Review Category : Developers

Before Windows 8 got released, there were some discussions about the security model of Windows 8 Modern apps. Microsoft fixed some of those issues. Justin Angel, a well known Microsoft platform developer has blogged about various way to tamper Windows Store apps in a Windows 8 device. He provided the following weak points in Windows Store app model with examples, #1: Compromising in-app purchases by modifying IsoStore #2: Cracking trial apps to paid versions for free #3: Removing in-app ads from games by editing XAML files #4: Reducing the cost of in-game items by editing game data files #5: Compromising In-app purchase items by injecting scripts into the IE10 process Here is his summary of his findings and the ways Microsoft can fix them, In-app purchase items Storage: In-app purchase is fast becoming the #1 revenue stream for game developers. We’ve seen we can trick games local storage to acknowledge ...

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The Windows 8 Store is one of the fastest growing app stores, but one of the reasons behind this is an issue which the Windows Phone marketplace had long struggled with – Developers publishing hundreds of spam applications which are often simply RSS readers for specific websites with only the name and the feed changed. This issue is well illustrated by Win App Update, who note only 12% of developers are responsible for 61% of the apps in the app store, giving an average of more than 16 apps each for developers who have more than 5 apps in the store. Of course an argument can be made that the best applications will still float to the top, and that at this early stage quantity is more important than quality, at least until we get to 6 figures, but it does take some of the shine of the growth in ...

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In a post on MSDN Microsoft discussed the Windows 8 Play To functionality, which allows Windows 8 devices to connect seamlessly to Xbox 360 and other (unspecified) devices and stream media like photos, videos and music to the device. The post describes how developers can enable to feature in only a few lines of code in their own applications, and that even web pages can be Play To enabled, meaning a video streaming website could easily allow one to move the stream to a big screen. The functionality is only waiting for developers to take advantage of it. If that’s you hop on over to MSDN to make sure your app can take advantage of the biggest screen in your home. Via Neowin.net ...

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SAP, a leading enterprise solution company today announced its full support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. They announced 6 business apps which are listed below, SAP WorkDeck, developed first for Windows 8, is a new persona-centric app that offers contextual integration of various information sources and processes into a role-based view. SAP WorkDeck allows employees to initiate new requests, oversee upcoming events and monitor the progress, as well as enables managers to react and process workflows on-the-go, such as travel, leave and purchasing requests. SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that provides managers with access to key indicators, such as diversity, headcount, employee talent by location, as well as employee profiles, to drive collaborative and informed human resources (HR) decision-making. SAP Learning Assistant is a training app that gives on-the-go workers tag-along teachers. It makes on-demand, online training available anytime, anywhere so workers can access required ...

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There is an interesting article up on TechCrunch urging developers to “Get Your Ass To Metro” or to put it more gently, that the time is now for developers to join the Windows 8 Store, to take advantage of the small marketplace to gain a loyal following and some prominence before it becomes extremely crowded. The writer and developer Tadhg Kelly made of point of saying that this is likely the last major new app store to open, representing a massive but fleeting opportunity for developers who are bold enough to join the store before it is a proven success, rather than after with everyone else. As if to underline this thesis MetroTwit has just announced passing 100,000 downloads on Windows 8, little more than week after the official launch of the OS.  Windows 8 Metro still does not have an official twitter app, and it seems by the time ...

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Havok™, a leading provider of game development technologies, today will showcase its complete technology suite across the Windows ecosystem, including Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, co-presenting in two Windows Phone 8 Gaming Overview sessions at Microsoft Build 2012, held October 30th– November 2nd, on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. “We are pleased to be one of the first technology partners to deliver a robust game engine and full suite of game development technologies to Windows Phone 8 developers,” said Andrew Bowell, Head of Product Management at Havok. “Windows Phone 8 development environment has been great to work with. With direct access to the native code, our engineering team was able to deliver highly optimized technologies for the hardware and we are looking forward to seeing some great Havok-powered games on Microsoft’s platforms.” Ross O’Dwyer, Head of Support at Havok, will co-present two Gaming Overview sessions during ...

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At Build Conference held at Microsoft campus, Microsoft announced that all the paid attendees with get a Microsoft Surface for Windows RT with Touch Cover, Nokia Lumia 920 device and 100GB SkyDrive storage for free. Of course, all the developers present at the event went wild while Microsoft made these announcements. Seeding developers with devices is not new for Microsoft and they have been doing it for last few years. However with early registration costing $1595 and full $2095 the toys certainly are not free. Microsoft encouraged developers to create apps for Windows 8, calling it  “the best opportunity software developers will see.” “Hundreds of millions of people are just aching to use your applications,” said Ballmer, who also announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold over the weekend. Are you planning to attend Build conference next year? ...

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Today, Microsoft announced at BUILD keynote that many new high profile apps are coming to Windows 8 platform soon. Microsoft announced that Twitter is working on a Windows Store app that will coming in months ahead. Also Dropbox, PayPal, ESPN, Adobe Reader, etc, are also coming to Windows 8’s Windows Store soon. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb game, “Agent P Strikes Back”, aka Perry the Platypus, on Windows 8, and forthcoming on Windows Phone 8, showcases how easily browser-based games can become Windows Store apps. Disney developed the game for Windows 8 by taking advantage of Windows 8 HTML5 support as well as built-in capabilities like in-game sharing and support for an Xbox controller via USB. “Agent P Strikes Back” is the first of a series of games that Disney will bring to the Windows 8 platform, including the hit mobile games “Where’s My Water?” and “Where’s My Perry?”. Dropbox’s new Windows Store ...

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Microsoft today introduced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). So, Microsoft thought JavaScript is missing many of the features necessary to be able to productively write and maintain large-scale applications. The result of the thought it TypeScript. Here is a short note about TypeScript, Enter TypeScript. TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that combines type checking and static analysis, explicit interfaces, and best practices into a single language and compiler. By building on JavaScript, TypeScript keeps you close to the runtime you’re targeting while adding only the syntactic sugar necessary to support large applications and large teams. Importantly, TypeScript enables great tooling experiences for JavaScript development, like those we’ve built for .NET and C++ and continue to innovate on with projects like “Roslyn”.  This is true ...

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Microsoft India organized an event called AppFest in Bangalore India. In AppFest,  thousands of developers from all over India and beyond attended to build apps for Windows 8. This event made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. Other than the record turnout, We can expect at least 2000 more apps from these developers in Windows Store soon. If you are from India, then I think these developers would have covered every local apps in this AppFest. Why not Microsoft organize similar AppFests around the world? Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed its new improved media experience in Windows 8. Microsoft has improved its media experience in Windows 8 right from the codec support to UI of the media players. Microsoft designed this media experience with the following in mind, Maximize performance. We wanted media playback to be fast and responsive, enabling the full power of the hardware while maximizing battery life on each PC. Simplify development and extensibility. We wanted to provide a platform that could be easily extended and tailored for a given application, setting the stage for innovative custom media apps on Windows. Enable a breadth of scenarios. A high performance, high efficiency, extensible platform can then enable a wide range of music, video, communications, and other multimedia apps. I think we should be able to enjoy fluid and rich media experience on Windows 8 devices without compromising battery life. Read more at Building Windows ...

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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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