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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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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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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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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