Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft yesterday announced the first release of .NET Native. It is a next generation compiler technology that is making popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native. .NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. This first release is a Developer Preview that allows you to develop and test apps with this new compiler. This preview release of .NET Native offers you the performance of C++ with the productivity of C#. .NET Native continues to provide a first-class .NET developer experience in Visual Studio. You still get a great edit/compile/debug environment with productivity enhancers like Edit and Continue and code refactoring. You continue to upload MSIL app packages to the Windows Store. Our compiler in the cloud compiles the app using .NET Native in the Store, creating a self-contained app package that’s customized to the ...

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In a blog post, Microsoft explained the technology behind Cortana, Bing.com and other Microsoft products that is making use of a platform that combines Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world, with speech recognition, language and entity understanding, and stream processing that, taken together, make Bing more personal, helpful and intelligent. Apart from Cortana, Microsoft is also planning to deliver a more Personal Bing.com for users. In the coming days, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that capture things that matter to you. You can also experience Cortana like personalized and helpful approach on Bing.com. Now Bing can automatically help you keep track of the interests you care about. Just tag a topic in your Bing settingsand we will do the rest. Tag things you care about, and start seeing personalized news, weather, flights, stocks with more to come – all as part ...

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Microsoft’s Build developer conference Day 1 keynote is now available online. You can enjoy them if you missed the live streaming. Various Microsoft executives like David Treadwell, Joe Belfiore, Stephen Elop, Terry Myerson and CEO Satya Nadella took stage to make various announcements and discuss on Microsoft’s strategy. Today was an important day for Windows and Xbox at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. I encourage you to check out blogs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, to get the details of the work we are delivering for developers, consumers and business customers. I wanted to use this post to share some thoughts from what I said in the keynote: 1. We believe in our ecosystem of device manufacturers and devs (developers, developers, developers!), and that their creativity has incredible potential to change the world – and we want to help them do that. 2. We believe in ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. Another feature Microsoft announced was the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future. ...

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Microsoft today announced that the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future. Another feature Microsoft today announced was that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. You will have two column layout where you will have program list on the left and live tiles on the right. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they will be making Windows available for free to devices with less than 9-inch devices. That includes all the tablets and even Windows Phone devices. Microsoft is making this move to drive more volume of devices in consumers hand that will drive more reach for developers. Microsoft also announced that Windows on the Internet of Things will be available for free. With the Windows 8.1 Update, we have enabled our hardware partners to build lower cost devices for Windows such as devices with only 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage that provide customers with the experience they expect from a Windows device without sacrificing performance. ...

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  As expected, Microsoft talked about the touch based Office apps that are coming to Windows. Microsoft announced Office for iPad last week and it became an instant hit. Microsoft used the next generation Office for Windows devices to demo the power of Universal Windows apps. They demoed PowerPoint app for Windows touch devices. As you can in the screenshot above, it features the similar Office Ribbon now optimized for touch with large touch targets. They were written on DirectX and XAML and works across devices. Microsoft even demoed PowerPoint for Windows Phone devices. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing Windows Universal apps to Xbox. Terry Myerson announced that they will be bringing this to developers in coming months. You can create one app on Visual Studio project, and use it across devices. Microsoft demoed Khan Academy app which is working with Microsoft for Xbox One app. The business logic, all the assets remain the same and the app just works across all the devices. ...

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As reported previously, Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update to users via Windows Update on April 8th. MSDN users will get it earlier. This update will bring improvements to keyboard and mouse users to experience Windows 8 better on non-touch device. Read about features below. New Windows 8.1 Update 1 Screenshots Reveal Jumplists And Media Controls Support For Modern Apps In Taskbar Windows 8.1 Update 1 To Include New Disk Space Manager Check Out All The New Features In Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Video) New Leaked Screenshots Reveal Minimize, Close Button For Metro Apps In Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leak Continues: New Search And Power Buttons, Traditional Context Menu Support In Start Screen More Screenshots Of Windows 8.1 Update 1 Reveals Taskbar Preview Support For Store Apps Windows 8.1 2014 Update Leaked Screenshots Reveals A New Feature, You Can Now Pin Windows Store Apps To Taskbar ...

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Microsoft Advertising’s pubCenter is a publisher platform that enables App developers to deliver targeted advertisements to Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications. The feedback from the community using pubCenter was mostly negative because of its poor UI and ad filling rate. Microsoft has now fixed the former issue with a completely revamped website with all new design. This site now works great and looks beautiful as well. Visit https://beta.pubcenter.microsoft.com/. ...

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As announced yesterday, Microsoft has now released Xbox One SmartGlass beta app for Windows and Android devices. Description This is a Public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. Features OneGuide support built into SmartGlass View what’s on TV without interrupting what you’re doing on your Xbox One Change TV channels on your Xbox One through OneGuide on SmartGlass Find and favorite TV Channels TV Universal Remote Control to control your Cable Box and TV Known Issues • A few buttons in the Cable/TV remote may not work. • Some strings are out-of-date or missing. • In International countries, there may be issues with the OneGuide and unlocalized strings Scenarios to Try • Browse OneGuide on your SmartGlass device • Tune to a show from OneGuide in SmartGlass. • Get ...

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Microsoft has got lots of new things to announce at BUILD developer conference happening tomorrow at San Francisco. One of the cool things will be Microsoft’s new effort into the Internet of Things trend. Windows on Devices will enable developers to write apps for all kind of electronic items. Developers can build a smart coffee mug, talking bear, robots, etc, based on this platform. Intel’s Galileo platform will act as developmental hardware. There is also a detailed session on this one. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how technologies such as Windows Embedded, .NET Micro Framework, and Azure can be used to build cool devices and intelligent systems. Engadget also reports some demos Microsoft ...

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A number of teams within Microsoft are participating in some April Fools fun.  We have seen the comeback of Clippy from the Office team and the Bing team’s creation of wearable devices for pets.  The OneDrive team has set up a website of what OneDrive may have looked like in 2001.  The site is complete with animated gifs, file sizes in bytes, comic sans, a hit counter, a floating banner and a logo that says “best viewed in internet explorer.”   If you login with your Microsoft account your Onedrive folder structure will appear See the Bing team’s April Fools joke: Bing Unveils Wearable Technology for Pets (April Fools) See the Office team’s April Fools joke: clippy makes a comeback on office online Read our own April Fools story: shocker: former windows chief steven sinofsky to join apple; will work on a “re-imagined” macos Source: 2001drive.com via Tom Warren ...

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The Bing Team at Microsoft is also participating in some April Fools fun.  The post shows off a google glass-like products for pets.  A new Bing service, the “Bing Pet Translator” is also unveiled. Source: Bing See the Office team’s April Fools joke: Clippy Makes a Comeback On Office Online Read our own April Fools story: shocker: former windows chief steven sinofsky to join apple; will work on a “re-imagined” macos ...

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Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo has pleaded guilty to stealing the Redmond software giant’s trade secrets yesterday.   Kibkalo infamously leaked Windows 8 builds and the Windows Activation Server SDK to french blogger Canouna.  The Seattle Times reports: Kibkalo and federal prosecutors reached an agreement in which prosecutors are recommending a 3-month prison sentence for Kibkalo, as well as a payment of $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft, according to his plea agreement. Kibkalo’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 1.  With this plea agreement Kibkalo avoids a maximum jail sentence of 10 years and will pay 1/10 of the maximum $250,000 fine.  Most likely Kibkalo will not even spend the full 3 months in jail. Source: The Seattle Times ...

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Microsoft Xbox One team has not yet settled down since their launch last year. They are still delivering significant updates every other month which includes lots of improvements and new features as well. Today, the previewed the upcoming Xbox One update that is being released to Xbox One Update preview users. Here are the new features, You can rent (or buy) a movie on Xbox Video, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up right where you left off on another.* Perfect for movie junkies or anyone who loves marathon-watching TV shows, Xbox Video makes it easier than ever to watch whatever you like on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or even online at XboxVideo.com. We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now: Easily navigate game options ...

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