Windows 10 will soon support Linux GUI apps along with GPU acceleration

Microsoft has announced that full Linux GUI apps will soon be supported in Windows 10 along with GPU acceleration.

During this year’s BUILD, the first to be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft pledged to improve its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with full GUI app support and GPU hardware acceleration.

Microsoft had already announced that it would be adding a full Linux kernel to Windows 10 with version two of WSL later this month, but the GUI...

Brad Smith: Microsoft was ‘on the wrong side of history’ with open-source

Microsoft president Brad Smith has admitted the company was "on the wrong side of history" when it comes to open-source software.

Redmond has had a rocky relationship with open-source software, especially Linux. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously called Linux “a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”

Microsoft has a very different attitude to open-source today. In fact, the company is now the...

Microsoft guides Flutter developers on building Surface Duo apps

Microsoft has released a guide on how to build apps for the dual-screen Surface Duo using the Flutter SDK.

The company's flagship developer event, BUILD, begins tomorrow. Like many events this year, it will be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's event is likely to be a big one, and it seems Redmond is preparing developers early.

Flutter will require little introduction for many of you; but, for the rest, it's Google's UI toolkit for building native...

Xbox chief Phil Spencer expects next-gen games to be like ‘2D to 3D’

Xbox chief Phil Spencer is expecting a truly generational leap in games will occur later this year, likened to the jump from 2D to 3D.

We know from the specs that both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 are monsters that finally compete with even high-end PCs. However, there were some pretty photorealistic games available on the One X and PS4 Pro – so can we really expect that much of a jump? Spencer believes so.

Anyone who's been around games for multiple generations knows...

Former PlayStation dev calls Xbox Series X a ‘beast’ compared to PS5

A former PlayStation developer has praised the Xbox Series X as a "beast" compared to the PS5.

Chris Grannell is an industry veteran who has spent years at PlayStation studios behind the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn and the WipEout series.

The raw specs difference between the two consoles was clear, but the praise from a former PlayStation developer puts Sony on notice that this generation might not be as easy as the last.

“The machine that Microsoft has put...

GitHub makes its core tools free for all development teams

GitHub has given developers a welcome helping hand during these difficult times by making its core tools free.

Organisations can now make private repositories without paying any fees. Previously, even small teams would’ve had to pay for a premium membership starting from $7/month.

Last year, GitHub made private repositories available for free users but with restrictions in areas such as the number of collaborators; which hindered teams. Unlimited collaborators and...

BUILD 2020: Microsoft’s biggest developer event will be digital-only this year

Microsoft's biggest annual developer event is going digital-only as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue.

Similar to events like Google I/O and Facebook F8, Microsoft will stream its major announcements and cancel the physical part of this year's BUILD conference.

In a statement, Microsoft wrote:

"We will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event.

Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new devices feature two displays which Microsoft is betting on as being the future of...

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This feature allows breakpoints to be set if a variable...

Microsoft opens extension submissions for its Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft has opened submissions from extension developers for its new Chromium-based Edge browser.

Redmond made the decision earlier this year to end the development of Microsoft's own browser engine and use Google's Chromium instead.

The decision was met with a mixed reaction. Some welcomed Microsoft adding its expertise to Chromium's development, while others – especially Mozilla – expressed concern about the loss of another alternative to...