Version 7 of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation introduces many new features and enhancements to “enable enterprises to accelerate the delivery of their mobile strategy” by making development more efficient, supporting continuous delivery, and improving user experience, says IBM.
Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.
At Ignite Microsoft announced new networking capabilities for Azure described as being ‘for a consistent, connected and hybrid cloud’. The new capabilities include improvements to ExpressRoute, Azure’s Internet bypass offering, availability of ExpressRoute for SaaS such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, additional VPN capabilities and enhancement of virtual networks in Azure’s IaaS.
Docker Inc have worked with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to produce a benchmark document containing numerous recommendations for the security of Docker deployments. The benchmark was announced in a blog post ‘Understanding Docker Security and Best Practices’ by Diogo Mónica who was recently hired along with Nathan McCauley to lead the Docker Security team.
The Debian project has announced the new stable version of its operating system, codenamed “Jessie.” The new OS marks the shift to systemd, which replaces the previously used SystemV, and many more improvements.
Apple has opened up its new App Analytics service for beta testing. The service was initially mentioned at last WWDC and aims to provide a way to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.”
In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.
The .NET Core runtime has realized the vision of being truly cross-platform with its arrival on Linux and Mac OS X. Last week at Microsoft Build, Microsoft Program Manager Habib Heydarian talked about how this benefits developers and where they can start to explore the new opportunities.
While there were rumors that Microsoft would be adopting Android for the Windows 10 platform, no one expected the announcement that iOS applications would also be adopted. This is made possible, by combining C2 with Clang.
Microsoft has announced the release of a native Visual Studio application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
A major focus of Build 2015 is Office 365 as a platform. The desktop version of Office has been treated as a development platform since the early days of macros written in a variant of BASIC. Microsoft intends to recreate and expand upon that by turning Office 365 into a cross platform development platform available on any form factor or operating system.
Carthage is a dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift projects aims to be "ruthlessy simple," says its author Justin Spahr-Summers. Carthage has been developed at GitHub and its philosophy is "delegating tasks to Xcode and Git" as much as possible so developers can use the tools they "are already familiar with."
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio is a Visual Studio extension that brings the power of Visual Studio to PowerShell developers. Adam Driscoll, the original creator of this extension, got help from Microsoft over the past couple of months. The result is a new release, v3.0.108, offering 64-bit and remote session support, among other improvements.
Microsoft continues its push to adapt to the new realities brought about by the containers tsunami, having recently announced the Nano Server, a "minimal footprint" Windows Server, and Hyper-V containers, which provide virtual machine isolation capabilities to containers. The Nano Server has 92 percent fewer critical bulletins and requires 80 percent fewer reboots than a typical Windows Server.
As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.