Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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    Where can you find this symbol?

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    The Windows 8 ecosystem provides several ways to discover app’s. First, every Windows 8 machine has the Windows Store application.  One can find an app via promotion on the landing page, via application categories and filtering, and even via the...
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    40 Million Licenses sold of Windows 8

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    Yesterday, Tami Reller brought some enlightenment about Windows 8 at a technology conference in Arizona. You can see the Microsoft post here .  Everyone is talking about the 40M licenses sold, and attempting to correlate to our performance. That...
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    What a Windows 8 developer does with Store quality reports?

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    At some point, your submitted Windows Store application may be crashing. And the store Quality Reports will help you detect this. We’ll provide some data about the crash via .DMP files. But, to get a more detail explanation, see the June blog post, Improving...
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    If you have a Windows Surface RT, then you’ll love this utility

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    While we wait for the Surface Pro to arrive, I just had to have a Surface RT device. And I really like it.  But, I have been looking for some scenarios that would take advantage of the compass. And then I found Jack of Tools , which has it’s oringin...
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    Ripping music in Windows 8

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    Since I have a Surface RT in my house, I’m learning to see how far Windows 8 can take me with out 3rd party desktop applications. And thus, today’s dilemma -  how do I RIP music from a newly purchased CD, like I used to do with Zune software? At...
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    Windows 8 Videos for Developers – from Ch9

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    Introducing Windows 8 : Snack-sized introductory videos – 30 videos and 2 hours of content Build your first Windows Store app : Video versions of the step-by-step tutorials at dev.windows.com – 13 videos and 4.5 hours of content Build a Windows Store...
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    Surface Launch – Keynote Outline

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    Outline The Screen Why is 10.6 inches significant ClearType display 16x9 aspect ratio Has to feel right - light (1.5 lbs), but strong Micro SD Card Power life, recharge speed WiFi (2x2 MIMO antennae), and the hotel story Video scenario “transferred the...
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    Windows 8 Launch in NYC

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    So, my blog has been fairly quiet as we’ve been doing the early evangelism of Windows 8, but now I can start talking again.  To start, I wanted to document some of the launch activities last week (for my reference anyway).   Windows 8 Launch...
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    Windows 8 Training in Nashville

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    Coming this week, July 19-20 (THUR/FRI). Register here for Day 1 Developer Camp, and here for the next day’s Hackathon. There is limited availability.  This is BYOT, but includes training, food, assistance, etc. I hope to attend to get some training...
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    Lots Happening lately with Windows 8, E3, and Computex

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      Wow! There’s a lot going on Microsoft, and it’s tough for me to keep up.  Thought that I throw a few of these out there.   Windows 8 Release Preview On May 31st, Microsoft made available the Windows 8 “Release Preview”, including updates...
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    Need to upgrade your Samsung Tablet to the next version of Windows 8?

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    See my DPE colleague Doug Holland’s post, Upgrading the BUILD PC to Windows 8 Release Preview .
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    Preparing for the Windows 8 Opportunity

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    Yes, there’s a new O/S coming from Microsoft. It’s more different than any Windows before. Windows is truly reimagined. It’s also a big opportunity for our customers and our partners, across the whole ecosystem. As my DPE friends and I work with partners...
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    CES Keynote Summary

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    Well, I think it was a good showing for Microsoft again. I think the keynote was entertaining and informative, and shows that we have a broad set of business. Take a look and see if you agree. I’ve provided an outline below (with some time stamps so you...
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    Memphis Lunch on Windows Server 8 and SCCM

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      Ascendum invites you to hear the latest from Microsoft about next generation server operating system codenamed “ Windows Server 8 ”.  Join us for lunch Wednesday, December 14 at The Crescent Club where Doug Miller, Microsoft’s Datacenter Specialist...
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    Memphis SharePoint Meeting, OCT 27, RSVP

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    Memphis SharePoint Users Group Meeting on Thursday, October 27th from 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Crescent Club. Nitin Nagar with Ascendum will demonstrate how SharePoint provides a basis for key enterprise requirements and allows enterprise users and administrators...
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    IE9 Site Pinning enabled on my blog

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    Check out site pinning on my blog. You’ll obviously need Windows 7 and IE9. To get started, follow the directions or drag the favicon on this page and drop onto your taskbar. Let me know what you think.
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    Crazy Reading This Week

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    Just had to share these ars technica: Microsoft wishes Linux a happy 20th birthday , AUG 17. Interesting quote: Microsoft's relationship with Linux was one of several topics that Zemlin discussed during his keynote. He showed a classic quote from Microsoft...
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    A Look at Asynchronous Script Downloads

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    You hear more and more about slow loading pages, and one of the big factors for this is downloading too many resources and immediate execution. Consequently, developers are looking for resource downloads and actions that they can postpone for later execution...
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    Kinect and Windows Phone (Mango) Experiment

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    Here’s the video and source code to a project that connects Kinect and WP7 Mango device, via NodeJS. Made by an intern.
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    HTML5 Developer Contest: Cash Awaits

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    What an interesting contest! Can you build a Responsive Design HTML5 page that exists in 10K zipped or less? Be sure to check out the info from the MIX Online team here and from the contest site here . This is conjunction with the folks who put on an...
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    VS 2010 Adds Support for HTML5 and CSS3

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      Check out the Visual Studio Web Standards Update which brings a ton of HTML5 & CSS3 support to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 .   VS Web Standards Update is a free extension available for anyone who is using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and it...
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    Microsoft’s internal IT Department Shares Lessons of IE9 Rollout to More Than 100,000 Computers

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    Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) worked closely with the Internet Explorer product team to test and deploy Windows® Internet Explorer® 9 across the enterprise. This content discusses the testing and deployment strategy that delivered...
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    SharePoint Event in Memphis, June 23, RSVP Required

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    Learn How SharePoint can Increase Worker Productivity and  Get a Sneak Peak on System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Ascendum , one of the fastest growing global information technology companies, is now geared up to solve business problems for...
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    Windows 8, What We Know Today

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    Well, it’s an exciting time to work at Microsoft, with so many cool things unfolding before us. As you could imagine, there are lots of questions around the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8”. I look forward to the next disclosure...
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    Microsoft and Disney show Tron:Legacy leveraging HTML5

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    Wow! Another cool web experience, that runs better with IE9. Check this out: Disney TRON: Legacy Digital Book Site . Very cool experience. First off, it is HTML5, so any modern browser can run it. Second, just looking at the Behind the Scenes explanation...
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