Surface Pro coming to Switzerland before the end of May
Surface Pro will launch before the end of May in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Surface Pro will launch in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.Surface Pro is currently available in the U.S., Canada, and China.
via Expanding Surface Pro and Surface RT Availability.
This is great news!
Mañana Mail from Microsoft Research.
Microsoft Research has released a plug-in for Outlook called Mañana Mail.
This little helper adds a “Send at 9:00” (or any predefined time) button to your mail that allows you to schedule your mail to be sent at the specified time the next day.
There is also an undo-feature that pops up for 10 secs when you send any message, allowing you to abort sending of the message or reschedule it to be sent “mañana”. How ofthen have I pressed “send” only to freak out about what I just did… Wrong To:, missing attachment or premature sending.
Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is ready for download.
Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) has been released and is now available for download.
Just as with VS2012.1 (which is installed as part of VS2012.2 for those of you who don’t already have VS2012.1 installed), this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback we’ve received from the community and aligning with key software development trends in the market. The new functionality primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience.
Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 offers enhancements in the following areas.
Agile planning. Visual Studio 2012 introduced a wide range of capabilities focused on enabling agile teams, not only for development but also for planning. With VS2012.2, Team Foundation Server (TFS) has been augmented with an additional variety of features to help make it even easier for agile teams to do their planning, in particular around adapting to a team’s preferences and work styles.
Quality Enablement. This update introduces web-based access to the Test Case Management tools in TFS such that users can now author, edit, and execute test cases through the web portal. It also includes the ability to profile unit tests (with results across both the unit tests and the code under test surfaced through a single report), improved unit testing support for both asynchronous code and for interactions with the UI, unit testing support for Windows Phone 8 apps, unit test playlists that enable a subset of tests to be managed together, significant improvements around testing for SharePoint 2013 (web and load testing, unit testing with emulators, coded UI support, and IntelliTrace support), and more.
Development experience. As developers spend so much of their time using the IDE, it’s important that Visual Studio provide as streamlined an experience as possible. Towards that end, we continually invest in new features and productivity enhancements to make the IDE the best and most productive environment possible, a trend we continue with VS2012.2. Code map has been updated with improved responsiveness as well as with debugger integration, providing a visual perspective on the relationships and dependencies in code being debugged. Symbol loading has been improved across both the profiling and IntelliTrace experiences. The Workflow designer now has an improved debugging experience. The XAML design surface in both Blend and the Visual Studio editor includes multiple performance and reliability improvements, in particular when loading large projects and when using third-party controls. The IDE’s light and dark themes are now joined by a third, blue theme. And more, such as including all of the improvements made available through ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2.
A more expansive list of what’s new in VS2012.2, including new features and bug fixes, is also available.
WebMatrix 3 Preview now available for download.
Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/next/
Key features include:
Your Companion for the Cloud
When you create local projects, you’ll be able to instantly get a companion website in Windows Azure without ever leaving WebMatrix. Using the Publish button, you can easily keep these sites in sync and save your changes to the cloud.
Remote Site Editing
Simply open your remote sites, make changes, and hit Save. The lightweight performance and full editing capability (including intellisense) make it feels like you are editing a local site!
Source Control with TFS
Team Foundation Service is Microsoft’s hot new source control service in the cloud. WebMatrix 3 makes it simple and fun to work with your code using TFS for any project in the cloud, or on site.
Source Control with Git
Plug into GitHub, CodePlex, and Team Foundation Service to start sharing your code with the world. Whether you’re a newcomer to git, or a seasoned pro, you’ll find all of the features you would expect in a powerful but easy to use tool.
//build/ Conference is coming again! To San Francisco, in June.
Registration opens at 09:00am PDT, April 2, 2013
Early bird (first 500): $1,595 // Full: $2,095
Make sure to visit the website.
It’s simply spectacular.
Video: The role of designers in a connected world
Via: Next at Microsoft <- a great feed to follow btw.
In this recent talk at the IxDA conference, Interaction13, Albert shares his thoughts about the world of technology and how designers need to think about interaction and experience design in this world.
It’s well worth a watch of the Connecting video too that Albert and his team worked on.
Join @Joelcitizen in an Unplugged Session: Are You a Citizen Developer?
This Friday, March 22 from 3:00 – 3:30pm Joelcitizen is hosting his new new Unplugged series. In this first open-mic, open-chat session he will discuss The Citizen Developer Trend and Impact on Social Good.
This is a great opportunity to unplug from your work for 30 mins (or less) and chat, in a totally casual way, with other peers about trending topics. Joel will have guests from time to time. Want to be a guest? let him know. (@Joelcitizen)
You can register here if you wish aka.ms/openmic but you don’t have to… simply remember to join at 3pm and use this link to get directly to the session.
So if you are one of these… Join the conversation.
- Policy Wonks
- Data Analysts
modern.IE launches with two great offers for web developers.
The http://modern.ie site has launched today and has two real gems in stock for web developers.
First, an online suite of tools that scan your website and give you feedback on common compatibility problems.
Second, modern.IE offers a free 3 month subscription to BrowserStack.com, hosted and locally managed virtualization that can help provide quick access to a large number of browsers and operating systems for you to test your site against.
Git support coming to Visual Studio 2012 and Git hosting to Team Foundation Server/Service.
Brian Harry has just announced Git support in Visual Studio 2012 coming as a VSIX plugin for the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.
- You can get a good overview of how to get started (including all the download links) by reading this tutorial.
- Watch this video for a 10 minute walk-through.
- Also you can read the news and the Learn content on the Team Foundation Service welcome portal.
- Team Foundation Service – As of today you can host Git repos in TFService projects. It is “shipping” now and ready for use. We still have lots more capabilities to add but it’s ready to use for real.
- Team Foundation Server – Our plan is to include Git support in the next major release of TFS. No date has yet been announced.
- Visual Studio 2012 support – We provided a VSIX today. It is a “community technology preview” of the Git VSIX on top of a “community technology preview” of VS 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2). We’re very pleased with the performance/stability of it but it is not yet officially “go-live”. You are welcome to try it out but it is a preview release for evaluation, so be aware that there may be issues. We’ll be releasing updates about every 3 weeks and you should expect it to converge fairly quickly. I don’t know at this time when it will “RTM” but I expect it to have a “go-live” designation before too long.
- Visual Studio V.Next – Our Git plugin will be integrated into all editions of Visual Studio V.Next (including Express) and will appear in the various pre-releases and RTM.
- Older versions of VS & TFS – At this time, we are not planning to include Git integration in older versions of VS or TFS.
Windows Phone SDK update adds Windows Phone 7.8 Emulator and features
Available today, the Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 is an optional update that adds two new Windows Phone 7.8 emulator images to your existing SDK installation. These two emulator images should enable you to fully test how your Windows Phone 7.5 app’s Live Tiles will look and behave when they are run on a device running Windows Phone 7.8.
The SDK update requires an existing installation of the Windows Phone SDK:
- Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (7.1 or 7.1.1)
- Windows Phone SDK 8.0
If you have both the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installed on the same computer, both SDKs will be updated.
If you have a Windows Phone 7.5 app in the Marketplace, it is highly recommend downloading the Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 today and starting to experiment by using the new tile options in your app.
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