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As part of his keynote with Windows Corporate Vice President Julie Larson-Green at Build 2013 in San Francisco today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Facebook, Flipboard and NFL apps will soon arrive for Windows. These marquee apps, along with other apps announced as part of the Windows 8.1 update, are testament to the steady momentum of app development for the Windows platform.
At TechEd Europe today, Brad Anderson shared several major developments that will have major impact on the cloud-first landscape, including the immediate availability of preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014.
Microsoft customers, such as Aston Martin, use Windows Intune to manage their diverse device environment. Windows Intune is tightly integrated with Windows Server and System Center.
Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide new advances to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Think back to the first time you played a game with someone on Xbox Live. Or the last time you logged on. Or all the eventful times in between. Ah, the stories you could tell, and now you can, via a new website the Xbox team has created for Xbox Live members.
When you visit the site, check out the “Xbox Anthem” video, where you’ll hear from Bill Gates, J Allard and Robbie Bach, who helped bring the original Xbox to life, as well as Steven Spielberg, a frequent collaborator with Xbox, and others on the Xbox team who have contributed in major ways over the years.
Chomping at the bit to find out more about Xbox One and new Xbox game titles coming down the pike? Major Nelson has posted a helpful table that lists where and when you can watch live coverage of Xbox at E3 June 10-13 in Los Angeles.
Watch the main Xbox event at 9:30 a.m. PT on June 10 via a live global stream, either on Xbox Live or Xbox.com. If you are in the U.S. or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV. The 90-minute show will be presented without commercial interruptions, and will be available on-demand later in the day for viewing on Xbox.com and Xbox Live.
If you’ve ever gone appliance shopping, you know it’s not fun. However – and trust me on this – you don’t want to make an uninformed choice and risk suffering years with the wrong appliance. Maybe that’s why folks were buzzing around the new Amana demo that was on the floor at Build 2013 this week. The showcase was an engaging in-store experience developed for the Amana brand using Kinect for Windows and Windows Embedded 8 Industry.
As Build 2013 wraps up, we got to see some exciting developments, including the preview releases of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.
A lot of attention is going toward the latter over on The Visual Studio Blog (naturally). In this post, those folks want you to know how this update brings forward significant advances for authoring XAML-based Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1. These tips will help take good apps to the next level of great.
TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans wrapped up on Thursday, ending four days of sessions attended by thousands and featuring key developments in Windows Azure, significant updates to servers and new tools built for the cloud.
(You can read more about that in Satya Nadella’s post.)
If you missed any of the sessions, you’re in luck: they’re all available online now, with options to view the videos, or listen and read each session at your leisure as an MP3, MP4, PowerPoint deck or WMVs.
The world got an exciting preview of Windows 8.1 from Microsoft’s Build conference yesterday, where execs showcased new opportunities for developers as well as consumers. Today at Build, Microsoft Advertising released a new Windows 8.1 Ad SDK that will help marketers get more mileage out of Windows 8’s in-app advertising offerings.
In Visual Studio 2013, we are continuing to remain true to the Microsoft design principles that helped shape Visual Studio 2012 while making refinements and improvements based on feedback.
“We have made broad but incremental changes, some of them subtle. Our overall aim is to have VS 2013 feel familiar to VS 2012 users, but better,” writes Eric Zocher, director of design in the Developer Division in a post on The Visual Studio Blog.
The changes come in four main areas:
· Theme chooser and connected IDE - In Visual Studio 2013, you will be able to choose your preferred color theme when you first launch.
· Color theme enhancements - In Visual Studio 2013 the themes have been revised to address user feedback by increasing contrast in the color palette and with the introduction of more border line work highlighting the edges of content areas.
Aston Martin sports cars (of James Bond fame) are world-renowned for their luxury, heritage and craftsmanship. They’re a quintessential icon of European design for us Americans. So how does the carmaker that’s the synonymous with high performance and perfection operate from the inside? This week at TechEd Europe 2013, Aston Martin shared a glimpse of how they use Microsoft cloud technologies and services like Windows Intune to create an IT infrastructure that’s on par with their brand.
You could say it’s the appocalypse, an app attack or an appalanche. Whatever you call it, the heavy-hitting apps keep coming to Windows and Windows Phone, and Steve Guggenheimer announced a fresh list of Windows 8 apps today at Build 2013 that’s well worth checking out.
Here’s a look at the latest wave of Windows 8 apps coming your way:
OpenTableFind and reserve a table at your favorite restaurants or discover new places to try. Download it here.
“Look out – it’s an appalanche!” quipped Windows Phone blogger Michael Stroh about the five major apps that launched in the Windows Phone Store this morning. Here’s a look at all five new apps:
Walgreens The Walgreens app makes it easy to track and order refills for your prescriptions. Its Quick Prints feature also lets you send photos from your camera roll to a Walgreens of your choice, then pick up prints of them about an hour later. Download it here.
Dell at COMPUTEX today announced a new XPS as well as performance and security enhancements to several Windows 8 PCs, writes Brandon LeBlanc over at the Windows Experience Blog.
Coming later this year to the XPS lineup is the Dell XPS 11, a brand-new, 2-in-1 convertible ultrabook. Its 360-degree rotation design makes it a breeze to switch from a tablet to a laptop, while staying slim and lightweight at only 14.9mm thin and starting at 2.5 pounds. Its display is a stunning Quad HD with 2560 x 1440 resolution, and has a backlit solid surface touch keyboard.
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.
A new Microsoft Retail Store opened today in Troy, Michigan, not far from the heart of the American automobile industry in Detroit.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who hails from nearby Farmington Hills, Michigan, was on hand to help celebrate the opening of the new store.
At 4 p.m. PT today, American Idol winner and hit recording artist Kelly Clarkson will keep the festivities going with a special performance at the new store.
On Thursday at Build 2013, a new collaboration was announced between Microsoft and Unity Technologies, which provides Unity multi-platform game engine and developer tools. This collaboration will make it even easier for developers to bring popular games, entertainment and apps to Microsoft platforms.
Developers who build games published by Microsoft Studios now have access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One free of charge and can create interactive 3D and 2D experiences. Unity will develop tools for Xbox One, including support for features like multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass, and enhanced Kinect gestures and recognition.
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog.
I’ve spent the last 48 hours or so at the Moscone Center. After the past 45 days, I bet the staff there could crank out some code on their own.
As I watched our keynotes and attended sessions, it struck me that within the past 45 days more than 15,000 developers from all around the world have made the very same pilgrimage to San Francisco, and had a very similar experience. Hotel room-to-Moscone-Center-to-hotel-room-to-Moscone Center…
You get the picture. Not many tans among these crowds. But LOTS of optimism.
That’s what’s great about our industry. No matter economic conditions or political strife in whatever regions of the world, the developers who’ve traveled to the Moscone Center recently, first for Google I/O, then for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, and this week for Microsoft’s Build conference, have come with an underlying sense of optimism and a belief that the strings of code they write can improve people’s lives.
Today at Build 2013, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services, a platform that enables app developers to store data in the cloud, authenticate users and send push notifications for their Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps. Mobile Services is free until August 1, when three tiers of pricing will be introduced, and developers can sign up here for a trial today.
Windows Azure Web Sites, a scalable platform for websites, is also now available to all developers. You can find pricing details for Web Sites here. “Windows Azure Web Sites is the fastest way to build, scale and manage business grade Web applications,” wrote Windows Azure GM Steven Martin in a blog post today.
It’s been an eventful week of preview releases thanks to Build 2013, including Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013.
If you’re interested in learning more about the features now available through the latter two, you’ve got to read Brian Harry’s blog. He gives you insights and tips about the new cloud load testing experience. For those who want to go even further, he provides a link to a tutorial about it.
Another new feature in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview is the Connected IDE. This allows you to sign in to Visual Studio and use your online profile to roam your settings across machines. So when you log in to a new machine, Visual Studio will automatically sync your settings. (Pretty nifty, if you ask us.)
Wednesday at Build 2013 Microsoft previewed an all-new look and feel for Xbox Music. The redesigned app, which will launch later this year with Windows 8.1, features a navigation column with the core experiences music lovers access most.
Today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Time Warner Cable that will see the TWC TV app coming to Xbox 360 later this summer.
Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch up to 300 live TV channels right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360.
Among all the other news Wednesday at Build 2013, Microsoft announced major improvements coming to the Windows Store. A new design, new developer features and new promotional opportunities will make the Windows Store an even better platform for app builders to monetize their creations.
Watch Ted Dworkin's demo to find out about the new Windows Store design and opportunities to promote and monetize your apps. You can also read more about the Store changes in the Windows 8.1 Feature Guide.
It’s been a big week for Windows Phone apps, and the news keeps coming: the Windows Phone Blog reports that six more popular apps are freshly updated today in the Windows Phone Store.
Some of my favorite news apps are in the mix, including a new version of NY Times with Live Tile capabilities and more free content, as well as Bloomberg, which now offers on-demand streaming of Bloomberg TV and Radio. NBC News is also updated to add closed captioning and voice commands.
The new HonestBaby app for Windows Phone is a big deal for parents with little ones. This handy app lets you track everyday moments like feedings, diaper changes, sleep patterns, doctor visits and growth, as well as special milestones you don’t want to forget.
Global telecommunications company Telefónica S.A. has 340 million customers around the world. To make sure it keeps them connected, the company is changing the way it delivers IT services to businesses using a hybrid private-public cloud strategy.