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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...

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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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Want to use Bower or Grunt but can’t upgrade to VS2015 just yet? We’ve got you covered
Want to use Bower or Grunt but can’t upgrade to VS2015 just yet? We’ve got you covered

If you’re not quite ready to deploy Visual Studio 2015 in your environment but still want to use Open Source community tools, I’ll walk you through getting a couple of the more popular ones working in your environment. I will be using Visual Studio 2013 but you can use anything as I’m just running commands in the command line.

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A tiring but rewarding 48 hours at the Global Game Jam 2015
A tiring but rewarding 48 hours at the Global Game Jam 2015

The Global Game Jam sees thousands of people, from students to professional developers, creating games in under 48 hours. I returned for my fourth year, and the second year as part of Very Scary Scenario, a totally professional and serious developer. Honest.

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Making your game stand out with Cortana
Making your game stand out with Cortana

True speech interaction is something we don’t see very often in gaming. Sure, you have recorded audio for NPCs and a few non-silent protagonists, but it’s very rare for the player to interact with speech themselves. So what can Cortana do for our apps and games?

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An introduction to the wonderful world of OData
An introduction to the wonderful world of OData

Continuing the series of articles highlighting SQL tips, tricks and how to videos from previous SQLBits events, Microsoft Technology Advisor Wesley Backelant introduces us to the wonderful world of OData, from SQL Bits XI.

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Tips for improving user acquisition and user retention in your games
Tips for improving user acquisition and user retention in your games

Are you looking to improve user acquisition and user retention for your app? We’ve picked up some tips from app events from around the UK, so here is a list of ways you can improve your games and get a bigger audience.

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Introduction to ConfigR, the solution to your application configuration problems
Introduction to ConfigR, the solution to your application configuration problems

For a long time, the “de facto” way of providing application configuration settings was to use the web/app.config. Even Microsoft encouraged and promoted this practice. And although it’s the “recommended” way and there is a nice API that supports reading these values, there is still a lot to be desired.

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Dead pixels: Random acts of codeness
Dead pixels: Random acts of codeness

We wanted to doff our woolly hats to some of the devs who’ve been working their baubles off to give others a helping hand in the industry.

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The top 5 extensions for Visual Studio
The top 5 extensions for Visual Studio

Check out this list of the top 5 extensions for Visual Studio which will offer a host of features and functionality to boost productivity and ultimately improve your development experience.

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10 Questions about Visual Studio support for Git
10 Questions about Visual Studio support for Git

Visual Studio Technical Specialist Giles Davies gives the answers to the top 10 questions he gets asked most frequently on Visual Studio support for Git.

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Minecraft: Creating the next generation of developers
Minecraft: Creating the next generation of developers

We catch up with a member of the Microsoft Expert Educator program at BETT 2015 to talk about the value of Minecraft in creating the next generation of developers.

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Windows 10 Announcements: HoloLens, Project Spartan, DirectX 12 and more
Windows 10 Announcements: HoloLens, Project Spartan, DirectX 12 and more

Microsoft announced a plethora of new features, ideas and devices at the recent “Windows 10: The Next Chapter” livestream, which was held on the 21st January. However, while you may have caught the buzz from some of the big announcements like Project Spartan, the HoloLens and DirectX 12, you may have missed something if you weren’t watching.

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Project brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier to create cross-platform apps
Project brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier to create cross-platform apps

Microsoft Windows Platform Development MVP Peter Foot’s project now brings a subset of the Windows API to iOS to make it easier for Windows developers to create cross-platform apps. Android will follow soon.

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7 ways to get feedback on your app
7 ways to get feedback on your app

When it comes to patching apps and making UI changes, it’s always best to know exactly what your users want and whether or not you’re catering to them. There are many ways to reach out and learn what it is your user base want, so here is a list of seven ways to go about it.

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Resolving the DCS two-step - Release Management vNext deployment
Resolving the DCS two-step - Release Management vNext deployment

When working with DSC (Desired State Configuration) a difficult concept can be that your desired state script is ‘compiled’ to a MOF file that is then ‘run’ by the desired state manager on the target machine. This is a two-step affair - and you have no real input on the second part. This is made more complex when Release Management is involved.

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Appy Parking: From idea to reality
Appy Parking: From idea to reality

Dan Hubert from Appy Parking has gone from idea to reality. His app now helps people in London to find parking without the need to drive around aimlessly, and there are bigger plans still. The app also benefits from Microsoft Azure, and the team also went through Microsoft Ventures in London.

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How to create your first game, using Marmalade and Microsoft Virtual Academy
How to create your first game, using Marmalade and Microsoft Virtual Academy

Want to get into game design but don’t know where to start? Take this Microsoft Virtual Academy course and you will be able to learn how to use Marmalade, a game engine that allows you to create games for various platforms.

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The Global Game Jam, and why game developers should participate
The Global Game Jam, and why game developers should participate

It has been almost two years since I graduated from Staffordshire University, having finally completed a Master's degree in Video Game Design. During my time there, the uni became an official venue for the Global Game Jam, an event which throws you into small teams with the aim of making a video game in only 48 hours.

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