Review Category : Developers

Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below, Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account. Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit. After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store. Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1. Approved apps that have passed the Windows App ...

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Microsoft today announced its spring update for its Cloud Computing Platform Windows Azure. This is a significant update that raises Windows Azure to the level of Amazon Web Services in terms of Infrastructure As A Service. Here are the highlights from the update announced, Windows Azure Virtual Machines— Virtual Machines give you application mobility, allowing you to move your virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.   Migrate existing workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint to the cloud, bring your own customized Windows Server or Linux images, or select from a gallery.    As a common virtualization file format, VHD has been adopted by hundreds of vendors and is a freely available specification covered under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise. Windows Azure Virtual Network— Virtual Network lets you provision and manage virtual private networks (VPNs) in Windows Azure as well as securely extend on-premises networks ...

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Google today revealed its plans for supporting Google Chrome in Windows 8 Metro mode. Similar to Mozilla, Google is already working on a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. Google is planning to release it via next dev channel update and you can try it on Windows 8 Release Preview. The initial version will support Windows 8 features such as snap mode, charms bar integration, etc,. Read more on it here. ...

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This video shows some of the performance and touch improvements in the sixth IE10 Platform Preview, part of the Windows Release Preview. Microsoft detailed the improvements in Internet Explorer 10 included in Windows 8 Release Preview. This  6th Platform Preview release of IE10 comes with improved performance. Now IE10 supports touch-first HTML5 and also a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player that enables content on compatible Web sites to play in the Metro style Web browser. Microsoft worked with Adobe to include the previous feature. Also, now Internet Explorer 10 has made the “Do Not Track” feature as a default option to help consumers protect their privacy. Read more at IE blog. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the improvements in Windows Store since the consumer preview release. They announced the expansion of unique app catalog for customers in 26 markets and it will grow further as they expand the service soon. Microsoft has also improved the navigation within the store, app management, sharing app via share contract, change in certain policies, etc,. The most notable thing was the support for Desktop apps in Windows Store. One important addition: desktop app listings will show up in the Store for the first time tomorrow, June 1st. Customers will be able to search for them or find them within categories, just as they do listings for Metro style apps. These are just listings—the desktop apps themselves are distributed by the developer or by a reseller, as they have been all along. The listing pages provide a link, supplied by the developer, to the distribution location. Servicing of desktop apps remains between ...

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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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