Great news for Universities who are using PhoneGap for App development – Full Support for Windows Phone

PhoneGap version 1.3 has just been announced with full support for Windows Phone We want to highlight that all the features of the popular mobile framework are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. The Microsoft Interoperability team have blogged about this here. This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in…

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Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit

This week Microsoft released an update to the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit. This includes updates to labs that we made available at BUILD as well as several new labs. The Training Kit is available in two different offline packages and is also available to browse online at MSDN. You can download the…

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Think Computer Science 2011

On the 7th December 2011,  the DPE Academic team exhibited at the annual Microsoft Research Cambridge Think Computer Science event held this year at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Here is a write-up from Geoff Hughes of the days events. A suitably expansive and fun  venue for the focus of the event – Inspiring 12-14…

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Getting Started with a 90 day Azure Pass

You can start building and using Microsoft Windows Azure by following the following steps: 1. Setup an Account: Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/. Note: With the new capping functionality available…

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Microsoft announces Silverlight 5

For all of you who may of missed the announcement this week in relation to the release of Silverlight 5. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices. Download Silverlight 5, a free plug-in less than 7 MB in size that…

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Windows Azure updates December 2011

Today we are announcing multiple updates to Windows Azure that improve ease of use, interoperability, and overall value. Key Highlights: New Developer Experience and Enhanced Interoperability Access to Windows Azure libraries for .NET, Java, and Node.js is now available under Apache 2 open source license and hosted on GitHub, a new Windows Azure SDK for…

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Announcement of improvements to the SkyDrive API

With the announcements on Windows Store we are announcing lots of new services for developers. The Windows Live team have been doing some amazing work to help developers on Windows, Windows Phone and other platforms use SkyDrive in their applications. At //Build the team announced the availability of the developer preview, the next version of…

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Getting Started with the FEZ Spider Kit for Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer

  Ok I have to confess, I am addicted! I have been playing with a .NET Gadgeteer FEZ Spider Kit from GHI Electronics. The .NET Gadgeteer kits enable you to quickly prototype and test a wide variety of functionality for embedded devices. As you are all aware from some of my recent presentations I am…

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Access control to Windows Azure services

I have had a number of questions recently regarding the provision of access to Windows Azure services via Academic Institutions or existing authentication services or methods. In the context of the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS), is an identity provider service that authenticates user or client identities and issues security tokens that can…

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SQL Azure Labs

What is SQL Azure Labs? Azure Labs is a place where we test concept ideas and prototypes. The projects in labs are experiments with no current plans to be included in a product and are not production quality. Instead it is a place where we want to share our current thinking and ideas in specific…

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