Microsoft Azure Expands

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced the availability of two new services in its Azure family of offerings. The first is Storm for Azure HDInsight, the 100% Apache Hadoop-based cloud service that features language extensions and on-demand scaling. Storm is an open source stream analytics platform that ... [More]

A Closer Look at Windows 10

Today’s Windows 10 brief included a lot of exciting announcements for Windows developers and users. We got a preview of Cortana for desktop, and learned that Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. We also learned that this version of Windows will reinforce Mic... [More]

Microsoft Open-Sources .NET

Microsoft made several announcements last week via its Connect(); conference. The conference, labeled a “cloud-first, mobile-first, code-first virtual event” by the tech giant, was hosted entirely online and designed to reach as many developers as possible. This has served as an ideal pl... [More]

New Windows Reveal Expected This Week

The end of September is just around the corner, and October brings with it the promise of cool weather, candy apples, and a new version of Windows. After the divisive reception of Windows 8, Microsoft is rumored to reveal details regarding the next version of Windows, codenamed Windows Threshold, on... [More]

The Future on Your Wrist

Last week the Wearable Tech Expo took place in New York City, bringing with it new glimpses into an exciting avenue for tech companies. While convenient, modern technology has struggled to move beyond phones, and the potential for a transformative product remains obvious. Google Glass is of course t... [More]

To the Point: DirectX 12 Brings Change

Following up on our DirectX post, this week we’re taking a look at the recently announced DirectX 12. Since DirectX is a collection of APIs, the newest version will actually be a set of updates and features rolled out individually rather than a monolithic new product. Besides ensuring that dev... [More]

What is DirectX?

For developers of Windows applications, especially games, DirectX is one of the most important tools to master. It serves as an all-in-one gateway for full Windows integration. But what is it? DirectX is a set of APIs designed for Microsoft platforms. The “X” in DirectX serves as a sta... [More]

Welcoming Satya Nadella

On February 4, Satya Nadella was named the new chief executive officer at Microsoft after a nearly six month search. He immediately went to work.   Nadella has been a familiar face at Microsoft conferences and industry events for years now. Before rising to the position of CEO, he served as... [More]

Goodbye, Ballmer

Steve Ballmer is leaving his post as the CEO of Microsoft within the next year. For more than a decade, Ballmer has guided the corporation through a gamut of software and hardware development, including the world-dominating Windows XP operating system, the Xbox video game console that continues to r... [More]