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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
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Microsoft® BizSpark™ is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business.
So if you're interested in becoming a startup or are a institution incubator or innovations centre and are interested in becoming a Bizspark network partner simply visit www.bizspark.com for more information.
In order to develop Windows Store applications, you need to use Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. These are available to you in the labs, but there are a few steps you need to take in order to develop Windows Store applications in the labs. These are required because:
a) A Windows Developer license is required in order to develop Windows Store applications. In order to get one of these, you need to be running with Administrator privileges and, student accounts within your labs DO NOT have admin privileges.
b) Windows Store applications cannot be deployed from a network drive and, of course, your Student location/drive in the labs are generally a network drive.
Thanks to Wayne Rippin at Derby University who has developed the following guidance to overcome these restrictions and this blogs describes the steps you need to take.
Before you do anything, you need to acquire a Microsoft Account. Some of you may already have one (it used to be known as a Live ID), but if not, you can easily acquire one from the following location:
You can either use an existing email id or get a new one. You do not need to use your University email ID.
Please Note: All Students receive a FREE Developer account via DreamSpark see http://www.slideshare.net/lee_stott/free-windows-store-access-for-all-students-via-dreamspark for Visual Studio Developer activation a LIVE ID/Microsoft account is the only requirement
The machine will need to be logged into as a local admin to enable/activate visual studio
The following PowerShell commands will remove the necessity of the local user having admin rights
Please create a folder within the local machines and create the following PowerShell commands.
Privilege Guard installed or a rights evaluation tool
Once you have logged in, go to the Windows Desktop and use Windows Explorer to navigate to the ( C:\Tools folder (or the folder your storing these scripts). This folder contains three scripts that perform various actions on Windows Developer licenses.
Right-click on the script called showdev. One of the options you will see is “Run with Privilege Guard”. Select this and a dialog box should be displayed asking you to accept the license terms for a Windows Developer license. Press the button to accept these terms.
If at this stage, the script terminates, just perform the above step again. For some reason, the first time this script is run, it just terminates when the license terms are accepted, rather than continuing.
You should now see a progress box appear and then you will be asked to enter your Microsoft Account ID (LIVEID) and password. If this is accepted, you should then see a dialog box that tells you that you have successfully acquired a Windows Developer license. It will also tell you the date on which the license expires.
You can now start up Visual Studio 2012 and create a Windows Store application.
When you attempt to run a Windows Store application from Visual Studio, it actually deploys the application to the computer it is running on. Unfortunately, Windows Store applications cannot be deployed from a network drive. To solve this problem, you need to change the build target directory for your project so that it builds the application to a local drive:
Now when your project is built, the output files will be placed in C:\temp. When you run your application, it will be deployed successfully.
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For the past few weeks I have been getting to grips with my new Touch Mouse. Microsoft first unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multi-touch device designed exclusively for Windows 7 that enables users to click, flick, scroll, and swipe at 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.
The Touch mouse makes it easier and more fun to interact with a PC. Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a traditional mouse with the rich natural language of gesture. The new mouse has already received an accolade, winning ‘Best Peripheral’ at CES from Endgadget,
So what's special about this mouse - two fingers snap windows into place, three fingers quickly switch tasks, and your thumb can move forwards and backwards through websites, photos and documents.’
Like many of Microsoft products the Touch Mouse began in 2009 as part of a research project called ‘Mouse 2.0’ conducted by Microsoft Research and Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group. The results of that research were presented in 2009 during the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, garnering a best-paper award.
Lead paper author from MSRC, Nic Villar, is particularly excited about the product release “When I finished my PhD at Lancaster University three years ago and came to work for Microsoft, I didn’t imagine that my research would contribute to a new product for the company so quickly or in such a tangible way. What’s particularly pleasing about this project is the close collaboration between MSR Cambridge and our colleagues in Redmond, which was critical to the successful transition from research to product. Following the initial research insights described in the award-winning ‘Mouse 2.0’ paper, the MSRC Innovation and Development team worked closely with the Hardware product team in Redmond to turn the research prototype into the commercial product that’s being released this year.”
A huge advantage Microsoft has is nearly every product which Microsoft ships includes some form of technologies from Microsoft Research. So what does this advantage mean, through exploration and cross company collaboration we can advance the state of art computer science.
Kinect for Windows Beta SDK Opens Doors for Enthusiasts and Academics
Kinect for Xbox 360, recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer device in 60 days, allows users to enjoy games and entertainment with their whole body and voice no controller required.
Since Kinect launched in November 2010, enthusiasts have been exploring the potential of Kinect in a number of unexpected, nongaming scenarios. Today at MIX, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring, including the following:
• Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view
• Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included
• XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera
Developers can sign up to be notified of the release at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk.
Microsoft’s support for Kinect beyond the Xbox platform will increase opportunities for developers to explore new ideas and deliver innovative Kinect applications and experiences.
The Windows Phone 8 platform was designed to also run Windows Phone 7.x applications. With the new SDK, most developers can very easily continue to deliver applications for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 by compiling to Windows Phone 7. However, in recent testing our team has discovered a few scenarios where existing applications do not perform as well on Windows Phone 8 as they did on Windows Phone 7, and therefore require some optimization. We believe most developers will want to fine tune the experience using the new SDK.
Please refer to the following resources for common questions:
Please contact Developer Support with any additional questions.
Get your students recognised and rewarded for their hard work. if your teaching Windows Phone 7 then your students could get bonus rewards for migrating their Windows Phone app to Windows Store and vice versa or incorporating one or more Windows Azure Services.
The official website is not yet live but we don't want you to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to get rewarded, so you can claim points for all new apps published from Monday 4th Feb 2013 once the website is live.
4 Simple Steps to Start Earning Points for your Awesome Apps:
Build & publish an app between Monday 4th Feb 2013 and Tuesday 30th Apr 2013 to be eligible for points you can redeem for rewards. Here are the different ways you can earn points: Register here http://www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk/faq
Who is eligible to participate in the UK App Builder Reward Programme?
What is the timeframe of the UK App Builder Reward Programme?
What apps are eligible for the UK App Builder Reward Programme?
Any App you submit must: (i) be new (as of Monday 4th Feb 2013) and not an existing, updated App; (ii) comply with all of the policies and procedures specified on Windows Phone Store and Windows Store in relation to App submission and certification; and (iii) meet the following objective requirements:
How do I earn the additional bonus point by incorporating Windows Azure Services?
To validate that you are using one of the Windows Azure Services, please provide your Windows Azure Subscription ID and Live ID so this can be verified when you are claiming your apps for points.
How do I claim my points?
What happens to the points that I don’t use?
How do I ensure the points I claim are updated on the UK App Builder Reward Programme?
When will I receive my points once I have claimed them on the website?
For more details see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukmsdn/archive/2013/02/12/uk-windows-app-builder-reward-programme-early-bird-announcement.aspx
Join the discussion forum UK App Builder LinkedIn group here http://linkd.in/ukw8apps
Register now http://www.appbuilder-rewards.co.uk/faq
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10 LUCKY University Students to win an ALL PAID EXPENSES TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY for creating apps around health, education and environmental data from the Gov’t!
Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVc2UK), announces a month long, multi-site competition, dubbed, the SVc2UK Appathon, the competition supports and encourages university students to use government data to "hack" together innovative consumer applications in Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. This competition allows students to unlock the power of government data to make both a positive social impact and enhance its accessibility to peers, parents, and grandparents. This ambitious initiative represents the UK's largest ever mobilisation of students to create apps’. We don't know yet what they will create, but we are hoping for a 'good school's guide’ where you can find out where the good schools are near you, a 'good doctor's guide,’ where you can find a doctor near you, and a 'clean city guide' where you can find the cleanest city near you - or the dirtiest!
This national ‘coding competition’ helps to address the void that exists in most university curricula, creating a real world opportunity for those developers with the ambition, appetite and aptitude to code and build applications that can have real value to users. With support, not only from their peers, but the wider technology community, and a network of mentors, these students will be able to take control of, and enhance, their own education outside of the classroom and make a difference.
Continuing the historic success of SVc2UK, approximately 1,500 students from 15 universities across the UK are expected to be drawn “like magnets” to six UK locations including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton and London to take part in the Appathons. Full access to the data and details of participating universities and hosts can be found at http://www.svc2uk.com/appathon.
The SVc2UK Appathons will run during early October and are open to university students across the country. The competition has the full support of Downing Street, which will supply their technical guru’s from data.gov.uk. In addition, pretty much the whole technology industry is lending their support to the effort http://www.svc2uk.com/sponsors. University students who enter the competition have until 23 October to submit their apps to be judged by leading Global entrepreneurial icons including Reid Hoffman, Joi Ito and more (see http://www.svc2uk.com/speakers).
The winners of the SVc2UK Appathon will attend an awards ceremony in November as part of ‘Silicon Valley comes to the UK’ ( http://www.svc2uk.com) and 9 winners will be invited to take part in a road trip to Silicon Valley followed by the legendary South by Southwest Conference early next year.
The Appathon will conclude with winning developers, coming to London (UK), for the http://www.svc2uk.com/techcity finale: a show and tell event where the developers will explain and demonstrate their efforts to a selected audience of their peers, politicians, advisers, civil servants, and the press.
Six Steps to Windows Azure – Starts on 8th and 9th November:
Six Steps to Windows Azure programme which offers a series of free technical events and online sessions on the Windows Azure Platform. The programme aims to guide developers and IT professionals currently building apps or considering the cloud on how to take full advantage of Windows Azure.
Our upcoming events will cover both the technical and commercial aspects of adopting Windows Azure.
We will be launching a brand new web site with the full list of details and registration. Register now for the following events.
Windows Azure in the Real World - 8th November 2012
Get started with Windows Azure by seeing how companies have implemented real world solutions for different types of Azure workload. Join us if you currently building applications, considering moving to the Cloud and want to understand how to take full advantage of the Windows Azure Platform.
Advanced Topics in Windows Azure - 9th November 2012:
Join us to tour the latest features of Windows Azure from Media and Mobile services to Windows Azure Active Directory. The day will explore the opportunities Windows Azure offers with Windows 8 and the latest Phone Toolkits (iOS, Android and Windows Phone).
What’s next? Here are the upcoming themes. Registration will open shortly.
Windows Azure - Architecture and Design (13 November)
Integration with Mobile and the New World of Apps (4 December)
Open Source Development (15 January)
HPC (4 February)
Big Data (24 February)
For more details of Azure in education including FREE Curricula see http://www.windowsazure.com/education