Microsoft’s AI vision enhanced at BUILD as Nadella bangs developer empowerment drum

Day one of BUILD, Microsoft’s developer conference, saw a variety of announcements and discussion around Azure, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as something of a shift in strategy.

First, the numbers. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, announced yesterday that Windows had reached 500 million Windows 10 monthly active devices, up from 400 million devices in September, while also stressing the 12 million organisational entities in Azure Active Directory and the 100...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Microsoft.

Opinion: Speculating about Xbox’s plans for VR

It's no surprise the Xbox team are working on VR – we've heard for a long time now the company has plans – but we've been left to piece together bits of information to speculate on the details.

AMD’s Corporate Vice President, Roy Taylor, may have slipped up today in announcing the company's partnership with Microsoft on VR for Xbox. While speaking of his company's past work with Sony on PSVR, Taylor also said: "and with Xbox in the future."

After Oculus started...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Algoriddim shows off Microsoft’s Bridge capabilities with port of djay Pro

App developer Algoriddim has shown off the capabilities of Microsoft’s iOS app porting tool, Bridge, with the release of their complex djay Pro app on Windows 10.

The app store of iOS has long been the envy of Windows fans. Microsoft has attempted to lure app developers into bringing their iOS apps to Windows 10 with the release of their ‘Bridge’ porting tool which makes it relatively trivial to bring apps from iOS over to Windows.

“We’re thrilled to unveil djay Pro for...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

One studio is dropping DirectX in favour of Vulkan

DirectX could once afford to be exclusive to Microsoft platforms when PC gaming was dominant, but now it seems developers are willing to drop it for cross-platform alternatives such as Vulkan.

Vulkan is a cross-platform graphics API which supports all the major PC platforms, gaming consoles, and even smartphones. Unlike DirectX 12, it’s also open source. Both of these factors make it compelling to developers looking to simplify their coding while expanding their potential audience.

The developers of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming, Microsoft.

GDC: Microsoft details AR for Xbox alongside plans to break down game publishing barriers

Announcements made during this year’s GDC (Game Developers Conference) provide a tantalising sample of the exciting plans Microsoft has for the future of gaming.

This year is arguably the most important for Xbox in the history of its business. A poor launch strategy under previous Xbox chief Don Mattrick left the PlayStation 4 to dominate Xbox One sales every month at the start of this console generation. A more gamer-focused strategy under Mattrick’s replacement, Phil Spencer, has narrowed the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

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, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Microsoft, Platforms.

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: Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

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, Microsoft, Platforms.

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, Microsoft, Platforms.