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February 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

Microsoft debuts preview of Windows 10 Office apps

For Microsoft, Windows 10 isn’t just another release of a piece of software to run your desktop PC. It’s a bid to claim a greater share of the smartphone and tablet markets.

As part of that effort, Microsoft is hoping that it can make it easier for developers to write applications that run on Windows 10 across device types.

Today, the company is showing off what’s possible with its “universal” apps, releasing preview versions of Office designed to work well regardless of whether the user is on a tablet, smartphone or PC. Those who have downloaded early versions of Windows 10 can now grab preview versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel to test.


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November 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Microsoft’s free streak a cultural, not financial shift

The past couple of weeks have given plenty of ammunition to Microsoft watchers who sense a major shift in direction under chief executive Satya Nadella.

Microsoft is offering free mobile versions of its Office suite to individual customers with Apple- and Google-powered phones. The company Wednesday said it would release a more powerful set of free developer tools for its .NET programming framework.

Is Microsoft, kingdom of the sky-high profit margins, giving away the keys to the castle?


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November 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Next for a more-open Microsoft: open-sourcing .NET developer tools

The latest move in Microsoft’s recent habit of playing nicely with other platforms is a big one: the company is open-sourcing its .NET developer tools and taking them to other operating systems.

The 12-year old .NET framework, the foundation used by many developers to craft programs for Windows, will have much of its code open sourced. Its 2015 editions will also help developers build programs for Mac and Linux, the company said on Wednesday.


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September 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Microsoft senior developer evangelist Jeff Sandquist moving to Twitter

Jeff Sandquist, senior director of developer relations for Microsoft, is headed to Twitter. He tweeted today: Change invigorates the soul. I am joining the flock at @twitter on October 14, as Director of Platform Partnerships — Jeff Sandquist (@jeffsand) September 17, 2013 And: Thank you all, humbled to join Twitter at the San Francisco HQ. More

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June 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Here’s some of what Microsoft has in store for Build

[Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for independent, third-party developers, starts Wednesday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I’ll be reporting from there here at this blog and on 

In the meantime, here’s my preview of some of what Microsoft will be talking about at Build, as well as what some developers are hoping to see/hear.]

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism group

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism group

Unlike the previous two years at the Build conference, there is no radical new operating system to be introduced or launched.

Rather, at this year’s Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers Wednesday through Friday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the focus will be on an updated version of that operating system — called Windows 8.1 — as well as the road map for other Microsoft products and services.


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March 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Microsoft offering developers payments for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps

Under a program that runs March 8 to June 30, Microsoft is paying developers $100 for each app — up to a maximum of 10 per store — that they publish in the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store. (To participate in the program, developers must be legal U.S. residents and be U.S. registered Windows…


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