Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

As much as I love Metro style applications, the announcement on Friday (8th June) gets a big thumbs up from me Read more on the Visual Studio Blog.

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Windows 8 vs Android–a developers perspective

I was pointed in the direction of this article by a colleague “Shocker: Windows 8 is an Android killer”. It is a smörgåsbord of great quotes. Windows 8 is going to be awesome “working with Windows 8 is simple and enjoyable” “In those seven weeks, we’ve managed to create a solid first version, that works…

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A case study in moving a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro app

Two great posts by the Telerik team documenting what it took to move a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro style app. I would recommend you download a high resolution pdf (7MB) of the posts. Designing a Windows 8 Metro style app starting from an existing Windows Phone app – Design Case Study…

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Windows 8 Tablets… what I’ve spotted so far

We all would love to see the list of Windows 8 tablet machines…but for the moment the OEMs are largely keeping their powder dry. However I have pulled together what I have spotted so far … which is certainly enough to keep me excited Be warned … some are simply rumours! In date order: September…

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Installing Windows 8 Metro Applications without needing to download from the store

As a consumer you would use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The store is a great way to discover, try, buy (optional) and update applications. But… if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want…

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UK company looking to publish a Windows 8 application into the upcoming UK Windows Store?

Then check out the details over on the MSDN blog before doing step 1 – apply to join our shiny new UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group which opens up the possibility of being invited to an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading. I would also encourage everyone to come along to…

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Gaurav Mantri of Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio fame is in London on April 3rd

Cerebrata (now owned UK company Red-Gate) make awesome tools for Windows Azure – thanks largely to the work of Gaurav Mantri. And it just so happens that the UK Windows Azure User Group has Gaurav speaking on April 3rd in London. Definitely a session worth attending if you are in London that day. Gaurav Mantri,…

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My favourite Windows 8 Shortcut keys

In other words… the ones I know about and keep using …and need to jot down somewhere (here!) lest I forget Charms and App Bar   Windows-C Open the Charms bar. Windows-I Open the Settings charm. Windows-K Open the Connect charm. Windows-H Open the Share charm. Windows-Q Open the Search pane. Windows-W Open the Settings…

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Q&A: Can I use Visual Studio 11 to do Windows Azure development?

This one seems to keep popping up… The following is true as of 12th March 2012 Short Answer: No. You will need Visual Studio 2010 or 2008. Long Answer:  You will need to setup a development environment for Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010 before installing Visual Studio 11. You can find details here.

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FREE events covering Windows 8 for Application Developers start 30th March

My group is laying on a a three city (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) tour which focuses on the Windows 8 opportunities for developers. These are one day events providing accelerated learning on Windows 8 application development.  More details on the  UK Tech.Days home page. London, Friday, 30th March 2012 – Register Manchester, Friday, 27th April…

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