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Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL
So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different...
20 Aug 2012
What’s New for Developers with Office 2013
This week Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office...
19 Jul 2012
Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd
TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
3 Jul 2012
Windows Phone 8 Team Announces Developer Roadmap
Developer tools for the new Windows Phone 8 are coming later this summer and will include a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8 and new Visual Studio 11-based development tools. In addition, game developers will profit from supports from popular gaming middleware New features for...
25 Jun 2012
Try Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Features in new Virtual Machine
A new Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine lets you try out the seven main scenarios supported by Visual Studio 2012. You also get 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts and another 11 scenarios which were introduced in Visual Studio 2010. The virtual machine provides a single virtual environment for learning...
14 Jun 2012
Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, .NET 4.5 Release Candidates Now Available
Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Release Candidates are now available for download . Windows has made also available a Windows 8 Release Preview. Please visit the Building Windows 8 blog for the official announcement by Steven Sinofsky. You can download the Windows 8 Release Preview bits here . ...
2 Jun 2012
Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features
The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support . The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows...
26 May 2012
Getting Acquainted with Node.js on Windows Azure
4 Apr 2012
Harness Power of Windows Azure in Your Windows 8 Metro App
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 helps you create Windows 8 Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure . The idea is to connect your Windows application to data in the cloud. The toolkit makes makes it easy to send Push Notifications to your Windows 8 client apps from...
16 Mar 2012
Last Chance TechEd North America Early Bird Discount Expires Tomorrow
The $200 Early Bird Savings will expire in only a few more days (February 29) for TechEd North America. Please help us capitalize on our biggest registration driver by reminding your customers of the substantial savings. Take advantage of the $200 Early Bird Savings ending February 29. Join in...
28 Feb 2012
Visual Studio 11, .NET Framework 4 Beta Offers Fast, Collaborative, Focused Development
Microsoft has announced the beta of the “Visual Studio 11” and .NET Framework 4.5 will be available February 29. It includes a “go live” license, and a new free edition for small team collaboration. The beta of the next version of Visual Studio simplifies common workflows,...
27 Feb 2012
Detect Sites Changes in IE10 with Compat Inspector
Compact Inspector detects if Internet Explorer platform changes affect your site, according to the IE Blog post IE10 Compat Inspector . Compat Inspector was developed during the course of IE9 to speed up the process of recognizing common issues across different sites and have now updated it for IE10...
26 Jan 2012
Change the World with Kinect for Windows Coming in February
Microsoft announced that new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1. The announcement was made at Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World . Kinect for Windows will be available in 12 countries (United States...
10 Jan 2012
PhoneGap Features Support Windows Phone 7.5
All the features of in the new version of PhoneGap version 1.3 are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to...
20 Dec 2011
New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started
The new Windows Azure tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others. Developer Tools The new Azure site that launched this...
15 Dec 2011
New Azure Release Supports Open Source Libraries Node.js, MongoDB, Hadoop, Solr, Memcached
The December release of Windows Azure brings many cool new features including extensive support of open source libraries. An overview of the support was announced on Port 25 on Openness Update for Windows Azure . The announcement includes: We are releasing the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js as...
13 Dec 2011
Silverlight 5 Released with New Features for Developers
Silverlight 5 has been released. Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. These are non-trivial features like a full 3d stack, parsing performance improvements, tons of enhancements to binding and much more. My favorite features have to be Implicit Templates and...
12 Dec 2011
Visual Studio 11 Developer Training Kit Offers Labs on Async Programming, ALM, Metro, ASP.NET
Today we released the first version of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit . This kit includes hands-on labs to help you understand how to take advantage of the variety of enhancements in Visual Studio 11 and the .NET Framework 4.5, how to support and manage the entire application lifecycle...
20 Oct 2011
Check Out Cheat Sheets for Phone Developers on Live Tiles, Controls
My colleague Kevin Ashley has created new cheat sheets for Windows Phone 7.5 developers – one for Live Tiles, another on Additional Controls and Toolkits. The cheat sheets show XAML, sample code, and key points that you need to know to use the features. Check them out at Windows Phone...
13 Oct 2011
Toolkit Helps You Market Your Phone Apps
You've built a great Windows Phone app – now you need to market it. The Windows Phone Marketing Kit for Marketplace App Publishers is now available on App Hub. This easy to use toolkit is designed to help you start promoting your Windows Phone app in all your marketing activities and on your...
8 Sep 2011
Build, Connect Cloud Apps to Windows Phone Using Updated Toolkit
Wade Wegner has written a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that explains how you can Build Windows Phone Applications Using Windows Azure . The post explains how to get started building cloud apps using the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone , how to get the toolkit, how to start your application...
6 Sep 2011
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Available as Community Preview
Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Updates 1 to 4. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center...
26 Aug 2011
How to Test Your Windows Phone Apps Before Submitting to Marketplace
You can now test your Windows Phone apps before submitting them to the Marketplace. One of the new features in Windows Phone SDK is a tool that lets you test your app for certification requirements on your machine. The SDK lets you run the same technical cert tests that the Marketplace team runs....
25 Aug 2011
Tools, Marketplace Ready for You to Go Live on Windows Phone ‘Mango’
Today you can begin will submitting and certifying Windows Phone ‘Mango’ apps through the Windows Phone App Hub . This means that new and existing titles optimized for Mango features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles, better Search integration...
23 Aug 2011
Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone Updated for ‘Mango’
Create better Phone apps with the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit (August 2011) add-on. This is a great new release provides extra controls to those in the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK. For more details, see The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available for ‘Mango’ application...
18 Aug 2011
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