Review Category : Developers

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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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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Microsoft today announced a contest for developers building Windows 8 Metro Apps. The First Apps contest will select eight winning apps to be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens. This is your chance to show off your great app and to be part of an exclusive group of developers invited to participate in the Store when it first opens. The winning developers will also get some goodies to help them build even better apps: A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app You can find more details about this contest at http://www.buildwindowscontest.com/  ...

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In Credit Suisse technology conference 2011 Intel CEO Paul  Otellini gave a statement that will make Redmondians more happy. He said, ” I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company.”. Paul is confident that Intel’s unique advantage over ARM based Windows 8 machines on running legacy applications will drive Intel forward. He also said that Windows 8 will take tablet computing to the mainstream and also allows IT admins of enterprises to manage tablet devices of their employees. Here is the full statement from him, We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers ...

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This is a good news for developers. 65% of Windows 7 users are now using modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 14+15 and Firefox 6. Among that IE9 has reached 35% market share in US as shown in the chart above. This is in line with Net Applications browser market share data released this month. You can find more on this at Windows Team blog. ...

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I know many of you won’t believe the title but yes, It is true. He did that in a interview with Joshua Topolsky of This is My Next.  Its a long interview about Android UX story, I just took an excerpt from the interview on which he discusses Windows Phone and iOS. He compared iOS and Windows Phone’s Metro UI as faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage trend. I can’t stop laughing after reading his comments today morning. I just want to know what would he then call his own Android UX so far ?? I don’t want to comment on his views since I’m not a expert UX designer like him. “Across the board Google and Android is taking design a lot more seriously,” Matias says, and points out that Roboto is used throughout the system. “There’s this thing that’s happening right now in user interface design that ...

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Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind several Xbox LIVE Arcade games. This studio has developed games such as Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” and now as part of Microsoft Studios, they will continue to develop  game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. Press Release: Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.  As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.” From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox ...

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If you are one among the million people who downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview build, then this simple tool might help you. Metro UI Tweaker allows you to tweak Metro UI in Windows 8 such as enabling classic Start menu, etc. It allows you to do the following, Disable Metro Start Menu: Disables only Metro Start Menu Screen. This function requires editing a System File. It does not remove the file. Disable Metro Ribbon: Disables only the Metro Ribbon UI. This function I discovered myself. It requires Taking Ownership of a System File. It does not remove this file. Disable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start Menu UI, Ribbon UI, MetroTask Manager UI and the Lock Screen. Enable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options. Add Power Options to the Metro Start Menu Screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown Add any Application/File to the Metro UI ...

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At last week’s BUILD conference, Microsoft not only showed consumer oriented features on Windows 8 but also showed some Windows 8 features focused on IT department of your enterprise. Windows 8  Refresh, Reset And Windows To Go are some of the features that will enhance Windows 8 experience in IT. Refresh your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your files and personalization settings won’t change. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Apps from Windows Store will be kept. All other apps will be removed. Reset your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your personal files and apps will be removed. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Windows To Go: Windows To Go allows you to run Windows from USB thumb drives. Deployment to USB media uses the standard Windows imaging and deployment tools, such as ImageX and WIM images, and the result is a fully featured Windows ...

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As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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Todd Bishop from Geekwire has recorded the above video from Xbox Live On Windows 8 Session From BUILD. It just gives an overview of Xbox Live on Windows 8. Its going to be the entertainment hub for Windows 8 PC’s. More than that it supports Async gaming which allows us to play games across Xbox, Windows Phones and PC’s. Microsoft is also opening up the API for developers to build Xbox Live Games. More details over at Geekwire. ...

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Yesterday at BUILD conference,  Microsoft have made some announcements regarding its Microsoft Translator API service, From their blog, Microsoft Translator API available via the Windows Azure Marketplace at various volume levels to meet your needs Reiterating our support for standards by supporting OData and adding standards based (OAuth) authentication for greater security Publishing the pricing model for the various subscription tiers to best fit your needs (in addition to the free tier that we currently offer) In addition to the MS Translator API in Windows Azure Marketplace, the following are the changes to the pricing model. The good news is that existing licenses are not affected by this announcement and free tier API’s for hobbyists still exists. In addition to a no-cost tier that is designed for low-volume and hobbyist use, you can today subscribe to higher volume tiers at an attractive price point. You can subscribe to tiers ranging from 4M ...

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