Microsoft announced Project Centennial during its Build 2015 developer conference. Project Centennial aims to help developers publish their .NET and Win32 desktop applications to the Windows Store. Project Centennial is a toolkit that will enable desktop developers to package and publish their existing .NET and Win32-based Windows applications to the Windows Store. Developers can also use Centennial to call common UWP APIs and services.

So far Microsoft already has two big projects for developers, namely, Project Astoria and Project Islandwood. Don’t worry if you do not know about them. We will explain them before moving on to explaining Project Centennial.

Microsoft at JSConf US in December 2015 talk announced that they will open-source key components of the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers Microsoft Edge. Today, the company announced the availability of the sources for ChakraCore, available under the MIT License, at its own ChakraCore GitHub repository. According to Microsoft, the ChakraCore repository provides a fully supported and open-source standalone JavaScript engine. ChakraCore has the same characteristics as the Microsoft Edge’s Chakra engine. Developers can use ChakraCore and embed it in projects, innovate on top of it and contribute back to the community.

Happy Holidays! As holidays have started, Microsoft has created a special category in the Windows Store called “Great offers on apps.” From this special category, you can buy some of the best apps for Windows 8 at special prices, you can even get premium Windows apps or games for free.

The description of the “Great offers on apps” reads, “Check out these offers and save some money. You’ll find great apps, subscriptions and premium services for a reduce price or, in some cases, for free! The fine print: offers valid through January 31, 2013 (while supplies last), in the Windows Store, in the United States only and made available by the app publishers, not Microsoft.”

Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) announced by Microsoft, which marks the completion of Windows 8 development. Microsoft as expected has hit Windows 8 RTM build in the first week of August.

Within the next few days, Microsoft will deliver the final Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to its OEM partners. This will help its OEM partners to get ready the PCs and tablets with Windows 8, by October 26, 2012, the general availability date of the new operating system.

Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 8 RTM, finally concludes the two-year long development of the operating system. Microsoft is now getting ready with the release phase of its new Metro inspired Windows 8 operating system. The final Windows 8 RTM build is 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247, which was earlier leaked on the Internet.

Google has officially debuted Google Analytics Android app Google Analytics for Android via the Google Play Store.

With this release, Google has made the webmasters’ and developers’ lives easier. Google Analytics Android app is yet another feather added to the increasing number native applications of Google services released for the Android platform.

Google Analytics Android app provides easier mobile access to the same accounts and profiles available through the web version of Google Analytics website accessible via any desktop browser. The mobile counterpart of Analytics however displays reports optimized for easy viewing on a small screen of the smartphone. Real-time statistics, along with customizable dashboards and intelligence events are available for Analytics users straight from their Android smartphone.

WordPress has had over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released, out of which WordPress 3.2 has had over 14 million downloads. Today, the world sees the latest avatar of WordPress, as WordPress developers releases WordPress 3.3. Codenamed “Sonny” in honor of the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, WordPress 3.3 is available for download or update from within your WordPress dashboard.

Android Market has exceeded 10 billion app downloads, Google announced on their Google blog. To celebrate the milestone, Google has announced that for the next 10 days, starting from December 6, they’ll have a new set of apps available each day for only 10 cents each.

“Of course, none of these apps would have existed if it weren’t for the developers who created them. Every day, these developers continue to push the limits on what’s possible and delight us in the process. For that, we thank them,” said Eric Chu in his post at the Android Developer’s blog post.

The celebration started with the following ten apps:

Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids,Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and SwiftKey X.

Microsoft has made available Windows 8 Developer Preview for download from their new Windows Dev Center.

Microsoft has made available Windows 8 Developer Preview which is the pre-Beta release of the next major version of the Windows operating system. Through this build, Microsoft is offering developers, testers and early adopters first taste of Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), a new Metro platform for immersive applications, enhanced performance, its own Windows Store, and much more.

Mozilla announced their new experimental project “Boot to Gecko” and made it clear that they are also entering the tablet/mobile operating system race. Boot to Gecko (B2G) operating system emphasizes standards-based Web technologies which initially will focus on tablets and smartphones. Mozilla made the official announcement at their Google Groups “mozilla.dev.platform“.

According to the announcement, Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko initiative got motivated by their belief that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. B2G is still at the earliest stages of planning but the core building blocks of the project already exist.

If everything goes as planned, B2G will become the first “proper” open-source mobile operating system. Mozilla will also publish the source code of B2G as it’s developed in real-time and not waiting, like Google does to the Android platform, releasing the source code when it is a mature product. If this happens, it could make the overall development process a lot more open.

WordPress developers has just released WordPress 3.1.3. It is a security update and is very much a recommended update. In the blog post announcing the update, it was also revealed that WordPress 3.2 beta 2 is now available too.

WordPress 3.1.3 contains the following security fixes and enhancements:

  • Various security hardening by Alexander Concha.
  • Taxonomy query hardening by John Lamansky.
  • Prevent sniffing out user names of non-authors by using canonical redirects. Props Verónica Valeros.
  • Media security fixes by Richard Lundeen of Microsoft, Jesse Ou of Microsoft, and Microsoft Vulnerability Research.
  • Improves file upload security on hosts with dangerous security settings.
  • Cleans up old WordPress import files if the import does not finish.
  • Introduce “clickjacking” protection in modern browsers on admin and login pages.