New course on edX: CSS Introduction

Enrollment just opened for a new course on CSS that we’re doing with the W3C on edX, taught by Kasey Champion. Here’s the quick description: Learn how to take your Web pages from bland to bold with the power of CSS styling. Join the Microsoft team and experts from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)…


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…


Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8 released, with HTML5, Kinect Fusion improvements, and more

Download it here: Kinect for Windows SDK v1.8. Also: Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.8. Here’s Bob Heddle with the announcement: I am pleased to announce that we released the Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) 1.8 today. This is the fourth update to the SDK since we first released it commercially one and…


jQuery 2.0 supports Windows Store app development

From the Windows 8 app developer blog: If you’ve already done some web development, it’s likely you’ve used the open source JavaScript framework jQuery. And if you’ve tried building Windows Store apps using jQuery, you might have run into errors related to JavaScript runtime or dynamic content. With the upcoming release of v2.0, the jQuery…


Developing games for Windows 8? Start here.

Following up on Shai Hinitz’s post, Developing Windows Store games, the Dev Center is hosting new guidance for creating Windows 8 games, in time for GDC 2013. You’ll find: Prepare your Windows Store DirectX game programming environment Add Windows Store features for DirectX 11.1 games Prepare your Windows game for publishing Port from DirectX 9…


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….


Live stream from Mix ‘11

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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…


Test driving the fourth IE9 Platform Preview

At a recent demonstration of Apple’s xCode IDE, the speaker asked the audience how many people liked the Objective C language. One hand went up, with enthusiasm (not mine). The speaker muttered something about the ancient schism between Smalltalk and Simula. This made me feel old. After installing the latest IE9 Platform Review and running…