posted on Oct. 25: Microsoft brings its technology to campus


“TechTalk,” a Microsoft-sponsored forum held at McMaster
on Friday, Sept. 29, attracted over 300 students eager to learn about the company's recruitment process for summer and full-time positions.

In addition, by showcasing a number of new technologies of interest to programmers and game developers, the event demonstrated possible career opportunities in these fields to students with a flair for software development.

For example, students were introduced to the soon-to-be-released xBox, a video game console created with game developers in mind. xBox is a platform from which amazing graphics, sound, and video can be combined to create the next generation of video games. It is expected that game developers who take advantage of this platform will create exciting new games.

Students were also informed about new aspects relating to the PocketPC, a development platform for hand-held devices. Current devices are capable of storing music, e-mail, contacts, schedules and task information. The newer ones have colour screens, built-in speakers and microphones. Those interested in creating software applications for this device need to be conversant with the Microsoft versions of Visual Basic and Visual C++ for embedded systems. With these tools, programmers can create professional-looking applications, in much the same way Windows programs are created.

To encourage students to develop applications for the PocketPC,
Microsoft is holding programming contests at over 70 universities
and colleges across North America. At each school, a number of prizes
will be awarded, with the winning group receiving their very own
PocketPCs. The contest is expected to run from November to March and
students will receive all the development support and resources
necessary to make great applications.

Microsoft has expressed an interest in helping university students and faculty with any interesting projects by providing needed resources. Anyone working on a unique project which could be enhanced or improved with the inclusion of Microsoft technology can contact for more information.