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  • Developing Business Applications For Windows 8

    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.

  • Developers Warned to Follow Windows 8 Metro Guidelines

    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.

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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Windows Phone 8 Is to Be Based on WinRT?

    Leaked information suggests that Microsoft is working on unifying the Windows ecosystem, while Windows Phone 8 will be based on WinRT rather than Windows CE.

  • Windows Store Requires Processor Types to Be Treated Equally

    Microsoft has released the certification requirements for Metro style apps sold at the Windows Store. They range from technical specifications to strict controls on content. Not even processor types can be discriminated against.

  • Build Sessions to Watch For

    With 274 sessions at the //Build/ conference it is hard to predict which are going to be important and which are just filler. Here is a rundown of the sessions we think are going to be important to enterprise developers.

  • Article: Open Source WS Stacks for Java - Design Goals and Philosophy

    InfoQ's Stefan Tilkov questioned lead developers of Apache Axis2, Apache CXF, Spring Web Services, JBossWS and and Sun’s Metro about their design goals, their approach towards Java and Web services standards, data binding, accessing XML, interoperability, REST support, and framework maturity. The results revealed many similarities and some noteworthy differences.