Windows Phone "Mango" introduces the ability of applications to process background file transfer requests. In this article, we will explore how we can write a Windows Phone application that performs background transfers.
When one thinks of Microsoft Kinect, typically the Xbox 360 and gaming come to mind. Since Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows SDK, however, developers have come up with some novel uses for Kinect. This week they announced the release of Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2, and it is now available for download.
With the upcoming release of Windows 8, developers have the opportunity to create Metro and WinRT applications, but there is still an issue to be dealt with: fragmentation. While Windows 8 offers a unified OS for both Windows Phone and computer users, previous versions of Windows will be in use for many years, and that's a problem for developers.
Intersoft Solutions this week announced the release of its ClientUI for LightSwitch, which ships with over 15 data entry controls, including masked input, currency editor, slider bar, calendar control and date time picker. The extension controls ride on top of ClientUI's Silverlight controls, which enable developers to use the same features in LightSwitch that they used in Visual Basic or Expression Blend.
This week Binarymission announced the release of its UIControlSuite .NET, a collection of .NET components for platforms including WinForms, WPF .NET, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7. This release includes ScrollBar .NET for WinForms and 54 sample C# projects that work across .NET controls.
Many in the IT industry have predicted the end of the PC era, and some believe that we have already entered it. Others believe that we are in the middle passage--that while the countdown may have begun, we continue to carry multiple ways of accessing information, and still cling to our old, outdated technologies while embracing the new technological frontier.
They are acronyms that most IT professionals are familiar with: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service). What are the advantages of each over the others, and what is their value over more traditional services?
Many companies are beginning to look at Windows Azure services as a viable, economic option. Microsoft is no exception, and this month they began moving their Photosynth immersive camera app to the Microsoft Azure Platform as a Service.