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Develop Utility, Productivity, Financial and Media Apps with RadControls for Windows 8

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 21, 2013

Telerik has recently released RadControls for Windows 8, which enables developers to build touch optimized applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Internet Explorer 10 Broadens Flash Support

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 14, 2013 1

Microsoft has announced increased Flash support on IE10 running on Windows 8 and Windows RT. This content will now be enabled to run by default and solidifies Flash's position on the Windows platform.

Windows Azure Notification Hubs with Common API

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 24, 2013

Microsoft recently added an enhancement to Windows Azure Management Portal by releasing Notification Hubs which enables you to broadcast push notifications to thousands of mobile devices using a common API.

Crypto Obfuscator .Net v2013 with Portable Class Library and WinRT

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 21, 2013

Crypto Obfuscator .Net v2013 includes several new performance enhancements with support for Windows 8 and Automatic Exception Reporting.

Windows 8 and WinRT - A Close Encounter with Microsoft

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 17, 2013

Windows 8 throws open a wide range of opportunities for developers. In this marathon interview, Microsoft official spokesperson discloses facts behind the various aspects of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Researcher Breaches Windows RT's Security System

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 10, 2013

An independent security researcher has discovered a way to run unsigned desktop applications on Windows RT running on Microsoft's Surface. InfoQ has an exclusive interview with the creator of the exploit.

Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Google’s Service Changes Spell Trouble for Windows 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 17, 2012 5

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 rely on a technology known as Exchange ActiveSync. This technology is the communication protocol that allows applications in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to synchronize email, calendar, and contact information from Google accounts. As of January 30th, that service will no longer be available new users.

Studio Enterprise with Localization and Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 03, 2012

ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2012 V3 with new controls for Windows 8, WinRT and existing control suites with support for localization RTF and Visual Studio 2012.

Self Evaluate User Experience of Apps

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 24, 2012

In the Build 2012, Lora Heiny, Senior Program Manager, Windows Partner Ecosystem and Will Tschumy, Principal User Experience Advisor at Microsoft delivered a session where they presented few tips which should be followed to evaluate the UX of a Windows 8 application including that of Windows Store apps.

Panel: Answers from Microsoft Developers Who Built WinRT

by Abel Avram on  Nov 05, 2012

Chris Anderson, Chris Guzak, Jerry Dunietz, Kamen Moutafov, Martyn Lovell, Elliot H Omiya, lead developers working on various WinRT components, have taken questions during the BUILD 2012 panel The Windows Runtime Q&A, answering some of the developers’ ardent questions on Windows 8 applications, especially WinRT ones. Following is a digest of the answers to main topics discussed.

Key Technologies for Windows Store Business Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 02, 2012

Business applications tend to have a lot of more emphasis on data storage, security, and deployment than other types of applications. Despite the numerous limitations that Windows 8 Store, there are still many different options available to fulfill these needs.

Reintroducing Extension SDKs for Visual C++

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 01, 2012

An under-reported feature of Visual Studio 2012 is the ability to create Extension SDKs for Visual C++. SDK development is analogous to creating assemblies in .NET or JARs in Java and is very important for Windows 8 application development.

Powering Your Apps with Microsoft Accounts

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 01, 2012

A central theme with Windows 8 is the Microsoft Account. This is another attempt to offer a single sign-on system for both Microsoft and third-party services. Microsoft Account is available for Windows 8 apps, normal websites, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.

Windows Phone 8 SDK Release Brings Native C++ and DirectX

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 31, 2012

Microsoft released the Windows Phone 8 SDK Tuesday as part of its bid to increase developer support. This SDK includes several new features including hardware accelerated DirectX and native C++ code support.

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