Publish Windows/Phone 8 App, Get $100; OffCAT, Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 Released

Microsoft offer cash to write Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 apps. Redbox Instant app for Xbox LIVE goes live. OffCAT replaces Outlook Configuratoin Analyzer and Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 now available.

Microsoft is offering developers $100 for each Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone 8 app they write, (up to a total of 10 apps per Store) -- through a new promotion known as the "Keep the Cash" offer.

This means that a single developer could earn $2,000 if theye creates 10 apps for Windows 8 and another 10 for Windows Phone 8.

This is a limited-time promotion, which started on March 8 and runs until June 30, 2013.

"Offer good only to the first 10,000 qualified applications published in the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store, or until the end of the promotional period, whichever comes first. Limit 10 entries per publisher ID and up to $2,000 per person," Microsoft stated.

Participants must live within the 50 United States and be at least 18.

Check out this page for more information.

Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 $100 Keep the Cash offer

In other news, Redbox fans will be glad to hear that the Redbox Instant by Verizon app is now available on Xbox LIVE.

"Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers in the U.S. can sign up for Redbox Instant by Verizon and start enjoying Hollywood's newest releases, in addition to a movie-lovers collection of popular classics available for unlimited streaming," informs Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson reports.

Redbox Instant by Verizon also offers the ability to purchase and rent new releases and stream them directly into your living room through Xbox 360 without needing a subscription.

Redbox Instant by Verizon app for Xbox LIVE

On March 8th, Microsoft Exchange team released the new Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) replacing Outlook Configuratoin Analyzer (OCAT).

OffCAT uses the same BPA framework as OCAT, so if you've used OCAT, you'll feel right at home with OffCAT.

"There are many new features in OffCAT, but the biggest difference between the two tools is the ability to scan more Office programs than just Outlook. With OffCAT v1, you can scan Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word," the team writes.

With OffCAT, you can:

  • "Scan an Office program configuration
  • Open a previously run OffCAT (or OCAT) scan on your computer
  • Import an OffCAT (or OCAT) scan from another computer
  • Use several reporting formats to view the scan results
  • Send feedback to the OffCAT team
  • Update your OffCAT installation with new detection rules
  • Update your OffCAT installation with new features or application fixes
  • Access resources to help resolve top problems and how-to issues in Office 365
  • Start the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer tool to analyze Outlook connection issues
  • Scan computers using a script that runs a command-line version of OffCAT," the team explains.

You can download OffCAT from the Download Center, and the user's guide here.

Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 now available helps to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production.

"Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users," Microsoft stated.

"You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established," the company explains.

It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

You can download Jetstress 2013 here.

Microsoft has also released Admin Templates (.admx) for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

"Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings," Microsoft writes.

Looking for the admin templates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012? Get em @ Download Center.

Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) replacing Outlook Configuratoin Analyzer (OCAT)