Windows Embedded 8 has been released by Microsoft and entered general availability. Intended to be used by OEMs and in specialized environments, this series of releases marks Embedded's alignment with Windows 8's code base.
Telerik has recently released RadControls for Windows 8, which enables developers to build touch optimized applications for desktop and mobile devices.
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.
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 includes several new performance enhancements with support for Windows 8 and Automatic Exception Reporting.
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.
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.
In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.