Welcoming the Xamarin team to Microsoft

As part of this commitment I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for mobile app development. In conjunction with Visual Studio, Xamarin provides a rich mobile development offering that enables developers to build mobile apps using C# and deliver fully native mobile app experiences……


Game Dev Show 01 – Which language should I program my game in?

  Hello and welcome to the first episode of the Game Dev Show, I’m @DaveVoyles. Throughout this series we’ll have several Microsoft Technical Evangelists, as well as some guests, to introduce you to the concepts behind game development from a number of angles, including the programming, art, and business aspects of game production. Every Wednesday……


What is a Technical Evangelist?

I get asked this question pretty often, and I usually respond with “A developer who talks to developers”, but this recent interview between John Shewchuk and Business Insider explains it pretty well. The Developer Experience team is intended to be the company’s public face among the techie set, parachuting in to help customers and partners with whatever……


Sponza, the new WebGL demo from BabylonJS

Whenever I hear developers say “The web is slow” I think of the experiences others have crafted from WebGL, the graphics API available to the browser. Several developers from Microsoft started the open source WebGL framework, BabylonJS, several years ago and continue to build on it now. On this page you’ll find their latest experience. ……


Creating and debugging hosted web apps with ManifoldJS and VorlonJS

What problem do these two things solve? ManifoldJS aims to make the life of a mobile developer easier than ever, by utilizing  Web App Manifests,  which allowing websites to declare app-like properties. ManifoldJS uses that standard for those platforms that support it, but falls back to Cordova for those who don’t. Cordova is great, but the……


Interview with Chris Charla from ID@Xbox, LevelUp on Channel9

  Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, discusses independent development on Xbox One and Windows 10. [00:57] – Who is Chris Charla [03:25] – What is ID@Xbox and how does it work? [04:58] – Windows 10 and the Universal App Platform [08:35] – Why be a part of ID@Xbox on Windows 10? [10:17] – What’s the……


Links from the latest newsletters

In the past, I’ve been posting that week’s newsletter on here nearly immediately after it went out to your emails. What I’ve decided to do recently was send out the newsletter every TWO weeks instead of each week, and now post this once a month, thereby combining the newsletters. I have had a nice couple……


Submitting feature requests through the Windows Feedback tool

While looking to request a feature for our Edge browser, I was pointed towards the Windows Feedback tool, which is build into Windows 10. You can get to it by searching for “Feedback” in your windows applications on the start screen. Specifically, I wanted to request the ability to mute individual tabs in Edge, as……


Share your HoloLens app ideas

Starting today, Tuesday December 1st, we’re inviting developers to suggest ideas for apps they want to see on HoloLens. Microsoft will develop the community’s favorite idea into an open source sample. The campaign runs in three parts: •      Idea Submission. December 1st-January 11th. Anyone can visit http://hololens.com/shareyouridea to suggest ideas and vote on ideas they……


Recap of Connect() announcements, from Shahed Chowdhuri

My peer in DC, Shahed Chowdhuri, put together a great recap of yesterday’s Connect() event. Recap of Connect() announcements: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/11/18/news-and-announcements-from-connect-2015.aspx   TL;DR:   Visual Studio Code beta release, Added extensibility support, open source project .NET Core 5 RC and ASP.NET 5 RC with Go-Live license, can start using it in production Visual Studio Online is……