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Microsoft Envisions One OS Running on Mobile Devices and Sensors

by Abel Avram on  Nov 26, 2013

During a UBS Global Technology Conference held last week, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, EVP Devices and Studios, discussed her company’s approach to today’s software market, providing insights especially into the mobile device operating systems space. We selected the most interesting fragments from the session’s transcript (HTML, DOCX).

Windows/Windows Phone Takes a Step Towards Unification

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 13, 2013

Microsoft has taken the first step towards unifying the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores. Developers no longer have to register for each platform separately. Those already registered for both will be receiving a free renewal for one year in compensation.

XAML Spy is Now Free

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 10, 2013

First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.

Search Based Apps Broken in Windows 8.1

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 10, 2013 3

Windows 8.1 has hidden the integrated search contract that many applications rely on. In its place users will instead see Bing search results and advertisements.

Winds of Change: SkyDrive Gets Text Editor, New Name

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 06, 2013 1

Microsoft's SkyDrive is not just getting a new name, but it also is getting enhanced offline browsing abilities as well as a new lightweight text editing component.

Private App Stores for Windows Phone and WinRT

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 10, 2013

Private distribution of applications is possible for both WinRT and Windows Phone 8, but the experience is very different for the two platforms. Mobile devices cost 300 USD per year per company, while WinRT costs 3,000 for the first 100 computers or fraction thereof.

Threading in the Windows Runtime: Part 2

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 02, 2013

The information in part 2 of Threading in the Windows Runtime deals with the internals of the threading model. This section, originally presented by Marytn Lovell at Build 2013, is intended to be trivia or possible useful in debugging, but not necessary for day to day development. For more practical information, please refer to part one of InfoQ’s key points summary.

Threading in the Windows Runtime: Part 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 01, 2013

During the Build 2013 conference Marytn Lovell revealed some of the inner workings of the WinRT threading model. While .NET developers may be surprised at its complexity, especially when multiple windows are involved, traditional COM developers are going to be relieved to learn that it is much simpler than what they are used to.

Build 2013 Keynote Day 1 Highlights

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft began day 1 of Build 2013 with their familiar booming electronic fanfare. InfoQ is covering the conference live and has first impressions of the keynote's highlights. Some interesting new features for Windows 8.1, VS2013, and Bing are covered.

WinRT 8.1, Ready for Line-of-Business

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 26, 2013 1

Windows 8.1 brings with it a lot of much needed functionality to WinRT (i.e. Windows Store) apps that make is a viable platform for line of business and point of sale applications. These include multiple-window support, USB/Bluetooth integration, and a HTTP stack that is unified with Internet Explorer’s shared cache.

API Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 20, 2013

First Floor Software has just released an updated version of their Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. These updated lists make it easy to see what classes and method are available when moving code from one platform to another.

Windows 8.1 for Business Users

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2013 1

Windows 8.1 represents Microsoft's attempt to smooth the rough edges of user's transition to their vision of a touch-based future on the desktop. Windows 8 has a reputation of being consumer-focused, and 8.1 is intended in part to provide more features for business users.

A Portable HTTP Client for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2013

Until recently, one of the problems with sharing code across .NET, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Store is the inability to make HTTP requests. Each framework supports one or more HTTP clients, but they are incompatible each other at an API level. The Portable HTTP Client package adds an adapter to paper over these differences.

JavaScript Memory Analyzer in Visual Studio 2012 Identifies Leaks in Windows Store Apps

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 19, 2013

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 includes a new JavaScript Memory Analyzer for Windows 8 which identifies potential memory leaks to enable developers to fix their apps before submission to Windows Store.

Windows Embedded 8 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 25, 2013

Windows Embedded 8 has been released by Microsoft and entered general availability. Intended to be used by OEMs and in specialized environments, this series of releases marks Embedded's alignment with Windows 8's code base.

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