Sorry, Edge! I tried, I REALLY did!

Screenshot of my Microsoft Edge in action

I like Microsoft, and I like their core business: Windows and Office. After all, I worked there for quite some time, and got few great friends there too!

But I just can’t understand why Microsoft still can’t make it to a useful browser! It’s already been almost two decades of painful browser marathon, which started with the once-great success of IE6 (and then the IE6 hell following).

Edge with Windows 10 sucked. It was possibly a good browser for someone’s grandma, but not for me. Main point: lack of extensions. Second point: lack of support across most of SPAs. Third point: lack of clearance “what’s next” for Microsoft.

Recently, with the recent upgrade to Windows Creators, I got the new Edge as well. I was excited: on my Insiders machine, I often use Edge, just to check how their progress goes. And I was glad that there’s finally Extensions’ support there, with my favorite LastPass extension, too.

As part of my “Creators Excitement,” I decided to switch from Chrome to Edge on my “hottest” notebook, the one I use mostly, hourly, minutely, etc.
So I did. And it was lovely honeymoon (well, honey-half-moon, actually).

But today I’m switching back to Chrome!

Why? Here’s why!

  1. Edge seems to perform badly on battery. Yes, Microsoft claims it’s very economic towards my notebook’s battery, but you just can’t use it, while on battery! It *misses keystrokes* in my extensions. If I want to do “Copy to clipboard”, I have to *repeat* this operation, until (finally) something gets copied to the clipboard.
  2. No UI/UX feedback that “it’s thinking.” You type an address in your browser bar, hit ENTER and then… nothing happens. It looks like it’s loading some Javascript or other files in the background, or at least you hope so, but you don’t see it. You go in the browser bar, and then you hit ENTER again, and *then* something starts happening, maybe!
  3. Impossible to put “active” scriplet in my bookmarks bar? Why? It was possible before, but not now?

All this brought a lot of irritation and feeling that “it failed my expectations again”. I’m very sorry. Because I also liked the idea of getting aside Chrome, just for a change. But it seems it won’t happen. Not today, and maybe anytime soon.

How to get 15GB for your photos and videos in OneDrive

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I just did.

Until the end of September, Microsoft is giving 15GB additional space for image and video storage.

The only thing you have to do is to download OneDrive and enable camera upload to it. This will give your an additional 15GB storage space to be used for your pictures and videos.

Evil tongues speak that the addition is only to be used for images and videos, but at least the screenshot from my profile does not say that. So I hope Microsoft marketing had enough brains not to piss out its customers ☺

So go and grab it, either from Android Play Store or iTunes. And get your great deal now! (man, I do sound like a [cheap] salesman)

Don’t you just love the cloud storage competition? Microsoft is winning big so far (prices vs. offering, I mean)!

Good Microsoft Morning :)

It’s been quite a while, since I had so successful and effective morning, while trying to discover new Microsoft-dependent tools and techniques. I’m very glad from what I achieved, so I decided to share it a bit with you!

Feedly-connected News Reader for Windows 8 Tablet

NextGen ReaderFirst of all, I had to find a decent news reader for my Lenovo Helix ultrabook. I’m already using Chrome on the Desktop, but my tablet browser of preference is by no competition Internet Explorer 10. No other browser can compete with its slickness when displaying/resizing text with gestures. I tried many: Chrome, Firefox, Opera – all of them worked perfectly on the desktop, but their tablet mode is ridiculous (and that’s soft talk here, I was using much more harsh words, while trying). Feedly Cloud, on the other hand, does not work with IE10. I’ve no idea why, but when trying to login with Google Authentication, it just hangs on the authentication provider and… that’s it! So I needed something else.

I remember Alex Miloev mentioning that he found something quite good for his Windows 8 Phone (I do not like and do not use this mobile platform), so I tried to reproduce his success, but for my Pro tablet. A quick Windows Store query yielded my news reader of choice: NextGen Reader. I do not remember is Alex mentioned the same app, but it took only 15 min with the trial version to decide that this will be my Windows 8 Tablet reader of choice. Because of:

  • Full Feedly integration (although I’ve still had no success discovering how to unsubscribe from a feed from within NextGen 🙂 )
  • Quick and easy synchronization
  • Very nice and neat UI
    • Although I’m missing Portrait mode, for some strange reason it shows up just the NextGen blue logo (initially I thought the app hung, but then rotated back to Landscape and it was all there.
  • Excellent synchronization with Pocket and Readability
  • …and it just “feels right”, while I’m using it
    • Maybe the user experience resembles quite well the Android tablet user experience, to which I’m addicted?

I had some troubles, while trying to pay for the app (it costs US3 before tax, for me it went to something below US$3.50). Completely acceptable price, I didn’t even wait for its trial to expire and purchased it immediately.

(Of course) I had some trouble purchasing it :). Otherwise it won’t be Windows Store, ain’t it? My trouble was provoked from the fact that my Live account is created with US-based address, and in its Divine Wisdom someone at Microsoft (I’m trembling from fear it could be a whole team though!) decided that once country is tied up to Microsoft Account, only Death can separate it. So the Store kept insisting for Microsoft-based postal address (I had to use my PayPal account, because guess what – all my credit cards are with my real address)! I was almost given up (and ready to write a long rant in my blog), but then it struck me: I have to cheat (again)! I have plenty of friends, who live in USA and have valid addresses, so I just put there one of them (Note to self: warn the person that I tied up his address and phone number to my live account 🙂 ).

So once I did the “fraud” above, all went smooth and my PayPal payment (with my Bulgarian credit card) went smoothly. Yay, I am not a happy NextGen Reader user. And it’s awesome!

Windows 8 Tablet Radio Application

AudialisThe next challenge, which I had to resolve, was to bring some noise in the room. I.e., to enable my tablet to play radio streams. Yes, I know, it’s a Pro tablet, I can install WinAmp or whatever there for desktop you can try/find, but I actually waned a tablet application, because it’s much cooler :).

Again a Windows Store search, which yielded lots of choices. Initially I went for Mini Radio Player. After installation and some playing with it (literally), I decided to keep searching, because this thing didn’t have some of my favorite local stations! Yes, it was very intelligent, immediately offered me Bulgarian stations, but with quite limited choice. So I had to give it up. I refined the query a bit (sorry, don’t remember how 🙂 ) and then I stumbled upon Audialis. A bit too “overdesigned” app for my taste, but since its main purpose is to run in background, the overdesign did not scare me (too much). Tried it, saw it has practically all stations I’m interested for, and that’s it for now. It’s even playing now, while I type this :).

Microsoft Word and WordPress Integration

In the past, I was vivid Windows Live Writer user. However, I did not had Live Writer and also it seems Microsoft does not pay much attention to it either, so I decided to use Word for my posts. Word has pretty good (English and Bulgarian) spell check and auto-correct and it’s a word processor, after all, i.e. great for stuff like that. Until today I was using it as “ground-up” for my posts (when without Live Writer), but today I decided to look for a better integration.

I was very nicely surprised to see that Word actually has an excellent blog integration. WordPress Support says almost nothing about it (is it intentional, or is it on purpose?), but I found this excellent blog post “How to Use Microsoft Word to Publish Directly to Your WordPress Site”, which guided me how I can easily setup my Word 2013 to work with doncho.net. All (again) went flawlessly.

Conclusions

  1. Windows Store and the app content have really grew in the past few months. It’s good to see that and it brings some hope in me that if one day Windows Phone becomes more open and flexible platform, I may decide to give it a chance again (not that I dislike Android, but just of curiosity).
    1. Windows Store, on the other hand, still sucks big time, when it comes to “country diversity” and flexibility. I’m not willing to switch my 10+ years Microsoft Passport account just because an idiot on high Microsoft level can’t understand that sometimes people change countries. Why, Microsoft, oh why? 🙁
  2. Feedly, although promised their cloud will work with any browser, still do not support Internet Explorer 10 in a good way. Maybe Internet Explorer 11?
  3. Word and WordPress work awesome together!
  4. Lenovo Helix is an excellent i7 Windows Ultrabook, Tablet and Notebook, all in one! Great job, Lenovo! I hope I’ll find enough time one day to describe how glad I am from having this gem!

🙂

Update 1:

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Only a Microsoft Product Manager can be so naive 🙂

Ех, а някога GMail беше читава услуга

Outlook.com ScreenshotДа, някога беше. Тогава и Google бяха “добра” компания (we’re not evil, спомняте ли си?). Е, вече (и) те са evil, и то доста лоши, само дето още не го знаеме.

Преди няколко дни ме втрещи новината, че Google забраняват достъпа до Active Sync услугата им за нови мобилни клиенти. ActiveSync е услуга (създадена от Майкрософт тогава, когато Майкрософт притежаваше 90%+ от пазара на мобилни устройства), чрез която вашето [мобилно] устройство може да синхронизира “като хората” вашата е-поща, вашия е-календар, е-задачи и т.н. Услугата е изключително читава и удобна, реализирана е в много от съвременните устройства, и се поддържа от много от съвременните “облачни” услуги, на които им трябва разбира се.

И сега Google спират предоставянето на тази услуга за безплатните си потребители. Защото не са злобни, да не си помислите нещо друго.

Ако имате телефон с Андроид, или такъв, на който има гугълска програма за достъп до вашия Gmail, тогава сте ОК.

Ако имате Windows Phone например, тогава сте прецакани.

Честно казано, това е много, много странно на фона на прекрасната услуга Outlook.com, в която се прероди Windows Live Mail. Изчистен, модерен, с всичко необходимо… Е, липсва едно нещо: импорт на всичко, което имаш в личната си сметка в google, но току-виж някой ден и това дошло (като гледам как вече са решили проблемът с контактите).

В момента ме гложди много сериозна дилема: дали да не сменя email forwarder-а на doncho.net 🙁 ?

Пресен Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 и подаване на ДДС декларация

Днес за малко си помислих, че съм ударил първата сериозна греда в опита ми с Windows 8.

Преди няколко дни с голям кеф инсталирах Windows 8 Enterprise на служебния ноутбук. Засега мога да кажа, че не съм виждал по-неусетна и безпроблемна инсталация, мислех че с Windows 7 са постигнали почти “инсталационна нирвана”, но Windows 8 ме впечатли още повече.

След това повече от седмица безпроблемна работа, свиквам с новото, и новото определено е по-добро от старото!

И така, днес дойде ред за подаване на ДДС декларацията. Имам електронен подпис от Infonotary, регистриран надлежно, преди няколко дни без проблем подадох декл.1 и декл.6 за осигуряването. Тях обаче човек може да ги подава и с Firefox (използвайки detached signature), докато от “доволния” Стоян Мишинев зная, че ДДС може да се подава само и единствено през IE (една от причините той да държи виртуална машина с Windows, не е ли кеф 🙂 ? ).

Та днес получих файловете от счетоводителя и започнах подаването. Пускам си аз Internet Explorer (10), влизам в НАП (успешна оторизация на е-подписа), кликам в/у ДДС, получавам си предупреждението, че ми трябва ActiveX контрол, казвам “Install”… и край. Толкова, нищо не се случва. Internet Explorer 10 е по-различен (много по-добър като цяло от предишните), но явно разработчиците на контролата още не са я “донастроили” за новата версия.

След като попсувах порядъчно и си представих как целия ми ден отива в хартиено подаване на ДДС (лъжа, имам доста виртуални машини с Win 7, но въпроса е принципен, нали така?), пробвах да видя дали не се е случило чудо и да поддържат и Firefox например. Е, чудо нямаше… не го поддържат. Значи, трябваше да се борим с Internet Explorer 10.

Решението е много елементарно, за хора специалисти този материал хич няма смисъл, но за неспециалисти (счетоводители и т.н.) мисля, че ще е полезен.

Ето как излязох от проблемната ситуация (говорим за Windows 8 с работен плот (desktop), това няма да работи с Windows RT tablet):

1. Натискате еднократно Windows+F, за да влезете в режим “търсене”.

2. Написвате “Internet Explorer” в полето, ще видите нещо като това:

Ако не видите нищо, вероятно търсите във “Файлове” (“Files”), трябва да търсите в “Приложения” (Applications), вижте кое е светлозеленото (т.е., избраното) поле под текста, който съм въвел по-горе!

3. Натискате десния бутон на мишката върху прясно намерения Internet Explorer. Този бутон, който обикновено ви показва контекстното меню. Екрана ще се смени на нещо като това:

4. От там избирате “Run as Administrator” (петия бутон в моя случай). Ако нямате Run as Administrator, значи вие нямате право да администрирате компютъра. В този случай трябва да потърсите този, който ви поддържа компютъра (син/дъщеря, брат/сестра, баща/майка, съпруг(а), тетко/тетка, други роднини или колегата-администратор, ако сте на работа). Те ще знаят как да се оправят, ако не – покажете им този материал.

5. След като изберете “Run as Administrator”, нещата ще се случат. Или поне се случиха при мен:

Успех!

Viber for Windows Phone

These days I noticed that my Viber started notifying me that quite a few of my friends from  Microsoft have joined it. When I first received the initial notification, I though “well, maybe <put_name_here> bought an Android phone or iPhone”. But when I started receiving follow-up notifications, I became suspicious and decided to check!

And indeed, on May 8th WPCentral published that since 2.1 there’s a Viber client for Windows Phone and Blackberry. Unfortunately, only the messaging services for now, but that’s much better than nothing. So these days I will install Viber for Windows Phone on Vesi‘s phone, as soonas I succeed to get it in my hands!

So far we’ve been using WhatsApp messenger, but Viber is a great tool and a lot of my friends are having only that. I’m sure Vesi will continue to prefer WhatsApp, because it’s with much better interface and messaging functions, but when Viber comes with voice, at least we’ll know.

The Surface

(Almost) two years ago I’ve spent quite significant US$900 for an Android tablet. The first 7″ ‘real’ Android tablet on the market, which I was sure will worth every buck. That was my 7″ Galaxy Tab device, which I still love and use.

At that time I was still at Microsoft, although I knew the end of these Microsoft days was close. Some of my colleagues disapproved the tablet. However, I had my solid reasons why I cannot wait anymore and I need to get a tablet. I loved the Windows Phone 7 phone, it was great piece of hardware, but I highly disapproved the lockdown, which Microsoft copied directly from Apple and put at his users. That’s why I was sure that my next business phone would be an Android phone.

I was using Android-based devices since then. I’ve had my hands on different phones, starting with Google Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy II, Google Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X and right now Samsung Galaxy III. All those had their flaws and benefits, but the most important experience for me was the fact that I vividly saw the Android OS growing from 2.2 until 4.0.4. I also had some experience with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ (which is with 3.x.x).

Until today I was wondering what would be my next tablet. I was thinking about Asus Transformer series, they’re great, nifty devices with a lot of features. Actually, I almost bought one few months ago, if it was not the Asus support, who ensured me there’s no way Bulgarian language would work with their hardware keyboard. And then I backed off.

…and I’m happy that I waited…

Microsoft SurfaceSo far I did not believe that Microsoft would give something, which would amaze and astonish me that high. Too many disappointments for the past (well…) few years! But fortunately that seems over now.

I just saw the full recordings from the Microsoft Surface announcement, which happened yesterday. I really enjoyed these 47 minutes full of perfection. I can clearly say that the Surface is the device (no, it’s not a tablet, it’s much, much more!), which is worth waiting. Not only because it’s Windows. Because it’s an actual business device, which can be fun as well. Because it will finally close the gap between the Tablet PCs and the real tablets, which you can use in an Enterprise.

I will have to wait for the Pro version. Which means I will wait at least another 9-12 months. But seeing that’re the plans, Windows RT resembles too much the Apple model, which I hate a lot! But Windows 8, on an Intel Surface device, is something which will worth spending $1600 (I think that’ll be the starting price of these things in my geography).

I am very happy with what I’ve saw tonight. Microsoft has finally come with a real product, which will (once again) change the world. I’m sure that Microsoft Surface will give back the speed and the innovation for the consumer computing market, which this company was lacking in the past years.

Microsoft initially won the browser war with Internet Explorer 4. Then Microsoft slowed down and now I can’t see how Internet Explorer will make it back. Especially with the fact that Windows RT will come with IE10 “eunuch edition”, which will not allow plugins at all (Flash does not count, and it’s shitty anyway). I hope Microsoft allows better browsers in its Windows RT market, because otherwise I doubt I’d ever like and own Windows RT tablet at all.

It is, however, quite different story with Windows 8 Pro. It will host full-blown IE10, with all plugin goodness, and it will allow installation of any other software just like any other PC: from any source. This will make possible installing and using Chrome (Firefox, you will rest in peace soon… too bad, because you were the changing factor of the browser market…). Of course, Google has to “surface” the Chrome, but I’m sure that’ll happen too. This combined with all the rest will make the Windows 8 Pro tablet the best future device for me and my needs. And probably for the other 500 million users.

I think that at the end, this will rejuvenate the desktop PCs. Especially for people, who need high processor power at their fingertips. Gamers will have hard time putting their favorite MMORPG on a tablet. Plus, the big screen there is a must. Also, although the Pro tablets are promised to be fast devices, I doubt they’ll match the power of a desktop PC, which can be properly fit and cooled.

But still, the surfaces will prevail. Because iPad might be great consumer device, but it’s total crap in the Enterprise. Plus, until you root it, you’re stuck inside the Fruit Farm of Apple. And when you root it, you lose your warranty. Windows 8 (Pro) won’t have that limitation, and will win (for good). I actually think that naming the device “surface” and not a “tablet” will be one of the key factors, which will help people distinguish, know and look for this particular device, and not “tablet” anymore. The fact that the Android devices are called “tablets” (just like the iPad) is one of the reasons, in my opinion, why they never succeeded (and there’re also about 100 other reasons, which won’t fit in this post). But with the Surface and Tablet now, we clearly know what’s the future, and what’s the past (well, and present).

So, unless Microsoft screws it up big time (for example, exclude my country from the “supported” list, or release a device without full pack Bulgarian keyboards), this future looks much clearer to me 🙂

How to resolve: Impossible to start Hyper-V Virtual Machine on Asus Barebone

I’ve got three barebones, configured as high-performance PCs at the office. The usage of these PCs was decided to be Hyper-V servers, which test team would setup and use for their dark matters.

All that was great, with the exception of one: No virtual machine could successfully start! We successfully installed and configured Hyper-V Servers, but then any virtual machine, doesn’t matter imported or new, would fail startup with the dreadfull message “<virtual machine name> could not initialize”. Very helpful, as you can imagine.

I contacted my best source for any virtualization issue whatsoever: Alex Miloev! The situation became even darker, as he was not able at the moment to help deeper, and I exhausted more or less any “simple” fix I could imagine. Solutions from the newsgroups suggested what I already did (stuff like “turn on your processor virtualization flag”, Doh!).

I was desperate to the degree, where I started looking for and downloading VMWare ESXi 5.0. Knowing what risky business this is, I guess you do understand my desperation 🙂 .

The thing, whcih did it, I found almost by accident. This very interesting hotfix You cannot start virtual machines on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and on which a CPU is installed that supports the AVX feature did the charm. I was not initially sure, since I did not know / I was not able to check if my disks were of this kind, but I decided to try it.

And the miracle happened! All worked like a charm! First on one of the machines: all was OK. Then the other two – just installation of the fix itself removed the obstacle and all VMs started normally!

Microsoft, however, offered very weird way of delivering the hotfix! I never received hotfix download link by e-mail, I guess this is something of the new stuff, which Microsoft constantly tries to change (actually, to make it better, but it’s not always better). Nevermind that, the hotfix link came, it worked and now my machines are working like a charm.

Windows Phone Support in Bulgaria: Please, no more bullshiting!

Disclaimer: I cherish my personal relation and friendship with many of my ex-colleagues from Microsoft and Microsoft Bulgaria (yep, these are different things, you’d know if you were in both). However, I cannot hold my disappointment today, so I needed to post this. Friends and colleagues, I still do love and respect you and I’m your friend. This post has nothing to do with you, it’s not against you personally, it’s against this, which makes even you suffer much at work! 
And now, the post…

Today I red in the Windows Phone Developer Blog that Windows Phone Marketplace support is being extended to support the following countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, and the Philippines. The news filled me with joy, since I always believed that Windows Phone Marketplace support is normally first for the larger economies, then for the smaller, etc. etc. And now since we hit Philippines, it means that Bulgaria should already be a supported country, right? RIGHT?

Hmmm, quick check! Alas, no! Not yet! Can’t buy a rusted penny from the Marketplace, because… my credit card is not supported, my country is not-yet-supported! Almost 2 years since the platform was announced!

Damn!

Let’s do some economics and math: Bulgarian GDP – per capita (PPP) is $13,500 (2010 est.), Philippines’ GDP – per capita (PPP) is $3,500 (2010 est.). WTF, this is like 4 times more than Philies!

Now, please stop telling us that “market size”, “country wealth” etc. are guiding points for all the bureaucracy, which takes decisions about Marketplace support per country. The facts above are rock-stone solid: average Bulgarian is 4 times richer than the average Philippine and Microsoft still prefers to give Philippine the Windows Marketplace, but not to enable it for Bulgaria? Am I allowed it to ask again: WTF?

I am really jealous, of course! But I’m more insulted than the reasoning, which we’ve been given by Windows Marketplace executives, when we asked about Bulgarian support. “Market size”, my hairy a**! I see above how much this “market size” matters.

And it’s not only Windows Phone Marketplace! It’s also XBox Live, it’s Office 365, it’s many other services, which make us “third class citizen” from Microsoft perspective. I’d be offended, if I was not too much insulted by such behavior!

Please, please, oh pretty please, can someone really tell us why? And when?

Disclaimer 2: I’m writing this text before ACTA is accepted and in order in my country. After that I’ll be most probably forced (I do not write “sued” here, because there’ll be no need for court order!) to remove it by Microsoft for infringing their copyright on the name, because that’s how the big companies will be able to fight the criticism: not with expanding their services and keeping their customers happy, but mainly with repressing measures for the ones, dared to mention their name in the critic materials! That’s why ACTA has to be stopped at once!

Image (cc-by) Luca Hammer.

Среща на потребителските групи 2011, Банско

imageТози уикенд се състоя срещата на българските потребителските групи на Майкрософт. Едно събитие, началото на което беше поставено миналата година, когато съвсем от нищото с Тишо и Маги решихме “абе защо да не направим оффсайт среща на потребителските групи?” Тогава срещта беше страхотен успех (по мое скромно мнение). И поради това колегите от Майкрософт решиха да повторят тази година.

Миналата година бяхме на Катарино Спа. Тази година – в хотел “Св.Иван Рилски” в Банско. Не че в Катарино ни беше зле миналата година, просто организаторите явно решиха да заложат и на разнообразието.

Много неща се промениха от миналата година. Нито аз, нито Маги вече сме в Майкрософт, но ентусиазмът за това събитие остана. Аз чаках с нетърпение потвърждението на моята регистрация, сигурен съм че и всички, които са заявили регистрация също са тръпнали дали ще бъдат одобрени. Тъй като събитието е безплатно, винаги има много желаещи, а бюджетът за съжаление е ограничен.

И поради това много се ядосах, когато колегите споделиха, че от 140 места минимум 15 човека не са се появили на събитието. Т.е., регистрирали са се, имали са късметът да бъдат потвърдени, и след това просто не са дошли. Не са се обадили предварително (за да може някой друг да заеме тяхното място), не им е пукало никак… нали не са плащали, те кво губят?

Затова и си говорихме, че за в бъдеще може би това събитие трябва да стане платено. Символично, но да има такса, която например да покрива нощувката и част от кетъринга. Примерно – 50-80 лв на човек. И така селекцията ще стане от само себе си, защото който пръв е платил, той получава гарантирано място. И когато платиш, тогава сто пъти ще се замислиш дали да се отнасяш така лекомислено към твоите собствени парички! А 50-80 лв е повече от нормален разход за такова събитие, който ще отсее и хората, които дойдоха, но дойдоха, за да си направят кефа в басейна, а не да участват в семинарната част. Тези хора вероятно не биха дошли, ако трябва да извадят парички. Но на безплатна софра, що не?

Въобще много мога да пиша, но ще спра до тук, че започнах да се паля! Надявам се само догодина да не се получава така, точно благодарение на нови регулационни механизми. Хубавото е, че и колегите малко или много са съгласни.

Иначе, тази година съдържанието надмина миналогодишното. Windows 8 Developer Preview беше това, на което аз обърнах специално внимание. И останах много доволен. Всички презентации, които гледах, бяха перфектни. Е, имаше малко технически затруднения при едната, но това са рисковете на живото предаване.

Емо ни показа най-важното от //Build. Стана страхотна дискусия.

Бранко продължи с по-дълбоко представяне на новото в METRO приложенията.

Марти накрая ни довърши с благините, които Visual Studio подготвя за нас в следващите си версии.

Казах ли колко много съм доволен? Получи се точно така, както очаквах: “жива” презентация, с дискусия и обмен на мнения. Със спор там, където се яви нужда, и с шеги там, където е още рано да се каже как ще стоят нещата след година, когато Windows 8 вече ще бъде между нас.

Дочу се слух (той витае от доста време), че се подготвя Market поддръжка и за България… дано! Предвид факта, че Apple отвориха iTunes за България, Майкрософт е длъжен да направи нещо. Или… алтернативите няма да ми харесат.

След семинарната част имаше т.нар. chalk talk, на който аз лично наблегнах на биричка и на сладки приказки с бившите колеги (но все още истински приятели). Поговорихме си за “живота от нещата”. Радвам се, че този път повечето новини бяха добри.

Вечерта се завихри див купон. Чак да не повярваш develpers какви неща могат да покажат на дансинга. Аз, естествено, бях себе си, но поне поиграх доволно много хоро. Аз също така пазих и поведение, защото все пак на другия ден трябваше да съм читав. Легнах си в 01:00, доколкото се чу, купонът е свръшил към 05:00. Няма да ви казвам как гледаха на сутринта някои от участниците Smile .

На другия ден всички поживо-поздраво си казахме “довиждане” и така до следващата година.

Аз лично много се надявам тов да се превръне в традиция, подобна на “Дни на Майкрософт”. Сигурен съм, че за истинските участници, за които събитието не беше само безплатна софра, също е било много полезно. Както презентациите, така и възможността да обменят мнения и контакти с колегите.

Благодаря много на Майкрософт за дадената възможност и за тези два дни. И до догодина!