Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8 announced


Hot on the heals of the June 18th announcement of the Microsoft Surface tablets for Windows 8, yesterday we got to hear all about our plans for Windows Phone 8… and Windows Phone 7.8.

If you have a Windows Phone 7.5 device today, then you have a great update to look forward to in Windows Phone 7.8.

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However, the real star was the upcoming Windows Phone 8 which will take advantage of new hardware and a change in the underlying OS to deliver a awesome next generation phone experience… which includes the ability to deliver top notch C/C++ applications to take advantage of multi-core and higher resolution screens. Simple superb!

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Watch the 2 hour keynote for the full announcement:

and read all the details over on the Windows Phone blog.

Surface from Microsoft – a new family of pcs for Windows 8


June 18th – when everything changed :-)

Yesterday we showed off two beautiful Windows tablets from Microsoft (read the announcement)

I am excited… very excited :-)

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For more information about Surface, visit http://www.surface.com.

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Great (none Windows 8 Metro) example of “content before chrome”and “swipe with mouse”


One of the principles of Metro design style is "content before chrome". This is the idea that less is more and that only the most relevant elements should be on screen. In practice this means a lot of navigation/commands are not present until needed. On a tablet a swipe of the finger temporarily overlays the chrome onto the content. For example:

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This week I was searching for a digital tv app to use on my Windows 8 laptop and came across http://www.progdvb.com/. I’ve been using it happily on and off in this default mode:

Chrome is winning:

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Note there is plenty of chrome yet all I want to do 99% of the time is watch the tv stream and the navigation and play controls are simply “noise”.

Then yesterday I realised there was a TV Window mode which I was far happier with.

Content is winning:

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But just now I realised the developers of progdvb have really done themselves proud. Long before Metro came up with swiping to reveal chrome, they did it with the mouse. If you “swipe the mouse” (a term i just made up!) across an edge, then the relevant chrome appears. Very, very nice.

From the right:

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From the left:

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From the top:

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From the bottom:

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Developing for Windows on ARM – looking great!


On June 12th Jason Zander posted What you need to know about developing for Windows on ARM (WOA) along with a companion video on Channel 9. All looks very impressive to me – well done to the team.

In summary:

  • You do the dev on an intel machine
  • You can then deploy to ARM and get:
    • a great remote debugger
    • a great remote test tool
    • a great remote profiling tool

And if you were wondering “How much do I need to worry about ARM?”, the following summarises it nicely:

  • Javascript, C# and Visual Basic apps – write once, run on x86/x64/ARM
  • C++ needs to be compiled to the platform you are targeting

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Pinning sites in Windows 8 – add two meta tags to make it high quality


Windows 8 IE10 allows you to pin sites to the start screen. But the site end up pinned with a favicon (if defined) and an auto generated colour.

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That is unless you add two meta tags and create yourself a png of 144px by 144px.

<meta name="msapplication-TileImage" content="images/benthepcguy-144.png"/>
<meta name="msapplication-TileColor" content="#d83434"/>

Which can take you from this:

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to this:

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Simple :)

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