Where can you find this symbol?

The Windows 8 ecosystem provides several ways to discover app’s. First, every Windows 8 machine has the Windows Store application.  One can find an app via promotion on the landing page, via application categories and filtering, and even via the search charm. Second, any published app can be found via a browser and search engines….

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40 Million Licenses sold of Windows 8

Yesterday, Tami Reller brought some enlightenment about Windows 8 at a technology conference in Arizona. You can see the Microsoft post here.  Everyone is talking about the 40M licenses sold, and attempting to correlate to our performance. That’s understandable – but there are more tidbits in there additionally worth considering: “More apps in the Windows…

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What a Windows 8 developer does with Store quality reports?

At some point, your submitted Windows Store application may be crashing. And the store Quality Reports will help you detect this. We’ll provide some data about the crash via .DMP files. But, to get a more detail explanation, see the June blog post, Improving Apps with Quality Reports. You might also consider adding some logging…

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If you have a Windows Surface RT, then you’ll love this utility

While we wait for the Surface Pro to arrive, I just had to have a Surface RT device. And I really like it.  But, I have been looking for some scenarios that would take advantage of the compass. And then I found Jack of Tools, which has it’s oringin from our phone platform. This is…

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Ripping music in Windows 8

Since I have a Surface RT in my house, I’m learning to see how far Windows 8 can take me with out 3rd party desktop applications. And thus, today’s dilemma -  how do I RIP music from a newly purchased CD, like I used to do with Zune software? At first, I thought the new…

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Windows 8 Videos for Developers – from Ch9

Introducing Windows 8: Snack-sized introductory videos – 30 videos and 2 hours of content Build your first Windows Store app: Video versions of the step-by-step tutorials at dev.windows.com – 13 videos and 4.5 hours of content Build a Windows Store Blog Reader app with C#: Video versions of the Blog Reader step-by-step tutorial at dev.windows.com…

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Surface Launch – Keynote Outline

Outline The Screen Why is 10.6 inches significant ClearType display 16×9 aspect ratio Has to feel right – light (1.5 lbs), but strong Micro SD Card Power life, recharge speed WiFi (2×2 MIMO antennae), and the hotel story Video scenario “transferred the movie from my device to you through my Xbox using SmartGlass with one…

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Windows 8 Launch in NYC

So, my blog has been fairly quiet as we’ve been doing the early evangelism of Windows 8, but now I can start talking again.  To start, I wanted to document some of the launch activities last week (for my reference anyway).   Windows 8 Launch Event Remarks by Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows Division; Steve Ballmer,…

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Windows 8 Training in Nashville

Coming this week, July 19-20 (THUR/FRI). Register here for Day 1 Developer Camp, and here for the next day’s Hackathon. There is limited availability.  This is BYOT, but includes training, food, assistance, etc. I hope to attend to get some training myself.

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Lots Happening lately with Windows 8, E3, and Computex

  Wow! There’s a lot going on Microsoft, and it’s tough for me to keep up.  Thought that I throw a few of these out there.   Windows 8 Release Preview On May 31st, Microsoft made available the Windows 8 “Release Preview”, including updates to the tools and a new Windows Store. You can continue…

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