Microsoft has released the Visual Studio Tools for Unity (VSTU) add-on (formerly known as UnityVS). VSTU is a free add-on that enables working with the Unity gaming tools and platform. This is Microsoft’s first release since acquiring SyntaxTree.
The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team has shipped the new open source repository to GitHub.com/OfficeDev, marking the transition from the Office App Model Samples project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open-source community resource. The main purpose of providing these samples is to address the transformation from Full Trust Code to the App Model.
Microsoft has announced the availability of updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Key changes include Mac notebook access on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365), open and insert files, including PDFs, into notebook pages on Mac, iPad and iPhone, view password protected sections as well as improved organisation, content capture and note sharing.
Microsoft and Akamai Technologies have announced that, together with venture capital (VC) firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), they are working on an accelerator in the field of cybersecurity. Akamai Technologies is a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications. The programme is located at the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Tel Aviv. Start-ups accepted into the programme will be announced 24 August 2014 and the class will run through January 2015.
Microsoft has released OneNote on the Amazon Appstore for Android version 4.0 or higher. The release allows users to run OneNote on Kindle Fire or Fire phone devices.
Microsoft has released Beta 2 of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 1.0 (NTVS). NTVS is Microsoft’s free Visual Studio add-on that enables developers to use the Visual Studio code editor with Node.js apps. The release includes support for IntelliSense, the Visual Studio debugger and for running Node.js apps on Microsoft Azure Web Sites or Cloud Services.
Microsoft has deployed its July updates for Visual Studio Online. Changes include using corporate identities with existing accounts (Active Directory), viewing existing projects in the Azure Preview Portal, creating trend charts and performing aggregation on work item queries, web-based test case management (the Test Hub) for users with an Advanced license and the ability for account owners to delete their account.
Microsoft has announced that the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is available for pre-order. Improvements include additional USB ports more of which are USB 3.0 compliant, Ethernet port supports 1000 Gigabit and a security lock slot.
Microsoft has launched a single Windows Dev Centre website – dev.windows.com – to support developers of apps and games across phone, tablet and PC. The portal provides access to Windows Phone and Windows Store online developer resources including education materials, guidance, code samples and reference documentation.
Microsoft has announced that it will reduce its workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers.