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The final release of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available.  Update 2 brings dozens of significant new features to Visual Studio developers, including tools for Windows Phone 8.1 and universal Windows apps.

You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.

You can download VS2013.2 now or wait for it to show up in the Visual Studio Notifications.

Enjoy!

References

Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for Cloud and Server

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP2, Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC and TypeScript 1.0 RC

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC: Windows Phone 8.1 Tools, Shared Projects and Universal Windows Apps

http://surface.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/html/pbPage.PDPS/productID.286922400?WT.mc_id=surface_RTM_surface2

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However I still see that the Touch Cover 2 are out of stock (in Canada). Sad smile

Image via Microsoft

References

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-store-website-finally-has-surface-2-tablets-back-in-stock

Here is an awesome article by Kevin Fitchard about Nokia’s unveiling of its connected car platform called Here Auto.

After years of being the auto industry’s mapmaker, Nokia on Friday announced its intention to become a much bigger technological force in the vehicle. Nokia took the wraps off of Here Auto, an embedded infotainment and connected car system, which it hopes to sell to the world’s car manufacturers.

Nokia Here Auto Screenshot 1

But unlike other embedded navigation systems, Here Auto isn’t walled off, Van-De-Klashorst said. It’s the same app you access on the smartphone or through a PC browser. All of your bookmarked destinations, preferred routes, contacts and preferences are stored in the cloud and synched between devices. If you map out a route on your phone and PC, the same route will be waiting for in your car as soon as it connects to the network. If the car loses its connection to the internet, the most recent route maps and settings remain saved in the car’s memory.

Nokia Here Auto Screenshot 2

I’m an avid fan of Nokia and it’s Here maps. I’m really looking forward to seeing this come to market and how it evolves. I guess I can always mount my Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone and get similar results.

Enjoy!

Source: Gigaom | Nokia unveils its connected car platform: Here Auto

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Great post by Bruno Terkaly on What Windows 8 Developers Should Know About The Cloud.

  1. Client-side developers do need to embrace the cloud. The increasing popularity of connected devices like tablet computers and smartphones is having a direct effect on the adoption rate of personal cloud services. You can expect both connected devices and cloud services to grow together.
  2. This trend has been accelerating over the past couple of years. Mobile and portable devices have limited internal storage and rely heavily on cloud services.

Enjoy!

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As mentioned on twitter by Todd Brix, general manager of the Windows Phone Apps and Store team at Microsoft: 

‘Summer break’ promo ends today, but great news – we’re keeping the price at $19. Join Dev Center and publish those apps.

This is great news for anyone who hasn’t already jumped in to the Windows Phone development.

Sources

https://twitter.com/toddbrix/status/372444926099070976
http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-permanently-lowers-annual-windows-phone-dev-center-fee-to-19

I love my Nokia Lumia 920 and I’m very happy with Windows Phone 8. I’m looking forward to what is coming around the corner with GDR3 and eventually Windows Phone 8.1 in early 2014.

Here is a great article – The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8 by Jerry Nixon outlining some of the top features for the platform.

Enjoy!

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