Unsurprisingly, Microsoft Is Bullish About Developer Reaction To Its New Tools

This morning Microsoft announced a grip of new developer tools and other goodies at its Build conference in San Francisco. Crowd reaction during the lengthy keynote appeared to be mostly friendly to t

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Online Comes Out Of Preview, Gets A 99.9% Uptime SLA

Last November, Microsoft launched Visual Studio Online, formerly known as Team Foundation Service, in preview. Today, at its Build developer conference in San Francisco, the company announced the gen

Microsoft Extends Its .NET Framework With New Compiler Platform And Language Features

At its Build developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced a slew of new features for its .NET platform. With over 1.8 billion installs and 6 million professional developers, .NET -

Microsoft Previews New Azure Portal, Integrates Visual Studio Online And Basic Code Editor

Microsoft today previewed its new Azure Portal, which will replace its current Azure management portal over time. This is more than just a redesign. It’s meant to make life for developers quite

Microsoft’s Azure SQL Can Now Store Up To 500GB, Gets 99.95% SLA And Adds Self-Service Recovery

As part of its larger updates to Azure today, Microsoft announced that SQL databases on the service, available later this month in the premium tier, will be able to store up to 500GB of data. Until n

Microsoft Launches .NET Foundation To Foster The .NET Open Source Ecosystem

At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft today announced the launch of the .NET Foundation. This new independent foundation around the .NET framework, which forms the core of Micr

Microsoft Updates Azure With Deeper Visual Studio Integration, Puppet And Chef Support

Microsoft today announced a slew of new features for its Azure cloud computing service at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. Scott Guthrie announced that Azure users will now be able to

Microsoft Updates IE11 With Enterprise Mode On Desktop, Reading And Data-Saving Modes On Mobile

As part of its Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft today also announced an update to its Internet Explorer 11 browser. While the changes on the desktop are mostly about enterprise users, the F12 developer t

Parsing Free Windows

Just what the hell is Microsoft doing making Windows free for small tablets and smartphones? Buying market share. By cutting the cost of Windows for smartphones, Microsoft is sweetening its pitch t

Nokia Announces Three New Lumia Phones: Two Cheap, One Not-So-Cheap

Microsoft is just cramming this first day of its Build conference with news. New Windows 8.1! Royalty-free Windows for phone makers! The return of the start menu! And now? Not one, not two, but thr

Microsoft Updates Visual Studio With Support For Universal Projects, TypeScript 1.0 And .NET Native Code Compilation

At its Build developers conference today, Microsoft announced the launch of the first release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. While this may sound like a minor update, it's actually a big st

A Closer Look At Windows 8.1 Update 1

As TechCrunch previously reported, Microsoft today detailed Windows 8.1 Update 1, announcing that starting April 8th, the new code will begin to roll out to the operating system's users around the wor

Microsoft Will Soon Bring Back The Start Menu In Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson today announced that Microsoft is “all-in” with the desktop. Indeed, while he wasn’t quite ready to announce Windows 9, he did show off how Windows 8.

Universal App System Headed To Microsoft Xbox

This morning Microsoft announced a new "universal" application method that would allow apps to be built for both Windows and Windows Phone. The goal here is to write code once, and then almost deploy

Microsoft Demos Its Touch-Focused Office Suite For Windows

This morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off the coming touch-friendly build of its Office suite coming for the Windows platform. The software, Microsoft assur

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 Update 1

As expected, Microsoft showed off Windows 8.1 Update 1 today at its Build developer conference. The raft of tweaks and new features for Microsoft's premier platform are built to help the operating sys

Microsoft Announces Its Cortana Personal Assistant For Windows Phone 8.1, Powered By Bing

At its Build developer event in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the launch of its oft-rumored voice-driven Cortana personal assistant. Cortana, which seems to have some of Siri's humor, gets

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 With New Action Center, Cortana, Start Screen Improvements

As expected, Microsoft debuted the Windows Phone 8.1 update, previously internally known as “blue,” this morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. The software will roll

Watch Microsoft’s Build 2014 Keynote Here

Microsoft is kicking off its Build developer conference today. This is the second year in a row Microsoft has hosted this event in San Francisco. Last year, all eyes were on Windows 8.1, and this year