Azure Craft A hack for kids and parents to learn AI Programming

Guest blog by Richard Conway, ElastaCloud, Microsoft MVP Regional Director, Azure UK User Group AzureCraft was conceived in 2016 by myself, Richard Conway, the co-founder of the UK Azure Users Group, Andy Cross and Allan Mitchell, one of the founders of SQLBITS, the largest SQL conference in Europe. Our idea stemmed from the fact that…


Neural networks and deep learning with Microsoft Azure GPU

Guest blog by Yannis Assael from Oxford University  The rise of neural networks and deep learning is correlated with increased computational power introduced by general purpose GPUs. The reason is that the optimisation problems being solved to train a complex statistical model, are demanding and the computational resources available are crucial to the final solution….


Azure Resource Manager simply allows you to configure and implement your infrastructure with a JSON Template.

I had a very interesting meeting with a University recently,  who were interested in using ARM Templates to deploy their teaching and learning environments. Azure Resource Manager Templates simply allow you to configure your infrastructure within a JSON format. Which can then be deployed via Powershell script or directly from within the Azure Portal. Here…


MS Research Cambridge visit by Microsoft Student Partners

Guest blog by Mariam Elgabry, Microsoft Student Partner Lead at Imperial College London As a Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Lead at Imperial College London, I got recognized and awarded “MSP of the month” for January 2017 for the most impact worldwide. With over 120 events organized by MSPs in 2017 I was excited to stand…


University of Cambridge and Hololens On-Site Virtual Mapping Can Aid Inspections

Guest blog by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and Marianna Kospida University of Cambridge & Catherine A. Cardno, Ph.D. from the American Society of Civil Engineers Researchers at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at Cambridge University have been working to merge four-dimensional virtual design models with site visits to enable inspectors to conduct…


Microsoft Graph is a framework and platform that provides data based on user identity and user activity.

Microsoft Graph is a big dataset and a framework to help make that data available to other applications. if you have used Microsoft Delve is one such application,  Delve helps you discover the information that’s likely to be most interesting to you right now – across Office 365. Find information about people – and through…


Implementing Academic Projects using Microsoft Technologies

  One of the projects, I have been working on over the last few months is the development of a infrastructure architecture for students projects within Universities who have implemented Office 365 and Azure Active Directory. There are number of key requirements   1. Enablement of Authentication for students, academics and TAs  – with institutions…


Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education – Register Now

  The Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education is a free event designed for educators interested in using Microsoft technology in their curriculum and academic research. You will have the opportunity to network with your peers and learn about the Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Power BI, and more! In…


TechDays Online 2016 Sept 12th – Sept 16th

· To register your interest in viewing this online event and to review the 5 day agenda, please visit · You can view each session live @ – Watch the Live Stream without Registration at From 12th September, the MVP led TechDays Online we will be broadcasting live from the Microsoft Campus…


Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine for Windows and Linux now available

    The Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine is an Azure virtual machine (VM) image pre-installed and configured with several popular tools that are commonly used for data analytics and machine learning. The tools included are: Microsoft R Server Developer Edition Anaconda Python distribution Jupyter Notebooks IDLE Azure Machine Learning Cortana Sample Gallery Microsoft Azure…