More information on Windows 8 is leaking out now; and it gives some clues about how Microsoft intends to make sense of its two device platforms, Windows tablets and Windows Phone.
Microsoft held back from making its Windows Phone 7 OS available on tablets, which is why most of the numerous tablets being pushed out
…continue reading Windows Phone 8 will run Windows 8, with Silverlight centre stage?
There is an analysis by Rob Rachwald over on the Imperva Data Security Blog of how an RTF document can carry a virus, in this case a trojan executable. RTF (RIch Text Format) is generally considered safer than the Microsoft Office .DOC format since it cannot include macros; but the vulnerability in this case is
…continue reading How an RTF file can install a virus when opened
Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, BlueVia is Telefonica’s effort to attract developers to its app platform. Telefonica is the largest phone operator in Spain and also owns O2 in the UK, and has various other operations around the world.
In this case though, “Platform” is not just the devices connected to Telefonica networks,
…continue reading Microsoft backs Telefonica’s BlueVia mobile SDK – but the market is fragmented
Microsoft has released a few details from a global survey of small businesses, defined as employing up to 250 employees, and cloud computing.
The research finds that 39 percent of SMBs expect to be paying for one or more cloud services within three years, an increase of 34 percent from the current 29 percent. It
…continue reading Small businesses and the cloud: 60% have no plans to adopt?
Embarcadero has announced the AppWave Store, a forthcoming app store for Windows which uses application virtualization to avoid the hassles and risks of the usual Windows install process.
The idea is that purchasing apps for Windows will be as simple as installing an app on a mobile using the Apple app store or Android
…continue reading Another Windows app store – but this time it is virtual. Embarcadero’s AppWave promises instant installs
RIM has announced several new options for developing apps for its PlayBook tablet.
RIM will launch two optional “app players” that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java® apps and Android v2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from BlackBerry App World and run
…continue reading RIM announces Java and Android runtimes for the Playbook, beta of native SDK
Is Microsoft ditching Silverlight and embracing HTML 5? Or is Silverlight the future of desktop and browser-based development on Microsoft’s platform?
Good question; and I am not sure that Microsoft itself can answer. There is evidence for both cases.
One thing I have noticed though is that Silverlight is turning up in numerous Microsoft products.
…continue reading Silverlight in Microsoft products – Silverlight the new Windows runtime, HTML 5 the new Silverlight?
Just one week after the final release of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9, and here comes another major browser, Mozilla Firefox 4.
…continue reading Browser wars heat up as Firefox 4 arrives
It is a busy time for cross-platform toolkits. Adobe has released AIR 2.6, and reading the list of what’s new you would think it was mainly for mobile, since the notes focus on new features for Apple iOS, though AIR is also a runtime for Windows, Linux and desktop Mac. New features for iOS include
…continue reading Adobe AIR 2.6, MonoMac 1.0, cross-platform is not dead yet