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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