Review Category : Developers

According to Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 51.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013 with Windows having 4.5% of global share. Android almost doubled its market share to 67 percent while Apple iOS declined to 28 percent. Strategy Analytics expects that there may be growth in Windows tablets for Q3 due to the recent price cuts from OEMs like Microsoft. Microsoft captured a niche 4.5 percent global tablet share in Q2 2013. There may be an uptick in Windows RT shipments in Q3 following savage price cuts by all the partners still involved in the RT Market. Microsoft has reduced prices by $150 and other vendors even more; they are still not cheap, but are much more where they should be to compete. The shortage of apps continues to be a problem, with seemingly little incentive for developers to work on the platform. ...

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Amazon has announced the AWS SDK support for Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. The developer preview of the next version of our AWS SDK for .NET will add two major enhancements for .NET developers. The first is support for the Microsoft Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.  With the new SDK, you can connect your Windows Phone or Windows Store apps to AWS services and you can build a cross-targeted application that’s backed by AWS. The other big enhancement is our support for the task-based asynchronous pattern.  This pattern uses the async and await keywords and makes programming asynchronous operations against AWS easy. Amazon already has AWS SDK for iOS and Android devices. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Amazon ...

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This is not anything new, because we have already seen couple of reports about Microsoft allowing independent developers to publish their games by themselves in Xbox Store. Today Gameinformer reported that according to their sources, Microsoft will enable independent studios to access digital distribution without a publishing partner. Also Microsoft is drastically planning to overhaul the Xbox Games certification process. Also some news on Xbox debug console, We’ve also been told, but cannot confirm, that every Xbox One unit can be converted to a debug console. Instead of specific hardware units, Microsoft can authorize a console ID to play pre-release code. This is in line with information we’ve received about a new process for beta tests. They will be run via hardware provisioning on Xbox One, with the process reportedly to be enabled for up to 25,000 users per test at launch. Given the ability to provision for beta testing, the ...

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Dean Hachamovitch, the head of Internet Explorer team at Microsoft had an interview with TechRadar in which he discussed about including WebGL support in the upcoming Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft announced few years back that they will not include WebGL in IE due to security reasons, but Microsoft now believes that most of the security issues have been fixed. “There is a very interesting security exploit that involved WebGL and Firefox for Mac; basically you went to a malicious site and it could read everything on your screen. It reads the Word document you have in another window. That’s a great example of the kind of security vulnerability we were concerned about.” It wasn’t until the standard changed that he would consider it. “The WebGL specification now includes technology called CORS that effectively prevents image stealing attacks.” The IE team also put in a lot of extra work to improve ...

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Microsoft has launched a new program for web developers called userAgents.IE. The Internet Explorer userAgent community is a developer formed community supported by the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. This community aims to recognize, support, and connect passionate web developers to raise awareness of web standards IE userAgents are part of a community composed of like-minded individuals who have experience with Internet Explorer, but — more importantly — have experience servicing all users regardless of the device or browser they may choose to use. One of our main objectives in this community is to raise awareness of cross-browser coding best practices that will help developers create interoperable web experiences that work great across all platforms and browsers, including old and modern versions of Internet Explorer. The userAgent community is open to anyone passionate, but currently the participation in the program is by invitation only. You can apply, click on the “apply” button on the About page and complete the online ...

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Microsoft has so far been quiet about the role of indie game developers in Xbox One. There were reports that Microsoft might announce that there will be a self-publishing option for independent developers as opposed to the current closed system. Speaking to OXM UK, Lionhead Studios creative director Gary Carr told that Microsoft will soon reveal more about its indie games/developers strategy around Xbox One. He told that we will hear more “very soon” from Phil Harrison, former Sony Worldwide Studios president, who’s now in charge of Microsoft’s European developer relations. “I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can’t really talk about that, but they’re very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development – indie development is the future. Read more from the link below. Source: OXM ...

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  MetroTwit is one of the most used Twitter clients back in the Windows 7 days. After the release of Windows 8 and Windows Store, the developers behind the MetroTwit project released a Windows Store version of the same app. The app follows Microsoft’s modern design language and with this today’s update, it looks even better. It now also features inline image previews as well. Features: Track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles Pin multiple columns on the homescreen Simple tweet, reply or retweet Search Twitter by keyword or hashtags View lists, saved searches, trending topics Fully functional snap view for quick access to tweets   Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Outlook Web Access (OWA) for iPhone and OWA for iPad. These OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional native platform capabilities. Push notifications that actively notify you of new email Meeting reminders pop up, even when the app is closed Voice activated actions like scheduling a meeting or sending email Contact sync so that OWA contacts are recognized by the iPhone’s caller ID function Remote wipe capability that allows IT to delete email and calendar data in the app from the device in the event that the device gets lost or the user leaves the organization These apps provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. If you are wondering about Windows Phone app, Windows ...

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Box today announced a new Windows C# SDK, which makes it incredibly easy for developers to integrate Box into their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. Additionally they have also built an integration with Windows Azure Active Directory (AD), which enables customers to utilize Box through the Windows Azure single sign-on and identity management system. Windows Azure AD Integration Box is now integrated with Windows Azure Active Directory, allowing customers to access Box along with other applications using Windows Azure’s single identity and authentication process. Any enterprise using Active Directory can easily set up and manage Box accounts for their users within their existing identity management system. Windows C# Software Development Kit (SDK) We recently launched new updates to our own Box for Windows apps, which added more control and security for users and admins. But now we’re adding new tools that make it easy for Windows developers to integrate with ...

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At BUILD day 2 keynote, Microsoft announced that Foursquare is working on its first tablet app for Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare previewed an exclusive, and uniquely designed, Windows 8 tablet app that goes beyond check-ins to use location data in a beautiful way to help users find interesting places and things to do around them. Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of Foursquare commented the following on the new app, “People want to experience and explore the world around them, and the Foursquare for Windows 8 app helps them do that. It makes it fun to search for a place for dinner or to go out, and helps people discover new experiences. We’ve worked with Microsoft on a bunch of initiatives over the years, and this product is another example of the great things we can do together.” There is no word on the availability of this app, but I guess ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 preview on June 26th during BUILD conference. If you are planning to upgrade from your current Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview, you need to be careful. Because, you will have to re-install all the apps you have installed on your PC after upgrading Windows 8.1 to final version which will be released later this year. When the Windows 8.1 preview is made available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. Users can go to Windows Store, read the description and choose whether to install or not. Here is the procedure from upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 RTM, Even if testers opt instead to roll their devices back to Windows 8 after installing the preview bits, they still will have to reinstall their apps once they move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1. On ...

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Microsoft today revealed the enterprise features/updates that will be part of upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Windows 8.1 is turning out to be a s a significant update for enterprise than for the consumers. There are not just 4-5 major features as we saw on last week’s reveal about consumer features, there are lots more. Just look at the list below! If anyone thinks Android and iOS can replace Windows in the enterprise, just read the below features/improvements coming in Windows 8.1 and compare the same in Android or iOS. From Windows Team Blog, B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing ...

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Well of course there is a catch. You must be a paid attendee of TechEd in New Orleans between June 2 – June 6. Standard cost of attending TechEd is around $2195 plus hotel and eating costs.  Often larger enterprises will pay for their employees to attend.  However you do a great deal on Surface Pro and RT (limit one per customer each) • Surface RT 64GB with touch cover bundle for $99.99 USD • Surface Pro 128GB standalone for $399.99 USD Source: Channel 9 ...

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Along with the announcement about sales of 100 million licenses of Windows 8, Microsoft also revealed some details about the upcoming Windows Blue update. One concrete answer from them is that the update will be available later this year. Other than that, they mentioned that the update will enable new form factors and incorporates feedback they got from Windows 8 customers. Brandon LeBlanc: There’s been a lot of speculation about Windows Blue. What can you tell me about it? Tami Reller: Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options ...

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Are you passionate about developing games for Windows 8? You don’t know where to start? Here is some help from ZERO260 to get you kick-started and motivated.   Zero260 provides free virtual training for developing games for Windows 8. And they cover some pretty nice games and topics to look out for such as Angry Turds, Racecar, Clown, Shoot, Grow, Treasuremap and a lot more to be announced. If you are a developer, I think you should get started. Recently, Neowin reported that Kevin Ashley, a developer is making $30,000 from his game in Windows Store. Read his story of Making $30,000 a month on Windows 8 apps here. Now checkout the forthcoming events and register here ...

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Microsoft is organizing (sponsoring) a Windows Azure Bootcamp on April 27, 2013 worldwide. Now, find a location close to you and register. This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. Great, How much does it cost? The entry is free (yeah!!) to all the attendees. That’s really awesome! How do I attend the Bootcamp? Find a location as close as to where you live. Click through to see the details for that class and then register. What should I bring while coming to the Bootcamp? One needs to bring his/her own laptop and it should be preloaded with the software listed here. Also make sure to do the installation upfront. Is the Bootcamp ...

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