Metro

Metro design language

Software for “the other people”

Information Let me start with something that has been bothering me for quite a long time. I may have mentioned this before, I know I have repeatedly stated it in one of my many talks but I believe this is a very important point. I work in the industry we call ICT. I assume you do too. If I'm wrong here, ignore this first part and please skip ahead. Now, if I ask my coworkers what ICT (in the old days it used to be IT which has the same problem) means, I usually get a correct reply: Information (and ......

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 ......

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 ......

More on Metro

You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ......