Video: Mapping your location in Windows 8 apps

If you’re writing a Windows Store app, you may want to display the user’s location on a map. This two-minute video shows you how to do it with C#/XAML: How to display your location on a Bing Map. Even if you’re using JavaScript or C++/CX to write your Store app, these steps are handy. This…

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Surface Pro pricing and availability announced

Yours truly has been using Windows 8 on a Samsung Series 7 slate since May 2012, and it’s been my main machine the whole time. I do all of my productivity work on it, including code authoring with Visual Studio. I haven’t used a mouse in any serious way since May; touch and stylus are…

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Windows Server Posterpedia app is available in the Windows Store

Martin McClean has long been the Keeper of the Posters over in the Windows Server business unit, and now he’s teamed up with Brian Lich to produce this beautiful Windows Store app, Server Posterpedia. They make C#/XAML sing and dance, bringing a sleek pan-and zoom user experience to the giant posters that describe Server technologies….

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Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

Download: PDF (17.9 MB) EPUB (37.3 MB) MOBI (69.5 MB) Are you a web developer who wants to get your code into a Windows store app? Kraig Brockschmidt’s excellent new book is for you, at the right price: $0.00. From the introduction: This book is about writing Windows Store apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript….

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Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: Windows Store App Labs are in more than 30 cities around the world for all app builders – developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Check out and test the newest Windows 8 devices. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts. Get design guidance from leading edge design agencies. Go to…

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Windows 8 RTM is available for developers

Download here: Windows Dev Center download page. The word from Ian LeGrow on the product team: Two weeks ago we announced that Windows 8 released to manufacturing (RTM). Since then we’ve been preparing builds for distribution as described in the Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone post on Windows Team blog. I’m happy to…

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Windows 8 SDK Developer Satisfaction Survey

Five questions, five minutes here. If you’ve done any Windows 8 development, we want to hear from you. If you’ve dipped your toes, or if you’ve shipped Metro style apps in the store, we need to know what you think of the SDK. That is all. Windows 8 Developer Satisfaction Survey Technorati Tags: Windows 8,Visual…

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Windows 8 background tasks and lock screen hotness

The indispensible Windows 8 app developer blog has a new post that shows the nuts and bolts of background tasks, maintenance triggers, and the lock screen. The lock screen is a particularly neat scenario, because your app gets to share a highly visible bit of UI with other important apps: Windows PM Hari Pulapaka explains…

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Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5 released

Download here. Craig Eisler of the Kinect for Windows team has the latest. For me, the most interesting new features are tracking for the seated skeleton and Near Mode, which brings Kinect into the sphere of productivity applications: Seated Skeletal Tracking is now available. This tracks a 10-joint head/shoulders/arms skeleton, ignoring the leg and hip…

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Microsoft and climate science, part 2

In a serendipitous coincidence with my post from Monday, Microsoft and climate science, KT announced today that Microsoft is committed to going carbon neutral in the next fiscal year: […] Beginning in fiscal year 2013 (which starts this July 1), Microsoft will be carbon neutral across all our direct operations including data centers, software development…

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