of the new multi-tasking capabilities such as fast app switching, background agents, alerts and reminders
    · Improve integration with the phone by using live tiles, Bing search extras, Bing maps, and the new calendar and contacts APIs

    Happy Windows Phone coding!

    Download Offline Training Kit

    Target Audience

    This training course is designed for developers who are familiar with Windows Phone development. The course focuses on new features in the Mango release. If you are new to Windows Phone, consider our introductory Windows Phone 7 training course to get a familiar with Windows Phone development.

    How-To Index for Windows Phone

    A How-to topic has also been produced this has been developer to allow you to complete a task by presenting a series of procedures, a code example, or both.

    How-to topics are a good place for you to start if you are trying to perform a specific task. For a full list of How-To see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg278408(v=VS.92).aspx

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program



    Microsoft Research are presently seeking applications from EMEA for the 2012 Faculty Fellowship Program which is targeted at early career faculty members whom are nominated by their institution.

    Announcing the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program

    Microsoft Research is inviting nominations for its Faculty Fellowship program, starting on September 30, 2011. This program recognizes and supports exceptional early-career faculty engaged in innovative computing research. The objective is to stimulate and support the research of promising individuals who have the potential to make a profound impact on the state-of-the-art in their research disciplines and to become future thought leaders.  Each fellowship award includes a cash gift that is appropriate for the region and is intended to help fund research activities for up to two years.

    The winners of the 2012 faculty fellowship awards will be announced at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in July 2012. Note that only one (1) application will be accepted per research institution (e.g. one from Harvard University all departments included).  The potential Fellows for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution (e.g., office of the Dean, Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, President, and so on). Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted.

    Nominations open: September 30, 2011.

    Nominations and application deadline: October 31, 2011.

    Nominations are to be submitted online at: https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/MSRFacultyFellowship/

    For further information, please visit http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/awards/msrff.aspx for eligibility criteria and instructions.


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Celebrating 20 Years of Success at Microsoft Research


    Celebrating 20 Years of Success

    27 September marked the 20 year anniversary of Microsoft Research (MSR). To celebrate this milestone the six worldwide labs hosted a series of co-ordinated events. Beginning in Beijing, Craig Mundie kicked off the proceedings, followed by Bangalore, Cambridge, the lab in New England and then Silicon Valley and Redmond.

    To an audience of academics, media and staff, host Gareth Mitchell of the BBC and Imperial College, started the Cambridge UK event by inviting Rick Rashid, Nathan Myhrvold and a series of others to talk about the impact of MSR via pre-recorded video. Gareth then handed the stage over to lab director Andrew Blake, who spoke in more detail about the history of MSR, particular achievements of the Cambridge lab and set the tone for an event that celebrated how proud and excited we all are to be part of Microsoft Research. Showcasing the breadth of basic research from the lab, the audience heard from panellists about the future of software verification, speakers on subjects including programming life, why we build data centers like we do, the future of looking back, model-based machine learning for e-health records, medical imaging in the hospital and finally NUI panellists discussing and demoing the future of digital interaction. All this was sandwiched around an open demo-fest for visitors to wander freely, meet with researchers and experience some of our latest projects for themselves.

    From feedback received, it seems that attendees thoroughly enjoyed the event. To quote one academic “Naturally, I had high expectations for the day. Microsoft exceeded them. I was particularly impressed to see the continued emphasis on fundamental and theoretical work- this is a great tribute to Microsoft's focus on contributing to the state-of-the-art."

    We have seen a number of media articles from those that attended. The first main piece being a glowing report on KinectFusion, which was demoed during the NUI panel session: Kinect Project Merges Real and Virtual Worlds (MIT, Technology Review) and another being a three page article in c't magazin (with a prime score of 200).

    Check out the Microsoft Research Anniversary web site and blog for more about what went on during the worldwide celebration.

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