.NET & Windows Phone SDKs for SkyDrive; Windows Server 2012 Essentials Health Report Add-in & Management Pack; Windows 8 Play To Overview

Microsoft earlier unveiled a set of SkyDrive APIs that made it easy for developers on modern mobile platforms to provide their users with the ability to access their SkyDrive content in their favorite apps.And, later added client-side SDKs targeting Windows 8, Windows Phone, JavaScript Web library, iOS and Android as well as made several enhancement […]

Microsoft earlier unveiled a set of SkyDrive APIs that made it easy for developers on modern mobile platforms to provide their users with the ability to access their SkyDrive content in their favorite apps.

And, later added client-side SDKs targeting Windows 8, Windows Phone, JavaScript Web library, iOS and Android as well as made several enhancement to REST APIs by removing file extension restrictions and also letting upload full resolution pictures.

Now, today, the company released new SDKs for .NET and Windows Phone 8 along with compelling--IFTTT, DocuSign and SoundGecko apps.

You can download the Windows Phone and the .NET SDKs from http://dev.live.com/downloads or via NuGet in your Visual Studio project.

An, for more information about Live Connect, check out dev portal.

In the //build session video below, Microsoft talks about the various types of applications you can create by simply leveraging Microsoft account and SkyDrive.

Demo code for the SkyDrive talk can be found at http://sdrv.ms/VMnPpY.

Windows Phone 8S by HTC:

Windows 8 Play To feature allows you to stream music, photos and videos from apps to Xbox and other supported devices on your home network. In a blog post, Microsoft explains the feature stating,

"In Windows 8 we provided a simple setup for Play To, without compromising user privacy and security on public networks. Sharing is automatically enabled on PCs that have HomeGroup set up, and on PCs where the user selects Express Settings as part of the first run setup experience. In addition, anytime a user joins a new network, they are immediately asked whether they want to enable sharing and connect to devices. Users can also bring up this message by pressing and holding on the network name in the Network Connection UI fly-out. After sharing is enabled Windows automatically finds and installs supported Play To devices on the network within approximately 30 seconds. Users can see if devices are available in the Devices page in PC settings. Users can also manually add new devices from the Devices page in PC settings," the comapny explains.

After Play To devices are installed, "Windows remembers them and automatically tracks their availability on the network. Now, anytime the user is in an app where Play To is possible, the devices are available in the Devices charm."

Windows 8 Play To Start screen

Windows 8 Play To Settings

Microsoft also explains the steps for developers to add Play To contract in their app:

  • "Create a PlayToManager object for the current view.
  • Register the SourceRequested event to get a notification when the Devices charm is selected.
  • Set the PlayToSource to specify the media element to stream from that view. Based on whether the source is an audio, video or image element, the Devices charm only shows devices that can consume that media type. If the user selects a device, the PlayToSource gets sent to the device. The PlayToSource can be updated to stream the next element after the current media element has completed playing on the device," the blog explains.

Play To documentation & quickstarts:

Also, Windows Server 2012 Essentials Health Report Add-in and Management Pack are released! and covers the health of several key functionalities for Windows Server 2012 Essentials, it is designed to assist the administrator to easily monitor the server's overall status, with a manually or automatically generated report.

Note if you have installed pre-RTM version, you should uninstall the previous version first, before you can install the RTM version. To uninstall the pre-RTM Add-in:

  • Open Dashboard, select APPLICATIONS from the navigation bar.
  • From Add-ins page, select Health Report from the list of installed add-ins.
  • From the Health Report Tasks, select Remove the add-in.
  • Follow the wizard to remove the add-in.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials ManagementPack allows you to monitor Windows Server 2012 Essentials with System Center Operation Manager 2012.

"This is the first release of the pack, please download the package, and follow the System Center Operation Manager's instruction to complete the setup," Microsoft stated.

Download links:

  • Health Report Add-In for Windows Server 2012 Essentials here
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials Management Pack here