Opinion: Xbox is Windows 10's built-in Trojan

Xbox is Microsoft's most important brand for consumers, as mentioned by the company's new CEO Satya Nadella himself. The brand may have taken a knock thanks to poor and mishandled business decisions from (former) leadership, but it remains the most relatable name for Microsoft to reach the everyday consumer.

Microsoft will be hosting a 'Consumer Preview' event to show off all the things which the company hopes will make your everyday consumer want to upgrade.

It's for this reason that Microsoft slaps "Xbox" in front...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft gains a Halo with ‘Project Orleans’ and .NET

In an article about IoT-framework 'AllJoyn' yesterday, we discussed and spoke to the team behind Microsoft's renewed push into supporting open technologies. That trend continues today with the announcement that Microsoft will be making the cloud computing framework behind Halo 4, 'Project Orleans', open-source for all developers to use in early...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Windows.

Microsoft helps IoT devices to AllJoyn together

When we announced that AllJoyn support had been found hidden in Windows 10 build 9860, a lot of readers were excited about its potential. AllJoyn is an industry standard for the Internet of Things – created by the AllSeen Alliance – who is formed by industry giants including Microsoft, LG, HTC, Sony, Electrolux, Panasonic, Sharp, D-Link, and over 80...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, IoT, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: The State of Windows Phone

Jackdaw Research released a damning report yesterday about Windows Phone and why it is "failing to catch on" with consumers and in the enterprise. It is a scathing study which makes it seem like the platform is doomed to failure, which I don't believe is necessarily the case...

Microsoft is taking a feedback-first approach and allowing users to test and shape Windows 10 before it hits...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Platforms, Windows.

Windows Phone 8.1 cracks 50% marketshare

The good news is that the latest and greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS has reached 50% of the Windows Phone market, according to AdDuplex. The bad news is that Windows Phone still accounts for less than 10% of the entire smartphone market in most countries...

Android still dominates in terms of overall marketshare, but where Google's OS fails is in getting their latest OS onto even the latest flagship handsets from the myriad of OEMs who...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft expands their horizon with Visual Studio and .NET

Visual Studio is one of the most powerful IDEs available, and the 2013 edition alone has seen over seven million downloads in just the last year. It’s a beloved tool in a Windows developer’s arsenal, and now Microsoft is opening it up to support the targeting of any platform with the “Visual Studio Community 2013” edition.

To assist developers with this goal, the .NET core stack is also being made open-source so that it can be run on Linux and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Windows Phone depends on app quality

According to Microsoft, their Windows Phone Store now features more than 300,000 apps and games as of late last week. Two months ago, that number stood at 255,000 apps. A month later, 270,000. The interesting aspect of this milestone, as Softpedia also notes, is not so much the number of apps, but the rate in which they were added:

Windows Phone apps generally received much higher ratings.

This milestone is much more important...

By Mike Brown, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Windows 10: Receive calls and allow devices to AllJoyn

A new build of the Windows 10 technical preview was pushed earlier today which contains fixes to issues in the previous version, and introduces new anticipated features such as an "unpolished" version of its notification center.

But it's perhaps what Microsoft hasn't announced as a feature yet which is most interesting. In a deep-dive of the API changes between this version (

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Windows 10: What features are we missing?

There are some features which were available in previous builds – and even shown on-stage at the enterprise-focused event earlier this week – which didn't make the Technical Preview of Windows 10 this week. In this article, we will take a look at those missing features…

Before we begin, we must remind readers the aim of the preview is to allow users to shape the ongoing development before the final version launches next year. We speculate Microsoft will release each “big” feature at...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Microsoft's "early access" approach to Windows 9

(Image Credit: Nils Geylen)

We don't even have its name yet, but we do have some idea of what to expect from the successor of the often-criticised Windows 8. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, was quoted as saying the company needs to be "obsessive over customers" which is an ethos that appears to have hit its mark going by the rapid changes we are witnessing.

Had these users been able to help shape the OS before it launched; it wouldn't have had such a bad...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Testing, Windows.