Developers unbox next-gen Kinect 2.0 (and SDK)

Whilst gamers got their hands on their beloved Xbox One bundles last week, developers received a different type of package to play with in the form of Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits – containing everything required to get started with the improved peripheral.

The latest generation fixes complaints - notably the amount of space required - whilst adding some pretty mind-blowing additions such as the ability to see in the dark… and even read a user’s heartbeat.

Already...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Testing.

Three versions of Windows 8 will merge, says device chief

Microsoft has had a clear vision to observers for Windows 8; one platform which spans devices; creating a familiar experience for customers, and a unified OS for easier development.

The “Modern UI” interface is one built for usability across desktop, tablet, mobile, and now console. Live tiles give the platform simplicity; whilst retaining function. And the “flat” interface is thought to have even inspired the likes of rivals Apple and Google to follow suit.

Whilst the Redmond-based...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan on the UK app economy and the Windows 8 ecosystem

DeveloperTech (DT) took the opportunity to speak to Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan (AK), General Manager of the Developer and Platform Group, about new research commissioned by the Redmond-based firm; plus a discussion around the Windows 8 ecosystem (including Xbox One) and the first major update.

The research, released today, looks at how Multichannel platforms, Pace-of-Change, and Skills Gap are Impacting UK Application and Software Development Sector.

One of the main highlights is how 86% of developers...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, Microsoft.

Schools pick Windows 8 tablets over iPads and Androids

It may seem a strange concept for many – especially due to how much Apple brag about their devices usage in teaching – but the reality is, schools are picking Windows 8 tablets over both iPads and Androids.

The reason being isn’t the tablet’s content; where iPad indisputably excels (especially in regards to digital textbooks) - but rather in how easy it is to fit the tablets into current Windows infrastructure.

It’s an area where no-one can match Microsoft; schools, universities,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, Microsoft.

Xbox One: Microsoft to prove they’re right about the Cloud

As an owner of all the current-gen consoles, it was the Xbox One which caught my attention for its heaps of Cloud-based promises.

PlayStation fans have rightly gloated about the raw power of their chosen system – but both will offer comparative 1080p/60fps gameplay; so gamers need to look at all the added benefits they’re getting.

Microsoft’s Xbox One just won the “Next-gen gaming tech of the year” ShortList award. When...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

The ups and downs of hybrid mobile app development

Creating applications for mobile devices is a great way to capture a user’s attention and continued business. Once installed your app has a persistent presence on your user’s device placing your services literally at their fingertips. It’s an invaluable piece of real estate that many organisations are looking to make the most of. Apps give better performance verses a mobile web site, mean your customer has to do less to access your services and provide an ever present icon in the...

By Decoded Solutions, 30 September 2013, 4 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Testing.

Could it be SteamOS which takes down the PC?

Personally I love the vision Microsoft has of the future; a tight ecosystem and consistent “Modern UI” which works anywhere across Desktop, Tablet, Mobile, and Console.

What I haven’t always agreed with is their approach - which has routinely left customers either bitter or confused.

Recently Microsoft has been criticised for making complete U-turns about decisions (ahem, Xbox...) but it’s good they’re listening; as proven by the Surface Pro 2; where you can tell they’ve...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

IncrediBuild on turning your network into a build supercomputer

The complexity of software is increasing; whether it is applications or games; the time it can take to “build” is rapidly on the rise – unless you utilise an innovative solution such as IncrediBuild.

DeveloperTech spoke to Eyal Maor about the solution; what makes it unique, and a bit of insight about the development industry.

I have to say, I was instantly impressed.

There are occasions when you come across technology which you know is groundbreaking, and this is one of...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Testing.

The future of Microsoft and Nokia's success hinges on developers

By Steve Glagow, EVP Sales and Marketing, Developerprogram.com

Microsoft and Nokia are still two of the biggest names in the technology space today so, like many people in the mobile industry, we’ve been following the news that they’ll come together with great interest.

Neither are strangers to innovation, with Microsoft having pioneered Windows 95, the most widely used operating system in the world, and Nokia once having ruled the global handset business.

Of late however, they’ve failed to...

By Steve Glagow, 18 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

Will Microsoft’s “Cortana” lead the next-gen of virtual assistants?

Virtual assistant technology has been a work of fantasy for many years; whilst many have tried (and ultimately failed) to deliver a human-like experience, Microsoft’s “Cortana” sounds like it may just have a chance at finally making that dream a reality.

The most widely-known voice responding service (I won’t go as far as to call it an actual assistant) is Siri – which was acquired by Apple and implemented in iDevices since 2011.

Year-on-year its functionality has increased; but responses are scripted based...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.