Hey IT Pros! What developers already know about Windows 8

Remember how Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ended? Spock saved the Enterprise but died from radiation exposure. Fortunately, Spock mind-melded with Bones before his famous “I am and always will be your friend”. That’s how Kirk restored Spock’s Genesis Planet copy in Star Trek 3 (man, I hope that wasn’t a spoiler for…

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Windows 8 Play, Pause, Resume. Do you even know what it is?

Join Jerry Nixon, Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and Brian Tyler, Principal Development Lead, Xbox LIVE Services, as Brian discusses Xbox Live for Windows which provides connections to the cloud and is all about you as a player. Gamers will be excited about a new feature that allows a new game state save feature: Play, Pause,…

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Walkthough: Use XAML’s 3D PlaneProjection to Open a Window and See What’s Inside

Here we go again, down the fun road with XAML. This time, since it’s Christmastime, I’ll throw together a Christmas-themed demo for you! Of what fun it is to code in XAML and Expression Blend, hey! So in the video below I will use some awesome features of XAML. Here’s the list if you want…

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Walkthrough: Implementing SnapView in your Windows 8 App

There are four supported orientations in Windows 8. There is Full View, Snap View, Fill View and Portrait View. Each is important in the overall strategy of Windows 8. In order to get your app into the Windows Store, you must support the Full, Snap and Fill view. And to support them, XAML uses ViewStates…

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DevRadio: Developing your Windows 8 Apps using Visual C++

Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Eric Battalio, Ayman Shoukry and Raman Sharma from the Visual C++ team as they discuss how you can develop Windows 8 apps using C++. Tune in as they provide best practices and reasons why you would want to use this language.

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Walkthrough: Building a Sweet Dial in XAML for Windows 8

Custom XAML controls are a breeze. But, honestly, if you aren’t familiar with building them, there’s a learning curve. Let’s break this barrier and build a custom user control together. I’ll build a control that works like a standard oven dial. The application uses of such a control are many. The implementation is a little…

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DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

This is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor. Abstract: Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist…

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With Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own!

It’s amazing what Steven has accomplished as the head of the Microsoft Windows Division. I am sure he is exhausted after the past years of miracle-working. I will miss his tenacity to do what everyone else didn’t think could be done! With Steven gone, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own. Steven has…

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Training Resources for native C++ and C++CX programming, graphics and gaming

Looking for a great set of C++ resources out there? There is an increasing focus on native programming on our client stack, especially with gaming and high fidelity graphics being super important. If you look at the number of sessions dedicated to DirectX and C++ in the recently concluded //build, it should be obvious. Clearly…

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It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world. And so, the transition of Messenger users to Skype has begun. Messenger is “leaving”;…

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