VPN Network connections from Store apps running on Connected Standby devices are very slow

The title says it all: when you make a network connection from your Windows Store app to a resource residing in your Virtual Private Network (VPN) using a device which supports Connected Standby (also known as Always On/Always Connected [AOAC]), the connection may be very slow.  A network trace of a Windows Store app connecting to…

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Implementing a Shake event on Windows Phone 8.1

I was working in our MSDN Forums and found a post from a user trying to detect shake events for Windows Phone 8.1.  I quickly realized this event is not built into the SDK, so I set out to create a helper class to raise a Shake event for Windows Phone 8.1. The Accelerometer class…

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Replacement for MarketplaceReviewTask in Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone Silverlight apps had a MarketplaceReviewTask to prompt users to review an app. Windows Phone Runtime apps don’t have an explicit task for this but can launch ms-windows-store: URIs to go to the review page. Use this with care and thought! Happy users give good reviews. Irritated users give bad ones. An occasional prompt…

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