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…


Edward Tufte is coming to town

At least, if you live in Denver, Seattle, or Portland. The famous data-visualization guru is teaching a one-day class that costs $420. One wonders if this number has additional significance. Denver: July 22nd Seattle: July 25th and 26th Portland: July 28th The class promises: A new, widely-adopted method for presentations: meetings are smarter, more effective,…


Going cross-platform with Visual Studio and Xamarin

Xamarin is Microsoft’s most exciting acquisition since Skype and Acompli. (Okay, LinkedIn is pretty exciting, too.) Now you can create iOS and Android apps by using Microsoft’s C#/XAML stack and shared portable class libraries. Xamarin’s great framework used to be pretty pricey ($1,000/year license for VS integration), but now it’s free. In this MVA video,…


Remote Desktop for Windows 10 exits preview, now available as a UWP app

  Remote Desktop may be my favorite Windows Store app, and now it’s generally available for Windows 10 devices as a UWP app. If you’ve been running the Windows 8.1 version, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it automatically updates the next time the Store updates your installed apps. With Remote Desktop for Window 10, you…