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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.

Security for Windows Store Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012 1

In the past there was an assumption that only popular applications and services will be attacked. But these days even new services with few or no users is liable to find itself under the hacker’s microscope. In a recent //Build session, Josh Dunn discusses some of the common vulnerabilities found in Windows 8 applications.

Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012

Dynamic Access Control is a set of features for Windows Server 2012 to manage authentication and authorization beyond Active Directory Groups. There are several components involved in this, the most notable being the ability evaluate expression-based ACLs against user and device claims.

IT Delivered Applications in Windows 8 with RemoteFX and RemoteApp

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 30, 2012 3

A major focus of Windows 8 is the ability to support “bring your own device” scenarios. To support this scenario without forcing IT departments to actually install company software on every machine, Microsoft has invested significantly in the RemoteFX and RemoteApp technologies.

Build 2012 Keynote Highlights the Windows 8 Vision

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 30, 2012

Build 2012 begins today and InfoQ is covering the conference on-site. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's opening keynote today highlighted the unified approach Microsoft is taking with Windows 8, Windows Surface, and Windows Phone 8. The keynote emphasized the new opportunities available to developers and the personalized experienced offered to users.

Porting Existing C++ Code to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 30, 2012 1

Porting Existing C++ libraries to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 mostly involves replacing many, but not all, of the existing Win32 and COM API calls with their WinRT equivalents. The UI itself will most likely not be portable, as GDI is being replaced with XAML, HTML5, and/or DirectX.

Windows 8 Launch Event with Microsoft Surface Tablet in New York on October 25, 2012

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 15, 2012

Microsoft is scheduled to conduct a mega launch event on October 25, 2012 ahead of official launch of Windows 8 on October 26. Microsoft will showcase the much awaited Surface tablet and also reveal about the upcoming plans.

Embarcadero Updates Delphi and C++ Builder, Launches HTML5 Builder

by Michael Floyd on  Sep 05, 2012 9

Embarcadero Technologies launched a major overhaul of its development tools line that includes RAD Studio XE3, Delphi XE3 and C++Builder XE3. The company also launched HTML5 Builder for Mobile and Web app developers. InfoQ spoke with John Thomas, Director of Product Management at Embarcadero.

Can 3rd Party Developers Bring JIT and Compilers to WinRT?

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 04, 2012 1

Users expecting to find Java, LuaJIT, or Google's V8 JavaScript engine on Windows ARM (WOA) may be surprised to learn that these and similar tools may not be allowed. The latest concern has now been raised over the ability of developers to release 3rd party compilers for the platform.

Reflection API Changes For Windows Store Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Aug 31, 2012

.NET API subset for Windows Store Apps is considerable smaller than the full .NET Framework 4.5. Particularly, Reflection.Emit is not available and most members in the System.Type class have been moved to the System.Reflection.TypeInfo class.

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