Knowing Windows 10

Windows 10 has arrived. It would be free for a year for those who run Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.


The ultimate goal of Microsoft is to make Windows 10 the only operating system that powers all devices. Moreover, Continuum is the driving force behind this. Windows 10 determines when one is interacting with a mouse and keyboard or a touchscreen and would accordingly react. When using a keyboard and mouse, there would be standard Windows experience. If on a tablet, there would be full-screen applications and finger-friendly Start menu. Pop off the keyboard on a two-in-one device such as the Surface Pro3 and the interface would transform smoothly into a tablet mode.


The scenario on phones is as bit different, as there would be a Windows 10 Mobile. However, Microsoft has shown Windows Phones that change into PCs the moment a mouse and keyboard are being connected.



Microsoft wants users to purchase an application from the Windows Store once, and expect it to run on all devices. The universal applications would then adopt whatever form is right for the device that one is using, whether one is using a tablet or a personal computer. A taste of this could be seen with the Office suite of Microsoft, which is the full Office experience in a format that is appropriate for the device. Editing spreadsheets on a smart phone is not recommended but it works and one could have all Excel and PowerPoint and Word as well and the rest at one’s disposal.

Windows 10 brings about several truly surprising changes along with it, together with expected tweaks for relieving suffers of Windows 8 and attract more holdouts from previous versions. It’s available for preview, thus it would continue evolving in the months to come.



The Microsoft Holographic is a set of technologies that enables 3D hologram and imaging projection for Windows 10 applications. A live demo and video showed people wearing HoloLoens projection googles to interact with remote coworkers, explore a 3D projection of Mars and play a 3D version of Minecraft. Developers could use HoloStudio software for developing 3d apps. Nobody expected Microsoft to unveil 3d capabilities. Even though it appears first in niche apps, it definitely provides Windows a halo of innovation it has not had in a while.


Microsoft is making universal office applications that’s touch-friendly and run on all device. Future Windows tablets and Windows phones would come with pre-installed Office applications. All this is part of the bid of Microsoft to take back territory it has lost to the free productivity apps, namely Google Drive. What is now clear is how the universal applications would relate to Office 365 or the upcoming Office 2016 desktop software.


Cortana, the female-voiced, somehow sassy digital assistant that debuted in Windows Phone 8.1, would be part of Windows 10. Closely tied in with the Bing search and notifications features of the new OS, one is able to talk or type to acquire information via the personal computer. Of course, it is a work in progress, yet it is nice to see the highlight of Windows Phone arrive in Windows 10.


Windows 10 would have it both ways in terms of browser. It would ship both Spartan and Internet Explorer 11, the new, uncluttered browser, which Microsoft apparently develops to replace IE. However, keeping good old Explorer is Microsoft’s method of preventing wrenching changes that can alienate users.


Windows 10 would be great for gaming, with the debut of DirectX 12 API that promises closer-to-the-metal, faster gaming performance as well as greater efficiency. Windows 10 also includes a ‘game DVR’ mode for enabling recordings of the last thirty-seconds of play, all better for social gaming. Windows 10 would have a lot of new features for gamers, which include a DVR feature to record the last thirty seconds of play.


Windows 10 inherits a Secure Boot feature from Windows 8, making it much more secure. This requires any code running right when OS begins being signed by Microsoft or the maker of the hardware. Windows 8 and Windows 10 personal computers could be set up so the feature may not be bypassed. Three other security feature for Windows 10 include Microsoft Passport, Device Guard and Windows Hello.

Windows 10 has many beneficial changes that could truly boost user experience, whether on personal computers or phones.


Dot NET development could provide the right business technology very efficiently

The .NET platform is a major Windows component which supports building and running desktop applications and internet services. .NET development has become a very good venture for many software and web developers for years now. .NET also provides simple development and deployment as well as support for various programming and the management of an execution environment.

The framework has a class library that could be used in developing applications. It’s a great methodology that enables Microsoft to define the next business shift. Now, Microsoft offers more vision and influence on the shift compared to other vendors. The development of .NET also includes technologies such as ADO.NET, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and ASP.NET.

Developers of the Microsoft platform could enjoy several benefits. Businesses these days are looking towards their IT departments to justify their presence in the company and information technology could boost revenue or minimize the cost. For any business today, helping its information technology departments align their goals, it is necessary to choose the right technology to make and develop strategic apps. The .NET platform by Microsoft can effectively and efficiently do this. Before one determines and should understand the true advantages of developing solutions for the framework, it is important to comprehend the various application types that one could build with it.

Some of the apps that can be built with the platform include customer relationship management, websites, accounting applications, warehousing apps using hand-held devices or mobile phones, inventory/product apps, incorporating with online partners, XML web services, value chain and hand-held applications. It is composed of library of classes that are reusable, which are small components that help developers in building applications. Furthermore, it also comprises of a development environment so that developers could rapidly and graphically create apps.

Microsoft, as well as other vendors provides numerous sample codes, books, specialized components, articles and other resources to help the transition to the framework easy. .NET was considered as the future development of Microsoft and to this day has lived up to it despite the existence of other platforms and frameworks. In fact, the release of the MS Windows code called Longhorn was built upon the framework. This means that any investment in .NET will surely last many years. The functionality provided by the class library is available to all languages, which result to a consistent object model, regardless of what programming language a developer may use.

.NET additionally allows developers and system administrators to specify method level security and utilized industry-standard protocols. These include SOAP, XML, HTTP and TCP/IP to facilitate the distributed app communications. This way makes computing much secure because developers cooperate with network security devices instead of working on security limitations. The platform simplifies the process of development by distinguishing the app logic and presentation logic and making code maintenance much easier. Moreover, it makes it easier to deploy applications and take care of details of loading and finding the components and some application requirements even if different versions of the same application exist on a computer.

7 familiar Microsoft technologies you didn’t know Microsoft bought

Not many people are aware that some of the familiar technologies of Microsoft were actually bought by the organization. Check out seven of the familiar technologies that Microsoft has indeed bought.

The acquisition strategy of each and every company varies. Microsoft perform strategic, small acquisitions of companies that provide them what comes down to a piece or a component of the bigger puzzle. When Microsoft makes the strategic buys, it has handsomely paid off. While many may not realize it, some of the most-used products of Microsoft were bought out.


Microsoft is an US public multinational corporation, which is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company develops, licenses, manufactures and supports a range of products as well as services that are predominantly related to computing via its different product divisions. Microsoft was established on April 4, 1975 to create and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It grew to dominate the home computer systems. Furthermore, it also dominated the office suite market with Microsoft Office. Over the years, there are numerous technologies that people did not realize that Microsoft bought. Some of these familiar technologies include the following.

Microsoft Technologies


  1. MS DOS. When Intel introduced the 8086 processor, IBM planned don making a computer for it and contacted the creator of the CP/M OS originally, Gary Kidall. Kidall’s wife refused to sign an NDA with IBM to talk about a licensing deal, thus IBM turned to Microsoft. In turn, Microsoft bought the rights to the Quick-and-Dirty operating system, or the Q-Dos that was very CP/M-like. From Seattle Computer Products, Microsoft did not tell SCP regarding the IBM deal and has managed to convince IBM to allow it to market MS-DOS separate from the personal computer.
  2. FRONT PAGE. Nowadays, most people throw around HTML tags as if it’s nothing. However, back in the early days of the web, coding an HTML page was about as acrane to most people as C Programming. That is why, to get a jump on things, Microsoft bought FrontPage and the developer, Vermeer Technologies in the year 1996. Initially, it was bundled with Windows NT 4.0 Server that came with a web server named Internet Information Services 2.0-. Later, it would be added to the Microsoft Office lineup with Office 97 and renamed subsequently FrontPage Server Extensions. Microsoft stopped it in December 2006 but the replacement, Microsoft Expression was released a year earlier and was making headway as the preferred Web page editor.
  3. POWERPOINT. Designed originally for Macintosh under the name ‘Presenter; the software was renamed to PowerPoint because of a trademark issue. The developer, Robert Gaskins managed to release the three versions in short order before Microsoft called in August 1987 and bought it for $14 million. PowerPoint became the Graphics Business Unit of Microsoft and eventually became an integral part of Microsoft Office that first appeared in 1992.
  4. HOTMAIL. The purchase of Hotmail is another example of Microsoft jumpstarting its internet business. It was then rendered as HoTMail in 1997 and was bought for $400 million. It was one of the first web-based mail services, together with Yahoo Mail, which also was an acquisition. Microsoft renamed the service MSN Hotmail. It was surpassed by Google Mail and after falling to misuse and decay, Hotmail became a home for spammers in 2011. Microsoft whipped the service into shape, but the reputation was tarnished at that point. Additionally, Microsoft had a second mail service, Windows Live Mail, thus it merged Live Mail and Hotmail into a single new brand,
  5. VISIO. Visio showcases how life could be for an entrepreneur in the technology industry. During 1984, Jeremy Jaech and Dave Walter co-founded one of the first desktop publishing companies Aldus, inspired by Macintosh. Aldu’s PageMaker utilized Adobe PostScript technology and Adobe finally decided it required a DTP package and purchased Aldus in 1994. Before that in 1992, Jaech and Walter begun a new company that’s called Visio. Again, the concentrated on visual design on the screen in this case. Visio did flow visual diagrams, charting and layout designs. This time, Microsoft came to call and paid $1.5 billion in stock for Visio in the year 2001. Since then, Visio has become a part of Office.
  6. INTERNET EXPLORER. Initially, Microsoft had blown off the internet revolution during the early 90’s before Bill Gates came to his senses. After falling way behind in the browser competition, the company jumpstarted its efforts with the NCSA’s Mosaic browser license from Spyglass. The company got out of the NCSA to sell licenses for Mosaic. It turned out to be a deal that’s tangled, which cost Microsoft $10 million and providing Spyglass a look at the IE code for purposes of audit, which ended with IE7.
  7. GIANT ANTISPYWARE. Once upon a time, GIANT Antispyware was a competitor of Webroot in eliminating the new spyware software category, which, unlike viruses, hid on the computer and look for particular keystrokes, like the login and password to the online bank account. In 2004, Microsoft bought GIANT and renamed it Microsoft AntiSpyware before renaming to Windows Defender, a year later. Eventually, it would be superseded by Microsoft Security Essentials that broadened the coverage level and protection beyond simply spyware.

Microsoft has indeed stepped up its shopping habits in 2014. Through the years and at present, it does not show signs of slowing down.

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Visual Studio 2017 of Microsoft is refining the fundamentals with new features

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 refines the fundamentals with new features. It’s now a full 20-years since the Visual Studio software development product was first offered by Microsoft to the market. Still then, with Visual Studio 2017 new features and release, the focus is very much on how the company could provide refinements that are productivity-focused for programmers who would use it to build the applications that are used every day. The new release is an investment in various key areas, refining the fundamentals.

Now, with all the new features, one could build smarter applications fast. The new ones, like live dependency validation, help drive DevOps earlier in the development phase. Additionally, improvements to popular features, such as IntelliSense, code navigation, code fixes and refactoring save both effort and time, whatever the platform or language may be.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

What fundamental refinements could Microsoft make in the engine room? The Visual Studio 2017 download comes in the shape of enhancements to code navigation, which help developers around their own code structures and hopefully, create cleaner programs that work better. Check out several new features, such as the following.

  1. Perceive and fix bugs sooner. The whole test and debugging experience has been improved to help find and address issues earlier. Features, such as Exception Helpers, Live Unit Testing and Run to Click tighten the DevOps loop through minimizing risks in regression and exposing the root cause of new bugs right away.
  2. Cloud integration. It’s easier than ever to create and deploy services and apps to Microsoft Azure or cloud directly from the IDE. Built-in tools give comprehensive integration with all Azure, .NET Core apps, Docker containers, services and many more. The experience is so simple that one feels like working from inside the Azure datacenter. There are also new features that enable development teams to adopt modern DevOps practices easily and coordinate to react to changes in the market faster and continuously.
  3. Efficient collaboration. Mange team projects directly hosted by any provider, which include Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub or Team Foundation Server. Furthermore, one could also opt to use the new Open Any Folder feature to open and work with virtually any code file immediately with no need for a formal solution or project around it.
  4. Deliver quality mobile applications. The advanced debugging system of Xamarin, unite test generation features and profiling tools, it’s easier and faster than ever to create, connect and tune native mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows. Moreover, one could choose to develop mobile applications with Apache Cordova or create C++ cross platform libraries.
  5. Level up the language. Visual Studio continues investing in support for the current programming language features. Whether working with Visual Basic, C#, TypeScript, C++, F# or even third-party languages such as JavaScript. There is a first-class feature support across the whole development experience. Furthermore, in this regard, the company states that it has focused on sharpening code fixes, debugging and more, all stuff that’s particularly designed to help the app work properly and not to get overloaded, the security compromised or simply just crash.
  6. Polished VS 2017’s refactoring capabilities. Simply put, refactoring involves code changing in a non-functional manner so it could be more easily read and could be laid down with less complexity for future generations.
  7. IntelliSense technology. Microsoft makes much a lot of using its very own IntelliSense technology in the new 2017 version. IntelliSense is a technology, which in some ways works much like a text auto-complete function, which users could experience in a word processor or inside a smart phone application, while typing. IntelliSense is code-completion in a context-aware sense so it could hasten some coding activity as well as minimize typos and other common errors.

The DevOps notion has been widely discussed already. It’s the coming together of the Developer and Operations teams in name and in function. DevOps aims to stem the approach with a wholesomeness that is rarely found outside the spiritual self-help workgroup meetings, etc., and brings together the entire software app lifecycle. Ultimately, the result of the new Visual Studio 2017 is more automation intelligence. Also, Visual Studio for Mac Preview 4 forms part of the news this month in this scenario. Again, Microsoft aims to spread itself cross-platform to attract programmers of all sizes, shapes and preferences towards the fold to utilize its wider tool sets as well as cloud services.

Most of what Microsoft has done in refining the fundamentals has been focused on building the term that people use so much now when it comes to software ‘automation intelligence’, and more the ability to make things occur in an automated automatic format, which is based on defined needs and procedures that blocks of code, systems, apps and/or the other programmatic elements which connect to them require. In summary, Visual Studio 2017 is quite a refined refinement, fundamentally.

.NET Core, the future of Microsoft’s development platform

The future looks very bright for a .NET developer with the release of .NET Core. Being open source, .NET Core makes it possible to run on any platform.

A lot is happening in the Microsoft environment and the future looks very exciting for a .NET developer because of the .NET Core and ASP.NET Core introduction, which make it possible to run the framework on any platform. Times are also changing within Microsoft. They built the NET foundation and open sourced numerous projects.

.NET Core, the future of Microsoft’s development platform


NET Core is the new cross-platform implementation of Microsoft’s .NET. While .NET is not disappearing, .NET core is set to be future focus of development platform of Microsoft. Born upon the desire and need to have a modern runtime that’ s modular and whose libraries and features could be ‘cherry-picked’, the execution of .NET Core engine also is open source on GitHub.


There are three groups of developers or programmers that should evaluate how they work with .NET. These include the existing developers happy with their apps as-is, existing ones who want to move their apps to cross-platform and developers who are new to .NET. For existing developers of .NET who have been working with the framework for the past fifteen years, a switch to the .NET Core platform means allocating a huge number of familiar APIs as well as entire frameworks like WCF and WPF.

WCF is the best technology for building and consuming SOAP services, thus it’s a shame that it currently could be used only on Windows. WPF is used for building Windows desktop apps so that is not a surprise. Microsoft hinted that WFC could be included in future .NET Core versions. If existing developers have to continue using technologies like WVD, then they must be aware that they should continue to use Windows as host operating system. For those who are new to .NET, the best thing to do is to learn .NET Core first, evaluate it and determine if it could provide the platform one needs. If it could not, then it is best to check out the .NET framework.

Even though .NET Core has not fully matured yet, it holds plenty of exciting features. First, it enables a developer to run apps on Mac and Linux. It is modular, meaning that it is stripped for most libraries and frameworks.


.NET Core 1.0 do not support the making of desktop apps for Windows and other platforms like Linux. For a cross-platform development, it only supports web apps and services through ASP.NET Core as well as command line apps. Moreover, .NET Core also supports Universal Windows Platform applications which are cross-device but are limited to Microsoft Windows 10 platforms that include HoloLens and Xbox One. For a cross-platform development, consider using Xamarin. It is based on the Mono project and not on .NET Core. It’s likely that Microsoft would slowly merge Xamarin and .NET Core so that in a few years’ time it would have a single .NET Core 2.0 supporting cross-platform mobile and web development.


.NET is not going away, but now it’s apparent that the focus of the company is on .NET Core as the future of its development platform. .NET goes back a long way, which was first announced in Europe in 2000. During that time, it was seen as a defensive move against Java by Sun, which threatened Windows due to its cross-platform capability along with a programming language that was more productive and easier than C or C++.


The following are the key foundational improvements with .NET Core.

  1. Build and run cross-platform ASP.NET applications on Mac, Windows and Linux.
  2. New tooling which simplifies modern web development.
  3. Single aligned web stack for Web APIs and Web UI.
  4. Built on .NET Core that supports genuine side-by-side application versioning.
  5. Built-in support for dependency injection.
  6. Environment-based configuration that is cloud-ready.
  7. Ability of hosting on IIS or self-host in one’s own process.
  8. Tag Helpers that makes Razor markup much natural with HTML.

The mature and enhanced functionalities would feel very familiar and help with modern website development.

The world is moving towards a future that is more platform independent and it has never been more exciting for .NET developers than it is today. These days, .NET apps could be developed directly from OS X, with no need to open up Parallels. Moving forward, .NET Core, NET Framework and Xamarin are all integral products that would continue to evolve for Windows, cross-platform cloud and cross-platform mobile.

.NET and ASP.NET would continue to be relevant for existing workloads. .NET     Core applications would share new common capabilities in the future.