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    Kinect Hardware and Software release announced as 1st Feb 2012

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    The new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 at a suggested retail price of US $249.

    Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors. The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements. Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

    For more details on this announcement see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/09/kinect-for-windows-commercial-program-announced.aspx

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    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Conference

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    2012 Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance
    Associated with Microsoft Convergence 2012 (March 18-21)

    Preconference: March 17-18, 2012
    Embassy Suites Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, USA

    Deadline for Refereed Paper Submissions: January 28, 2012

    Deadline for Presentation and Panel Discussion Submissions: February 1, 2012

    AIM AND OBJECTIVES

    The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) Preconference provides an important forum for the exchange of ideas and information for current and prospective DynAA members. DynAA invites papers/abstracts in research, research-in-progress, teaching, applications, and case studies incorporating Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems curricula.

    Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence/Analytics
    • Business Performance Management
    • Cloud Computing
    • Curriculum Design Issues
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • Financial Reporting Systems
    • Information Audit
    • Information Assurance/Security
    • Information System Project Management
    • Information Systems/Computer Technology
    • Supply Chain Management

    SUBMISSION FOR REFEREED PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

    Author(s) may present teaching or research ideas/papers (including case studies, etc.) and request publication of paper or detailed abstract in the DynAA conference proceedings. Detailed abstract and full paper submissions will undergo a double-blind review process. At least one of the authors must certify intent to attend the conference.

    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions).
    Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance | Microsoft Dynamics Academic Preconference 2012 DynAA will publish conference proceedings in CD/DVD format and online. In addition, the best quality papers from those accepted will be recommended to the Journal of Integrated Enterprise Systems for publication.

    Full paper and detailed abstract submissions require the use of Microsoft Office Word format, double-spacing, minimum 11 font size, and 3 to 20 pages. Manuscripts should follow APA guidelines for citations and references (See http://apastyle.apa.org).

    The deadline for online submission is January 28, 2012. No hardcopy will be accepted. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012. Final revisions of accepted extended abstract or papers for publication in conference proceedings are due February 25, 2012.

    SUBMISSION FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

    Author(s) may present a topic (case studies, issues in using software, class projects, software installation, etc.) or conduct a panel discussion that is not published in the refereed proceedings. (If the author wants to publish the topic/paper in the proceedings, please see the preceding instructions.) These submissions require author(s) to submit their proposal within an abstract limited to 100 words.
    The format of the presentations includes round-table or classroom style limited to 25 minutes (including questions). At least one author must certify intent to attend the conference. The deadline for online submission is February 1, 2012. Authors will receive email notification of acceptance/rejection by February 10, 2012.

    ONLINE SUBMISSION

    Click the following link for online submissions: http://clcloud.com/DYNAA2012
    If you have any problems in submitting your paper, extended abstract, proposed presentation, or panel discussion online, please e-mail it to dynaa@microsoft.com and cc to Huei.Lee@emich.edu.

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    TechEd Europe Summer 2012

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    The next Tech·Ed Europe will be held the week of June 25, 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in the historical and picturesque city of Amsterdam.

    Confirmed pricing for academic rates is a follows which are a significant saving over the early bird and standard rates.

    Delegate - Academic Faculty and Student Fee

    €995.00

    Delegate - Early Bird Registration Fee (ends 31 March 2012)

    €1,695.00

    Delegate - Standard Registration Fee

    €1,995.00

    PreCon

    €400

    PreCon Only

    €500

    For more information and updates please register here https://www.ustechsregister.com/TechEdEuropeMailingList/main.aspx

    Registrations will open early Jan 2012 so ensure you check the site to guarantee your place.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows Azure licensing via ESS for UK Institutions

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    Did you know your Institution could get access to Windows Azure Cloud Platform services via and existing Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement?

    The simple answer is YES.. from December 1st 2011, Windows Azure Platform services will be available as Additional Product under EES to Academic Customers.

    So if your interested in adding Windows Azure to your existing Microsoft Campus licensing agreements please contact your Microsoft Licensing Account Manager.

    Resources:

    Windows Azure Homepage: http://microsoft.com/windowsazure

    Windows Azure Case Studies: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/evidence

    Windows Azure FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/default.aspx

    Windows Azure  Videos: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/getstarted/

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    .NET Gadgeteer Useful Resources & Links

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    If your interested in developing new curricula in 2012, which will really stimulate your students then you need to have a look at  .NET Gadgeteer.

    The .NET Gadgeteer is an amazing  platform, so if your interested in teaching and inspiring students practically about electronics, microcontrollers, robotics and Computer Science.

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    The .NET Gadgeteer is an ideal resources, as its name suggest the .NET Gadgeteer is based on the .NET Micro Framework, using C# as the primary development language.

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    C# is available as part of Visual Studio 2010 and can be downloaded via existing MSDNAA subscriptions or via DreamSpark for Free by all UK Students.

    Who are the Manufacturers

    Gadgeteer boards and modules are primarily available from the following manufactures

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    • GHI Electronics – .NET Gadgeteer mainboard, and supplier of many modules as well.

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    • Seeed Studio  – Maker of numerous sensor modules, from gyro and compass to accelerometer and GPS.

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    Community and Microsoft Sites

    There are a number of excellent resources available online to begin your Gadgeteer adventures and to ask questions about .NET Gadgeteer hardware or software:

    • .NET Gadgeteer Site -  Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is an open-source toolkit for building small electronic devices using the .NET Micro Framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. Build all manner of electronic gadgets quickly and easily with .NET Gadgeteer!
    • TinyCLR Gadgeteer Forum – Run by GHI, this forum is dedicated to .NET Gadgeteer topics, and is very active, with a number of smart and friendly folks from the community pitching in to help newcomers get started.
    • Seeed Studio Forum – Technical support and device device drivers for Seeed products.
    • Official .NET Gadgeteer Forums –  The official Microsoft Research team responsible for Gadgeteer
    • Core Gadgeteer API documentation – API resources and information, this is a good place to start.
    • Gadgeteer Source on Codeplex – when documentation alone isn't enough, you can always check out the source code to see what's really happening under the covers.
    • Skewworks – Supplies additional software useful in .NET MF and Gadgeteer projects, including UI libraries and operating environments that allow for running multiple applications without reflashing.

    Blogs

    Here are some good blogs on .Net Gadgeteer:

    Supplies & Parts, for bigger better projects

    Although you can do a great deal with just a mainboard and a few modules, eventually you're going to want to go beyond, and for that you'll probably want some additional gadgets to your projects, things like a breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs one of the best places in the UK to get these items in the UK for your Gadgeteer projects is http://coolcomponents.co.uk/catalog/ They have a vast array of accessories, from LEDs to header pins, jumper wires, servos, motors. 

    So 2012 looks a very interesting year for curricula developments using .NET Gadgeteer

    More importantly .NET Gadgeteer is a neat way of introducing students of all ages to STEM.

    Happy New Year!

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    Welcome 2012 - 2011 The year of Kinect !

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    “We always overestimate change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten!” Bill Gates

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    Well 2011 may well go down as one of those years where we all truly underestimated the pace of technology innovation with the phenomenal rise of  http://www.kinectforwindows.org/ . 2011 in may ways was the year of Kinect. Throughout 2011, The UK Academic team have been constantly inspired and amazed by the work faculty, researchers and students have done atop the platform to enhance human computer interaction.

    You can take a look some of this innovation over at: http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/ & http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Kinect/Kinect-Effect

    And if you have yet to take a look at the Kinect for Windows SDK you can find it here along with additional resources and documentation. http://www.kinectforwindows.org/resources/ 

    Lastly, We thought it fitting to highlight Microsoft Research’s Review of 2011 as inspiration for our 2012 Olympic Year !

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    http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2011/12/31/microsoft-research-redmond-year-in-review.aspx 

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2011/12/30/extreme-computing-group-year-in-review.aspx 

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2011/12/30/fuse-labs-year-in-review.aspx

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    Great news for Universities who are using PhoneGap for App development – Full Support for Windows Phone

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    PhoneGap version 1.3 has just been announced with full support for Windows Phone

    We want to highlight that all the features of the popular mobile framework are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. The Microsoft Interoperability team have blogged about this here.

    This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to their users across the various existing and prominent mobile operating systems.

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    In addition to being able to leverage their HTML5 and Javascript skills to target Windows Phone, developers can now enjoy a selection of PhoneGap Plugins that support social networks and a solid integration into Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone.

    The plugins are now available for download here.

    Plugin Features

    · Facebook JS SDK
    · Twitter/LinkedIn/WindowsLive status retriever
    · Bing Maps Launcher
    · LiveTile Update

    Resources

    Cross Platform Developer Resources for Building Windows Phone Applications

    WP7 Porting resources and API mapping

    http://windowsphone.interopbridges.com/

    Leveraging your iPhone development expertise to build Windows Phone applications

    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/04/29/leveraging-your-iphone-development-expertise-to-build-windows-phone-7-applications.aspx

    Leveraging your Android development expertise to build Windows Phone applications

    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011/06/09/leveraging-your-android-development-expertise-to-build-windows-phone-applications.aspx

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    Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit

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    This week Microsoft released an update to the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit. This includes updates to labs that we made available at BUILD as well as several new labs.

    The Training Kit is available in two different offline packages and is also available to browse online at MSDN. You can download the kit as a single package (37.2mb download), or you can download the Web Installer (2.5mb download) to browse the available content and download only the labs that you need.

    Below is the list of hands-on labs that are included in the Training Kit.

    Visual Studio Development Environment

    • A Lap Around the Visual Studio 11 Development Environment
    • What's New in Visual Studio 11 for C++ Developers (new)

    Languages

    • Asynchronous Programming in the .NET Framework 4.5

    Web

    • What's New in ASP.NET and Web Development in VS 11
    • What's New in Web Forms in ASP.NET 4.5
    • What's New in ASP.NET MVC 4 (new)
    • Using Page Inspector in Visual Studio 11 (new)
    • Build RESTful APIs with WCF Web API

    .NET Framework

    • Using Portable Class Libraries (new)

    Application Lifecycle Management

    • Building the Right Software: Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 11
    • Agile Project Management in Team Foundation Server 11
    • Making Developers More Productive with Team Foundation Server 11
    • Diagnosing Issues in Production with IntelliTrace and Visual Studio 11
    • Exploratory Testing and Other Enhancements in Microsoft Test Manager 11
    • Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11: MSTest, NUnit, xUnit.net, and Code Clone

    Windows Metro-style apps

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    Think Computer Science 2011

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    On the 7th December 2011,  the DPE Academic team exhibited at the annual Microsoft Research Cambridge Think Computer Science event held this year at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Here is a write-up from Geoff Hughes of the days events.

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    A suitably expansive and fun  venue for the focus of the event - Inspiring 12-14 year old school children to “Think Computer Science”

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    “..Through the work at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and our collaborative partnerships, we strive to inspire and support students early on in their education. Think Computer Science is an annual event we hold to showcase the work of computer science researchers, to educate and enthuse students about the field of computer science…”

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    Over 600 students attended the event and were able to learn from the inspirational talks, view and interact with the latest technologies in production and in development. The talks from the event will be loaded on to the ‘Gallery’ section of the website in the coming weeks.  I would encourage you to take a look.

    The students were able to get hands-on with the latest Windows Phone Handsets from HTC, LG, Nokia and Samsung as well as learn about Microsoft’s www.dreamspark.com program, designed to make available Microsoft developer tools to help students and teachers advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities.

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    We were joined by http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/ with their super NAO Robot!  He stole the show with his “lifelike” antics – with the Skeletal tracking technology in Kinect correctly identified him as being “human”

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    If you would like to register your interest for the next Think Computer Science event, please email msrcmktg@microsoft.com and if you want to investigate in more depth the work that Microsoft Research conducts please visit: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/labs/cambridge/default.aspx

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    Getting Started with a 90 day Azure Pass

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    You can start building and using Microsoft Windows Azure by following the following steps:

    Azure FREE

    1. Setup an Account:

    Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure.
    You can sign up and get the trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.

    Note: With the new capping functionality available you are assured that no charging will happen once your trial offer has expired.

    2. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

    Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

    When all steps are executed successfully you will have a implemented a Windows Azure Platform.

    Learn more about how to use Windows Azure as a student or within your teaching curriculum from http://www.microsoft.com/faculty

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