Xbox360 for education announced at BETT2014

There has never been a better time to learn how to program. Modern programming languages, coupled with powerful and widely available development environments, provide an excellent place to work. A wide range of operating environments, including mobile devices, cloud computing, robotics, embedded devices, and games, means that you can apply your programming-acquired skills in a…

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Getting started with DirectX and C++ can be daunting, but there are a couple of new resources out that can help you!

You won’t master DirectX/C++ game development in a day, but if you want some good resources to help you get rolling, there are two great resources you should check out: Introduction to C++/DirectX Game Development on Microsoft Virtual Academy DirectX/C++ Game Project Template and Getting Started Kit Rapid2d C++/DirectX Game Engine Introduction to C++/DirectX Game…

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Computer Science “touching” on the Hour of Code

So last week I took part in the hour code to teach computer science basics to every student, CSEdWeek is a an event which runs from December 9 to 15. Code.org, a new non-profit organization, initiated one of CSEdWeek’s prime events: the “Hour of Code.” The event aimed to introduce 10 million students of all…

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How are your degree programmes changing?

“The School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln is offering a new undergraduate BSc degree in Social Computing with a first intake of students in September 2014. The degree is built on a foundation of core computer science topics but with special emphasis on social and mobile software design, implementation and evaluation as…

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Managing Azure Academic Passes with the Azure Tracker Portal

What is Azure Tracker? Azure Tracker is a tool designed primarily with faculty and educators of students with Azure Educator grants. The tool allows users to manage and monitor student use to help optimize Windows Azure in their classroom. What can I do on Azure Tracker? The various sections of Azure Tracker are designed to…

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Presentation from Windows Azure in Education Event Summer 2013

On the 20th of June a number of UK academics and researchers joined us at UCL for a one day event. The event was simply to learn how Windows Azure can be used in curricula, support research endeavours, and enable student projects. Additionally we focused on how Institution administrators can explore how to use Windows…

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New look for Windows Developer Center and Design.windows.com

  So What is NEW at Design.windows.com?   A new UX Checkilist Checklist is a welcome addition to design.windows.com. It can empower designers when self-evaluating their app so they can better understand what is required and prioritize when they make need to make tough choices. Guidance links are available for each checklist item. How does this…

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We love Windows 8. The live tiles and the ease of operation makes it a magical operating system to work with……..

“We love Windows 8. The live tiles and the ease of operation makes it a magical operating system to work with…….. We are extremely proud of the Rapid2D engine and want as many developers, both professional and novice, to discover all the benefits of using it.”  David Fletcher, Rapid 2D This engine was initially developed…

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Windows In Academia Presentations

On the 26th of March we held an event to help raise awareness of the opportunity of Windows 8 and Windows Phone within academic gaming courses. The intention of the event was to.. 1. Introduce the latest technology released by Microsoft 2. Present the curricula resources available for academics 3. Provide an overview and guidance…

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Getting started with the Game Starter Kit with Azure Mobile Services

This kit includes all the basic functionalities to get a game published to Windows Store. Introducing The Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 with Windows Azure backend. One of the key challenges for student game developers is simply where to start. The purpose of the Game Starter Kit is simply to provide an easy and…

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