Why Do I See Different Blue Enterprise Mode IE Indicators Next to the Address Bar?

Enterprise mode text
Enterprise mode text

If Enterprise Mode IE (EmIE) is enabled, you should see a blue box with buildings next to the address bar. On some hardware, you may see a blue box with white EmIE text. The behavior depends on your display settings.  The “EmIE” text is a fallback if there isn’t an acceptable icon resource for your…

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Internet Explorer 11 Migration Quick Start

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IE Logo

On Jan 12, 2016, IE11 will be the only supported version of IE on the most Windows versions. In this post, I will cover the essentials to jumpstart your migration. There are three main areas to plan for when you migrate: deployment, configuration, and compatibility. Deployment There are several ways to deploy IE.  Choose the…

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How to Shutdown Windows with Your Eyes Closed

Shutdown dialog
Shutdown dialog

It seems inevitable. At some point, you get into a situation where you need to shutdown Windows without a display or a mouse. Maybe your laptop screen has failed or your  display driver is problematic. Or perhaps, you need to drive some automation to shutdown Windows. This little trick will allow you to shutdown Windows…

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Controlling WebBrowser Control Compatibility

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IE Logo

If you have a embedded browser in your Windows application, you may be encountering a rendering or some other kind of compatibility issue with the content you are trying to display. In this post, I’ll talk about some options to try to fix those issues. The web browser control is known by many names: WebBrowser…

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Check it Out! I Wrote a Windows Store App! You can too with APIMASH Starter Kits.

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Tales from the pit logo

If you are trying to get started with creating a Windows 8 Store App, there are some great starter kits that show you how to use several public web service APIs. The kits have sample code to access APIs such as Edmunds, Tom-Tom, Twitter, Tumblr, Yelp, Meetup and many others. Check them out on GitHub….

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THE “App Compat Guy” – Still Crazy After All These Years

Believe it or not, way back when Windows Vista was in beta, there were a bunch of “app compat guys”. Over the years, many of us have moved on to other things but one guy has stood the test of time.  Chris Jackson has earned the title of “The App Compat Guy” hands down. Chris…

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How Do I Deploy a Windows 8 App to Another Device for Testing?

If your developing a new Windows 8 app and you want to test it on another device (e.g. Surface), you’ll need to use a technique called sideloading. This can easily be done through a few steps that I’ll describe in this post. What is Sideloading? Windows 8 Store Apps are deployed through the Windows Store. …

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How do I Test Internet Explorer 10 Touch Behavior Without a Touch Device?

For browsing, IE 10 provides a great touch experience with the Metro style browser. If you don’t have touch enabled hardware available, here’s a quick way to simulate touch behavior to test your site. Visual Studio Simulator Visual Studio Express 2012 is designed for writing Metro Style apps. It includes a very nice “slate” simulator….

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Windows 7 Touch Development Sessions from TechEd

I had the opportunity to go to TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta this year. Channel 9 has made all the sessions from TechEd available on their website.  Now you can listen to Ben Farmer and me discuss Windows 7 multitouch development. In the Windows 7 Touch Application Development: Selecting the Right Platform presentation, I…

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