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Create Predictable GUIDs for your Windows Azure Table Storage Entities

This week I was face with an odd scenario. I needed to track URIs that are store in Windows Azure Table Storage. Since I didn’t want to use the …

Windows and Windows Phone grow closer as Microsoft unifies developer registration

Microsoft’s first step to building a single app store for Windows Phone and Windows is taking place today. The software giant is unifying its Windows and Windows Phone developer registration, allowing application creators to submit apps more easily. While developers will continue to use separate …

Internet Explorer 11 Launches On Windows 7

Internet Explorer 11, the default browser of Windows 8.1, is now also available on Windows 7. Microsoft previously launched a number of beta versions and always said that IE11 would arrive on its older operating system shortly after the launch of Windows 8.1, so today’s launch isn’t exactly a major …

Dell's Venue 11 Pro tablet now available in the US, starts at $500 with Bay Trail inside

After some mystery surrounding an American release date, Dell's Venue 11 Pro is now available in the US. The 10.8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starts at $500 with a modest, Bay Trail-based 1.5GHz Atom chip as well as 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Those who need more processing grunt can step up to …

Nokia's 6-inch Lumia 1520 launches on November 22nd alongside Xbox One

Microsoft mistakenly kicked off pre-orders for Nokia’s Lumia 1520 earlier this week with a promise of a November 15th release, but the 6-inch handset is actually arriving on November 22nd. Both AT&T and Microsoft are now accepting pre-orders for the Lumia 1520 with a release set for the same day as …

Microsoft announces Xbox One entertainment app lineup

Yesterday Sony announced what entertainment-centric apps would be featured on the PlayStation 4 at launch, and now it's time for the Xbox One to get the same treatment. Microsoft has detailed the different TV, video service, and streaming apps that will be available on the console for each of the …

Here are five especially neat things the Xbox One can do

The Xbox One that you snag on November 22nd (or thereafter) does some pretty neat stuff besides just playing video games: live TV, NFL fantasy league and voice commands for <i>everything</i>. But that's all bigger-picture stuff. Some of the coolest things that the Xbox One does are in the details, many of …

AMD looks to boost Windows tablet gaming with its first true mobile chip

Whatever happened to AMD's last tablet chip, Temash? We had a great time playing <i>DiRT Showdown</i> on a Temash-powered Windows 8 tablet back at CES, but the graphics-focused processor has so far only appeared in a handful of low-profile devices from the likes of Acer, ASUS and Gigabyte. If this lack of …

Flipboard finally makes its appearance on Windows 8.1

Fans of Flipboard's curated content experience that are running Windows 8.1 have had to go without a native app on their Microsoft-powered machines, until today. That's right folks, after promising it was coming, the app is finally here. And with it comes the ability to pin specific sections, …

Microsoft touts 'epic' Xbox One launch on November 22

Microsoft has announced plans for the Xbox One launch, just two days before its chief competitor, the PlayStation 4, hits store shelves.<p>According to the software company, its launch celebration will span more than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries. Those retail stores will open their doors at …

Forget Surface. Microsoft's new iPad rival is the Windows 8 tablet

Even the most ardent Microsoft fans will admit that the company's tablet rivalry with Apple has been one-sided for quite some time.<p>No matter how well designed, Microsoft's marquee tablet, the Surface, has failed to gain much traction, and the iPad still sits high atop the market share list -- …

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2</b> is an excellent ultrabook, even without digging into its hybrid capabilities. This new model adds a backlit keyboard and an impressive 3,200x1,800-pixel-resolution display, while keeping the price under $1,000.<p><b>The Bad</b> In battery life it lags behind a couple of more …

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Windows Phone wins bigger chunk of smartphone market

Windows Phone continues to eke out gains in a landscape dominated by Android and iOS.<p>During the third quarter, Microsoft's mobile OS share rose to 3.6 percent globally from 2.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, Gartner said in a report on Thursday. Shipments grew to 8.9 million from 3.9 million over …

How to get free next-day shipping with Zappos for Windows 8

Zappos has released its Windows 8 shopping app just in time for the holidays. Though the app can be used on any system that runs Windows 8, it's tailor-made for the touch screen, which should benefit users with devices like the Microsoft Surface or the Dell Venue 8 Pro.<p>The entire catalog of …

Microsoft's Major Nelson shows off Xbox One's rapid boot-up

Microsoft Xbox guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb posted a video to his Instagram account Wednesday showcasing how quickly the Xbox One can turn on with voice commands.<p>The video shows Major Nelson using the "Xbox on" voice command. The Kinect hears that command and turns on the system and logs him in. …

Does fixing Microsoft mean ending Microsoft as we know it?

During his quieter moments -- assuming they even exist any more -- outgoing Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer might be excused for wondering why the company he has led for the last decade, blessed with enormous wealth and so many smart people, has had to struggle so long and hard for its tech …

Devs can now add Facebook log-in to Windows apps

Microsoft and Facebook are making it possible for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 developers to add Facebook Login access to their applications.<p>Microsoft and Facebook announced on Thursday that developers can get access to the documentation and the application programming interfaces (APIs) through …

Nokia's next Windows Phone handsets: Think Bond, James Bond

Nokia likes its smartphones shaken, not stirred.<p>The company is working on two new handsets that will run Windows Phone 8.1 Blue, according to a new leak on mobile-leaking Twitter account @evleaks. Although neither device has an official name yet, they're currently code-named Goldfinger and …

Microsoft takes development into the cloud with Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE.<p>Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of …

Xamarin and Microsoft join forces to take Visual Studio to iOS and Android

.NET becoming more cross-platform, as it was always meant to be.<p>Xamarin has been bringing .NET to iOS and Android developers for a number of years, …

Flipboard arrives on Windows 8.1 with Live Tile support

Flipboard is launching on Windows 8.1 today. We got an early look at the app during Nokia World in Abu Dhabi last month, but the final version will be available in the Windows Store shortly. If you’ve ever used Flipboard on iOS or Android then the experience on Windows 8.1 will be very familiar. …

Productivity Power Tools 2013 - Visual Studio Marketplace

Extension for Visual Studio - A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2013 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

Visual Studio 2013 Launch

Please join us on 13 November for the worldwide launch of Visual Studio 2013. You can join the live keynote by Microsoft executives, S. Somasegar, …