A couple of posts from Hal Berenson give insight into the internal battles at Microsoft as the company worked out its strategy to rescue Windows from irrelevance in the world of mobile and tablets. Berenson is now President of True Mountain Group LLC but was formerly at Microsoft where his roles included SQL Server development
…continue reading A glimpse into the internal battles that set the future of Windows and .NET
Today’s Windows 8 rumour is that Adobe Flash will be baked into Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8, not only in the desktop edition but also in Metro.
Until this is confirmed by Microsoft, it is only a rumour. However, it seems likely to me. The way this rumour mill works is:
Some journalists and
…continue reading Adobe Flash in Windows 8 Metro, but not technically a plug-in
How difficult is it to build an app for the Windows Runtime (WinRT), which powers Metro-style apps in Windows 8?
Here is how I created a simple calculator app (this is one in an occasional series) using Visual Studio 11 beta. I started with a new Visual C# Windows Metro Style project, choosing a blank
…continue reading Hands on: building an app for Windows 8 Metro
The moment when Nokia is in the midst of the US launch for its Lumia 900 phone, which both Nokia and Microsoft hope will win some market share for Windows Phone 7, is not the best time to talk about Windows Phone 8 from a marketing perspective. Especially when Windows Phone 8 will have a
…continue reading Windows Phone and Windows 8 convergence: a few more hints from Microsoft
It is almost one year since Nokia’s dramatic announcement that it would transition its smartphone range to Windows Phone. Today the company released its results for the fourth quarter and for the full year 2011, the first since the release of the the Lumia range of Windows Phone devices. How it is doing?
…continue reading Nokia results: hope for Windows Phone?
Microsoft has has announced the release of Silverlight 5.0.
Silverlight is a cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for Windows and Mac. It is relatively small size – less than 7MB according to Microsoft, though the Mac version seems to be bigger, with a 14MB compressed setup .dmg and apparently over 100MB once installed:
…continue reading Silverlight 5 is done. Is Silverlight also done?
I’ve been trying Windows Phone 7 in its latest “Mango” version over the last couple of days and mostly enjoying it. One thing I am not impressed by though is the range of apps available. Have a look at the Marketplace – Microsoft may claim 30,000 apps, but given how unexciting even the “top” selections
…continue reading Windows Runtime must come to Windows Phone