Handling orientation changes and setting preferred orientation in Metro style apps

I have recently been working on a very simple version of the game “Simon” in C# and XAML.  The following screenshot shows the game running: I initially had developed the application without support for orientation.  As a result, when the application reflowed, it would crop components of the application off-screen (not desired!).  The following screen…

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Quick tip: Toggling the device simulator in Visual Studio on the Windows developer preview

Yesterday I was struggling to figure out how to turn on / turn off the device simulator in the Windows 8 developer preview after discovering an orientation bug in a Metro style app I have been working on.  The trick is to click the icon in the build/run dialog as shown in the following screenshot:…

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Learning Windows Development with Quickstarts and How to’s

In coordination with the Windows developer preview release for the Build conference, we quietly have added a few new page types across our content sets and today I’ll talk about two very important ones: Quickstarts How-tos These are important because you can find the specific type of content that you are looking for by searching…

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Viewing the Windows Developer Preview documentation offline

Viewing the Windows Developer Preview documentation offline As many of you have pointed out, the developer experience is a rather significant departure from what has been the traditional documentation approach for Windows.  The documentation on the Windows Dev Center has been moving into an encapsulated experience where you follow down a path starting from a…

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What’s new in the Windows Dev Center part 4 (Conclusion): Forums, Samples, and Search

We talked previously about the new look and feel, content integration, and controls for the Windows Dev Center. Also new is what we’ve referred to as “applications” that are components of the dev center.  The three key applications are the samples gallery, the forums, and search. Before going deep into what’s new here, I want…

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Windows Dev Center Updates for 09.16.2011: BUILD and Windows 8

This week, we launched the Windows Developer Preview at the BUILD conference.  This release shows the new user interface of Windows 8, adds functionality for developers, and also introduces a new programming model and language enhancements. Needless to say, it has been an exciting week!  New Dev Center Updates We have been going over the enhancements for the developer…

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What’s new in the Windows Dev Center part 3: New center controls

So we’ve talked a bit about the new look and feel as well as the library.  These additions to the Windows Dev Center have been part of a “bring up” that creates a more integrated experience that matches the look and feel of Metro style apps.  We’ve also added some rather cool functionality to the…

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What’s new in the Windows Dev Center part 2: MSDN Library integration

In our first What’s new post, we discussed the new look and feel of the Windows Dev Center.  This experience would only be partially complete if all the documentation was presented in an older style. So, we worked closely with MSDN to improve the way that the “library” content appears on the developer center.  To compare and…

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A few Windows developer preview keyboard shortcuts

I’m sure that a number of developers have been downloading the Windows developer preview.  With the preview comes new (unofficial) shortcuts.  The following list are the ones we’re aware of: Key Action Windows logo key+Y Temporarily look at the desktop Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator Windows logo key+F File Search Windows logo key+I Settings Windows…

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What’s new in the Windows Dev Center? (Part 1)

Today, we launched the new version of the Windows Dev Center.  This is a major release that includes a number of very awesome updates: New look and feel Content integration with the library New forums New samples gallery New download experience New social communities Improvements to search Support for video embedded within content There are…

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