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  • Blog Post: Why Windows 8.1 Sometimes Tells You It Is Windows 8.0

    A few years back, I ran some analysis on the shims that were applied to applications (both for commercial applications in sysmain.sdb and for those applications shimmed in our enterprise engagements), and though VirtualRegistry eeked out a victory, if you were to consolidate the version lie shims, they...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 App Compat on The Edge Show

    While at TechEd a few weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with my friend Joey and chat about where we are with app compat, which was briefly before Windows 8.1 was released so we weren’t chatting too much about that yet. That recording is up on the web now as part of Edge Show 66 (no relationship to...
  • Blog Post: Changes to Shim Global Exclude in Windows 8

    Lex III: Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi. I remember a time when all bugs were bad, and it was my job to find and destroy them all. That, of course, was when I was a developer. My perspective...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 8 Springboard App Compat Content

    My blog sure has been quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing anything! A lot of my focus has been on laying the groundwork for a refreshed set of app compat content for Windows 8, to put up on the Springboard site. Well, it’s finally live, so here is the writing that hasn’t gone up...
  • Blog Post: The cool feature in IE10 that felt like a bug until I figured out it was a feature

    Part of the challenge of innovating is that innovation necessarily means change, and change necessarily means breaking old habits. Breaking old habits is something we humans aren’t always terribly good at – particularly me. That’s precisely what I had happen in response to a new feature in IE10. I didn...
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