Microsoft yesterday released the first community technology preview of the next version of Visual Studio, codenamed Visual Studio “14”.  Microsoft has released this build to collect feedback from customers, so they have advised users to install in a test environment with no earlier versions of Visual Studio installed. It includes Roslyn” .NET compiler platform, ASP.NET vNext and Apache Cordova tooling and many other improvements. In Visual Studio “14″, the C# and VB compilers and IDE support are fully built on the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”). In the Visual Studio “14″ preview C# refactoring support has been completely revamped including two new core refactorings: Inline Temporary Variable and Introduce Explaining Variable. Additionally, refactoring support for Visual Basic has been added for the first time. Visual Studio “14″ also supports APIs that come from NuGet with their own analyzers, squiggling issues in your code as you type and offering you automatic fixes, ...

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Microsoft earlier announced that Xbox One console will be available in Japan starting this September. Sony made PS4 available in Japan in February earlier this year. Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One game console will be available in Japan with the Kinect sensor for 49,980 Yen and without Kinect for 39,980 Yen which is same as the same prices as Sony’s PS4. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but I can say both RPGs and specifically the Japanese developers are really important to our ecosystem.” Since Microsoft has now price matched Sony, we should see more fight in the console war soon. ...

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Last week, Microsoft shared the details about recent trends in the Windows Store across categories, markets, and more. This report will help app developers in understanding the general trends that can help help determine what types of apps to build or optimize your existing apps. In April, Games continued to be the most popular category for all devices, followed by other categories with significant download share including Entertainment, Social, Music & Videos, and Tools On Windows, like our previous trends updates, Social is the #1 category with nearly 2x average downloads per app than the second category. Photos, Productivity, and Games are the next categories with the highest opportunity. The market with the highest number of downloads is United States, though the distribution shows there are many markets that generate significant downloads, including China, India, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t consider ...

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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP 1). Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 includes the latest software updates, feature additions, and bug fixes. VisualStudio Magazine reported the following updates/improvements in this preview, Profiler, with an expanded Performance and Diagnostics hub. IntelliTrace, which is now more tightly integrated with Application Insights. Testing tools, which now allows custom fields and custom work flows for test plans and test suites. The Visual Studio IDE, with numerous enhancements to CodeLens, Code Map, Debugger Map and binary functionality. The Debugger has one interesting upgrade: debugging is now supported for x86 applications built in .NET Native. .NET Native, released as a developer preview in April, is a compiler that strikes a compromise between the performance of C++ native code and the efficiency of C# managed code. The first release of .NET Native only supported x64 architecture. Read more ...

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SweetLabs, the company which created Pokki Android platform apps for Windows devices has now created a new App Install Platform for Windows OEMs to monetize their devices after the sale. The SweetLabs App Install Platform enables OEMs to optimize the delivery of apps on any device and capture their fair share of the multi-billion dollar app install market. From first boot, through the lifetime of the device, OEMs can increase revenues and improve the user experience by delivering the most relevant apps to your customers. Differentiate and increase device sales by offering new app install offers and incentives in real-time. Increase per-unit margins by driving relevant app installs to your customers. Replace manual app bundling with dynamic provisioning and ongoing app recommendations to create new revenue streams. Provide personalized and differentiated app offerings to your customers. Deliver unique and relevant apps to specific devices in specific channels, and optimize based ...

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Microsoft today started roll out of an update to Windows Store that will provide an enhanced user experience for users in navigation and browsing of apps. It also allows developers to do price promotions on their apps, and more to further improve app discoverability and minimize customer confusion. Today’s update focuses on enhancements that address customer feedback and makes it easier for users to find your apps including: Persistent Store navigation bar – enables users to discover and filter apps by Category, Top charts and Collections Collections – expanded set of Collections, accessible from the Store landing page. Some collections will also show the ability to “Install All” the apps in that collection, which will make it easier for consumers to start using apps in collections Featured apps and new ‘top’ lists – new sections help promote great new apps. The ‘Top grossing’ list includes apps that generate revenue through download ...

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  At TechEd North America, Microsoft made no.of announcements that are part of the next generation of .NET. Microsoft also revealed that there are currently 1.8 billion active installs of .NET. This large number is the reason enterprise still rely on .NET for their critical apps. Microsoft announced  .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) at Build conference last week, today they announced ASP.NET vNext, which is an updated version of ASP.NET that been optimized for cloud Web development. They have designed ASP.NET with a key set of design principles in mind: Cloud-ready out of the box A single programming model for Web sites and services Low-latency developer experience Make high-performance and high-productivity APIs and patterns available – enable them both to be used and compose together within a single app Fine-grained control available via command-line tools and standard file formats Delivered via NuGet Release as open source via the .NET Foundation Can run ...

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Microsoft today released a preview of Visual Studio tooling support for Apache Cordova. This will help developers build multi-device hybrid mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, targeting a broad range of mobile devices. Apache Cordova is a popular open source platform for creating such platform. Microsoft Open Technologies has contributed in making Cordova tools for Visual Studio. The web developers can use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to create hybrid packaged apps for multiple devices while taking advantage of each device’s capabilities. Project templates are available for both JavaScript and TypeScript, and provide a standard blank Cordova starter project.  Developers can pick their HTML/JavaScript framework of choice, whether Backbone and jQuery UI, or Angular.js and Bootstrap, or WinJS. Projects can be built, deployed, and debugged against a variety of devices, device emulators and web-based mobile simulators.  By default, you can use the Apache Ripple simulator to test ...

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Last month, OneNote launched the initial version of their API. The first set of features were focused on scenarios for creating pages in OneNote: mobile app scanners, hardware scanners, save-it-for-later for newsreaders, etc. The team listed of the capabilities and features that OneNote is planning to deliver over the next 3 to 6 months. Among them, PDF Rendering was on the top of the list. In the current API, you can create a page with a PDF attachment, but it cannot be rendered onto the page directly. This feature will enable a PDF to be rendered onto the page, making it usable directly on the OneNote page. Since PDF is by far the most popular scan format, this is particularly important to scanner scenarios. I’m happy to announce that we’re keeping up on our promise to deliver from our backlog as frequently as possible. Just a few weeks after releasing ...

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Epic games has announced that Engine source for Xbox One is available to subscribers who are registered developers with Microsoft. For now, deploying projects to Xbox One requires compiling source from GitHub using a Windows computer. Since releasing Unreal Engine 4 to the community last month, Epic was working with Microsoft on a process for opening the engine up to all subscribers seeking to build games for Xbox One. All Unreal Engine subscribers who are registered Xbox developers (including members of the ID@Xbox indie program) can receive access to UE4’s complete source code for their respective console platforms, at no extra cost. For the past two years, some of the world’s leading console developers have been using UE4 to build their next-generation games. They are doing some amazing things, and we’re very excited to be able to open up the console code and tools far more widely! We’re also grateful ...

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At Microsoft BUILD developer conference last week, Microsoft had a separate session for Xbox Music developers. Microsoft discussed about Xbox Music, its current developer program and the upcoming developer features and more. Microsoft did a comparison of Xbox Music with other competing services. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has got all boxes ticked, now it needs users! The current Xbox Music developer program allows developers to use rich metadata from Xbox Music using simple JSON or XML responses. Also there is a affiliate program via which developers can earn money through Xbox Music. Microsoft also announced a preview of upcoming Xbox Music developer program features. It allows developers to use music for inline playback and offline playback, content to remix and more. Get started with Xbox Music developer, you can find information from the above image. Xbox Music delivers all the music you love, on all your ...

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During BUILD keynote, Joe Belfiore demoed a glimpse of the upcoming Windows Store makeover for Windows 8.1 users. The upcoming update will put focus more on Apps all the way. When you open the Windows Store, you will be welcomed with featured apps on the left along with collections, then there is Top Free, New & Rising category of apps on the right. There is now always shown navigation bar on the top with the search box as well. Also, Windows Store will now highlight price drops of the apps to the users as well. The original prices are crossed out with the new, dropped, price highlighted in red. Overall, its a pretty neat update that will allow keyboard and mouse users to enjoy Windows Store content more than ever. via: McAkins ...

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Microsoft launched Windows Phone App Studio Beta eight months ago and since then over 400,000 people have made use of it. Lots of novice developers have built and published their first Windows Phone app with ease. But it didn’t allow you to develop apps for Windows Store targeting PCs and tablets. Microsoft yesterday relaunched the tool as Windows App Studio Beta with which now you can build a universal Windows app project that results in an app for Windows Phone and Windows, all in a single session. Read how to create an app in minutes here. f you are planning to publish to the Store, you’ll first need to register for a Dev Center account ($19 USD annual registration fee). You will need to reserve a name for your app—just go to Dev Center to reserve the App Name, and then place the App Identity, App Display Name, Publisher ID, ...

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At BUILD developer conference, Microsoft Advertising team shared their details about their recent work to help developers better monetize their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps. They released the following, New Advertising SDK for Windows 8.1 2 New Advertising SDKs for Windows Phone A New, modernized pubCenter A New Program to promote your Windows Phone app! The new Ad SDK for Windows 8.1 is designed to improve ad-funded monetization for app developers: The new SDK will unlock advertiser demand by enabling 3rd party ad serving (i.e., ads served by mobile rich media ad servers vs. ad served by Microsoft), aligning with MRAID v1.0 mobile rich media ad industry standards, and connecting to the Microsoft Ad Exchange Over the next few months, as more developers adopt the new ad SDK and we reach critical mass of inventory on the new ad SDK to offer to advertisers, we expect that fill rates ...

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At the Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft announced it is creating an independent .NET Foundation to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. Scott Guthrie was joined onstage by Miguel de Icaza of Xamarin to announce the .NET Foundation. It will serve as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation. The preview of the .NET Compiler Platform codenamed Roslyn is one of the first projects at .NET Foundation.  The .NET Foundation will be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. Come back soon to watch community reactions from community members including Xamarin CTO Miguel de Icaza and others. More info from the website, Community leaders such as Miguel de Icaza (Xamarin), Laurent Bugnion (IdentityMine), Niels Hartvig (Umbraco), Nigel Sampson ...

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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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