Review Category : Developers

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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Bing today announced its updates to Bing webmaster tools that enables them to manage their websites for Bing search engine. It will drive more visitors to your site using Bing data on search queries, crawling and search traffic. Some of the major features and improvements Bing Webmaster account users are listed below. Crawl delay configurable by the hour Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too. Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites Index Explorer This is a complete rewrite of the Index Tracker backend focusing on the following tenants: Freshness Performance Extensibility Reduced machine footprint Stability and failure detection New sites will have Index Explorer data the ...

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Microsoft Translator team yesterday blogged about the significant update to Microsoft Translator Widget And Translator API’s. Microsoft Translator is the technology behind Bing Translator service. Given that the recent incident of shutting down Google Translator API by Google leaving developers in cold, Microsoft is pretty much focused on it well as opposed to Google. The new features coming are as follows, Microsoft Translator Widget: Manage Translators: The popular Microsoft Translator widget, which has been used by thousands of websites to instantly deliver translated pages to their visitors, is receiving a major update. The collaborative translations feature that we released as a technology preview last year is now complete, and addsa user and role management system that enables site owners to collaborate with their visitors, trusted translators and moderators to tailor the translations to their content. The sometimes less than perfect quality of the Machine Translation system is no longer preventing you from delivering your ...

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Microsoft have rebranded their Professional Developers Conference as BUILD. BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world. Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC.  Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web.  ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Bing Maps iOS SDK. The new SDK allows developers to use Bing maps in their applications in various ways. From Bing blog, Today, we’re excited to announce a new Bing Maps iOS SDK. This new SDK gives developers a set of Objective C classes to develop iPhone and iPad applications within Xcode, along with documentation and several sample projects to help them get started quickly. The iOS map control supports Bing’s road, aerial and hybrid aerial map styles, and includes the ability to add pushpins to the maps and access the user’s location via the GPS to locate the phone on the map. Bing team at Microsoft is ready to deliver the Bing experiences to literally all the platform in the world. With Partnership of Nokia-Microsoft, RIM-Microsoft, awesome Bing apps for iOS and fully integrated Bing on Windows Phone, The Mobile Search War has just ...

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Microsoft announced the version 2 of the coffee table computer Microsoft Surface at CES. The new Surface will be jointly developed by Samsung and Microsoft. Microsoft Surface 2 SDK will be released this summer with all new Microsoft Surface Input Simulator. So developers don’t need a real surface device to write applications for it. It allows you to simulate different kinds of input, for example you can simulate fingers, tags and blobs on your monitor. Source: Surface Team Blog ...

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Developers..Developers..Developers..,the buzz word for Microsoft across all the time since its inception. Microsoft is a platform company, so its extremely important to focus on developers. There are number of platforms such as Windows Client, Windows Server, Office, Sharepoint,  Xbox, Silverlight,etc within Microsoft. Today Microsoft have announced the reorganisation of the developer efforts across the company to better improve the business. As part of the reorg, the Developer Tools Marketing and the Developer Platform & Evangelism will merge into Developer Division which is again is a part of Server and Tools division led by newly appointed Satya Nadella of Bing fame. Another important executive change is that, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Clients platform will now be moved into Azure Application Platform team. So we can no longer watch red polo keynotes at Silverlight or Windows Phone keynotes. Find the full memo sent to Microsoft employees after the break. Source: All ...

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Expression Blend Preview for Silverlight 5 provides support for creating Silverlight 5 Beta projects, including Silverlight 5 Beta SketchFlow projects. Expression Blend Preview for Silverlight 5 installs side-by-side with Expression Blend 4. Expression Blend Preview for Silverlight 5 supports only Silverlight 5 Beta projects. For Silverlight 3 and 4 projects or WPF 3.5 and 4, please use Expression Blend 4. Download link. ...

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Press Release: Microsoft also announced the immediate availability of the beta for Microsoft Silverlight 5, which provides advances in rich media and application development. New capabilities include Hardware Video Decode, for enhanced video quality and performance, and “Trickplay,” which provides variable-rate video playback with audio pitch correction. The Microsoft Silverlight 5 beta also offers a new Microsoft XNA-based interface for delivering stunning 3-D visualizations within applications, along with a host of new features that are designed to enhance developer productivity and end-user experiences. More information and a download of the beta are available at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight. At MIX, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstrated a dynamic new site that uses HTML5 to make the site’s core content engaging and wide-reaching while using Silverlight for streaming a never-before-seen, HD video experience from inside the cockpit and a high-performance, interactive, 3-D representation of a Blue Angels aircraft. “The Blue Angels are excited to ...

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Microsoft has launched its latest web browser Internet Explorer 9 today at SXSW event. Internet Explorer 9 will be  the fastest browser on earth as of today both in terms of Javascript performance and overall browser rendering speed. Here is the press release from Microsoft on What’s New in Internet Explorer 9. What’s New in Windows Internet Explorer 9? Customers upgrading from Internet Explorer 8 will notice performance improvements, a safer experience that puts the focus on their favorite websites and tweaks to the user interface — changes that help make your websites shine. There are three core pillars that represent how we reimagined the role of the browser with Internet Explorer 9 to deliver an experience that makes your Web feel as native as the applications running on your PC: · Fast. Internet Explorer 9 is all-around fast. Part of reimagining the role of the browser to deliver immersive, ...

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Microsoft has today launched a new website to educate, promote users,admins to move out of Internet Explorer 6. Internet Explorer 6, which is a 10 year old browser is hindering the growth of web development because of its nature. From Windows Team Blog, “Now that it’s 2011, IE6 is officially a ten-year old browser. According to Net Applications, IE6 still has 12% share worldwide. Our goal is to get this share under 1% worldwide. Why 1%? We realize that there might not a magic number for when web developers and IT pros can drop support for older browsers, but we believe that 1% will allow more sites and IT pros worldwide to make IE6 a low-priority browser – meaning you don’t have to invest as much time in updates or fixes. We recognize that IE6 usage varies depending on where you live, so ie6countdown.com includes the details of IE6 share ...

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Windows Azure, the cloud services platform from Microsoft is not just a single product. It consists of many such as SQL Azure, App Fabric,etc,.One of the main advantages of Windows Azure platform is that it supports various programming languages such as .NET, PHP, Ruby or Java and development tools such as Visual Studio or Eclipse. At PDC last year Microsoft announced broader support for Java adding to their current Windows Azure SDK for Java or the Tomcat Solution Accelerator. As part of their promise, Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Azure Starter Kit CTP which is an open source project released under the Apache 2.0 license and is available for download here. The kit allows Java developers to simply configure, package and deploy their web applications to Windows Azure. Here is an excerpt from their blog, What’s the Windows Azure Starter Kit for Java? This Starter Kit was designed ...

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