Another Windows 8 Training Video. This one’s called Tips and tricks for developing Metro style apps using C++ and it’s presented by Tarek Madkour. Video description C++ and XAML provide a new way for C++ developers to target Windows 8. This session will cover tips and tricks for effectively developing Metro style apps...

A new Windows 8 Training Video from Microsoft. This one is Tips and tricks for developing Metro style apps using XAML. Video description XAML is a great, familiar addition to the Windows 8 UI technology stack. This session will cover the top productivity tips and tricks across the runtime, performance, tools and...

More Windows 8 training videos from the BUILD conference regarding building Windows 8 apps that print. This session teaches formatting content and customizing the print experience for consumers. Topics for discussion: Metro, HTML5, XAML and C+ The presentation is by Microsoft employees Darren Davis and Jon Kay.

Another one of the development tools used in Windows 8 is XAML. What is XAML? Microsoft would define it this way: XAML is a declarative markup language. As applied to the .NET Framework programming model, XAML simplifies creating a UI for a .NET Framework application. You can create visible UI elements in the...

Welcome to part 4 of my series, The road to Windows 8. In the first part I talked about the BUILD conference. In the second part, I talked about what I believe to be the overall vision for Microsoft’s Windows 8. In the third part, I did a little video post talking about my impressions of the metro interface. In this...

Microsoft released Windows 8 Developer Preview with the sole intention of introducing developers with the tools and techniques needed to develop applications for Metro UI. So far, Microsoft has only discussed about using Visual Studio Express to build applications for Windows 8 but you can expect a large number of...

There has been a lot of silence from Microsoft regarding the fate of Silverlight. They haven’t said that it will die and they haven’t said that it will live. My personal belief is that they want Silverlight to die a discreet quiet death and as a result will try and keep references low key until Windows 8. That also...

While doing my daily scan of interesting Windows 8 News, I couldn’t possibly help but notice an interesting line on Paul Thurrotts WinInfo Short Takes blog today. Now those of you who know Paul (from his work online) know that He’s very careful with words He is under NDA with Microsoft He has a lot of contacts in...

So one of the mistakes people make when they read my blog or find my blog is that they assume I am a Microsoft Windows advocate. I am not and do not own any MSFT stock either. I have nothing against Microsoft or Windows, I just try and evaluate the technology based on things I have seen or experienced. Having said...

Those of you wondering about XAML’s future integration into Windows 8 can breathe just a little easier today. Leaks from within Microsoft seem to indicate that this is indeed the case. Mary Jo Foley and Tom Warren are both reporting that the Senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, S. Somasegar,...