Thursday, October 08, 2015

Why this new Microsoft is impressive

The last Microsoft event on October 6 showed a few surprises, let me explain you why this is impressive and why I think the new Nadella direction at MS is different. Iris Scanner, Liquid Cooling, Continuum...

A new Surface 4 tablet with Liquid Cooling
The new Surface 4 was a really good upgrade, and a real big one. More resolution in the same size, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of HDD and Liquid Cooling. All that packaged in a device as think as this, only 8.5mm of depth.

Check how the cooling works.

New phones with Continuum and Liquid Cooling

I know Windows only have 3% of the market on phones, and that's a bummer because we don't get to have all the apps. But now the new phones have continuum, a feature that allows using a phone as a full size computer. They also manage to get liquid cooling into a handheld device. That's a good direction. Let's just hope this new direction combined with universal apps will get more developers into the boat.

A new Surface Book.

Think got even crazier when MS announced this product, I think is safe to say that nobody saw it coming. A new powerful laptop hybrid (although expensive) and a crazy beautiful product. Looks like Microsoft is finally putting good design in combination with good specs in an effort to gain the consumer market.

That's impressive, right?

A new line of products, beautiful and powerful. New technologies like continuum, iris scanner and liquid cooling in devices so thin and small. New redesigned products like the new Band or the new Pen for Surface. This is a new MS, way different than the one that created the Zune. 

PS: if you reading this from CodeProject then the CP crawler is still buggy and pulling posts without the CodeProject tag.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Fixing Visual Studio 2015 Android Designer with Xamarin

While using Visual Studio 2015 to edit and android layout file (axml) I got this error:

 The installed Android SDK is too old. Version 24.3.4 or newer is required

The number version might be different in your case. Here are a few possible causes for the error:

1) You actually need to upgrade your Android SDK.
2) You have the wrong path for the Android SDK installation on Visual Studio. (change it on Tools->Options->Xamarin)
3) Mixed Xamarin extensions (this was my case)

After reinstalling the Android SDK and checking the everything was fine on that part I went to check on Visual Studio extensions (Tools->Extensions and Updates). It turns out that  I caused a mix up of versions, since I already had Xamarin and Visual Studio 2013 side by side. and now 2015 had another one, my Visual Studio 2015 ended up with 2 extensions for Xamarin. Disabling one of them solved the problem and the designer was working again.

The one that I disabled was titled "Get Xamarin" and I kept the one that shows in the image. Unfortunately I uninstalled the bad extension before taking a screenshot.

Now you might not experience this problem if you have VS2015 in a clean install, but my computer does not have a clean install since 2011. Good luck!