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ARMing .NET Developers for Windows 8

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 29, 2012 1

.NET Developers looking to support the ARM processor on Windows 8 have relatively few obstacles, but there are a few areas that can expose latent bugs. Microsoft has provided some new tips on how to avoid the pitfalls.

Blend for Visual Studio 2012: Updated UX Tool for Windows 8 Applications

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 17, 2012

Microsoft has announced the new Blend for Visual Studio 2012, a tool to design user interfaces for HTML and XAML applications in Windows Store 8. All versions of Visual Studio 2012 come with Blend, including Express.

Improved User Experience with Semantic Zoom

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 17, 2012

Semantic Zoom is a new touch optimized feature in Windows 8 to present and navigate large sets of content within a single view and to display data controls that leverage deferred loading. With the help of semantic zoom, users can zoom in to inspect individual records or zoom out to see a group of data in a consumable, secondary visualization.

Developing Business Applications For Windows 8

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 10, 2012 3

Windows 8 departs from the familiar Windows user interface to introduce a tablet-friendly approach. Developers of traditional applications may rightfully question their role in the new environment. Robert Green offers a look at how these business applications can be designed for a native Windows 8 UI.

.NET Framework Cleanup Tool Adds .NET 4.5 and Windows 8 Support

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 09, 2012

Aaron Stebner's .NET Framework Cleanup Tool, which is often used as a last resort to remove problematic .NET installations, has been updated to support Windows 8 and .NET 4.5. The tool can be used to remove any version of the .NET Framework from an operating system.

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 are ready to go!

by Dmytro Mindra on  Aug 02, 2012 3

In addition to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 being released to manufacturing, Microsoft has completed its tool suit - Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5.

ReSharper 7 Adds Windows 8 Support, New Languages

by Jenni Konrad on  Jul 13, 2012

JetBrains has announced the availability of ReSharper 7 Beta. In addition to support for Visual Studio 2012, this release includes tools for Windows 8 and WinRT development, additions to the Type Hierarchy, new refactorings, and improved support for several languages, including JavaScript and ASP.Net 4.5.

SQLite On WinRT, Metro, Windows 8 Mobile

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 09, 2012

SQLite is now supported on Windows RT, Windows 8 Metro Apps and will be supported on Windows Phone 8 for local application storage.

Developers Warned to Follow Windows 8 Metro Guidelines

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 04, 2012

Metro app developers are strongly encouraged to stay within Microsoft's carefully planned boundaries of the Windows 8 SDK for Metro style apps. InfoQ explores this and the containers used by these apps.

Microsoft Has Changed Its Mind: Windows 8 IE Metro Renders Flash

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2012 2

In a surprising twist, Microsoft has made available Windows 8 Release Preview with support for Flash in IE 10 Metro and Desktop, both on x86 and ARM platforms.

Visual Studio 11 Renamed "Visual Studio 2012", Release Candidate Now Available with .NET 4.5

by Jenni Konrad on  May 31, 2012

Today Microsoft announced the availability of Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate with .NET 4.5, formerly known as “Visual Studio 11”. This release includes performance improvements, a more "Metro-style" user interface, customized installation, and new Team Foundation Server features.

Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 30, 2012

Microsoft has published a paper named “Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps”. This includes several suggestions for remaining responsive, ensuring fluid animations, improving startup time, consuming lesser resources and more. We present a summary here.

Localizing Your Windows 8 App

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 04, 2012

In the article “Develop your app for everyone–localize your UI”, Tim Heuer shows how to localize the language of a Windows 8 .NET App along with various tools that can help in the process.

Enterprise Application Distribution with Windows 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 23, 2012

Distributing the right applications and links to a user’s computer has always been a challenge. Login scripts tend to be fragile and tools that automatically install applications are often difficult to use. The increased use of personally owned computers and devices further complicates the story. Microsoft is attempting to fix both issues with Windows 8 and the Self-Service Portal.

WebSocket Support In Windows 8

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 29, 2012

As both the WebSocket Protocol and the WebSocket API gain full-fledged support in the Windows 8 Consumer preview, ASP.NET developers can start taking advantage of the bidirectional capabilities by using System.Web.WebSockets library.

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