Review Category : Developers

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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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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