Review Category : Microsoft

During BUILD keynote yesterday, Microsoft announced that each of the BUILD attendees will get a Surface Pro and 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet. To go along with the keynote announcement about the Windows 8.1 Preview, developers were told they’re getting the first 8-inch Windows tablet — the Intel AtomTM Z2760 processor-based Acer Iconia W3. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, they found out they’re also getting a Microsoft Surface Pro, which leverages the 3rd generation Intel Core processor. These devices offer developers the chance to jump right into building Windows 8.1 apps for a variety of devices. Build attendees will also receive 100 GB of extra storage for one year on SkyDrive, which makes it easy to store and access their files from anywhere. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of new Kinect for Windows developer kit program that costs just $399. It’s a limited program for developers, so apply soon to get into this awesome dev kit program. Can’t wait for the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor? You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014. 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 exclusive webcasts Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release) Private access to all API and sample documentation A pre-release/alpha sensor A final, released sensor at launch ...

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Microsoft today announced Bing as a platform for developers. Microsoft has created a platform that unites the intelligent services that power Bing.com and by making these capabilities available to 3rdparty developers via new APIs and controls. Microsoft internally uses the Bing services across the breadth of their devices and applications including Windows 8.1′s new search capabilities, Windows Phone with features like Local Scout, Translations, Xbox One with voice command and gesture integration, and more. Microsoft is now announcing that these intelligent services/APIs will be available to third party developers to create more engaging customer experiences. Bringing the World’s Knowledge to Your Apps Understanding the World: We think knowledge is more than just a “graph”. It requires combining the web’s deep sets of information with insights derived from understanding the people, places, things, and actions in the real world. The Bing Entity API allows developers to create applications using this understanding to build scenarios that augment users’ ...

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Microsoft’s on screen keyboard has been vastly improved in Windows 8.1  When you type you will now see pop-up spelling suggestions, you can swipe on the space bar to go through them and tap the space bar to select the one you want.  This way you do not have to move your fingers away from the on screen keyboard to pick suggestions.   There are many shortcuts built in for special characters. For example, holding down the question mark will pop up the exclamation key.  You can also swipe on the question mark to get the exclamation point. Once you this in action on video or try it yourself, it’s quite simple. Source: Engadget ...

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At BUILD keynote today, Microsoft made number of announcements. They announced that Windows 8.1 Preview and Visual Studio 2013 Preview are available for download today. Both of them are a great news for developers. Windows 8.1 also brings in over 5000 new APIs and features to developers for building powerful apps for consumers and enterprises. The Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers provides you a high-level overview of what’s new. Then check out the feature guide to get feature-by-feature overview with pointers to the new how-to documentation so you can dig in. Go to the Windows Dev Center Downloads page to get new SDKs, tools, and code samples. Here are some of the new features highlighted on Windows team blog, We’ve enhanced many of the existing features you may have used in Windows 8 and we’ve also introduced some brand new ones that help you complete new scenarios within your app. For ...

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In the new Windows Store bring a number of changes in Windows 8.1.   Automatic Updates Windows Store apps will now be automatically updated in the background.  Users have the option of turning off automatic updates, especially useful to those in areas with limited bandwidth. Redesign The focus of the Windows Store redesign is on recommendations.  When you open the Windows Store you will see an editorial sections of the top new apps, idf you scroll to the right you will see “pick for you.”  The store also features a list of recently launched apps and apps that are currently popular with other users.  The list of top free and paid apps are still there too., Bing powers the recommendation engine and will provide you with a personalized list of apps based on a number of factors. App listings are much more descriptive now, you can see screenshots, ratings, top ...

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There many high resolutions PCs, The Surface Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, Toshiba Kirabook, Dell XPS 12 to name a few.  However, the user interface is often too small with text that can be hard to read and touch targets that are too small.  With Windows 8.1 Microsoft adds full support for high density displays, introducing automatic scaling for UI in these devices. According to Microsoft’s Jensen Harris, “Text might not be as sharp on apps that aren’t ready.” director of the Windows User Experience team.  In Windows 8.1 you can scale up 200% in both the desktop and metro mode.  Microsoft has updated many of the first party  Windows apps including Windows Explorer to look better in high density displays. According to The Verge: Harris expects there to be a transition process as developers update their apps to take advantage of the higher resolution, but Windows 8.1 will still be ...

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Windows 8.1 product guide and FAQ pages are now live. You can download the product guide here. To download Windows 8.1, go to Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com. The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements needed to install the Windows 8.1 Preview. Microsoft notes that, If you are on Windows RT and have installed a language pack, please don’t install the Windows RT 8.1 Preview at this time. A fix is coming so check back soon.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8.1 will add native support for 3D printing. Even though not all of us will get excited about this news, this is a step in right direction for Microsoft. This will please many industrial designers and other people who work with 3D printers everyday. a built-in API will let developers weave 3D printing into their own apps. While the experience will be slightly more complicated than firing up an old-fashioned inkjet, it should include familiar-looking printing dialogs and persistent settings. via: Engadget ...

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NOOK for Windows 8 v1.5 adds new features:   • Simplified user interface makes it easier to browse and search • Faster performance in app opening, scrolling and page turning • Download in the background while you read, shop or use other apps • Side load ePub and PDF files from the local file system • Search icon on home and library screens • Type in your library or the shop to instantly search • Highlight words in books using multiple colors • Add notes to books • Find words or phrases in books • Lookup word definitions in the dictionary • Manage subscriptions   Nook is available for both Windows 8 and RT and you can sign into the account using your Microsoft account.  Along with new features and a performance bump there is a half-off promotion on many items in the Nook Store.  As further incentive, B&N is offering ...

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Microsoft will officially release Windows 8.1 preview later today at the BUILD conference in San Francisco.  Below is a link that will allow you to download the ISO for the Windows 8.1 Preview.  Alternatively, you update Windows 8 through the Windows Store.  The link is not live yet, but will be later today. Download Windows 8.1: http://prev.windows.microsoft.com/en-001/windows-8/preview-download Source: Neowin via Faikee ...

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Microsoft has finally posted the Build Session list over at Channel 9. Go check it out! Interestingly there is only 1 session listed for Xbox (on Smart Glass), I’m guessing we will not see too much new stuff regarding Xbox at BUILD. There are 7 sessions listed for IE11.  Should be lots of great IE stuff shown at BUILD.  Will IE11 come to Windows 7? Session Title Summary 2-066 New IE Developer Tools. F12 developer tools have been completely re-imagined for IE11. 2-067 New Platform Capabilities for Advancing Web Development Learn how to take advantage of the latest Web technologies, interoperably. 3-068 Web run-time performance Learn new techniques for analyzing and improving site performance. 3-069 Web Compatibility and Same Markup Build sites that provide great experiences across modern browsers. 3-071 Lighting up your site on Windows 8.1 Leverage the power of the Windows platform to create amazing sites. 4-072 Hyper-fast ...

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Microsoft has released its second major update to the Metro Lync App.  For those not familiar with Lync, think of it as Skype for the enterprise.  Here is what’s new: Access more about your meetings — Use the new Meetings screen to view details about all your meetings for the current and next day, and, when more than one meeting is scheduled for the same time, to choose which meeting to join. You can still join your next meeting from the Join Lync Meeting tile on the home screen. Do more with the snapped view — Make calls, view contact information, start and have conversations, and see contacts’ presence all while working on other apps. Join meetings anonymously — Join a Lync Meeting from the Lync app even if your credentials don’t work for that meeting or if you don’t have a Lync account.  Browse someone else’s shared slides — ...

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Microsoft makes most of the sessions at TechEd available on Channel 9, it’s a great resource and wealth of information.  I have been slowly sifting through the sessions and this is our continuing series on the best TechEd 2013 talks at New Orleans. Distinguished Engineer Jeffrey Snover gives a good overview of how to get started using powershell.  Powershell is becoming increasingly important within Microsoft, especially if you are heavily getting into Windows Azure.  Microsoft decided not to update the Command Prompt significantly partially due to legacy reasons. Here is what’s new in PowerShell 4.0: New features in Windows PowerShell Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a new management system in Windows PowerShell 4.0 that enables the deployment and management of configuration data for software services, and the environment in which these services run. For more information about DSC, see Get Started with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration. Save-Help now ...

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