BUILD 2016: The big developer round-up

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Microsoft opened its annual developer conference, BUILD, with a range of important announcements for the company's future vision. In this article we'll round-up some of the highlights, but Microsoft's event itself was designed to round-up all developers, of any platform, and ensure Windows and Microsoft's services are the "home" for their development. Hence, the double-entendre of a...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, VR.

Xbox continues eSports support with platform launch – Forza 6 takes pole with integration

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Microsoft is a long-term supporter of eSports, and Xbox Live became somewhat the home for professional console gamers and leagues over the years. This started with the eSports scene around Halo, before Call of Duty took over with their annual game releases as Halo's development slowed. 

Call of Duty thrived on Xbox, and Microsoft held various exclusive content deals...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Microsoft, Platforms.

Xbox allows cross-platform multiplayer with PlayStation/Steam

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Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network simplified online multiplayer for both developers and gamers, but also created division in gamers as their online services locked them out from playing with friends who chose to invest their money in a different platform. Gamers have dreamt of a day when the wall between platforms came tumbling down, and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Gaming, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft says Windows 10 app sales are up – despite claims otherwise

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Microsoft had a grand vision with the launch of Windows 8 that apps should be universal, and can be used no matter what form of device a user decides to use. Over three years on, that dream is still kicking despite poor adoption on mobile and weak PC market. 

Unfortunately, developers have struggled to get on-board with Microsoft's vision and focused their efforts on the lucrative...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft criticised for the Windows 10 app store – poor algorithms highlighted

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Users of Windows 10 are often frustrated at the lack of applications for its app store, but it's a situation which isn't going to improve unless developers are happy. The fact is, developers aren't happy, and part of the reason is because Microsoft's lacklustre app store algorithms do not give applications the exposure they deserve – often not showing them...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft will open source its 'Chakra' JavaScript engine

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Microsoft has announced its decision to release its powerful 'Chakra' engine - used for JavaScript in the company's Edge browser – to the open source community. Although not the most surprising open source news in the past week, that award goes to Apple, it's a momentous step in helping to advance the engine.

With the intention to publish the ChakraCore repository...

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Git, Java, JavaScript, Languages, Microsoft.

Opinion: Unraveling cross-platform app development

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With more and more developers looking to get into mobile, it would make sense that they would want to use the tools of their choice. But, what are the options for developing mobile apps in general? You may be asking yourself, “How can I develop for iOS without a Mac?” “How can I develop for Android without learning Java?” Maybe, even more importantly, is,...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft strengthens Windows Bridge for iOS

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DeveloperTech reported earlier this week that Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart, but the Windows Bridge for iOS appears to be progressing well and has received some notable improvements over the past few months. 

The project, also known as Islandwood, aims to offer a simple...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart

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During Microsoft's BUILD developer conference earlier this year, the software giant unveiled a controversial initiative called 'Project Astoria' which planned to run Android software on Windows devices via emulation. That plan seems to have fallen apart. 

Project Astoria was part of four "bridges" announced during BUILD – but the only bridge to attempt emulation as...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft's App Studio lets anyone build Windows 10 software

Despite Windows 10 being an impressive feature-packed operating system, the problem Microsoft continues to have with their latest OS is still the app store. Compared to Apple and Google's thriving ecosystems, you can virtually imagine the tumbleweed drifting past whilst you're searching for your most beloved applications. 

Microsoft has attempted various ways to bolster their app store – including making it simple for iOS and Android developers to port their apps – but now the company is...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms.