Review Category : Developers

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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Lots of new Xbox games were announced at GDC that is coming to Windows Store soon. The list included Bejeweled LIVE, Samurai vs. Zombies, Temple Run Brave and more. Some of them are already available in Windows Store for download. Check them out below. Bejeweled from PopCap – $4.99: Discover all-new ways to match three gems in this beloved puzzle game. Enjoy the action in three game modes: play Classic Bejeweled for cascades of puzzle fun, Diamond Mine for a jeweled gem-blasting challenge or save butterflies from a hungry spider. Bejeweled LIVE takes special advantage of Windows 8 features such as showing your game status updates on the Start screen with the Bejeweled LIVE live tile, play Bejeweled in Snap mode and check out your friends’ scores on Xbox LIVE. Earn flashy Bejeweled badges and Xbox achievements to prove your multifaceted skills! Samurai vs. Zombies from Glu – Free:   Be ...

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According to Metrostorescanner, a 3rd party site tracking Windows Store apps, Windows Store has now exceeded 50,000 app mark. According to that site, Windows Store has exactly 50,341 apps. Windows Store was opened last October and since then the numbers increased constantly every month to reach this level. For a comparison, Apple AppStore has about 300,000 apps optimized for iPad with all leading app names available on the platform. Windows Store has a long way to catch up with Apple AppStore both in terms of app quality and quantity. Microsoft is working to improve developer experience of Windows 8/RT with upcoming update codenamed Blue which will include no.of improvements on WinRT. Source: Metrostorescanner ...

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Microsoft last week launched a program where it will be paying developers upto $2000 for developing Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps. This program raised some voice in the industry saying that such programs will lead to poor quality of apps filling up the Windows Store. Microsoft responded to this complaints with the following statement to ATD, “We believe the best apps come from those partners who are invested in the platform and own their experience now and in the future,” Microsoft said. ” Of course, we are always working to spark creativity with new developer audiences and sometimes try limited incentives or contests, like Keep The Cash. However, it is not representative of an ongoing program.”   ...

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Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Rank Jan Price December Price iPad W4 2013 Price 1 Drift mania  $2.99 Angry birds star wars  $4.99 Minecraft – Pocket Edition  $6.99 2 Angry birds space  $4.99 Draw stickman:epic  $2.99 Angry Birds Star Wars HD  $2.99 3 Plex  $2.99 Plex  $2.99 Pages  $9.99 4 Angry birds star wars  $4.99 Angry birds space  $4.99 Joe Danger  $2.99 5 Where is my Perry  $4.99 Pin stream  $1.49 Scribblenauts Remix  $0.99 6 im+ pro  $4.99 Touch file  $1.99 Bad Piggies HD  $0.99 7 Libraries file explorer app  $1.49 Fruit ninja  $4.99 Notability  $1.99 8 Doodle god  $2.99 Tweetro  $4.99 Toca Hair Salon 2  $1.99 9 Rat on a skateboard  $1.49 Youtube +  $2.99 Temple Run: Brave  $0.99 10 4 elements II special edition  $2.99 Shark dash  $1.99 Sofia the First: Story Theater  $3.99 Avg Price    $3.49    $3.44    $3.39 Games   7   5   8 Other   3   ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ceasing the development of Expression Suite. Expression Studio Ultimate included the following programs, Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program Expression Design, vector graphics editor Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance  SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design Microsoft will no longer develop any of these products and Expression brand will be discontinued. Here is the announcement from Microsoft. Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 provides a rich design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. In addition to that, WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow support is available today as a preview and will be released in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. Blend ...

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In a blog post Microsoft announced that they have started accepting  games with a rating of PEGI 18. The first two games to be offered will be The Witcher, by CD Projekt, and Grand Theft Auto IV, by Take Two—with more games coming soon. Unfortunately both games are Desktop, not Windows 8-style titles. Minors will remain protected by the integration with the Windows 8 store of Microsoft Family Safety, which help parents control the kinds of apps their children can install. Microsoft emphasized that due to this the Store continues to be a safe and positive place for children to explore. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Before Windows 8 got released, there were some discussions about the security model of Windows 8 Modern apps. Microsoft fixed some of those issues. Justin Angel, a well known Microsoft platform developer has blogged about various way to tamper Windows Store apps in a Windows 8 device. He provided the following weak points in Windows Store app model with examples, #1: Compromising in-app purchases by modifying IsoStore #2: Cracking trial apps to paid versions for free #3: Removing in-app ads from games by editing XAML files #4: Reducing the cost of in-game items by editing game data files #5: Compromising In-app purchase items by injecting scripts into the IE10 process Here is his summary of his findings and the ways Microsoft can fix them, In-app purchase items Storage: In-app purchase is fast becoming the #1 revenue stream for game developers. We’ve seen we can trick games local storage to acknowledge ...

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The Windows 8 Store is one of the fastest growing app stores, but one of the reasons behind this is an issue which the Windows Phone marketplace had long struggled with – Developers publishing hundreds of spam applications which are often simply RSS readers for specific websites with only the name and the feed changed. This issue is well illustrated by Win App Update, who note only 12% of developers are responsible for 61% of the apps in the app store, giving an average of more than 16 apps each for developers who have more than 5 apps in the store. Of course an argument can be made that the best applications will still float to the top, and that at this early stage quantity is more important than quality, at least until we get to 6 figures, but it does take some of the shine of the growth in ...

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