.NET Core 2.0 Released + F# Roadmap Update

A few days ago Microsoft has announced the general availability of their .NET Core 2.0 suite, including the

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Spotify shows how NOT to publish apps to the Store

Recently Spotify brought their Desktop and even more recently, their TV app to the Windows Store. This is good news so far for all the people who were waiting for the popular music streaming service to become available through the Store, and also good news for Xbox users who were eagerly waiting for Spotify to break their PlayStation exclusivity.

But the app is also a perfect example to how not to use the Windows Store as a publisher.

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Nadella’s email about Microsoft’s new phone strategy

So today Satya Nadella sent out an email to Microsoft employees about the upcoming short and long-term strategy for Microsoft’s phone business.

Long story short, they will focus only on the business/value/flagship categories, and they are outsourcing the manufacturing of the devices, so there will be a huge (7800 employee) layoff going down.

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The state of the tablet market

In the recent days Apple released it’s 2015 Q2 earnings report and it shows a very interesting state of the tablet market. It’s declining. Apple, for the first time in years had more revenue from Mac sales than iPad sales.

IDC also released it’s 2015 Q1 report, which shows that iPad sales dropped almost 23% compared to the same period a year ago.

Apple failed to bring to Post-PC era. Apple failed to make the tablets essential part of people’s life. Apple failed to build a tablet that can replace your laptop.

In the meanwhile Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has a great success and is growing rapidly – 44% growth compared to the same period last year.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft’s Surface sales will do when the new, (much) more affordable Surface 3 hits the market in the coming weeks. And an other interesting wave is going to be the launch of Windows 10 in the summer.

Is Microsoft is on it’s way to conquer the tablet market?