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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio “14” CTP is available

    Download here . Remember that this is a CTP and isn’t meant for production environments; please install in a test environment with no earlier versions of Visual Studio installed. Eric Battalio says: Here are some resources which may be useful as you try out the Visual Studio “14” CTP, released yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Publishing your apps to the Windows Store for Windows 8.1

    With today’s announcement of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 availability , the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1.  Here’s more from the Windows App Builder blog: For those of you who started working on your app with our Preview versions, you’ll first need to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 RTM is available for developers

    Download here: Windows Dev Center download page . The word from Ian LeGrow on the product team : Two weeks ago we announced that Windows 8 released to manufacturing (RTM). Since then we’ve been preparing builds for distribution as described in the Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone post on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 SDK Developer Satisfaction Survey

    Five questions, five minutes here . If you’ve done any Windows 8 development, we want to hear from you. If you’ve dipped your toes, or if you’ve shipped Metro style apps in the store , we need to know what you think of the SDK. That is all. Windows 8 Developer Satisfaction Survey Technorati Tags: Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch

    Loyal readers know that I’m enthusiastic about the Windows Phone developer story, so here are some events to help you get started with Phone 7. You can register here: www.msdnevents.com/wp7 . The official word: Windows Phone 7 offers a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Get...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools are live

    Download: Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW I have high hopes and an app or two in mind for Phone 7. Here are a few handy links to get you started. Windows Phone Developer Portal . Brandon’s blog post has more details on this release. Windows Phone Development docs on MSDN. Register for Windows Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta is posted

    Download from here: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta After my recent pleasant introduction to Windows Phone development, I’m now an enthusiastic advocate. Two of the new features that really catch my eye are: Blend support - Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone is now integrated into the setup of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Modern programming: A tale of four frameworks

    After starting my new job in Core OS, it became clear that I would need to brush up on my old COM-programming skills, which I haven’t used in about, oh, eight years. It’s been all .NET Framework since I hired on as a full-time employee at MSFT. A good place to get acquainted with the COM world is the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 is live

    And it’s good. Download the full trial version here: Visual Studio 2010 Downloads . Technorati Tags: Visual Studio , .NET Framework , Silverlight , WPF Designer
  • Blog Post: Fun with brainwaves, part 3: Here’s some code

    The story so far: Realtime Brainwave Data with WPF and Fun with brainwaves, part 2 . So the code is finally somewhat presentable for public consumption. You can download it from here: Realtime Neurodata Display . If you have the Research Edition of the Emotiv SDK , this is what you’ll see: EmoEngineClientLibrary...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidates are posted

    Go grab your copy of Visual Studio 2010 RC here . Rewritten in WPF, this is the slickest version of VS yet. Too many features to go into now, but here are a couple of my favorites. The WPF and Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio now has complete parity with the beloved Windows Forms designer, and...
  • Blog Post: WPF samples now available at Code Gallery

    In past versions of our Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation, you may have experienced frustration when you tried to access our WPF sample code. No more. We’ve picked the best samples, hoisted them out of the docs, updated them for Visual Studio 2010, and uploaded them to Code Gallery: WPF...
  • Blog Post: WPF Designer sample code is posted

    If you want to author custom design-time experiences for your WPF controls, this is a good place to start. We have samples for custom adorners, context menus, property value editors, and advanced scenarios. This code is written for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, but you should have luck with the Beta 1 bits...
  • Blog Post: Sensors in my Pocket PC

    I like to play around with the occasional new Microsoft technology, and since I recently traded my old Treo for an HTC Touch Pro , it seemed like it might be fun to check out the onboard accelerometers. Fortunately, courageous bloggers have probed the secrets of HTCSensorSDK.dll, culminating in the ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta is posted

    Get it here . Discuss amongst yourselves at the forum . Don't miss Guy Burstein's guided tour . Here's the official word: Visual Studio 2008 With Visual Studio 2008, developers and development organizations have the tools that enable them to be more productive, take advantage of all the latest platform...
  • Blog Post: WPF Designer docs are posted

    The MSDN library online has been refreshed, and you can find all the new documentation for the WPF Designer for Visual Studio (formerly known as "Cider") here . You might want to start with the overview topic, or if you want to start autoring your own custom design time, try the extensibility portal...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting WPF Designer load failures

    Now that people have been kicking the tires of the WPF Designer for Visual Studio 2008 (aka "Cider"), we're starting to see a lot of questions about why perfectly good WPF code doesn't load in the designer. Here's a preview of the topic that will ship in the docs. Hopefully this will help out before...
  • Blog Post: Cider Extensibility Help Documentation

    PM extraordinaire Jim Nakashima has posted a preview of some of our docs that describe how to do things like implement custom adorners, menu items, and feature providers. Custom adorner for adjusting the RenderTransform of a control.
  • Blog Post: October CTP and the last build of Fidalgo

    The October CTP is ready and will soon be posted. When Vista RTMs in November, the final rev of .NET Framework 3.0 will be released, and the final Fidalgo CTP with Cider will go out with it. This will be the final release of Fidalgo, aka the "WinFX Tools for Visual Studio 2005." From here on out,...
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