Xbox 360 gamers that upgraded to a new Xbox One have been wondering if the Xbox One will ever get an Xbox 360 emulator. The ability to run older Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One console would certainly make it more attractive and give it a leg up on the PS4. At the Microsoft Build developer conference, Microsoft's partner development lead Frank Savage talked a bit about a Xbox 360 emulator during a question and answer segment with the audience.
If there's been a theme online over the past couple of years, it's the rise of web service hacks and privacy blunders, and Microsoft is hoping to help developers keep their users safer with a push for SSL. Currently, getting an SSL certificate - which allows the browser to authenticate what it's showing with the legitimate company behind it - costs money, but as of today Microsoft is offering free SSL security for Azure developers.
Last month word surfaced that a former Microsoft employee had been arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Microsoft and leaking them to an unnamed French blogger. That blogger had a reputation for posting screen shots of unreleased Microsoft software. To catch the internal leak, Microsoft accessed the bloggers Hotmail account.
Ridley Scott is the man that was behind some of the most popular science fiction films of all times. Scott was involved with great films like the Alien franchise and Blade Runner. More recently, Scott was behind the movie Prometheus and we got to talk to him about the project. Rumors circulated earlier this year that Scott would be making a Halo film, but Microsoft lifted boot and squashed that rumor quickly.
Live tiles are one of the interesting tweaks for Windows Phone, and it seems they’re coming to the desktop as well. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson announced that live tiles would be coming to traditional Windows 8.1 desktops, and would even make an appearance in the start menu. That’s right, the start menu is coming back.
This year’s big push in the BUILD 2014 developer arena is in cross-platform apps. To that tune, Microsoft has decided that their big send-out to developers attending the conference will be an Xbox One as well as $500 Microsoft Store credit in the form of a gift card. With these, developers will be well on their way to creating cross-platform, Universal apps.
Along with a new Windows Phone and personal search assistant, Microsoft also revamped Office a bit. The newest version of Office is just as functional, but drops quite a bit of the utilitarian feel of former iterations. It’s been optimized for all screens, which seems to be a hallmark of BUILD 2014.
It would seem that Microsoft is aiming to become a much more integrated system this season with what they’re calling "universal Windows apps." Speaking for "a platform for today and tomorrow" this week at BUILD 2014, David Treadwell, CVP of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group made the case clear.
Detailing the bits and pieces that’ll be appearing in the next Windows 8.1 Update this year, Microsoft showed off how they’ll no longer be so focused on touchscreen devices. While both touchscreen devices and those without touch will be supported, it was clear this week at BUILD 2014 that Microsoft was aiming for a much better middle-ground.