Review Category : Developers

Microsoft today detailed the various display resolutions supported in Windows 8. Proper resolution support is needed in the OS to offer customers a broad choice of form factors while having predictable user experience. Also to make developers easily build apps that look great on all form factors in the Windows ecosystem. Also Microsoft has chosen 1024×768 as a minimum for Metro style apps. The Metro-Style apps will run great on screens up to 2560×1600 resolution. You can read more about this in detail at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Microsoft today showed its Metro-Style business apps concepts at Convergence conference for Dynamics ERP and CRM customers and partners. Apart from Microsoft other Microsoft partners will also be showing their Windows 8 business apps which should further create interest on Windows 8 tablets among enterprise users. You can see the Microsoft Dynamics app concept in the image above and some more from the via link. It would be more fun for IT/Business people if business apps turn this sexy! via: ZDNet  ...

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Microsoft today detailed its Windows 8 Store licensing model for end users. This is similar to the one we currently have in Windows Phone Marketplace. An user can install the apps he bought in upto 5 PC’s, trial API’s can be implemented by developers based on their business model, different users of a PC can use the same Microsoft account for apps and many such things are detailed. The Store’s app licensing model centers on the idea of providing customers with access to all of their apps on all of their Windows 8 devices. It gives customers control over their apps and keeps them connected to those apps across the multiple PCs that they’ll use over time. They can get updates for apps, write reviews for them, reinstall them on a new PC, and share them with their families. At the same time, the Store’s app licensing model provides developers ...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm has announced today that they will be distributing Windows On ARM Tablets to select developers in coming months to test their apps. This is not a surprising move since there are no Windows on ARM PC’s available for purchase in the market. However both the companies have not announced on what basis they will give out tablets to developers. Read the press release below for more details. Press Release: BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Snapdragon™ processor will be joining Microsoft Corp.’s Windows on ARM developer seeding program. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to provide test PCs to select developers in order to test and optimize apps for forthcoming Snapdragon-powered Windows on ARM PCs and tablets. This invitation-only program will combine a pre-release version of Windows on ARM with next-generation, high performance Snapdragon S4 test PCs. These test ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta coming next week. The new version of developer tools will sport a new look and hundreds of new features that will make the developer environment much better. With this as the backdrop we set out in Visual Studio 11 to attack the tool overload challenge through thoughtful yet aggressive reduction in the following areas: Command Placements Colorized Chrome Line Work Iconography Microsoft also announced that the beta of this product will be available for download next week which Windows 8 beta gets released. You can read of TFS 11 release here. ...

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Microsoft will be organizing a session at the Game Developers Conference on March 6th to detail Windows 8 Gaming & Microsoft’s vision of connected experiences. Developers will learn to build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Sessions include: Entertainment Reimagined Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8 The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze Async Gaming Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services Read more at MSDN blog post.  via: windows8beta ...

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Today Microsoft detailed their Windows On ARM strategy. At last, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows On ARM will not support any type of virtualization or emulation approach, and will not enable existing x86/64 applications to be ported or run. So, this leaves developers with the only choice. If they want to target both Windows On ARM & Windows 8 on x86/x64, WinRT API’s are the only way to go. Also Windows On ARM will allow you to install apps only from Windows Store signed by Microsoft. Here is the reason Microsoft tell us, Supporting various forms of emulation runs counter to the goal of delivering a product that takes a modern approach to system reliability and predictability—by definition, existing code has not been optimized for the platform the way WOA has. Virtualized or emulated software will consume system resources, including battery life and CPU, at unacceptable levels. Emulation and virtualization of ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that Windows On ARM ( Windows 8 ) will include Desktop mode. Along with the desktop mode, Windows On ARM will also have Microsoft Office running on it. Here is the summary of the announcement, Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows. WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64. Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64. WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage.WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10. WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be no MIX Developer conference this year. MIX was started in 2006 focusing on web developers for Microsoft Web platform and continued till 2011. Microsoft today blogged the following, As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012. So BUILD, which was a PDC replacement will be combined with MIX to make a single event that will be announced later this year. Read more at Microsoft Blog.  ...

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Yesterday we saw the information about Internet Explorer 9 becoming the most used browser in US. Along with those stats, another important thing happened for developers. Internet Explorer 6 usage has now dropped to less than 1% in US. E6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away. In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6. In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle.  We hope this means more developers and IT Pros can consider IE6 a “low-priority” at this point and stop spending their time having ...

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The War Horse Journey is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in the United States on 25 December 2011 and in the United Kingdom releasing on 13 January. The film creators have done a beautiful website to promote their film.  The site has two parts, a gallery and the TimeMap. The Gallery uses Deep Zoom technology to let the user explore a patchwork of historical images, maps and shots from the film. It’s an interactive exploration of the world of War Horse. The TimeMap uses Bing Maps and Map Cruncher to overlay today’s map of the WWI battle area with historical maps and photos. You can scroll a viewer around to see, for example, where the front line ran and the pockmarked landscape. It’s a powerful use of Microsoft technology to bring history to life and add depth and context to the film. In both regards, ...

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Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want. Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the SQL Azure Q4 Service Release. This new service release offers greater flexibility for scaling on demand, and simplifies database monitoring and management. Also Microsoft reduced the maximum price per SQL Azure DB is $499.95. Microsoft also released a new Metro-Style SQL  Azure Management Portal. The new portal has a Metro-style user interface with new features including new workspaces with the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics (see screen shot above). The new portal also supports SQL Azure Federation. You can find more about what’s new in this release here.  ...

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Nokia sold its Qt commercial business to a Finish company called Digia. Digia is now developing and selling Qt commercial license to companies around the world. Even though the existing Qt apps works fine on Windows 8 Desktop mode, Digia is now working on bringing Qt dev framework to develop Windows 8 Metro Style apps. The upcoming Windows 8 release is expected to bring a large amount of different kinds of tablet devices into the market. These devices are typically equipped with desktop-like capabilities, and can basically run all today’s existing Windows applications. Digia has been testing Qt Commercial with the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and both Qt C++ and Qt Quick applications work nicely. There were no modifications needed to make them run just like they do on Windows 7. However, in order to maximally benefit from the new things in Windows 8, the Metro style needs to be ...

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