For those who weren’t able to make it to Build 2014, or if you want a refresher, Building Apps for Windows has collected more than 30 videos of sessions on graphics, media, design and running apps businesses.
The blog post has links to all of them, including “Building Games for Windows,” “Building Video and Audio Streaming Apps,” “It’s a Trap! 3 Remarkably Common UI Traps and How to Avoid Them in Your Designs” and “Maximizing Revenue for Phone, Tablet and PC Apps in the Windows Store.”
In the spirit of Earth Day, which is really every day, the Security Tips & Talk blog offers some great advice on how to get rid of your old technology in an environmentally friendly way, while making sure you remove personal information from your computer or device.
If you use a Microsoft Certified Refurbisher, they will help you remove your data and donate your equipment to people in need around the world, writes Eve Blakemore. If you decide you want to remove personal information yourself, wipe your hard drive by using software that is designed to government standards to overwrite your information. Active@ KillDisk and Softpedia DP Wiper, both free downloads, are two programs she mentions for doing so.
Whether you’re a family doctor or an EMT or traveling nurse in the field, there’s a wide range of Windows options for clinical-grade tablets that can tackle the job.
“Not only do these devices provide clinical-grade hardware characteristics, they also provide a clinical-grade operating system with enterprise-class functionality and no-compromise security since they’re all Windows 8 devices,” writes Gareth Hall, Windows 8 lead for Microsoft Worldwide Health.
When you’re juggling devices across different platforms, it’s awfully convenient being able to free yourself of the tether of a physical desktop. Connecting to a remote PC is easier than ever with the new Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview for Windows Phone.
Microsoft is making the Internet safer for students with Bing in the Classroom — a free program that provides ad-free, safer, more private search in schools to all eligible K–12 schools in the U.S.
A little-known feature of Skype – the ability to automatically answer Skype calls and turn on your video – can be put to some helpful uses.
The automatic answering feature can be used for any situation in which you need to view a fixed location remotely, writes Matthew de Beer. Making sure Fido doesn’t destroy the sofa is one example, but you could also use it to check in on your kids’ rooms, he says.
Easily convert a JSON file to a Windows PowerShell object.
SQL Server 2014 now has in-memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), a technology that’s already being adopted by Progressive Insurance, a company that has long made customer service a competitive strength.
As part of an app update, Progressive wanted to add the option to insure motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats and even Segway electric scooters. However, the company needed to know that the additional workload associated with these new lines of business wouldn’t put a damper on the customer experience.
Posted by Paul MitchellGeneral Manager, Technology Policy Group
A combination of ubiquitous data, analytics and machine learning is ushering in a transition from the information economy to a knowledge economy – where growth is driven primarily by the production of new ideas, insights, and knowledge. However, data-driven economies are reliant on a dependable supply of data to be sustainable. The current imbalance between the amount of data about individuals held by or accessible to institutions, and the inability of those same individuals to control the use of that data has created an asymmetry of power, resulting in a crisis of trust that was further exacerbated by last year’s revelations about government use of data and other events such as the recent data breaches from large retail outlets. All of this impacts the flow of such data. In the new World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report 2014, a chapter on Rebalancing Socioeconomic Asymmetry in a Data-Driven Economy, co-authored by Microsoft, discusses some of the challenges that will need to be addressed to enable a thriving knowledge economy.