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Microsoft TechNet is dead, long live MSDN

Microsoft TechNet is dead, long live MSDN

Software enthusiasts and IT professionals alike have been googly-eyed over Microsoft's TechNet subscription service for years, but after 15 years of providing early access to new software for subscribers, Microsoft has decided to shut down the service. The company will no longer take new susbcribers or renewals after August 31, and they plan to shut it all down entirely on September 30, 2014.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 appears with 5,000 Windows 8.1 APIs

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 appears with 5,000 Windows 8.1 APIs

If you had any doubt that Windows 8.1 would be bringing on a large variety of functionality bits to the developer universe, Microsoft's announcement of Visual Studio 2013 should put all worries to rest. This developer ecosystem allows prospective Windows 8.1 app developers to create new software inside the system itself, bringing on a massive amount of diagnostic tools as well as a 5,000 new APIs for integration with new creations of all sorts.

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iOS fragmentation pie chart follows in Android’s footsteps

iOS fragmentation pie chart follows in Android’s footsteps

We're no stranger to Android's iconic pie chart that shows the percentage of what OS version is currently out there in the world. As expected, Android has a lot of versions that are scattered around, with Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread being the top three that are in use, with older versions like Honeycomb, Froyo, and Eclair still out there on some devices. Apple is now taking a page out that back and is demonstrating their own iOS pie chart to show which iOS versions are roaming around.

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Microsoft paying companies thousands to develop for Windows Phone

Microsoft paying companies thousands to develop for Windows Phone

A mobile operating system is only as good as the apps it offers, with limited app offerings driving users into the arms of other platforms. It is such a philosophy that prodded Blackberry to lure in developers with a myriad of financial incentives, and Microsoft has enacted a similar incentive plan for developers. Word has it company is also paying businesses quite a bit to create Windows Phone apps.

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WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

This year's WWDC keynote revealed both the next generation in Apple's mobile operating system and their change of name re-track of their desktop-based OS X. With iOS 7, Jony Ive's look and feel are rather apparent with a top-to-bottom adjustment to the operating system along with some pointed connections to the desktop side of things. Apple's update to OS X, on the other hand, sees a slightly less drastic adjustment happening: and no, that's not OS X Sea Lion, it's more of a wave sort of situation.

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iOS 7 Beta release drops today (for developers)

iOS 7 Beta release drops today (for developers)

While iOS 7 wont be available for the public until later this fall, Apple has made it clear that the system will be delivered to developers starting today. This is good news for those developers in the audience that aim to develop for this generation and future generations of Apple mobile devices, especially since it's clear that this wont be the last generation of Apple mobile device hardware updates. And let's not forget the "hacker" developers, too.

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iOS 7 3rd party keyboards leaked early [UPDATE]

iOS 7 3rd party keyboards leaked early [UPDATE]

Right before Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote begins today, one of what we must assume will be several system-wide onscreen keyboard replacement apps has leaked. This miniature bit of information lets us know that Apple will more than likely be allowing said keyboard (Fleksy) along with multiple other keyboard replacement apps to work inside iOS. This is a big change for Apple's mobile operating system, one where such cross-app functionality hasn't been a reality due to Apple's hard and fast control over the user interface in the operating system.

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