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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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 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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