Create cross-device experiences with the Project Rome SDK for Android

  Get it here. Program Manager Carmen Forsmann explains: Project Rome is a platform for creating experiences that transcend a single device and driving up user engagement – empowering a developer to create human-centric scenarios that move with the user and blur the lines between their devices regardless of form factor or platform. Today, we…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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DirectX 12 announced: Get the deets here

  Matt Sandy dishes on DirectX 12. It’s gonna rock. DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX.  Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we’ve redesigned it to be faster and more efficient than ever before.  Direct3D 12…

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Weathr, a 3D weather app: code sample in C++, DirectX, and XAML

Thomas Petchel knocked this out in his spare time: While working on the Hilo C++ project, I really wanted to further explore the intersection among C++, DirectX, and XAML in the context of a Windows Store app. A 3D weather app seemed novel (I’ve never seen one before) yet doable (arguably easier to implement than…

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First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box opens,…

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