Apple Watch SDK Ready


Finally you can start to develop your app for Apple iWatch, starting early 2015, you will be able to deliver innovative new experiences to your customers on their wrist.

WatchKit apps have two parts: A WatchKit extension that runs on iPhone and a set of user interface resources that are installed on Apple Watch. When your app is launched on Apple Watch, the WatchKit extension on iPhone runs in the background to update the user interface and respond to user interactions. WatchKit provides three opportunities to extend your iPhone app to Apple Watch: WatchKit apps, Glances, and actionable notifications.

This release of Xcode 6.2 with iOS 8.2 SDK beta includes WatchKit for building apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple Watch.


ASP.NET 5 Overview

ASP.NET 5 is a lean .NET stack for building modern web apps. We built it from the ground up to provide an optimized development framework for apps that are either deployed to the cloud or run on-premises. It consists of modular components with minimal overhead, so you retain flexibility while constructing your solutions.

ASP.NET 5 includes the following features:

  • New flexible and cross-platform runtime
  • New modular HTTP request pipeline
  • Cloud-ready environment configuration
  • Unified programming model that combines MVC, Web API, and Web Pages
  • Ability to see changes without re-building the project
  • Side-by-side versioning of the .NET Framework
  • Ability to self-host or host on IIS
  • New tools in Visual Studio 2015
  • Open source in GitHub

You can begin working with ASP.NET 5 by downloading Visual Studio 2015 Preview. For more information about what is included in this release, see the Visual Studio 2015 Preview.

Finally .NET Core is Open Source


Finally .NET Core will be open source, including the runtime as well as the framework libraries.

.NET Core is a modular development stack that is the foundation of all future .NET platforms It’s already used by ASPNET Core 5 and NET Native I’ll go into more detail on what NET Core is and how it relates to the NET Framework in a following blog post.

The code will be hosted on GitHub and published under a permissive MIT-style license.

In order to play with our bits or experiment with your own modifications you need to be able to build and run your own version of the libraries. We want to make this as easy as pie, so here it is:

The build only requires Visual Studio 2013 (i.e. it doesn’t require “Dev14”). It will build all the libraries and run the unit tests.

AppleCare for Enterprise

AppleCare for Enterprise

After Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility, Apple renewed AppleCare for Enterprise.

AppleCare for Enterprise provides IT department–level support for six technical contacts you designate. Support is available 24/7 with one-hour response times for top-priority issues.

It includes flexible service options, priority onsite services, and next-business-day device replacement and can be combined with the AppleCare iOS Direct Service Program, so you can replace your hardware without waiting for a technician.

You can replace up to 10 percent of your covered iPad and iPhone devices.

Office 365 extensibility for iOS, Windows, Android and web developers

New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS, Android and web developers

Microsoft Open Technologies is launching an iOS SDK and releasing a new version of the Android SDK.

These SDKs supplement the Visual Studio SDK that we have for developers. The iOS SDK supports Objective-C, with Swift support coming soon.

For more information check out the iOS and Android developer pages on the Office Dev Center.



App Store will require 64-bit and iOS 8 for New Apps


Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later.

To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

Apple will not remove any apps currently on the store.