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Windows Start Button and Menu coming back with Windows Blue? No, sadly it isn't.
With buyers returning PCs to change them for Windows 7 models, and PC builders installing one of the start menu add-ons on machines as standard, you'd think Microsoft would have got the message, but no.From information leaking out it appears that Windows Blue (the next version/update to Windows 8) will only have a 'start' button that launches the 'modern' start screen.This isn't going to make any difference to desktop users. They are still going to want a proper 'start menu'. I'm not a luddite but ......

Posted On Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:42 PM

Windows Phone 7.8 needs IE10
Despite the release of Windows Phone 8, the previous 7.8 phones are still very capable devices. They are still available to buy, are affordable, and have sold several million units.The 7.8 update was welcome when it finally arrived BUT the phone is stuck with the IE9 browser. Unlike iOS and Android phones, there isn't the option of Opera, Chrome or Dolphin, so we're stuck with a browser that doesn't fully support either HTML5 or CSS3. OK, yes there is the 'UC Browser' but that seems to be a clone ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:20 PM

Good overview article and weekly newsletter about 'Responsive Design'
Responsive Design is the hottest topic on the web and without doubt the most important one for many years.There are countless articles on the subject but if you want an overview or something to refer customers to, this recent article , 'A Measured Response', on the Intel Software Adrenalin site is worth looking at.If you need to keep up with what's happening in the world of RWD the 'Responsive Design Weekly' email newsletter is well worth signing up for. The site also has back issues and is worth ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:58 PM

Syncfusion 'Succinctly' e-Book Series
Syncfusion, one of the major software component vendors, recently started a series of free e-Books called the 'Succinctly' series. The premise is that established developers have enough background knowledge to rapidly pick up new information without having to wade through acres of basic or peripheral content. As they state, 'The essentials in about 100 pages'. Judging by the 'Succinctly' books I've read so far, this approach works well and they've recruited some great authors.'ASP.NET MVC 4 Mobile ......

Posted On Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:27 AM

Run Windows 8 'Modern' apps on the desktop
Whilst Windows 8 is great on a tablet, the desktop experience leaves a lot to be desired and power users find themselves primarily using the desktop.Having created the excellent Start8 utility to give Windows 8 a proper 'start menu', StarDock have gone one further with 'ModernMix', which allows you to run Windows 8 'Modern' apps in desktop windows.This allows you to display and pin the apps to the desktop taskbar, gives you the normal minimise, expand and close buttons, and remembers the window size ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:33 PM

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