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The project I work on right now is a fun one. It has all sorts of technology mixed. The base application is a Windows 8.1 with a Windows Azure Mobile Services backend. This means I get to do C#, XAML, NodeJs, Javascript and a lot more weird technology. My main projects are hosted in Visual Studio Online (TFS in the cloud) while my Azure scripts are stored in a Azure GIT repository. I see a lot of technology in a normal day. However, what is really frustrating is the lack of documentation on the Windows ......

A forgotten audience?

Earlier this week I had an appointment at the Dutch Microsoft office to talk about people with disabilities and Apps. (You'll have to forgive me: I am Dutch and we don't care that much about being politically 100% correct; we'd rather get our point across than thinking hours and hours about the right term for a person with challenging visibility abilities: we call them blind people, so I will do that here as well. Not being insensitive, I'm just being Dutch). I have to be honest. Although I work ......

Search charm

Now, I am confused. One the rules of Windows Store Apps is that you make extensive use of the available charms. This means you do not add a "Share to FaceBook" button to your app, you don't add a "Print" button to your app and so on. Why? The reason is simple: there are charms available for this and the users know what they are and how to use them. So your app should adhere to this. Now, we all know that some of the apps that Microsoft itself provides do not follow the guidelines themselves. I always ......

The magic of touch

Tell me something. Why do people love the iPad but fail to recognize Microsoft was the first one out there with a touch device? Why do people stand in line for an iPhone while there are other better offerings out there? Why do people spend an enormous amount of money on stuff when there are other, better and cheaper solutions available? The answer is: because it makes them feel good. It's as simple as that. It makes them feel good. The product they're using gives them something that goes beyond the ......

Windows 8, the biggest struggle….

As always, it’s hard to be original. It’s easy to copy great stuff others have done but to think of something nice that others might have done is not trivial. The number of applications in the Windows 8 Store is growing rappidly. That was to be expected; a lot of developers already have the skills needed to build Win8 apps so all it took was some ideas. And they have ideas. Another factor that helps with the growing number of apps in the store is the availability of the project templates in Visual ......

Blogging from Office RT

During the last Build conference all attendees were given a brand new sparkling exciting Surface RT device (I love that machine despite its name but that's beside the point). On it came a version of Office 2013 RT, or better: the preview version. Now, I translated that term "Preview" to "Beta". Which is OK, since I've been using a lot of beta products from Microsoft and they all were great. And then I wanted to post a blogposting from Word. I knew I could, I have been doing this for a long time (I ......

Where’s my start button?

I have to be honest here for a moment. The one thing people most complain about when they talk about Windows 8 is that they miss the Start Button. You know, that dreaded thing that everybody hated when it was introduced… I usually don’t go into these kinds of discussions unless I am personally involved but this one I cannot let go. Why are people doing this? Windows 8 is a great OS. They have changed, updated and perfected so many things so there is enough to talk or write about. Yet, all articles ......

Build 2012, some thoughts..

I think you probably read my rant about the logistics at Build 2012, as posted here, so I am not going into that anymore. Instead, let’s look at the content. (BTW If you did read that post and want some more info then read Nia Angelina’s post about Build. I have nothing to add to that.) As usual, there were good speakers and some speakers who could benefit from some speaker training. I find it hard to understand why Microsoft allows certain people on stage, people who speak English with such strong ......

The potential problem with Windows 8 apps.

The last decade can be characterized as the decade of the web. Like it or loathe it, the web is an important part in the lives of everyone working in IT. To me, this is a good thing. The web has brought us many things to be happy about. I can't imagine doing my work without an unlimited connection to the net. Businesses all over the globe seem to have picked up on this. If lots of people are using it, then there is probably great potential for money to be made. So a lot of people have invested in ......

Charms and the App Bar

Ok. I admit. I made a mistake in the last post about our planespotter app. I have dedicated a full part of the hub to Social. I also had a section called Friends but that made sense since I said that “Friends” is a special group of people that connect to each other through our app and only our app. Social however is sharing our spots with Twitter, Facebook and so on. Now, we could write that functionality in our app in a different section but there is one small problem with that: users don’t expect ......

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