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Microsoft has won the Best Cloud Service award at the 2011 Cloud Computing World Series Awards.
Having been judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the awards were presented to Microsoft at the 3rd annual Cloud Computing World Forum on the 21st June, Olympia, London.
Since the Windows Azure platform became generally available over a year ago, it has been adopted by customers across 41 countries. These customers are creating new services and gaining greater efficiencies as they take their companies to the cloud, enabling them to able to address customer needs quickly with innovative solutions that are cost effective and reliable.
“It’s fantastic for us to see this type of recognition for the Windows Azure platform. We’re seeing companies creating business solutions in record times, reinforcing the new possibilities created by the cloud,” said Michael Newberry, Windows Azure lead, Microsoft UK.
For more information on Microsoft visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/
Today Microsoft launched a update to its amazing SkyDrive services, the updates include speed boosts, a revamped UI, and improvements to photo viewing.
SkyDrive is a service bundled into Microsoft Live services which all UK Academic receive for free if they provide the Microsoft Live@edu services.
Windows Live enables you to do the things that are important to you, such as staying connected with all your friends. Read your friends’ status messages with the “What’s New” feed, or chat with them using Windows Live Messenger online, on your desktop, or via mobile. Windows Live includes Photo Gallery, SkyDrive, Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker, and more. It’s the place where you can share photos, files, e-mail, and socialize with friends.
The latest version is a update to the SkyDrive services which is now almost four-year-old service has cut wait time on actions like clicking folders, from six to nine seconds down to 100 to 300 milliseconds.
The updated software also features H.264 video playback, a navigation system and a single view for files, docs, and photos.
A video tour of its SkyDrive cloud based services below. For tips on using SkyDrive more effectively click here
We had a fantastic morning and lunch with over 80 Academics, researchers and students at a special event our team ran on the Kinect for Windows SDK.
The speakers and agenda for the day was as follows:-
Introductions - Geoff Hughes, Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Ltd
The Science of Kinect - Andrew Fitzgibbon, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Overview of Kinect for Windows SDK - Dave Brown, PhD, Microsoft Technology Centre
Demos from David’s Presentation are available here
Microsoft External Research Connections - Kenji Takeda, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
It was a great morning with lots of stimulating thoughts, discussion and debate and UK academic’s are certainly thinking of interesting uses for the Kinect device and its potential usage within teaching, learning and research.
We would welcome any ideas you might have and also keep us informed of your progress with the SDK.
This morning Microsoft UK are holding a special event for the UK Academic community on the Kinect for Windows SDK! Its been an awesome day so far and.. I will be blogging more about todays event and presentations.
Kinect SDK Beta Launch Content
Microsoft has produced over 4 hours of Channel9 Live content that includes developer talks, demos from Code Camp. For those of you whom were unable to attend todays event you can watch the Kinect for Windows SDK launch at channel9.msdn.com/events where you can download all the sessions and slides.24 hours prior to the event hosted a Code Camp with 30+ students, pro devs, hackers and enthusiasts who all built projects on top of Kinect.
Coding4Fun’s Kinect Project Gallery !
A handy developer API for things like converting a byte array to a bitmap for Windows Forms and WPF or getting the distance of a particular pixel in one line of code.
Kinect for Windows SDK VB Samples
All of the SDK samples have now been ported over to Visual Basic Express
Brian Peek built an awesome Windows cursor that includes click and click/drag support
A fun, Metro-esque designed paint with your hands app (Drawing the word “cool” with a “caffeinated” apperance) from Evan Lang and Laurent Bugnion.
Clint’s awesome Kinect-enabled drivable Lounge chair!
Kinect for Windows SDK Quickstarts
Six short and sweet demo heavy videos showing how to use the Kinect for Windows SDK
Installing and using the Kinect Sensor
Setting up your Development Environment
Working with Depth Data
Skeletal Tracking Fundamentals
Quickstart Samples Download
Other Interesting examples and links
Kinect Beta Launch Live Event
Kinect Beta Launch On-Demand Sessions
Coding4Fun Kinect Project Gallery
Kinect Project Post - Welcome Post
Kinect Project Post - Kinect SDK Beta Now Available
Kinect Project Post - Light Saber project
On Friday June 17th Miles Deegan and myself of Microsoft presented at the Daresbury SCI Business Breakfast Networking Event.
Once a month, a group of over 100 such individuals, meets in the Daresbury Innovation Centre to start their Friday with an hour or two of high-value networking. The presentation was aimed at Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services within SME and Microsoft BizSpark programme for start-up companies.
A program that provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Startups.
Fast and easy access to current, full-featured tools and platforms you need to design, develop, test and demonstrate your software application. Here’s a sample list of the software you have access to:
ASP.NET: a technology for building dynamic web applications
Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content
SQL Server: all editions of our database server software
Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications
Windows 7, Vista, XP: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems – for design, dev, test and demo only
Windows Azure Platform: access to our cloud computing platform
Windows Server: all editions of our server operating system
For those familiar with Microsoft Products, BizSpark includes access and licenses to most of the software included in a Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Subscription.
A connection to over 2,000 BizSpark Network Partners. These are active members of the global ecosystem: university incubators, hosters, government agencies, investors, consultants, influential bloggers and financial institutions who can provide guidance, mentoring and resources.
Email support, online training and invitations to local technical events for entrepreneurs working with early adopter technologies, like Windows® 7, Microsoft® Silverlight, Windows® Azure and Microsoft® SQL Server 2008.
Developer support through managed newsgroups, online library, online concierge, newsletters, conferences, blogs
Two technical support incidents per start-up
Start-ups have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients, and partners by profiling their company and posting offers and events in the BizSpark online networking hub, BizSpark Connect. Startups may also be highlighted as a featured company and be promoted as BizSpark "Startup of the Day” on Microsoft.com/BizSpark and BizSpark’s social media sites.
To qualify for the programme you must meet the following criteria:
Less than 3 years old
Making Less than US $1 million in annual revenue
There is no fee to enroll in Microsoft BizSpark
If you want to enrol on the programme you can do this most simply through Daresbury SIC who is a network partner.
BizSpark is an innovative new program that unites start-up’s with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential start-up’s.
BizSpark provides fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products; professional technical support from Microsoft; and connections to a global community of business experts who can help guide you through the hurdles of growing your business.
Download more details about BizSpark which describes the programme benefits and more.
Visit the Microsoft BizSpark website.
Visit the Microsoft Startup Zone.
Eligibility requirements are minimal: If you're a privately held company building a software-based product or service (even using open source code), in business for fewer than three years, and with less than USD$1M in annual revenue, you're in!
To enrol, you must be sponsored by a BizSpark Network Partner. This is where University Innovation and Enterprise sections can offer a huge benefit to your start-up and entrepreneurs.
BizSpark Network Partner Programme Guide, which explains how 3rdparty organisations like Universities can participate in becoming a BizSpark Network Partner.
The Academic Search beta is a free search engine, developed by Microsoft Research, that helps users quickly find information about academic researchers and their activities. It is also a test-bed for our object-level vertical search research.
With Academic Search, you can easily find top researchers and their papers, conferences, and journals. You can also find relationships between researchers who co-authored papers. Academic Search will be changing its name with the upcoming release of new and improved features. In the meantime, try Academic Search and explore more than 15 million publications.
The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) team is looking for the best bioinformatics and genomics application built on MBF 2.0 beta 1. Biologists have a chance to enter to win an Xbox 360 4 GB console with Kinect by registering their MBF 2.0 beta 1 based application by July 15, 2011
MBF 2.0 beta 1, a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework, helps researchers and scientists work together and explore new discoveries. This beta release provides significant updates, such as:
The Microsoft academic team are delighted to confirm the focus of our “Special Applied Research on Windows” Academic event on the 21st June is the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta
The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a programming toolkit for application developers. It enables the academic and enthusiast communities’ easy access to the capabilities offered by the Microsoft Kinect device connected to computers running the Windows 7 operating system.
The Kinect for Windows SDK beta, includes drivers, rich APIs for raw sensor streams and natural user interfaces, installation documents, and resource materials. It provides Kinect capabilities to developers who build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
This is a UK Academic Event only! Please ensure you register with a valid .ac.uk email address to ensure your place is confirmed!
The event will take place at the Microsoft UK Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG.
21 June 2011 Kinect for Windows SDK Agenda
· 09:30 Arrivals – Registration
· 10:00 Welcome – introductions, Geoff Hughes, Developer Platform Evangelism
· 10:10 Highlights from Kinect SDK launch
· 10:30 The Science of Kinect, Andrew Fitzgibbon, PhD, Microsoft Research Cambridge
· 11:15 BREAK
· 11:40 Collaborating with Microsoft Research, Kenji Takeda , PhD, Microsoft Research
· 11:50 Overview of Kinect SDK, Dave Brown, PhD, Microsoft Technology Centre
· 12:30 Q&A / Next Steps
· 12:45 Networking and Lunch
· 13:30 Close
If appropriate, we ask each academic visitor to bring a graduate student to the event who works on applied research topics.
To apply for a place
Register via the web here: URL: Invite Code: F58492
Resources: Kinect For Windows SDK beta
Download the SDK Beta, Check out the Kinect Quick Starts and view the Kinect Project Gallery on Coding 4 Fun
The SDK now available for free from Microsoft Research. The SDK includes not only drivers but also APIs, device interfaces, installer documents and resource materials. It’s another exciting milestone for a technology that has captured the imagination of millions, and has become the fastest selling computer electronics device of all time.
With the release of the SDK today, we’re looking forward to another wave of creativity from academic researchers community in the UK.
As part of the Channel9 Launch event, Microsoft has been holding a Code Camp where a select group of software developers were challenged to test the limits of their imaginations and show what they could do with audio technology, skeletal tracking system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor. Channel 9 is broadcasting live today, highlighting some of these amazing applications as well as providing in depth sessions on how to program on Windows using the SDK.
The beta SDK is only the beginning! Microsoft’s vision of the natural user interface is that interactions between people and computers will ultimately become invisible, computers will understand gestures, voice commands and respond to facial expressions.
As Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, said – “As breakthrough technologies like these reach scale, the resulting creativity and invention will open up a whole new world of possibilities for computing.” There is more to come, including a commercial SDK that is geared toward enabling independent software vendors (ISV’s) and businesses to develop commercial applications.
We look forward to seeing what’s next with Kinect and getting your feedback and input so if your a UK academic we would love to hear from you.
Those interested in the SDK will find community resources, general information and download links at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk.