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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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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