Windows 10 SDK Fall Creators Update SDK

Downloads and tools for Windows 10

Visual Studio 2017

  • The latest version of Visual Studio, released October 2017
  • The latest Windows Standalone SDK (ver. 10.0.16299.15)
  • Templates for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for tablet, phone, PC, Windows IoT, or Xbox
  • Templates for Windows desktop applications
  • Windows 10 Mobile emulators

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Download the Windows 10—Fall Creators Update SDK today. Want to learn more about what’s in it? Get the overview by watching the Windows Developer Day keynote and dive deeper with over 18 sessions on Windows 10 features and capabilities here.
And don’t forget to enter an epic sweepstakes with amazing prizes. When you submit or update a Windows Store app targeting Windows 10—Fall Creators Update (build 16299), you’ll have a chance to win one of five prize packages—each valued at over $8,000 USD.* You’ll receive one entry for each app or game you create or update that meets the criteria.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE

Veeam

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a simple, standalone agent that delivers backup and recovery for Windows servers and workstations running in the public cloud, for physical Windows servers and workstations, and endpoints running on‑premises.

It delivers all-new functionality to give you features and capabilities unheard of in a FREE desktop backup, and data recovery solution:

Active full backups: Meet your company policy by scheduling the periodic active full backup in backup job
Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure: Restore or migrate on‑premises, Windows-based physical server and endpoint backups directly into Microsoft Azure
Windows Server 2016 support: Get full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016

You can visit the web site to read more on this amazing tool. Full support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.  Free Windows backup for desktops and laptops.  So much more is available for you and your business.

Now just to be clear, for extra functionality, Veeam Agent for Windows must be coupled with their  Backup & Replication, which adds complexity and extra cost. Yes, these agents could be used as standalone solutions, but their functionality is limited by design.  That is where the word free comes in.  You get what you paid for but it is a start to test out and see if Veeam does fit your business as well as budget.

Now you can go with Acronis or Unitrends but as you add on servers, workstations, etc. the cost alone can hit you hard.  You must test out the software for the best overall solution and security for your business.  Backups are extremely important in this time of need due to the amount of computer hackers and thieves.  Our recommendation is to test out each piece for your location to see what is the best overall solution.

Meet FMS President Luke Chung

FMS

Access

Since FMS started in 1986 they have assisted countless individuals and organizations make better data driven decisions. As database experts, FMS help our clients improve accuracy, efficiency, and costs. FMS give managers better control of their processes, provide data to key decision makers, and help developers add features and gain insight into their applications. Collecting, analyzing, and presenting data in ways that empower individuals is what they provide.

Having used their tools for various Microsoft Access Projects and applications Baron Software highly recommends visiting the FMS web site as well as stopping at this event to listen to Mr. Chung.

Meet FMS President Luke Chung at the Microsoft Access User Group Meeting in New York City

September 11, 2017, 6:30 PM
Microsoft Headquarters, New York City

FMS President Luke Chung is the featured presenter at the Microsoft Access User Group meeting in New York City.

Learn from his experiences with Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Azure cloud computing, and techniques to improve your productivity. He’ll answer your questions and demonstrate FMS products.

Includes FMS product giveaways.

We look forward to seeing you at this Free Event.

For more info: read the User Group Announcement

Location

11 Times Square, East side of 8th Ave. between 41st and 42nd Streets (nearer 41st) Belasco Room on the 6th Floor.

The building is across the street from the Port Authority bus terminal. Subway: A, C, or E train to 42 Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Bring Picture ID to get thru security.

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.3 Released

Visual Studio 2017

For Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3, Microsoft focused on improving accessibility, particularly using Visual Studio with the most popular screen readers. Microsoft made over 1,700 improvements but if you are using Visual Studio 2017 in a low-vision or no-vision mode, a lot has improved.

Couple of the more major things Microsoft improved.

  • Debugging is much more accessible. Debugger windows like the Call Stack, Locals, Autos, and Watch windows were inaccessible to screen readers. That’s now fixed.
  • The VS editor’s text adornments let developers know about features available at particular points on a line of code, such as breakpoints, lightbulbs, and error and warning “squiggles.” Customers can now discover and navigate between these adornments via the new “Show Line Annotations” command set, which you can find on the editor context menu.

In addition to accessibility,  many fixes for reliability issues to improve performance, many of which were reported through report-a-problem. Here are some of the more notable ones that had high votes that were fixed:

  • A crash that could occur in C# and VB projects when editing linked files, files in Shared Projects, or files used in projects targeting multiple runtimes.
  • A race condition when debugging C# or VB projects that could cause Visual Studio to crash when ending the debugging session.
  • A crash in C# or VB projects when malformed metadata is encountered in the code file.
  • A crash that could occur when compiling a local function in C#.

Additional key improvements

  • Azure Functions Support. 
  • Broad Azure sign-in support.
  • Improved container support.
  • Continuous Delivery Tools now included.

For the full list of improvements check out the release notes for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3.

New Microsoft debugger WinDbg available in preview!

Debugging Tools for Windows

Preview

Microsoft is excited to announce a preview version of a brand new WinDbg a Windows debugger.  WinDbg has more modern visuals, faster windows, a full-fledged scripting experience, built with the easily extensible debugger data model front and center.

Things to know

  • Installation - You can install the WinDbg Preview from the store if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/windbg/9pgjgd53tn86 – WinDbg Preview uses some features from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so that’s required for now.
  • Feedback - Familiarize yourself a bit with the Feedback Hub!  Microsoft will be using the Feedback Hub to help prioritize what you want Microsoft to work on! The Windows Insider website has a great overview on how to give good feedback – https://insider.windows.com/en-us/how-to-feedback Once you’ve read that, just hit the ‘Feedback Hub’ button on the home ribbon.
  • Questions - Send feedback in the Feedback Hub, or tweet @aluhrs13 for answers. A FAQ on the blog sometime in the upcoming weeks will be posted.
  • Documentation - Microsoft has some early documentation up on MSDN that’s preliminary and subject to change at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=854349, you can give Microsoft feedback or propose edits to that documentation by hitting “Comments” or “Edit” on any page. Keep your eyes on the MSDN blog – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/windbg – for more updates and tips.
  • Videos - You can view on Channel 9 studio with recorded episodes of Defrag Tools to help explain some of the basics of WinDbg Preview.
    • Defrag Tools #182 – Basics of WinDbg Preview and some of the features
    • Defrag Tools #183 – WinDbg Preview and a quick demo
    • Coming Soon – Defrag Tools #184 – A walk through the scripting features in WinDbg Preview

Restrictions and other things worth noting

  • At this point in the preview, Microsoft is only offering WinDbg Preview through the Windows Store. That means only devices running Windows 10 Anniversary Update can install it.
  • You might hit errors when trying to do something that requires elevation. You’ll have to manually launch WinDbg Preview elevated.
  • The concept of a workspace is going to be changing a lot. A workspace in WinDbg Preview is vastly different from one in WinDbg. The MSDN documentation linked above has more information.

NYPD dropping Window Phone for iPhone

Phone

A New York Post report that one of Microsoft’s more celebrated U.S. business customers for Windows Phone is dumping the platform raises some interesting questions about Redmond’s future mobility plans.

The Post reported on August 28 that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is going to scrap the 36,000 Nokia phonesrunning the Windows Phone OS that it has been rolling out for the past two years.

Microsoft dropped support for Windows Mobile 8.1 in July 2017. But the two handset models the NYPD purchased, the Lumia 640XL and Lumia 830, both were among the Windows Phones that were upgradable to Windows 10 Mobile. (Of these two, only the newer 640XL will also be eligible for the coming Fall Windows 10 Mobile update, however.)

As of October 2016, the NYPD was planning ot migrate to Windows Phones running Windows 10 Mobile. But the New York Post is reporting that the NYPD, instead, is likely to move to iPhones by the end of this calendar year.

Microsoft has been working to get out of the phone business for the past couple of years. The company is not currently manufacturing any new Windows Phones. And Windows Phones that are still being used won’t get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming out later this year. Instead, some subset of existing models will only get something internally known as “Feature 2,” which is believed to be a dead-end branch of Windows 10 Mobile.

So if NYPD does not share Microsoft’s mobile productivity as well as the other features, is there any point in keeping the Windows Phone alive and compete against Android and iPhone ?

At the moment the Windows Phone user base sold since 2016 is less than .5 percent while 99.6 percent are purchasing Android and iPhones.  Maybe the writing is on the wall that this is a dead product and time to put it to rest.

IDERA, Inc. Acquires Sencha to Strengthen Developer Tools Business

Idera

IDERA, Inc., the leading provider of database, development, and test management tools, today announced an agreement to acquire Sencha, a leading web application development platform. Sencha will be integrated with Embarcadero, IDERA, Inc.’s developer tools division.

The press release can be view at BusinessWire about this purchase in detail.  Now the question is what will happen with moving this product into the Embarcadero Developer product line ?   How does this affect the Rad Studio products that deal with the enterprise ?

Sencha provides software tools to build web applications across desktops, tablets and smartphones.  How will this work with FireMonkey is the real question.  The pricing structure for Sencha is extremely high for up to 5 developers.

Atanas Popov has been quoted “Sencha matches our mission to deliver agile development tools to our growing global community of developers,” said Atanas Popov, General Manager of Embarcadero. “It broadens the languages we support by adding JavaScript, and delivers broad synergies with our existing product portfolio. For example, Sencha Ext JS will provide a powerful Web Framework for Embarcadero’s RAD Studio to complement our native frameworks, including VCL for Windows and FMX for Mobile.”

Embarcadero has recently added CData support tools to allow access for VCL and FMX applications to use. So the idea of allowing Ext JS to have a IDE plug-in is not far off since it does have Visual Studio support.  What does this mean for other software products such as Elevate Software Web Development, no one knows.  This is a pretty major step so now let’s see what happens in the near future.  Based on Idera’s track record this will be a long term project to get all members on the same page.

 

Visual Studio 2017 to be released March 7th

The Visual Studio team has released a pack of updates that amount to some minor fixes for the Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate 3 that was let loose on the Web a week ago. The team also set a definitive launch date for the feature-complete suite to be on March 7, 2017

The most recent update  includes updates to the .NET Core SDK, including a new templating engine for projects originating from the dotnet new command. Feedback from developers also precipitated a change in the .NET Standard library class template under the .NET Standard node. Rich Lander, a Microsoft program manager with the Common Language Runtime team, that there are also about 50 quality fixes “across the .NET CLI, NuGet, MSBuild and also in Visual Studio,” and adds, “We will continue to squash bugs as we get closer to Visual Studio 2017 RTM.”

The build also adds Redgate SQL Prompt, which provides SQL code completion while coding, and a number of Developer Analytics Tools enhancements.

Outside of fixes covered in the release notes, there is one tool worth noting that is related to VS 2017 RC3. A Visual Studio senior program manager Ahmed Metwally posted earlier this week offers up details on a new tool, Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio 2017, which he explains is aimed at streamlining the automated build and release of ASP.NET and .NET Core projects targeting Azure App Services and Azure Container Services. It belongs to that category of tools coming from Microsoft’s DevLabs extension, which are “experimental,” which means the tools are nascent (such projects can be killed at any time) and so aren’t backed by any official support.

Just like this update, from now until launch on March 7 will likely be fixes and updates, but no major feature enhancements or additions.

 

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Only Bill Gates would come up with something to create a tax system against robot usage.  Click here to view the interview for yourself the conversation.  After viewing the video the question arises about who or what can be taxed and does this open up a door to things to take away your money.  Gates has been a billionaire for years and you wonder if he has way too much time on his hands.  This comes from a person who has a heated driveway that melts the snow during the winter months.  Based on what Gates mentions it seems he should be taxed from taking jobs from shovel driven folks and using automation to remove the snow.

Mass Production and the Robotic Age

Automation has been in the American industry for the past 40 years, does the car industry get taxed for having robotic machines that build cars on the line or other areas.  Click here for the brief history of robotic assembly lines.

Gates tends to come up with some nutty concepts much like the building of farms in Africa but then cried out about global warming due to cutting down the forests.  He tends to mean well but as proven over the Microsoft years he tends to generate failures as well. Can someone mention BOB or VISTA ?  Gates is looking to hand out his money to charities which is the best thing he can do instead of coming up with ideas of taking other people’s money.  As described in books that concerned Gates, he was always one to be cheap and frown on anyone he thought was taking his money.  So does that make it right for him to come up with a tax plan ?

 

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap has been updated and released for the public to view what is going to be coming this year.  One large item is the MS SQL Server release for Linux.  This alone may open the doors for Microsoft to take over the Linux market from MYSQL who has been the center piece on Linux for years.   This year’s product roadmap looks to be a bit less crowded, though major changes are on tap for Microsoft’s productivity solutions, while Windows 10 is poised for another landmark update.  https://rcpmag.com/articles/2011/02/01/the-2011-microsoft-product-roadmap.aspx

Microsoft is attacking the Linux arena at this point giving Windows developers the necessary tools to work with MS Code to build Python applications or access a SQL server.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

Another major release will be Visual Studio 2017 that will:

  • Enhancements to productivity: Visual Studio 2017 features new filtering capabilities in IntelliSense, improvements to navigation and debugging, live code analysis and editing, and the ability to access files without projects.
  • Greater mobile development support: Developers can build iOS, Windows and Android apps using JavaScript, C# and C++. Visual Studio 2017 also comes with a mobile test recorder for application testing purposes.
  • More streamlined development for the cloud: “Visual Studio 2017 RC improves DevOps workflows from Git-based version control to making it much simpler to create continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines,” according to Montgomery.
  • Speed and performance improvements: Visual Studio 2017 is faster to install and start up, has a smaller memory footprint, and loads solutions between two to four times faster than its predecessor.

The roadmap looks pretty strong with the different avenues that developers can grow new products and possibly get additional business / profits from.  Microsoft also will be delivering a new XBox as well as the Surface Pro 5 so 2017 seems to be a strong Microsoft year to come.