The Microsoft Inspiration Tour

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Published in


Yestersay the MS Inspiration Tour visited Sunderland Uni. The speaker (or Evangelist as Microsoft would have it) was a guy called Paolo Barone, and he gave us an excellent talk on Silverlight showing us some excellent work that had been done with it (like this) and the tools used to create it. I really enjoyed this part of the talk and was particularly interested in a feature called Deep Zoom which I'm looking forward to having a play with.

He also spoke to us about a programming language called XMA which Microsoft is developing for cross platform games creation. This was also pretty interesting but to be honest a lot of it went a bit over my head. We were shown some pretty good games that have been developed using it and there seems to be a lot of potential there.

The last thing he spoke to us about was Microsoft's Imagine Cup. This consists of several different competitions, but the on I'm interested in is the IT Challenge. To quote the site,
The object of the IT Challenge Competition is to highlight the art and science of developing, deploying, and maintaining IT systems that are efficient, functional, robust and secure.
Seems interesting, and I think I'll be signing up.

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