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If you have not yet watched today’s keynote, I encourage you to check it out on demand
· Mobile & Web Cloud Experiences: The Windows Azure Team announced the general availability of both Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites as well as previews of new developer productivity features such as auto scaling.
· Develop & Test in the Cloud: MSDN subscribers can now activate their Windows Azure benefits without a credit card to accelerate development.
· Identity: Extending Windows Azure Active Directory to easily access third party cloud apps, LOB apps and Microsoft Cloud Services such as Office365 via a single sign-on.
· Industry Device Experiences: Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview extends Windows 8.1 technologies to industry devices and leverages the common Windows codebase. You can Download it here.
· Partners, Demos and more partners and more demos. Windows 8.1 , Windows Phone, Windows Embedded, Windows Azure and others.
Unity’s announced commercial support for the Windows Store and access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (for developers with Microsoft Studios publishing agreements) and a whole host of new technology offers and ways to get our developer ecosystem engaged and ready for the Microsoft platform.
TechEd Europe 2013 Madrid
This week over 5,000 customers, partners, press, speakers and Microsoft staff attend TechEd Europe in Madrid.The week started with a packed house for the keynote with Brad Anderson CVP of Windows Server & System Center. Joining the onsite attendees, over 4,800 people watched the keynote streamed live. Brad Anderson Lands the Madrid Keynote!
The event featured the announcement of availability for several key products and previews, as well as new customer stories from Telefonica and Aviva. Complemented by presentations from technical and product leaders.
Brad keynote presented Microsoft direction for the Cloud OS vision and showcased how our products and services help customers transform their datacenter, enable modern business applications, unlock insights on any data, and empower people-centric IT.
As attendees returned for day two and three, they experienced sessions and labs packed with great technical content, as well as the Windows Keynote. They also enjoyed Country Drinks at the beautiful Casa de Campo and the popular Ask The Experts event where more than 1,800 attendees engaged with Microsoft and industry experts to get their critical questions answered. Hands-on Labs also proved to be a great success with over 3,310 attendees undertaking training and labs.
Windows Is The Future!
Jon DeVaan, CVP of Windows Development, announced exciting new business advancements in Windows 8.1 during the Day 3 keynote presentation. The keynote showcased the best business tablets and PCs, Windows apps for business, bring your own device scenarios, as well as enterprise grade security and mobility. Windows 8 customer examples were also shared, with Edwin MacGillavry of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and Joseph Houben of SAP joining Jon onstage. The keynote included compelling demonstrations of the new Windows 8.1 UI, app development opportunities, mobility and security, and established that Windows 8.1 is business ready.
On Demand Content now available from all sessions.
There was a vast amount of content presented at //Build 2013 for Windows Phone. All of this is now available online for you to view at your leisure on demand via MSDN Channel 9.
The following are some of the available resources to help you master development for Windows Phone
You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014.
The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits:
Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release) Private access to all API and sample documentation A pre-release/alpha sensor A final, released sensor at launch
There are a limited number of spots in the program. Applications must be completed by July 31, 2013, 9:00 A.M. (Pacific Time). Register here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindowsdev/newdevkit.aspx
We will begin notifying successful applicants in August.
Additionally, in September the Kinect for Windows SDK will be updated with several exciting updates including:
The feature enhancements will enable even better Kinect for Windows-based applications for businesses and end users, and the convenience of HTML5 will make it easier for developers to build leading-edge touch-free experiences.
This will be the fourth significant update to the Kinect for Windows SDK since the Kinect team launched 17 months ago.The Kinect team are committed to continuing to improve the existing Kinect for Windows platform and with the announcement of the programme above were excited to see what the academic community can do with the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK.
If you aren’t already using Kinect for Windows to develop touch-free solutions, now is a great time to start for more details see the Kinect for Windows Blog .
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows and Resources at http://www.kinectforwindows.com
Windows: Windows at Build 2013 Windows: The Windows 8.1 Preview is here! AppBuilder: Get started building apps on Windows 8.1 Preview Bing: Bing at Build 2013: Weaving an Intelligent Fabric Bing Developers: Introducing The New Bing Developer Center and Services Bing Apps: New Bing Apps Arrive with Windows 8.1 Surface Blog: Day one running Windows RT 8.1 Preview on Surface RT Kinect Announcement: Kinect for Windows new generation developer kit program XBOX Music: A closer look at the Xbox redesigned Music SpringBoard: Windows 8.1 Preview: An Enterprise Call to Action Windows Embedded: Developing intelligent, connected industry device solutions with Windows Embedded 3D Printing with Windows: A factory on every desktop
Windows 8.1 Preview Guide: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=302189 Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-faq Windows 8.1 Feature Guide: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/bg182410 Windows 8.1 Preview New APIs and features for Developers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/bg184615 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Guide for Developers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/bg182636 Migration Guide: Migrating Windows 8 apps to Windows 8.1 Preview
Build Windows 2013
Key Note Day 1
Video: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001 Transcript: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Speeches/2013/06-26Build2013.aspx Recap: Windows 8.1 Preview, new Bing apps, Sprint’s new Windows Phone 8 devices and more
Key Note Day 2
Video: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-002 Transcript: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Speeches/2013/06-27Build2013.aspx Press Release: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Jun13/06-27BUILD2PR.aspx Recap: Windows Azure Mobile Service & Windows Azure Web Sites now available, new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps and more
1 – Writing the core logic for camera, mesh & device object 2 – Drawing lines and triangles to obtain a wireframe rendering 3 – Loading meshes exported from Blender in a JSON format 4 – Filling the triangle with rasterization and using a Z-Buffer 4b – Bonus: using tips & parallelism to boost the performance 5 – Handling light with Flat Shading & Gouraud Shading
The idea behind this series is to ensure you are ready to use IE 11 WebGL 3D engine.
Microsoft Technical Evangelist , David Catuhe has published recently Babylon.JS and you can test it here: http://www.babylonjs.com in IE11 or in Chrome.
David has also started a tutorial series on his 3D engine:
- Babylon.js: How to load a .babylon file produced with Blender
- Babylon.js: Unleash the StandardMaterial for your babylon.js game
On July 15-16, Faculty Summit will bring leading academic researchers and educators together with Microsoft researchers and engineers from around the globe to share ideas and results about some of today’s most exciting new directions in computer science. Key subjects to be discussed this year include machine and human intelligence, big data, software engineering, computer vision, and the Internet of Things.
The Faculty Summit provides a rare multidisciplinary opportunity to discuss major topics in contemporary computing research in a forum of thought leaders. Bill Gates will kick off this year’s event with a Q&A-style keynote. While details of his intimate discussion continues to materialize, key topics including big data, machine learning, ubiquitous computing and genomics are most likely top of mind. Bill Gates’ Q&A will essentially set the tone for the two-day event, which includes three additional keynotes and various breakout sessions, demos and interactive discussions led by Microsoft researchers and external collaborators.
A number of the breakout sessions will explore advances in big data and machine learning across multiple areas of research. Faculty Summit will also feature DemoFest, which will highlight a group of collaborative research projects Microsoft developed with external researchers and Design Expo, a forum sponsored by Microsoft Research will bring student teams from nine top design institutions around the globe to showcase their prototype interaction-design ideas.
The conference agenda can be found on the Faculty Summit website. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/fs2013/agenda.aspx
For more details see the Microsoft Research’s Faculty Summit event resources:
· For live streaming of the Bill Gates Keynote at 9:00AM PST on Monday, July 15 and other sessions/interviews from the conference, see Microsoft Research Virtual Faculty Summit microsite (http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/fs2013/virtualfacultysummit.aspx).
· For daily news coming out of the conference, visit the Inside Microsoft Research (http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research) and Microsoft Research Connections (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msr_er/) blogs
· Follow @MSFTResearch (https://twitter.com/msftresearch) and Microsoft Research’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/microsoftresearch) for updates throughout week
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The Windows Azure HDInsight Service Preview has been upgraded and is now integrated with WindowsAzure.com
The HDInsight preview that was hosted on this site (hadooponazure.com) has moved to be a fully integrated, into the windowsazure.com portal. To learn more about the new HDInsight go here.
The service includes a number of enhancements and features ranging from simplified cluster deployment, performance & robustness upgrades, the ability to deploy a cluster of up to 40 nodes and more. A number of tutorials and walkthroughs are available here.
Here is quick walkthrough
1. To sign up, log into your Windows Azure account at http://www.windowsazure.com. At the bottom of the portal, click on New (+).
2. Then click on DATA SERVICES followed by HDInsight. Use the preview program link to navigate to sign up page.
At the Preview features page, also accessible from https://account.windowsazure.com/PreviewFeatures/, click on try it now next to Azure HDInsight Preview. Please be warned that this might take up-to a few days.
Getting Started and more Learning Content
https://github.com/WindowsAzure-TrainingKit/PRESENTATION-WindowsAzureHDInsight download using the zip link.
Getting to Grips with using HDinsight Hands-on Lab
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