Project Siena

Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants, and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes. Building Siena apps is as easy as editing a…

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TFS and VS 2013 Released

2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases especially around the developer tool sets. Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) have been substantially updated and both pack a lot of functionality into their latest incarnations. Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 for all the details. Download Visual Studio…

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Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…

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Build 2013 Developer Conference

I can’t believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself registered on April 2 for three days of…

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Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…

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Windows 8 Launches to the World

I’ve spoken to a few people here at Microsoft who were around during the Windows 95 launch and they say that the excitement around Windows 8 is similar if not greater than that launch. I wholeheartedly agree as the “buzz” is amazing. That really is an incredible accomplishment when you think of the impact that Windows 95…

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Apps, Apps and More Apps

It’s no secret that to have a viable mobile platform there needs to be not only a good foundational operating system but more importantly applications to add to it. While the Windows Phone is a great platform, clearly it needs developers to build applications that enterprise customers want as well as what the consumer market…

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Hyper-V on Windows 8

Virtualization was for a long time considered a technology closely associated with enterprises that needed to maximize their hardware investment. Those benefits that come with virtualizing an operating system (OS)/applications weren’t exclusive to big businesses and as such the technology trickled down to consumers who also had a need to use it. I was an avid…

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A Sea of Change

Momentum is a fickle friend. When you have it you don’t want to lose it and when you don’t have it you’ll give almost anything to get it. I’d say Microsoft has the momentum because wow, what a week this is shaping up to be. First, Windows 8 releases to manufacturing (RTM), then Visual Studio…

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Build Conference 2012

In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “Thinking About Developer Events.” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington from October 30th through November 2nd. If BUILD 2012 is anything like BUILD 2011,…

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