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