There's a lot of product announcements every week -- and sooner or later, something gets announced that you'll want to know. Every Friday, we'll connect some of these newsy little dots and draw a picture as to what's going on with tech vendors and industry trends.
Microsoft has been talking about Windows 10 on ARM-based devices for some time now. Currently, there are a few devices from partner OEMS available for purchase and the company also seeded some of these devices to Windows-based developers to test them out.
During BUILD 2018 this week Microsoft demoed and has now released a version of their flagship development software, Visual Studio, that is compiled for Windows 10 on ARM. While these devices are not powerful developer machines, this porting of Visual Studio helps to demonstrate the possibilities with this new hardware platform.
This release also gives developers an option to compile their apps in an ARM64 package for submission to the Microsoft Store. Native ARM apps will run more efficiently on ARM-based devices since they do not need to use the x86 emulation layer of the operating system on Always Connected PCs.
As Microsoft has shifted into full development mode of the next feature update for Windows 10, its codename is Redstone 5 and release is expected this fall, the tools to help developers keep up with the changes will be seeing regular updates as well.
This SDK introduces all of the latest APIs that are available in development builds of Windows 10 Redstone 5. Developers who are working on their apps during this development phase will be ready to release updated apps right alongside the feature update when it arrives.
During BUILD 2018, Microsoft also unveiled a new revenue-sharing model for apps in the Microsoft Store that could result in a developer getting almost 95% of the revenue for their apps depending on how they are discovered.
After about a month of beta testing, the next generation SharePoint Migration Tool is generally available.
Version 2.0 of this tool is intended to help you migrate from on-premises sites and local file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365. The tool helps you deal with the typical challenges that come with migrations of this sort.
If you are just now learning about this tool then be sure to visit the tools download page for more information on its uses.
The day after Microsoft started BUILD 2018 in Seattle, Google launched their annual developers' conference in Mountain View, California.
Just like at BUILD, Google announced a lot of stuff relating to Google Assistant, Android, and most of their other services.
They packaged all of these various announcements into a nice tidy list of 100 items to give you a one-stop spot to start exploring all of their announcements from I/O 18.
This is Google's embedded operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
It has been in a developer preview with more than 10,000 developers and 100,000 downloads of the SDK. Now that testing is complete it is being released as Version 1.0 for developers. This release now adds long-term support for production IoT devices.
Along with the release of the Android Things software and SDK, Google has also revealed a production hardware lineup that is supported with this release.