Microsoft open sources MS-DOS (for real this time!)

After over 30 years, Microsoft is making MS-DOS fully open source as part of a “re-release” without the restrictions of the last.

Many will not have seen MS-DOS for decades, but the 1983 OS remains among the most important software ever written.

Indicating the importance of the OS, MS-DOS was added to the Computer History Museum in 2013. In doing so, the original source codes were transferred.

The clause of MS-DOS in the Computer History Museum was that people were prohibited from using it for...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Windows.

BlueStacks emulates Android ‘6x faster’ than leading smartphone

Popular emulator BlueStacks claims to provide six times faster performance when running Android software on a PC than a leading benchmarked smartphone.

BlueStacks was created back in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf, and Rosen Sharma. No other emulator has achieved quite the same level of success – even receiving investment from the likes of Samsung, Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, and more.

The emulator’s latest update, 4.0, looks set to add even more fans.

According to BlueStacks,...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Windows.

Apps in the Microsoft Store are blocked from downloading content

Developers are finding their apps in the Microsoft Store are being prevented from downloading external content such as images and videos.

The developer of Monocle Giraffe, an app for browsing Imgur, has posted an email he received from Microsoft after submitting an update:

monocle

The downloads banned from the app were, presumably, videos and photos from Imgur. Akshay Zade, the developer of Monocle Giraffe, says he’ll be...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft reveals little-known Notepad secrets – after *nix EOL support launched

Earlier this month, Microsoft proudly announced it had brought *nix end-of-line support to Notepad, more than a decade after it was first requested. The excitement from developers seems to have been quite palpable, as Microsoft has returned to the subject of Notepad in its latest MSDN blog.

In the blog, Microsoft reveals that Notepad is one of the most common test cases for apps and Windows...

By William Judd, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Windows.

Notepad gets *nix EOL support, Sublime Text adds ligatures and more

Here are the latest updates to your favourite text editors. This week, we've got a long-requested change to the venerable notepad.exe, and a raft of changes to Sublime Text.

Notepad finally adds *nix line ending support

It's finally happened -- Microsoft has added Unix line ending support to Notepad, the default text editor on Windows machines.

The update, which comes perhaps a decade after anyone expected it, finally allows Notepad to open text files created on Linux, macOS and Unix. Previously,...

By William Judd, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Windows.

Microsoft slashes its app revenue cut to five percent

Microsoft is aware software on its app store is often not as profitable as those on rivals, but today it’s helping developers out by slashing its own cut of the revenue.

During BUILD last year, Microsoft announced Windows 10 was on 500 million devices. Compared to iOS’ approximately one billion users, or Android’s two billion, it’s clear developers for Microsoft’s platform have far less potential customers.

Microsoft is attempting to make up for this shortfall, and improve the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Monetisation, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft prepares 64-bit app support for Snapdragon PCs

Microsoft’s hardware partners are slowly releasing Windows 10 PCs with all-day battery life thanks to Snapdragon processors, and 64-bit apps will be supported.

Erin Chappie, General Manager for Windows, confirmed to Engadget that Microsoft will be announcing an SDK for ARM64 apps during this year’s Build developer conference. The conference, as per last year, will be held in Seattle on May 7th.

Currently, ARM-based Windows devices from Microsoft suffer from only supporting 32-bit apps. Both 32 and...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Windows 10 on ARM will have these limitations

Microsoft announced Windows 10 for ARM-based devices back in December, but little information was provided about its limitations.

Spotted by Paul Thurrott, Microsoft accidentally published a full list of its limitations last week. The list has since been removed, but not before it was cached.

Windows 10 on ARM has the following limitations:

  • Only ARM64 drivers are supported

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Windows.

Turn doodles into apps with Microsoft’s Ink to Code

Microsoft’s latest Garage project, Ink to Code, can turn your new app doodles into a working project.

Some of the world’s greatest ideas started as a doodle on a napkin or piece of paper. The Gettysburg Address, the poem that gave way to the U.S. National Anthem, and the premise of the Harry Potter series — all were reportedly started on a simple piece of scrap paper.

Ink to Code wants to ensure an idea for what could become...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Windows.

Microsoft details Windows 10’s IoT capabilities in the Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has outlined all the ways the Fall Creators Update improves on the capabilities of Windows 10 for IoT solutions.

This build is version 16299 and is separate from the latest 1709 build of Windows 10. In the past, Windows 10 IoT was known as ‘Windows Embedded’ and represents a version of the OS for low-powered devices.

These are the new features in the update:

  • Richer .NET API surface for UWP apps. The set of managed types that can be used to

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft upgrades and open sources Java debugger for Visual Studio Code

After receiving numerous constructive feedback and suggestions from Java developers, Microsoft has open sourced the Java debugger extension for Visual Studio Code and backend Java Debug Server along with accumulating some feature improvements and bug fixes.

On the Visual Studio Code Marketplace, the Java debugger extension has been installed over 56,000 times and has received a perfect 5.0 rating from seven developers.

A new feature added to the tool will allow developers to automatically resolve main class...

By Developer, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Java, Windows.

Opinion: Windows Phone is (finally) being put to rest

Microsoft has finally admitted Windows Phone is being put to rest and no further hardware or features will be developed for it. The platform offered a refreshing alternative to the ‘me too’ approach between iOS and Android, but that was also part of its downfall.

While the platform still had a chance, it was too complicated to port apps from iOS and/or Android to Windows Phone. Between iOS and Android, it was relatively easy.

Over the years, Microsoft realised this and launched several tools for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Windows.

Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program

Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program.

The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, which offers tutorials and learning on a variety of operating systems and languages, including Android, iOS, and C#.

Naturally, these courses are not entirely altruistic. Xamarin’s platform – and indeed its mission – are based around C#, with the...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Mobile, Windows.

Microsoft unveils .NET Core 2.0 with ‘major’ performance improvements

Microsoft has announced the availability of .NET Core 2.0 as a final release as the company ingratiates its more open strategy further still.

New features and upgrades include ‘major’ performance improvements in runtime and framework, support of six new platforms, including macOS High Sierra and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2, and dotnet restore becoming an implicit command. The .NET Standard 2.0 spec, which you can find here,...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Windows.

Microsoft releases preview of ChakraCore with N-API support

Microsoft has announced the release of a new ChakraCore preview with N-API support on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

ChakraCore, which is based on Node.js 8, was developed by Microsoft to extend Node.js to Windows 10 IoT Core. The project grew in scope as the developers realised the need to address problems with the Node.js ecosystem across platforms.

At NodeSummit 2016, Microsoft unveiled support for the Node-ChakraCore interpreter and runtime on Linux and macOS. Since its announcement, Microsoft added support...

By Ryan Daws, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mac, Windows.

Opinion: Here’s the deal with Xbox VR

Microsoft surprised many with the lack of any VR plans during the reveal of its Xbox One X console at this year’s E3 conference, but it’s a smart move.

Sony is the only company to have launched VR on a console and this year we’re really just beginning to see to see the fruits of their efforts. At Sony’s E3 conference we saw upcoming VR titles like ‘Skyrim’ and ‘Inpatient’...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms, VR, Windows.

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, Windows.

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, Platforms, VR, Windows.

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, Platforms, Windows.

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, Windows.