Laurent Bugnion GalaSoft – ApplicationBar Predefined Buttons

A very nice idea from my friend Laurent:

Using the predefined buttons styles for the ApplicationBar in Windows 8 When you create a new Windows 8 application, the Common folder contains a file named StandardStyles.xaml. Amongst other styling resources, this file contains a trove of application bar buttons styles, including Microsoft Design-like icons. In order to use these styles, however, you need to uncomment the corresponding one. Microsoft commented these styles out, because otherwise they would be instantiated by the XAML parser when the app starts, which would cause some delays and use unnecessary memory. That makes it a bit tricky to find the right button style you want to use for your app bar. To make things a little easier, I made an app that you can download and run.

via Laurent Bugnion GalaSoft.

General test of a Windows App – Microsoft User Experience Blog

Is your app done? Is it complete? Didn’t forget anything? Or testing an app someone else created? The problem is – what to test, where to start and not to miss important things. Maybe this quick checklist can help you cover the basics. It was created by using information from the App Fast Track team. First here is the brief checklist, then we go a bit more into detail.

  1. User Experience
  2. Navigation and App bars
  3. Network
  4. Suspend mode
  5. Search
  6. Share
  7. Settings
  8. Scaling
  9. Interaction
  10. Tile and Notification
  11. Touch, keyboard and mouse
  12. Windows App Certification Kit (WACK)
  13. Performance

This information is also available in PDF format including a checklist for testing an app.

=> This is an awesome blog post from my colleague Martin Tirion. Please read the full version under General test of a Windows App – Microsoft User Experience Blog.

Windows 8 – 40 Million Licenses Sold

As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. We built Windows 8 to work great on existing Windows 7 PCs. And we also set out to make upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 super easy.

From Tami’s presentation:“The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.”

via Windows 8 – 40 Million Licenses Sold.

Team Radicus | Surface and SD Card

Maybe be useful to a few of us…

Surface and SD Card by Toni 10/31/2012 17:19

Okay, so this has nothing to do with Combat Robots: I pre-ordered a 32GB Microsoft Surface with Windows RT a couple of weeks ago, and it showed up on time last Friday. Since then Ive been playing with it, and one of the first things I noticed was that less than 20GB of the 32GB SSD was available for data. Luckily, though, I had ordered a 64GB microSD card from Amazon earlier last week, when they had them on sale as the Gold Box deal of the day. I received it Monday, and put it in. Then I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to actually use the card to store stuff. Windows Libraries dont let you add removeable media as a Library source location. I tried mounting the card as a folder on the C: drive, and that didnt work either. Finally I got it [almost] working, and figured I’d post the steps I took for posterity…

Read the steps under: Team Radicus | Surface and SD Card.

Latest articles published/updated on MSDN to help you with your W8 apps

Help with app certification

UX Guidelines

Developer registration

Publishing apps

In-app purchases

Mark Zuckerberg: Our Biggest Mistake Was Betting Too Much On HTML5 | TechCrunch

Interesting…

Mark Zuckerberg: Our Biggest Mistake Was Betting Too Much On HTML5

Drew Olanoff

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook’s mobile strategy relied too much on HTML5, rather than native applications.

Not only was this a big mistake with mobile, but Zuckerberg says that its biggest mistake period was the focus on HTML5.

via Mark Zuckerberg: Our Biggest Mistake Was Betting Too Much On HTML5 | TechCrunch.

Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 extension – Available for download.

Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 extension

Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 enables developers to build Windows 8 Store applications that consume On-Demand and Live Smooth Streaming content w/ PlayReady protection.

Note: To build rich applications, this SDK is best used with the Player Framework which is available for download here.

Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 release supports the following features:

• X86, x64, and ARM platform support
• VOD (VC-1/WMA – H.264/AAC Play, Pause, Seek, Stop)
• Live (VC-1/WMA – H.264/AAC Play)
• Live DVR (VC-1/WMA – H.264/AAC Pause, Seek, Go to Live) (New in Beta2)**
• Multiple audio language switching with APIs (New in Beta2)**
• Track-selection for playback (for example, restrict the available bitrates) (New in Beta2)**
• Offline playback scenarios via Downloader Plugin (New in Beta2)**
• Content protection – Microsoft PlayReady integration for VC-1/WMA – H.264/AAC content
• Trickplay (slow motion, fast-forward, and rewind)
• Microsoft PlayReady Key rotation