windows development

Windows XP to Be Discontinued

In just over 24 months, Microsoft will discontinue support of the Windows XP operating system. In a recent post on the , Stephen L. Rose reminded us all of the short amount of time remaining in the XP life span. There, you will also find tools and tips on planning your company’s migration from XP to Windows 7. For the everyday user, Windows XP has already been almost entirely replaced by Windows 7, but the extended support for commercial customers ends in 2014. At that point, there will no longer be any patches or updates coming from Microsoft. This will be the cue for malware writers to speed up production on viruses aimed at the soon to be derelict OS. Windows had previously extended support for XP once before, but the likelihood of that happening again is very small. Recommendations coming from Microsoft professionals strongly suggest that the time to …

Windows 8 and the Future of .NET

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is definitely going to include more support for HTML and JavaScript. Official press releases coming out of Microsoft regarding Windows 8 development include little mention of the role .NET technologies will play in the future of the operating system and, by extension, Microsoft itself. It feels like .NET might be under threat of slipping into irrelevance. Some may believe this as fact, but that outcome is definitely not a predetermined foregone conclusion. Microsoft’s decision to include more integration and support for HTML and JavaScript is not the same as ignoring .NET developers and the skills they’ve acquired and put to use working to develop efficient software solutions for businesses.
Microsoft will keep .NET developers relevant thanks to their long-term investment in the cloud computing platform, Azure. The Microsoft cloud computing service is deeply integrated with .NET technologies so developers should remain in demand as Microsoft …

Windows 8 Impacts Mobile Market

Smartphones and tablets are already commonplace in the daily lives of most individuals. Thanks in some part to the trend of offices adopting smartphone and tablets at such an astounding rate. The iPhone and iPad have a clear advantage over other devices by virtue of their overwhelming current market share. Windows is associated much more often with desktop machines rather than mobile computing. Microsoft aims to make the Windows 8 operating system, which will be available across many devices from many manufactures, the new mobile market leader. Windows 8 consumer previewer’s report that it works very well on desktops but it is designed to operate optimally on touch interface devices. The Metro style interface which debuted on Microsoft’s mobile OS, Windows Phone, gets updated and upgraded with Windows 8. Using tiles capable of displaying real-time information, instead of icons allows users to access to data at a glance. If more …

Windows Mobile Development Shifts Focus Back to Corporate

Although Microsoft leads in terms of computer software, its late entry in the mobile industry will perhaps never let it achieve the desired position, that of Apple. Imagine you own Windows; would you ever try to follow Apple to gain similar prosperity? The wise answer would be, No. Today Apple has mastered the technique of developing sleek interfaces and user-friendly features for smart phone users. By the time you reach even close to Apple, it would have moved to the next level. Does this mean that Windows phone has no scope of winning consumers?
Windows need exclusivity. We all know what it is best at, creating corporate apps. That’s where we see a scope for Windows’ success. Today many people in important occupations prefer smart phones as it allows them to perform business operations on the go. However, incorporating core business applications in smart phone requires a high level of …

Tips for Hiring Developers for Windows Phone 7 Application Development

Windows Phone 7 is a harbinger of change. It symbolizes a change of stance by Microsoft. While the early mobile phones (known as Windows Mobile) that were based on Windows Operating system were more like handheld computers, this new phone is more smartphone than a mini-computer that can make calls. Windows fans have been waiting for this phone since a long time. Needless to say, Windows Phone 7 application development is bound to be a big thing.
Although the market has been dominated by iPhone and android, the very fact that Microsoft has worked hard to create a phone that fits the category of popular smartphones shows that company is eager to make a dent in the smart mobile market. Microsoft has a history of entering established markets and making its place through sheer determination and persistence.
Windows Phone application development has tremendous potential, and businesses that create apps for …