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Michael Butler Michael Butler Just a software kind of guy.
  • No more need for developers (that means you)

    Seeing as their web-site can't even support IE 11, then I'm not too worried about this.

    I've seen these tools come and go over my entire 25 year career, even tried to write a few myself, but never found one which threatened my developer existence.

    I'm all for tools that raise the abstraction layer to be closer to just concentrating on writing the bit that solves the business problem. However, there are always sometimes you need to step outside the tooling to do something, and that's when the entire thing breaks down and you have to jump through hoops to do something that would be easier if you'd just written the code yourself.


  • Channel 9 officially dead?

    The MSDN teams organise a lot of local events,



  • Channel 9 officially dead?

    With Build not until April. I guess there isn't a lot new they are ready to talk about. Plenty of content here already for building Universal apps for Win 8.x, which seems to be the road to supporting Windows 10 across all devices.

  • New MSN live. Any plans for C9 to talk to the team behind the rebuild?

    I see local weather on the top left, a summary with a link that takes me to my local weather. My experience has been customised by my using of the former Bing/now MSN apps on Windows and Windows Phone.

  • New MSN live. Any plans for C9 to talk to the team behind the rebuild?

    New "rebuilt" site is live.

    Rollout begins

    "The new MSN is completely built from the ground up on Azure to provide massive, cost-effective scale (with more than 30,000 Azure cores for serving and 100 Terabytes of storage), reliability, and ongoing agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. Every single line of code was re-written to ensure that you have one consistent experience regardless of whether you are accessing your stocks in MSN Money, your favorite sports teams in MSN Sports, or your recipe collections in MSN Food & Drink. All of those experiences will always be with you across your devices."

    Would love to know more details about the developer story behind the rebuild.

    Any chance of some videos and interviews?


  • 2,5 Biolion only for one game ?


    , ZippyV wrote


    Much larger worlds? The PC version can generate up to 32,000,000 blocks. How much more do you want?


    Well I'm an Xbox player, so I don't get the PC sized world. I'm JavaPhobic, so maybe a move to C++ would be good to switch me to PC.





  • 2,5 Biolion only for one game ?

    I'm excited about this purchase. (Also given that this was probably purchased with off-shore cash they can't bring back to the states without being taxed, it's pretty much a $0 deal for Microsoft)

    I'd like to see Microsoft bring the power of Azure to bear and let us have much larger worlds, with support for more players in the world at a time.

    Personally I'd like to see a Smartglass app as a companion, as an easier way to access my inventory, see the map of the world, and maybe even remind me of which things I need to put together to build something else.

    I hope they continue to build cross-platform and allow the mods to keep on being developed. Be nice to see some official developer tools customised for making mods too.

    Looking forward to seeing where Microsoft take this.


  • Project ​Documentati​on System

    We currently use a shared OneNote, hosted on SharePoint.

    Works very well, although I'd like to have some kind of TFS integration so I could tie OneNote notes to a TFS work item, or even to a code-file.

  • This has to be a joke

    Imagine the size of worlds we could have, when Minecraft is powered by Azure.

  • The rebirth of MSN

    Bing Apps to be re-branded MSN

    I've had a look at preview.msn.com and it is looking good and when I login, I get my Bing Apps favourites.

    Looking forward to seeing the cross-platform Bing/MSN apps.