Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps #yam


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Microsoft Project Siena is a Windows 8 app which allows you to develop more Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required.

The process starts by placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your page: images, videos, buttons, lists, checkboxes, whatever they might be.

You can link your visuals to data sources: RSS feeds, an Excel file, Sharepoint, Azure services and more.

Next comes the tricky task of making sure the app works as you expect. And this isn\’t particularly easy, at all. You don\’t need programming knowledge, but there are lots of options and settings you\’ll need to learn in order to get everything working properly as well as entering Excel code for more complex logic.

Once it\’s all done then you can use the app yourself, or share it with others. See the details below for more information

via Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps – Microsoft UK Faculty Connection – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

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Building more beautiful Line of Business apps using LightSwitch – MSDN UK Team blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

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We talk a lot about building and designing consumer apps but what about line of business apps?

The new features in Visual Studio LightSwitch are designed to help you build beautiful, mobile business productivity apps without having to write a lot of code. You can create SharePoint apps and HTML5 client apps – the LightSwitch templates provide the fit and finish so you can get your app up and running pretty quickly and WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow to Blend for Visual Studio have recently been added to the toolset.

LightSwitch HTML clients are built on standards-compliant HTML5 and JavaScript and provide touch-first experiences on Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iPhones and iPads with iOS 5 and 6, and Android 4.x devices.

via Building more beautiful Line of Business apps using LightSwitch – MSDN UK Team blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

1:1 Computing in Education – Microsoft UK Schools blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

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As the global economy embraces the digital age, it is important that the delivery and focus of education evolves to better equip learners with the 21st Century skills that are key to their future success.

With this challenge in mind, a number of factors come into play, but arguably one of the most significant drivers to help build 21st Century skills is 1:1 computing in education. Whether it’s helping to equip children to compete in the global economy or driving equality and social mobility, 1:1 computing is described by many, including the Sutton Trust in their recent research, to be a prerequisite for improving learning outcomes and helping to build 21st Century skills.

via 1:1 Computing in Education – Microsoft UK Schools blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.