From the early days of its C compilers and Visual Basic to the introduction of the .NET Framework and on to Windows Azure, Microsoft has obsessed about developers, their languages, and tools. And fresh off Microsoft's //build/ developer conference last week, it's clear that developers remain a huge priority for Redmond. Granted, rapid platform changes, secrecy around Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and a sometimes tone deafness to what the rest of the developer world is doing have left egg on Microsoft's developer face at times. But the company has adapted to the new developer world, embracing the cloud and open source and contributing important new technologies to the developer community. Few give the company credit for such moves, because it's much easier to stick to the old stereotype of the evil "M$" that's hopelessly behind the times. In reality, it's that very narrative that's become obsolete. It may not be popular to say so, but Microsoft is winning the battle for developers, … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s developer crusade
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Google wants a Web that looks very different from today's. Instead of more or less static sites, perhaps spiced up with a new comment popping up on your Facebook page, Google wants Web apps that are indistinguishable in performance and sophistication from native programs like high-end games or Photoshop. But Google faces a tough choice: What's the best way to get to that future? The promise of the route it's trying to take, a technology called Native Client, shines in the sophisticated online photo-editing tools for Google+ that launched this month. The problem is that Native Client isn't sitting well with other browser makers, at least one of which prefers an alternative called asm.js. And without other support, Native Client makes a poor candidate for the Web standards that Google wants to see prevail. Google plays a long game: It's willing to invest for years in projects it believes the world will eventually come to appreciate. But in the meantime, there's a risk that its choices … [Read more...] about Google’s dilemma: A faster but fragmented Web?
Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is elegant, personable, and different. It absolutely shines for those who use their smartphones for a lot of calling, texting, and Facebooking, and especially people who connect to Microsoft anything—whether that's Outlook, Hotmail, Exchange, Skydrive, Office 365, or Xbox. If iOS bores you and Android intimidates you, Windows Phone will likely dazzle you. But pick up a Windows Phone 8, and you'll be a maverick. There's significantly less of a selection of apps here than for Android and iOS, and the apps are different. The odds are good that you'll find what you need, but the goods are odd. That makes a Windows Phone less of an easy purchase than it could be. Launched in 2010, Windows Phone 7 wasn't much of a competitor to iOS and Android in large part because it ran on uninspiring hardware, but Windows Phone 8 will help fix that. While WP8 still only supports Qualcomm processors, at least it supports current Qualcomm processors, along with high-resolution … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows Phone 8
The Motorola Atrix ($99 with a two-year AT&T contract) is at the forefront of a technology revolution. This powerful cell phone that transforms into a laptop or a desktop PC shows us what could very well be the future of mobile computing. Someday we might all carry a little brain in our pocket that pops into a dock and becomes a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a phone, all sharing the same CPU and storage. With the Atrix, though, some of these bleeding-edge features have bugs and rough edges, though the July 2011 Gingerbread 2.3.4 update alleviates many of these (more on this below). AT&T's accessory pricing discourages the use of the Atrix in laptop mode. But that's okay. Even without turning into a desktop or laptop, the Atrix is a top-of-the-line smartphone for the techno-elite. It's also one of The Best Phones on AT&T. Given the Atrix's unique nature, we'll start out by outlining the Atrix's "ordinary" phone features, as far as the nation's first dual-core smartphone … [Read more...] about Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)