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Popular Microsoft Apps Unfriend Facebook

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Jun 12, 2015

Facebook has made changes to their Graph API which Microsoft says has forced it to drop Facebook support from several Microsoft applications. This means popular apps like Windows Photos and OneDrive will no longer exchange data with Facebook.

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Build 2014 Retrospective

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Apr 16, 2014

In this opinion piece, a look is taken at Microsoft's recent Build conference and how the company may be signaling its desire for an increased focus on attracting developers.

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Features of the New Windows Phone App Model

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Apr 03, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 has several features that developers can utilize to improve their apps and provide a better user experience.

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Introducing Common XAML UI

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Apr 02, 2014 1

Based on the WinRT API, the Common XAML UI framework will allow the same UI code to be shared on phones, tablets, desktop computers, and eventually Xbox One.

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Essential Studio Enterprise 2013 Volume 4 Adds LightSwitch, Localization and New Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 20, 2013

Syncfusion has released Essential Studio Enterprise Edition 2013 Volume 4 with new JavaScript controls such as rich-text editor, map, tree map, range navigator, barcode, date-time picker and rotator in addition to extensions for LightSwitch. It also includes 3D chart support for WinRT, WPF, Silverlight, and Windows Phone suites including format manipulation libraries for Windows Phone.

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DevExpress XAML v13.2 Adds Windows 8.1 Support, PDF Viewer, Flyout and Radial Menu Controls

by Anand Narayanaswamy Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 14, 2013

The recently released DevExpress XAML 8 Controls v13.2 provides full support for all the core features of Windows 8.1 with a new PDF viewer, tile, flyout and radial menu controls.

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Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Adds Improvements to XAML Developers

by Anand Narayanaswamy Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 07, 2013

Windows 8.1 ships with new features and improvements with which XAML developers will be able to build unique and responsive applications using Visual Studio 2013. It also adds several new controls and enhancements to project templates.

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More Capabilities at a Higher Speed: WinJS 2.0

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Jul 18, 2013

More features and faster execution speed highlight the advantages of WinJS 2.0. Developers have several new controls to choose from, and many existing controls have improved performance with more features that include better keyboard support and layout options.

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Threading in the Windows Runtime: Part 2

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Jul 02, 2013

The information in part 2 of Threading in the Windows Runtime deals with the internals of the threading model. This section, originally presented by Marytn Lovell at Build 2013, is intended to be trivia or possible useful in debugging, but not necessary for day to day development. For more practical information, please refer to part one of InfoQ’s key points summary.

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Threading in the Windows Runtime: Part 1

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Jul 01, 2013

During the Build 2013 conference Marytn Lovell revealed some of the inner workings of the WinRT threading model. While .NET developers may be surprised at its complexity, especially when multiple windows are involved, traditional COM developers are going to be relieved to learn that it is much simpler than what they are used to.

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Windows 8.1 for the User

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Jun 30, 2013

Though most of the Build conference focused on improvements for the developer and network administrator, there have been some improvements to make the new OS more palatable to the end user as well.

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Windows 8.1 for the Network Administrator

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Jun 30, 2013 2

While the development story is still quite muddled, on the operations side Windows 8.1 offers some advantages to the IT department.

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NET 4.5.1 Is Bigger Than It Appears

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Jun 27, 2013

When Microsoft announced version 4.5.1 of the .NET Framework, it would have been safe to assume it is a minor point release. That has turned out to be a false assumption, as this update will affect nearly .NET with a slew of performance enhancements, debugging tools, and increased productivity.

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Application Reliability in Windows Store Apps

by Jonathan Allen Follow 578 Followers on  Jun 27, 2013

Testing is critical, but not enough. This is the theme of Harry Pierson’s session on application reliability in Windows Store apps.

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Build 2013 Keynote Day 2 Highlights

by Jeff Martin Follow 16 Followers on  Jun 27, 2013

Coverage of Build 2013 continues with the highlights of Day 2's keynote which focused on developers, developers, developers.

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