Nokia has announced the X range: Android smartphones connected to Microsoft/Nokia services including Bing search, OneDrive cloud storage, Nokia Here maps, and Nokia Music.
The phones, according to Nokia, are aimed at the “affordable” market especially in “growth markets” or in other words, less developed territories.
The stated reason for Nokia X is
…continue reading Nokia’s puzzling Android announcement: Nokia X
The QCon London conference is on in early March (5-7). It is always a conference I look forward to since it is vendor neutral, though with an agile flavour. Although it covers high scale systems it is not the place to go if you think heavyweight Enterprise middleware from a big name vendor will solve
…continue reading What’s on at the QCon London software development conference (and a discount for readers)
David Sobeski, former Microsoft General Manager, has written about Trust, Users and The Developer Division. It is interesting to me since I recall all these changes: the evolution of the Microsoft C++ from Programmer’s Workbench (which few used) to Visual C++ and then Visual Studio; the original Visual Basic, the transition from VBX to OCX;
…continue reading Microsoft and developer trust
Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 RC which I installed for a look. It has a “go-live” license, which means you can use it in production, and when the final version comes out you will be able to install it over the top, so it sounded safe enough.
Update 1 is only a
…continue reading Visual Studio 2013 update 1: avoid the RC if you use C++
It’s that time of year. I keep more than I should, but now and again you have to clear things out. I don’t promise to dispose of all of these though: they remind me of another era, when software came in huge boxes packed with books.
If you purchased Microsoft Office, for example, you
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Remember Visual Basic? By which I mean, not the current language that is a case-insensitive alternative to C# that does much the same thing, but the original rapid app development tool that democratised Windows development back in 1991. At the time, Windows development was a sought-after skill but rather difficult. VB meant anyone could create
…continue reading Microsoft Project Siena: another go at the spirit of Visual Basic
I am working extensively with Visual Studio 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure, researching cloud development on Microsoft’s platform. It is in general a reasonable experience, but the way Microsoft manages its cloud accounts is a constant annoyance and sometimes a source of bugs.
The problem is that you cannot manage with just one Microsoft
…continue reading Microsoft cloud account problems
At its Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Salesforce has been hyping up its newly announced Salesforce 1. The keynote left us in do doubt: it is fantastic, it does mobile, it does cloud, it does “internet of things”.
Co-founder Parker Harris describes Salesforce 1 at Dreamforce
But what is Salesforce 1? For those
…continue reading Making sense of Salesforce 1 (it’s all about mobile)
Yesterday Xamarin, which offers tools for targeting iOS, Android and Mac with C#, announced a partnership with Microsoft, an announcement which I wrote up on The Register. It drew a few comments, several complaining about the cost:
So it cost more then Visual Studio Pro.
And that is for 1 target platform?
…continue reading What does Xamarin’s success say about open source versus proprietary? Miguel de Icaza says he has never been happier
Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 yesterday:
VS 2013 can be installed side by side with previous versions of Visual Studio or, if you have a VS 2013 pre-release, it can be installed straight over top of the pre-release.
I installed over the top of the pre-release and I’m happy to say that this
…continue reading Visual Studio 2013 is released. What’s new?