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    Overview of MSDNAA and DreamSpark


     So What is...

     Academic Software Initiatives - MSDNAA and DreamSpark
    Microsoft software for students strategy 

    Microsoft MSDNAA - http://www.msdnaa.net

    Microsoft DreamSpark - http://www.dreamspark.com


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    Introducing the Windows 8 app competition http://appgenerator.creativebloq.com/


    Win8_logo Windows 8 has arrived, and if you develop apps, with the Windows Store opening its doors, you now have hundreds of millions of potential consumers at your fingertips. So it’s the perfect time to start developing for the Windows 8 platform - and Future Publishing has partnered with Microsoft to offer an added incentive: £40,000 worth of incredible prizes to be won!

    Interested? Whether you already have a live app in the Windows Store or you're building - or even just thinking about building - an app, all you need to do is register here. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you’ll be entered into the draws and competition.

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    Whether you're an experienced Windows developer or a newcomer to the platform, there’s an incredible range of prizes to be won - and EVERYONE who enters has a chance to win. As well as prizes for the Ten Best Apps and the overall Grand Prize winner, there are also 28 daily draws, where winners will be randomly chosen to receive some fantastic prizes. All you need to do is register here, either with a live app in the Windows Store or with an app you are building - or even just thinking about building. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you’ll be entered into the draws and competition.

    Here's exactly what you could win:

    • In the Daily Prize Draw, there are 28 amazing 32GB Windows tablets to be won - that’s one lucky prize winner, each day, for four whole weeks.
    • In the Winter Prize Draw, there’s a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera up for grabs.
    • Each of the Best App Finalists will win a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone.
    • The Grand Prize winner will also win a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera.

    We will make daily checks in the Windows Store for all the apps and publishers registered for the competition and will enter each app from the day it is live. If you want to double check that we have your app entered, please email marsha.jackson@futurenet.com when your app is live and we will confirm your entry.

    Enter competition

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    Windows Phone University Phone Camps + Some great Resources and Samples for teaching and learning




    For those of you interested in building Windows Phone app’s or putting the finishing touches on your Windows Phone app the following are a great set of resources for your students additional reading to the curriculum material we provide.

    As always if you want to have a Windows Phone 7 Phone Camp on YOUR Campus please email ukfac@microsoft.com as you can see we have been busy visiting campus locations the length and breadth of the UK.

    Windows Phone 7 Resources – Getting Started:

    Code Samples for Common Tasks:

    Panorama/Pivot View Sample:

    Location Service/GPS Sample:

    Use Sensor Data Sample (Accelerometer/Gyroscope/Compass:

    Process and Use RSS Feeds in Win Phone:

    Isolated Storage (3 Scenarios):

    Local Database App w/MVVM for Win Phone:

    AD Control Sample: For those students who want to make money on their Phone app via including advertising in their apps:

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    Christmas is a great time for competitions and for Windows 8 App developers


    We have a number of great competitions open at present with a closing date in December

    Microsoft Power Up


    This competition is aimed at the growing number of student and indy game developers in the UK..

    The prize structure has been developed around the strategy of supporting the indie game space in the UK and fostering a vibrant and successful industry by giving developers and their titles the best chance of success through profile and discoverability.  If your a winner you will get support and assistance in the form of a PR campaign, mentoring with industry leaders & a professionally produced video games trailer. 

    There will be first and second prizes as detailed below.  All ten game app finalists will be invited to an Awards Ceremony hosted at Dolby’s London HQ in January 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 prize(s) will be as follows:

    1st Prize

    • One month’s free PR campaign for the developer and game from Train2Game (equivalent to 15 hours of PR support in the month).  Full details on the website www.ubelly.com/gaming
    • Commercial game app trailer created and produced by The Trailer Farm up to the value of £4,000
    • Up to 3 hours of mentoring sessions with Andy Payne (Mastertronic, AppyNation, Ukie Chairman) and Ian Livingstone (Eidos, Ukie Vice Chairman)
    • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Smartphone
    • £500 Visa Gift card courtesy of YoYo Games
    • Mentoring session of two hours with Jason Kingsley, Chairman of TIGA & CEO of Rebellion Studios

    2nd Prize

    • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Smartphone
    • £250 Visa Gift card courtesy of YoYo Games
    • Mentoring session of two hours with Philip Oliver, TIGA Board Member & CEO of Blitz Games Studios

    Timing:  Monday November 5th competition opens and closes on December 21st at 11.59PM GMT

    Power Up Competition

    To be in with the chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes, after successfully submitting your app to the store, follow the steps below to enter the competition.

    Send the following details to andrew@microsoft.com

    • Your name
    • Studio Name
    • Email Address and Phone Number
    • Name of the Game App
    • Include a copy of your Store Certification email for the App you are submitting.

    There is no limit to the number of entries, all entries need to be received by 11.59PM GMT 14th December 2012.

    Please see below for all Terms and Conditions and further details at http://www.ubelly.com/power-up-competition/


    Construct 2 HTML5 Windows 8 competition


    Create a game or port an existing one with Construct 2 and then successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by December 21st to be entered into the competition.

    • 1st Prize: a Windows 8 tablet, a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
    • 2nd Prize: a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th: Xbox 360 games bundle and Construct 2 Personal license
    • 6th-9th: Xbox 360 games bundle
    • 10th: Xbox 360 games bundle and a flying monkey

    1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will also of course get gold, silver and bronze trophy profile badges as well!

    How to enter
    1. Develop your game in Construct 2 and export for Windows 8. You can use the Free edition!
    2. Register as a Windows 8 publisher on the Windows 8 Store to publish your game. Note there is a fee to sign up a Windows 8 developer account, around $50 depending on your country. FREE for Student via www.dreamspark.com for additional details see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/09/12/improvements-to-dreamspark-and-free-store-access-for-windows-8-student-developers.aspx
    3. Consider incorporating some of the new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
    4. Submit your game for publishing on the Windows Store
    5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it before December 21st for a chance to win!
    Submission dates

    You need to confirm that you have submitted your game for publishing to the Windows Store by December 21st, 2012 for a chance to win.

    Send an email to competition@scirra.com with your name, the title of your entry, and a link to the Store page to register your entry.

    We want your Windows 8 games!


    Have you been toying with the idea of publishing your GameMaker: Studio™ game to the Windows Store? Well, wait no longer – GameMaker: Studio™'s Windows 8 support is here, and YoYo Games is offering you cool prizes for publishing your games in time for the holiday rush.

    Windows 8 launches October 26th so don't delay! Publish your game by December 8th, let us know using the form below, and you'll be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

    YoYo Games will also help spread the word by announcing the winning games on social media.

    How to enter
    1. Get the GameMaker: Studio™ export for Windows 8 – it's free for GameMaker: Studio™ Standard, Professional and Master Collection customers.
    2. Register as a Windows Developer to publish your game – Student registration (free), Professional registration
    3. Consider incorporating some of the great new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
    4. Submit your game for publishing on the Windows Store
    5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it before December 8th for a chance to win!

    Enter now!

    Submission dates

    Notify us that you've submitted your game for publishing to the Windows Store by December 8th, 2012 for a chance to win. A select panel of judges from YoYo Games and Microsoft will choose up to 8 games from developers in the U.S., up to 8 games from developers in the U.K. and up to 8 games from developers from the rest of the world, based on the criteria below, and will notify winners by December 20th, 2012.

    What we're looking for
    • Games must be created with GameMaker: Studio™
    • Implementation of key Windows 8 features including Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
    • Games that are unique, creative and innovative
    • Games that are consumer friendly

    Generation App

    Tools & resources

    Competition rules
    • All games must be created with GameMaker: Studio™.
    • There is no limit on entries.
    • If the game was made in a team, the person who submits the game will be responsible for any prize sharing.
    • Games will be judged on technical merit, originality, and overall presentation with specific emphasis on Windows 8 features including Live Tiles, Snap View and Share functionality.
    • Entry to the competition is dependent on the successful self-publication of your Windows game app to the Windows Store by December 8.
    • All developers are responsible for the registration fee required to register as a publisher of Apps on the Windows Store.
    • Entries will be ineligible for the prize draw if they:
      • are incomplete;
      • violate the rights of any other person or entity; or
      • are received outside of the contest period.
    • Entrants warrant that the entry is their original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity.
    • You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
    • Microsoft is not a sponsor of the contest.
    • Employees of Microsoft and YoYo Games are not eligible.
    • Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these rules.
    • YoYo Games is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries.
    • YoYo Games reserves the right to disqualify anyone who violates these rules.

    Full terms and conditions

    If you have any questions, please contact windows8launch@yoyogames.com.

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    Global Game Jam 2013 Competition



    Microsoft is supporting the WW competition and in the UK were having a dedicated competition at each event and online.

    So even if who cannot physically attend the event can enter the online competition see  http://www.ubelly.com/global-game-jam/


    The UK Venues 




    University Campus Suffolk

    Rob Kurta







    SAE Institute London

    Jason Colman







    Staffs Uni Games Academy

    Nia Wearn



    Stafford, Staffordshire




    Hull Global Game Jam

    Simon Grey







    ExPlay Global Game Jam

    korash sanjideh







    Wiltshire College Trowbridge

    Frazer McLeod







    CST labs, University of Bedfordshire

    Stephen Wilson





    Northern Ireland


    Farset Labs

    Andrew Bolster


    Northern Ireland




    Scottish Game Jam

    Brian McDonald





    Glyndwr University Global Game Jam

    Ian Sturrock




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    Interested in the next generation Kinect for Windows sensor




    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 ability to extract the user from the background in real time
    • The ability to develop Kinect for Windows desktop applications by using HTML5/JavaScript
    • Enhancements to Kinect Fusion, including capture of color data and improvements to tracking robustness and accuracy

    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

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    Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni


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    Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone 8.

    Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks.

    There will be hands-on advice from Marmalade experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone

    If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone we have that covered! We will provide hardware running all the necessary developer tools and will provide access to Marmalade 7.

    This event is for new and existing marmalade developers and students

    10.00 Registration
    10.30 - 10.40 Intro from Uni
    10.40 - 11.00 Welcome from Microsoft/Marmalade
    11.00 - 12.00 Getting started with Marmalade - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
    12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
    13.00-14.00 Using Marmalade walkthrough popup lab tutorial - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
    14.00-15.00 Designing beautiful windows phone games - Lee Stott Microsoft
    15.00 -15.10 Break
    15.10 - 16.00 Microsoft/Nokia developer programmes and Opportunity - Lee Stott Microsoft
    16:00 -20:00 Hackathon/Gameaton with Marmalade for Windows Phone 8
    20:00 - 20.30 Games Showcase
    21:00 Close

    Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday

    Free devcies

    Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday

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    Windows Phone Update Error codes



    These errors will be visible on the device in Settings > Phone update

    Incorrect Date / Time (error 80072f8f)

    If you receive Windows Update error 80072f8f while checking for updates, your device date and time might not be the same as the date and time for the online Windows Update service.

    Check that your device date + time is correct. Sometimes it helps to ‘reset’ automatic date + time settings (off>on).

    If you do not have a SIM card make sure that the manual selection is correct for your time-zone!

    We are currently unable to check for updates (error 801881D3)

    Currently we don’t know how to escape from this error except for restarting device and re-trying online check.
    Changing Region may help.

    Limited connectivity (error 80072ee2)

    This error may be caused by Wi-Fi connection (firewall or otherwise limited connection)

      • Try to turn off the Wi-Fi and check for updates via 3G connection. Once updates are available turn the Wi-Fi back on and start the download

    This error may also appear if your device Region is set incorrectly

      • Make sure that your device Region is set correctly to match the region you are currently in

    Insufficient space for update (error 80188308)

    Not enough space in system partition to continue the update

    Probable scenarios:

    • Some system update like Cortana, language packs, OEM feature has taken up system partition space leaving less space to complete a phone update
    • Users are blocked until more space is made on the system partition or the update is made extremely tiny to fit the available space

    The update could not be downloaded (error 801881d0)

      • Package could not be verified because of corrupt file. Very likely that the file download was stopped and started because of connectivity issues.
      • User should be able to retry by clicking on check for updates or session will auto expire and do another download in 6.2 days

    An update was installed but cannot be opened (error 80188306)

      • After taking a backup (see top of this page) please perform a hard reset of the phone (settings>about>reset the phone)
      • Set up the phone again, without skipping any steps and update the phone again using a good Wi-Fi connection

    Error "The Program can't start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer"

    • This error appears when you wish to run a software which require the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2012. The redistributable can easily be downloaded from the Microsoft website as x86 or x64 edition. Depending on the software you wish to install you need to install either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version. Please refer to the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679#
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Update Includes Social Networking Features



    A service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM includes new social networking and cloud features which is great news for Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance members.

    The Microsoft Dynamics® Academic Alliance is a program for member universities and colleges who wish to enhance the learning experience by integrating Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software in the curriculum.

    These updates help position Microsoft in the new world of social networking and for Dynamics Academic Alliance members it will allow you to start bring the new aspects of social networking into your teaching.

    “By bringing together new social-collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM with familiar collaboration technologies such as Office, SharePoint and Lync, businesses will be able to expand their relationships with customers and gain even deeper insight and understanding,” wrote Brad Wilson, General Manager of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Management Group.

    Useful Resources

    For more see www.microsoft.com/education/academic_alliance.mspx

    Read success stories www.microsoft.com/education/dynamicsaa_stories.mspx

    Faculty Connection Resources for Dynamics www.microsoft.com/faculty

    Linkedin Group www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3000704

    Email dynaa@microsoft.com

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    What is Microsoft Azure



    To help explain Microsoft Azure offering please view the following short overview video below


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    For more information on Microsoft Cloud services see http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud/developer/default.aspx?WT.srch=1 

    Check out the following blogs

    Simon May is an IT Professional Evangelist in the UK for Microsoft. His focus in on Microsoft Windows and Microsoft cloud technologies - http://blogs.technet.com/b/simonmay/

    Steve Plank, or "Planky" as he is more usually known, works for Microsoft in the UK's Developer and Platforms group. His focus is on Microsoft's cloud technologies such as office 365 but especially Windows Azure - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/

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