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postheadericon Microsoft announces cloud services, developer tools and productivity extensions for every developer

SAN FRANCISCO — March 31, 2016 — Thursday at Build 2016, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group, and Qi Lu, executive vice president of the Applications and Services Group, demonstrated how Microsoft Azure services and the Office platform can empower developers to more easily leverage advanced analytics, machine learning, emerging cloud development models and the Internet of Things (IoT) to build their intelligent apps. Microsoft also announced new free development tools to help every developer more easily scale their apps for every platform and reach the largest possible number of customers. Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Developer eXperience, delivered the final Build keynote address to showcase how partners are innovating using Azure, Office and Windows.

“Microsoft is the only cloud vendor that supports the diverse needs of every organization and developer — from core infrastructure services to platform services and tools to software-as-a-service — for any language, across any platform,” Guthrie said. “With 30 regions worldwide — more than every major cloud provider combined — Azure’s massive scale means developers and businesses alike can focus on creating the next generation of amazing applications, not their underlying cloud infrastructure. This makes our cloud the de facto choice for enterprises of today and tomorrow — and today, more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 agree.”

“In terms of reach, Office is one of the few platforms in the world that provides developers with access to over a billion users across a variety of devices,” Lu said. “The opportunity to build on the Office platform has never been greater. With new extensions and new connections to the Microsoft Graph — an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions across Office 365 — developers are empowered to build intelligent apps that can transform the landscape of work.”

The intelligent cloud to help developers build their next intelligent app

Guthrie announced on Thursday that Microsoft is helping developers more easily build native cross-platform mobile applications by including Xamarin’s capabilities in Visual Studio Community and also making Xamarin Studio for OS X free as a community edition. In addition, Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers will now have access to Xamarin’s advanced enterprise capabilities at no additional cost. The company also announced a commitment to open source the Xamarin SDK, including its runtime, libraries and command line tools, as part of the .NET Foundation in the coming months.

With these announcements, Microsoft extends its commitment to offering choice and flexibility to every customer across every platform and device — merging the .NET and Xamarin ecosystems together to provide an unmatched mobile development and DevOps experience. Now developers can deliver fully native cross-platform mobile app experiences to all major devices, including iOS, Android and Windows.

Guthrie also announced several new Azure services designed to help developers address today’s operational realities and take advantage of tomorrow’s emerging trends, such as the Internet of Things and microservices. These new capabilities are designed to make Azure the best platform to build the next intelligent app — on Linux or Windows using any language:

  • The general availability of Azure Service Fabric, a microservices application platform developers can use to design apps and services that are available 24×7 at cloud scale. Battle-tested supporting Microsoft cloud services, Service Fabric seamlessly handles application lifecycle management for constant uptime and easy application scaling. Also today, Microsoft announced previews of Service Fabric for Windows Server, for deploying on-premises and other clouds, and Service Fabric for Linux and Java APIs, and said it would open-source the programming frameworks of Service Fabric for Linux later this year.
  • A preview of Azure Functions that extends Azure’s market-leading platform services to serverless compute for event-driven solutions. Functions lets developers easily handle tasks that respond to events common in Web and mobile applications, IoT, and big data scenarios. Functions works with Azure and third-party services, automatically scaling out to meet demand and only charging for the time functions run. With an open source runtime, developers will be able to host Functions anywhere — on Azure, in their datacenter or on other clouds.
  • New Azure IoT Starter Kits available for purchase Thursday. These kits allow anyone with Windows or Linux experience to quickly build IoT prototypes that leverage all Azure’s IoT offerings, for just $ 50 to $ 160. In addition, early adopters can now use the Azure IoT Gateway SDK, which enables legacy devices and sensors to connect to the Internet without having to replace existing infrastructure, as well as device management in Azure IoT Hub to maintain and manage IoT devices at cloud scale.
  • A preview of Power BI Embedded, which allows developers to embed fully interactive reports and visualizations in any application, on any device. Guthrie also disclosed that applications can now easily communicate with the fully managed Azure DocumentDB NoSQL service, using existing Apache License MongoDB APIs and drivers.

The Office developer opportunity: unprecedented users, data and intelligence

Microsoft’s Lu, along with Office partners Starbucks Corp., MDLIVE Inc. and Zendesk Inc., showcased how developers can use the Office platform to create new business opportunity and closer customer connections.

Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger showed how Starbucks is developing an Outlook add-in that allows people to send gift cards within Outlook and schedule meetings at nearby Starbucks locations.

“We’re always looking for new ways to engage with our customers outside our stores,” said Martin-Flickinger. “Our work with Office is opening up new opportunities for us to connect with our customers and save them time when they want to combine coffee with meetings. Building on the Office platform is reaching our customers right on their desktop or device and extending the Starbucks Experience to them in new and compelling ways.”

The Microsoft Graph, made generally available last fall, offers developers unified access to insights about how workers can be more productive. Microsoft previewed six new APIs for the Microsoft Graph that let developers link Office 365 data to third-party solutions. For example, one extension automatically compiles and exposes a list of times a group of people are available to meet, making it easier to work across organizations.

Lu also shared how conversational interaction will evolve in the future and how developers can immediately start building apps that engage users in meaningful conversations. The new Skype for Business App SDK and Skype Web SDK announced Thursday allow companies to integrate Skype calls directly within their Web or device offering, greatly enhancing the service and connection they can provide to their customers.

The company also showed off new functionality that lets developers build apps and place them directly into Word, Excel and PowerPoint ribbons.

Finally, the developer portal for Office 365 Connectors is now available for developers to write and publish their own connectors. Connectors deliver relevant content, such as updates on financial records or helpdesk logs, from popular apps and services directly into Office 365 Groups conversations. The developer portal is launching with connectors such as Asana, Salesforce, Trello, Twitter, UserVoice, Zendesk and many more.

Developers and partners innovate on Windows, Azure and Office

  • Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft corporate vice president and chief evangelist, and John Shewchuk, a technical fellow and the “chief geek” for the Developer Experience (DX) team, demonstrated how partners are building on Microsoft’s platforms. As the actor Kevin Hart helped highlight in their opening video, everyone wants to be a developer these days. Guggenheimer and Shewchuk showed a few of the most interesting scenarios, tools and frameworks that developers have been working on recently with Microsoft.
  • Muzik LLC’s new SDK turns Muzik’s headphones into a platform. Developers can take advantage of the wide variety of sensors in the headphones to create apps for Windows, iOS and Android devices.
  • Highspot demonstrated support for the Office 365 Graph and Add-in model, along with embeddable Power BI, as well as intended support for Microsoft Bot Framework, announced at the Build opening keynote.
  • Rita Zhang, a developer in DX, helped show how easy it is to take an existing Spring-based Java application and move it to Microsoft Azure using Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The demo also showcased investments Microsoft has been making to support an S3Proxy for Microsoft Azure Storage through support for the Microsoft Azure Java SDKs.
  • New Microsoft Edge extensions partners were announced, including Pinterest, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Adblock, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote Corp., and Page Analyzer, powered by Vorlon.js.
  • Square Enix Inc. and Io-Interactive AS have begun to use Azure for enabling next-generation gaming in “Hitman.”
  • Vuforia’s Augmented Reality SDK for the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform supports Windows 10 devices, including Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Xbox partners such as Nickelodeon, Dailymotion, NASCAR and Hulu LLC announced plans to bring Windows 10 Universal Windows apps to Xbox One later this year.
  • A collaboration between the Quest Institute Inc. and Microsoft provided the first Windows IoT implementation in space. Three students from Valley Christian Schools in San Jose, Calif., demonstrated their experiment, which will run on the International Space Station and test the pliability of metals.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Microsoft empowers developers with new and updated tools spanning Android, Azure, iOS, Linux, Office and Windows

NEW YORK — Nov. 18, 2015 — On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. reinforced its commitment to providing the best experience for any developer, on any device or platform, with several new and updated developer tools and programs from Visual Studio, Azure, Office and Windows, including many new free offers.

“As a developer company we want to empower developers with open and flexible technologies that enable innovation on their terms,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. “The additions of Visual Studio Code beta, the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, and .NET Core RC for Linux, OS X and Windows show that Microsoft is now the company working hardest for all developers.”

Making powerful tools available to any developer

Microsoft is working to help all developers be successful with powerful tools that enable innovative scenarios. Building on its proven history of innovation with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio, Microsoft is empowering more developers through the introduction of several free new tools and services.

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the immediate availability of Visual Studio Dev Essentials, a new free program designed to provide any developer with everything needed to create applications on any device or operating system, using their technology of choice. The program provides easy access to popular Microsoft developer services, tools and resources as well as several new benefits to help developers get started building apps. Visual Studio Dev Essentials benefits will include access to Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Code and new Visual Studio Team Services; priority forums support; Parallels Desktop for Mac; training from Pluralsight, Wintellect and Xamarin; a $ 25 monthly Azure credit coming early next calendar year; and more. Details are available at

Making it even easier to access Microsoft’s developer tools, the company on Wednesday also introduced Visual Studio cloud subscriptions, which offer Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise on a monthly or annual basis through a new Visual Studio Marketplace. The new marketplace provides a central location for developers to find and install components that extend the Microsoft development platform.

Microsoft showed that it continues to bring innovation to Visual Studio developers with a first look at the next version of Visual Studio.

The company also announced the general availability of the Microsoft Graph, offering developers a consistent way to access data, intelligence and APIs within the Microsoft cloud and with a single authorization token. With the Microsoft Graph, developers can tap into the collective power of the Microsoft cloud to create smart, people-centric applications that help companies and end users achieve more with contextual insights. Any developer capable of making an HTTP request can call the API from any platform. The Microsoft Graph is hosted at

Also now available is Azure Service Fabric in public preview, making it easy for developers to build and operate microservice-based applications at scale that fully integrate with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio. The preview includes support for .NET development on Windows Server, with Linux support expected in 2016.

Providing a developer platform that is open by design

Microsoft’s developer platform is open by design, allowing developers to target any device and platform, including iOS, Android, Linux and Windows. The company on Wednesday released new versions of popular tools that further enable developers to quickly create innovative apps and services.

Microsoft released Visual Studio Code beta as an open source project, available on GitHub. Visual Studio Code is an advanced code editor and part of the Visual Studio family that runs on Linux, OS X and Windows, and has been already downloaded more than 1 million times in preview. The new beta version includes a new extension model with a gallery of extensions for additional features, themes and language support. Developers can learn more at

The company also delivered release candidates (RC) of .NET Core 5 and ASP.NET 5 for Linux, Windows and OS X. With this implementation of the .NET Core for any operating system, developers can start using it in production environments.

Comprehensive tools for team development

Microsoft has been a pioneer in empowering enterprise development teams with tools for agile and DevOps practices including Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The company today introduced Visual Studio Team Services, an enhanced and rebranded version of the Visual Studio Online service with 3.6 million existing registered users. Microsoft demonstrated the extensible architecture of Visual Studio Team Services by showing a broad catalog of partner extensions available in the new Visual Studio Marketplace, as well as Microsoft’s own extensions.

Microsoft also extended its DevOps solutions into more mobile development scenarios for Windows, Android and iOS. This includes the ability to host cloud builds for mobile applications with cross-platform build capabilities for iOS (in partnership with MacinCloud) and Android. The addition of HockeyApp to the Microsoft DevOps solution will now enable mobile apps beta testing, user feedback and crash analytics in the DevOps cycle.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon DD-WRT Router Benefits & Advantages #6: Bandwidth Monitoring Tools

DD-WRT Bandwidth Monitoring

Bandwidth Monitoring with DD-WRT

For those without unlimited mobile or home internet plans, being able to track your bandwidth usage is crucial if you want to avoid exceeding your limit. It’s not always the easiest thing to do: certain websites, games, and other activities can end up eating much more of your data than you realize.

However, with the right router and firmware, you can monitor your bandwidth and keep yourself within the restrictions of your plan.

Finding a Router with Advanced Bandwidth Monitoring

The first step towards advanced bandwidth monitoring is finding a router flashed with DD-WRT firmware. DD-WRT firmware boosts the functionality of routers in many important ways, including VPN integration and WiFi HotSpot capabilities. And fitting with the theme of the post, this replacement firmware also enables you to monitor your bandwidth usage.

If you are looking for a place to find these devices, FlashRouters has many DD-WRT routers that fit this purpose. Some of our most popular routers that can be easily used for bandwidth monitoring with DD-WRT include the high-powered 800 MHz processor-equipped Asus RT-AC68U and the high-selling economy Dual Band Netgear WNDR4000.

How to Monitor Monthly Bandwidth with DD-WRT

Once you’ve got your DD-WRT router connected as your network gateway, you can access the active DD-WRT bandwidth monitoring options by:

  1. Browse to the DD-WRT’s GUI (Graphic User Interface) by entering your router IP address in any browser (i.e.
  2. Log in with your router administration credentials. By default, DD-WRT uses username: root  & password: admin. If you have a FlashRouter, the altered password will be included in your setup guide.
  3. Click Status tab → WAN.

Here you will find a day by day and monthly total of traffic like so.

How To Monitor Internet Traffic on Router - Daily-Monthly

Struggling with some sluggishness in your network? You may want to check on the amount of capacity individual users are using.

Click Status tab → LAN an active client list will appear.


If someone is being a network hog or you see a device you are unfamiliar with, just click the Trash can icon next to the user to remove his WiFi network lease. A WiFi network lease is the amount of time required between a user or device having to reenter credentials. This prevents the assignment pool of the router from being overloaded by giving connections perpetually to your friend’s kids or your visiting relatives.

How to Monitor Individual Network Segments with DD-WRT

For more in-depth Internet speed logging, visit the Status tab → Bandwidth tab. You have now arrived in the powerful live Bandwidth monitoring section in DD-WRT, but here’s a little insight to this basics of what it all means.

Under Bandwidth, there will be some instantly visible real-time graphs corresponding to the different Internet sharing segments of your router from the wireless antennas to the wired ports you should see a real time view including “WAN (vlan1)”, “WL (eth1)”, ”br0″, “eth0″, and “vlan0″.

DD-WRT Segment Bandwidth Monitoring

Each of these tabs is telling you something about one kind of traffic coming in or going out of your router.

If your router is hardwired to your modem and you want to know what traffic is like on the WAN/Broadband connection, “WAN (vlan1)” is the segment to watch. For Wi-Fi traffic with the “WL (eth1)” tab, which is particularly useful if you suspect you’re not the only one using your WiFi network when you should be. If you have a dual band router, you might see another WL.

“br0″ is essentially a connection between the WAN and LAN ports and therefore shows you the total transfer speeds over the router. “etho” covers all of the local ports and the WAN port with the internet traffic. Lastly, “vlan0″ offers a look at the hardwired ports, Internet traffic, and internal traffic, allowing you to get a good sense of what’s going on from within and without of your router’s network.

Depending on your router, these names might vary slightly but as you can see the amount of segments you can monitor right out of the box is very impressive. Between live bandwidth monitoring, user connection info and management, and daily and monthly upload and download traffic, you can catch just a glimpse of what DD-WRT adds.

Additional Benefits & Advantages of DD-WRT Firmware

Need more reason to get a DD-WRT router? Here are a few other popular features upgraded, enhanced or only available with DD-WRT open-source firmware.

  • Advanced Access Restrictions – Site Blocking, User Blocking/Limitations, Time-Based restrictions

Ready to take control of your network back? Make sure to visit the ever-popular Best DD-WRT Routers of 2014 list to find a truly secure and powerful network centerpiece for you and your network monitoring desires.

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