Review Category : Developers

Back in March, Microsoft announced the OneNote Dev Center along with the release the new OneNote API. After listening to the feedback from developers, Microsoft today announce a refreshed OneNote Dev Center with new interactive documentation and improved site design to better find resources. In this update, you find a simple UI that lays out all the key development resources right on the homepage. We have made these resources much more discoverable and accessible. The other big change is the new interactive documentation, accessible via the api reference link. We have partnered with the nice folks from Apiary to roll out the new interactive reference documentation. Not only does the documentation has a modern look-and-feel, it also has a console built right into it so you can call the APIs from the documentation to try it out for yourself. In addition, the new interactive docs also have the ability to generate ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of WinJS 3.0 which was announced earlier this year at BUILD developer conference. WinJS 3.0 now runs seamlessly across platforms and browsers so that developers can now use WinJS not only for Universal Windows Apps, but also for the web sites, and when building HTML-based mobile apps across various platforms using technologies like Apache Cordova. Major items we addressed in the 3.0 release includecross-platform infrastructure improvements for layout, keyboarding, string localization, and support for right-to-left languages; a comprehensive unit test suite that runs on our components for major operating systems and browsers; and design updates to the custom WinJS controls and intrinsic HTML controls ensure a consistent user experience on many platforms and browsers. WinJS offers the following, Cross-browser/cross-platform support spanning the most popular desktop and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments like Apache Cordova JavaScript modularization giving developers the control to optimize ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the general availability of Azure AD Basic and Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync). AAD Basic is targeted towards deskless employees of organizations and it provides essential features like company branding, group-based application access and self-service password reset. Azure AAD sync simplifies the process of connecting Azure AD to Windows Server AD, including making it simple to connect complex, multi-forest deployments. It also enhances the single forest capabilities. The features included in Active Directory Basic are: Company branding – This feature enables you to add your company logo and color schemes to your organization’s Sign In and Access Panel pages. You also have the option to add localized versions of the logo for different languages and locales. For more information, see Add Company branding to your Sign In and Access Panel pages. Group-based application access – Easily manage user access to thousands of SaaS applications based ...

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In the past few years, Microsoft is making the testing on Internet Explorer a little easier by offering developers with the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE. Based on developers feedback, yesterday they announced few more additions to their offering. Microsoft has made available the VirtualBox versions of modern.IE’s test VM’s for Vagrant users in beta form so that they can automatically download and layout those images for development and testing purposes. This helps developers using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of their development environments to ensure consistency and repeatability standing up their project machines. Microsoft has partnered with Parallels to make the modern.IE VMs accessible from within their new VM wizard directly. Developers need not separately download the VM archive pieces to put them together. This handy access path provides the EULA and choice of IE/Windows versions directly in the product. As a special offer ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Windows Dev Center Partner Program. This program is targeted towards middleware providers and provide them with devices, software, co-marketing, event support, and more. Unity, MVVM Light toolkit, Json.Net are some of the examples of middleware. If you are a developer of middleware offerings, you apply today to qualify for these benefits. If you are a Windows app developer looking for third party middleware available to accelerate your app or game development for Windows, you can check Microsoft’s new partner directory, where you’ll find an extensive and growing list of some of the most compelling middleware partners targeting Windows today. At Microsoft we’re more focused than ever on creating the most compelling, accessible, powerful, and overall enjoyable app development platform, and we recognize the critical role middleware plays in such an ecosystem. This new program is designed to promote that goal. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that Azure API Management leaves Preview and it is available for everyone with a 99.9% SLA. Many companies and startups nowadays have providing APIs as their business model. Publish APIs more reliably, more securely, and at scale is a difficult job and Azure API Management enables them to do that. Developers can now open doors to directly monetize digital assets, transforming it into a platform, and creating new content distribution channels across mobile devices. This service provides the tools that your organization needs to manage APIs–from provisioning user roles to creating usage plans and quotas, applying policies for transforming payloads, throttling, conducting analytics, monitoring and configuring alerts. In addition, we have enhancements with the Azure API Management REST API that enable you to automate API management operations and integrate API management with their other systems and processes. Read more about it here. ...

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Recently, Microsoft highlighted that JumpStart, a popular game developing company has become Azure customer and is moving their games to Azure platform to expand the reach and improve gameplay. In addition, there are releasing two new games in Windows Store. Those are two football games built on Microsoft Azure called NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes and NFL RUSH Heroes & Rivals. Both games are educational and fun, perfect for kids and their families. Microsoft jumped to Azure because they are in need of a cloud solution to quickly help them scale across many devices and support millions of user sessions simultaneously. Like all JumpStart games, School of Dragons and Madagascar Math Ops go beyond typical kids’ games, combining exciting gameplay with essential educational skills. Thanks to the increased popularity of multiple titles, JumpStart needed a more robust backend to support its growing demand and decided to migrate from Rackspace to Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today revealed information about Win2D API to expose the power of hardware accelerated Direct2D graphics to Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 Universal App developers. Currently, developers who want to use DirectX based Windows Store app requires native C++ and DirectX APIs that have been made available to the Windows Runtime and it is complex to develop. So, developers have been asking for they way access to DirectX through C#, graphics solutions similar to System.Drawing, XNA and SharpDX, Win2D is the answer from Microsoft for them. Win2D utilizes the power of Direct2D, and integrates seamlessly with XAML and ICoreWindow. Win2D’s design makes it easier for a C#/C++ developer to use the full capabilities of the Direct2D API without it feeling like a walled garden. These APIs can be used with XAML to produce beautiful graphics apps with rich UI. The API is in the early stages of development and we have a minimal ...

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Pointer events is a new standard which Microsoft initiated at first and later developed by the W3C to define a unified device input model – pen, mouse and touch – across multiple browsers. Pointer Events makes it easier to support a variety of browsers and devices by saving Web developers from writing unique code for each input type. To demonstrate cross browser interoperability for Pointer Events, Microsoft contributed patches to Blink and Mozilla browser engines, and developed interoperability prototypes, including a Pointer Events prototype for WebKit. Also, Pointer Events was well received by the web community. Few weeks back, Chrome team posted that they are planning to drop Pointer Events support in Chrome citing some lame reasons. Read about it here. There is a huge discussion going on regarding this removal of support from Chrome. In response to Google engineer’s argument, Microsoft’s engineer posted the below statement. He reaffirmed that to help make this happen for web developers ...

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Microsoft today announced three new updates related to Office apps. First, they are revamping Office Store with a major refresh. Second, they are expanding to multiple new international markets and third on the increased visibility of third-party Store apps to both customers and Office sales and deployment partners. Office Store: This week marks the formal go-live date for the new, beautiful storefront at its new web page, Store.Office.com, which you can see here: To help customers find relevant apps faster, the new Store home page features a sleek, modern interface with bold, wide-format app icons and a user-friendly Category browse experience down the left side. The free-text search tool has been improved, too. Repeat visitors will see the best and latest apps near the top of the home page, thanks to a new robust ranking service that can showcase a unique set of apps every day. The developer experience is better, too, with faster ...

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Microsoft is continuously improving the experience around Visual Studio Online service and today they are enabling an unlimited number of stakeholders across your organization to easily work with your Visual Studio Online projects. So, any number of users in an account can be assigned a stakeholder license at no charge.  Stakeholders have access to the project home page and most of the “work” related functionality. This includes the ability to view the backlog, add and edit items, run work item queries and more. I truly believe that today, every company is a software company, and software projects are a key enabler of business success throughout an organization. As this trend continues, we recognize that there are many users within the organization who are stakeholders in a development project, but not core members of the project.  Whether it’s management who periodically wants to see the status of a project, business leads defining user stories ...

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Microsoft today announced previews of new Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. They also announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based solution for the cloud, now supports Apache HBase clusters. Azure DocumentDB is the main announcement here. It’s a NoSQL document database-as-a-service that provides the benefits of a NoSQL document database but also adds the query processing and transaction semantics common to relational database systems. Built for the cloud, Azure DocumentDB natively supports JSON documents enabling easy object mapping and iteration of data models for application development. Azure DocumentDB offers programming libraries for several popular languages and platforms, including.Net, Node.js, JavaScript, and Python. We will be contributing the client libraries to the open source community, so they can incorporate improvements into the versions published on Azure.com. Second new thing announced today is ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 which includes updates to the Visual F# compiler and F# IDE tooling for Visual Studio. Microsoft is continuing to expand .NET portable library support in Visual F#, with this release you can find F# project templates, along with compiler and runtime support, for two additional portable profiles: Profile 78 (.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 8, Windows Phone Silverlight 8) Profile 259 (.NET Framework 4.5, Silverlight 5, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1) Some other new features in this release, Non-locking assembly references in FSI F# developers love the quick-iteration development workflow enabled by F# Interactive – “edit-compile-test” is more or less distilled to “edit-test” – and tend to dislike anything that slows them down. Those errors should no longer be an issue. F# Interactive now supports non-locking #r references via shadow copy. Support for Publish in web and Azure projects If you are using ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 that helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Today, Microsoft announced the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. What’s new with Bing Developer Assistant? New Visual Studio IntelliSense experience to find code samples for API – Bing Developer Assistant delivers a major enhancement in Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search. Code snippets are short piece of code ...

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Microsoft developer division teams are on fire, if I’m not wrong, this is fourth major release in past 4 weeks. Today, they released Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 along with an early build of the .NET Framework vNext. Some features in this release include: ASP.NET and Web Development vNext Updates. This CTP includes all the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 web tooling improvement and ASP.NET vNext alpha 3 runtime packages. It has improved tooling support for ASP.NET vNext, such as support for build configuration and support for unit tests, and it no longer includes content and compile items inside “.kproj” file. ASP.NET vNext includes an updated version of the RyuJIT JIT compiler. For details, please read the full post on the .NET Web Development Tools blog. .NET Native Updates. .NET Native is now integrated into Visual Studio “14.” It includes initial support for calling WCF services within .NET Native apps and the associated ...

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Today, ZDNet reported that Microsoft is planning to deliver a “technology preview” of its upcoming major Windows release codenamed “Threshold” by late September or early October. Windows Threshold is likely to be marketed as Windows 9 will be released as a public preview for anyone who are interested by end of this year. This Windows 9 tech preview will receive subsequent monthly updates and it will be installed on the users automatically. Windows 9 is expected to include no.of major changes for keyboard/mouse users and it is also likely to include new consumer facing features such as Cortana integration. Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to ...

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