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December, 2012


  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    TouchDevelop Web App Preview at runs on Windows, iOS, Android


    New feature now available in Microsoft TouchDevelop, the mobile programming environment.

    TouchDevelop Web App Preview at runs on

    • PCs with Internet Explorer 10 or the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox
    • Microsoft Surface and other devices running Windows RT
    • iPad 2 or later (including the mini)
    • iPhone 4 or later
    • various Android phones and tablets with Chrome
    • Macs with the latest versions of Safari, Chrome or Firefox

    For Windows Phone 7/8 you can get the fully featured app in the Windows Phone Store that can access even more sensors and data.

    Create apps ON any devices - smartphones, tablets, PCs

    We have quite some fun testing the latest TouchDevelop releases on many different devices…


    TouchDevelop is a modern programming environment


    TouchDevelop lets you create and run apps on pretty much any modern computing device you might own from smartphones to tablets and even PCs. TouchDevelop features a predictive on-screen code keyboard and a touch-optimized programming language.

    Having been designed for mobile devices from the ground up, TouchDevelop is an excellent option for programming on touchscreen devices without keyboards. You can also use it with a traditional keyboard and mouse if your device supports them.


    After you have designed your fun game or a useful tool, you can share it with other people with a single tap or mouse click, so that they can run it or tweak it. More than 12,000 scripts have already been shared with over 40,000 users who have signed in to the TouchDevelop experience.


    Education and Learning


    TouchDevelop is also an excellent option for learning programming.

    The high-level programming languages makes it super easy to create simple apps. But TouchDevelop is not just for beginners – for more complicated tasks only sky is the limit, thanks to the underlying powerful language and extensive library support.

    Touch Develop for Building Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store Apps

    If the TouchDevelop environment is not enough, you can export true apps and submit them to the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store to start earning money and building a portfolio

    Try it now!

    Start coding with the Web App in your browser at or get the Windows Phone app.

    Like TouchDevelop on Facebook to stay up to date.


    Win cash by developing apps with TouchDevelop! Winners will take the stage in Las Vegas at a special live event during IEEE CCNC 2013.*

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Windows 8 Shortcuts


    Last week I was travelling the country talking to academics and students about the opportunity of building apps for Windows 8.

    During the week I had a number of  really interesting discussions, however on Friday I had a comment from one student, who simply believed Windows 8, was for touch devices only.

    We got onto the topic of keyboard and mouse as I was presenting using a Lenovo thinkpad which supports both touch and keyboard and mouse. I was simply demonstrating Windows navigation via touch and then via keyboard and mouse during the presentation demos and the student in question seemed to be blown away by this and when we discussed this it more detail after the event he wasn't aware of the number of Windows Shortcut keys available.


    So here a quick list of some of my favourites


    Charms and menus

    image Charms

    image Share

    image Settings

    image Devices

    image Second Screen

      image Admin Menu



    image Apps Search Screen

    image Files Search Screen

    image Settings Screen



    image Lockscreen Orientation

       image Split to the right

      image Split to the left


    Start Screen

    image image Scroll Start Screen

    image Apps Options/App bar

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