Windows 10 – UWP Community Toolkit

  The Windows UWP Community Toolkit, is a new project that enables the developer community to collaborate and contribute new capabilities on top of the SDK. The toolkit has been designed with these goals in mind: 1. Simplified app development: The toolkit includes new capabilities (helper functions, custom controls and app services) that simplify or…

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Microsoft Flow set up automated workflows between your favourite apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more.

  Check out some templates If you visit the home page for Microsoft Flow, you can explore a diverse set of templates. Without even signing in, you can get a quick sense of what’s possible and how Microsoft Flow could help your business and your life. Each template is designed for a specific purpose such…

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Adding Extensions to your Visual Studio Team Services Environment

  I was having a interesting discussion with an academic today, the discussion was around the development of interesting projects for students. One of the biggest opportunities I can see from the academic community is the development of extensions for Visual Studio and VSTS. About 9 months ago Microsoft launched the extensibility platform for Visual…

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Azure N-Series Virtual Machines, the fastest GPUs in the public cloud, are now available in preview

  N-Series instances are enabled with NVIDIA’s cutting edge GPUs to allow you to run GPU-accelerated workloads and visualize them. These powerful sizes come with the agility you have come to expect from Azure, paying per-minute of usage.   Our N-Series VMs are split into two categories. The NC-Series (compute-focused GPUs) With the NC Series…

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Getting Started with Blockchain as a Service using Microsoft Azure Dev Test Labs

  Blockchain as a Service is now available within  Microsoft Azure DevTest Labs. Developers and testers are looking to solve the delays in creating and managing their environments by going to the cloud. Azure solves the problem of environment delays and allows self-service within a new cost efficient structure. However, developers and testers still need…

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Getting Started Microbit & Microsoft’s new www.codethemicrobit.com Environment

Create your first game We will be using the new Block/JavaScript Development environment http://www.codethemicrobit.com When codethemicrobit.com loads you see the following screen What we need to do is start a new blank programme simply click more new project We now have a blank project Step 1: Getting started We want the micro:bit to choose rock,…

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Maximising your Azure Educator Grants with Azure Automation

  So are you enjoying your Azure Educator Grants? The Goal of the Azure Educator Grant is to empower faculty to leverage Microsoft Azure in teaching cutting-edge courses Virtual Machines: Run Windows or Linux virtual machines in the cloud Mobile Services: Includes features that accelerate the development of mobile applications Media Services: Create, manage or…

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Visual Studio Team Services Overview Resources and Tips

    I wrote a blog back in Sept about using Visual Studio and Continuous Integration this blog has actually become the basis for many discussion over the past week.  This week I have been speaking to lots of academic’s and students about projects. I have many discussions around application lifecycles and project implementation and…

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Utilising Microsoft Azure Dev/Test Labs in your student projects and lab environments

  Dev Test labs – Build Preconfigured images for your labs Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps educators and students quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. You…

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Building a Microsoft Bot using Microsoft Bot Framework & FormFlow

  This blog has been produced by Jamie Dalton UK Technical Evangelist   AI and Bots are hot right now, everyone wants one as they realise the business value of reaching their customers via the various conversational channels (Skype, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Office 365 mail etc..) that they are already using they to serve their…

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