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There are lots and lots of Apps. In fact there are over a couple of million Apps including all of the major brands, Apple, Google, Blackberry, Microsoft with Apple at the top and Microsoft in the bottom. But this is a growing market. The variety is truly bewildering, different size devices; different operating systems(OS); different programming languages;  and different orientations. This post is not very recent but you can see how the various mobile operating systems compare: http://www.ibtimes.com/android-vs-ios-whats-most-popular-mobile-operating-system-your-country-1464892 The interactive image in the article really shows the popularity of a given OS/device among different geographical regions. Windows Phone Apps is for example based on Microsoft's Window 7, 8, 8.1 OSs using .NET. With Windows OS and Visual Studio one can build Apps for all of Microsoft devices cove... (more)

How do you sign up for Azure DocumentDB?

You need to get to the Azure preview portal here: https://portal.azure.com/hodenteklive.onmicrosoft.com Of course you would be needing an account on the Microsoft Azure. You could also start here: Once in the preview portal click on the Azure Gallery at the bottom of the page shown in this partial screenshot. Gallery listing gets shown. In the gallery listing shown click on Data storage, cache, +backup Another set of related list of services gets displayed. Click on DocumentDB. DocumentDB is displayed with some summrized information. You can also create a DocumentDB service. Here is the pr... (more)

Microsoft Wand is released

Microsoft Wand is released today ending the speculation about a wearable device. It has aced the other vendors with many notable features: Longer battery lifeIntegration with Windows Phone, iPhone and Android through BluetoothHealth and Fitness targetedIntegrated with CloudReasonable price - a first for MicrosoftCortana for those who own a Windows PhoneProbably more number of sensors than in a comparable wearableThe following are my speculations Integration with Internet of Things (?)CortanaOS and CortanaAndroid siblings in the offingProbably I will be wearing one soon. I tried out... (more)

NoSQL Azure Service DocumentDB as a service announced

Azure platform is going all out and it is burgeoning. "Microsoft Azure DocumentDB is a document-oriented, NoSQL database service designed for modern mobile and web applications" The above from Microsoft site. Microsoft beefs its Azure Services portfolio with yet another service. Azure DocementDB service is which also serves as a search tool. Searching stuff that goes into NoSQL should be very useful. It is presently available as a technology preview product and developers will be able to run SQLesque queries on  JSON data and supports transactional consistency. Under the hoods it uses th... (more)

Jump start your Cross-Platform App Development skills with Intel's XDK

In my previous post some of the cross-platform app development tools/programs were described in a general way.  In this post I describe the Intel XDK tool which does not require skills except HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript. From here you can jumpstart your App development skills after downloading the Intel XDK. You can write once and deploy to several platforms. It is generally argued that while HTML5/CSS3/Javascript is a good option to create cross-platform apps it is only suitable for some simple, inexpensive apps. In order to buld more complex apps you need a single language to access t... (more)