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The Generation App website, from the Windows Phone team, is a really well structured guide to developing apps for the Windows Phone. And ‘well structured’ means that it talks you through a 30-day plan to design, build, test, distribute and monetize applications for Windows Phone – and connects to all of the resources you will need in the form of training, documentation, tools etc.
Don't forget as Educators, Academics and Students you get access to DreamSpark so you get Visual Studio 2010, Windows Phone and Azure tools for FREE and also a FREE Apphub Account to upload your finished apps to the marketplace.
For students, it’s almost like a ready-made summer school course, and where you’ve got students who are already programming, but want to move onto advanced projects, this seems like just the perfect resource.
Remember, we have lots more FREE academic resources available at Microsoft Faculty Connection resources including a full academic curricula for Windows Phone see http://www.Microsoft.com/faculty
For the last few days, I have been touring gaming departments of University's in the North West of England.
As part of the tour we have been hosting a number of presentation including employability, CV and portfolio development guidance by the team from Aadrvark Swift Recruitment and then I have been discussing and demoing the opportunity of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure. Finishing the events with awareness of competitions such as Search for a Star and the Imagine Cup.
A number of questions, students have been asking are around the use of 3rd party frameworks vs. native game development and the opportunity on the new Windows platform. I have done a number of blog posts about the opportunity on Windows 8 see here.
As your all aware Native code offers a number of benefits related to code reuse, and it opens up opportunities for game engines, physics, animation, audio libraries, and more.
The following organizations are announcing Windows Phone 8 support:
If your interested in Windows Phone 8 development check out the following Video from Build.
· Designing awesome XAML apps in Visual Studio and Blend for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
· How to Leverage your Code across WP8 and Windows 8
· Windows Phone 8: HTML5/IE10 for Developers
· Windows Phone 8: Application Model
· Windows Phone 8: Native C/C++ Game Development
· Windows Phone 8: XAML Application Development
· Windows Phone 8: In App Purchase & Developer Center
· Windows Phone 8: Critical Developer Practices for Delivering Outstanding Apps
· Windows Phone 8: Networking, Bluetooth, and NFC Proximity for Developers
· Windows Phone 8: Making Money with Your Application on Windows Phone
· Windows Phone 8: Maps, Location, and Background Execution for Developers
· Windows Phone 8: Performance & Optimization for Developers
· Windows Phone 8: Photo and Lens Apps
· Windows Phone 8: Tiles, Lock Screen, and Notifications
· Windows Phone 8: Using C++ in your Applications
· Windows Phone 8: Using the Speech API
· Windows Phone 8: Wallet and Deals for Developers
· Windows Phone 8: App to App Communication
Interested in more details re Windows Phone see http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2012/10/30/new-tools-for-windows-phone-8-save-developers-time-and-money.aspx
If your interested in Windows 8 Development
· Bringing existing C++ code to Windows Store apps
· Developing a Windows Store app
· It’s all about performance: Using Visual C++ 2012 to make the best use of your hardware
· Graphics at the core of Windows 8 and your app
· The Future of C++
· Powering your apps with Microsoft accounts
· Core technologies for Windows 8 games
· The power of C++ - Project Austin app
· Designing awesome XAML apps in Visual Studio and Blend for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
· Xbox Live on Windows 8 Deep Dive
· Developing a Windows Store app using C++ and DirectX
· DirectX Graphics Development with Visual Studio 2012
·· Graphics with the Direct3D11.1 API made easy
· Diving deep into C++ /CX and WinRT
·· Performance tips for Windows Store apps using DirectX and C++
· Tips for building a Windows Store app using XAML and C++: The Hilo project
· From zero to hero! Building a Windows Store game in HTML5
· Building mixed-language apps
Do you have a great app in the iOS store, but haven't got around to porting it to Windows 8 yet?
Well fear not, because help is at hand. We're running a 2 hour virtual workshop to give you all the information you need to to unlock a whole new market and opportunities to turn your work into profit.
The workshop will run 10am-12pm on Saturday 8th Dec. It's completely free - we want to help you make the most of the fantastic opportunities the Windows Store offers.
As part of the workshop our expert team will take you through the following stages.
For more information, and to sign up now, visit http://ubel.ly/porttoios.
For more resources on Windows 8 training camps and development resources see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8
Date/Time: Wed Feb 26, 2014, 8:00 AM, USA Pacific
Duration: 1 Hour Online FREE Course
Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used tools for researchers to manage, analyse and visualize their data. Learn about new data discovery and analysis features in Excel with the collaboration capabilities in the new Power BI for Office 365 online service, and how it can be used with Windows Azure. Find out more on the Excel Power BI, Windows Azure for Research and Windows Azure for Education websites.
Areas covered in the session:
Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research Jeff Zhang, Microsoft
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The Windows Azure Bootcamp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code, deployed it to the cloud service and made a simple application available on the public Internet. We’ll even give you a special free pass to help you get started.
Back in May we ran some Windows Azure Bootcamps that we got some good feedback on (thanks to those who attended), so this time the camps will run for a whole day and we’ve got a camp held in Manchester as well as London.
During the Bootcamp there'll be experienced people available to guide you through each exercise. Once you have the basics in place, you'll be up and running. To get your applications running, you'll need an Azure subscription, so we can provide you with a special free pass that will entitle you to four compute instances, 3 GB of storage, Two* 1GB Web Edition databases. You can carry on using this subscription until it expires, after you've left the training course. You don't need a credit card to activate this free pass.
When you walk away from the Bootcamp, you can either de-activate the Azure application before you leave, or leave it running so that when you get home you can continue with your Windows Azure coding adventures. In any case you'll walk away with the code you've written on your laptop and an ability to modify it, test it locally on your laptop and deploy it to your free Windows Azure subscription any time you choose!
Pre-requisites: If you're a developer who uses a laptop, you'll almost certainly have most of these development components already installed. Please pay particular attention to the SQL Server setup - you'll need to use the same account during the labs as the account that was used to install whichever version of SQL Server you decide on from the pre-requisites list.
Register for a bootcamp to get your complimentary Windows Azure Pass – we’ll send you all the necessary instructions following registration.
Important Tip: Please ensure that you have completed all of the prerequisites (including getting your Windows Azure Pass) so you can maximize your time at the bootcamp to run through the practical labs and exercises provided.
Spaces are limited, so register your place in the Windows Azure Bootcamp today!
Got a question? You might find the answer below…
How much do I need to know about Windows Azure to attend this bootcamp? You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge about Windows Azure to attend this bootcamp. The purpose of the event is to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to get started with learning about Windows Azure.
Who can attend the bootcamps? Academics, Students, developers, technologists, hobbyist, technology enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome! All we ask is that you are ready and keen to learn about Windows Azure.
How much does it cost to attend this bootcamp? Your luck's in - it's FREE.
What do I need to prepare in advance to make the most of the bootcamp? There are a basic set of things you should prepare before attending the bootcamp, listed above. Please make sure you are prepared so you can make the most of your day at the bootcamp.
What if I have registered already and cannot make it on the day? Please let us know as soon as you can if you can’t make the camp as there’ll be plenty of people who are keen to take your spot. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you have registered and committed. Thanks!
Register at the event of your choice below. Go on. You know you want to.
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Mary jo foley has covered the tech industry for more than 30 years for a variety of publications and web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, tv and podcasts, speaking about all things microsoft-related. on zdnet, she blogs at allaboutmicrosoft.com. she is the author of microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). Foley also is the co-host of the Windows Weekly podcast on the TWiT network.
Theme: Client, Devices & Mobility
NOTE: All sessions are approx. 35-minutes. There is a 15-minute changeover between sessions and a 45-minute lunch break.
Jeffrey Snover is a Distinguished Engineer and the Lead Architect for the Windows Server Division. Snover is the inventor of Windows PowerShell, an object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command line shell. Snover joined Microsoft in 1999 as divisional architect for the Management and Services Division, providing technical direction across Microsoft’s management technologies and products. Snover has over 32 years of industry experience with a focus on management technologies and solutions. He was an architect in the office of the CTO at Tivoli and a development manager at NetView. He has worked also as a consulting engineer and development manager at DEC, where he led various network and systems management projects. Snover held 8 patents prior to joining Microsoft, and has registered 30 patents since. He is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of management and language topics.
Theme: Server & Cloud
Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at http://hanselman.com for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon. Scott has three podcasts, http://hanselminutes.com for tech talk, http://thisdeveloperslife.com on developers' lives and loves, and http://ratchetandthegeek.com for pop culture and tech media. He's written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.
NOTE: All sessions are approx. 45-minutes. There is a 10-minute changeover between sessions and a 45-minute lunch break.
jQuery Mobile version 1.0 was announced this week. Microsoft is pleased to use this exciting occasion to reinforce our commitment to supporting popular open source mobile frameworks. As many of you aware aware Microsoft recently supported PhoneGap by adding support for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), and now we are moving up the stack to improve support of jQuery Mobile on Windows Phone 7.5.
The jQuery team has additional performance optimization tips for Windows Phone in the change log that saves additional performance time in certain scenarios.
Overview of Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform: an Academic Perspective This presentation talks about the benefits of Cloud Computing and provides an in-depth look at Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Platform Virtual Labs Click the link above to visit the MSDN site for Azure Platform Virtual Labs or click on any specific lab below. Virtual labs are simple, with no complex setup or installation required.
Windows Phone 7 and The Cloud Exploring Windows Azure Storage Debugging Applications in Windows Azure Advanced Web and Worker Roles Windows Azure Native Code Building Windows Azure Services with PHP Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage Building Windows Azure Services Using Windows Azure Tables
Introducing the Windows Azure Platform (Whitepaper) Using computers in the cloud can make lots of sense. Rather than buying and maintaining your own machines, why not exploit the acres of internet-accessible servers on offer today? Learn about the Windows Azure Platform in this white paper.
Introducing Windows Azure (Whitepaper) Cloud computing is here. Running applications on machines in an Internet-accessible data center can bring plenty of advantages. Yet wherever they run, applications are built on some kind of platform. For on-premises applications, this platform usually includes an operating system, some way to store data, and perhaps more. Applications running in the cloud need a similar foundation. The goal of Microsoft’s Windows Azure is to provide this. Part of the larger Windows Azure platform, Windows Azure is a platform for running Windows applications and storing data in the cloud.
Additional Windows Azure Whitepapers Follow the link above to see a list of additional whitepapers about Windows Azure.
Microsoft Web Platform Installer Download the Microsoft Web Platform Installer plus other tools and videos on topics such as SQL Azure Database, PHP on Windows Azure, Web seminars and the Cloud Developer Center on MSDN.
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (March 2011) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, which includes the Windows Azure SDK, extends Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.
And you can even develop your course curricula as a learning journey for development on Windows Azure.
Week 1. Controlling Access in the Windows Azure Platform
Week 2. Handling Blobs in Windows Azure
Week3. Going NoSQL with Windows Azure Tables
Week 4. Disconnecting with Windows Azure Queues
Week 5. Developing Hosted Services for Windows Azure
Week 6. Digging into Windows Azure Diagnostics
Week 7. Managing Hosted Services with the Service Management API
Week 8. Using SQL Azure
Week 9. Looking at the Windows Azure AppFabric
Microsoft Showcase Videos on Windows Azure This site contains 300+ videos on Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Case Studies Learn how others are using the Windows Azure platform to cut costs and increase their agility. Follow the link above to see a list of case studies about Windows Azure.
Azure Research Engagement from Microsoft Research The Azure Research Engagement project aims to change the paradigm for scholarly and scientific research by extending the power of the computer into the cloud. We build the components of cloud technology and work with researchers in the field on projects that push the frontier of client and cloud computing.
Azurescope: Benchmarking and Guidance for Windows Azure The purpose of this site is to present the results of regularly running benchmarks on the Windows Azure platform. These benchmarks are intended to assist you in architecting and deploying your research applications and services on Windows Azure. Included in the benchmark suite are tests of data throughput rates, response times, and capacity. Each benchmark is run against a variety of test cases designed to reflect common use scenarios for Windows Azure development.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in Wales, BAFTA Wales has today announced that it is to team up with Microsoft and Nokia to present an exciting opportunity to budding Game App Developers in Wales. The ‘Power Up’ competition, invites developers in Wales to create a game app for the Microsoft Windows 8 marketplace. In teams of up to 5 people, there is no limit to the number of game apps that can be submitted. All entries will then be judged by a panel of experts from BAFTA, Microsoft, Nokia and other leading lights from the online games industry. The shortlisted finalists will then be invited to an Awards Ceremony hosted at Dolby’s London HQ in October 2013. In addition to the awards ceremony itself; there will be a chance to discover the latest audio technologies and listen to a guest speaker discussing the challenges involved in delivering a great audio experience. The winning team will receive a Prize Pack of goodies including a Windows 8 Smartphone, a Microsoft Kinect, an Xbox Games Bundle and a Nokia Developer Account. Dewi Vaughan Owen, Chair of BAFTA Cymru said: “Our ambition is to help make Wales one of the best places in the UK to do games business and, as an Academy, ensure that we recognise and celebrate the very best work of our emerging talent”. Details of how to enter, along with the full terms and conditions of the competition can be found by visiting: www.bafta.org/wales
For further information, please contact: Claire Heat, Awards & Events Coordinator, BAFTA Cymru T 029 2022 3898 E email@example.com About BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org, and to access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production visit www.bafta.org/guru
Microsoft Microsoft has consistently transformed the way that people live, work, play and connect through great technology. We are inspired every day by the genuine belief that we can change the world for the better. At http://www.microsoft.com find out more about how we are driving advances in cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move, while transforming education and public services and supporting the UK economy. Microsoft is still a young company. We’ve been at the centre of the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to every aspect of our lives and we’ll be at the centre of tomorrow’s transformations. The best is yet to come. For Windows 8 developer resources see http://dev.windows.com design resources see http://design.windows.com and for Windows Phone developer resources see http://dev.windowsphone.com
NOKIA Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Nokia Developer offers a range of tools, resources and technologies to help developers build cutting-edge apps for hundreds of millions of Nokia Lumia Windows Phones and Nokia Asha phones. For more information, visit http://developer.nokia.com.