Opinion: Windows 10 Cloud offers Microsoft another shot at mobile

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Several references to ‘Windows 10 Cloud’ have appeared in recent Windows test builds and insiders believe it’s Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS.

Reports claim Windows 10 Cloud will drop support for Win32/64 and rely on UWP apps similar to Google’s ongoing roll-out of Android support in Chrome OS. There was a time when Chromebooks were only useful for web browsing or putting together a quick...

By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Platforms, Windows.

OneShell will join OneCore in uniting Windows devices

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Microsoft has long envisioned a Windows for developers to focus on building great software and forget about the form on which they'll run. Each update for Windows 10 on desktop, mobile, and Xbox has brought this vision closer to reality, but the next step is a truly common shell. 

This is all part of the "One Windows" concept. Windows 10 devices...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Developers warned to update apps prior to Android Wear 2.0 launch

The next major version of Android Wear is almost here, and Google has warned developers to update their apps prior to its launch. 

Launching in February, Android Wear 2.0 will bring a host of overdue features to Google's wearable platform in the hope of giving it the shot of adrenaline it needs. According to IDC, in Q3 2016 smartwatch sales overall dropped 51.6 percent over the same period in the previous year. 

This stagnation in the smartwatch market can be attributed to a variety of...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Raspberry Pi releases desktop computer OS

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The creators of the Raspberry Pi, a small $35 computer often used for 'maker' projects, have released an OS for traditional x86 desktop computers. 

Under the name of PIXEL, the primary aim of the OS is to enable Pi creators to write software which can be used across fellow devices without the need for changes. The secondary aim, and it's a bold one, is to produce the "best" computing experience...

By Ryan Daws, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft looks beyond smartphones to 'cellular PCs'

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With market share now sitting below one percent, it's safe to say most people have discredited Windows Phone. During the 2016 WinHEC conference, however, Microsoft announced its work on a significant advancement which could revive the platform, or at least give a boost to other Windows 10-based mobile devices. 

The biggest complaint users have with Windows Phone is...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Visual Studio is coming to macOS this week

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Continuing its efforts to make Windows app development as simple as possible for developers no matter their platform, Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to Mac.

In the past, developers would either have to run Windows or use a virtual machine of the OS on Mac to access Visual Studio. Microsoft planned to make the announcement on Wednesday during its Connect() developer conference but The Verge

By Ryan Daws, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Developers in six new countries are now able to pre-order Microsoft HoloLens

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Microsoft's impressive AR headset, HoloLens, is now available for pre-order by developers and commercial enterprises in six new countries as it reaches a new milestone towards a full consumer release. 

If you're a resident of Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, you're now able to place your order for a HoloLens unit. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote: "In welcoming these six new countries, October...

By Ryan Daws, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, VR, Windows.

You can finally publish your Win32 apps on the Windows Store

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After first announcing a tool for Windows’ legacy developers to port their Win32 apps to Windows 10 during their BUILD developer conference this year, Microsoft is now accepting submissions for ported apps to be published on the Windows Store.

Some expected the new tool, Desktop Bridge App Converter, would fall into obscurity and eventually be scrapped much like the Android porting tool Microsoft was developing under the guise of Project Astoria. The disbelievers have been...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Windows.

Developers of all sizes can now publish their UWP app on Xbox

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Microsoft has promised truly universal apps for what seems like forever, but whilst the pieces for mobile devices and the desktop have come together, one form which had been absent was the biggest screen in most people's lives, their TV. 

That era is now at its end as Microsoft opens up the ability for any developer to submit their UWP apps for publishing to the Xbox Store....

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Windows App Studio updated with API gallery

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Microsoft is making it easier for anyone to build increasingly capable applications for their latest OS with the addition of an easy to use "API Gallery" for Microsoft's free online app builder – Windows App Studio

Just in time for the consumer launch of the Windows 10 "Anniversary" update, the new feature will make it...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Windows.

Fourth wave of HoloLens invites head to developers

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As production of HoloLens ramps up on its way to a final consumer release, Microsoft has sent out the fourth wave of invites for the Developer Edition of the exciting headset. 

The company first started rolling out the invites a few months ago for the $3000 (£2043) HoloLens Developer Edition; well outside most people's budgets. 

In an email, Microsoft stated: 

"We are thrilled to let you know...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, VR, Windows.

Windows Bridge for iOS updated with CoreFoundation and improved layout API support

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Microsoft's open-source tool for porting iOS applications to Windows has been updated with improved support for several widely-used iOS layout APIs and integration with the official CoreFoundation framework.

CoreFoundation 

The biggest announcement of the Windows Bridge for iOS for many developers will be the integration with CoreFoundation. The...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft explains how its brilliant Magic Mirror was built

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Microsoft demonstrated a 'Magic Mirror' during the InnovFest Unbound conference last month which offered an impressive look at how everyday objects can deliver useful information to a user without getting in the way. 

The mirror is connected to the internet and uses facial recognition to detect the user standing in front of it. A personalised morning update is then shown under the mirror which includes the latest news and...

By Ryan Daws, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Windows.

Live Stream: Microsoft TechDays (9:30am - 5pm BST)

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By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Windows.