Weekly Tech Roundup: Android Studio 1.0, Apple-IBM Partnership and Microsoft’s New Monetization Methods

12 Dec. 2014 Enterprise Tech News

The Enterprise Technology Space is evolving swiftly through innovation. This week, many innovations occurred into Microsoft’s pricing model, a new camera was made to capture 100 billion frames per second, Google released its first stable version of Android Studio 1.0, and Apple – IBM partnership has yield into 10 business apps. Let’s take a look in more detail below.

Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Android Studio 1.0

Android Studio 1.0 Screenshot

Android developers have a sign of relief as after 2 years Google finally released Android Studio 1.0 – first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Developers can now easily develop android apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux by downloading the Android Studio from the Android Developer site.

Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

Apple Android Partnership

Apple Android Partnership

After its official partnership announcement in July, Apple and IBM have unveiled 10 mobile business applications developed for targeting six diversified industries and government users. One of the app is built to focus the personalization of a passenger’s in-flight experience. Another app is developed for the finance and banking industry which provides the flexibility to financial advisors to remotely access and manage a client’s portfolio.

Microsoft’s New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean ‘Subscriptions’

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner

Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner

Microsoft’s business model focused primarily on an initial fee purchase since its first version of Windows. But with the new management in place, this strategy has been refined towards a subscription based model pricing to attract more users. During a recent Credit Suisse Technology Conference, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner shared Microsoft’s interested in exploring new monetization methods for its Windows line of products to its investors and shareholders (transcript in Microsoft Word format).

Node.js Forked By Top Contributors


Node.js split into two separate projects

Node.js – a popular open source run-time environment for developers, have decided to fork the project in order to create io.js as an alternative. This move has made many developers unhappy, and also affected many cloud companies which worked on Node.js. With this transformation, cab booking service provider – Uber have already started migration to io.js on their production systems. It’ll be interesting to see how many other sites follow.

Google Confirms That It’s Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

Google recently shared an article stating that they are processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it’s a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. With this insight, rumors about Google to offer specific services to the younger audience has been surfaced out. It also shared that in a broad age group, the most popular Google services used are search, YouTube and Chrome. With higher smartphone adaption and internet usage among kids, it is likely to observe a push of change in Google’s products to make it more fun to use. A takeaway from this move for UI and developers is to create more simplified and minimalistic applications.

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