Windows 10: Microsoft fires shot at Apple with new principles for treating developers right

Microsoft’s latest move in its war on Apple’s App Store rules is a list of 10 principles outlining what the Redmond company will and won’t do to developers who publish apps for Windows 10 and distribute them on the Microsoft Store. 

Microsoft says it will not block competing app stores on Windows and will not block apps because of a developer’s business model, such as whether an app’s content is installed on a device or streamed from the cloud. 

Microsoft published the 10 principles a day after Congress released a damning report into anticompetitive practices at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. The EU opened its investigation into Apple’s App Store rules this June.  

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“Apple’s monopoly power over software distribution to iOS devices has resulted in harms to competitors and competition, reducing quality and innovation among app developers, and increasing prices

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Microsoft’s VS Code comes to Raspberry Pi and Chromebook – new v1.50 update is out

An official Microsoft build of the Visual Studio Code editor is now available for Linux Armv7 and Arm64 architecture devices, extending Microsoft’s popular cross-platform code editor to Chromebooks, the Raspberry Pi and rival Arm-based single-board Linux computers such as Odroid.   

Developers have been able to use VS Code on Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi for a while thanks to community-made builds based on the open-source edition of VS Code. But now developers can get VS Code for Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora and SUSE directly from Microsoft.  

While the Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks might not be powerful enough for all developer needs, Microsoft notes that VS Code’s remote development extension pack can provide access to more powerful development environments when needed. 

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The extensions allow developers to run commands inside a container, the Windows Subsystem for

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The UK switches on to mobile contact tracing

It’s virtually impossible to drive a representative stake in the ground when it comes to trying to establish a position on Covid-19, especially in the UK. Fast-moving would be something of a euphemism. Just as tens of thousands of positive tests for the virus were “discovered” and subsequent contacts not followed up on, chaotic would not be an unfair description of the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace regime.

One key element of the programme, the UK’s contact-tracing app, has since its inception been dogged by similar negative publicity, mainly surrounding fundamental technical glitches and subsequent missed launch deadlines.

And looking at everything in the round, it’s no real surprise that many have basically written off the whole Test and Trace programme as a general failure, especially regarding the app for England and Wales, which national media reports upon hugely unfavourably. In particular, when compared with the apps

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A group of seven central banks, including the Federal Reserve, detail how a digital currency should be designed, including its principles and core features (Yogita Khatri/The Block)

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A group of seven central banks, including the Federal Reserve, detail how a digital currency should be designed, including its principles and core features  —  A group of seven central banks and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) have published a comprehensive report on digital currency, detailing how it should be designed.… Read More