build2013

  • Microsoft Adds Auto Scaling To Windows Azure

    Microsoft Adds Auto Scaling To Windows Azure

    At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it is adding auto scaling for web apps to its Azure cloud-computing platform. This will allow developers to dynamically scale their cloud server capacity on Azure automatically as needed. Users can, of course, set a maximum and minimum number of servers to run at any given time. Enabling this feature just takes a few clicks in… Read More

  • Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services Now Generally Available

    Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services Now Generally Available

    Microsoft has announced general availability of Windows Azure Web Site and Mobile Service, accentuating the emphasis on development using the Azure cloud service. According to Microsoft, Windows Azure Web Site¬†allows customers to build scalable websites on Windows Azure. Windows Azure Web Site uses the languages and open source apps of a customer’s choice and supports deployment with… Read More

  • Microsoft Adds Bootstrap Support To Visual Studio 2013

    Microsoft Adds Bootstrap Support To Visual Studio 2013

    At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it has added support for Bootstrap, the popular framework for responsive websites that was launched out of Twitter in 2011. Visual Studio 2013’s project templates will use Bootstrap by default when you want to build a web app in Microsoft’s ASP.NET now. If you were already tired of seeing too many Bootstrap-based… Read More

  • Windows Azure Now Stores 8.5 Trillion Data Objects, Manages 900K Transactions Per Second

    Windows Azure Now Stores 8.5 Trillion Data Objects, Manages 900K Transactions Per Second

    Microsoft announced at the Build conference today that Windows Azure now has 8.5 trillion objects stored on its infrastructure. The company also announced the following: Customers do 900,000 storage transactions per second. The service is doubling its compute and storage every six months. 3.2 million organizations have Active Directory accounts with 68 million users. More than 50 percent of… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms IE11 Will Support Google’s SPDY Protocol

    Microsoft Confirms IE11 Will Support Google’s SPDY Protocol

    In a press briefing this afternoon, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 11 will support SPDY, the Google-backed protocol for speeding up download speeds for web sites. Microsoft only briefly talked about this in its briefing and didn’t even mention it in its announcement, but this is actually a major step for SPDY, which is now supported in all of the mainstream browsers. Read More

  • Windows 8.1’s Start Button Isn’t A Start Button

    Windows 8.1’s Start Button Isn’t A Start Button

    The headlines are loud and clear today. Microsoft brings back the Start Button in Windows 8! Huzzah! ZONG! But don’t believe the hype. We’ve been duped. Windows 8.1’s Start Button isn’t the Start Button of old. The classic multi-step application launcher is still missing. Windows 8.1’s Start Button is more of a shortcut to the Start Menu — you know, the… Read More

  • New Microsoft Visual Studio Features Show Importance Of  Windows Azure, Developing For Connected Devices

    New Microsoft Visual Studio Features Show Importance Of Windows Azure, Developing For Connected Devices

    Microsoft showed the new Visual Studio 2013 at the Build conference today. The new integrated development environment (IDE) features include performance tools for power consumption, asynchronous calls for debugging and an overall focus on the connected app. Read More

  • Microsoft Opens Up Bing As A Platform For Developers

    Microsoft Opens Up Bing As A Platform For Developers

    At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft announced that it is opening up quite a bit of Bing‘s advanced functionality to developers. As Microsoft corporate VP Gurdeep Singh Pall noted, developers are already using Bing APIs, of course, but apps can now use Bing’s entities and knowledge, natural user interfaces, optical character recognition and new mapping and… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Bring 3D Imagery To Bing Maps For Windows 8.1, Will Launch With 100 Cities

    Microsoft Will Bring 3D Imagery To Bing Maps For Windows 8.1, Will Launch With 100 Cities

    Microsoft just announced that the Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 will offer 3D imagery, just like Google Maps and Apple Maps. This previously unannounced feature, Microsoft’s corporate VP Gurdeep Singh Pall said while demonstrating some new capabilities of Bing for developers, will launch with Windows 8.1, though it’s not in the preview version yet. Microsoft, he said, developed its… Read More