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Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry announced in a post on Wednesday the launch of the new Microsoft Developer Network site. Harry calls the site a “major update to the MSDN home page” that gives users a more modern place to go to find out everything they want to know about developing for Microsoft platforms.
The Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team and others worked together to create the improved experience that’s simple, relevant and community-driven.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson pays close attention to the global sales of x86 servers. And in a post on In the Cloud, he notes that the highest levels of growth point to a rise of the service provider and public cloud. Anderson attributes this to organizations moving to service providers, as well as shifts in enterprise organizations moving to a model that provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for their internal business groups.
“The move to a service provider model is one of the most significant shifts we are seeing in data centers around the world,” writes Anderson in his post.
With that in mind, Microsoft concentrated "2012 R2" efforts on enabling service providers to build out a highly-available, highly-scalable IaaS infrastructure.
What if you were getting married, and one of your most cherished guests might not be able to see it happen? Unfortunately, Michaela Murphy and her fiancé Gregg had to face that very situation. Not too long ago, being able to fulfill that wish might have been impossible – or been incredibly challenging, to say the least. But the couple was able to share their big moment with someone very special to them, and they used Skype to do it.
People around the world: Forget about joining hands. Just fire up the new UNO & Friends game app for Windows Phone 8 and compete for global dominance with a worldwide community of fans.
Your Xbox 360 experience just got a lot funnier with the addition of two of the most-watched TV brands in the U.S.: Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
With Comedy Central, Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. can watch stand-up comedy until their sides split. Unlimited access to the CC: Stand-Up library means you can enjoy more than 6,000 videos from 700 of the funniest comedians on the planet.
Come August, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to get these games for free: “Crackdown,” “Dead Rising 2” and “Dead Rising 2: Case Zero.”
“Crackdown,” picked from Xbox Live Arcade favorites, pushes the action genre to new levels with a 3D-persistent playground, innovative co-op gameplay and an extensive prop interaction system. It will be free starting Thursday, through Aug. 15.
Then, starting Aug. 16, both “Dead Rising 2”and “Dead Rising 2: Case Zero,” the predecessors to “Dead Rising 3” (launching in November as an Xbox One exclusive!), will be available for free until the end of month to Xbox Live Gold members.
Security is a hot topic, as is evident by the 7,000 security experts, researchers and hackers converging at Black Hat this week, and then Defcon beginning Aug. 1. Security is particularly top of mind for IT pros, who know threats aren’t going anywhere – they only continue to evolve.
So it was no surprise when a post on the Server & Cloud Blog reported that one of the most popular sessions from TechEd this year was “Hacker tools you should know and worry about,” which is featured in the video above.
At Build 2013, the Windows Phone team held a session focused on basic networking support in Windows Phone.
What kind of multiplayer experience can you expect this fall when "Call of Duty: Ghosts" launches worldwide? Find out Wednesday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. PT when Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Kate Yeager host a live broadcast on Xbox Live with the team at Infinity Ward.
The global reveal will go in-depth on all things multiplayer, and include several world premiere announcements for the more than 40 million fans that play "Call of Duty" every year.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry confirmed that Visual Studio 2012 will get another update, most likely some time before the end of 2013.
“A month or two ago we decided that we were going to need to do a 2012.4 release,” Harry wrote. “The primary motivation is addressing compatibility and migration/round-tripping issues between (Visual Studio 2012) and (Visual Studio 2013) and the various platform releases to make adoption of VS 2013 as smooth as possible.”
Harry confirmed that the update will be focused on compatibility fixes and key customer-impacting bug fixes.
Last month we launched a new version of Office Mobile for iPhone; today it’s Android’s turn. Like the iPhone version, Office Mobile for Android phones is available to Office 365 subscribers for download at no additional charge. (It comes preinstalled on all Windows Phone 8 devices.)
All three versions of Office Mobile let you create or edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go within the full-featured Office experience you’re used to.
Android phone users can download Office Mobile from the Google Play Store. Today is the U.S. launch, with more countries to follow over the next few weeks.
Get a closer look at Office Mobile for Android phones over on the Office Blog.
Company challenges security researchers to yank powerful techniques out of attackers’ toolboxes, with $100,000 on the line.
Maybe you’ve downloaded and played around with the Windows Phone SDK. You might even have an app in development or in the marketplace. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, you’ll probably gain something from “Windows Phone app building tools you might not know about” – a post from Andrew Byrne of the Windows Phone Developer Content team.
The Visual Studio team has released an update to its Visual Studio 2012 tools for Git.
Below are a few (but not all!) of the enhancements and improvements to the tool set noted by Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry in a blog post on Monday:
· Fix for "locked files" issues (including Resharper) · Fix for using repositories under junction points · Improved rename detection in Changes and Conflicts pages
The Visual Studio Tools for Git is an extension for Team Explorer that provides source control integration for Git.
Over the last month, Leigha Anderson of the Windows team took the Toshiba KIRAbook for an extended test drive that included a ton o’ meetings, a weeklong trip to Taipei for Computex and a visit to her sister’s college graduation.
Anderson reports that the KIRAbook’s Intel 3rd generation Core i7 processor made running multiple apps fast and snappy, and she loved the 13.3-inch touchscreen, which she found large enough to get great work done and small enough to pack in a bag.
Back in May when Microsoft introduced Xbox One, we also told Xbox fans about a next-generation matchmaking system for gamers called Smart Match.
Since then, the Xbox team has gotten lots of questions about it, so the team decided to put together a short breakdown of the top three things you need to know about Smart Match.
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for download so customers can start testing the operating system in their environments. Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview, adding premium features designed to address the mobility, security, management and virtualization needs of today’s companies.
Premium features that will be offered in the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition include Windows To Go Creator, Start Screen Control, DirectAccess, BranchCache, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, AppLocker and Windows Enterprise Side-Loading. These features add to the broader range of new business capabilities in Windows 8.1 that Microsoft shared at TechEd North America back in June. Here’s a more extended list of features.
SkyDrive.com has become an even better place to store your most precious digital memories – with support for more file types, new editing features, more ways to share with anyone and added controls for what you’ve shared.
In this episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon goes to Makerhaus and its 10,000-square-feet of fabrication prototyping – a membership workshop that features 3D printing for things such as jewelry, toys and virtually anything you can design with 3D software.
While 3D printing isn’t mainstream – yet – it’s only a matter of time before it is, with the potential to crank out increasingly complex creations as easily as printing a Word document. In fact, customers can buy a 3D printer at Microsoft retail stores this fall and at Staples for $1,299.
If you’re looking at running Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems – let’s say you’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or an OEM’s enterprise customer – there’s a good chance you’re interested in its virtualization, networking and automation, and how to take advantage of the performance features of each. That’s the focus of a new blog post by Partha Srinivasan.
As explained in a previous blog, Embedded OEMs and customers can now start testing their suitability for using the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems, which provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building industry class server appliances.
Her day starts with feeding breakfast to three kids, and of course they all want something different. Then each has their own schedule and activities, homework deadlines and what not. Oh and by the way, mom has a business to run. Thank goodness she’s got a Surface.
See the video and read the Q&A to see why Sharon Schneider is happy with Surface, and how it helps her keep her family organized as well as run a successful business reselling clothes that toddlers grow out of so quickly.
Game studio Crytek is bringing next-generation performance capture to Xbox One with “Ryse: Son of Rome,” an Xbox One launch exclusive. Watch the video above to get behind the scenes of the making of the game.
Why was EDM legend Deadmau5 sporting a Microsoft-themed version of his trademark mask last week? Read this post on NEXT at Microsoft to find out.
The latest Microsoft Security Response Center report covering July 2012 to June 2013 is now available for download.
The report, which is released once per year by the MSRC, gives our customers insight into the progress of various security initiatives to foster deeper industry collaboration, increase community-based defenses and better protect consumers and businesses who use Microsoft products.
The report “provides a great look back over the past year and includes some exciting new program updates that will help enhance customer protections in the years to come,” writes Dustin Childs, group manager of Response Communications in Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, over on the MSRC Blog.
In addition to the latest MSRC report, we also announced significant enhancements to the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP).
It’s Red Stripe Deals time at the Windows Phone Store, when you can buy apps, indie games and Xbox titles for at least 50 percent off the usual price. The latest deals are the classic board game Monopoly ($1.99), photo-collage maker Phototastic ($.99) and a modern twist on old-school arcade games with Radiant ($.99).
In Monopoly, grab a token (I always went for the little dog or top hat), and indulge in some land-baron maneuvering; in Phototastic, exercise your creative flair with more than 50 standard frame collages and more than 30 image effects; and in Radiant, rage against aliens in this arcade space-shooter extravaganza.