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  • Need to Know: Universal Windows Platform

    Need to Know: Universal Windows Platform

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    With Windows 10, Microsoft is touting a theme of “One Windows” in which previously separate Windows-based platforms that run on PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One and other devices are all unified into a single platform. And a key part of this strategy is the Universal Windows Platform, which will let developers create apps that run […]

    Now Available: First Full Release of the Microsoft Band SDK

    Now Available: First Full Release of the Microsoft Band SDK

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    Today, Microsoft announced the availability of the first full release of its Microsoft Band SDK, enabling developers to create their own tiles in the wearable’s UI using icons, text, buttons, barcodes and other elements. This release follows a February beta SDK which provided some foundational capabilities such as access to Band’s sensors. “Part of what […]

    Live from San Francisco: Build 2015

    Live from San Francisco: Build 2015

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    I’m in San Francisco for Build 2015 and have a busy week planned. Here’s how you can keep up to date on what’s happening at the show, including my live coverage of today’s epic keynote, a Thursday meetup, and a live recording of Windows Weekly on Friday. Build keynote The Build keynote is scheduled for […]

    Windows + Android?

    Windows + Android?

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    Microsoft will most likely announce this week that it will enable customers to run Android apps on their Windows 10 phones, tablets and PCs. The timing ostensibly makes sense, as the software giant’s Build conference, held this week in San Francisco, targets developers. But I wonder what message this change will send to developers and […]

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    One Windows, Multiple Form Factors

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    With Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing the notion of “One Windows,” where previously separate OS versions on different types of devices are now converging into a single platform. This visions is part hype and part reality. But I think a better explanation of what’s happening is that Microsoft is simply continuing to evolve the underlying […]

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    Xbox @ Game Developers Conference 2015

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    Appearing today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced a number of details of interest to gamers that wish to target both Xbox and Windows 10. Here’s what Mr. Spencer announced. (I’m leaving out information we already knew about, like the universal app platform.) Xbox Live SDK […]