Review Category : Developers

At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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Last week we reported about new Microsoft Research project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Visual Studio team today officially announced the availability of the plugin for Visual Studio IDE, Behind the scenes, that query is securely beamed up to Bing along with contextual pieces that help us hone in on the fuller meaning of that query. We use meta-data like the project type, semantic context (using the new C#/VB compiler services aka ‘Roslyn’!), and a few other sprinkles of Microsoft Research magic. Those pieces along with the query ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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Microsoft Research today revealed their new project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. You can try it yourself online at http://codesnippet.research.microsoft.com/. Write your question as a special comment starting with three slashes ///. Your question may mention variables. Press the Tab key on the same line to get answers; press Enter to insert selected snippet This is a great tool for developers to speed up their coding process. What do you think? via: @h0x0d                  ...

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Microsoft today announced the 2nd year of YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest for young people. Starting today and running through March 5th, people ages 18-25 can submit their next general big ideas by clicking here. Of course, you will be winning lots of prizes. Each entrant will receive a $10 donation gift card to support the project of their choice on YouthSpark on GlobalGiving. 20 finalists will each receive a Microsoft Surface 2 with Office 365 University. 5 grand prize winners will win:   A life-changing, volunteer travel experience in the Amazon to learn about creating change $2,500 cash  to help turn their ideas into a reality A Microsoft technology bundle including a Windows Phone and an Xbox One* The opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark ambassador and take advantage of YouthSpark training and resources The Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a chance for you to share how you spark change in ...

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Microsoft launched modern.IE website for web developers last year in an effort to make the job for web developers easier when it comes to testing in different browsers. It was a nightmare to test in different Internet Explorer versions since you can’t have more than one version installed on a Windows machine. Also, developers on Mac and Linux platforms were not able to test on IE. To solve this issue, Microsoft launched modern.IE, One of the best ways to easily test across multiple versions of Internet Explorer is through virtualization technology. Since launching last year, over 750,000 developers have used the virtualization tools on modern.ie, saving an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes by using pre-configured VMs and 2 hours and 48 minutes using Browserstack, when compared to building a VM from scratch. Collectively, those developers have saved over one million hours, freeing them to focus on building innovative ...

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Scott Guthrie, well known among developers for his red polo shirts, has been promoted to EVP of Cloud & Enterprise. This is now CEO Satya Nadella’s old position. eWeek snagged his first interview since his promotion. Scott talks about Windows Azure, how they worked with Dev division for lots of integration, competing with Azure, unique position Microsoft holds in this game and more. Here is an excerpt from it. How does all this added together set you up to compete with AWS? I think we’re in a good place right now. The team is executing in Agile. We did a bunch of mobile service announcements. It’s kind of nice because it is kind of rapid and it has the team on its toes. And the quality bar goes up. The biggest thing for us is with the things like BizTalk and Active Directory, it shows us getting very pointy with a ...

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Microsoft is not just fixing and tweaking Windows 8.1 to better serve enterprise users, there is another important component for enterprise which is Internet Explorer. Lots of enterprises depend on IE everyday for their legacy and custom built internal apps. Since Windows 7 shipped with Internet Explorer 8, it became the de-facto standard for designing apps. Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 versions for Windows 7 after that. Often, these latest versions breaks compatibility with sites designed for Internet Explorer 8. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley today reported that Microsoft is working on a new Enterprise Mode feature in IE11 that will allow enterprises to run their websites and custom apps in IE8 mode. There may be a Microsoft-made solution to this dilemma, however. Sources say it’s a new IE feature known as EMIE. Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to ...

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Microsoft today announced that former US President Bill Clinton will deliver keynote address at SharePoint 2014 conference. SharePoint conference 2014 is scheduled to happen on Monday, March 3rd at 8:30 am.  All registered attendees can attend the keynote. SharePoint 2014 conference agenda includes more than 200 sessions on SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365 and product roadmap and feature announcements. Conference location is Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, USA. Click Here  for more information about the event. Source: SharePoint ...

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Last June Microsoft announced that it would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And two months ago, Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits were shipped to thousands of developers in the program from London to Tokyo. Since the demand was high, Microsoft created 500 additional developer preview kits for the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK. The program was open to professional developers, students, researchers, artists, and other creative individuals. You only have 2 more days to apply for 1 of the 500 spots in the program. Selected participants will get a Beta device before we officially launch the new sensor next summer. The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced few changes and improvements in the Windows Store onboarding and publishing process to make things easier for app developers. For example, you can now set exact date, time with time zone on when you app should go live in Windows Store, you can now relist the app at anytime to fix some critical issues, you can now end support for Windows 8 without disturbing the latest app in the store and more. From Windows team blog, Setting your app’s release date and time First off, we’ve added more control to choosing the release date for your app. Previously, when you submitted an app, it went live in the Store as soon as certification and the process of publishing the app was completed, or you could select a future date to publish your app. Now you have more control over when publishing begins. Rather than only choosing the date, ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are reducing the price of Windows Azure Storage following Amazon’s announcement regarding this same few days back. Last year, Microsoft made the promise to match up to Amazon for its pricing structure and they are holding on to their promises As you may recall from the April announcement, we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage matching AWS’ prices.  We’re also making the new prices effective worldwide which means that Azure storage will be less expensive than AWS in many regions. Here are the details… We are matching AWS’ lowest prices (US East Region) for S3 and EBS by reducing prices by up to 20% and making the lower prices available in all regions worldwide. For Locally Redundant Disks/Page Blobs Storage we are ...

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Microsoft is always looking forward to attract more developers to its Windows platform and the recent App Builder rewards program is one of the ways in which it is trying to lure new developers. Join App Builder Rewards and you could win one of 28 Dell Venue 8 Pro tablets. Here is how it works, Join App Builder Rewards and enter your Windows Store apps to the Apps Quest. If your app has less than 100 downloads when you complete the Quest between January 21st and February 28th, you’ll get a $15 Windows Store gift card.** Use the members-only App Promotion Kit, Windows Store gift card and AdDuplex advertising impressions to reach 100 downloads before the end of February and earn your chance to win one of 28 devices. Want to increase your odds?  The more apps that get 100 downloads by Feb. 28th, the more App Builder Rewards points ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 for download. S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft made the following announcement on his blog regarding this release. This morning we made available the final version of Update 1 for Visual Studio 2013.  This is a targeted update, addressing some key areas of customer feedback since the Visual Studio 2013 release.  For example, we heard your feedback about running Visual Studio in environments without IE10+, and have made several improvements to this experience in Update 1.  Full details of the changes are available here.  Download the update now or wait to get it through Visual Studio update notification in the coming weeks. Microsoft also promised to deliver regular updates for VS 2013 with Update 2 is now on the way. Update 2 is their first major feature update which will be made available this spring. ...

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Microsoft Open Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft that is dedicated to improve Microsoft’s investment in open technologies. It often acts as  bridge between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies to make them work together in heterogeneous environments. For example, MS Open Tech developed the Node.js SDK for Windows Azure, they implanted the pointer events for Blink and more. Today, Microsoft Open Tech announced its new office in China. Read the full press release below. SHANGHAI, China — Jan. 16, 2014 — Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, on Thursday announced the opening of a subsidiary in China, Microsoft Open Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (MS Open Tech Shanghai). MS Open Tech Shanghai will have a robust team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists with roots in open source and open standards. The Chinese subsidiary will focus on ...

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AMD today announced the availability of its next generation APUs codenamed Kaveri from today. This is the first time AMD has included heterogeneous system architecture support in its APU. The chip is based on new generation of Steamroller CPU which offers great efficiency. AMD A10-7000 Series APU, codenamed “Kaveri”. These new processors pack an all-new architecture, including HSA features, Radeon™ R7 graphics and AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD is also claiming that this new APU offer better performance over comparable Intel counterparts. Also, the top end AMD APU costs about $180 while Intel Core i5 processor costs around $240, so there is a significant price advantage for AMD too. Read the full review of this CPUs from AnandTech.   ...

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