TouchDevelop Basics: Simple Tool for Making Games

Several years ago Microsoft Research released “TouchDevelop” a web-based app-building tool that could be used on mobile devices. In other words, an “app” that you could use on a mobile phone to make other apps.  From it’s humble beginning, TouchDevelop has become a robust tool for making games and social apps, and more recently a great way…


On-Campus Student Partner Jobs Still Available

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist Every year Microsoft invites a select group of students to become on-campus insiders and serve as a communication point for all of the latest Microsoft tools, technologies and innovations. This program has been so successful for both Microsoft and the participating campuses, that we received additional funding to expand…


Azure in IS Lab Series

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist Easy, Fast, Be a Hero: pick all three! The challenge of most survey information systems courses taught in the College of Business is that the hands-on projects tend to teach Microsoft Office skills rather than give insights into IT careers.  This might be why CIS, MIS and IS…


How to Add a Student Project to your Resume

Randy Guthrie, PhD – Microsoft Technical Evangelist In several previous blog posts I have covered how to write an accomplishments-based resume and related job-application documents: · Writing an Awesome Resume · The Effective Cover Letter · Another Resume Perspective I have also produced a couple video workshops that cover the same topic in a…


Microsoft Announces New Hardware Designed for Windows 10

Randy Guthrie, PhD – Microsoft Technical Evangelist Earlier this week Microsoft announced a new line of hardware products specifically-designed for Windows 10.  Reactions from the tech media have been overwhelmingly positive.  A special website has been created just to showcase the devices.  You can check it out here: Cheers, Randy


Microsoft Azure Web Apps: How to Deploy a Website Via FTP Client Software

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technical Evangelist Now that Microsoft is offering Windows Azure websites and SQL Database as part of the benefit for students, there is an opportunity for universities to reduce the time, effort and cost of hosting websites for web development classes by letting students self-host in DreamSpark.  Visual Studio 2015…


Imagine Cup Competition Secrets

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist Over my career at Microsoft I have coached and mentored a lot of Imagine Cup teams; some of which have gone on to win at the US and World Finals.  I have also seen teams that had great ideas and projects not make it as far in the…


How to Not Drive Students Away from CIS

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist I recently had a conversation with a student at a large public university about the introductory CIS class she was taking.  This student had attended a mobile app workshop and had a good enough experience that she wanted to explore the CIS major, and so took a leap…


Project Spark: Making Great Xbox One and Windows 8 Games; by touch

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist A few years back a small group inside of Microsoft Research developed a functional game development platform for the Xbox they called “Kodu”.  It looks like Kodu has grown up a bit and will soon be released as a touch development platform for Xbox One and Windows called…


2,700 Arizona State University Freshmen Build Windows Phone Apps

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist Can college freshmen build quality Windows Phone apps in their first eight weeks of school?  Even if they aren’t computer science or information systems majors?  The answer is a resounding YES!  From September 23rd through October 4th, Microsoft hosted an app building project at Arizona State University for…