Slide to Shutdown in Windows 8.1 Preview

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory An interesting possible new feature in Windows 8.1 is the “Slide to Shutdown” feature currently available, but somewhat hidden, in the Windows 8.1 Preview.  The feature basically shortens the number of clicks and gestures needed to turn off the computer from a minimum of four to two, depending…

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Windows 8.1 Boot to Desktop: Maybe the Designers were Right

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Preview is the much requested option to boot directly to the traditional Windows 7-ish desktop instead of to the Windows 8 Start Screen that features the tiles. In other words, when your computer starts up; after logging in the first…

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Make Windows Phone Apps Using Just a Browser

Randy Guthrie, PhD – Microsoft Technology Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Microsoft’s Windows Phone Group just released an online tool called “Windows Phone App Studio” that creates basic but complete Windows Phone Apps in the cloud using just a web browser.  Until now, if you wanted to build a phone app, you needed to have a computer running…

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