Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK now available – Submit your desktop apps to the Windows Store by using Centennial bridge

Download here: Anniversary Update SDK. Lots of good stuff here, including improvements to Ink, Cortana APIs, and Hello. The big news is the cross-platform story: Desktop Bridge (Project Centennial): The millions of developers using Win32 and .NET to build desktop apps can now get access to the benefits of the Universal Windows Platform and the…


HoloLens Commercial Suite debuts – Dev kit now available in Canada and U.S.

I worked on HoloLens for two years and can assure you that it’s amazing. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, businesses can get the Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite, which adds a lot of nice new features: Kiosk mode: Limit which apps run on the device, to enable demo or showcase experiences. Mobile Device Management (MDM)…


Node.js Tools 1.2 for Visual Studio 2015 available

  Download: Node.js Tools 1.2. The Visual Studio Engineering Team has announced the latest version of the Node.js Tools for Visual Studio (NTVS). Having used NTVS for developing an internal publishing tool, I can strongly recommend it for all of your Node.js needs. What do you get in the latest update? Sara Itani provides details:…


Office brings Focused Inbox to all versions of Outlook – Clutter folder to be retired

If you’re on Android or iOS, you may have noticed that Outlook has a neat feature, named “Focused Inbox”. I find it to be very handy, and now it’s coming to all versions of Outlook, including desktop and web. Here’s the word from the Office team: Focused Inbox was first released on Outlook for iOS…


Code in new languages and get the full social programming experience with Exercism

As part of my new job, I’ve been exploring how modern devs learn new skills. Traditionally, you would pick up a dead-trees form factor and page through it, maybe install the sample code from a CD or a web site, and tinker with the platform until you felt like you wouldn’t sound like an idiot…


Microsoft Professional Degree: Data Science

Alison Cunard announces the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program, which she describes like this: The first program of its kind to offer employer-endorsed, university-caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage of their career. MPD is a Microsoft-led initiative, built on the Open edX on Azure platform, providing professionals with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience to…


More Personal Computing: Deep dive into the FamilyNotes sample app

Before I moved to DX, I worked on a great team of content developers, and we created the FamilyNotes sample app (FamilyNotes sample at GitHub) to show how to use unique features of the Windows 10 platform, like face recognition, speech, ink, and voice commands. Create and present “sticky notes” for everyone in the family….


Announcing .NET Core 1.0 for OS X, Linux, and Windows

Here’s the most exciting news in cross-platform development since Microsoft acquired Xamarin: .NET Core 1.0: We are excited to announce the release of .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X, and Linux! .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET platform for creating modern…


Intro to DevOps: New certificate class at edX

Enroll here: Introduction to DevOps. You may have heard that the cool kids are adopting a new software methodology, named “DevOps”: DevOps is the union of people, process and products to enable the continuous delivery of value to end users. It aims to create a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can…


Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is available

Download: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. New and improved features: Tools for Apache Cordova Developer Analytics Tools Debugging and Diagnostics Visual Studio IDE Tools for Universal Windows apps Architecture Tools Visual C++ Node.js Tools for Visual Studio Web Developer Tools TypeScript C# and Visual Basic Team Explorer Xamarin My favorite new feature may be the…