DirectX 12 blasts the past, takes aim at the future of gaming…

Whether you’re a developer or not – you’ll probably have some idea of the importance of DirectX if you’ve played games since its release back in 1995. DirectX is a collection of APIs which – although has a multitude of multimedia uses – focuses primarily on easing game development.

Direct3D, DirectDraw, DirectMusic, DirectPlay, and DirectSound are the core components of DirectX and although had consistent updates up until 2009 – no major version had been released...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free (to select OEMs)

There’s one manufacturer which rules the Windows Phone roost, it’s a brand we’ve all heard of and most of us will have owned a device from at some point… it's the Finnish legends at Nokia.

Whilst Windows Phone is available to other OEMs - with a license-fee - there has been little interest; only a limited amounts of handsets have been released so far from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Huawei…

Perhaps taking a look at the problems faced by OEMs in the Android market – who...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft hopes to shoot down critics with DirectX 12 gaming API

DirectX is an API which powers many of the best games in recent years – but over the same time frame it’s also come under a lot of criticism; especially from the likes of AMD with their praised ‘Mantle’ alternative.

The guys and girls over at Redmond have started sending out invites for the official unveiling of DirectX 12 at GDC (Game Developers Conference) which...

By Ryan Daws, 06 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: New CEO, Satya Nadella, is already modernising Microsoft

Last month Microsoft announced that Satya Nadella would usurp long-serving predecessor Steve Ballmer as CEO. The search for the successor was led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Microsoft, John Thompson, and was a decision vital to be filled by someone with the right skills

Satya was previously the executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group - responsible for building and running the company's computing...

By Ryan Daws, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Nokia’s Developer Day at Mobile World Congress #MWC14

CEO Stephen Elop, and a host of other high-level execs from the company, took the stage at Mobile World Congress today for Nokia’s “Developer Day” with a foremost aim of clearing up any residual confusion around the firm’s new play into Android; and reaffirming how Windows Phone developers are still getting world-class support…

Their first handset is the ‘Nokia X’ which – despite the flagship sounding moniker...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xbox One: 1080p “comfortably” with SDK update, says Rebellion

With the announcement of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall joining the roster of games on Xbox One below the widely-hailed 1080p mark; gamers have taken to their favourite venting areas to take pot-shots at the competition...

As a Microsoft-platform exclusive, many see the failure of the highly-anticipated title to be 1080p as an indication of a lack of graphical processing grunt in the Xbox One compared to the PS4.

Rebellion Games, as a cross-platform developer, has added their...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft’s “Universal Store” could be Windows’ lifeline…

Whilst many seen Windows as being the software so established within the enterprise that its lifespan was indefinite – we're all beginning to realise this is not the case.

Apple, in the fourth quarter of 2013, exceeded all PC sales for the first time. Google, this week, announced support for Windows applications on their Chrome OS – with perfect timing as the guys and gals over at Redmond prepare to end support for their still popular OS; Windows...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft could be post-NeXT Apple all over again

When Steve Jobs was unceremoniously kicked from Apple; it began a serious decline which appeared unrecoverable…

Whilst Bill Gates wasn’t kicked from Microsoft, instead leaving of his own accord to focus on his ‘Gates Foundation’ philanthropic work, the company has since been losing touch and failing to take advantage of new market opportunities – most notably, mobile.

Many have put this down to the leadership of one Steve Ballmer; whose love of the company he’s re-iterated on many...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

What if Windows Phone went Android?

Today Microsoft revealed great sales, and brilliant profits -- so is the company surviving the “post-PC” era? It seems like, but for how long? Despite doubling Surface sales, Windows’ tablets still only account for 3.4% of the market.

Windows 8 was developed in mind to cater for this new era; enabling use on touch-based devices and hoping to (eventually) create development easy across platforms – whether desktop, tablet, laptop, hybrid, smartphone, or even console…

The latest...

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft's Windows 9 may retain (industry-leading) trust

A latest study by Forrester pits Microsoft as getting the only “trailblazer” status for its trust across generations – unsurprising considering Windows’ mighty install base in businesses and educational institutions around the world.

Yet Microsoft has had an indisputably bad year surrounding the release of its latest release, Windows 8, which arrived with a radical overhaul of the desktop known by users since the very early days of the Redmond-based giant.

Clearly, with only 6.89%...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms.