CoreOS Fest: Microsoft introduces Draft for app development on Kubernetes

Microsoft made its first Deis announcement today at CoreOS Fest. The company announced Draft, a new open-source development tool for cloud-native applications that run on Kubernetes. This is the first release since the company acquired the Kubernetes company Deis back in April.  According to the company, Draft was developed to address the complexity and constraints … continue reading

Microsoft announces new data and cloud solutions at Build

Serverless computing – adding an abstraction layer above cloud infrastructure – promises to let developers write code without worrying about the underlying platform. Microsoft today announced it is augmenting its data and cloud services offering with Azure Cosmos DB, a database service that the company says scales horizontally with guaranteed uptime, throughput and virtually no … continue reading

6 ways platform-as-a-service is giving developers superpowers

We asked developers, CTOs, entrepreneurs and consultants across the country to describe concrete ways in which PaaS has changed their development style. RELATED CONTENT: Three cloud PaaS trends to watch in a serverless world 1. Reducing headcount Rob Reagan, CTO of Text Request At Text Request, we’re able to also reduce headcount using Azure’s PaaS offerings. Without … continue reading

Microsoft announces new solutions for creating intelligent, data-driven apps

Microsoft is empowering customers with its new data-driven intelligence solutions. Microsoft today made several product announcements at its Microsoft Data Amp event, including updates to SQL Server, R Server 9.1, and other solutions aimed at helping businesses create intelligent applications. Starting today, developers can download the SQL Server CTP 2.0, which is available on Windows, … continue reading

Microsoft previews Azure PaaS services

Microsoft is announcing new preview releases of its Azure PaaS services for Azure Stack as well as a “refresh” to its Azure extension, Azure Stack. The third technical preview of Azure Stack was released early last month with hybrid application capabilities and a new pay-as-you-use pricing model. Since then, Microsoft has updated the Azure Stack … continue reading

Microsoft partners with TomTom, announces ASP.NET WebHooks V1, and updates Visual Studio Code

Microsoft is making sure its developers are supplied with the latest set of tools. The company announced it is bringing location-based services to Azure with TomTom, making it easier to send and receive WebHooks with ASP.NET, and improving Visual Studio Code. Microsoft’s new partnership with location and navigation provider TomTom will focus on helping developers … continue reading

Microsoft seeks to grow Azure platform with products, partnerships

Continuing on its cloud-first, mobile-first journey, Microsoft today announced that more developers will have access to the company’s Azure cloud platform. At its second Connect conference in New York City this morning, the company said it has joined the Linux Foundation to collaborate with open-source developers, and that Google has joined the .NET Foundation. Further, … continue reading

Microsoft and OpenAI team up on artificial intelligence

Microsoft is furthering its mission to democratize artificial intelligence. The company is teaming up with the AI research organization OpenAI to advance the acceleration of the technology. “We’ve made major strides in artificial intelligence just in the past five years, achieving milestones many people who have devoted their lives to the field wouldn’t have thought … continue reading

Android Auto access from smartphones, Sencha announces web application platform updates, and XebiaLabs DevOps solution hits version 6.0—SD Times news digest: Nov. 8, 2016

Google has announced that Android Auto is now available in every car as a way to give drivers an easy way to access information they need. According to a blog post by Gerhard Schobbe, product manager at Android Auto, 200 car models from more than 50 brands support Android Auto. Since older vehicle models are … continue reading

Microsoft offers help for cloud hardware

Microsoft today announced Project Olympus. This open-source hardware design was created for the Open Compute Project, and can be modified and extended by the public. This marks the first time the company has contributed an open-source hardware design to the OCP in an early stage of development. Previously, Microsoft had contributed the hardware designs for … continue reading

The State of the Software Supply Chain report, new functional language Verve, and GE brings Predix to Azure—SD Times news digest: July 11, 2016

Open-source software is being used more than ever, yet practices for sourcing the software are inefficient and vulnerabilities are pervasive, according to a report from supply-chain automation provider Sonatype. The number of open-source component download requests increased to 31 billion in 2015 from 17 billion in 2014, according to the report, which looked at supply … continue reading

Microsoft announces a new protection service, Android N to avoid unforeseen crashes, and Apple makes a coding camp for kids—SD Times news digest: June 22, 2016

Microsoft is introducing a new service that combines its Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) and technology from its acquisition of Secure Islands. The Microsoft Azure Information Protection service is designed to give enterprises a new solution to protect employee identity, and to secure and manage devices, apps, and data. “Organizations must protect their data at … continue reading

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