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  • Blog Post: How are shortcuts created and managed on the Windows 8 Start screen?

    To summarize: Shortcuts can be created on the Windows 8 Start screen by creating a folder in “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs” Multiple shortcuts to the same exe or app with the same AppId results in only one shortcut on the Start screen, based on its name in alphanumeric ascending...
  • Blog Post: Better control(s) with Visual State Manager

    We had talked about Visual States very briefly when we were discussing how we handle different views and orientation in a Windows Store App. Let’s go a step further and understand the concept of Visual States and how we can leverage this to create better styles for the existing controls. To understand...
  • Blog Post: The “Light” theme for Windows store apps

    I was recently talking to a developer working on a Windows store app and he said: “Dude, why the dark background for the apps? Shouldn’t Windows 8 apps be a bit brighter and cheerful? I had to show a good amount of text in my app, so I ended up setting the background to white and foreground to black...
  • Blog Post: A non-traditional “Hello World” app with Windows 8

    As developers, we start exploring any new platform/framework/language with a traditional “Hello World” program. Windows 8 is a re-imagined new OS, and so I thought let’s re-imagine the “Hello World” too. Consultant Jargon is my non-traditional version of “Hello World”. Windows 8 store apps have a few...
  • Blog Post: Handling different orientations and views with Windows Store Apps

    Microsoft recently set the Guinness World Record for the maximum number of developers (2500+) coding for a single event at a common location (in my hometown, Bangalore) for over 18 hours. I was a part of it and it was a lot of fun! We even had an anthem for the event :) If you haven’t started yet, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone and Windows 8 learning resources

    That’s right – 400 million new devices on the Windows ecosystem this year obviously represents the largest opportunity for software developers. That’s good enough reason to start looking into getting started with Windows Phone and Windows 8. Here are a couple of blog posts from my friend Ujjwal which...
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