Microsoft Bing team today announced enhancements to the technical search terms mostly used by developers and students. They have made two main improvements, first is making code search & API reference easier on Bing and the second is Bing now understands developer queries containing non-alphanumeric characters. One of the common tasks in a programmer’s life is learning about new APIs. The best way to learn about an API is to see a description and an example of how it is being used. More importantly, seeing the actual code is critical for programmers.  In many cases, this information is buried in the API documentation requiring additional steps. In the above example a programmer queried for C# hashtable method. As you can see without even going into the MSDN page, user can know about the use this method, can even copy paste the code and start using it. Technical developer queries often contain ...

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Back in 2012, Microsoft announced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. Microsoft is actively evolving this new language since its release and yesterday released TypeScript 1.0 RC to the general public. Today’s TypeScript 1.0 RC release marks an important step on the path to 1.0. We are also now adding TypeScript support into the Visual Studio 2013 product, starting with Update 2. TypeScript has been a hit with developers both inside and outside Microsoft as it’s developed toward 1.0 over the last 18 months. Optional static typing, rich IDE features, and support for classes and modules provide foundations for robust software development for ...

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Microsoft continues its support of small and distant languages with the addition of te reo Maori, language of New Zealand’s native people.  Users of can now Mera (email) or look up Nga Tangata (contacts).  A Microsoft spokesman said the company had launched Windows 8, Office 2012, Outlook and Internet Explorer 10 in te reo Maori this week, with schools, universities and government departments all keen to get their hands on the software.  Te reo Maori is one of New Zealand’s three official languages. Even though a number of initiatives have been introduced to revitalize the language, including a television channel, it is only spoken by around 157,000 people globally.   “It’s a free download so there is no money in it…But we feel it is nice to be part of the revitalization efforts in New Zealand,” the Microsoft spokesman said. “[The program’s] been pretty popular in the Maori language classes ...

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