Visual Studio 2012, .NET Framework 4.5 Set for Release Aug. 15

The official launch is coming Sept. 12

Reports: Microsoft May be Ditching 'Metro'

Possible copyright violations of the name are cited.

Build 2012 Slated for Week After Windows 8 Release

This year's developer conference is scheduled to take place at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Wash., just days after Windows 8 ships.

Windows 8 Set to Debut October 26

The operating system will release to manufacturing in August.

Microsoft Opens Up Cloud ID Management to Developers

This preview release only supports the PowerShell-based IT administrator tool, but support for a GUI-based management module is coming.

Silverlight Transitions Continue for Developers and Microsoft

If you haven't heard much about Silverlight lately, a few things have popped up in recent weeks that shed some light on Microsoft's vision for the technology and how to move forward.

Microsoft Gets More Royalties from Android IP

Companies appear to be estimating that paying royalties is cheaper than going to court.

Windows 8 Coming in October

The new operating system will release to manufacturing (RTM) in August.

Microsoft Makes Social Networking Play With Yammer Buy

The sale is for $1.2 billion in cash.

New .NET Framework Repair Tool Released

At present, the tool only repairs issues with .NET Framework 4.0.

Microsoft Announces Shift to Windows 8 for Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8, expected later this year, will introduce a development model based on C++/C and DirectX to facilitate code sharing with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Telerik Ships Q2 2012 Dev Tools, Previews Metro Toolkit

The beta of the Metro tooling, which supports Windows 8 development for the desktop and tablets, is expected sometime this summer.

Microsoft Upgrades App Hub, Windows Marketplace

Core changes address issues with lag time between app certification and Marketplace publication.

Microsoft Releases Windows Azure SQL Reporting

The service is free until Aug. 1.

Microsoft: Windows 8 Better than Windows 7

Microsoft also touted the backwards compatibility of Windows 8, saying Windows 7 programs will work with it.

Microsoft Announces New Capabilities for TFS, LightSwitch

Other upgrades include cloud services, Windows Server and System Center.

.NET Vendor ComponentOne Acquired by GrapeCity

New combined company will have more than 850 employees.

Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Desktop

The company is bringing back free tooling for Windows desktop apps after developers expressed frustration over the Visual Studio 2012 Express lineup.

Windows Azure Release Includes New SDKs

By adding IaaS to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) portfolio, Microsoft is also mounting its most formidable challenge yet to Amazon Web Services.

Analyst: Windows Phone to Overtake iPhone by 2016

IDC predicts that Windows Phone will surpass iPhone sales in four years; Android still out front.

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