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.

Steam Machines could be Windows’ lifeline

PC sales are on a serious decline, you may have heard. After all, for most, their functionality can be replaced by that offered in more convenient forms such as netbooks and tablets. BBC, for example, only announced today that iPlayer tablet viewing overtook computer for the first time.

Of course there are professional applications which require the (higher-end) desktop; but this is a smaller market than your general consumer and Microsoft’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

“Project Siena” lets you program, without programming

Whilst Windows 8’s latest iteration is finally catching up to Vista; applications built specifically for its “Modern UI” are still sparse – despite recent heavyweights including Facebook, Flipboard, and Foursquare all jumping on board.

To help alleviate this problem, and get non-programmers building basic applications in minutes, Microsoft has released “

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Microsoft, Platforms.

Windows 8.1 closes in on Vista, but is Microsoft admitting failure?

The Microsoft operating system even the most diehard fans try to ignore ever existed, Windows Vista, is sitting at 3.61% desktop OS share – with the divisive latest iteration, Windows 8.1, now closing in at 3.6% according to Web tracker Net Applications.

It’s an age-old joke that every other of Microsoft’s Windows releases is considered good. Think, Windows 98 > Windows XP > Windows Vista > Windows 7 > Windows 8.

Whilst we haven’t included every Windows release, you can see the pattern above with the releases in...

By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Why Xbox One was the only “next-gen” console

Over time, things and concepts change. New technologies are introduced, or are to be introduced, and those with the forward-thinking nature to prepare for what’s next will nearly always triumph.

Before this generation even began; I believed a “next-gen” console will be beyond games, yes it should support that as well, but it should be a console for your entire home.

The smart, “home of the future” which Microsoft had envisioned over a decade...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.