I attended the “Holographic Academy” during Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. It was aimed at developers, and we got a hands-on experience of coding a simple HoloLens app and viewing the results. We were forbidden from taking pictures so you will have to make do with my words; this also means I do not
…continue reading HoloLens: a developer hands-on
Microsoft has announced the ability to compile Windows 10 apps written in Java or C++ for Android, or in Objective C for iOS, at its Build developer conference here in San Francisco.
Objective C code in Visual Studio
The Android compatibility had been widely rumoured, but the Objective C support not so much.
…continue reading Compile Android Java, iOS Objective C apps for Windows 10 with Visual Studio: a game changer?
Microsoft has announced Visual Studio Code, a cross-platform, code-oriented IDE for Windows, Mac and Linux, at its Build developer conference here in San Francisco.
Visual Studio Code is partly based on the open source projects Omnisharp. It supports Intellisense code completion, GIT source code management, and debugging with break points and call stack.
…continue reading Visual Studio Code: an official Microsoft IDE for Mac, Windows, Linux
Microsoft has released figures for its third quarter, ending March 31st 2015. Here is my simple summary of the figures showing the segment breakdown:
Quarter ending March 31st 2015 vs quarter ending March 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 3476 -1121 3210 -807 Computing and Gaming Hardware 1800
…continue reading Microsoft financials Jan-March 2015
Here is a must-read for Microsoft watchers. Two days ago a former design lead on the Office on Windows Phone team turned up on Reddit and said I designed the new version of Office for Windows Phone. Ask me anything.
The overall theme is that Microsoft did not get the design of Windows Phone
…continue reading Inside Microsoft: Ex design lead gives perspective on Metro, Office, iOS and Android battles
I attended the Amazon Web Services (AWS) London Summit. Not much news there, since the big announcements were the week before in San Francisco, but a chance to drill into some of the AWS services and keep up to date with the platform.
The keynote by CTO Werner Vogels was a bit too much
…continue reading AWS Summit London: cloud growth, understanding Lambda, Machine Learning
Yesterday Microsoft announced Windows Nano Server which is essentially an installation option that is even more stripped-down than Server Core. Server Core, introduced with Windows Server 2008, removed the GUI in order to make the OS lighter weight and more secure. It is particularly suitable for installations that do nothing more than run Hyper-V to
…continue reading Why Windows Server is going Nano: think automation, Cloud OS
StackOverflow, a popular (and the best) site for programming queries, has published its annual developer survey. Respondents included:
26,086 people from 157 countries participated in our 45-question survey. 6,800 identified as full-stack developers, 1,900 as mobile developers, 1,200 as front-end developers, 2 as farmers, and 12,000 as something else.
That is a decent sample size,
…continue reading StackOverflow developer survey shows decline in C#, Windows
Embarcadero has posted a roadmap for RAD Studio 2015, its suite of tools for building apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
Note that the company says the (sketchy) plans outlined are “not a promise, or a contract”.
I will be interested to see if the company intends to support the Windows 10 Universal App
…continue reading Delphi and RAD Studio 2015 roadmap: no Universal Apps?
I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week – with 93,000 attendees and 2,100 exhibitors according to the latest figures.
It was a big event for Microsoft’s new Windows. It started for me on the Saturday before, when Acer unveiled a low-end Windows Phone (write-up on the Reg). Next was Microsoft’s press conference;
…continue reading Windows 10 at Mobile World Congress 2015: a quick reflection