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    Microsoft and Open Source



    More Open Source news from Microsoft today, with the announcement that we are open sourcing ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) - all with contributions - under the Apache 2.0 license.

    You can find the source on CodePlex, and all the details on Scott Guthrie's blog.

    “We will also for the first time allow developers outside of Microsoft to submit patches and code contributions that the Microsoft development team will review for potential inclusion in the products,” Guthrie says. “We announced a similar open development approach with the Windows Azure SDK last December, and have found it to be a great way to build an even tighter feedback loop with developers – and ultimately deliver even better products as a result.”

    You can now browse, sync and build the source tree of ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Razor here.

    In short, as Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman notes in his blog about all this goodness: Open Source = Increased Investment. ASP.NET is a part of .NET, it will still ship with Visual Studio. It's the same ASP.NET, managed by the same developers with the same support.

    It is also very important to note, as Guthrie points out, that ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor will continue to be fully supported Microsoft products that ship both standalone as well as part of Visual Studio (the same as they do today).

    “They will also continue to be staffed by the same Microsoft developers that build them today (in fact, we have more Microsoft developers working on the ASP.NET team now than ever before),” he says. “Our goal with today’s announcement is to increase the feedback loop on the products even more, and allow us to deliver even better products. We are really excited about the improvements this will bring.”

    More details on this announcement @OpenatMicrosoft on Twitter or visit Scott Guthrie’s Blog

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    Windows Phone SDK version 7.1.1 now available


    As just announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, I’m pleased to announce that the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center.

    The WPSDK 7.1.1 Update provides developers with a WPSDK patch that enables developers to develop and test for the recently announced Windows Phone 7.5 256 MB devices, as well as enable developers to run the WPSDK 7.1 on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release via the following:

    -          Updated 512 MB OS Emulator Image: An updated build Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Build 8773)

    -          New 256 MB OS Emulator Image: A new Windows Phone OS 7.1 emulator image (Build 8773) that emulates running on 256 MB devices

    -          Emulator Choice: Ability to debug or run your WP apps in either the 256 MB or 512 MB emulator

    -          Windows 8 Support: An updated emulator is included, which can run on Windows 8

    -          IntelliSense support for adding the new 512 MB requirement to the Windows Phone App Manifest file

    -          ‘Go Live’ license: The update now has a ‘Go Live’ license; developers running WPSDK 7.1.1 are now empowered to publish their Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    -          Full Localization: WPSDK now supports all 10 IDE languages; and the OS image now has Malay and Indonesian

    -          Windows 8 Support: The updated emulator will now run on Windows 8; note that the OS is still not officially supported by developer support until the final OS release

    Links of Interest:

    -          Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update CTP Download Center page


    Direct Download Links

    For additional information on this release, please refer to today’s posting on the WP Developer Blog.

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    Windows 8 app development. Build an app now


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    So if your interested in building Windows 8 Apps you need to join the following LinkedIn Group


    1. You apply to join our UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group.

    2. We will reply asking you for some details of what it is you are building and then admit you into the group.

    3. You build a great app following the guidance that we have online and which meets the Store certification requirements.

    4. We will use the LinkedIn Group to invite you to an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading where you’ll work with an engineer to ensure certification requirements are being met and that the app is providing a great experience to the user.

    5. You leave the lab with a registration code that lets you begin the app submission process at the Windows Store.

    In terms of the details we will need from the individual developer, it will include the following:

    1. Your name and company name (if any).

    2. Your location.

    3. Application's name.

    4. Short description of application's purpose.

    5. What is the current status of the application - [idea/planning/building/complete].

    6. Are you looking to be able to publish the application before Windows 8 and the Windows Store go on general release?

    So if your highly committed to building and publishing a Windows 8 app in the next 2-3 months, this is the perfect opportunity to get your app into the store.


    Windows 8 For Application Developers – By UK Tech.Days

    Also ensure you register for the Windows 8 for Applications developers tour focuses on creating broad awareness and excitement around the Windows 8 opportunities for developers.

    These are 1 day events which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

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    Microsoft UK Education - Web Resources



    Microsoft UK Education Site - http://www.microsoft.com/uk/education/default.aspx

    Microsoft UK Education Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftUKEducation

    Microsoft UK Education Google+ https://plus.google.com/b/112225838285806108219/112225838285806108219/posts

    Schools Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/

    Further Education Blogs - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukfe/

    Higher Education Blogs - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukhe/

    Teachers Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/teachers/

    Students Blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/

    Student Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/microsoftukstudents

    Faculty Connection Blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/

    MS UK Education Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/microsoft_ed_uk

    MS UK Students Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/msukstudents

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/MicrosoftUKEducation

    Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/microsofteduk/

    SlideShare - http://www.slideshare.net/Microsofteduk

    Cloud Computing in Education Linkedin group - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Cloud-Computing-Education-4340063

    Microsoft UK Faculty Connection Linkedin Group - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Microsoft-Faculty-Connection-UK-3829706

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    Microsoft Students to Business



    Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) is a Microsoft community initiative designed to connect academic institutions to our partners, with qualified university students to fill entry-level and internship positions.

    Today I spent the day with Tara McLaughlin Acting Head of Service, Careers Service at Lancaster University and her team, helping Lancaster students with the Lancaster award.

    Every college and university in the UK has hundreds of bright, eager graduate students who are trained and competent on the latest technology which Microsoft Partner ecosystems work with. We want to make more students, institutions and partners aware of the opportunity of S2B program.

    By students, institutions and partners utilising S2B they have the chance to work with knowledgeable students from universities across the globe who also participate in Imagine Cup, IT Academy, and Microsoft Student Partners, just to name a few. The talent pool is rich, with more than 500,000 students representing 100 countries are already registered. S2B connects your company with universities teaching Microsoft technologies and with students who are interested in a career working with Microsoft technologies.

    The upshot is that everyone benefits. S2B will help you to meet the innovation and delivery needs of your customers through the latest Microsoft technology worldwide. And, you’ll help shape the future: Institutions help by sharing your knowledge and providing relevant work experience to students studying your course on potentially innovative projects. Partners can utilise the skills of graduates to enhance the next generation’s experience and value in the job market for the benefit of the global IT industry.

    I want to encourage you all, to register your students, institution and partner organisation, simply post your available graduate and intern roles to S2B. Together we can help more students access the program and prepare for the future of technology together!

    This week we are very excited to announce that S2B has been honoured as a Laureate of the 2012 Computerworld Honours Program.

    This is a wonderful achievement for a stellar program that helps prepare talented students to enter the workforce. The Computerworld Honours Program recognizes organisations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society, and change the world for the better. The S2B nomination documented use of Microsoft technologies in the S2B Program, including .NET, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7, and outlined the social impact the program has on youth employment and the technology ecosystem. The nomination showcases S2B for encouraging the next generation of students to learn our latest technologies and drive greater business value for our mutual customers.

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    TechEd Europe 26th - 29th June– Join us in Amsterdam



    Session and Speakers

    TechEd Europe has a wide range of education opportunities and the 12 tracks will help navigate the sessions. You will learn shortcuts, glean real-world guidance and get product roadmap details from Microsoft and industry experts.

    This Years Special Events

    Delegates will get access to the technologies and opportunities to meet one-on-one with Microsoft product experts and fellow professionals at our ancillary activities. Here's just a sampling of some of the special events planned for TechEd 2012:

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    Monday: Sit back and relax with some movie snacks and beverages as we roll CTRL+ALT+COMPETE, a look at the competitive startup and emerging business scene through five founders and their teams.

    clip_image012Welcome Reception

    Tuesday: Check out solutions and services from Microsoft partners and meet with the Microsoft product groups in the TechExpo Hall.

    clip_image013 Delegate Party

    Wednesday: Mingle with your fellow attendees and countrymen and take in the Amsterdam experience along with some fun activities.

    clip_image014Ask the Experts

    Thursday: Meet one-on-one with Microsoft technology experts and peers to exchange feedback on technology trends and how to leverage these effectively in your business.

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    Kinect in teaching with curriculum materials



    Creative uses for Kinect in teaching with curriculum materials

    The Kinect sensor, the "Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Gadget in History," adds a new dimension to Xbox 360 gameplay through its ability to read its environment and track the body movement of players.

    It is also a creative device that can be a great teaching tool. Rob Miles from University of Hull (UK) has created a set of curriculum materials that show how you can harness this creativity and get students enjoying themselves while writing programs that make use of the unique abilities of this sensor and Kinect for Windows software.

    These resources are now available via Microsoft Faculty Connection Resources

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    Share your curriculum materials with your peers



    Whether you’re using existing curriculum materials you found on Faculty Connection or created your own lectures, labs, or tutorials, we'd like you to please take a few minutes to contribute to our global repository so that others can leverage your insights in their own teaching.

    Registered Faculty Connection users are especially interested in lecture materials that teach students to use Visual Studio to build applications using Windows Phone, Windows Azure or Windows 8, including suggested class projects and labs.

    Additional guidance for students ready to build commercial applications for the Windows Store or Windows Phone Marketplace, and training aids for students preparing for the Imagine Cup are among the regularly requested materials. All contributions are welcome in any language.

    We are continuing to improve our rating system and build features such as a new curriculum alert to help authors track related materials and stay up to date.

    Additionally we have improved the search which now uses the new Silverlight powered Visual Search to quickly find new contributions from faculty around the world.

    So please do get in touch ukfac@microsoft.com which any questions or suggestions and help to contribute to our global repository of teaching, learning materials which are provided by academics for academics.

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    Imagine Cup 2012: Don't miss out!


    This year's Imagine Cup is already underway with teams preparing to compete for a chance to travel to Australia with their mentor for the worldwide finals in July.

    The last date for competitors to register and submit the software design preliminary summary is March 13. The last date to submit entries for Windows Phone Challenge and Windows Azure Challenge is also March 13.

    Local country/regional competitions and online finals begin March 22.

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    Developing Windows 8 applications for education



    If you’ve installed and started playing with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. You will be aware there is lot of interest in new applications which run in the Windows 8 Metro interface. Microsoft UK is organising a series of Windows 8 Developer Camps. The events are all free and run by developers for developers. The events will teach and demonstrate the technologies, tools and skills for developing Metro style apps, and you can put theses skills into practice on the day. So all you need to bring is your laptop, with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed.

    You have to register to get a place the first batch of events are already filling up with  and  if your already a Windows Phone developer you should consider migrating your Windows Phone app to Windows 8.

    These events aren’t specifically about developing Windows 8 applications for education, but everything which is taught and demonstrated will be relevant to developing specific applications for teaching, learning and research.

    When and where we’re running the Windows 8 Developer Camps

    (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) This tour focuses on creating broad awareness and excitement around the Windows 8 opportunities for developers.

    These are 1 day events which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development.

    You can register for all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    London, Friday, 30th March 2012 – Register

    Manchester, Friday, 27th April 2012 – Register

    Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register

    Windows 8 Camp – By UK Tech.Days

    Registration for these camps will be going live in late March at UK Tech.Days home page.

    London, Wednesday 8th May 2012, Thursday 10th May 2012 & Thursday 17th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Why you should be developing Windows 8 applications for education

    If you’ve read this far, you might be wondering why you, or your colleagues, might want to spend a day learning about developing Windows 8 applications for education. Here’s my list of 3 key reasons:


    • The earlier you have an application in the Windows 8 marketplace, the more exposure you are going to get. Today the marketplace has a limited number of applications, so new ones are getting a high profile.
    • We are looking for a number of Academic and Student showcase applications so if you or your students are working on exciting/interested Windows 8 application let us know at ukfac@microsoft.com
    • Our Education account teams are currently installing Windows 8 onto their laptops and starting to demonstrate it to their customers. If you create an education specific app, then its a good chance that the UK education team will be demonstrating your software to a lot of our early adopter customers in the next few months.
    • You’re demonstrating your innovation, to innovative customers (the people installing Windows 8 right now are the leading edge innovators)

    Even if you can't get to the workshops, do you know about the MSDN Windows 8 Metro App Development Centre?

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