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MSDN Promotion: How to get the most from your MSDN Subscription
MSDN Promotion: How to get the most from your MSDN Subscription

With an MSDN Subscription, you get access to a bevy of benefits—everything from Azure credits, to perks with Visual Studio Online, to hardcore training with Pluralsight. Those benefits are designed for the individual – aka you.

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Judging the UK Imagine Cup - creating a new generation of devs
Judging the UK Imagine Cup - creating a new generation of devs

Microsoft runs a global student tech competition called the Imagine Cup. It brings students from around the world together with the lofty aims of breaking new ground, solving some of the toughest problems in the world, and turning ideas into a business.

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10 ways to get the most out of your MSDN benefits
10 ways to get the most out of your MSDN benefits

Most developers know subscribing to MSDN - the Microsoft Developer Network - has a host of benefits, however for many there are a number of great features that they are potentially missing out on.

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UX Design for Beginners
UX Design for Beginners

UX design is a huge and daunting subject. A user will always have an experience, no matter if you design for it or not, so it’s important that the user journey is observed and iterated upon to ensure that your website and/or app isn’t killing your business.

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Build 2015 through the eyes of a developer
Build 2015 through the eyes of a developer

If 2014 was an exciting year for Microsoft, then 2015 is going to blow you away! //Build 2015 kicked off with a bang and the announcements kept coming one after the other. Below, I will try to summarize what was announced and why you should be excited as a developer.

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Highlights from //Build 2015 keynote: Day 1
Highlights from //Build 2015 keynote: Day 1

//Build is now in full swing! Announcements are being made left and right over in San Francisco, and given just how many we’ve seen on day one alone, it wouldn’t be too crazy if you’d missed one or two. Here is our round-up of the Day 1 announcements.

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Cool tech I saw this week... at Up Accelerator and FFWD
Cool tech I saw this week... at Up Accelerator and FFWD

Just another week in TechCity. While I was at one Accelerator event hearing startup hopefuls pitch, there were at least five other pitch events going on. You can never get ‘round to see them all, but I hope my new weekly blog will help to surface a few of the most promising – or in the case of today’s blog – the most social, amusing, ad-techy and sporty … and hopefully some of the most promising as well.

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How can developers take advantage of a healthcare app boom?
How can developers take advantage of a healthcare app boom?

Fitness and health may be rich areas to mine for developers. Where are the future opportunities?

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#BeforeTwitterI – how the digital zeitgeist changed everything
#BeforeTwitterI – how the digital zeitgeist changed everything

When the hashtag #BeforeTwitterI started trending at the end of March, it gave us an interesting perspective into how the little blue bird has changed our world. From the profound to the ridiculous, here are our favourites.

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Exploring the world of a Data Scientist
Exploring the world of a Data Scientist

If you’re looking at expanding your universe into a new career in 2015, the world of the data scientist is well worth exploring. Hailed by Mashable as ‘2015’s hottest profession’, the role and the skills required to become data scientist remain a mystery to many. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the job, debunk popular myths and set you on the path to becoming a data scientist with some practical steps. Let’s start by looking at the employment opportunity.

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A Speech Library Helper for Cortana
A Speech Library Helper for Cortana

Rob Miles, Computer Science lecturer and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) has built a utility that makes it really easy to create voice command files for any text based adventures game. Here he shares how it’s done…

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Re-use your existing skills using languages and frameworks you already know and love
Re-use your existing skills using languages and frameworks you already know and love

I started programming quite a long time ago. The very first IDE I used in the early noughties was Visual Basic 5.0, the world had its foundations on Win32 and the RAD experience of Visual Basic was making me feel like an alchemist while creating his magic stuff. Fifteen years later, the world as I knew it is upside down. ASP.NET running on Mac OSX, Linux virtual machines running on Microsoft Azure, open source all the way in the middle.

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Cool tech I saw this week… at WAYRA
Cool tech I saw this week… at WAYRA

Microsoft UK start-ups lead Diane Perlman highlights the creative and innovative products and services the UK start-up industry is building. Here she showcases some start-ups she met at Telefonica’s accelerator WAYRA.

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Learnings from the Imagine Cup – ‘Make it Happen’ event
Learnings from the Imagine Cup – ‘Make it Happen’ event

Recently, the Imagine Cup descend on London’s Cardinal Place to decide which UK teams would proceed to the next round of Microsoft’s annual compete-a-thon for students.

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Tips on how to approach the press with your app
Tips on how to approach the press with your app

After working hard on your latest app, you’d be forgiven for just wanting to relax a little after it’s been released. If you’re making a product as a side project or a bit of fun, you may not have even considered a marketing plan. Get it out of the door, relax and check the numbers in a few days.

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Tips and advice for game development with The Triforce of Game Design
Tips and advice for game development with The Triforce of Game Design

Iain Lobb gives a talk about his own approach to video game design, detailing game length, the importance of kinaesthetic, ergonomics, and the eight kinds of fun.

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Valuable coding tutorials for budding developers with little or no experience
Valuable coding tutorials for budding developers with little or no experience

Looking to make your first steps in coding? Here are some cool free resources.

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‘Her’, Cortana and Artificial intelligence: Could you fall in love with an operating system?
‘Her’, Cortana and Artificial intelligence: Could you fall in love with an operating system?

There has already been a lot of research in AI for a number of years, but one of the clearest examples we've seen where artificial intelligence in voice is going has been with Cortana with Windows smartphones.

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Adobe is now contributing to Project Spartan
Adobe is now contributing to Project Spartan

A few months ago, Microsoft made it possible for the Adobe Web Platform Team to contribute to Project Spartan. The team contributes in the areas of layout, typography, graphic design, motion and more.

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MSDN Subscribers: Create VM’s, dabble in some research and development, host a website and develop your skills with free Azure credits
MSDN Subscribers: Create VM’s, dabble in some research and development, host a website and develop your skills with free Azure credits

There are numerous reasons why a developer might want to get themselves an MSDN subscription, including access to Microsoft software tools for development and testing, as well as access to learning resources. But you may particularly be interested in one benefit in particular – monetary Azure credits.

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Using InfluxDB on Azure: a way to manage DevOps workloads, Sensor data and more with zero time to market
Using InfluxDB on Azure: a way to manage DevOps workloads, Sensor data and more with zero time to market

For data workloads that are primarily orientated by time series, or require aggregation around a DateTime data format, InfluxDB is a powerful utility. It can be built into an Azure architecture to manage DevOps workloads, Sensor data and more. Using BriskEngine.com as the provisioning engine, you gain the benefit of a zero time to market to begin deploying Azure services that consume InfluxDB.

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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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