Student Hosting with for £1!

Microsoft have teamed up with to offer UK students the chance to get themselves premium Windows based hosting with a free domain name for only £1 per month. You need an email address and a voucher code to sign up. (You can request a voucher code here) Once you have a voucher code…


Free MCTS Certification Through DreamSpark

For a limited time Microsoft is offering free vouchers to sit an MCTS exam through the DreamSpark programme. The MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) stream is aimed at developers and IT professionals and is available in multiple flavours relevant to a raft of developer and infrastructure technologies. Full list of MCTS certs. DreamSpark is available…


Students to be able to develop apps for SkyMarket for free!

Kudos to Paolo for getting to this one first. Simply put when Windows Mobile 6.5 launches an accompanying app store dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile (codename SkyMarket) will also launch. Developers will be able to build mobile applications and for $99 PA sell them through Marketplace receiving a 70% revenue split. What’s really neat is…


IT Academy Student Pass – Free eLearning

A little while back I posted about a great new programme we launched which gives students free access to official Microsoft eLearning courses. To sign up you need a unique code which authenticates you as a student, the great news is these codes are now available (along with a bunch of free software) from DreamSpark….


Robochamps Robotics League – Win Real Robots!

Today saw the launch of a new website which allows users to compete in a  series of challenges to program virtual robots using Microsoft Robotics Studio (a plugin for Visual Studio – C# Express and above). Historically robotics has had many barriers to entry for the casual users wanting to get started such as the…


Inspiration Tour Update

We’ve been on the road since October, traveled over 15 thousand miles and spoken to nearly four thousand students about Silverlight, XNA and Windows Embedded amongst other technologies. As we’ve gone to each university we’ve taken photos which I’ve been uploading to Flickr with geotags. I’ve now built a nice little Popfly app which uses…


Expression Blend and Silverlight

Since the launch of DreamSpark I have had one or two queries about which version of Expression Blend you need to build Silverlight applications… The only version of Expression Blend that has been fully released is v1 (available free to students through DreamSpark). However v1 does not support the creation of Silverlight applications (hence no…


Setting up IIS on Windows Server 2008

Those of you who have been following my series on Microsoft Web development (see below) may be interested in a screencast put together by MSP Kris Athi showing how to install and configure IIS on Server 2008. You can read Kris’ article here or click the image below to launch the screencast. Don’t forget you…


XNA V3 Announced with Support for Xbox Live Publishing

What a week it’s been; on Tuesday we launched DreamSpark and gave all UK students access to our developer tools and today we announced the impending release of XNA Game Studio 3.0 and game publishing on Xbox Live Marketplace! The key feature announced for Game Studio V3 is support for a new hardware platform… the…


DreamSpark Verification Update

Just a quick post today with a couple of bits of useful info about DreamSpark… I have had a few mails from people who can’t find their university listed in the ‘Select your school/organization’ list on the DreamSpark site. If your uni isn’t listed you should still be able to verify using either your Athens…