Eight Reasons C# is the Best Language for Mobile Development

The statisticians behind the Popularity of Programming Languages (PYPL) index have named C# the language of the year for 2012. Their data shows that C# popularity grew by 2.3 percent in 2012, more than any other programming language during the same period. What accounts for the growth of C# in 2012? Well, the launch of…


Just Released: Windows Phone 7 Guidance – patterns & practices

Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the release of: A case study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications Building Testable Windows Phone Applications Developing a Windows Phone Application using the MVVM Pattern Resources: >> Go to Patterns & Practices: Windows Phone Guidance Home on MSDN >> On Codeplex: http://wp7guide.codeplex.com


Silverlight 5 Released

Silverlight 5 has been released. Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices. Download Silverlight 5, a free plug-in less than 7 MB in size that…


Kinect for Windows Is Live

The new website is now live: http://www.kinectforwindows.org



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Target Multiple GPU Architectures with New C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism

S Somasegar, Developer Division Senior Vice President, announced C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (C++ AMP) that helps you target graphics hardware from all the major hardware vendors. The idea is to provide a way you can build out your software on massively parallel to include both GPU and APUs. Soma also announced Microsoft’s intent to make…


Kinect SDK Beta Released for Windows

Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research has been released today! The Kinect for Windows SDK can be downloaded today at no cost for development of noncommercial applications at http://research.microsoft.com/kinectsdk. The SDK is a programming toolkit for application developers that enables the academic and enthusiast communities easy access to the capabilities offered…


Debugger Canvas – VS.NET 2010 Extension

Debugger Canvas is a new user experience for stepping through code in the debugger in Visual Studio Ultimate. It displays the code of each of the methods you step into on a canvas with call lines between them, helping you keep track of the bigger picture as well as the details. Debugger Canvas is a…


Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

A new toolkit helps you join Windows Phone applications with Windows Azure.Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 helps ease the building Windows Phone 7 applications that use services running on Windows Azure. The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage…


Visual Studio 2010 SP1

It’s here! VS 2010 SP1 and TFS 2010 SP1 have shipped and that the Team Foundation Server Project Server Integration Feature Pack is now available for MSDN subscribers. New features improve several areas, including IntelliTrace, unit testing, and Silverlight profiling. The announcements were made by S Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, in his blog…