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With Azure And Visual Studio, Microsoft Hugs Cloud And Mobile Developers A Little More Tightly

If you don’t do Windows, Microsoft still wants to talk to you.

One proof point there: Windows Azure, its answer to Amazon Web Services, is now called Microsoft Azure. The name change may be superficial, but there are deeper changes afoot, including a host of announcements the company made at its Build conference for developers in San Francisco on Thursday.

Visual Studio Goes Online

The core of how Microsoft has catered to software creators over the year is Visual Studio, a desktop program that offers an integrated development environment, or IDE—in other words, all the tools you need to write, test, and fix software. It was, naturally, only available on Windows.

At Build, Microsoft executive Scott Guthrie announced that Visual Studio Online, a Web-based version of Visual Studio, had exited a period of testing and was now available to all comers. For groups of more than 5 users, it requires a paid subscription, and it still lacks some of the features of the desktop version, but it is a way developers who prefer Mac or Linux machines can get a taste of Microsoft’s code-building tools. 

Another way Microsoft is courting those developers is through the partnership it unveiled last November with Xamarin, a San Francisco-based software company which offers code-building software compatible with Microsoft’s tools and frameworks, including the C# programming language and the .Net framework. Xamarin Studio is available for both Mac and Windows, making it another way Microsoft can broaden its reach among developers it has not traditionally courted. Xamarin cofounder Miguel de Icaza demonstrated Xamarin on stage at Build on Thursday.

Azure Skies

At the same time, it is also clear that Visual Studio will also be more and more tightly integrated with Azure. For example, Microsoft  now lets Visual Studio users increase or decrease the amount of computing power they wish to rent on Azure right within the program. This integration is meant to let developers move more quickly by adding extra servers or instances without having to leave their coding environment.

Ironically, Microsoft is catching up on its own turf. Amazon, Microsoft’s archrival in Web-based computing services, recognized the opportunity to court Microsoft developers and already offers a Visual Studio extension for managing the full range of Amazon Web Services offerings within the program.

Microsoft is now talking to developers beyond the Windows world.

Microsoft is now talking to developers beyond the Windows world.

MIcrosoft also added to its mobile back-end offerings, which allow app developers to focus more on designing an app’s user interface and worry less about how it will store data and run code.

A key back-end service is Azure Active Directory, a Web-based version of Microsoft’s authentication system for corporate networks. An executive from DocuSign, a document-management service, showed how its mobile app used Azure Active Directory to let users log in with the same credentials they might use for their company email—on an iPhone, no less.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory works on iOS devices, too.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory works on iOS devices, too.

At the same time it’s making Visual Studio more attractive—or at least a plausible option—for non-Windows developers, its also letting developers use a wide variety of programming languages to access Azures computing services. And it’s letting them use Visual Studio and Azure to create apps that run on Apple’s iOS, Googles Android, and the Web, not just Windows.

This doesn’t represent a whole new strategy for Microsoft, which has been building towards this for years. But the collection of products and features Microsoft highlighted at Build shows that it now has a serious portfolio for developers of all stripes.

Photo of Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president, cloud and enterprise group, by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite

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Apple TV: The Fun Little Experiment Is Getting Serious

It looks like Apple just got serious about Internet video. The company has given Apple TV, its streaming-media gadget, some prime digital real estate, clearing out a dedicated section of its online store to highlight the set-top box.

The site groups the $99 box with links to related accessories and support pages. This retail positioning is significant, noted 9to5Mac, since it’s the first time the set-top box has gotten the royal treatment alongside Apple’s bigger product lines: the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac. Previously, Apple TV was hidden in the iPod section. 

Apple TV’s Time is Ripe

Apple TV had always been considered a niche product within a niche industry, even by Apple itself. When the device debuted in 2006—before the arrival of the iPhone—it was at most an adjunct to the iTunes Store’s video offerings.

Not that the device isn’t popular. As of this writing, it’s the fourth best-selling electronics item on Amazon. That success came because Apple broadened the device beyond the iTunes ecosystem and allowed Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu on the device. More recently, it’s added TV brands like HBO and ESPN.

Yet that selling point only highlights Apple TV’s limitation. Only approved apps appear on the screen. Without the ability to download apps, users are completely reliant on whatever software and features Apple permits. 

If you want to watch Amazon’s “Betas,” for example, you have to go through a workaround to stream the show from a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, as Amazon doesn’t have an approved video app for Apple TV yet. 

The popularity of players like Roku, TiVo, Dish with Hopper, Sling and Chromecast prove that people want more flexibility in their TV viewing habits. And if you believe the hype machine at the Consumer Electronics Show, smart TVs are finally going from a long, slow simmer to a hot, roiling boil. 

The next evolution of TV hardware is about to capture hearts and eyeballs. Chances are that’s not lost on Apple executives in Cupertino.

Get Those Living Rooms Ready

There’s no doubt that, after the Apple earnings call took some of the shine off the iPhone brand this week, the company needs a new hit this year. And there has never been a better time to focus on a TV streaming device than now.

But Apple has never been known to care about trends and hype. Or market analysis. What it might care about, however, is consumer sentiment. The company prides itself on building products people absolutely love. The “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5C wasn’t it. A perception that Apple isn’t an endless source of must-have devices has to hurt.

So what heart-grabbing move could Apple make with the newly prominent Apple TV? Rumors abound, like the persistent notion that Apple will stuff that smart-TV technology into its own flat-screen device. But the one that makes the most sense—that feels the most true to Apple’s heritage—is for it to finally launch an app store for Apple TV.

As much as Apple cares about consumers’ opinions of its products, it aims to court app creators, too. Truly opening up Apple TV, making it a distribution outlet for developers, could be the move that makes Apple the master of the living room. 

Developers have longed to code for Apple TV. Some have even hacked the box to run iOS apps. The interest is clearly there.

As are the dollars. The App Store did $10 billion in business last year. Imagine the creativity that could come if Apple let consumers spend even some of that on the big screen in their living room. 

Feature image courtesy of Flickr user Julien GONG Min

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The Bing Dilemma: What To Do With The Little Search Engine That Can’t

The challenge that Microsoft faces in the online search landscape could be a business school case study: how to capture market share from a competitor whose very brand (“Google”) has become synonymous with the act of searching online. Imagine that you are the person at Microsoft…

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Google’s Matt Cutts: A Little Duplicate Content Won’t Hurt Your Rankings

If your duplicate content is for legitimate reasons, webmasters really shouldn’t be concerned about duplicate content. However if you’re utilizing duplicate content in a spammy fashion, Google certainly can take action against those sites.

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