Posts with tag developers
Well, there goes one defining feature
It was almost a year ago that Microsoft announced that every Xbox One would double as a developer kit for inexpensive game development for independent game developers and hardcore professionals alike, but it seems as though today that dream – or, promise, rather – has died. Microsoft’s Xbox Advanced Technology Group’s Martin Fuller has, unfortunately, confirmed to popular UK technology magazine DigitalSpy that “there are no plans” at the moment to implement the promised functionality.
Fuller continued, “We were in the early stages of Xbox One looking at the idea of a retail kit that could be turned into a development kit, and vice versa… in the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn’t happened unfortunately. Can’t tell you the specifics of exactly why not.”
So there you have it, one stand out feature of the Xbox One dead before it even got off the ground. We should have known there was trouble in paradise when there hadn’t been a single word on the functionality for almost a year, but there were some of us who had held out hope. As developer Steven Troughton-Smith put it on Twitter this afternoon, “…that settles the ‘will I get an Xbox One?’ question.”
We can only guess the decision has just been made for more than just a couple of people, Steven.
Says the leaked documents
Yesterday, Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 8.1 during the //BUILD/ 2014 Day 1 keynote. The speakers stated that the build would be arriving for developers sometime later in April but didn’t leave any specifics.
Neowin has acquired an internal email that may help shed some more specifics on when the build will be arriving. While there was an earlier build of Windows Phone 8.1 released to Microsoft Connect partners, it wasn’t deemed the gold master because there were a few extra bugs that had to be fixed. This pushback seems to have resulted in the new release date of April 14th with the build being signed off on April 8th.
An important thing to note is that the leaked Neowin email refers to an “adaptation kit” which is for OEM partners to tailor Windows Phone images to their devices and may not mean that ordinary developers will get the build at the same time the OEMs do.
The next developer conference begins
Do you have the $2,095 (plus airfare and hotel costs) it takes to get to Microsoft’s next developer conference, //BUILD/? If so, then you may be pleased to hear that registration for the conference opens next week – January 14th at 9 AM Pacific to be exact.
This year at //BUILD/, it’s speculated that we’ll hear some news about Windows Phone 8.1 and maybe even see a release of the OS through the Preview for Developers program. //BUILD/ 2014 is being held at The Moscone Center like last year and will run from April 2nd through the 4th. Microsoft says tickets sell fast so if you want to go you need to be ready to buy a ticket. The relevant section of the email will be posted after the break.
Through the previously mentioned developer preview program
As mentioned before, Microsoft is opening the gates on Windows Phone to let third party developers and enthusiasts gain access to the next version of Windows Phone before everyone else gets it, similar to how their current Windows beta programs work. The app you need to install to gain access to future versions of Windows Phone has just gone live on the Windows Store and again, you must have a Windows Phone Store developer subscription or a developer unlock on your phone to use it. The app simply changes a few flags and it lets you download and install GDR3 through the regular phone update control panel as seen above.
GDR3 brings along a rotation lock and some multitasking improvements among other things. I’m currently installing GDR3 on my Lumia and will report back any findings if they’re significant enough. One thing to note is that if you do install this on your own phone, you’ll probably void your warranty and there is no downgrade path back to GDR2.
Through the Windows Phone Developer Preview Program
Trying to keep up with more successful mobile platforms, Microsoft has finally relented and for the first time will be letting third-party developers access to pre-release builds of Windows Phone through a new program called the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.
Getting access to these pre-release builds is very easy. Starting later today, all you have to do to gain access to the pre-release builds is either be a registered Windows Phone developer or have your phone developer unlocked, the latter of which Microsoft is letting people do for free (or they were when I unlocked my phone a while back). One important note is that if you do decide to be adventurous and install these pre-release builds, there is no path back to something stable.
Source: Windows Blog
Got a good idea? Get a phone.
Mozilla is taking a page out of Nokia and Palm’s old playbook and offering inspired developers the chance to receive a brand new and free developer device for their new Firefox OS platform. In this case, the free device being offered is a Geeksphone Keon, a $120 phone running a development version of Firefox OS.
In order to be considered, all you need to do is convince Mozilla that you have a great idea for an application. Once they approve the idea, they’ll send you a free device, totally free of charge. Palm and Nokia did the same with the Palm Pre 2 and the Nokia Lumia 800 a while back to pretty good results, so we could imagine that you’ll have good luck getting your hands on one of these – if you’ve got the idea and the chops to warrant one.
A good deal, or is desperation setting in?
In a somewhat unusual move, Microsoft is now offering up to $2000 to all developers who develop and submit applications to Microsoft’s Windows Store for Windows 8. The move is clearly a way Microsoft hopes to jumpstart the floundering Windows 8 and Windows RT ecosystem as the Store remains, for the most part, a mere shell of its competitors’.
The deal offers $100 for every application submitted and accepted into the Windows Store, and applies to up to 20 applications for a total of $2000. The money will sent via the form of a $100 digital Visa gift card, and applications will be accepted into the promotion for the first 10,000 qualified entries or until June 30th – whichever comes first.
The web can be a messy, messy place. With so many different browsers and standards and technologies, it can be a hard world for web developers and thus users alike. That’s why W3C, Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Nokia, Mozilla, and Opera have teamed up to launch a new website called “WebPlatform.org”, a portal for all the best HTML and CSS practices for developers.
The site comes complete with forums and an IRC channel to allow developers to talk among themselves and ask important questions. They’ve also set up a Wiki so developers can share their own tips and tricks.
The site also comes with some Docs provided by the W3C themselves. You can check out WebPlatform.org now, and watch the site’s launch video by clicking the “Read More” link below.