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  • Blog Post: Add Facebook login to your Windows Store apps

    Sanjeev Dwivedi posts the details: Today, we are excited to announce that on Windows Store apps and Windows Phone 8 apps , you can easily integrate Facebook Login. Facebook Login lets users sign in to Facebook only one time across multiple devices. If another app then wants to access the users Facebook...
  • Blog Post: How to align sensors with your app’s orientation

    Brian Rockwell presents a quick overview showing how to align a device’s sensors with your app’s orientation: The sensors supported by Windows Store apps offer a powerful way to spice up your app’s functionality. Sensors let your app know the relationship between the device and the physical world around...
  • Blog Post: Quick tips for porting a XAML Split App to Windows 8.1

    If you have an app in the Windows Store already, and you used the Split App (XAML) template as the basis of your app, you’ll notice that the VS2013 compiler complains when you retarget the project to Windows 8.1 and build it: Warning: 'Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DataPackage.SetUri(System.Uri...
  • Blog Post: Reddit: Hi! We're Windows 8.1 engineers. Ask us anything!

    Closed now, but still some interesting stuff in here: Hello everyone! We’re a group of engineers from the Windows team at Microsoft. Our focus areas included user experiences, the app platform, Internet Explorer and more. We are here from 10:30 to noon to answer your questions about Windows 8.1. We are...
  • Blog Post: Retargeting your Windows Store apps to Windows 8.1 and WinJS 2.0

    Eric Schmidt has the lowdown on navigating your Windows Store apps using JavaScript to the release build of Windows 8.1 (available on October 18th). He gives us a detailed walkthrough for: Syncing versions of Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS), Visual Studio 2013, and Windows 8.1.  Updating...
  • Blog Post: Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1: Textures

    Previously: Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1 from earlier versions A lot changed between DX11 and DX11.1, and texture processing is a big part of the delta. As you may know, the D3DX utility library is gone, replaced by external shared source libraries. The docs for handy texture utilities like D3DX11CreateShaderResourceViewFromFile...
  • Blog Post: Notes on porting to DirectX 11.1 from earlier versions

    Yours truly has moved to a new team in the Windows Developer Content org, so now I focus on DirectX and game development. Long-time readers know of my interest in computational methods for mathematical physics, so this is a great opportunity for porting some code to the GPU for high-performance number...
  • Blog Post: Use open source code in your Windows Store apps: Cocos2DX, Cinder, Ogre3D, Box2D, Bullet, OpenCV, and Angle in Visual C++

    Olivier Bloch brings the good news: MS Open Tech has been working with many open source technologies to help Web and C++ developers extend their reach and have their code work seamlessly on Windows devices. You can now integrate your code using Cocos2DX , Cinder , Ogre3D , Box2D , Bullet , OpenCV , or...
  • Blog Post: API diff report for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview

    Koen Zwikstra at First Floor Software has published a diff report of the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview assemblies, showing how the API surface has changed. Very handy! Windows 8 vs Windows 8.1 Technorati Tags: Windows 8 , Windows , Windows programming , Windows SDK
  • Blog Post: Build 2013 roundup

    In case you weren't able to attend Build 2013 last week (like me), Jake Sabulsky wraps it up for us : Day 1 Keynote On Wednesday Steve Ballmer kicked off the conference with the Day 1 keynote . He was joined by Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond, who showed off lots of cool features of Windows 8...
  • Blog Post: New help for porting iOS apps to Windows Store apps

    The following new articles for iOS developers are live on the Windows Store apps Dev Center : Windows 8 controls for iOS developers Rethinking iOS table views (includes video) Titlebars, toolbars and app bars Collection views Charms (includes video) Tiles and badges Windows 8 cookbook for iOS devs Skinning...
  • Blog Post: Create location aware apps using geolocation and Bing Maps

    Ross Heise has a quick walkthrough on adding geolocation to your Windows store Apps. Here’s a bit of code to whet your appetite: The Windows.Devices.Geolocation namespace is used for retrieving your location. Whether you use GPS, a WiFi network, or an IP address to retrieve a user’s location depends...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Dev Center experience is live

    Check it out here . It’s much more colorful and engaging, and hopefully it’s easier to find the development and design guidance you need to create beautiful Windows Store apps. Get the details at the Windows 8 app developer blog: Introducing a new Windows Dev Center experience . The Windows team is focused...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for the Unity for Windows Store Apps open beta

    Sign up here . From unity3d.com : Be one of the first Unity developers to port your content to tablets and PCs running Windows 8 and Windows RT and publish it on Windows Store. As a participant in our open beta for the Unity Windows Store apps port, you get the chance to see how your content will run...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 app drops

    Check it out here . Now you can browse the treasure trove of MSDN videos known as Channel 9 from your Start screen. If you’re using Microsoft technologies, Channel 9 probably has video content that will speed your development efforts. The Channel 9 app aggregates Shows , Series , and Events in a single...
  • Blog Post: BUILD Windows conference announced: June 26 in San Francisco

    Here’s the site: BUILD . If you’re developing apps with Microsoft technologies, this is the conference to attend. Registration opens at 09:00am PDT, April 2, 2013 Early bird (first 500): $1,595 // Full: $2,095 See you there! Technorati Tags: Windows
  • Blog Post: Sample Browser app is available in the Windows Store

    The MSDN Sample Gallery is the gateway to Microsoft’s software development technologies, from close-to-the-metal programming with Win32 to higher levels of abstraction with XAML and WinRT. Now there’s a Windows Store app that brings the Sample Gallery to your Start screen: Sample Browser . Search thousands...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

    Download: PDF (17.9 MB) EPUB (37.3 MB) MOBI (69.5 MB) Are you a web developer who wants to get your code into a Windows store app? Kraig Brockschmidt’s excellent new book is for you, at the right price: $0.00. From the introduction: This book is about writing Windows Store apps using HTML5, CSS3, and...
  • 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: Fidalgo November CTP posted

    Well, we called it the "October CTP" last week, but it's the "November CTP" now. Here it is, the last Fidalgo package that is deployed separately from Orcas: Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP Have fun.
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK has been released to web

    I'm pleased to report that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista has been released to web. On the Download Center: ISO Install Web Install Please note that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista includes support for .NET Framework 3.0 and can be used to write applications that target Windows XP and...
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