Weathr, a 3D weather app: code sample in C++, DirectX, and XAML

Thomas Petchel knocked this out in his spare time: While working on the Hilo C++ project, I really wanted to further explore the intersection among C++, DirectX, and XAML in the context of a Windows Store app. A 3D weather app seemed novel (I’ve never seen one before) yet doable (arguably easier to implement than…

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First look: Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview SDK

Longtime readers know that I have great enthusiasm for the Kinect sensor as a revolutionary NUI technology. Now I can report that I was accepted to the Developer Preview program, and my new Kinect for Windows sensor arrived today. The packaging goes out of its way to make you feel special: when the box opens,…

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DirectX game templates for Visual Studio are posted

Get them here. Are you creating a game for the Windows Store? If you’re looking for high-performance, you’ll need to code it in C++ and DirectX. These project templates give you a big head start: The Windows Developer Content DirectX game learning template sample extends the basic DirectX app template with features that help you…

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Add Facebook login to your Windows Store apps

Sanjeev Dwivedi posts the details: Today, we are excited to announce that on Windows Store apps and Windows Phone 8 apps, you can easily integrate Facebook Login. Facebook Login lets users sign in to Facebook only one time across multiple devices. If another app then wants to access the users Facebook account, the user just…

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How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s orientation: The sensors supported by Windows Store apps offer a powerful way to spice up your app’s functionality. Sensors let your app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around it; the direction, orientation, and movement…

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Quick tips for porting a XAML Split App to Windows 8.1

If you have an app in the Windows Store already, and you used the Split App (XAML) template as the basis of your app, you’ll notice that the VS2013 compiler complains when you retarget the project to Windows 8.1 and build it: Warning: ‘Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataPackage.SetUri(System.Uri)’ is obsolete: ‘SetUri may be altered or unavailable for releases after…

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Reddit: Hi! We’re Windows 8.1 engineers. Ask us anything!

Closed now, but still some interesting stuff in here: Hello everyone! We’re a group of engineers from the Windows team at Microsoft. Our focus areas included user experiences, the app platform, Internet Explorer and more. We are here from 10:30 to noon to answer your questions about Windows 8.1. We are best suited to discuss…

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Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability, the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1.  Here’s more from the Windows App Builder blog: For those of you who started working on your app with our Preview versions, you’ll first need to update your Preview environment to today’s…

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Retargeting your Windows Store apps to Windows 8.1 and WinJS 2.0

Eric Schmidt has the lowdown on navigating your Windows Store apps using JavaScript to the release build of Windows 8.1 (available on October 18th). He gives us a detailed walkthrough for: Syncing versions of Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS), Visual Studio 2013, and Windows 8.1.  Updating solutions to the release build of Windows 8.1. Retargeting…

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Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories

Pre-order here: www.surface.com/pre-order.  It’s no secret that I love my Surface Pro, so the Surface Pro 2 has me all twitterpated. The dock station is particularly exciting, but I admit that the new magnesium color is winning my heart. Panos Panay made the big announcement today: Surface Pro has been an amazing device. It has…

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