No compromise: From Sinofsky’s blog to your device

I’ve been absent from the old Learning Curve blog for a few weeks, because we’ve been very busy landing the Windows 8 Developer Preview. But the //build/Windows conference is almost here, and lots of stuff that we’ve been working on for the last two years will be revealed. Gotta say it’s pretty exciting – this…


How I destroyed my HTC Trophy trying to save it

[Update: Before you read this tale of woe, here’s the correct way to replace your Trophy’s digitizer: HTC Trophy Screen Repair Take Apart Guide. h/t John Haug.] So my new HTC Trophy fell off of my thigh to the curb as I climbed out of my car. The vaunted Gorilla Glass gave up the ghost,…


Kinect For Windows SDK beta is posted

Download Kinect for Windows SDK beta. NUI geeks rejoice! The noncommercial Kinect SDK beta is available from Microsoft Research.  Skeleton-tracking provided by the Kinect For Windows SDK beta. Get documentation here. Here are the code samples that you get: Sample code files are included in the Kinect for Windows SDK beta download and are installed…


Building "Windows 8" – Video #1

A first look at the new "Windows 8" user interface. Read more at By Julie Larson-Green Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience REDMOND, Wash. – June 1, 2011 – Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of…


Kinect and WorldWide Telescope at MIX ‘11

Everybody knows that WorldWide Telescope is pretty cool. But when you drive its UI with Kinect, it’s a whole different experience:     I am so looking forward to the Kinect SDK beta, reportedly coming later this spring. WorldWide Telescope Kinect Control Technorati Tags: Kinect,WorldWide Telescope


Windows Phone platform updates announced at MIX ‘11

Great new stuff coming in Mango. Here’s what you’ll see demonstrated at MIX ‘11: Multitasking: The fast app switching (FAS) and Windows Phone background agent features provide a rich multi-tasking experience for apps. IE9 for Windows Phone: Additional details of the HTML5 story within the context of Windows Phone. Additional sensor and runtime access: New…


Live stream from Mix ‘11

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Microsoft, Toyota to partner on cloud-powered auto advances

As a Prius owner and Microsoft developer, I find this announcement to be really exciting. There’s a live webcast today (6 April 2011): Watch at 1 p.m. PDT Here are the official talking points: Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced that they have forged a partnership to build a global platform for…


NYC Kinect event: How to get your Kinect app on Microsoft platforms with Dave Drach

Kinect devs in New York City may want to attend: Map to Microsoft Offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY How to get your Kinect app on Microsoft platforms with Dave Drach Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:00 PM Microsoft Offices, 6th floor 1290 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY Selected By:…


MIX 11 – April 12-14, 2011, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Register. Oh, to be able to go this year. So many interesting sessions, I’d be a kid in a candy store. If any of you go and blog, please send me links. In addition to the obligatory boot-camp sessions for HTML5 Canvas, jQuery, and the like, these are the MIX 11 sessions that I’d love…