Welcome to DreamSpark

   We are excited with the launch of DreamSpark site and the opportunity for schools, colleges and universities to utilise the benefits of this amazing software offer. As we mentioned earlier this month, this will not impact any of the existing MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) services or IT Academy subscriptions. What is new is that…


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…


Preview of Windows 8 now available under MSDNAA

Preview Windows 8 Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, recently unveiled the touch-first user interface of Windows 8, along with a whole host of other new features. Be the first in your department to explore Windows 8 using the New Windows Dev Center. There you will find the Windows…


Student Developer get stuck into Windows Phone over the summer holidays

About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday: The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application. The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203…


Its that time of year when IT Departments are rolling out software updates, how are you fixed for software?

So its that time of the year when IT Departments around UK institutions are rolling out software across the various PC clusters and teaching labs the question I have is,  do you have the most appropriate software available? Many UK Institutions have MSDN Academic Alliance So if you do have MSDNAA make sure your using…


UK Office Trainers join round table discussion with Microsoft Learning

On Monday 13th June 2011, I attended a number of meetings at the University of York, UK, the University had a specific event entitle Office 2010 and Beyond! after the event the University of York IT Academy team hosted a round table event with 17 Microsoft Certified Trainers ‘MCTs’ who specialise in training Microsoft Office…


Microsoft helping develop students skills and product awareness at Birmingham City University

  Birmingham City University has embedded Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) and MSDNAA resources into it’s curriculum. “We’re able to engage students in achieving industry recognized certifications which will significantly increase their opportunities of employment.” Rehan Bhana, ITA Manager, Birmingham University Employability is an explicit priority across the whole of Birmingham City University “deeply embedded into…


Microsoft Supporting Britain Works

Giving people the opportunity to acquire workplace skills and experiences, Get the essential technology, design, and business tools that will help your students land the job of their dreams after graduation. Britain Works will help today and tomorrows students to learn new skills, improve and enhance  current skills, get real-world experience through internship programmes, and…


Is project based team work becoming a logistical nightmare?

I have had a number of interesting  discussions and questions this week regarding the facilitation of project based team working. From my recent Institution visits a number of institutions are now using tools such as Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project server within the teaching curriculum. They are predominantly using these applications to allow students to…


Overview of MSDNAA and DreamSpark

 So What is…  Academic Software Initiatives – MSDNAA and DreamSpark Microsoft software for students strategy  Microsoft MSDNAA – http://www.msdnaa.net Microsoft DreamSpark – http://www.dreamspark.com