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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.