• Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Using the right tone of voice for your brand

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    Many of you are aware that a few months ago my colleague Andrew Spooner (@andspo) developed a series of films which focused on various aspects of digital design and user experience.

    A number of UK Universities used these videos as part of their guest lecture series, with the launch of Windows 8 Andrew is currently producing a new set of videos, the first of which has been taken up by .net magazine.

    The concept of the video is based upon how we use words in our applications and how we can use tone of voice more consistently across communications, from the application to the error message.

    Andrew simple focus is help you understand, that when you consider the wider context of an application and the various places where you talk to your users, be consistent with your tone and ultimately, create more beautiful applications.

    Here’s a link to the article and the latest film:

    http://www.netmagazine.com/features/using-right-tone-voice-your-brand

    Andrew has presented a number of  design events and spoken in more detail about the series of films. If you have creative events coming up, or if any of your interested in hearing from a expert design/UX  speakers from Microsoft for large events, do get in contact.

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    Hyper-V: List of SLAT-Capable CPUs for Hosts

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    With the announcement that you can run Hyper-V on the Windows 8 client. I have had a lot of  questions regarding this? I did do a post back in August explaining the process of checking your PC estate for SLAT Support see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/08/31/if-your-thinking-of-installing-windows-8-are-your-labs-machine-capable.aspx

    A number of people have reported simple having problems running Hyper-V on  a Windows 8 client as it requires SLAT to run Hyper-V.

    Running Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 does *not* require SLAT but most institutions don't want to install a server OS as a desktop operating system.  SLAT is a feature of the CPU. It is called “Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)”, and has been called Extended Page Tables (EPT) by Intel and Nested Page Tables (NPT) by AMD.

    You can use Wikipedia to  look up Intel Nehalem and AMD NPT:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Nehalem

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD-V_Nested_Paging

    Processors that support SLAT

    • Intel processors whose names start with 'i', e.g. i3, i5, i7, i9. (There may be exceptions, but I'm not aware of any.)
    • Any Intel CPUs based on Nehalem, Westmere, or Sandybridge micro-architectures. (There may be exceptions, but I'm not aware of any.)

    For AMD machines you can look up the supported models at http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU120AMDRVICPUsHyperVWin8.aspx

    Tools for testing for SLAT

    Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich has also created a really nice utility coreinfo.exe  You can simply run coreinfo.ext and it will  detect EPT and NPT (SLAT) support on your CPU. 

    To test your machine, simply download coreinfo.exe from Microsoft Sysinternals http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722  and use the coreinfo -v switch to list the features. An asterisk * next to a feature indicates that it is supported. A minus sign - indicates no support for that feature.

    Note: Coreinfo must be executed on a system without a hypervisor running for accurate results and under a administrator account on Windows 8.


    For example here is a screenshot from my Lenovo X200 series tablet

    coreinfo

    “*” means the feature is present   

    “-“ means it is missing

    Alternatively, you can use Windows PowerShell to capture your specific CPU model this could be scripted to report the state of your entire PC labs or cluster estate the PowerShell command is gwmi win32_processor

     

    Powershell

     

    NOTE: Be sure to include the specific family/model/stepping since different processor revisions may have different feature sets.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Looking forward to three thing game at the University of Hull

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    Here are the list of teams and the three thing game words which must be used within their games

     

    Team Name

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    A Druish Princess

    Invading

    Marvel

    wearing glasses

    Aint no partly like a kambham-party

    Steaming

    Spam

    copyright infringement

    Beta Jester

    Tron

    Speed

    attack

    Battle Brothers

    Something beginning with P

    Ship

    Spoon

    Brayshawshank-Redemption

    Pink

    Nuts

    In the rain

    BRB

    Snowing

    Spendthrift

    Banker

    C Hash

    Keyboard cat

    Vampire

    at midnight

    Chicken Dippers

    Chicken

    Hamster

    Parade

    COMPUTER SCIENCE FC

    Ghost

    Yoghurt

    Gangnam Style

    Did you mean "Uncle Mikes Recursive Prolog Party?"

    Fighting

    Toast

    Party

    Double Jump

    Atomic

    Bath Sponge

    Raider

    Fresh Pot

    Shark

    Saxaphone

    At the Zoo

    Honeybadger Productions

    Ninja

    Mountains

    Defence

    Left 4 Dev

    Cooking

    Neon

    Apocalypse

    LightMass

    Evil Wizard

    Cricket Bat

    in the graveyard

    M.C.S.

    Camel

    Bus Stop

    Werewolf

    Men On A Mission

    Sneaky

    Assassin

    With a moustache

    Michael Jacksons Indian Takeaway

    Poptart

    Deoderant

    Teddy Bear

    Mr. Parse

    Jelly

    Orchestra

    Four Letter Word

    Mulan

    Daft Punk

    Rhymes with Truck

    Pinball

    No Method(), No Class{}

    Caffeine

    Monkey

    under attack

    Pigs Might Fly

    Pirates

    Duvet

    racer

    QWERTYUIOP

    Lion

    Skeleton

    Swimming

    Red Light:Green Light

    Heroine

    Nick Cage

    wearing a tutu

    Rusty Spoons

    Roman

    Motorboat

    Pig

    Sheerware Games

    Flying

    Bombs

    Tank

    SkyNet

    Bungling

    Bread

    Pie

    TBC

    Zombie

    Butler

    Swimming Pool

    Team HAL 9000

    Dragon

    Spider

    goes fishing

    Team Plan B

    Gazebo

    Javelin

    word processor

    Team Titans

    Lonely

    Robots

    find love

    The C Hashes

    clone

    Vampire

    Apocalypse

    The Compilers

    Underwater

    Atom Bomb

    bike ride

    The Cosmic Corn Snacks

    Students

    Bishop

    assault

    The Infamous Two Sirs

    Goldfish

    Plug hole

    Invasion

    The Runners Up

    Grunting

    Spring

    Light cycles

    The Y-Nots!

    Fruitcake

    Banana

    temptress

    Three Men

    Lightning

    Kung Fu

    plays piano

    Three Game'o'holics

    Fighting

    Desk

    In a Dress

      

    My favourite has to be Team HAL 9000. With Dragon, Spider, goes fishing that could be interesting.. and really excited by the Windows 8 games which are going to be produced.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    2 years to go before Windows XP is unsupported, and how do you move to Windows 8?

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    I have had a number of questions recently from institutions..

    Simply asking.

    How can we move from Windows XP to Windows 8 to allow my students to use the latest developer tools and build apps and portfolios for Windows Phone and Windows 8?

    A key issues many institutions even point out to me is that many of their students were born after XP was released, yes Windows XP was released in 2001 so well before things like Xbox, Skype, LinkedIn Video Chat and many more things we simply take for granted.

    So  if your interested in moving away from 11 year old Y reg car. to Windows 8, you need to plan carefully the migration, and this October holiday will be one of the first opportunities for many of the classrooms around the country to be updated.

    Welcome to the Springboard Series

    Springboard Resource Guide for Windows 8

    This series of resources is focused on the five key stages of rolling out Windows 8, and provides information that answers key questions:

    • Explore - Windows XP is good enough, why should I care?
    • Plan - Does it work in my environment? How do we prepare?
    • Deliver - What can I do to make deployment easier and faster?
    • Operate - How do I manage risk? How do I maintain control?
    • Support - Where can I find help and support?

    The Resource Guide has links to over 70 detailed documents which will help you to understand what Windows 8 does, how to plan the deployment, and what tools are available to make it easier.

    For an education institutions, there are a number of documents which would be especially useful, including information on:

    • Bitlocker – to encrypt sensitive data on staff computers, especially laptops
    • Windows To Go – to create a Windows 8 environment on a USB stick that staff or students could use on non-managed PCs (for example, to have a
    • AppLocker – to allow you to control which applications are run on which computers
    • Microsoft Security Compliance Manager – to allow you to support a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy whilst maintain information securit

    Download the Spring Resource Guide for Windows 8

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    Great Set of Resources for Windows 8 and Cloud Developers

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    Learning and Training for developers using the cloud
    Online Resources
    Open Data and Big Data resources and links
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    October 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 47 hands-on labs, 24 demos and 38 presentations

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    These resources have been designed to help you learn how to build applications that use Windows Azure services.

    This technical content covers several of the new Windows Azure features including:

    • Windows Azure Web Sites
    • Virtual Machines
    • The new Management Portal
    • New SDK and tools.

    The October update includes updated hands-on labs to use the latest version of Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8, new demos and presentations.

    The training kit (available for download here) is the most authoritative learning resource on Windows Azure.

    I highly recommend that you download the training kit, review the presentations and go through the Hands On Labs and include these resources into your teaching materials.

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    Windows Azure Virtual Labs

    Test drive Windows Azure solutions in a virtual lab and see how you can quickly and easily develop applications running in the cloud by using your existing skills with the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and the Microsoft .NET Framework. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation required.

    Get Free Cloud Access Windows Azure MSDN Benefits | 90 Day Trial

    Windows Azure Virtual Labs  RSS Feed

    You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks at any time.

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    Check out this set of Microsoft Visual Studio research tools and services.

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    These versatile tools range from games to help you get started in a new programming language to analysis engines that enhance the power and usability of Visual Studio. These are tools made by researchers for researchers, designed specifically to meet the needs by people who share their needs.

    Microsoft Research has a range of Microsoft Visual Studio tools that aid in programming safe and secure code. These tools bring programs alive for every skill level, from games to help young developers get started in a new language, to analysis engines operating at the highest level that enhance the power and usability of Microsoft's premier development environment.

    Tools


    Fakes
    The Fakes framework runs in Visual Studio Ultimate and helps developers create, maintain, and inject dummy implementations in their unit tests. Fakes makes development more robust and scalable when individual components are tested in isolation.

    Code Contracts
    Code Contracts provide a language-agnostic way to express coding assumptions in Microsoft .NET programs in all versions of Visual Studio. The Code Contracts tools include a runtime checker, a static checker based on abstract interpretation, and a documentation generator.

    Social for Team Foundation Server
    Social for Team Foundation Server (Social for TFS) is a community add-on for Visual Studio to aggregate teammates’ content from various social sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, into the developer’s workspace. Social for TFS is developed in C# and available under MPL license.


    Microsoft Automatic Graph Layout

    Microsoft Automatic Graph Layout (MSAGL) is a tool in Visual Studio Ultimate for graph layout and viewing. MSAGL can be used to represent complex directed graphs, such as those found in business management, manufacturing, network analysis, and bioinformatics research.

    Debugger Canvas
    Debugger Canvas is used for debugging programs in Visual Studio Ultimate. It visually brings together the code being explored into a single pan-and-zoom code bubbles display. Debugger Canvas helps to see variables through the code bubbles, make notes and see the bigger picture in one place.


    Pex4fun
    Pex4fun brings programming in C#, Microsoft Visual Basic, and F# to any web browser. Pex4Fun is an interactive coding game environment where the player discovers a secret program. Pex4fun is based on Code Contracts and the unit testing tool Pex, which runs in Visual Studio and also as a dedicated app on Windows Phone.

    Try F#
    Try F# is a web browser–based interactive cross-platform learning environment. It features tutorials and resources for learning F#, which is a functional language ideal for data-rich, concurrent, and algorithmic development. The full power of F# is available in Visual Studio.

    Learn more or read the blog.

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Want to know more about Microsoft Research?

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    Science@Microsoft, an e-book that commemorates our many years of Microsoft Research activities with the academic research community.

    This celebration of collaboration, demonstrates the breadth of our collaborative research and the potential of computer science to address some of the world’s problems. These stories demonstrate the amazing power of technology to impact areas far afield from traditional computer science.

    Science@Microsoft is available as a PDF at microsoft.com/scienceatmicrosoft. It is also available for the Kindle at Amazon.

    Learn more:

    · Download the PDF

    · Get the Kindle version

    · Read the blog

    · Read more

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    Microsoft Research Faculty Summit

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    The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit was held July 16 to 17 on the Redmond campus, with 431 attendees from 235 institutions in 30 countries. In addition, this year we streamed the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit live.

    This year’s focus on advancing the state of the art covered two key themes: big insights from big data and blending virtual and physical reality. Eric Horvitz provided an enlightening keynote about how machine learning intelligence is making it easier to gain insight from large amounts of data and Rick Rashid inspired attendees with his presentation on how hardware and software advances are contributing to a simpler, more natural integration of the physical and virtual worlds.

    Learn more:

    · Watch the virtual 2012 Faculty Summit sessions on demand

    · Read our blog about the virtual event

    · Read our blog about the David Breashears keynote

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    What are the key things I should check before submitting my app to store? Follow this 7 step guide.

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    1. Build a single, flexible app vs. many replicated apps. - For example, a book publisher should not publish 100s of apps, one for each book. Rather, the publisher should deliver a single app that allows the user to browse their full book catalogue.

    2. Check privacy requirement (Certification Requirement 4.1).  This is by far the most common reason for failure – well over half of submissions fail on this requirement.  The good news is that in the vast majority of cases, this is simply a documentation issue that does not require code changes, i.e., providing a link to the apps privacy policy on the Description page. 

    3. Another very common reason for failure that is simple to fix is inappropriate Age Rating.

    4. Ensure all app builders run the WACK before app submission.

    5. Take advantage of App Fast Track (AFT) review where appropriate.

    6. Familiarize yourself and app builders you engage with App Certification Tips on the Dev Center:  Common Certification Failures and Guidance for Resolving Certification Failures.

    7.  Review apps locally before app submission with Store certification requirements in mind.

     

    Further Resources

    Windows 8 App Store Requirements – http://aka.ms/storereq

    Resolving certification errors – http://aka.ms/storefix

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