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Web design trends to look out for in 2015
Web design trends to look out for in 2015

Web design is still hugely important. A well-built website will generate customer traffic and increase conversion more than one which for example, has issues in areas such as navigation, SEO and content. These are the trends web designers are looking at this year.

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How Puzzles Killed Gameplay, a talk by Dom Camus
How Puzzles Killed Gameplay, a talk by Dom Camus

Dom Camus talks about how adding puzzles can ruin your game if you use them incorrectly, as well as what you can do to break the habit.

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Kinecthack London 2015, plus some survival tips
Kinecthack London 2015, plus some survival tips

On the 21st and 22nd March 2015, over one hundred developers will head to Microsoft's Central London offices for the first ever Kinecthack London. This two day event will encourage developers to build games, tools, digital artwork and other experiments using the latest Kinect for Windows v2 sensor.

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Six Nations Special. Wearable and Cloud Tech in Rugby - Breaking Rugby’s Technology Taboo
Six Nations Special. Wearable and Cloud Tech in Rugby - Breaking Rugby’s Technology Taboo

Since Sir Clive’s team broke the technology taboo, pro rugby has been an early adopter of big data, the cloud and wearables. Now, with this year’s RBS 6 Nations tournament up and running, we looked at the five areas where innovation is having the biggest impact on the game – and what it all means for techies like us.

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How to get started building with Microsoft Kinect
How to get started building with Microsoft Kinect

With the recent announcement of Hololens it has become clear that the principles behind the Kinect have continued to evolve deep inside a hidden Microsoft lab. The original visionary behind the Kinect, Alex Kipman, is now hard at work preparing to deliver a ground breaking augmented reality / hologram framework within the Windows 10 time frame. As Kipman says 'Kinect was the first step'.

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Digital metaphors - notes from the Wikigalaxy
Digital metaphors - notes from the Wikigalaxy

Having spent the last decade working in technology advertising, I’ve spent a huge amount of time trying to visualise and explain digital concepts. So I find it fascinating when someone finds a cool new lens to view some corner of the digital universe.

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Tools and Tips for Data Warehouse Developers
Tools and Tips for Data Warehouse Developers

At SQL Bits XIV, Cathrine Wilhemsen, SQL Server BI/DWH developer, gave a really useful session highlighting the top tools and tips she’d come across specifically for data warehouse developers. Here’s an overview of what she shared...

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5 top web design trends
5 top web design trends

Key web design trends for web designers and front end web devs - keeping a website cutting edge can be problematic. Devices change, as well as the way people use them, making it vital that designers and front end web devs keep up with the latest trends going on in the website design world.

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Using the WAT tool to create the BBC Enchanted Kingdom Windows Application
Using the WAT tool to create the BBC Enchanted Kingdom Windows Application

By George, Harnwell, Developer at Shaping Cloud. I have a passion for .NET but I also take an interest in most of today’s major programming languages. I’m experienced in developing web systems and applications (which I thoroughly enjoy) but when we were approached by the BBC to create a Windows Application for their new film, Enchanted Kingdom, it was a welcome change of scenery – literally!

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The Internet of Things – in context
The Internet of Things – in context

Microsoft UK Technical Evangelist Mark Bloodworth sets the scene for the Internet of Things invasion and puts it in context for us as consumers and developers.

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Future developer opportunities with the Microsoft HoloLens
Future developer opportunities with the Microsoft HoloLens

Windows 10 will bring with it fascinating new technology with the HoloLens. We look at future developer opportunities with the hardware.

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How to’s, tips and tricks and some superheroes - a day at SQL Bits XIV
How to’s, tips and tricks and some superheroes - a day at SQL Bits XIV

I’ve heard so much about SQL Bits, a community driven SQL conference for devs and IT Pros that’s now in its 7th year – notwithstanding the legendary parties that follow a hard day of deeply technical sessions – that I had to experience it for myself.

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What does the new ‘open’ Microsoft mean for .NET devs?
What does the new ‘open’ Microsoft mean for .NET devs?

2014 was the year of revelations for Microsoft, especially when it comes to the dev community and software development in general. There have been many announcements and lots of projects have been affected by the new openness that is taking place within Microsoft.

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Upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 for enterprise
Upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 for enterprise

Windows 7 users will need to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 by January 12, 2016 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. There are many web apps and services that were specifically designed for older versions of Internet Explorer, and there are tools to help run these applications in Internet Explorer 11.

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Windows 10 developer announcements from Mobile World Congress (from someone who was there)
Windows 10 developer announcements from Mobile World Congress (from someone who was there)

At Mobile World Conference (MWC), after announcing some new devices and information about office on phones in Windows 10, Microsoft announced the first information about developing apps for Windows 10. I was lucky enough to be there in person and these are the things that most caught my attention.

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Kinect hacks and inspirational projects
Kinect hacks and inspirational projects

On the 21st March, the first Kinect Hack in London will be taking place. Teams will get their hands on the Kinect Sensor V2 and jam out applications over the weekend with many other developers.

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone
Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone

Epic have announced that Unreal Engine 4 is now available to download for free, and all future updates will also be free of charge. Their monthly fee model was already well received, but now there’s no excuse to not give it a spin.

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Learn about cloud gaming from developers that use it
Learn about cloud gaming from developers that use it

The goal of cloud games is to provide gamers with the best experiences possible, and in this post we will outline some of the best practice from across UK indies, studios and research. We will share with you guidance on cloud services, developer tools, and support and prove that we are making it easier than ever for game developers to quickly grow their businesses.

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Cloud Hero tips: Setting up a WordPress website and customising images in Azure
Cloud Hero tips: Setting up a WordPress website and customising images in Azure

One of our Cloud Heroes shares his tips on how to set up websites on Microsoft Azure

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Upcoming events
Upcoming events

Another month, another extensive list of events you could be going to! Be sure to give the list the once over, and don’t be too afraid of those prices! Some venues will offer reduced prices if you enquire, and even if you can’t attend the day in person, keep your eyes peeled for the content that comes from them afterwards.

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Developing with Office 365, SharePoint, Breeze and Angular JS
Developing with Office 365, SharePoint, Breeze and Angular JS

Using popular open source frameworks in today’s world like Breeze and Angular JS can open up many more options when working with platforms like SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. Leveraging the new API’s in SharePoint and Office 365 you are able to create rich integration extensibility using the open source frameworks.

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Free game development courses via Microsoft Virtual Academy
Free game development courses via Microsoft Virtual Academy

Want to learn how to make your first video game? Do you want to learn something new to give you more options for employment? Microsoft Virtual Academy has free courses and resources that will help you to learn.

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Learn more about web development and the cloud with our free-to-attend camps
Learn more about web development and the cloud with our free-to-attend camps

There are many resources online that can help you when you get stuck or want to learn something new, but sometimes it’s easier to find and meet with people that can talk you through it. This is the aim with our cloud and web camps, which are free to attend events that are open to everyone.

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Cloud Hero tips: Setting up a virtual machine on Azure and project management in Visual Studio
Cloud Hero tips: Setting up a virtual machine on Azure and project management in Visual Studio

One of our Cloud Heroes shares his tips on setting up virtual machines in Azure and project management in Visual Studio.

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What is While TRUE Code?
What is While TRUE Code?

Colleges in our local area get together, enter teams and compete against one another to develop a mobile app. This was the concept we came up with during a computing lesson. Very soon after, as you might already expect, what was originally an idea turned into something significantly more.

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