Review Category : Developers

When Windows 8 was launched last year by Microsoft, there were very few touch PCs in retail for customers to try and buy. Also the sales of non-touch devices lead to poor customer adoption of Windows 8′s modern UI and Windows Store. Microsoft and Intel are now looking to change the situation this holiday season with number of touch based and 2in1 Windows 8 form factors hitting the market. At IDF, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen revealed that 70% of the current Ultrabooks on sale are touch enabled. And Intel is focusing on increasing the number to 100% by making touch screen as a mandatory spec to be a next generation Ultrabook. Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been a recent jump in the growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group. “Touch has been doing much ...

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Microsoft has partnered with state owned Indian Railways to develop their IRCTC app for Windows 8/RT devices. This gorgeous looking app is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: IRCTC’s App provides booking facility of Railway tickets online and offers other services like checking reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellation, booking history, recent history, favorites, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices. Features: • Plan my travel • Check PNR Status • Cancellation • Booking History • Frequent Passenger Info • Quick Booking • Preferences • Favourites • Recent History • Live Notifications • Supports Windows 8 PC & Tablet Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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In recent years, Intel was promoting perceptual computing using external camera that can be connected to laptops and desktops. At IDF, Today Kirk Skaugen from Intel announced that built-in 3D cameras will be coming to laptops and desktops some time 2nd half of 2014 and will be based on Intel’s Broadwell ships. Major OEMs like Asus and Lenovo will be shipping devices with these 3D camera built-in. “You’ll add the ability to sense your excitement, emotion, whether you are happy or smiling. The algorithms and technologies are there, but they are getting more refined, and as they get more robust, you’ll see them,” There are lot of potential behind this, for example you can track your children’s reading habit when using the laptop, etc,. via: Laptopmag ...

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Microsoft previously announced that every Xbox One console can act as a dev kit. Today at Gamescon, they announced that this feature will not be available at launch. However, Microsoft is planning to give free dev kits for indie devs free of cost. Xbox VP Marc Whitten explained to Engadget as the following, “It’s more of a timeframe thing. The vision of how the service and the console work together, how your console can be a dev kit, is a core part of the vision. It’s how we built a ton of the architecture. But moving from a low-scale — a small number of developers — to a large scale, there’s just more work to do there.” via: Engadget ...

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Yammer today announced the release of mobile SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8 devices. This open source SDK  enables developers to build mobile apps on the Yammer Platform. Mobile workforces can find answers more easily, make decisions more quickly, and in general, move much faster. Here at Yammer Engineering, we believe in keeping a quick pace. This is evident in the Yammer Platform, where developers can rapidly build social enterprise apps. Apps that can scale to Fortune 500-sized companies. To speed up the app development process, we are releasing Open Source SDKs for iOS and Windows Phone 8. The SDKs enable you to add Yammer OAuth 2-based authentication to your smartphone and tablet apps. Once authenticated, you can use the SDKs to make REST calls to read/write from the Yammer API, thus integrating the full spectrum of Yammer’s social services into your mobile app. To start building Yammer Mobile App, ...

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Xbox VP Marc Whitten today revealed some information about the progress in Xbox One development during Major Nelson’s this week podcast. He revealed that Microsoft has begun the internal beta for Xbox One console. And Xbox One’s GPU clock speed was increased from 800MHz to 853MHz. And Microsoft has released its “mono driver” to developers, these mono drive is a DirectX graphics driver “100% optimized for Xbox One” that will allow game developers to build games with great performance taking advantage of the underlying hardware. Microsoft is planning to reveal more information about Xbox One at Gamescom in the coming weeks. Source: Major Nelson ...

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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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