Microsoft programmer Scott Hanselman is one of the many who downloaded the Windows 8.1 Preview Wednesday after the announcement of its release at Build 2013. He gave it a spin and found “10 New Features in Windows 8.1 Preview that saved my Surface RT.”
Some cool aspects of the update he uncovers: being able to search everything from the Start screen, the addition of Outlook 2013 RT to the other Office apps already present on the Surface RT, the new Reading List, better integration of SD card videos and music, and split-screen views.
Check out the rest of his finds and tips for installing the preview on his blog.
At Day Two of the Build 2013 conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed the thousands of developers in attendance (and thousands more online) the opportunity for creating new apps and services on the Windows platform.
Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella and Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform Evangelism Steve Guggenheimer both delivered keynotes focused on how commonality across the Windows platform enables developers of all types to build compelling apps and experiences spanning devices and services.
Here’s a recap of the major news announced today:
General Availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites. Mobile Services makes it fast and easy to create a mobile backend for every device. Mobile Services simplifies user authentication, push notification, server side data and business logic so you can get your mobile application in market fast. Mobile Services provides native SDKs for Windows Store, Windows Phone, Android, iOS and HTML5 as well as REST APIs. Starting today, Mobile Services is Generally Available (GA) in three tiers—Free, Standard and Premium. Windows Azure Web Sites is the fastest way to build, scale and manage business-grade Web applications. Windows Azure Web Sites is open and flexible with support for multiple languages and frameworks including ASP.NET, PHP, Node.JS and Python, multiple open-source applications including WordPress, Drupal and even multiple databases. ASP.NET developers can easily create new or move existing websites to Windows Azure from directly inside Visual Studio. Read more about it over on the Windows Azure Blog.
This week in San Francisco, just a block away from VMworld, you’ll find another breed of enthusiasts – Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center technical experts. And you’re in luck, they also happen to be frozen custard enthusiasts. Sure, the area will be teeming with VMware loyalists. The more diehard the better as far as the folks at the Hyper-V custard stand are concerned. If you’re in town for VMworld, come by for a scoop of some of San Francisco’s finest custard and get the scoop on Hyper-V features and stats that just might surprise you.