Visual Studio Code 1.4 released with improvements

Visual Studio Code 1.4 recently released, is a new type of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. Code provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools. Visual Studio Code 1.4 Highlights Workbench: Editor actions such as Open Preview and Switch to Changes View are back on the title bar. IME and Copy/Paste support in the Integrated Terminal.

Skype 1.3 Alpha released with few improvements

Skype 1.3 Alpha recently released, comes with it a couple of few improvements and bug fixes to give the app a much needed stable user experience. One notable improvement in this update is the fixing of the logout function from the menu now working consistently. As commented by a user, this latest update gives you nice sound quality including video calls. Highlights of Skype 1.3 Alpha Changelog Instead of being hidden, the menu items are now disabled when you’re not signed in.

Visual C++ 1.0.2 for Linux Development released

Visual C++ 1.0.2 for Linux Development just released today, is the latest extension developed by Microsoft that lets you roll C++ code for Linux servers, desktops and devices. With this extension you can author C++ code for Linux servers, desktops and devices. You can manage your connections to these machines from within VS. VS will automatically copy and remote build your sources and can launch your application with the debugger. The project system supports targeting specific architectures, including ARM.

Age of Empires: World Domination RTS Game Released on Android and iOS

The all-time favorite Age of Empires real-time strategy series with over 20 million copies sold worldwide can now be played on your smartphone. Dominate the world in this next generation mobile Real Time Strategy game. Engage in real-time battles with legendary heroes Choose from the many Civilizations of the world and relive epic battles from history Recreate history by creating and evolving your very own Empire! …all with simple, intutive gameplay optimized just for mobile!

Mozilla Firefox 64-Bit Scheduled to Support Microsoft Silverlight

According to recent posts online, Mozilla Firefox 64bit is likely to see Microsoft Silverlight integrated into one of its upcoming release in near future – date and version yet unknown. Based on speculation, Silverlight would be available on Mozilla Firefox 44 which is currently in Dev stage. At least for a while as Mozilla still plans on deprecating Silverlight support sometime in the future (much as Google and Microsoft already have).

Microsoft Launches AppComparison to Tell Which Apps Are Also on Windows Phone

Microsoft has just launched a new application for Android devices called AppComparison, but this time, it’s not an exclusive tool that could make Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile users angry. The company has decided to go for a tool that’s supposed to ease the transition from Android to Windows Phone, most likely because they expect more people to give a shot to their platform now that Windows 10 Mobile is just around the corner.

Visual Studio Code now supports debugging Linux apps and its now open source

Microsoft had just announced during the Connect(); 2015 developer event on November 18, 2015, that its Visual Studio Code Integrated Development Environment software is now open source. The Visual Studio code which is a web-focused IDE based on Atom, and not the full-blown Visual Studio IDE is now available on GitHub. The cross-platform web and cloud development code editor (IDE) now distributed for free as an open-source application, is licensed under the MIT license for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and, of course, Microsoft Windows.

Halo 5: Guardians Battle Of Shadow And Light Update released

Halo 5: Guardians Battle Of Shadow and Light update, the first drop of free content goodness for Halo 5: Guardians, is now available. The next time you log in, you will be prompted to download this update. The following are included: Added 48 new REQs, including new armors, helmets, weapon skins, weapon and vehicle variants, a new visor and assassination, and new emblems. See below for a breakdown of what’s included.

AT&T will be the first U.S. carrier for Microsoft Lumia 950 starting from Nov. 17

AT&T will be the first U.S. carrier for Microsoft Lumia 950, starting from Nov. 17 via online at, and subsequently on Nov. 20 in its retail stores nationwide. It brings “PC-like” power and entertainment to the palm of your hand. You can use the device on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network with the strongest LTE signal. With the Lumia 950 and Windows 10, you can enjoy the Windows experience across your Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft GroupMe for Windows 10 Mobile launched

GroupMe for Windows 10 Mobile recently launched by Microsoft was rewritten completely from the ground up for Windows 10 devices . For those who may not know, GroupMe was acquired by Microsoft several years ago, and the texting application has since existed on all the three major platforms for a while now. The texting app had always been managed by Skype Team, and this latest release was specifically designed for Windows 10 mobile users since many of the updates where delivered on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

The New Xbox One Experience out today

The New Xbox One Experience rolled out today, is a complete transformation of Xbox One, integrating the speed and versatility of Windows 10. This experience includes enabling one of your most requested features – the ability to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. Improvement on how gamers interact with Xbox One was redesigned to make it the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. Here are some of the new experiences that you will enjoy on your Xbox One with this update: Xbox One Backward Compatibility.

Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms Released with improved AI

The brand new expansion for Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, had been released early this week. This latest campaign comes with tons of new content, including new civilizations, fully voice-acted campaigns, and a brand-new game mode. 4 New Civilizations Berbers – Unite the tribes of Northern Africa and set sail for Europe. Can you hold your ground against the scrambled kingdoms of Iberia? Malians – Follow in the footsteps of the great Mansa Musa and become the greatest king of Western Africa.

TeamViewer Launches TeamViewer 11 Beta with QuickSupport SOS button

TeamViewer recently announced the release of TeamViewer 11 Beta, the 11th version of its flagship software. TeamViewer addresses the need for increased functionalities for mobile working and support for the trend of “bring your own device”. TeamViewer 11 provides users with a smart solution, which can be seamlessly integrated into their business environment, for a consistent and efficient user-experience. TeamViewer 11 also comes with a variety of “firsts and easiests” – including unattended access to Android devices, support for Chrome OS and headless Linux servers.

Microsoft to acquire Secure Islands – a leader in data protection technology

Microsoft is taking it’s investments in security technology to the next level. Microsoft today confirmed that they have acquired Secure Islands, a leader in data protection technology startup in Israel. This acquisition accelerates Microsoft’s ability to help customers secure their business data no matter where it is stored – across on-premises systems, Microsoft cloud services like Azure and Office 365, third-party services, and any Windows, iOS or Android device. Secure Islands’ technology enhances the data protection capabilities available today with Azure Rights Management Service, Microsoft’s cloud-based information protection solution.

Microsoft Launches website to Calculate the Length of Your Facial Hair

Microsoft has just launched its latest Microsoft Garage project called “”. is powered by Microsoft Project Oxford Face APIs. This site was built by a number of microsoft team members to help the Movember Foundation, which was launched a number of years ago to raise awareness of men’s health by asking men to grow mustaches during the month of November. Our aim? Show what a healthy imagination and a Project Oxford API can build.

DeviantArt app now in the Windows Store but reviews aren’t great

DeviantArt recently announced a Universal Windows App for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is a web app with some enhancements, and just like the site it allows users to browse endless streams of content, as well as submit art and interact with the community 24/7. DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community, with over 35 million registered members and over 65 million unique visitors per month.

Amazing pictures taken with the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 – Impressive!

Microsoft last month unveiled the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smatphones. Both smartphones comes with high-end features, premium design, and the best Windows 10 experience. Both phones works like your PC and turn an ordinary moment into your biggest accomplishment. A recent posting on gave a closer look at the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL’s camera experience with following pictures posted by a Microsoft employee: A sneak preview of what makes both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL’s camera unique: Hardware: A rear-facing PureView camera with a 20-megapixel advanced BSI sensor, F1.

Lumia 950 XL low light 4K video sample looks amazing

Microsoft is gearing up to compete with the likes of iPhone 6S plus with its upcoming Lumia 950 phone. Even though Lumia 950 XL may not stand a chance with iPhone 6S now but in future, this could come out to be a game changer in the mobile phone industry. In a recent video posted on Youtube by “videotistik”, the Lumia 950 XL, is showcased to perform in in low-light conditions when shooting a 4K video, and the results is nothing short of impressive, to say the least.

Microsoft to test run release of the Cortana for iOS beta with limited users

Microsoft is currently introducing Cortana for iOS beta as part of its Windows Insider Program. As we already know, Cortana is like your personal digital assistant, that helps you get things done, by learning more about you every day. Cortana helps you be more productive by completing basic tasks like sending emails, scheduling events, and using the power of Bing to quickly search your devices, the cloud, or the web. Cortana’s also the best at reminders, delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and can do more.

Microsoft to cut down unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, University subscribers

Microsoft recently announced plans to cut down OneDrive storage plans for consumers and this is not been taken happily with OneDrive active users. Reason’s for this latest development according to Microsoft is they plan to provide a much better service whilst also ensuring people DO NOT abuse the service. As posted on OneDrive blog page – “Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings.

KDE Plasma 5 will be openSUSE Leap 42.1 default desktop environment

The first release of openSUSE Leap 42.1, will ship with version 4.1 of the Linux Kernel which should provide very modern hardware support. It is understood that openSUSE Leap 42.1 will be available for download next week worldwide on Nov 4th in Amsterdam. It is expected that this release will bring power and stability to openSUSE. openSUSE Leap 42.1 Preview features: KDE Plasma 5 (version 5.4.2) is the default desktop environment.

Microsoft’s Cortana For Android Has Received A “Hey Cortana” Feature That Activates The Virtual Assistant

As you may know, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have been working a lot lately at developing an advanced virtual assistant. Google has OK Google, Apple uses Siri, Microsoft has built Cortana, while Facebook has already announced its Money penny assistant. Microsoft has recently released another beta update for Cortana for Android, adding “Hey Cortana” support to provide the users an easy path to trigger the personal assistant. The new feature will facilitate the users to easily send sms messages, set up reminders and perform calls.

Microsoft Skype for Business iOS app now available

Microsoft has just announced the release of Skype for Business iOS app version hence making collaboration with others much easier from anywhere or participating in important meetings while on the move. This final release comes with a host of new features including resolving the sign-in issues that some of you experienced with Lync 2013 on iOS 9. New Features: Join a meeting in one touch The dashboard had been updated with a new contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most-recent conversations to one place.

Microsoft planning to support SSH

As Microsoft has shifted towards a more customer-oriented culture, Microsoft engineers are using social networks, tech communities and direct customer feedback as an integral part on how we make decisions about future investments. As announced by Microsoft, they are looking to contribute to the OpenSSH project, so the connectivity between Linux and Windows gets a boost. Supporting SSH has been one of the most popular request the PowerShell team has received, this will allow Windows machine manage Linux system via SSH and, vice versa, Windows connecting to and managing Linux via SSH.

Calibre 2.28 released with conversion of ebook format to Microsoft Word

Calibre 2.28 recently released, is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. This latest release comes with a new feature which supports conversion of text styles, images, lists, tables, embedded fonts, etc. Produces DOCX files compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 or newer. Calibre 2.28 changelog New Features Add keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Right, Ctrl+Left) to switch between virtual library tabs. When sending email using GMX pause for five minutes between books, to prevent GMX from blocking the account.

Visual Studio Code released for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows

Visual Studio Code recently released by Microsoft, is a free platform independent IDE with support for many programming languages. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool – supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows – in the Visual Studio family. Visual Studio Code includes built-in support for always-on IntelliSense code completion, richer semantic code understanding and navigation, and code refactoring. In the Preview, Code includes enriched built-in support for ASP.

Microsoft released FREE Android / iOS version of Outlook

Microsoft recently announced on its official blog page the removal of the “preview” label from their Office suit for Android apps. As of today, Word for Android tablet, Excel for Android tablet and PowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads. These apps join the highly rated OneNote for Android, as well. We are also committed to supporting the Intel chipsets via a native implementation that will be available within a quarter.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 (2013.5) CTP 2 released

Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP 2). This latest release now has added support for graphics debugging of Unity-based applications on Windows Phone, and made fixes in Team Foundation Server, Git support, and the IDE. This update is the latest in a cumulative series of technology improvements and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2013. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 CTP 2

Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics – The R Language

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. R is one of the most widely used programming languages specifically designed for statistical computing and predictive analytics, alongside SAS, MatLab, Mathematica and a number of Python libraries.

Internet Explorer to be replaced by Spartan Browser

The latest news in the Tech world is the planned replacement of desktop most popular browser “Microsoft Internet Explorer” to a new browser codenamed “Spartan” in Windows 10. As reported by The Verge, the new browser will include a host of new features not found in rival browsers. Among the plans for Spartan is new inking support that allows Windows 10 users to annotate a web page with a stylus and send the notes and annotations to a friend or colleague The web note service will be powered by Microsoft’s one-drive cloud storage, meaning notes will be stored on a copy of a web page that can be accessed by any browser across multiple platforms As annotations are shared, multiple users can doodle on a web page and share edits and annotations between groups A second major feature for Spartan will be the integration of Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant.

Windows 8.1 to be unleashed

In few months time, Windows 8.1 (previously known as Windows Blue) update will be unleashed to all users of Windows 8. A host of improvement, performance and new features had been added into this release including the popular ‘Start’ button. Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows 8.1 update will be released for public preview during the Microsoft’s Build conference in June this year. I can’t wait to lay my hands on this update and dig into each of the following new features and improvement already made known: New Features / Improvements: – Boot to Desktop – Desktop and Start Screen – Lock screen cloud powered photo-frame – New Tile Sizes on start screen – Motion ancient dragon background – New Search feature – Sky Drive – The Apps screen – New improved Internet Explorer Microsoft has provided a brief video overview of some of the high-lighted new features above in Windows 8.

Free Microsoft eBooks

Eric Ligman, Microsoft’s Director of Partner Experience posted a large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks which includes but not limited to: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Programming Windows Phone 7 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Introducing Microsoft Server 2012 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Office 365 – Connect and Collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime  Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users  Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals  Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT professionals Get started with SharePoint Server 2010 Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services – Tabular Modeling  Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Solutions Guide for High Availability and Disaster Recovery Digital Storytelling Windows Live Movie Maker in the Classroom Microsoft Office Web Apps Teaching Guide Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance Deploying an ASP.

Install Windows Server 2012 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

In one of my recent posts I was able to install Windows Server 2012 on VMware Workstation v9. Now its time to test run the installation on Hyper-V. I will be enabling the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 R2. Important: The following issues have been identified to occur after installing either Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 virtual machine: The virtual machine stops responding. You receive a Stop error message, and the computer restarts.

Install Windows Server 2012 on VMware Workstation 9

To kick start straight away the installation of Windows Server 2012 RTM on VMware Workstation v9, you will need to have had the following in place: – Installed VMware Workstation 9 – Downloaded copy of Windows Server 2012 software Steps: – Launch the VMware Workstation Application and click on “Create a New VMware Machine” VMware Workstation – On Welcome page, select Custom (Advanced) VMware Workstation – On the Hardware Compatibility page, select Workstation 9.