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What happens in enemy camp: Microsoft Build 2014

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Microsoft developer conference Build was at Moscow center this week. Microsoft new CEO Satya Nadella talked about that Microsoft will be the developers best friend, well we will see about this. They also talked a lot about Internet of Things or to be exact Windows for Things. Windows in your car, your tv and all your other machines. It’s probably only is the multimedia system so we can be calm, no blue screen on the highway. If you want to know more this is the session to view 

Windows phone is free for phone manufactures to meet up the competition from Android and IOS. Microsoft also released version 8.1 with a brand new virtual assistant Cortana to compete with Siri and Google Now. It had alot more news see the Day one keynote to see them all.

Checkout the Day 1 Keynote here and Day 2 keynote here or this video about Cortana

The race against Mobile domination is not over yet and if you have counted out Microsoft you are probably wrong. This is the company that thought internet wasn’t anything for the future and a couple years later they has 90% of the web browser market and almost killed all competition. I’m not saying that they can do this again but moving up and getting 30% of the market is not unrealistic.

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A new native mobile development framework Xamarin was shown. It enables you write the mobile apps in c# and publish them for Windows Phone, IOS and Android. Interesting is that Xamarin enables you to build and test applications for all three platforms on Windows.

Xamarin can be found here

Microsoft also showed of a new element framework called WinJS that will get multi browser support. check it out try.buildwinjs.com

I don’t think that this is tools new but anyway, the development environment Visual Studio is available thru Microsoft Azure as an online service. There is a session about that  Getting Started with Visual Studio Online if you want to know more. 

This was some info on the things I’ve found about the Build dev conference, if you have some more info perhaps you where there, please add a comment.

1 Comments.

  1. Patrick Kwinten

    Nothing exceptional. Some freebies.

    Sounds Microsoft is the new IBM.