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.
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.
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.
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.
Google breaks with Webkit and starts a competitor rendering engine Blink and the main reason is that they don’t want to be controlled by Apple what goes into the engine or not. Opera also annouced they will start using this engine. I think this started when Apple did throw out Google from IOS 6, now they throw out Apple from a free ride to browser rendering.
Checkout the developer Q&A
Another big news today was the that Firefox and Samsung is developing their own nextgen rendering engine Servo. Samsung announced earlier that they are going to switch focus from Android to their own smartphone OS Bada, I think that will be difficult for Samsung, look at HP and Web OS.
Facebook also announced an Android facebook takeover application that will take over your phone with Home. It will replace homescreen, dialer and messaging app in your android phone with Facebook Home.
I got an idea about how to improve the calendar integration in traveler.
Unfortunatly the idea will only work for the Android version because I don’t think you can control the phone in IOS.
The idea is that you could control settings in the phone using the calendar, this isn’t anything new if we are talking about you office phone but on your mobile phone and the change is not done in the switch board.
What am I talking about then, in an Calendar appointment you setup a profile/Category i.e “quite meeting”
In your traveler client in the mobile phone you can specify your own profiles and you can get predefined profiles from the traveler server. when a meeting ocurr and you have a corresponding profile the settings for this profile apply to your phone i.e go to flightmode, Turn off ringtone, perhaps activate wifi.
Then you can control alot off cool stuff using your calendar. And the profile in the phone specifies what should happened when the meeting starts and what should happens when it ends.