Microsoft Releases the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

Today, Microsoft released Windows Azure Toolkit for Android along with updated toolkits for Windows Phone and iOS platforms. Originally announced in May, the Android toolkit includes native libraries (for storage and authentication), a sample application, and unit tests.  While there is tremendous market opportunity in building mobile applications, targeting numerous mobile platforms can be complex, costly and frustrating for developers. These new toolkits make it easier, and less expensive, for … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Aug. 31st Edition–Two New Windows 8 Stories, What’s Next on Next, plus Windows Phone, Windows Azure Toolkit and Microsoft Dynamics

This edition of the Midweek Download has two new stories from the Building Windows 8 blog, a glimpse at what’s next on the Next at Microsoft Blog as well as developer news from Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Microsoft Dynamics. Don’t miss it! Improvements in Windows Explorer. In this Tuesday post on Building Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, writes, “Windows Explorer is a … Read more »

The Meaning of High Tech Whisker Wars

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Today, we kicked off two marketing campaigns designed to clearly highlight the customer benefit of Microsoft products/services compared to the competition; one focused on our private cloud solution and the other on our Microsoft Dynamics CRM offerings. Both have some great content worth reviewing, and I expect the private cloud video in particular will generate a fair amount of attention – there is something about a guy with a mustache … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 26th Edition–A Glimpse into Windows 8 File Management, How to Stand Up to Cyberbullies plus Windows Phone, Bing, MSN and Hotmail

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about new file management capabilities in Windows 8, Windows Phone news, a new Windows Phone app that utilizes Bing’s location services and 10 tips for standing up to cyberbullies. File management in Windows 8. In this Tuesday post on Building Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, writes, “We wanted to do an early Windows 8 … Read more »

Back to School: Stand Up to Cyberbullying

September is synonymous with back-to-school for much of the world’s youth – getting back in the classroom, reconnecting with friends and teachers and sharing tales of summer fun. For some, however, back-to-school often means a return to cyberbullying.                  New Microsoft research shows that, on average, 27 percent of people in five countries have been exposed to cyberbullying in the last 12 months. The survey, conducted in Brazil, France, Germany, the United … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Aug. 24th Edition–Building USB 3.0 Support into Windows, the Windows Phone App Hub Opens to Mango Apps plus Internet Explorer and Silverlight

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on USB 3.0 support in Windows, the Windows Phone App Hub opening up to developers and an agreement with China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C) to develop cloud-computing solutions. Read on! Building robust USB 3.0 support. This Monday post on the new Building Windows 8 Blog focuses on Microsoft’s efforts to build strong USB 3.0 support into Windows. Steven Sinofsky, … Read more »

Where the PC is headed: Plus is the New “Post”

In the past year, and again in the past few weeks, I’ve seen a resurgence of the term “post” applied to the PC in a number of stories including The Wall Street Journal, PC World and the Washington Post. Heck, I even mentioned it in my 30th anniversary of the PC post, noting that “PC plus” was a better term. Nothing draws more links and eyeballs than saying something is … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 19th Edition–The Future of the Living Room Entertainment, Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone, plus Hotmail and Internet Explorer

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s vision for the future of the living room, Xbox LIVE features coming to Windows Phone, Hotmail and even a Microsoft employee who built a thermonuclear reactor in his garage in an attempt to inspire a passion for science in high school students. The future of the living room. Earlier this week, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank … Read more »

The Future of the Living Room

Summer is a transition time for many people: the break between school years; a vacation before tackling another year of work; and for network television that’s been a guest in our living rooms for so long, summer is a time of transition between seasons. It’s appropriate then that we are also in the middle of a fundamental transformation of the technology in our living rooms. Traditional broadcast and cable TV … Read more »

The Midweek Download: Aug. 17th Edition–Windows 8 Gets a Blog, Microsoft Continues to Push NUI Technologies, plus Windows Phone, Xbox, Kinect and More

In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got news about a new Windows 8 blog, Windows Phone “Mango” and two cool stories about how Microsoft’s pushing the envelope with natural user interface technologies (NUI). Read on! Building Windows 8 Blog launches. Earlier this week, Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, kicked off the launch of the Building Windows 8 Blog. The new blog, Sinofsky writes, … Read more »