Among 25 Microsoft focused User Groups in Canada, the Montreal .NET Community ranks first in the number of Win8 and WP8 apps published to the store this year (102!).
We won The App Challenge, congratulations to all participants!
Rewards for our members (by number of apps published):
1. Sébastien Lachance - Surface Pro 128GB
2. Jonathan Chin - Surface Pro 128GB
3. Laurent Duveau - Nokia Lumia 920
4. Soroush Abtahi - Nokia Lumia 920
Good job everybody!
Enjoy the rest of summer, build a few more apps…
Pumped after BUILD, you downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 Preview and VS 2013 Preview and now you want to start building new Store apps ?
You should read the following:
- Visual Studio 2012 (running on either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1) continues to support creating and working with Windows Store apps for Windows 8. It does not support creating or working with Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1. Apps targeting Windows 8 continue to work on Windows 8.1, they just can’t take advantage of all of the new Windows 8.1 functionality and performance improvements.
- Visual Studio 2013 Preview, when running on Windows 8.1, supports creating and working with Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1; it also supports working with existing Windows Store apps for Windows 8, but it doesn’t contain templates for creating new Windows Store apps for Windows 8.
- Visual Studio 2013 Preview, when running on Windows 8, does not support working with Windows Store apps, regardless of whether they’re targeting Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
- Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview can be installed and run side-by-side on the same machine.
Conclusion: install both VS2012 and VS2013 Preview on Windows 8.1 and you should be good to go…
Here is the latest version of the Windows Azure Poster, to download and print (26" x 39”) from Microsoft website:
It is impressive to see all the new features added to the Azure offering lately…
So this is the best hidden feature of Windows 8.1 in case you have a desktop computer or a non touch device:
- On the desktop, right-click on the taskbar and select “Properties”.
- Click the “Navigation” tab.
- Check “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in”.
- Select “OK” and after your next reboot Windows should open the Desktop instead of the Start Page.
Day two keynote of the BUILD 2013 conference was more focused on dev stuff (well it was Scott Guthrie, not Ballmer), with topics such as Windows Azure Mobile Services, Windows Azure Web Sites.
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the full transcript:
Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites are finally released!
Mobile Services allows you to target Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and HTML5 for your backend. It comes with a free service tier.
Azure Web Sites hosts your sites and support a variety of languages and frameworks, including ASP.NET, PHP, Python, WordPress, and Drupal.
Interesting note for MSDN subscribers: You can now activate your Windows Azure benefits without entering a credit card number!
And if you missed it, new Windows Azure MSDN benefits were announced previously at TechEd 2013.
The promise of “One ASP.NET” comes true! Nice demo by Scott Hanselman, jump to 15:00 in the video:
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Release Preview released.
“Windows Embedded 8 Industry extends Windows 8 to a range of edge devices across retail, manufacturing, healthcare and any other industries in which powerful line-of-business applications and the ability to perform a specialized function in a secure and reliable way is paramount.”
Windows 8 Ad SDK
Improved Ad SDK (for both 8 and 8.1) with more options and tools to monetize your WinRT app.
Supported ad sizes are now: 250 x 250, 300 x 250, 728 x 90, 160 x 160, and 300 x 600.
And last but not least… huge news: PayPal SDK is available!!
Only 7 months after the previous BUILD event, Microsoft is hosting a new BUILD conference in San Francisco (June 26-28, 2013).
Notable announcements of day 1:
Also to check out:
Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers
F12 Tools in Internet Explorer 11 Preview has been rebuilt from the ground up:
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the full transcript:
Voici les slides de ma présentation Windows 8 Live Tiles et Notifications du 18 Juin 2013 à la Communauté .NET Montréal.
Merci à tous les participants d’être venu assister à cette dernière présentation de la saison!
Just got this one! Here is a little tip for you:
While studying a new exam the first thing to do is to consult the “Skills Measured” section of the official page of Microsoft Learning website:
Better than that, Vitor Ciaramella, put together this nice sheet with direct hyperlinks to MSDN resources for each topics covered by the exam:
The Asus Taichi 21 is a convertible Windows 8 tablet with dual 11.6-inch screen. Here is my quick unprofessional review with it.
Hardware & equipment
The model I have has a Core i7 processor, built in 256GB SSD drive, dual front cameras and 4GB of RAM. So it offers strong performance, maybe except for the graphics, via an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, but this isn’t a gaming machine anyway, right ?
Ports on the sides:
- Two USB 3.0
- Micro HDMI
- Mini VGA
- Headphone jack
- Volume controls
- Switch for swapping screen modes
Audio provided by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, the same I already enjoy on my Asus Zenbook Prime, is amazing, nothing to do with the anemic audio coming out of an iPad.
I like how Asus pay attention to packaging, and it comes full of accessories too: Network adapter, Micro HDMI adapter, nice sleeve, pressure-sensitive stylus.
So this is the originality of this device. It offers 2 nice screens to play with, offering a resolution of 1920x1080px each.
- Inside screen (laptop mode) non touch
- Outside screen (tablet mode) touch
Close the lid and Windows auto switch to the touch screen, open it and it goes back to desktop mode (inside screen). Beware it can takes up to 3 seconds to switch between screens, so don’t be impatient… things could be improved here.
The device also has a dedicated key to change between 4 display modes:
- Notebook (inside screen only)
- Tablet (outside screen only)
- Mirror (Both screen duplicated)
- Dual (Both screens independent).
Dual screen mode is interesting to share a presentation in a small meeting or class for instructors. Theoretically someone else could use your touch screen while you present on the laptop, two persons using the same device, but I doubt it will be a common use case.
Well, unfortunately the battery life is really poor, you won’t go very far without a power cord, I barely got 3 hours of normal use (and I just used one screen at a time).
This kind of device will suffer badly from competitive products.
No way to compete with a Surface of an iPad here. If you make a mobile device you need 7 hours of battery or you fail at this job, period.
My experience with the device
First note: it doesn't go to sleep when you close the lid, it switch to the outside display. So you have to turn it off using the power slider every time. The “Close and go” habit don’t work here…
I am the kind of guy that don’t care having a touch screen on a laptop. I am much more efficient with keyboard/mouse on “desktop mode”. Touch is for tablet. But Windows 8 is a “dual head” (desktop/tablet) OS and this device takes advantage of this nature. One screen+keyboard for desktop mode, one touch screen for tablet mode, all on the same device! I think this is the value proposition and strong differentiator of Windows 8 compared to the iPad, so I really like to see more device offering the best experience for Windows 8.
Even at just 11” I find the Taichi to be heavy for a tablet, you cannot really hold it in one hand.
Does it make a good laptop? No.
Does it make a good tablet? No.
But it makes a pretty good convertible.
Know what you need.
For now I will stick to my Ultrabook+tablet combo, but I really like the way constructors are exploring new paths.
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