Review Category : Developers

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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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday at BUILD, Microsoft showed this slide to Wall Street analysts. The slide pretty much explains how Microsoft is taking on consumerization Of IT which everyone in the industry is aware of. As you notice apart from the traditional things like Windows, Office,etc,. SharePoint-the Facebook of the enterprise, Lync-the communication platform behind the firewall, Windows Intune- PC management through Cloud and at last HTML5 makes the Microsoft’s Enterprise Portfolio stronger than ever. I think no other enterprise player have such broad and coherent working solutions. You can find more from FAM here and here.   ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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  NVIDIA today announced its Windows 8 Developer Program to provide developers with tools and resources for building applications on its ARM based processors and support x86 versions too. All four NVIDIA processor brands will support Windows 8. Nvidia is also working on next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that will run Windows 8 on it. Find press release after the break. more on it here.   ...

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MobilityDigest have recorded this video of an AccuWeather app for “windows slate” which uses out-of-browser Silverlight and is labelled “for demonstration purposes only.” At appears to have very Metro-inspired, and the left-sided menu is certainly reminiscent of the right-sided slide-in menu on Windows 8. If the app is in fact a real Windows 8 app it  will be encouraging that Silverlight development will find a home in Windows 8 after all. Install the app at AccuWeather here and read more at MobilityDigest here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the release of IE10 Platform Preview 2. The IE10 platform preview 2 has the same rendering engine of Windows 8 which was demoed by Microsoft few weeks ago. With the second Platform Preview, developers can start working with several site-ready HTML5 technologies for building beautiful, interactive Web applications with great performance and security. You can read the full list here in the IE10 developer guide: Beautiful and interactive Web applications are easier to deliver with support for several new technologies like CSS3 Positioned Floats, HTML5 Drag-drop, File Reader API, Media Query Listeners and initial support for HTML5 Forms. HTML5 Application performance improves across the board, as well as the ability to deliver better performance with more efficient use of battery life with new technologies like Web Workers with Channel Messaging, Async script support, and others. Web application security improves using the same markup with support for HTML5 ...

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Microsoft revealed that they will be releasing a Kinect SDK for Windows under non-commercial license back at CES. Kinect SDK is now part of Microsoft Research. Winrumors is reporting that Microsoft will release Kinect SDK for Windows this week. President of Microsoft Spain, María Garaña revealed this news when speaking at a conference in Madrid. Kinect For Windows SDK will include the following, Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that   track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect   field of view Advanced Audio capabilities, including four-element microphone array   with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great   audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and   integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth   data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera Microsoft have planned for a Channel ...

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David Catuhe from Microsoft today posted a HTML5 and Silverlight 5 comparison post. The post covers mostly on all the developer aspects of both the platforms. Microsoft also shared the stats from riastats.com which shows Silverlight 4 is installed on 73% of PC’s and HTML5 in 75% of PC’s. BTW, its important to note that HTML5 varies from browser to browser. Take a look at the table below to see how HTML5 and Silverlight 5 stand against each other. Match Vainqueur HTML vs XAML – Extensibility Silverlight HTML vs XAML – DOM access Draw game HTML vs XAML – Code/Tag separation Draw game Tools Silverlight Languages – Development Silverlight Languages – Performances HTML SVG vs Shapes Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Functionalities Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Pixels – Performances Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Shapes - Performances Draw game Brushes Draw game Controls Silverlight Layout Draw game ...

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