Introducing the Photos app for Windows 8

Wrapping up our series of posts on some of the new apps in Windows 8, we take a look at the new Photos app.  With this app, along with Metro style design principles, we set out to design an app that allows you to bring together photos from many different sources and to then view…

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Designing the Windows 8 Calendar app

This post builds on the Mail app and People app posts, and details the Calendar app. We’ve worked hard to integrate these apps together into a seamless communication suite that connects to the cloud services most important to you. This post details the integration with Windows 8, some of the features in the current preview,…

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The People app: the complete, cloud-powered address book for Windows 8

Managing “contacts” has been a bit of a challenge for many, especially as the number of places that contacts can be stored and the number of PCs and devices we use to access those contacts has increased.  Storing contacts in the cloud for easy roaming and connectivity is a part of the solution.  With Windows…

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Activating Windows 8 contracts in your app

One topic that we’ve demonstrated quite a bit is how apps on a Windows 8 PC can communicate with other apps and web services.  At the start of Windows 8 we chose an approach where apps can be the source or destination for data you want to share—sort of like a clipboard, but with a…

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Building a rich and extensible media platform

Windows provides a broad set of technologies for consumers to experience video and audio and for developers to tap into these technologies through rich APIs. This post goes into depth on both of these aspects of the Windows media platform, which has been substantially improved for both desktop and Metro style apps. The landscape for…

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Connecting with IPv6 in Windows 8

With World IPv6 Launch upon us, we thought it would be good to provide a look at the work in the Windows 8 Release Preview supporting IPv6. Christopher Palmer on the core networking program management team authored this post. –Steven IPv4 is the Internet Protocol that has been used for Internet connectivity for decades. However,…

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Web browsing in Windows 8 Release Preview with IE10

In the Windows 8 Release Preview, we continue to deliver the re-imagined experience of the web browser, incorporating your feedback to provide the best browsing across all Windows 8 devices, including more of the web you browse every day. Rob Mauceri, the group program manager for Internet Explorer, authored this post. –Steven We built a…

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