Love is in the air for Surface Book and Hour of Code

by Robson Smith

Valentine’s Day may be over but here at Microsoft, we are still sending out the love with our amazing Windows 10 devices. Earlier this year we held the UK launch of the first Microsoft laptop - the Surface Book. This Ultra-thin, meticulously crafted device allows users to have the desktop experience and mobile experience all in one device.

The Surface Book has some amazing feature, such as Windows Hello. Ohhh and did we mention it’s also a detachable tablet? Perfect when using programs such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Lightroom® and OneNote. By reconnecting it to the keyboard, you unlock its full creative power in a pen first mode. In the opinion of many, the Surface Book is the greatest laptop available.

There is also the phone equivalent; Of course I’m talking about the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL. However, these Lumia devices are more than just a phone. With a mouse, keyboard and DisplayDock you can transform this device from a high spec smartphone into a fully operational PC in seconds. All these devices and more (such as the Surface Hub and Band 2) all support Windows 10 Universal Apps including Netflix, BBC Store and Office 2016.

But not only has everyone been tweeting about the Surface Book and Lumia, they also have been talking about Hour of Code.

Launched in 2013, Hour of Code is a one-hour session that gives every student in every school an opportunity to learn computer coding. Hour of Code is a great starting point if you want to pursue a career in coding or if you just want to know some basics. At Microsoft, with help from the Get On 101 Team, we are helping Code.org in their quest by visiting schools all over the UK to teach students aged 8 and over how to code. But wait! You want to know more information? Check out some of these Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can get involved?

Anyone, any age, boys and girls can participate in Hour of Code. Last year over 20 world famous people got involved with Hour for Code – These included United States President Barack Obama, Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, Nobel Peace Prize™ winner Malala Yousafzai, Prime Minister David Cameron and Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates.

What activities are there?

There are several Hour of Code activities you can take part in including Disney’s Star Wars, Pixar’s Frozen, Minecraft, Flappy Bird and Angry Birds. All completely free and accessible from not only in school but at home too. What’s not to love about that?!

Do I need a computer to participant?

Nope. Hour of Code tutorials work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have.

I have never coded before?

That’s cool, neither did President Barack Obama and now he loves it! You don’t need to have any knowledge of code to participate as the activities have a step-by-step walkthrough which tells you how to code and what commands to use.

Awesome, where do I begin?

Brilliant! Visit http://code.org and click Learn Hour of Code. Once on the Hour of Code page, open any activity and follow the step-by-step guide. Good Luck!

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