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expression{web.blog} Thoughts on Expression Web and web tools in general September 2012 Entries
Bring the Windows 8 'Start Menu' back!
I've been using the the Windows 8 RTM from MSDN for a week but the more of my normal software I load onto the machine the more awkward it becomes using the new 'Metro' (yes I know that name is now not used) 'Start' screen. Yes, you can oraganise your programs in groups, or you can add them to the Quick Launch bar, or you can create alphabetic folders on the desktop but sorry Microsoft, none of these are as logical as the alphabetic Start menu of previous Windows versions.Fortunately the good people ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:06 PM

Frustrated by the VS2012 'Light' and 'Dark' themes?
Like me you may be have been frustrated by the lack of colour in VS2012. The flat look, reminicent of the early 'Gem' OS is bad enough, but when the only choices are a washed out white look or the deadly all-black look, it's not an easy product to work with.Fortunately MS themselves seem to have quietly taken notice of this, or at least one of their developers has, and a 'Color Theme Editor' extension has been released. This comes with some much better colour schemes (I'm using the blue one, which ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:52 PM

IE10 - Be Prepared
IE10 will be released as part of Windows 8 in October and will be released later for Windows 7. When IE10 is released or if you have either the Windows 8 Release Preview or the earlier IE10 Platform Preview, there are at least two things, below, that you should look at.1) Check your ASP.Net sites run correctlyIf you are running ASP.Net sites, check that the servers have been updated with the latest browser information patch. If not they won't recognise IE10 and will treat it as a 'down level' browser ......

Posted On Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:49 PM

Windows Phone 8 Emulator will only run on Windows 8
One of the things that came out of 'DDD10' was the fact that the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 tooling, including the emulator, will only run on Windows 8. This emulator will also be needed to test Window Phone 7.8 (the update to Phone 7 that brings it as close to Phone 8 as possible).So, if you want to use the emulator to test sites and apps on Windows Phone 7.8 and 8, you'll need to be working on Windows 8 ......

Posted On Monday, September 3, 2012 8:45 PM

Designing for mobile (aka designing for everything)
Last Saturday I went to 'Developer Developer Developer 10' on the Microsoft campus at Reading (UK). This is one of a series of regular events put on by the developer community for the developer community. The guys who organise these events put in a huge amount of time and effort into them and they are well worth getting to if you can.I enjoy these events because there's always something currently relevant but also I can get an insight into things I don't normally come across or work with.Having said ......

Posted On Sunday, September 2, 2012 10:32 PM

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