Out Of The Box

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

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  • Blog Post: Where can you find this symbol?

    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 search charm. Second, any published app can be found...
  • Blog Post: 40 Million Licenses sold of Windows 8

    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’s understandable – but there are more tidbits in there...
  • Blog Post: What a Windows 8 developer does with Store quality reports?

    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 Apps with Quality Reports . You might also...
  • Blog Post: If you have a Windows Surface RT, then you’ll love this utility

    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 from our phone platform. This is a simple application...
  • Blog Post: Ripping music in Windows 8

    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 first, I thought the new Xbox Music app surely would...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Videos for Developers – from Ch9

    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 Blog Reader app with C# : Video versions of the Blog...
  • Blog Post: Surface Launch – Keynote Outline

    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 movie from my device to you through my Xbox using...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Launch in NYC

    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 Event Remarks by Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Training in Nashville

    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 myself.
  • Blog Post: Lots Happening lately with Windows 8, E3, and Computex

      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 to the tools and a new Windows Store. You can...
  • Blog Post: Need to upgrade your Samsung Tablet to the next version of Windows 8?

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

    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 to prepare for the coming wave of goodness, I...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, What We Know Today

    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 at the BUILD conference in September – so at...
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