What is all this hype about "big" Microsoft announcements at the 2015 Microsoft Build Conference? The rumors are running rampant about big announcements that will shock the application development world--rampant within the Web community and rampant within the walls of Microsoft. I cannot remember a more anticipated keynote or conference.
Microsoft revealed last week that there are over 16 million Win32 and .Net desktop applications for Windows. Project Centennial is an effort to allow developers to move those applications into the Universal Windows Platform with minimal work so they can be used across all Windows 10 devices....More
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the developer division at Microsoft, with a slew of releases and updates. And good times for developers who use Microsoft tools and technologies as well. I don’t think I can remember a time when so much has happened so quickly, at least not since the initial release of the .NET Framework. Microsoft made a lot of the announcements and releases during their Connect() 2015 online conference, but some have happened since then. Don Kiely takes a high-level look at what's been going on....More
Microsoft has recently started using Windows Update as a marketing vehicle to try to coerce users to upgrade to Windows 10, years before the end of life for Windows 7 and 8.1. They've even gone so far as to recommend turning off automatic updates if you don't want the new version. In this open letter to Microsoft, Don Kiely expresses his frustration with what Windows Update has turned into, and asks for a return to the reliability and trustworthiness of Windows Update....More
At the Microsoft Build 2015 Conference Microsoft finally unveiled the results of all the hard work over the past several years to show the world the awesome engineering going on behind the scenes. Very few people really understand the magnitude of what Microsoft achieved in fully modernizing Windows without completely breaking it. This is like doing a tune-up on your car while cruising on the highway, in full traffic. It can be done, but it has to be planned and executed very, very carefully....More