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
Telecommunications giant AT&T has partnered with Twilio to offer cloud communication apps through a web portal:
Powered by Twilio’s cloud communications services and API platform, ACS offers a Web portal for AT&T business customers to browse from a collection of voice and SMS-enabled apps — such as appointment reminder services, polling & surveying data collection
…continue reading AT&T partners with Twilio to offer cloud communication apps
Adobe has published a mission statement which is worth a read if only to demonstrate how far the company has moved away from Flash, once positioned at the heart of its ecosystem – remember the Flash Platform?
The mission statement essentially declares the web as the new heart of Adobe’s platform and it is working
…continue reading Adobe using Google Chromium Embedded Framework for Edge tools
It is less than a year ago that Adobe pivoted wholeheartedly from Flash to HTML, a moment that to mind was marked by the acquisition of Nitobi, the PhoneGap company, announced at MAX in October 2011.
Yesterday Adobe clarified its plans for its new wave of web design tools branded Edge. These are as follows:
…continue reading Adobe Creating the Web, offers Edge animation tool for free
Microsoft announced Azure Mobile Services last month and it was mentioned by Microsoft Server and Tools boss Satya Nadella at the launch of Visual Studio 2012, as an example of where Microsoft is going with its “Modern app” vision, continuous services and connected devices (but with a Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 flavour).
…continue reading Microsoft’s Azure Mobile Services: node.js and more in beginnings of easy cloud to device development
No time to blog in detail about this; but developers with any interest in Windows 8 should check out Project Austin, a sample project for Windows 8 whose quality exceeds most of what is currently available in the Windows Store.
This is a simple note-taking app but beautifully rendered and with support for adding photos,
…continue reading Microsoft Project Austin: superb C++ code sample for Windows 8
I interviewed Corporate VP of Microsoft’s developer division Soma Somasegar at the Visual Studio 2012 launch last week; see the article on the Register here. I asked about the inconsistency of the Microsoft platform, and the way the platform story has changed over the years (Win32, .NET, WPF, Silverlight and now Windows Runtime). Can developers
…continue reading Platform churn? If it is in Windows 8, we are committed to it says Microsoft
Regular readers will recall that I wrote a simple blog reader for Windows 8, or rather adapted Microsoft’s sample. The details are here.
This is a Windows Store app – a description I am trying to get used to after being assured by Microsoft developer division Corp VP Soma Somasegar that this really is what
…continue reading Information Density in Metro, sorry Windows Store apps
During the Visual Studio 2012 launch last week I took the opportunity to ask Developer division Corp VP Soma Somasegar when Blend, Microsoft’s design tool for Visual Studio 2012, will be finished. A tricky question to answer, since there are multiple versions, as explained here:
Blend for Windows Store apps (HTML or XAML) is fully
…continue reading When will Blend, Microsoft’s Visual Studio design tool, be done? Not for a while says Soma Somasegar