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The W8 preview is now installed and I am enjoying it. I remember the learning curve of my first unix machine back in the eighties, this ain't that.It is normal for me to do the first os install with a keyboard and low end monitor...you never know what you'll encounter out in the field. The OS took like a fish to water. I used a low end INTEL motherboard dp55w I gathered on the cheap, an 1157 i5 from the used bin a pair of 6 gig ddr3 sticks, a rosewell 550 watt power supply a cheap used twenty buck ...
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 ...
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ...
First a big congratulations to all the new and renewed MVPs (October 1)! In this Issue: Rogier van der Hee, Laurent Bugnion, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Nikola, XAMLNinja, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Connecting to FTDI devices using Silverlight 5 RC" Rogier van der Hee WP7: "Removing poly line from Bing Maps on WP7" Ollie Riches Metro/WinRT/Win8: "Metro Controls – Jump Viewer" ...
It has been several months since I originally got my Omnia 7 phone. You can read about my first impressions of the phone – after actually using the device for a few months I have begun to enjoy it, but a few times I felt that I was missing out on something. My biggest gripe on why I felt the device would not gain traction in the South African market was mainly due to market place problems (being South Africa we could not buy apps). The Upgrade Experience Two days ago when a message on my phone popped ...
Channel 9 offers videos in different levels of quality in two different formats (wmv and mp4). Everytime I would like to download a video comes the question: What offer is should take? So I have made a comparison of all formats. Here is the result: As Input I used the Rx Workshop Introduction (Rx Workshop: Introduction). Format Dimension Size Visual Rating (subjective) High Quality WMV (PC, XBox, MCE) 1280 x 720 58 MB ++ Mid Quality WMV (Low-Band Mobile) 512 x 288 34 MB + High Quality MP4 (iPad, ...
I recently obtained a Samsung Omnia 7 with the WP7 OS. Straight off the bat - let me say how impressed I am with this phone and how easy it is to use. It took about 3 minutes to have all my Gmail and Facebook contacts loaded and merged and be connected to the Wifi. Another huge plus is the Zune software.This absolutely beats the ITunes for Windows software hands down when it comes to podcasts. Other pluses included the screen being so bright and the physical size of the phone which is comfortable ...
Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 2 was released on 6/29/2011. Are you ready for it? If not then let my guide help you get your system prepared and go through a few new features. Download links: Web Installer of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK ISO Image of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK - (723 MB) To get started you are going to need to remove the previous version of your Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 1. This kicks off the process of uninstalling the Beta. Once it is uninstalled then you ...
Doing some final prep for speaking at this week’s Winnipeg IE9/WP7 bootcamp and ran into an issue with one of the demos. It’s a picture taking sample, showing how to programmatically implement functionality to interact with the phone’s camera. In the emulator everything worked fine, but when I deployed to my device I’d continually get a “User Cancelled” message after trying to snap a pic (this was coded in the event that the user cancelled taking the picture). A quick ping to WP7 MVP Mark Arteaga ...
For the past few weeks now there’s been a persistent “Zune is dead!” rumor. There was one a few months ago as well speculating about the name itself. The most recent one focuses on the hardware. It’s been “we have nothing to announce”-ed by Microsoft, which is Microsoft code for… having nothing to announce. As tech companies go, Microsoft doesn’t really go in for the whole rumor mill thing. The merits of that policy is a different discussion. I don’t have any insider knowledge. I don’t know anyone ...
Photo by parl, 'Risk.’ Under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-N... License This has been a busy week for Microsoft, and for me as well. On Monday, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9 at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. That evening I flew from New York to Seattle. On Tuesday morning, Microsoft launched Visual Studio LightSwitch, Beta 2 with a Go-Live license, in Redmond, and I had the privilege of speaking at the keynote presentation where the announcement was made. Readers ...
There are several things any XNA developer should know/consider when coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform. This post assumes you are familiar with the XNA Framework and with the changes between XNA 3.1 and XNA 4.0. It’s not exhaustive; it’s simply a list of things I’ve gathered over time. I may come back and add to it over time, and I’m happy to add anything anyone else has experienced or learned as well. Display · The screen is either 800x480 or 480x800. · But you aren’t required to use only those ...
Billy Hollis, my Visual Studio Live! colleague and fellow Microsoft Regional Director said recently, and I am paraphrasing, that the computing world, especially on the consumer side, has shifted from one of building hardware and software that makes things possible to do, to building products and technologies that make things easy to do. Billy crystalized things perfectly, as he often does. In this new world of “easy to do,” Apple has done very well and Microsoft has struggled. In the old world, customers ...
In this Issue: Robby Ingebretsen, Victor Gaudioso, Andrea Boschin(-2-), Rudi Grobler(-2-), Michael Crump, Deborah Kurata, Dennis Delimarsky, Pete Vickers, Yochay Kiriaty, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek, and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Simple MVVM Printing" Deborah Kurata WP7: "Creating theme friendly UI in WP7 using OpacityMask" WindowsPhoneGeek Tools: "KAXAML v1.8" Robby Ingebretsen Shoutouts: Peter Foot posted Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit–Feb 2011 Rudi Grobler ...
Last night my wife’s Nexus One finally bit the dust. You may not know but I’ve been nursing her Nexus One one along for quite a while after her screen shattered. I was able to replace it on my own (go me!) but little quirks have been popping up and the phone was quickly deteriorating. Lately it’s been the power button. Wifey would often have to press the power button several times to get her phone to turn on and last night it just wouldn’t wake up again. I took it apart and tried my best to see if ...
User interfaces and user experience design is a fast moving field. It’s something that changes pretty quick: what feels fresh today will look outdated tomorrow. I remember the day I first got a beta version of Windows 95 and I felt swept away by the user interface of the OS. It felt so modern! If I look back now, it feels old. Well, it should: the design is 17 years old which is an eternity in our field. Of course, this is not limited to UI. Same goes for many industries. I want you to think back ...
Hi, I presented on Windows Phone 7 app development using Silverlight. Here are few pics from the event Windows Phone 7 development VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL I demonstrated the Visual studio, emulator capabilities/ features. An demo on Wp7 app communication with an OData Service, along with a demo on XNA app. There was lot of curious questions; I am listing them here because these keep on popping up again and again: 1. What tools does it takes to develop Wp7 app? Are they free? A typical WP7 app ...
I’ll start off this blog entry with a little background which is necessary for you to understand my situation. I moved from to the UK to Germany about three years ago and while I can converse in German, English is still very much my first language and the language I want my content delivered in. I happily purchased a HTC HD7 when WP7 was released here in Germany thinking foolishly that Microsoft really would get internationalization and localization as it’s at the heart of their business and developer ...
November 13th, 2010 was the day I got my Windows Phone 7. It was an exciting day, a lot of anxiety too. Over a phone? Sadly, yes! Being a Zune Pass subscriber, it was something worth looking forward too, being a consultant that relies and works with Microsoft technologies and having the option of OneNote (without converters and such) on my phone was a great thing too. Has that changed over 45 days? No, not really. But I find myself at the very same place I was with my iPhone, I don’t really use the ...
Often times, you want to take a screenshot of an application’s page. There can be multiple reasons. For instance, you can use this to provide an easy feedback method to beta testers. I find this super invaluable when working on integration of design in an app, and the user can take quick screenshots, attach them to an email and send them to me directly from the Windows Phone device. However, the same mechanism can also be used to provide screenshots are a feature of the app, for example if the user ...
I'm going to try something here... if it seems useful, I'll continue, if it doesn't, I'll stop... so give me feedback! There are *lots* of Apps in the WP7 Marketplace, and heaven help me, but the Marketplace sucks for finding stuff. I won't rehash what's already been said in the blogs, but I agree with one and all. I went out last Saturday to find 2 apps that I knew were released, and couldn't do so on my device. Even in the Zune app, it took quite a while to find them... ok, I'll back off a bit, ...
The news hit Monday morning that Google has decided to delay the release of its Google TV platform, and has asked its OEMs to delay any products that embed the software. Coming just about two weeks prior to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Google’s timing is about the worst imaginable. CES is where the platform should have had its coming out party, especially given all the anticipation that has built up since its initial announcement came 7 months ago. At last year’s CES, it seemed every ...
Here are some excellent links for anyone developing for Windows Phone 7: J.D. Meier’s Windows Phone Developer Guidance Map – this is immense. Also check out the Silverlight version Justin Angel’s site – some really great articles on unlocked roms, automation and Continuous Integration Windows Phone 7 Development Best Practices Wiki Jeff Blankenburg’s 31 days of Windows Phone 7 This post of Links to sample code for Windows Phone Tim Heuers blog, particularly this post of Tips and Tricks Kevin Marshall's ...
In this Issue: Adam Kinney, Jonathan van de Veen, René Schulte(-2-), Vikas, Chad Campbell, Chris Koenig, John Papa, and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight TV #54: Introducing 11 Brand New Labs" John Papa WP7: "Gestures in Windows Phone 7" Chris Koenig Training: "New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!" Adam Kinney Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted ways to get help when you get stuck: Top 10 Tips To Getting Help With Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: New Windows ...
Had an interesting Twitter convo today about WP7 development. Question was raised on how to use a WP7 device as the deployment target from within VS.NET. Thinking that this would be an *obvious* question, I replied that you need to set the right value in one of the drop lists in the IDE… I did this, hooked up my device, then tried to run my app, just as a final test that it was as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t. So first, your phone can’t be locked, so make sure you unlock it. Also, don’t ...
I blogged a while back about a WP7 hack that was making the rounds showing how to turn your phone into a mass-storage device (so like a USB drive basically). I got around to try it today, and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. Below are the directions (you can find these on a number of sites, the version below is from BigTech.com): Open Windows Registry Editor by typing regedit in your start menu Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ Then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\C... ...
It’s hard to believe that I just finished my 100th blog post in the past year related to Microsoft.NET Technology. I started this blog on November 11th, 2009 and now 100 blog posts later I am still writing and loving it. This is not the first time that I started a technology blog, but the first time that it actually lasted. I will have to admit that I learned more from writing the articles then most did reading them. =) I sincerely hope that somehow I have assisted the community and helped a developer ...
[UPDATE Nov 25/2010] So last night I plugged my phone into my pc to charge, which brought up the Zune software. I wanted a few more apps, so I downloaded them from there. Phone synched, and I went to try my apps. I thought “What the hell”, and tried to access an app on the marketplace. This time I didn’t get the “This item is not available from the Marketplace catalogue”, I got some message about an error and a hex value. I tried to access an app again to see if I’d still get the error message and…*POOF*…I ...
I just got my first WP7 (an LG Quantum) about ten hours ago. Since then I’ve explored it, played games on it, registered it as a dev phone, deployed my project that’s nearest to completion and tested that, taken some pictures, transferred some essential albums to it, downloaded some apps and some trials, and setup my twitter account and several email accounts both standard and custom. Between one thing and another, I never had a chance to use an actual phone until now. So I’ve been running on pure ...
It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I’ll write a filler. Forgive me but I’m going to start off with some rant. My windows mobile marketplace account hasn’t been accessible for a couple of weeks now. Every time I try logging in I get this annoying error which says, “WE’RE SORRY. AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. We encountered an issue connecting your App Hub account with your Xbox Live Profile. Please visit Xbox.com and update your contact information. After you have updated your contact information, ...
Microsoft is having a Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch right now across the USA. I attended the event in Atlanta and tweeted about it. Since the tweets, I’ve had several people ask me about it. So here goes: The unofficial Q&A to the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. ---------------------------... What are the topics? Do you have the PowerPoint slides from the sessions? Where did ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Peter Kuhn, Alex Golesh, Jonathan Marbutt, Karsten Januszewski(-2-, -3-, -4-), Erik Mork, Jeff Blankenburg, Martin Krüger, and Colin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM)" Michael Washington WP7: "Conditional Logic During Start Up of a Windows Phone App" Karsten Januszewski From SilverlightCream.com: Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM) Michael ...
I’ve blogged about the tools and have played with the hardware, now its time to put an application on the actual Windows Phone 7 hardware. I will guide you through the entire process step-by-step. Please note that I have an early version of the phone and had to get a Connect Login to download Zune 4.7. If you are reading this after the phone has launched then you can probably just go to the Zune web page and download it directly. You will also want to skip down until the next section that starts ...
I was lucky enough to be nominated to receive the Windows Phone 7 from a representative at Microsoft. The phone that was given to me was the LG GW910. Please note that this phone is not mine, it’s going back in a couple of weeks. The review of the phone below is my personal opinion. Keep reading to find out if I’m actually going to buy one and to see other screen shots. Back to the phone, the first thing that I did was remove the sim card from my iPhone 3G and drop it into the WP7. It immediately ...
I know I'm being a little proactive here, since it'll be months before real users have WP7 devices in their hot little hands, but... If you're a Zune or ZuneHD user, you probably already have had this problem, and WP7 folks will as well. The problem happens when you're loading an old CD, or the tracks from an old LP. I have a USB turntable and have been ripping some of my jazz LPs from the 60s and the Zune doesn't know where to find this stuff. In my LP case, the Zune player ends up just shunting ...
In this Issue: Peter Bromberg, Derik Whittaker(-2-), Paul Patterson, Michael Crump(-2-), Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Jaime Rodriguez, and Georgi Atanasov. Shoutouts: My friend Koen Zwikstra poses the question How can we improve Silverlight Spy?... log into the forum and give him ideas. SilverlightShow announced Free SilverlightShow Webinar: Sketchflow in Real Scenarios Senthil Kumar announced Microsoft Patterns & Practices – Windows Phone 7 Developer ...
For me, its the smart phone that really speaks to me. When news about this device came out this past February and they showed off the interface and what was planned, I had a huge smile on my face and said, "I just can't wait!" The last time I was all over something like this, was when news came out about the Xbox 360 Elites and luckily for me, that was a shorter wait. So what is so cool about this device? For me, it takes a lot of the things I currently enjoy and packages them into one single device ...
In this Issue: Viktor Larsson, Roger Peters, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Kyle McClellan, Jag Reehal, Dinesh Sodani, David Rousset, Jeff Fansler, Paul Sheriff, Jeremy Likness, Mohamed Mosallem, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: The Visual Web Developer Team Blog posted Hot Fix Released for the Issue of Visual Studio 2010 Crashing When Switching to the Design View From SilverlightCream.com: Snipping databound properties Viktor Larsson has discussion of code snippets up in his latest post. He's specifically ...
Finally! Read about it: http://windowsteamblog.com/... “ First things first: go get the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. It has arrived! The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished. Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Since the initial CTP release of the tools ...
In this Issue: Zoltan Arvai, Emiel Jongerius, Charles Petzold, Adam Kinney, Deepesh Mohnani, Timmy Kokke, and Damon Payne. Shoutouts: Andy Beaulieu reported his Coding4Fun: Shuffleboard Game for WP7 has been posted -- Big ol' Tutorial and 6 videos of WP7 goodness Karl Shifflett announced Three New WPF and Silverlight Designer Videos Posted Charles Petzold has a cool Flip-Number Clock in Silverlight posted... cool demo, and the source. From SilverlightCream.com: Data Driven Applications with MVVM ...
Last year, I wrote Steve Ballmer an email, and he was kind enough to write me back. The email contained a scan of a column I wrote praising Microsoft’s BI strategy. His reply contained three simple words: “Super nice thanks.” Well, now I’d like to write to Steve again, in an open letter format, and this time the love may be a bit tougher. But I’m still super earnest. The past two days have been eventful ones for Microsoft: The company announced the departure of company veterans Robbie Bach and J ...
In this Issue: Mike Snow, Victor Gaudioso, Ola Karlsson, Josh Twist(-2-), Yavor Georgiev, Jeff Wilcox, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: Frank LaVigne has an interesting observation on his site: The Big Take-Away from MIX10 Rishi has updated all his work including a release of nRoute to the latest bits: nRoute Samples Revisited Looks like I posted one of Erik Mork's links two days in a row :) ... that's because I meant to post this one: Silverlight Week – How to Choose a Mobile Platform Just in case ...
Yesterday's post about A Bad Day at Work actually had an addendum to it. There were apparently a bunch of guys on ice skates last night competing in some sport way the hell and gone over on the other side of the valley, and enough people couldn't live without seeing them that they had all major arteries heading west honked. I mean honked... the traffic guy reported the 101 had 16 miles of backup... yikes. Since I worked downtown for a number of years, my fallback is to cut across the city on surface ...
There's lots of ways of having a bad day at work... I suppose for many people, just being *at* work makes it a bad day, but I happen to be one of those people that found a way to do something I like for a living. I've always said "if you're not having fun, what's the point?" ... on the latest Zune podcast, they were interviewing someone from the WP7 team and he said they're their (sigh) mantra is "It's not done until it's fun" ... I like that too. But, even when you're doing what you like for a living, ...
Left the Circus Circus and headed to the geek circus at Mandalay Bay. Got in, got some breakfast, met a few more people and headed to the keynote. Upon arriving the crew I was hanging with at the event; Erik Mork, Beth Murray, and Brian Henderson and I were entertained with several other thousand geeks by the wicked yo-yoing. The first video demo of something was of Bing Maps and various aspects of Microsoft Research integrated together. Namely the pictures, put in place, on real 3d element maps ...
Today’s briefing by Microsoft on their re-booted mobile platform and strategy was very impressive. The prototype hardware they showed looked great and the UI was attractive, productive and unique; it was not an iPhone knock off. Microsoft seemingly brought to bear what it should have long ago: all the cool technologies and properties it already has. Zune, Office with OneNote, Outlook and Exchange, SharePoint, Xbox, Bing Search and Bing Maps all look to be represented and integrated elegantly, rather ...
In this Issue: Rene Schulte, Jim Wightman, Michael Wolf, Karl Shifflett, Braulio Diez, Walt Ritscher, Mike Taulty, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Karl Erickson posted at the Silverlight SDK that Source viewer added to the Silverlight SDK sample browser Karl Shifflett announced WPF & Silverlight Designer Team – New Blog... last I looked there were 5 articles up there! If you haven't seen this yet from John Papa: Silverlight TV Episode 2: Perspectives on Flash and Silverlight... I just pointed ...
As an avid Microsoft observer and dedicated partner, I find special excitement in attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Redmond delivers the event’s night-before keynote, and it has a large booth immediately adjacent to one of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall entrances. Beyond that, attendees are genuinely interested in what Redmond has to say about the Consumer Electronics Industry. It’s a place where Microsoft can shine, outside of the hardcore IT world. ...
Thank you to all that came out on Dec 5th to the first Windows Phone Camp 2009 at the Tampa, FL Microsoft office. [See similar events in your area here] It was exciting to see so many participants made it to the event. By filling out the eval forms everyone helped prove that there is an need for more Mobile events in the area. It was interesting to see the crowd almost double later in the day once the beginner sessions passed. Here are few more pictures, compare top one to the bottom two: A huge ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...