Lockscreen app for Windows Phone 8.1 incoming!

During the Microsoft Build 2014 conference in May, one of the hidden features of Windows Phone 8.1announced is the Lockscreen app, made in partnership with developer Rudy Huyn. The secret project was kept at the highest levels as many on the Windows Phone team were even unaware of its existence. The question though for many is When can we have it?

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to Twitter today to alleviate concerns. The Lockscreen app (yes, it is a separate download, not built into the OS) is evidently nearing completion, at least far enough along to earn beta status.

From Belfiore’s Tweet:

“Lockscreen app- sorry for being quiet. The beta (English, 1gb+) is ALMOST here, perhaps a week. We hit a few snags & added a feature.”

A few things to note in that Tweet is that evidently the app is only for English devices with 1 GB or more RAM. Support for 512 MB device is on the roadmap though Belfiore commented back in Junethat making app fast and staying in memory, was their top priority.

The good news though is the app is almost ready for those with Windows Phone 8.1 to try out. We will, of course, keep you posted on any further developments.

Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available

More new stuff availability to notify tonight, as Microsoft just released the Visual Studio “14” Community Technical Preview  2!

You can download it at the link below here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/07/08/visual-studio-14-ctp-2-available.aspx

Just notice that you can’t install it along an existing Visual Studio installation, so you’ll probably need to test it out in a Virtual Machine environment or in a different system partition.

Happy testing 🙂

Free Microsoft books available!

Who likes free stuff? Everyone does, of course!

Microsoft just pulled out a bunch of new free ebooks (pdf, mobi, epub), that might enhance your knowledge in a variety of topics 🙂

Head to the link down here to start downloading some!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx

 

Happy reading 🙂