Reorganizing the Windows Desktop Developer Center…

We’re moving right along with updates to the developer center and it seems like a good time to share the reorganized learn structure: The following is an intermediate revision to the TOC, there will be more to come as we keep getting better at this! +Windows Development Learning Topics  +Learn Windows by Feature (not yet published)      -…

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My first Screencast Series covering Windows Touch in C++/Win32 is Live!

A few months ago, I worked on some very simple samples that demonstrate how to program Windows touch applications in Win32 using GDI for drawing and C++ as the underlying programming language.  C++ Source code accompanying the Windows Touch Screencasts is available on code gallery.  Appologies for the video not properly embedding, the embed code on…

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Windows Developer Center Roundup for 03.18.2011

The following updates were perfomed this week for the center: We released some updates to the Accessibility Center.  I highlighted the best Windows Touch samples that I’m aware of in a blog post.  Accessibility Center Update:The accessibility center added an impressive new training resource: the Accessibility Training Course and Resource Materials.  This disk image has tutorials…

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Windows Touch: 7 Essential Samples for Multitouch Developers

Windows Touch is a powerful API enabling multitouch development on Windows.  Surprisingly, we have seen limited adoption from consumers and developers in this space but anticipate with the release of some new slate form-factor tablets such as the Eee Slate and ExoPC, the market for touch-based PC computing should grow in the following months.  With the…

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What developers want?

In an older blog post, Is it just me or does the redesigned Windows Developer Center Need Work?, we kicked off an effort to improve the experience for developers on the portal site I manage. We have revisited this idea a number of times since then but recently realized that the design of the developer center is less the problem than the way that…

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Custom Gestures for 3D Manipulation Using Windows Touch in C++

My CodeProject Entries My CodeProject Entries   At PDC 2009, Reed Townsend presented some very exciting multitouch samples in a presentation: Windows Touch Deep Dive. The following video shows the presentation: This blog post covers the code behind the custom 3D manipulations that were presented.  You can download the 3D manipulations code sample for this from my server.  Note…

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Windows Developer News for the week of Aug. 13th, 2010

News and Updates Chapters 6,7, and 8 for the Hilo series have been published.  If you are trying to learn how to write a windows app, this is one of the best places to start.  Chapter 6 of the Hilo series covers Hilo integration with D2D.  Chapter 7 covers how Hilo is using Windows animation…

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Windows Developer News… Accessibility tools, Windows SDK Download, Windows Phone 7…

It’s been a slow week as far as announcements are concerned. We have been going through our infamous review process at Microsoft and this period of time is typically pretty slow in the office.  In the Windows Developer world, there have been no dramatic releases or updates to software.  As such, I’ll take this post…

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Where did the accessibility tools go?

Accessibility tools that previously shipped in the Microsoft Accessibility Package (MSAA SDK) now ship along with the Windows SDK. These tools are used to inspect messages used by screen readers to take text from applications and either speak it with text-to-speech or passes it to a Braille device.  One of the older tools is Inspect.  A short description from the…

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Windows Summit 2010 Software track goes online today!

The Windows Summit 2010 is a special event designed for hardware and software designers, developers, and engineers.  Originally, this event was going to be held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond.  To make the event more accessible for people who are interested in learning about our developer and partner story, the event has become a live…

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