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FREE - Online Meeting Presenting an Overview of System Center 2012 for UK Education
When :- March 6th, 11am-12pm
System Center 2012 can transform your IT Infrastructure, from your Desktops, to your Data Centre and out to the Cloud. Join this session, presented jointly by Microsoft and a Microsoft System Center Partner to understand what System Center 2012 can do for you. This online session will provide a good overview of the capabilities of the suite and also provide a “what’s new” update if you are aware of previous versions.
You will also have chance to get your System Center questions answered by a Specialist.
Please Register here for the event - https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/microsoft1/Registration.aspx?pageName=4k1xkfk0jldm71b8
MAKING TOMORROW’S PROFESSIONALS FUTURE-READY
DynAA is a program for schools that want to enhance their curriculum by incorporating Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software. Participating institutions receive Microsoft Dynamics products for classroom use, support, and community-building opportunities, free of charge.
So if your looking at incorporating ERP or CRM software tools into your technology and business courses please take a moment to look at the following information.
Also provided is a guide to help connect with local Microsoft Dynamics partners in order to develop mutually beneficial relationships.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU:
Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance
Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Success Stories
Dynamic Academic Alliance curricula resources on Microsoft Faculty Connection
SOCIAL MEDIA: Find the Dynamics Team on LinkedIn and Facebook!
“Youngsters love gadgets. So wouldn’t it be great if they could build their own, and at school? This is exactly what more than 70 British students, ages 13 to 16, are doing by using .NET Gadgeteer. On January 30, they gathered at the Microsoft Research Cambridge Lab to present their final projects and celebrate the end of the first .NET Gadgeteer school pilot project in the United Kingdom (UK).”
The .NET Gadgeteer pilot project aligns with the UK’s commitment to prioritize computer science education in schools, as spelled out by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, in his speech at the BETT Show (see School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme).
We look forward to more schools, colleges, and universities utilizing .NET Gadgeteer to unleash their students’ creativity and enthusiasm in technology in the UK, and beyond. Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche, Program Manager, Microsoft Research Connections EMEA, and Steve Hodges, Principal Hardware Engineer, Microsoft Research Cambridge
We look forward to more schools, colleges, and universities utilizing .NET Gadgeteer to unleash their students’ creativity and enthusiasm in technology in the UK, and beyond.
Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche, Program Manager, Microsoft Research Connections EMEA, and Steve Hodges, Principal Hardware Engineer, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Kinect for Windows is now Available!
Version 1.0 of the SDK and runtime are now available for download, and distribution partners in our twelve launch countries are starting to ship Kinect for Windows hardware, enabling companies to start to deploy their solutions.
Looking for great on content on how to build apps for Kinect? Visit Channel 9 where we have updated quick starts and open source projects.
Get Started Guides and Tutorials Kinect for Windows Quickstart Series
Write an App! - Sample Code / Open Source Projects
Kinect Service - A Windows Service so you can see Kinect data on your Windows Phone
Kinect Paint - Draw with your hands
Kinect Mouse Cursor - Control Windows with your hands
Coding4Fun Kinect Toolkit - Developer library for easy programming
Jellybean - Our famous drivable lounge chair code has been updated to the latest release of Kinect for Windows
Want to stay informed of the latest technology and educational trends?
When you become a verified Faculty Connection member, you gain access to benefits such as the latest technology news, faculty only material, and more.
What is Faculty Connection?
How do you become a verified member?
Just send a email from your UK Academic email address, including your Job title and institution to email@example.com
We want you to be assured that Faculty Connection is a community of your peers, so that's why we ask all members to complete this initial step we will then send you a Faculty Connection verification code to allow you to register to this resource and community of peers.
We want you to stay connected to the UK Faculty Connection program and by subscribing to the Faculty Connection resources including the Linkedin Group and dedicated newsletters we can keep up-to-date on the latest information about new curriculum resources, research projects, software tools, workshops, etc.
If you have not subscribed to the Faculty Connection newsletter simply send us a email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting your validation code and then click the Register button at http://www.microsoft.com/faculty
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Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface (SUR40) is now available for purchase through Samsung channel and reseller partners. The device, manufactured by Samsung, was selected as an International Consumer Electronics Show “Best of Innovations 2012” award winner. For updates, monitor Microsoft Surface.
The Surface 2 SUR40 is considerably less expensive than the first-generation device. Apart from the lower price, the main improvement is its much reduced size. The Surface 2 is now more like a coffee table with no bulky pedestal.
A really nice example of Surface + Microsoft technology application is a retail example was produced by Razorfish
Basically the surface 2 is an amazing device which simply can be used to do anything however you need to develop specific applications for the surface using the Surface 2 SDK see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2011/07/12/surface-2-0-sur40-sdk-now-available.aspx
As the previous post state the Surface 2 requires custom development. If you do not have these skills in house we would recommend using a Surface 2 application development partner such as:-
XFACE Suite 420 4th Floor, Davis House Business Centre, Robert Street, Croydon, CR0 1QQ Or
Black Marble Woodland Park Bradford Road Chain Bar, West Yorkshire, BD19 6BW
The Surface can also be purchased with a selection of custom apps for less than >£7k
The Microsoft Surface team have a number of You Tube videos see http://www.youtube.com/user/surface
One of the key messages I hear when speaking with academics is, how can Microsoft help in inspiring my students? Well if you have students who are interested in technology how about setting them the following challenge!
Would you like the opportunity to change the world and potentially win a free trip to Sydney, Australia?
The Microsoft Imagine Cup, is the world's top student technology competition. Ever year Microsoft gives students a fantastic opportunity to envisage, create and deliver a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup slogan - "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems!"
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is inspired by the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
If you interested in learning more watch the following video from academic Rob Miles from the University of Hull and also captain of the Imagine Cup Software Design competition. Rob shares his insight and gives you some more information on the Microsoft Imagine Cup opportunity.
Kinect for Windows Product Available February 1st
The Kinect for Windows product group announced the upcoming release of their full commercial product in an official blog post on January 9. The new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1. It will be supported in 12 countries (United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom) at a suggested retail price of US$249.
Academics will still be able to use the Software Development Kit (SDK) with current Kinect for Xbox 360 sensors for non-commercial purposes and existing deployments that are licensed until 2016.
You now also have a route to write commercial applications. Monitor the Kinect for Windows site for updates.
• The announcement is here.
As the Kinect for Windows blog states, many improvements to the SDK and runtime have been made these include:
The Channel 9 folks have some great content that went live today as well.
So if your a academic or student in the North East of England you need to be aware of the work which Sunderland Software City and Codeworks are undertaking in the establishment of a North East heat of the Microsoft Imagine Cup.
Imagine Cup North East - Are you up for a challenge? from Codeworks Ltd on Vimeo.
As part of helping inspire students Sunderland Software City and Codeworks worked to togther to help promote The Microsoft Imagine Cup to North East. As you know from my previous post the Imagine Cup is an exciting opportunity for students to work together in teams to solve some of the worlds toughest problems, learn new skills, make new friends, win prizes.
So today Ben Nunney from Microsoft will be working with the teams from Sunderland Software City and Codeworks informing Students of the North East what the Imagine Cup is all about then on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February particiaptes who except the challenge whisked off to a secret location for a 36 hour non-stop hackathon to work on their Imagine Cup projects
To find out more check out the Imagine Cup North East website - http://www.imaginecupnortheast.co.uk and follow the Imagine Cup North East on Twitter - http://twitter.com/imaginecupne
If you're not a student but would still like to get involved the competition is also looking for Mentors and Sponsors, so get in touch with the Imagine Cup North East team.