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Build 2013 Keynote Day 1 Highlights

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft began day 1 of Build 2013 with their familiar booming electronic fanfare. InfoQ is covering the conference live and has first impressions of the keynote's highlights. Some interesting new features for Windows 8.1, VS2013, and Bing are covered.

WinRT 8.1, Ready for Line-of-Business

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 26, 2013 1

Windows 8.1 brings with it a lot of much needed functionality to WinRT (i.e. Windows Store) apps that make is a viable platform for line of business and point of sale applications. These include multiple-window support, USB/Bluetooth integration, and a HTTP stack that is unified with Internet Explorer’s shared cache.

API Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 20, 2013

First Floor Software has just released an updated version of their Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. These updated lists make it easy to see what classes and method are available when moving code from one platform to another.

Windows 8.1 for Business Users

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 06, 2013 1

Windows 8.1 represents Microsoft's attempt to smooth the rough edges of user's transition to their vision of a touch-based future on the desktop. Windows 8 has a reputation of being consumer-focused, and 8.1 is intended in part to provide more features for business users.

A Portable HTTP Client for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  May 28, 2013

Until recently, one of the problems with sharing code across .NET, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and Windows Store is the inability to make HTTP requests. Each framework supports one or more HTTP clients, but they are incompatible each other at an API level. The Portable HTTP Client package adds an adapter to paper over these differences.

JavaScript Memory Analyzer in Visual Studio 2012 Identifies Leaks in Windows Store Apps

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 19, 2013

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 includes a new JavaScript Memory Analyzer for Windows 8 which identifies potential memory leaks to enable developers to fix their apps before submission to Windows Store.

Windows Embedded 8 Released

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 25, 2013

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.

Develop Utility, Productivity, Financial and Media Apps with RadControls for Windows 8

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Mar 21, 2013

Telerik has recently released RadControls for Windows 8, which enables developers to build touch optimized applications for desktop and mobile devices.

Internet Explorer 10 Broadens Flash Support

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 14, 2013 1

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.

Windows Azure Notification Hubs with Common API

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 24, 2013

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 with Portable Class Library and WinRT

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 21, 2013

Crypto Obfuscator .Net v2013 includes several new performance enhancements with support for Windows 8 and Automatic Exception Reporting.

Windows 8 and WinRT - A Close Encounter with Microsoft

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 17, 2013

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.

Researcher Breaches Windows RT's Security System

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 10, 2013

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.

Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Google’s Service Changes Spell Trouble for Windows 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 17, 2012 5

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.