Microsoft guiding startups to funding with Ventures

CNBC recently wrote an article titled How to get Microsoft to mentor your big idea, which I wanted to share, because I get asked this exact question pretty frequently. Last summer I also shared my slide deck, which was an overview of Microsoft Ventures. From the article: Microsoft is one of many companies that have created……


The Xbox wasn’t Microsoft’s first console – the MSX was

I’m sure the Xbox will always have a special place in the hearts of many of us, but it surely wasn’t Microsoft’s first foray into gaming. For nearly two decades prior to that, Microsoft’s DOS and Windows operating systems had games running on them.   It wasn’t until the first implementation of Microsoft’s DirectX API……


A collection of resources for students / startups

Over the last two years I’ve collected a ton of resources for students and startups, so I thought I’d finally create one blog post to combine them all. If you feel that I’m missing anything, leave a note in the comments and I’d be glad to add it!   How I got started with Technical……


Exporting a Unity WebGL game to asm.js [video tutorial]

Unity,  the popular middleware tools frequently used by game developers are not limited to creating compiled applications that run as an executable. Unity previously had a web player, which was a downloadable plugin that used ActiveX. Chrome killed support for NPAP (Netscape Plugin API), but announced it over one year ago. In April, with the……


DreamSpark tutorials for students – WordPress, websites, and games

Randy Guthrie, an Academic Evangelist on our Evangelism team at Microsoft, put together a great set of video tutorials for students who take advantage of DreamSpark. He also teaches at Arizona State, and has an active blog there for his students. Below, you’ll find several of his video tutorials to get you  started:    ……


Getting started with Emscripten

Writing code for multiple platforms can be a lot of work. It can be even more work to have to completely rewrite it for each one, too. What if you wrote an application in C++, but wanted it to be displayed in the browser somehow? Well now, with a tool called Emscripten, that’s possible. I……


How to get into the games industry – networking

For this ongoing event, I plan on illustrating a number of ways that you can get started in the gaming industry, regardless of your background. You don’t need to be a rock star programmer or have a degree in fine art to begin. Fortunately, the internet has more than enough resources to get you off……