Review Category : Developers

Today Microsoft detailed their Windows On ARM strategy. At last, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows On ARM will not support any type of virtualization or emulation approach, and will not enable existing x86/64 applications to be ported or run. So, this leaves developers with the only choice. If they want to target both Windows On ARM & Windows 8 on x86/x64, WinRT API’s are the only way to go. Also Windows On ARM will allow you to install apps only from Windows Store signed by Microsoft. Here is the reason Microsoft tell us, Supporting various forms of emulation runs counter to the goal of delivering a product that takes a modern approach to system reliability and predictability—by definition, existing code has not been optimized for the platform the way WOA has. Virtualized or emulated software will consume system resources, including battery life and CPU, at unacceptable levels. Emulation and virtualization of ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today confirmed through a blog post that Windows On ARM ( Windows 8 ) will include Desktop mode. Along with the desktop mode, Windows On ARM will also have Microsoft Office running on it. Here is the summary of the announcement, Windows on ARM, or WOA, is a new member of the Windows family that builds on the foundation of Windows. WOA PCs are still under development and our collective goal is for PC makers to ship them the same time as PCs designed for Windows 8 on x86/64. Metro style apps in the Windows Store can support both WOA and Windows 8 on x86/64. WOA can support all new Metro style apps, including apps from Microsoft for mail, calendaring, contacts, photos, and storage.WOA also includes industry-leading support for hardware-accelerated HTML5 with Internet Explorer 10. WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be no MIX Developer conference this year. MIX was started in 2006 focusing on web developers for Microsoft Web platform and continued till 2011. Microsoft today blogged the following, As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012. So BUILD, which was a PDC replacement will be combined with MIX to make a single event that will be announced later this year. Read more at Microsoft Blog.  ...

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Yesterday we saw the information about Internet Explorer 9 becoming the most used browser in US. Along with those stats, another important thing happened for developers. Internet Explorer 6 usage has now dropped to less than 1% in US. E6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away. In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6. In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle.  We hope this means more developers and IT Pros can consider IE6 a “low-priority” at this point and stop spending their time having ...

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The War Horse Journey is a war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in the United States on 25 December 2011 and in the United Kingdom releasing on 13 January. The film creators have done a beautiful website to promote their film.  The site has two parts, a gallery and the TimeMap. The Gallery uses Deep Zoom technology to let the user explore a patchwork of historical images, maps and shots from the film. It’s an interactive exploration of the world of War Horse. The TimeMap uses Bing Maps and Map Cruncher to overlay today’s map of the WWI battle area with historical maps and photos. You can scroll a viewer around to see, for example, where the front line ran and the pockmarked landscape. It’s a powerful use of Microsoft technology to bring history to life and add depth and context to the film. In both regards, ...

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Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want. Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the SQL Azure Q4 Service Release. This new service release offers greater flexibility for scaling on demand, and simplifies database monitoring and management. Also Microsoft reduced the maximum price per SQL Azure DB is $499.95. Microsoft also released a new Metro-Style SQL  Azure Management Portal. The new portal has a Metro-style user interface with new features including new workspaces with the ability to more easily monitor databases, drill-down into schemas, query plans, spatial data, indexes/keys, and query performance statistics (see screen shot above). The new portal also supports SQL Azure Federation. You can find more about what’s new in this release here.  ...

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Nokia sold its Qt commercial business to a Finish company called Digia. Digia is now developing and selling Qt commercial license to companies around the world. Even though the existing Qt apps works fine on Windows 8 Desktop mode, Digia is now working on bringing Qt dev framework to develop Windows 8 Metro Style apps. The upcoming Windows 8 release is expected to bring a large amount of different kinds of tablet devices into the market. These devices are typically equipped with desktop-like capabilities, and can basically run all today’s existing Windows applications. Digia has been testing Qt Commercial with the Windows 8 Developer Preview, and both Qt C++ and Qt Quick applications work nicely. There were no modifications needed to make them run just like they do on Windows 7. However, in order to maximally benefit from the new things in Windows 8, the Metro style needs to be ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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 Today Microsoft started a new blog dedicated to Windows Store developers. In the first post of the blog, Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store detailed the Windows Store design, business model, app discovery, etc,. Summary of his information on Windows Store: Discovery and Design: Windows Store provided a series of way-finding and promotion mechanisms—search, category browse, ranking lists, editorial curation — to help people find great apps. Windows Store in Metro Styled with no chrome that lets apps shine in the marketplace. The Store app catalog will be indexed by search engines. We also support direct linking to app webpages. There will web version of the app listing, which Microsoft will publish based on the same content provided for the Store app listing.  With just a line of markup, developers can promote their apps on Websites. Reach and Internationalization: There are number of market-specific catalogs, tailored for those customers, and ...

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Microsoft today announced a contest for developers building Windows 8 Metro Apps. The First Apps contest will select eight winning apps to be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens. This is your chance to show off your great app and to be part of an exclusive group of developers invited to participate in the Store when it first opens. The winning developers will also get some goodies to help them build even better apps: A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app You can find more details about this contest at http://www.buildwindowscontest.com/  ...

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In Credit Suisse technology conference 2011 Intel CEO Paul  Otellini gave a statement that will make Redmondians more happy. He said, “ I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company.”. Paul is confident that Intel’s unique advantage over ARM based Windows 8 machines on running legacy applications will drive Intel forward. He also said that Windows 8 will take tablet computing to the mainstream and also allows IT admins of enterprises to manage tablet devices of their employees. Here is the full statement from him, We are very excited about Windows 8. I think it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to our Company. And it’s a very good operating system, not just for PCs, but we think also will allow tablets to really get a legitimacy into mainstream computing, particularly in enterprises that they don’t have today. A lot of the enterprise managers ...

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This is a good news for developers. 65% of Windows 7 users are now using modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 14+15 and Firefox 6. Among that IE9 has reached 35% market share in US as shown in the chart above. This is in line with Net Applications browser market share data released this month. You can find more on this at Windows Team blog. ...

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I know many of you won’t believe the title but yes, It is true. He did that in a interview with Joshua Topolsky of This is My Next.  Its a long interview about Android UX story, I just took an excerpt from the interview on which he discusses Windows Phone and iOS. He compared iOS and Windows Phone’s Metro UI as faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage trend. I can’t stop laughing after reading his comments today morning. I just want to know what would he then call his own Android UX so far ?? I don’t want to comment on his views since I’m not a expert UX designer like him. “Across the board Google and Android is taking design a lot more seriously,” Matias says, and points out that Roboto is used throughout the system. “There’s this thing that’s happening right now in user interface design that ...

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Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind several Xbox LIVE Arcade games. This studio has developed games such as Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” and now as part of Microsoft Studios, they will continue to develop  game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. Press Release: Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.  As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.” From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox ...

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