Back at GDC 2014 in March, Microsoft and its hardware partners first announced the next full iteration of the Direct3D API. Now on to version 12, this latest version of Direct3D would be focused on low level graphics programming, unlocking the greater performance and greater efficiency that game consoles have traditionally enjoyed by giving seasons programmers more direct access to the underlying hardware. In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work. At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API...

Leaked Ads Confirm Nokia’s First WP 7.5 Device – Nokia 800

As we inch closer to the Nokia World event in London at the end of the month (October 26 to be precise), details are starting to trickle on Nokia’s...

24 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 10/14/2011

Xbox Companion App Lets You Control Xbox 360 via Windows Phone

Synergy between devices is one of the next major phases in the evolution of mobile computing. We've seen smartphone-as-a-remote apps for both Android and iOS, but today Microsoft announced...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2011

Microsoft Details SkyDrive Integration for Third-Party Developers

Microsoft's Mike Torres digs into some code today on the Building Windows 8 blog, showing third-party developers how to integrate SkyDrive functionality into their programs using the Windows Live...

4 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/28/2011

Windows 8 Syncs Settings Between Systems Using Windows Live ID

Today on the Building Windows 8 blog, Katie Frigon explains how user settings, Metro apps purchased through the Windows app store, and other data can be synced across Windows...

4 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/26/2011

Microsoft Details Revamped Windows 8 Boot and Diagnostic Menus

In the latest Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft's Billie Sue Chafins details some of the improvements and changes made to Windows' boot and diagnostic screens to make them...

8 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/21/2011

Windows 8 Malware Protection Detailed

Every new version of Windows has done something to help alleviate the platform's chronic malware problem, and Windows 8 will be no different: Microsoft's Jason Garms takes to the...

13 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/15/2011

Metro Internet Explorer 10 to be Plug-in Free

When using the browser's Metro interface, Internet Explorer 10 will be completely plug-in free, says Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch on the Building Windows 8 blog. The new browser will depend...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/15/2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview Available for Everyone at 8 PM PST

At BUILD today Microsoft just announced that the same version of Windows 8 Developer Preview we've been using on Samsung tablets for the past day will be available at...

9 by Brian Klug on 9/13/2011

Microsoft BUILD: Windows 8, A Pre-Beta Preview

We’re here in Anaheim, California at Microsoft’s BUILD conference. As has become tradition Microsoft has been holding major developer conferences for their new OSes roughly a year ahead of...

236 by Brian Klug & Ryan Smith on 9/13/2011

Windows 8 Features Vastly Improved Boot Times

Windows 8 news continues to trickle from the Building Windows 8 blog at a steady clip: today, Gabe Aul detailed changes to the Windows 8 boot process that promise...

52 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/9/2011

Microsoft Integrating Hyper-V Into Windows 8 Client

Microsoft is beefing up virtualization support in Windows 8 with Hyper-V, writes Microsoft's Mathew John on the Building Windows 8 blog. Hyper-V was previously available in Windows Server 2008...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/7/2011

Microsoft Explains Relationship Between Windows 8 User Interfaces

Today's Building Windows 8 blog post, written by Steven Sinofsky, isn't really about a new Windows 8 feature or tweak, but rather about how the new-style Metro tablet UI...

21 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/31/2011

Microsoft Opens Windows 8 Development Blog

It seems like not all that long ago we were talking about the launch of Windows 7, but 2012 is right around the corner, and it's bringing Windows 8...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/15/2011

Xbox Live Arcade Favorite Bastion Coming to PC Aug. 16

Supergiant Games’ Bastion, which kicked off Microsoft’s exclusive Summer of Arcade promotion on July 20th, will get its PC release on August 16th. It will cost $14.99 and is...

7 by Craig Getting on 8/9/2011

Windows 8: IE10, Touchscreen Keyboards and File System Access

Microsoft showed us IE10 on Windows 8, which honestly has a very iOS-like feel to it. You get smooth scrolling and panning, with a PlayBook style support for tabs...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2011

Windows 8 Running on ARM, NVIDIA Kal-El Notebook Demoed

Microsoft just showed Windows 8 running on three different ARM platforms: a single-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 and a quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El notebook. The same interface...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

This is the Windows 8 Tablet & PC Interface

Here's a quick look at the new start screen for Windows 8 running on a Dell XPS Development Tablet. The tablet supports both touch and external keyboard interfaces. The...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Windows 8 on AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm & TI: Let the Race Begin

I'm in the audience of Microsoft's Partner Preview for Computex 2011, basically an event to give a sneak peak of the future of Windows to press and MS partners...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Windows Thin PC: Windows, Slimmed Down

Last month, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP, in essence a public beta) of something called Windows Thin PC. This business-oriented operating system’s given purpose is both to...

41 by Andrew Cunningham on 4/28/2011

Nokia and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership

Today Nokia and Microsoft have announced partnership that will collectively leverage Microsoft and Nokia's strengths and resources. Although the fruit of this long-term partnership will primarily affect Windows Phone...

66 by Mithun Chandrasekhar on 2/11/2011

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