Review Category : Developers

Microsoft’s Build developer conference Day 1 keynote is now available online. You can enjoy them if you missed the live streaming. Various Microsoft executives like David Treadwell, Joe Belfiore, Stephen Elop, Terry Myerson and CEO Satya Nadella took stage to make various announcements and discuss on Microsoft’s strategy. Today was an important day for Windows and Xbox at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. I encourage you to check out blogs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, to get the details of the work we are delivering for developers, consumers and business customers. I wanted to use this post to share some thoughts from what I said in the keynote: 1. We believe in our ecosystem of device manufacturers and devs (developers, developers, developers!), and that their creativity has incredible potential to change the world – and we want to help them do that. 2. We believe in ...

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Microsoft Advertising’s pubCenter is a publisher platform that enables App developers to deliver targeted advertisements to Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications. The feedback from the community using pubCenter was mostly negative because of its poor UI and ad filling rate. Microsoft has now fixed the former issue with a completely revamped website with all new design. This site now works great and looks beautiful as well. Visit https://beta.pubcenter.microsoft.com/. ...

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Microsoft has got lots of new things to announce at BUILD developer conference happening tomorrow at San Francisco. One of the cool things will be Microsoft’s new effort into the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. There is also a detailed session on this one. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how technologies such as Windows Embedded, .NET Micro Framework, and Azure can be used to build cool devices and intelligent systems. Engadget also reports some demos Microsoft ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the demanding requirements of large enterprises. With Azure AD Premium customers can reset forgotten passwords, manage their groups and set up company branded portals for launching these SaaS applications with a single set of corporate credentials. Azure AD Premium provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud with a 99.9% SLA, and no limitation on the number of resources in your directory. Application access management. Azure AD provides employees with single sign-on access to their cloud applications from many different browsers and mobile devices. With recent additions there over 1200 cloud applications in the AD Application Gallery. Azure AD Premium lets you assign application access ...

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At the press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced Office for iPad apps. Office for iPad suite includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint to be specific. OneNote is already available for iPad. The download link will be available in few hours from now. Office for iPad requires Office 365  subscription. If you don’t have, you can still download the app and enjoy reading and presenting documents. Microsoft is working on bringing similar apps for in Windows Store and Google Play store as well. A familiar Microsoft Office experience •It’s easy to pick up the app and get started, because it’s like the Excel, Word and PowerPoint experience you already know. •The familiar navigation and menu options are built for a touch experience. No keyboard required. Requirements: A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to edit and create Excel spreadsheets. Qualifying plans include: •Office 365 Home •Office 365 Small Business Premium •Office 365 Midsize ...

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Microsoft announced Project Siena (code name) technology back in December last year. This Windows Store app allowed users without any programming can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building are Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits and Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input. Today, they have released beta 2  version of the app in Windows Store. It now allows you to connect apps to powerful web services – from popular consumer services to enterprise SaaS to services created by IT. Change log: • Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely ...

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Microsoft today officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization.  In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects.  And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. Of course, an API is only as good as the tools ...

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Xamarin is a startup that is doing the job what Microsoft should have done with their .Net/C# platform. With Xamarin, you write your apps entirely in C#, sharing the same code on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. You can reuse your favorite .NET libraries, and still easily incorporate platform-specific libraries and frameworks when you want to. Xamarin delivers high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs so you can create native apps with device-specific experiences. Anything you can do in Objective-C or Java, you can do in C# with Xamarin. Today, CRN reported that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Xamarin. Microsoft is in the final stages of negotiations that could lead to either an acquisition or major investment in Xamarin, a mobile startup whose tools make it possible to code iOS and Android apps using Microsoft development tools, sources with knowledge of the discussions told ...

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Age of Ascent is a Massively Multiplayer Online game that will be released in early 2015. The first of which is a public alpha test of the PvP dogfighting component is going to be done today. The game developers are using Windows Azure for their game backend and attempting for a Guinness World Record on having the greatest number of concurrent players in the same battlezone at the same time. Age of Ascent will soon be attempting to earn a Guinness World Record. Can you tell us more about that? Yes. During the public alpha of AoA’s PvP dogfighting module we’re hoping to break the current world record for Largest Videogame PvP Battle. What does the record currently look like? Don’t other games have millions of players? The current holders are the excellent folk (and players) at CCP Games for Eve Online, with 4,070 players in a single system; a ...

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Nvidia today announced their new GeForce 800M notebook CPUs offering performance improvement of  60% over the previous generation. These chips comes with a new feature called NVIDIA Battery Boost which will allow gamers to play up to 2x longer gaming on their laptops. Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience. Also, Nvidia is bringing GeForce ShadowPlay to notebooks which lets you capture high-quality in-game footage or broadcast your gaming exploits to Twitch.TV, all with virtually no performance impact. This GeForce 800M chip range allows OEMs to deliver gaming laptops with more thin profile than ever without sacrificing performance. ...

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Last week, Microsoft confirmed that they are revealing DirectX 12 at GDC on March 20, 10AM. All leading GPU makers AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm are on board. The event page had only Windows logo at the bottom leading to speculation about whether Xbox One platform will be supported. Microsoft ended all those reports by adding Xbox One logo at the bottom as you can see in the image above. The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Last week we reported that Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop ...

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Few hours back, we reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 build can be downloaded from official Microsoft servers by a simple registry tweak. This update also includes the updated version of Internet Explorer 11 that will include a new feature called ‘Enterprise Mode’. This mode will enable enterprise users to use their existing web properties work in IE without any compatibility issues. This updated IE11 with Enterprise Mode is also coming to Windows 7 devices. The latest such IE11 build got leaked on the web today. You can download it from usual p2p sites. Follow the following steps to enable Enterprise mode, Enterprise mode can be enabled using two Group Policies (in a corporate environment system admins would do this for their employees). Hit Windows + R and type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the Run window. In the Group policy editor, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet ...

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NetApplications released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.02 percentage points (from 58.21 percent to 58.19 percent) market share worldwide. IN January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In Feb, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 1.29%, up from 11.51% to 12.80%. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.73% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 17% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced its Visual Studio Online “Monaco”, a coding environment in the cloud.  It is not the replacement for desktop IDE, instead it complements the desktop IDE and it is integrated with Visual Studio Online. Microsoft is released a preview of “Monaco”  that allowed Azure Websites developers to edit their sites directly from the web, from any modern browser, on any device. Today, GitHub launched their public beta of Atom, a new text editor for web developers which works in a browser. Also, they have open-sourced over 80 of the libraries and packages used in the editor. One key difference between Microsoft’s offering and Atom is that Monaco runs on all modern browsers while Atom can only run on specialized version of Chromium alone. Web browsers are great for browsing web pages, but writing code is a specialized activity that warrants dedicated tools. More importantly, the browser severely restricts access to ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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