Review Category : Developers

Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring mobile push analytics provider Capptain. The Capptain solution is a Response Marketing tool that allows Marketers and CRMers of Mobile and Web apps to engage their users and enter a constant customer interaction by Analyzing in details their users behavior, finely Segment their users based on how they interact with the application, and respond by Pushing very targeted messages, announcements, information or offers. Microsoft is trying to bundle Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services. Capptain will bring a vital new element to our end-to-end story for mobile app development – real-time user and push analytics.  With Capptain’s solution, organizations can analyze customer and employee behavior in real-time, and respond by pushing targeted messages, announcements, information or offers.  This information empowers organizations to provide personalized, specific content to their customers in order to maximize business opportunities. We are hard at ...

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During Build developer conference last month, Microsoft announced the launch of beta version of status.modern.ie which included a first peek at features in development for the next version of Internet Explorer. Today, they announced the launch of final version of Status.ie with new features. Also, they have open sourced the status.ie development, Open Sourced – the data in status.modern.IE is useful for many purposes and many developers have expressed an interest in contributing to the project. Starting today, the entire site (including the data that backs it) is available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license. We also expose the IE support data as a service, provided under the Creative Commons Attribution v2 license. Check out our Readme for more. Improved Search & Filter – we heard the feedback that the Web platform is vast and finding the features you care about was a bit tricky in the original beta ...

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Last week, Microsoft shared the details about recent trends in the Windows Store across categories, markets, and more. This report will help app developers in understanding the general trends that can help help determine what types of apps to build or optimize your existing apps. In April, Games continued to be the most popular category for all devices, followed by other categories with significant download share including Entertainment, Social, Music & Videos, and Tools On Windows, like our previous trends updates, Social is the #1 category with nearly 2x average downloads per app than the second category. Photos, Productivity, and Games are the next categories with the highest opportunity. The market with the highest number of downloads is United States, though the distribution shows there are many markets that generate significant downloads, including China, India, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t consider ...

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP 1). Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes. VisualStudio Magazine reported the following updates/improvements in this preview, Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub. IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights. Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites. The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality. The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture. Read more ...

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Microsoft has organized Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C. from July 13-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. At WPC 2014, Microsoft’s partners can grow their professional network and their business by networking, learning business building best practices, and honing their expertise with Microsoft solutions. They can learn how Microsoft is betting big on the five trends of the modern IT industry—Cloud, Data, Leadership, Mobility, and Social—and discover where opportunities exist for their business to expand. Even though the conference is open to anyone who gets the passes, Microsoft every year restricts employees of certain companies from attending their events. Last year’s list included Google, Salesforce and VMWare. This year, Microsoft has added Amazon to the list. It is not a surprising move from Microsoft given the fact that they are competing against each other in Cloud Computing industry. The following companies and their employees and representatives are excluded from pre-purchasing ...

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Microsoft and SAP today announced the expansion of their global partnership to deliver new solutions that are intended to help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value for customers and partners. The partnership is in three critical areas: Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering; Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. From Microsoft, Windows Server is a great platform for SAP business applications, and now we’re taking that to the cloud. By the end of June, SAP will certify a number of their business applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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During SQL Server 2014 launch from April 15 – 17, the general public was invited to step into infinity and discover new insights at the Microsoft Infinity Room in San Francisco, California. Microsoft created this project to show the power and value of Big Data. Watch the video above to see the experience in action. In collaboration with data journalist Simon Rogers, Universal Everything created an immersive data narrative experience exploring the power of big data. A 15′ x 8′ mirrored room and subtly choreographed pixel spheres echoed the LED animations, creating an endless digital landscape. Designed in code and running in real-time, the experience tells the story of the world around us through the medium of a simple US quarter. Tied into a major Microsoft product launch, the Infinity Room was installed at 3 Embarcadero Center in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District over three days. Members of the public and ...

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When Microsoft revealed Kinect for the first time, we knew that the possibilities with this system will be endless. Kinect is now being used in various types of setup everyday across the world from military purposes, hospitals to gaming consoles. Today is a milestone in Kinect’s journey in Healthcare world. Jintronix, which developed a Microsoft Kinect based Stroke rehab system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This marks an important milestone for Jintronix as well.  “We’re very excited about receiving FDA clearance, which paves the way for Jintronix to help in the rehabilitation of countless stroke victims,” said CEO Shawn Errunza. Jintronix tackles all of the issues of Stroke patients by providing patients with fun, “gamified” exercises that accelerate recovery and increase adherence. In addition, Jintronix gives patients immediate feedback, which ensures that they perform their movements correctly. This is critical when the patient ...

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Microsoft today started roll out of an update to Windows Store that will provide an enhanced user experience for users in navigation and browsing of apps. It also allows developers to do price promotions on their apps, and more to further improve app discoverability and minimize customer confusion. Today’s update focuses on enhancements that address customer feedback and makes it easier for users to find your apps including: Persistent Store navigation bar – enables users to discover and filter apps by Category, Top charts and Collections Collections – expanded set of Collections, accessible from the Store landing page. Some collections will also show the ability to “Install All” the apps in that collection, which will make it easier for consumers to start using apps in collections Featured apps and new ‘top’ lists – new sections help promote great new apps. The ‘Top grossing’ list includes apps that generate revenue through download ...

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Windows Intune is a cloud service from Microsoft that allows Enterprise to manage the devices of their employees with ease. Microsoft is updating Intune updated on a regular basis, roughly every quarter. The previously announced Windows Intune features are now rolling out. It includes support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung KNOX Standard (formerly Samsung SAFE) support. At TechEd conference held yesterday, Microsoft revealed the upcoming features for Windows Intune in Q4 of CY2014. Here are some of the new features that will be part of managed productivity environment: Conditional Access Policy When a user enrolls their device into Windows Intune, an organization’s certificates, Wi-Fi, VPN, and email profiles can automatically be configured on the device.   This will enable users to quickly access internal corporate resources with the appropriate security configurations set, without having to call the help desk. Managed Office Mobile Apps With Office and Outlook Web App (OWA) ...

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  At TechEd North America, Microsoft made no.of announcements that are part of the next generation of .NET. Microsoft also revealed that there are currently 1.8 billion active installs of .NET. This large number is the reason enterprise still rely on .NET for their critical apps. Microsoft announced  .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) at Build conference last week, today they announced ASP.NET vNext, which is an updated version of ASP.NET that been optimized for cloud Web development. They have designed ASP.NET with a key set of design principles in mind: Cloud-ready out of the box A single programming model for Web sites and services Low-latency developer experience Make high-performance and high-productivity APIs and patterns available – enable them both to be used and compose together within a single app Fine-grained control available via command-line tools and standard file formats Delivered via NuGet Release as open source via the .NET Foundation Can run ...

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Microsoft today released a preview of Visual Studio tooling support for Apache Cordova. This will help developers build multi-device hybrid mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, targeting a broad range of mobile devices. Apache Cordova is a popular open source platform for creating such platform. Microsoft Open Technologies has contributed in making Cordova tools for Visual Studio. The web developers can use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to create hybrid packaged apps for multiple devices while taking advantage of each device’s capabilities. Project templates are available for both JavaScript and TypeScript, and provide a standard blank Cordova starter project.  Developers can pick their HTML/JavaScript framework of choice, whether Backbone and jQuery UI, or Angular.js and Bootstrap, or WinJS. Projects can be built, deployed, and debugged against a variety of devices, device emulators and web-based mobile simulators.  By default, you can use the Apache Ripple simulator to test ...

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At TechEd, Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The final build is now is ready to download. VS2013 Update 2 includes the following new features and bug fixes that address bugs, customer feedback, performance, and reliability improvements. Here are some new capabilities that are part of this and related Updates and links to where you can find more info. Universal Apps. With this release you can now build universal apps that can run on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 while sharing code and assets through shared projects. TypeScript. The TypeScript language is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. As a typed language you can define classes, modules and interfaces that compiles to JavaScript and runs in any browser. Web Tool. Our web development tools have many new features like SCSS support, a new JSON editor, updated ASP.NET templates, and an improved ...

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Based on the source code on the Microsoft’s OneDrive website, Livesino has discovered that Microsoft may allow users to stream their own personal music collection from OneDrive. Users need to upload their music collection to OneDrive Music folder and they can enjoy their music via Xbox Music app on any of the devices. Xbox Music app is available on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, etc,. To get the full Xbox Music experience, move your music files into the Music folder on your OneDrive. Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer. This will be more useful for users who have GBs of their own music collection that cannot be found on Xbox Music’s online catalog. What do ...

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Microsoft’s today made no.of announcements at TechEd North America event conference in Houston, which will help enterprises realize the speed, scale and economics of a mobile-first, cloud-first world. From the general availability Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, announcement of Azure Files preview, Microsoft Azure Site Recovery preview for disaster recovery and Microsoft Azure Antimalware to protect your VMs and services running Azure, there are lots more. Read the full press release below. Press Release: HOUSTON — May 12, 2014 — Monday at TechEd North America 2014, Microsoft Corp. announced new services, products and partnerships that remove the barriers to cloud adoption for IT professionals, developers and technology users. “Mobility and cloud are the future of business, and the future is now,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division. “Our differentiated cloud innovations, comprehensive mobile productivity solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of ...

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