Review Category : Developers

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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Last year, Microsoft announced that all Xbox One retail units can be used as dev kits in the future so that anyone can become a Xbox developer. During ID@Xbox program launch, Microsoft said, “As part of our vision for enabling everyone with an Xbox One to be a creator, we absolutely intend to enable people to develop games using their retail kits. Right now, though, you still need a development kit! We provide two kits to everyone in the registered developer program. Additional kits, if needed, can be purchased.” Again during the console launch, then Xbox VP Marc Whitten explained to Engadget as the following, “It’s more of a timeframe thing. The vision of how the service and the console work together, how your console can be a dev kit, is a core part of the vision. It’s how we built a ton of the architecture. But moving from a ...

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As part of patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft yesterday fixed over 29 different vulnerabilities in Windows. Microsoft released the following summary that lists security bulletins released for July 2014. With the release of the security bulletins for July 2014, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued July 3, 2014. Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software MS14-037 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of CTP 2 of Visual Studio “14”, the upcoming version of Visual Studio. In addition to the new features that were included in CTP 1, this CTP 2 includes the following new features and improvements, Save and Apply Custom IDE Layouts. You can now save and apply custom layouts for tool windows in the IDE. The Save Window Layout and Apply Window Layout commands are under the Window Menu and you can also rename, reorder, and delete layouts from Manage Window Layouts. Light Bulb Editor Adornment. Light Bulbs are an extensible editor adornment to identify and help you fix issues in your code. To use them, place the caret on a line with an issue or hover over an issue and you’ll see a light bulb that lists actions you can take to resolve the problem and even a preview of proposed solutions. Editor Touch Support. The ...

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Eric Ligman, senior sales manager at Microsoft has posted a blog post containing the list of free e-books from Microsoft. There are over 150 free e-books on various Microsoft products like Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more. Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think ...

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One of the cool things that Microsoft announced at BUILD is that they are joining the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices was announced which will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. Now, Microsoft is giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for the program. What will you create? Development hardware like the Intel Galileo board allows you to read temperature sensors, power robot servos, check for intruders, blink a bunch of LED lights, or even make a little music. Whether you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing—we’re excited to see what you can do. Early and often ...

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Microsoft announced few of the upcoming features in Xbox Music API at Build conference earlier this year. Those features are now available to all the developers. The new Xbox Music APIs make it easy for any app publisher to connect an app or website to be powered by music.  The Xbox Music API provides access to RESTful web services for building beautiful experiences using rich artist and album metadata across Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, and Android. Developers will be able to do the following, - Get the details of an album, an artist or a track if you know its ID. - Search for any album, artist or track details based on a string of keywords, e.g. “Madonna hang out”. - Get the top and newest albums of an artist. - Get a deep link that redirects nicely to the Xbox Music applications, whether on the Web, Windows Phone, ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, which you can now download. Update 3 brings in new features as well as reliability fixes and bug fixes. It has added support for multi-device development with Apache Cordova, improvements to our diagnostics experience, and general improvements to the user experience including a new setting that enables you to turn off the ALL CAPS menus. You can read the full detailed release notes here. CodeLens support for Git – In Update 3, we’ve added CodeLens support for projects using Git, in addition to those using Team Foundation Version Control.  CodeLens for Git works against the local Git repo and, as such, works whether you are using an onprem TFS server, VS Online, another Git service (like GitHub) or are offline completely.  Next up on the CodeLens slate (not in Update 3 though), is support for CodeLens with TFVC on VS Online.  Read more ...

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