Microsoft Store Canada just revealed their Black Friday 2016 deals. You can see the deals now but you can not buy until Nov 24 (midnight).
I have times to collect information from my existed applications using different technologies now. IoT was the one of them. I had an running IoT Demo application which used Windows Forms, C# and Microsoft Azure IoT.
We enjoyed the FREE upgrading to Windows 10 in past year, now with the launch of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft wants to give us more, but it is not Windows 10 this time, it is about Windows Server, which is more useful for enterprise customers.
Microsoft is becoming cool. They are releasing more and more amazing technologies and expanding their technologies to be applied widely. I mentioned before, Google and Apple’s technologies seems were always welcome by young people since they thought those technologies were cool, but they thought the technologies which were came from Microsoft were most “old, out of dated”.
I was from a C/C++ developer when I worked on both of Windows and Unix platforms. When I worked on Unix system, I had at least 4 years did not touch any Windows develop technologies. After I left Unix environment, I realized Microsoft C# was approved as a standard by ECMA and ISO, then I turned into C# and .NET technologies world. After almost 12 years past, I realize Microsoft’s technologies never forced me leaving to another major technology and language such as Java, even Java and C# are very similar, but according to my received real requirement and finished applications, the .NET and related technologies have never become weak but become more and more stronger, more wider on applications.
Microsoft SQL Server is a popular database system. It is also the one of top 3 database systems in the world (The other 2 are Oracle and MySQL). It is also the biggest database systems on Windows platform.
However, Microsoft SQL Server can only run on Windows platform, which limits its applications in the world. Oracle and MySQL all provide multiple platform editions such as Linux edition and Windows edition. Obviously why MS SQL Server did not expand more market share like Oracle and MySQL, was just because SQL Server can not run Linux etc..
I just read the BIG and GREAT news to all Microsoft technologies developers this morning. But I read it some lately: Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Xamarin !! This is really an existing news, and it happened 2 days ago (actually less than 48 hours ago).
All mobile developers and all Microsoft tech developers should know Xamarin, which is the leading platform provide for mobile app development !
Microsoft made lots of software, and even hardware devices. Also, Microsoft named lots of products which they released. If you are a developer, or if you used Microsoft products, you also know Microsoft keeps changing many product names and canceling many products, especially they cancelled when you just spent time to learn them. but what ever, you know a truth, Microsoft like to give names to their products, and, they always thought the names were great.
If you recently research Windows 10 IoT with some hardware board such as Raspberry Pi, you should see the .FFU file, and you might realize you can not get enough information from Google search to know the .FFU file information.
Actually, .FFU file is more known by those Windows IoT developers, they download Windows 10 IoT Core package, and they will see .FFU file on the computer folder.
Microsoft just finished their Windows 10 new status event in today.
The following are the new info which we got from this event:
1: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 can be free upgraded for the first year after Windows 10 launch.
Yesterday, 2015 January 13, Microsoft stopped the mainstream supporting for Windows 7.
The following Windows 7 products ended mainstream supporting at the same day:
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Enterprise N
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Premium N
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems
Windows 7 Professional N
Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Starter N
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate for Embedded Systems
Windows 7 Ultimate N
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7