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Microsoft Inspiration Tour

Ed Dunhil and his colleague came to the University of Hull to showcase some new Microsoft technologies as a part of the Microsoft Inspiration Tour and as well as giving us all a sweet Microsoft t-shirt and pen, taught us about what’s up and coming in the world of Microsoft.

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight Logo 150pxMicrosoft’s Silverlight, although similar to Flash, has lots of benefits.

Flash is around 30mb, whereas Silverlight is 5mb. Microsoft’s Silverlight can be created by anybody from a novice user who wants to create an applet using drag and drop design techniques, to the advanced user who wants to code their custom javascript or events into the applet. It’s about creating a rich user experience combining animations, audio and video with interactivity.

Microsoft XNA

Microsoft XNA LogoGames development in the United Kingdom is booming at the momement and Microsoft’s XNA helps games developers, with the aide of a framework, to build games which can be compiled and played on a variety of systems, including Microsoft’s very own XBOX 360. The guys showed us a 3D game that a developer spent two months creating, which is a racing car game which uses a rollercoaster engine.

XNA Game Studio 2.0 will have an XBOX Live API… who knows?

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