Microsoft is rolling out OneDrive updates for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8.1. The Android updates supports access to work and personal accounts as well as the option to use a PIN code to improve content security. The OneDrive app for iOS update includes a native search experience on the iPhone and iPad. On Windows Phone, users can access their OneDrive recycle bin, to restore deleted files and folders.
Microsoft has introduced licensing changes to Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server that allow any number of users in an account to be assigned a stakeholder license at no charge. Stakeholders have access to the project home page and most of the “work” related functionality. This includes the ability to view the backlog, add and edit items, and run work item queries.
Microsoft has released an update to Lync Mobile, which introduces the Gallery View for the iPad that supports up to four video streams as well as Lobby Control and promote/demote participants for both iPad and iPhone.
Royal Caribbean Cruises International is providing its 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets. The 8-inch Windows-based tablets built by HEXA will feature services such as Bing, Skype, Office 365 and OneDrive. Rollout will begin in October and is expected to be completed by the end of December with every shipboard employee in the Royal Caribbean fleet receiving a tablet.
Microsoft has released a set of updates to Microsoft Azure. These include a preview of a new NoSQL Document Service, preview of a new Search-as-a-Service offering, portal support for SQL Server AlwaysOn plus community-driven VMs, support for Web Jobs and Web Site processes in the Preview Portal, general availability of Microsoft Azure Monitoring Services Management Library as well as support for API Management REST APIs.
Microsoft has announced that it will implement changes to how device targeting will work in Bing Ads. The first of these changes will occur in September when desktops, laptops and tablets will be combined into a single device target. Any campaigns that only target desktops and laptops will additionally begin targeting tablets and similarly, any campaigns that only target tablets will also target desktops and laptops.
Microsoft has released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview. This new SDK includes the Kinect Fusion tool kit that provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance as well as improvements to the Visual Gesture Builder (VGB) and Kinect Studio. The SDK is free and there will be no fees for runtime licenses of commercial applications developed with the SDK.
Microsoft has released a beta version of the Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio. The offering combines the functionality of two Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. This updated feature enables developers to find and reuse code snippets and code sample projects from within the Visual Studio IDE.
After 34 years with Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has decided that he will no longer serve on Microsoft’s board. He will continue to be one of the largest private shareholders in the company and will be pursuing new interests and endeavours.
Microsoft has released Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 and an early build of the next version of the .NET Framework. The release includes the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 web tooling improvements and ASP.NET vNext alpha 3 runtime packages, integration of .NET Native, PerfTips in the Debugger, Visual C++ enhancements, roaming custom layouts as well as support for shared projects.