Review Category : Developers

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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Great news for Windows Phone and Windows developers around San Francisco Bay Area of California. Microsoft has partnered with Facebook to host a hackathon down in Menlo Park at the Facebook offices. There will be number of Microsoft engineers along with Facebook’s engineers to demonstrate easily you can deeply integrate Facebook platform across both the Windows and Windows Phone apps. Microsoft is even promising 1:1 assistance along with some great speakers. Join Facebook and Microsoft engineers for an overnight hackathon on January 17th. Learn how to integrate Facebook login and Facebook platform APIs into your Windows and Windows Phone apps. Why you should attend: Learn how to build apps for Windows and Windows Phone Learn how to integrate Facebook Login and Sharing into your Windows and Windows Phone apps Come ready to hack with Microsoft and Facebook engineers! There will be food, drinks, and prizes Who should attend: This is a technical event and ...

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At CES yesterday, Intel officially confirmed their Dual OS project where they will officially support both Windows and Android on a same device. Krzanich stated that Intel is the first microprocessor company to support devices that combine the best of Windows* and Android* operating systems in a single device. Also Intel is working to make the experience of switching between OS as a seamless one. With the push of a button, user will be able to switch to the other OS in few seconds. Asus even announced a new device called Transformer Duet that will have this functionality of running both the OS on the same device. Microsoft and Google should not be happy with this effort from Intel as this will create lots of confusion among consumers. Also Intel is expecting many such Dual OS devices throughout 2014 from various OEMs. ...

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Joe Duffy, an architect and developer on a research operating system at Microsoft has blogged about the next generation programming language they have been working on in the past couple of years. Microsoft is now describing this upcoming language as “systems programming” extensions to C#. Microsoft is trying to pitch this language as cross between Safety & Productivity centric C#, Java, etc, and Performance centric C++. Here are the 6 important features of the language, ) Lifetime understanding. C++ has RAII, deterministic destruction, and efficient allocation of objects. C# and Java both coax developers into relying too heavily on the GC heap, and offers only “loose” support for deterministic destruction via IDisposable. Part of what my team does is regularly convert C# programs to this new language, and it’s not uncommon for us to encounter 30-50% time spent in GC. For servers, this kills throughput; for clients, it degrades the ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8 devices got updated today with lots of new features and improvements. You can now edit posts, comments, post privacy, delete photos and more. There is also support for new 320 snap view for the whole app, Smileys sticker pack and more. Full Change log: 320 snap view for the whole app Smileys sticker pack Profile pic sync New Stories indicator Create albums from photos page Add photos directly into an album Search thread names when choosing conversation members Refresh in Nearby Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. Edit Posts Edit post privacy Edit Comments Copy link to post Add/Remove people from groups Add friends to lists Delete photos It is nice to Facebook actively developing their Windows Store app. The app now has almost all the features that are part of Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. Download it here ...

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Microsoft’s Cloud platform Windows Azure is evolving at the rate in which even industry leaders like Amazon are now within the reach in terms of feature parity. Speaking to The Channel, Microsoft’s Windows Azure president Scott Guthrie revealed some interesting information about Azure, how it is evolving, how it compares to Amazon, etc,.  He also said that Skype now runs on Windows Azure, all new storage of SkyDrive goes to Azure, part of Xbox Live is now powered by Azure and Office 365 used Azure’s identity management for authentication. Some excerpts from the interview, “We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like China that they’re not in,”. “If you want to reach the globe the most, we’re the cloud vendor to do it.” “Every Office 365 customer has a Windows Azure Active Directory login,” he said. “All authentication, all security, all access control for Office 365 ...

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  Microsoft today announced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide group of more than 25 leading cloud service providers who will deliver hosted services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. Many of the members were already Microsoft partners, but Microsoft is now giving them a brand new name to better target customers. The members of the Cloud OS Network are leading service providers who will offer hybrid services that give customers greater flexibility and choice. By making a substantial commitment to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, they are able to deliver tailored infrastructure and application services that meet diverse customer needs. Customers will have greater choice in customization, data sovereignty, security, privacy and service levels. For example, Cloud OS Network partner Outsourcery in the United Kingdom is driving an initiative to provide compliant cloud services for U.K. government ...

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Microsoft today announced Facebook Login APIs for Windows Store apps. As many developers rely on Facebook Login to tap into the Facebook social graph to enhance their applications’ experience, Facebook Login API support becomes essential in creating apps. Microsoft with its partnership with Facebook announced Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Developers can get access to documentation and the APIs through Microsoft’s Windows App Builder blog and Windows Phone Developer blog as well as Facebook’s detailed documentation for Facebook Login for Windows and Facebook Login for Windows Phone. While Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production applications, and for Windows Phone 8, Facebook Login is in beta. Lots of apps like Foursqaure, iHearRadio, Adobe, etc, will start making using of this API. · Foursquare will use the Facebook Login API on Windows devices to “make it even easier for people to use Foursquare to ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio Online previously known as Team Foundation Service. Visual Studio Online is made up of collection of developer services, hosted in Azure to offer the best integrated end-to-end development experience for modern applications. Microsoft also announced two new Visual Studio Online services, Visual Studio Online Application Insights and Visual Studio Online “Monaco” ins addition to the existing services announced during preview. VS Online will be free for teams up to 5 users.  Visual Studio Online is also included as part of MSDN subscriptions. You get started with VS Online at http://visualstudio.com/. Visual Studio Online services, including the following: Hosted Source Control Visual Studio Online provides developers with hosted source control, using either Git or Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC).  The sources for your Visual Studio Online projects are readily available to sync to your desktop when you are logged into Visual Studio. Work Items and Agile Planning Whether ...

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Microsoft today launched Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 to the general public. Visual Studio 2013 allows you to build modern, cloud connected apps across Microsoft platforms ranging from Windows Azure to Windows Phone. It has support for live debugging Azure sites,  Energy Profiling, UI Responsiveness diagnostics and more. Support for live debugging Azure sites from Visual Studio means you can set a breakpoint in a running service in the cloud, and step through it directly from Visual Studio. The new Cloud Business Application project type lets you build next-generation business applications leveraging Office 365 and Azure. And features like Energy Profiling and UI Responsiveness diagnostics make it easier than ever to build 5-star applications for the Windows Store. For individual developers, Visual Studio 2013 brings great new developer productivity features.  Features like Peek Definition and CodeLens provide key information about your code right where you are working in the ...

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Windows Store was launched along with Windows 8 almost one year ago. Windows Store allows users to download apps developed on modern UI on their Windows 8/Windows 8.1 machines. According to latest data from Microsoft, Windows Store racked up roughly 1.7 million daily downloads, both free and paid, in October(around 51.2 million applications totally). This is a 38.56% increase in numbers since June. While this numbers may look good when you look at it independently, it pales in comparison with Apple App Store and Google Play Store. According to recent Apple numbers, App Store reached almost 74 million app downloads daily. I’m not drawing any conclusions from these numbers since Windows Store is an year old entity while Apple App Store has been over there for almost 5 years. With the launch of Windows 8.1 and many touch screen devices in the market, I hope Windows Store downloads accelerates over ...

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Microsoft is expecting a spike in app purchases by the public this holiday season due to increased Windows and Windows Phone devices and the availability of new Microsoft Gift Cards. Gift cards will be available from several different sources, consumers may purchase gift cards in retail stores or electronically, select retailers will include gift cards in their holiday sales promotions or Microsoft and its partners will distribute promotional gift cards with device promotions in select markets. Also Microsoft has some big expectations around the amount to be spent on Windows Store due to gift cards, As a result of consumer gift card purchases and promotional programs for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 devices, we expect consumers to have over $100 million dollars (USD) available in their Microsoft accounts to spend on app and in-app purchases this holiday season. Read more from the link below. Source: Windows blog ...

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