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07/01/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is readying a smaller and allegedly better performing Outlook app for low-end Android devices.
06/30/2022   InfoWorld Insider

Every Java programmer needs a programming editor or IDE that can assist with the grungier parts of writing Java and using class libraries and frameworks. Which editor or IDE will be the best fit for you depends on several things: the nature of your development projects, your role in the organization, your level of programming skills, the processes used by the development team, whether the team has standardized on tools, and, of course, your personal preference.

You would hope that an IDE supports the latest versions of your favorite JVM languages, including Java, Kotlin, Scala, and Groovy. You'd want it to support the most popular application servers and Java frameworks, such as Apache Tomcat, Spring, JavaServer Faces, Struts, GWT (Google Web Toolkit), Play, Wicket, Grails, Dropwizard, ATG, Spark, Hadoop, and Vaadin. A workable IDE should support whatever build and version control systems your group uses, such as Ant, Maven, and Gradle, along with Git, SVN, CVS, Mercurial, and Bazaar. For extra credit, your IDE should be able to handle the client and database layers of your stack, including JavaServer Pages, Embedded JavaScript, TypeScript, and HTML on the client side and Hibernate, JPA, and SQL for the data layer.

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06/30/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is seeking more participants for various customer-test programs, including its Family Insider, Windows Customer Connection, and Customer Co-Creation groups.
06/23/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is readying its campaign to notify Windows 8.1 users about the end-of-support date for the product: January 10, 2023.
06/23/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is adding more opt-in features to Edge to make it the best gaming browser.
06/22/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
The pair-programming service is available for $10 per user per month or $100 per user per year. There are a couple of free options too.
06/22/2022   InfoWorld Insider

JetBrains Fleet is a new multi-language programming editor and IDE that represents JetBrains’ attempt to rebuild the entire integrated development environment from scratch. Fleet is separate from JetBrains’ effort to overhaul the user interfaces and user experiences of its existing IDEs, such as IntelliJ IDEA, without changing the IDEs’ code-centric features and integrations. Fleet will not replace any existing JetBrains IDEs.

JetBrains says Fleet was “built from scratch,” based on its 20 years of experience developing IDEs, and featurs “a distributed IDE architecture and a reimagined UI.” For Java, Fleet uses the IntelliJ code-processing engine. For some other languages, Fleet uses a language server, à la Visual Studio Code, instead of the IntelliJ engine.

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06/21/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is limiting, and in some cases, dropping completely, some of its own facial-recognition technologies in order to meet its evolving ethical AI standards.
06/16/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is adding the Microsoft Defender for Individuals to its Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions.
06/16/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft's Viva Sales is the first of a number of role-based companion apps on which the company is working that integrate with Teams, Outlook and existing Office apps.
06/14/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is acquiring Miburo, a vendor specializing in detecting and countering foreign disinformation, and plans to make it part of its threat-intelligence operations.
06/13/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is ending support for IE 11 on June 15, as planned. Here's which versions will no longer get security updates and what Microsoft says will happen next.
06/13/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is using machine-learning models to improve further the audio functionality in Teams.
06/09/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Microsoft is adding more gaming integrations into Edge, working to make new games more discoverable, and is partnering with Samsung to bring its Xbox App to Samsung Smart TVs.
06/08/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
With Alex Kipman, the father of the HoloLens, leaving the company, Microsoft is splitting the team in two and looks to be doubling down on its enterprise metaverse push with Mesh.
06/08/2022   InfoWorld Insider

There was a time when your choices for Java IDEs were Eclipse, NetBeans, or IntelliJ IDEA. That has changed somewhat. Among other innovations, Visual Studio Code now has good support for editing, running, and debugging Java code through a set of Java-specific extensions.

Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight but powerful source code editor that runs on your desktop and on the web and is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Raspberry Pi OS. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript, and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other programming languages (such as Java, C++, C#, Python, PHP, and Go), runtimes (such as .NET and Unity), environments (such as Docker and Kubernetes), and clouds (such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform).

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06/07/2022   ZDNet Microsoft
Even though Windows 11 22H2 isn't expected to start rolling out to mainstream users until this fall, Microsoft is encouraging business users to start testing it via the Release Preview channel beginning now.