Review Category : Developers

Microsoft announced few of the upcoming features in Xbox Music API at Build conference earlier this year. Those features are now available to all the developers. The new Xbox Music APIs make it easy for any app publisher to connect an app or website to be powered by music.  The Xbox Music API provides access to RESTful web services for building beautiful experiences using rich artist and album metadata across Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, and Android. Developers will be able to do the following, – Get the details of an album, an artist or a track if you know its ID. – Search for any album, artist or track details based on a string of keywords, e.g. “Madonna hang out”. – Get the top and newest albums of an artist. – Get a deep link that redirects nicely to the Xbox Music applications, whether on the Web, Windows Phone, ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Visual Studio Update 3 RC, which you can now download. Update 3 brings in new features as well as reliability fixes and bug fixes. It has added support for multi-device development with Apache Cordova, improvements to our diagnostics experience, and general improvements to the user experience including a new setting that enables you to turn off the ALL CAPS menus. You can read the full detailed release notes here. CodeLens support for Git – In Update 3, we’ve added CodeLens support for projects using Git, in addition to those using Team Foundation Version Control.  CodeLens for Git works against the local Git repo and, as such, works whether you are using an onprem TFS server, VS Online, another Git service (like GitHub) or are offline completely.  Next up on the CodeLens slate (not in Update 3 though), is support for CodeLens with TFVC on VS Online.  Read more ...

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Today morning, we reported that Microsoft is joining AllSeen Alliance to participate in the industry discussions around Internet of Things platform. Actually, Microsoft is also joining  Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Microsoft believes that Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, and they want to make sure they deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. · Microsoft has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and its founding members AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in a collaboration that extends across industry, academia and government. The IIC’s goal is to reduce customers’ required time and complexity for building intelligent systems through open interoperability standards and common architectures to connect smart devices, machines, people, processes and data. · Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, which was established in December 2013 to address a major challenge facing IoT, enabling smart, connected devices and objects to work ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that they are open sourcing F# associated tools there by enabling community contributions to the F# language, compiler, library more generally, including F# on Linux, Mac, Android, iOS and other platforms. Today, Microsoft enabled open source contributions to the Visual F# IDE Tools that ship as part of Visual Studio. Microsoft expects to ship these as part of the upcoming Visual Studio “14” release. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft said that Microsoft will work across the F# language, core library, core tooling and Visual F# IDE tools to evolve the developer experience and provide strong integration with other tools and functionality in the .NET developer ecosystem. F# is a mature, open source, cross-platform, functional-first programming language which empowers users and organizations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. F# is used in a wide range of application areas and is ...

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  In the recent past, we have heard various rumors about Microsoft developing its own smart watch. WSJ reported that Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers as per an executive at a component supplier. Another report claimed that Microsoft’s smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes were reported to be made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. This reported smartwatch will work not only with Windows Phone devices, but with other Android and iOS devices as well. Today, Tom’s Hardware reported some new information about Microsoft’s Smartwatch(they claim it to be smart band). The device is cross-platform compatible. The display of the device will be on the inside of the wrist as opposed to ...

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Microsoft today announced a great news for Office developers. They are open sourcing the Open XML SDK on GitHub. Microsoft is looking forward to work with community to make improvements to the SDK’s functionality and scalability. Microsoft also highlighted that they will explore new platforms and technologies to support developer platforms such as Mono, an open source implementation of .NET Framework.  It’s been over seven years since we released the initial preview of the Open XML SDK, and over that time it’s been one of the key tools developers have used for building solutions that consume, create, and modify Office documents. The Open XML SDK is a key piece of our overall developer platform. The trends around mobile apps connected to the cloud have expanded the role that Office documents can play in solutions. Many of our Fortune 100 customers have built solutions leveraging the SDK, especially in the banking and ...

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Microsoft Windows Store platform team has now started new user voice site named ‘Missing Platform APIs’. As the name suggests, Windows Store developers can post their ideas on APIs or vote of ideas by other developers. For example, Windows Phone platform does not provide any API to make a great voice call recorder app and similar. You can post any APIs that are missing on both Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As we continue to evolve and grow Windows, we want your feedback on the APIs you need to be successful. The most useful feedback will be in the form of requests for specific APIs or specific 3rd-party libraries, along with a general description of the scenario they help solve. These could be existing Windows APIs not currently permitted in Store Apps (Win32, COM, or .NET) or they could be APIs from other operating systems with no equivalents on Windows. In addition ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced the availability of Bing Knowledge Widget. The JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity.  A visitor to your site need simply hover over the objects you’ve selected in the backend to see the widget come to life along the right-hand side of the screen, showcasing content related to each entity, directly from Bing’s knowledge repository. But then, webmasters have to add the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from the Bing Knowledge system. Now, you can manage them from a single place in the cloud. Today, we are taking the next step and are making it even easier for webmasters to put Bing Knowledge to work on their sites by integrating the functionality to do so into Bing Webmaster Tools. Now, you can easily manage multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets ...

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Popular indie game Sixty Second Shooter Prime is now available for download from Xbox Store. This game now features improved graphics, audio and an “Infinity Second Shooter” mode which allows gamers to enjoy the game without any time constraints. Game Description: Sixty Second Shooter Prime is a twin stick shooter with a sixty second time limit. You’ll be surprised how fun that is. You have one minute – and one life! – with which to deal as much destruction as possible. The enemy hordes are relentless, so only the sharpest wits and the fastest reflexes will prevail. Will you press your luck and fly to the deep levels where the truly treacherous foes await? The clock is always ticking in this fast-paced dual-stick shooter. But thankfully, our intrepid scientists at Happion Laboratories have developed all-new weapons to help you in those sixty seconds of hell. Use missiles to build a large ...

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At Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) held yesterday, Microsoft announced that Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio with the 2014 C.K. Prahalad Award. The award, presented at the Corporate Eco Forum’s fifth annual C.K. Prahalad Awards ceremony, recognized winners for demonstrating “globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.” The two other recipients of the award included Robert Carter, executive vice president of information services and chief information officer at FedEx, and The Global Water Challenge. The award, given Tuesday, recognizes those who demonstrate “globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success in a globalizing world.” Read more at Microsoft Green blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are partnering with Japanese anime studio Production I.G to launch Gargantia: Sky Courier, a brand new game to showcase the power of modern web. As part of Microsoft’s Rethink Initiative, Sky Courier game works across all modern devices and browsers that support WebGL. The game is based on one of Japan’s top anime franchises, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. Fans will get never-before-seen footage, cut-scene story featuring Gargantia’s original voice actors, and three different “choose your own adventure” endings. You can play it for free in both Japanese and English worldwide. Even though the game is open for everyone to enjoy, it is focused on developers.This game is built using Turbulenz open source 3D game engine. And Microsoft is releasing the source code of a packaged version of the Sky Courier game so that developers can build your own version of the game. The Turbulenz ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have partnered with prime[31],  a popular Unity plug-in provider to bring all their Windows and Windows Phone Unity plug-ins for free for a year. prime[31] plug-ins makes it easier for developers to implement in app-purchases, use Live Tiles, monetize via ads, and connect to Azure storage. Download them from the link below. Functionality provided Windows Store 8.0 and 8.1     Windows Phone 8.0 * Handling trial and in-app purchases Store plug-in Store plug-in To get Live tiles, toast notifications Metro Essentials plug-in Metro Essentials plug-in To give you access to the Microsoft Ad SDK Microsoft ads plug-in Microsoft ads plug-in For easy access to Azure storage Microsoft Azure plug-in Microsoft Azure plug-in *Note that Windows Phone 8.1 support and corresponding free plug-ins will be coming soon. To take advantage of this offer and get your free plug-ins, visit the prime[31] website; free plug-ins will be marked ...

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Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel. IE Dev channel will be a fully functioning browser which will allow Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features Internet Explorer team is working on. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox already offers similar developer release programs. Another good news for developers is that, IE Developer Channel can run alongside and independently of IE11, and has all of the browser features that you love in IE11, as well as the latest platform features that will come in the future. The current IE Developer Channel comes with support of the emerging Gamepad API standard that lets developers use JavaScript to add gamepad support to your Web apps and games. Yes, you can use Xbox 360 controller to play web based games! IE Developer Channel also improves WebGL performance and adds support for ...

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Microsoft has constantly improved Internet Explorer in a rapid pace in the past few years. IE11 is the most standard complaint, faster and more secure IE ever. But the real problem is that two-thirds of all desktop computers are still using older, less secure browsers. To improve this situation, Microsoft is enabling automatic updating ensures that users will always be up-to-date. Also, Microsoft today detailed the security improvements made over the years in IE in the infographic above. Every version of Internet Explorer includes new and improved security protection, building on improvements from the previous version. Below are just a few of the security features added by each major version of Internet Explorer since 2001. These security features and improvements are augmented with updates such as the ones being released this month, to make socially-engineered attacks and browser exploits more difficult on modern versions of Internet Explorer. According to NSS Labs, for ...

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At Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft unveiled a spectacular lineup of games from some of the world’s best game studios. This holiday season on Xbox One, there will be games like “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” as well as highly anticipated exclusives such as “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Fable Legends” and “Dance Central Spotlight.” Microsoft just spoke about games in the whole 90 minutes event. Find the lineup of games for Xbox below, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Assassin’s Creed Unity” (Ubisoft, Ubisoft). “Phantom Dust” (Microsoft Studios). “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Sledgehammer Games, Activision). “D4:Dark Dreams Don’t Die” (Access Games, Microsoft Studios). “Dance Central Spotlight” (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios). “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). “Evolve” (Turtle Rock Studios, 2K). “Fable Legends” (Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios). “Forza Horizon 2” (Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios). “Forza Motorsport 5” (Turn 10 Studios, ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the launch of public preview of Microsoft Azure Brazil Region. And the service now hit the general availability today. The Microsoft Azure website has been updated to provide information on service availability and pricing in the Brazil South region. Here is the announcement from Microsoft, In Brazil, and our other regions around the world, we’ve seen incredible demand for a global enterprise public cloud offering. Globally, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, and revenue grew more than 150 percent in the last quarter. With Microsoft Azure now generally available in the new Brazil South region, even more customers can take advantage of the cloud. Already, customers such as credit rating company Boa Vista Servicos, business management software provider Totvs, computing systems provider SiplanControl-M and e-commerce website platform Shop Delivery are benefiting from the power of the cloud. Along with our other customers in ...

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