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    Welcome to the Azure Marketplace


    The new Azure Marketplace has launched and has over 3103 services and produces now available. Simply put  Azure Marketplace is a one stop shop for you to enhance productivity and performance.

    You can simply search and deploy thousands of solutions to simplify the development and management of applications on Azure from Linux virtual machines  to data services.

    Azure Marketplace

    If your interested in providing a services, data or VM images to Azure Market Place the following opportunities are available
    Virtual Machines and application services

    Put your products directly in front of the global Azure customer base where they can confidently purchase and deploy your Virtual Machines and application services on Azure with the knowledge that they have been vetted through the Microsoft Azure Certified program.

    View program details

    Azure Active Directory applications

    Integrate Azure Active Directory identity management with your application and help secure your customers’ access to your application along with access to Microsoft online services like Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications.

    View program details

    Web applications

    Integrate with Azure Websites to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy your web applications on Azure and share your web app with millions of Azure users worldwide.

    View program details

    API Apps

    Integrate with Azure API Apps to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover and connect to your SaaS or API’s. The global Azure customer base can easily connect their applications to your product with auto-generated SDK’s, simplified authentication and more.

    View program details

    Microsoft Dynamics Solutions

    Integrate with Azure Websites to provide a simple way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy your web applications on Azure and share your web app with Millions of Azure users worldwide.

    View program details

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    Azure Websites service, as part of several Azure services becoming integrated into a new larger service known as Azure App Service.



    App Service integrates the best of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, API Management, and Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services, along with new capabilities in Logic and API apps to provide you with a unified set of capabilities for building more powerful enterprise web and mobile apps. Removing the burden to develop across multiple platforms or learn new languages, App Service helps you build more secure connections to your enterprise and software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems, scale IT infrastructure, automate business processes, and more, so you can focus on building groundbreaking apps and experiences, faster and more efficiently.

    Azure Websites is now known as Web Apps within App Service.

    From an Azure Websites perspective, this is strictly a name change. You can continue to access your existing websites via the Azure Preview portal, where you’ll find all your websites listed under Web Apps. Additionally, Web Hosting Plan is now App Service Plan. App Service Plan can host any service type of App Service, such as web, mobile, logic, or API apps.

    Beyond the name change from Azure Websites to Web Apps, pricing will remain the same, but you’ll have access to significantly more capabilities coming from the integration of Azure Websites into App Service.

    You’ll now be able to extend your Web Apps with mobile back ends, create workflows, automate business processes, connect to enterprise and SaaS systems, and much more.

    For more information about Azure App Service, please visit the App Service webpage and remember students now get access to this service via DreamSpark.com and faculty can use Azure for Education for teaching and learning

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    New to Azure? Learn more about Azure with this on-demand Webinar on common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud.



    Learn more about Azure with this on-demand Webinar on common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud. Get Started Now watch this online On Demand webinar  

    Join technical product manager Jason Clarke for a tour of Microsoft Azure. In this on demand webinar, Jason will walk through common cloud scenarios and the fundamentals of our cloud. Click here to register for the webinar.

    For Education we have various Azure FREE offering

    Azure for Education for teaching and learning

    Azure for Research

    Azure for Students via DreamSpark.com

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    We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.




    We want to ensure students around the world aren’t left behind, so today we launched Microsoft Azure for student developers.

    This new offer for students in 140 countries around the world gets you started with the services you need most to develop in the cloud at no cost and with no credit card required:

    · Azure Websites is a fully managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables you to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web Apps in seconds. Focus on your application code, and let Azure take care of the infrastructure to scale and securely run it for you. It supports up to ten websites or web apps, with 1GB of storage and 165MB of daily bandwidth.

    · Application Insights provides a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of your ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android platforms. Search and analyze your data to continuously improve your application, prioritize future investments and improve overall customer experience.

    · Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build, and ship software across a variety of platforms. Get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.

    Microsoft Azure is available now for validated DreamSpark students at no cost and no commitment, with no time limit and no accidental charges. You can upgrade to paid services later if you want, but you can host your web apps and websites today with the power of the Microsoft cloud behind you and it won’t cost you anything.

    When combined with Visual Studio Community 2013 for coding and the GitHub Student Pack to add more services and tools to your project, Microsoft Azure provides an incredible free launchpad for students. And we’ve got great free online courses for students to jump into web development at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

    We’re very excited to bring this offer to students.

    Can educators use this offer?

    No, this offer is for students. Educators can apply for the Azure Educator Grant, which offers free Azure for teaching and learning.

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    Using great Windows 8 and Windows Phone Unity3d Open Source plugin for Notifications and Facebook Authentication




    The issue is that they are building a F2P Windows Store app in Unity3d is the requirement of plugin support.

    For F2P games to be successful the ability of using Toast notifications and authentication is key factor of success and should be considered a core feature requirement!

    Without the ability to authenticate users or provide of local scheduled toast notification a game will suffer not only from a major impact on user experience but also player retention and monetization

    So if your using Unity3d a great 3rd party Windows Store Unity plugin is Marker Metro plugin


    Marker Metro has a number of great features including the MarkerMetro.Unity.WinIntegration Plugin which includes

    Local Notifications

    Local Notifications can be set using LocalNotifications.ReminderManager.

    The ReminderManager will use system reminders on WP8, and scheduled notification toasts on Win8.1 allowing you to set deterministic timer based prompts easily for the user. See example here

    You should ensure that you add IsToastCapable = true within your manifest on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1

    Facebook Integration

    Unity Plugin for Windows at this time are as follows the MarkerMetro.Unity.WinIntegration plugin Unity SDK for Facebook in WinIntegration.


    or C# plugin


    It at this moment has a static binary dependency on


    Store Integration

    There is a single Store API for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.x.

    For a complete implementation of IAP Integration using WinIntegration check out the starter template MarkerMetro.Unity.WinShared

    Video Player

    This allows you to play a video over the top of the Unity scene. It will use a standard XAML MediaElement

    For more details see http://www.markermetro.com/2015/03/technical/opensource-windowsporting/ and the associated github sites.

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    Windows & Windows Phone Challenge



    Windows & Windows Phone Challenge

    Active Dates (GMT): Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:01 - Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:59

    Who Can Compete? Students 16 and older worldwide

    What's the Team Size? Up to 4 competitors

    What's the Deadline? April 30th

    What Can You Win? $5000 and a trip to Seattle for first place

    Online or Live? This is an online-only challenge

    What Do You Submit? You will need to publish a  1 x Windows 8.1 and  1 x Windows Phone 8.1 app

    Check the Official Rules for all the details!

    Windows & Windows Phone Challenge

    Windows and Windows Phone apps are better together. Connected through the cloud with Windows Azure, they enable seamless experiences from PC to laptop to tablet to phone. Developing an app for both platforms is within reach for any student developer and gives you great experience with connected software and cross-platform development.

    But apps aren’t developed in a vacuum. In the real world, development teams with customers, whether internal or external, to deliver the right solutions to solve the biggest problems. In this contest we want you to get out there and find someone in your community to partner with. It could be a family business, a restaurant, a new startup, an artist or musician you know, or a charity working to make a difference. Use your networks, find someone to partner with, and make your case: you’ll develop a set of Windows & Windows Phone apps that meet their needs and both of you come out ahead.

    Working with your partner, figure out the problems they have that apps could solve. If it’s a nightclub, maybe they need an app that publishes their calendar of live performances. If it’s an artist, a digital portfolio they can easily update and share could help their career. If it’s a homeless shelter, maybe they need an app to alert volunteers of opportunities to help. If it’s a restaurant, maybe an app that has their menu and a link to make reservations.

    This is a great opportunity for you to think beyond technology. Consider finding a team member or associate from your school’s business program who wants to get some real-world experience, working alongside your dev team to collaborate in your community and demonstrate impact.

    We’re looking for student teams who are already thinking past graduation, past the next class, and who are ready to take a big step into their future. If you succeed at this contest, you’ll have an amazing story to tell when you start interviewing for jobs. Your talent, your passion, your technology, your community: with Windows & Windows Phone, they’re all better together.


    One team will win a trip to Seattle to be honoured at the Imagine Cup World Finals in July, 2014. That team will receive $5,000 and every team member will get a Windows Phone 8. Best of all, they'll spend time with the actual Windows & Windows Phone team on campus at Microsoft to review the winning project and get expert feedback on where to take it next.

    How to Get Started

    Take a look at our Getting Started guide for step-by-step instructions that will take you through the whole registration process.

    How to Submit Your Project

    Ready to submit your project to the judges? Click the 'Submission' link next to the competition on your Team Page to get started!

    Store Links

    You'll need to provide two links: one to the Windows 8 app store for the Windows 8 app portion of your project, and one to the Windows Phone app store for the Windows Phone portion of your project. Publishing your apps is not just a good idea; it's required!


    Your proposal is a short document or slideshow that explains your project, its purpose, and talks about your community partnership. Your proposal file should be no larger than 50MB, and if necessary you can compress it into a zip file for submission. Click the 'Select' button to pick the file you want to upload, and then click 'Upload' to send it to us.


    App Installers

    Remember that you're building two apps for this challenge! Submit each one separately. They should be no larger than 500MB, and you can compress them into zip archives to submit them. Don't forget to sign your Windows 8 app!


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    Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015 Technical Preview now available



    Windows 10

    • Adaptive UX: Windows 10 provides the ability to use a single UI that can adapt from small to large screens.
    • User controls: A number of our Windows 10 UI controls will determine, at runtime, how the customer is interacting with your app and render the appropriate user experience
    • API contracts: With Windows 10, you can directly verify if a Windows feature is available rather than inferring based on the operating system version.

    So if you haven't downloaded and installed Windows 10 get started now

    Simply sign up for the Windows Insider Program to download the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview with the new Project Spartan rendering engine and the tools

    Developer tools

    Developer Content

    In addition to the preview tooling, we are also releasing a number of resources to help you quickly come up to speed on the new universal app platform capabilities:

    1. Introducing the Universal App Platform: Mobile World Congress 2015,
    2. Windows 10 Jumpstart Preview: A first look at the upcoming Jumpstart training content. These videos provide you with the information you need to bring a Windows 8.1 app up to Windows 10.
    3. What’s New in Windows 10 for Developers: The Windows 10 developer documentation is online on the Windows Dev Center.
    4. Code samples: New with Windows 10, documentation code samples will be published on GitHub.
    5. Resources for Building games for Windows10 see http://www.xbox.com/dev
    6. Videos and resources from GDC http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/GDC/GDC-2015
    7. Videos and resources from WinHEC http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/WinHEC/2015

    See You at Build

    We hope that you enjoy the first look at the new developer tools. Please spend some time with it and send us feedback.  Build, is around the corner and we plan to go deep on Windows 10 and the Windows universal app platform at the event. If you aren’t able to attend in person, save the date to check out the Build site.

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    Getting ready for Windows 10


    This week WinHEC took place in Shenzhen China. Attendees had executive keynotes and more importantly had the opportunity to learn about the latest Microsoft products, get hands-on technical training these resources.

    There sessions are now available on the web via Microsoft channel9 see http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/WinHEC/2015 

    Channel9 is a great way of getting upto date on the content from our world wide events and its a great way of getting up to speed on what is new in Windows 10.


    If you interested in  device and driver development, our hardware dev center has links to content and news, and is where the Windows 10 WDK will be made available.

    For information around IoT specifically, our Windows On Devices web site has what you need this will include more details on Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi and Windows on embedded devices..


    If you have already joined the Windows Insider Program, thank you for helping make Windows 10 better.

    For more details on the Windows 10 SDK and WDK, and the Windows Insider Program is the best way to get Windows 10 see http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/

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    Microsoft Band is coming to UK build amazing experiences


    Microsoft Band is coming. Pre-order Now

    Create amazing app experiences for Microsoft Band.

    Extend the experience of your application to your users' wrists via a new dimension of interaction. Create an app that can send UI content to the band, keeping users engaged when they're in motion. Your app can also receive data directly from the band sensors, giving your users more reasons to interact with it. Create a personalized, data-rich, custom experience and enhanced scenarios that will engage users in ways only possible with Microsoft Band.

    Live healthier and be more productive. Buy now for £169.99

    Stand-out features

    Access sensors

    Use a range of sensors including heart rate, UV, accelerometer, gyroscope, and skin temperature, as well as fitness data, to design cutting-edge user experiences.

    Create your tile

    Keep users engaged and extend your app experience to Microsoft Band. Create tiles for the band that send glanceable notifications from your app to your users.

    Personalize your app

    Monetize your app by offering users ways to customize the band. Change the color theme, or bring the Me Tile to life by changing the wallpaper.


    Cortana is at your service (and on your wrist)


    Get started with the Microsoft Band SDK Preview.

    The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers' wrists.

    Band SDK Preview for Windows Phone


    Sample code

    Band SDK Preview for Android


    Sample code

    Band SDK Preview for iOS


    Sample code

    Additional resources


    Experience design guidelines

    Release notes

    More details at http://developer.microsoftband.com/

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    Microsoft announces the Azure Internet of Things suite


    Microsoft Azure IoT services

    The Internet of Things (IoT) provides the opportunity to enable and extend digital business scenarios, helping you better connect people, processes and assets, and better harness data across your business and operations.


    Improving efficiencies, enabling innovation and fueling transformation are the cornerstones of Microsoft’s vision for the digital business. With Microsoft Azure IoT services, you can monitor assets to improve efficiencies, drive operational performance to enable innovation, and leverage advanced data analytics to transform your company with new business models and revenue streams.

    Learn more about the Azure IoT services:

    Azure Event Hubs
    Azure DocumentDB
    Azure Stream Analytics
    Azure Notification Hubs
    Azure Machine Learning
    Azure HDInsight
    Microsoft Power BI.

    Announcement of Azure IoT Suite.

    The Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets capture the diverse and voluminous data they generate, integrate and orchestrate the flow of that data, and manage, analyse and present it as usable information to the people who need it to make better decisions as well as intelligently automate operations.

    The offering, while customizable to fit the unique needs of organizations, will also provide finished applications to speed deployment of common scenarios we see across many industries, such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance, while providing the ability to grow and scale solutions to millions of “things.”

    The Azure IoT Suite will provide a simple and predictable pricing model despite the rich set of capabilities and broad scenarios it delivers, so our customers can plan and budget appropriately. This approach is aimed at simplifying the complexities that often exist with implementing and costing IoT solutions

    For more details on the Azure IoT suite see http://bit.ly/1xrMBiD

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