Review Category : Developers

Microsoft today released Visual Studio Tools for Unity 1.9 to developers. Microsoft announced earlier this month that they have acquired following SyntaxTree, the developer behind the popular UnityVS Visual Studio add-on for developers building games on the Unity framework. Microsoft is releasing it again under their branding along with the new update which will have the following new features. What’s new in v1.9 release?  Start your game and your debugging session in one click. Developers using Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 can now attach the debugger and start their game by simply changing the debug target. Faster startup. Opening VSTU projects is now faster. Faster debugger. Performance of attaching and detaching the debugger, as well as expanding local variables, has been improved. Better handling of C# constructs. The add-on now properly populates the local variables window when debugging iterators or when you access variables inside closures. The extension is available to download ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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In 2013, Microsoft started running a program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state which provides software development training to eligible U.S. active duty service members who will be transitioning out of the service in the near future. Today, Microsoft announced that they are expanding the program to Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Hood in Texas. With the expansion, nearly 90 service members are enrolled in or have already graduated from the MSSA. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought her back to base to participate in a rigorous 16-week program learning software ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Back in May, Microsoft announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. This rendering and styling improvements are now live for Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Source: Bing Dev Center ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 Beta 2. This is a free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich experience for working with Node.js apps, giving developers the power of the Visual Studio code editor including support for IntelliSense, the Visual Studio debugger, and for running Node.js apps on Microsoft Azure Web Sites or Cloud Services. New features in this release: Improved NPM UI. We updated the NPM management UI so it is easier to use. We’ve also added integrated support for invoking NPM inside of the REPL window with a new .npm command. New analysis and IntelliSense engine. We created a new IntelliSense engine which is capable of analyzing much larger code bases. Once processed the results of the analysis are cached and reused in subsequent sessions which leads to much better performance compared to our previous release. The new engine is also configurable so ...

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Developers can learn what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. In the above video, you can know about top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5 recent additions and enhancements to the apps for Office model. Recently, Microsoft has released Office 365 Preview APIs as well, Microsoft’s ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are developing a new original compiler over the last two years and the early results with this new compiler core were so positive that they are now planning to grow this core into the new TypeScript compiler and language service. The good news is that  the new compiler follows the same TypeScript 1.0 language spec, has the same compiler flags and compiler functionality, and outputs nearly identical code to the currently shipping TypeScript compiler. Microsoft said that when this development is complete, the new compiler should be drop-in compatible with the existing one. Microsoft believes that this new compiler has much cleaner compiler architecture that has better performance and allows them to add new features with greater ease in releases to come. Our work to date on the new compiler has been very promising.  At its current level of completeness, the new compiler is able ...

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  Every year, Microsoft conducts lots of events focused on Enterprise customers and developers. It includes TechEd, SharePoint conference, Microsoft Management Summit and more. Today, Microsoft announced they are unifying all these events into one Unified Technology Event For Enterprises. We’re excited to announce the inaugural unified Microsoft commercial technology event the week of May 4, 2015. If you’ve attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this the place for you to be. It’s everything you’ve come to know and love and more. You’ll find what you’re familiar with and you’ll learn more about Lync, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Project, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visio, Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Intune, Windows Server and lots more. Save the week of May 4, 2015.  We’ll be back in September with more details. See you in Chicago for this unparalleled event. At these events, you can experience the following, The broadest ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Satya Nadella revealed Microsoft’s plans to take on Amazon Web Services in the world of startups. We all know that Microsoft Azure is now competing well against AWS in both PAAS and IAAS. But, Microsoft Azure’s growth is mainly because of Enterprises who are already a Microsoft customer. Hundreds of startups still rely on Amazon for building their product, the problem here is that they don’t even consider Microsoft Azure due to perception issues. Satya exactly spoke about it at the conference. He spoke that Microsoft faces two challenges in reaching out to startups, one is a perception issue and the other is selection bias. He said that a startup even if they use Amazon Web Services, can also use Azure’s Active Directory, there’s also single-sign-on—another identity management service—for Microsoft’s Office 365, startups can use Microsoft’s cloud-based machine learning services to perform advanced predictive analytics while using another ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. Today, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com withSDK document and examples.  Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you have already signed-up for the program and didn’t receive any shipping information, you have to wait for your chance. We are rolling out this new program gradually to make sure that everything is working well and we’re ...

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Microsoft today announced Windows Apportals for the enterprise which can organize and reveal only the data and apps needed for a specific role or task. Windows Apportals pull together all the essential Apps and data you need right from the fabric of Windows 8. As a result, they are adaptive to any mobile environment. Main Features: Tile Groupings: Windows Apportals are composed of Tile Groupings similar to the Windows 8 Start screen. This instantly familiar interface is incredibly easy to use. Grid Tiles: Tile Groupings are built with “Grid Tiles,” similar to Live Tiles in that they can display streaming information. Unlike Live Tiles, these Grid Tiles are not repositionable by the user. Desktop Applications: Any application designed to run in Desktop Mode on Windows 8 can also launch and run in any Windows Apportal. Modern Apps: Applications native the Metro UI in Windows 8—sometimes called Windows 8 apps—also launch and run in ...

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Microsoft is now helping developers in making decisions to succeed in Windows Store app development. To compete with tens of thousands of apps in the Windows Store, developers can make use of the real data to make good decisions to help their app succeed. When developers decide to develop for a platform, the first question that arises is which app should they build. Developers can use a service such as AppFeds to get some overall data and get some insights. Games is by far the most popular category followed by apps in in the Entertainment, Education, Books and Reference, and Music and Videos categories of equal numbers. AppFeds provided the following thoughts on current Windows Store apps, If you’re looking for areas with fewer competitors—where it might be easier to find opportunities—you might focus on the smallest categories such as Finance, Security, Photos, Government, and Health and Fitness. If you’re planning to ...

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Emoji fonts became so popular after it was included in Apple’s iOS few year back. Apple implemented it using a proprietary, unpublished extension of the TrueType/OpenType specification to add PNG images to a font. These PNG images are then displayed within running text. Google also implemented similar thing, but it is not compatible with Apple’s solution. I recently came to know via Ralf Herrmann from OpenType.info about the interesting approach Microsoft has taken to implement Emojis in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Earlier, Microsoft supported unicode emoji characters with its Segoe UI with no colors. But with the latest OS, Microsoft is also supporting colored emojis. Instead of using PNGs like Apple and Google, Microsoft is using layered vector glyphs. Ralf explains how it works, By default, the new Segoe UI Emoji font behaves like a regular TrueType/OpenType font. It has Unicode-encoded, uncolored “base glyphs”. But there are two additional tables in the font: ...

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