Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 announced

Today at TechEd, Brian Harry announced Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 and many of the Application Lifecycle Management features that they include.

The next major release, Visual Studio 2013, will be available later this year, with a preview build publicly available at the Build conference in San Francisco at the end of the month. In his keynote demo and follow-on foundational session today, he highlighted some of the new ALM capabilities coming in this release and in the cloud, including new features focused on business agility, quality enablement, and DevOps.
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Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003

In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
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Self-assembling furniture

Assembling your own furniture, after you have brought it home from the showroom, is a nightmare for many people.

So, what if flat-pack furniture was smart enough to assemble itself?

Belgian designer and engineer Carl De Smet is experimenting with a kind of smart foam technology, which he believes could do just that. Once heated to a set temperature, the material he works with, shape memory polyurethane (SMPU), will expand to a given design.

Currently working with scaled-down models, De Smet is close to building the technology to achieve the effect with full-size furniture. Ahead of its formal unveiling at the Milan Design Week festival on Tuesday, he gave BBC News a sneak preview at his Brussels studio.

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is Now Available!

In September 2012, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2012 and in November 2012 their first Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (VS2012.1), which contained not only bug fixes and performance improvements, but also new functionality spanning four primary areas of investment: Windows development, SharePoint development, agile teams, and continuous quality.Today they shipped Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) which is now available for download. This release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality which primarily spans (though is not limited to) five areas of investment: agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development, and the general developer experience.

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Google Reader; Current and Best Alternatives

Google just announced today that it’ll be closing Google Reader’s service on July 1st of this year, which was expected for some time.This is bad news if you depended only on their Web-Based RSS Reader service. But don’t worry, we’ve plenty of time and there’re already some alternatives while others will be appearing while the imminent day comes.

But before looking at some alternative feed-reading solutions, let’s take a look at how we can retain our subscriptions and data from Reader.

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