Previously, these packages were limited to Metro, Azure, Windows Phone, and the Web, but developer pressure has led to Microsoft offering a desktop version
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Microsoft is making changes to the user interface for the planned Visual Studio 11 IDE, which impact coloring, icon usability, and application of the Metro look and feel.
Oracle on Thursday is releasing updates to the standard edition of Java and the JavaFX rich client application platform, including the first delivery of the Java Development Kit and JavaFX Software Development Kit for Mac OS X. The latest enhancements for Java garbage collection and the Java Virtual Machine are featured as well.
Microsoft is spinning out a wholly owned subsidiary to bridge the gap between proprietary Microsoft technologies and non-Microsoft technologies in mixed IT environments by engaging with open source and standards communities.
Microsoft on Tuesday will preview a cloud-based application build service and improvements to its Visual Studio IDE to make it easier to build SharePoint programs.
Microsoft is upgrading its ASP.Net MVC software, adding mobile Web functionalty as well as capabilities for building Web applications that load faster, a company official said.
Pyxis Mobile is changing its name to Verivo Software in an effort to reflect the company's evolving mission in the mobile computing space.
Microsoft detailed on Wednesday both the planned "Mango" update to its Windows Phone smartphone platform, due this fall with nearly 1,500 new APIs, and development tool improvements to help build applications for the platform.
Preaching the mantra of HTML5, Microsoft has begun offering a preview of its planned Internet Explorer 10 browser, which emphasises the critical Web specification and its visual effects.
Novell is extending on Wednesday development of Google Android mobile applications to developers with Microsoft .Net application-building skills.
Oracle and IBM officials took the stage together Wednesday to champion Java and stress that their own interests mandate continued vitality of the platform.
Java.net has been re-launched as the home of Java community projects, featuring a new look and new tools for developers, an Oracle official said on Tuesday.
The growing use Facebook and Twitter in enterprises presents security challenges for companies that now need to communicate with customers via these <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/social-networking">social networking</a> technologies, said <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/ibm-ties-lotuslive-sugarcrm-ariba-database-650">SugarCRM</a> CEO Larry Augustin at JasperWorld 2011 on Wednesday.
The Eclipse Foundation is making a move into <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/contentdocument-management">content management</a>, with Nuxeo donating Java-based content management repository services to the open source tools organization.
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