Tag Archive | windows8

My favorite productivity tool “PureText” is back with a version 3 that now runs perfectly under Windows 8.

PureText is a small tool that adds the shortcut key Win+V to paste any text in the clipboard without ANY formatting. I have used it for years but it stopped working in Windows 8.

The just released version 3 fixes that and even adds a 64bit version.


Head over to http://www.stevemiller.net/puretext/ to download the newest release.

Thanks a ton, Steven!

Windows Intune Client for Windows 8 and RT now in the store, called “Company Portal”

Very cool! This client will be the “corporate app store” to side-load enterprise Windows 8 / Windows RT apps, if said enterprise uses Windows Intune to manage devices..

It can be downloaded from the Windows Store from http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/4b1dff1a-e76f-4fdd-a993-9c59048c3768


Official app description:

The Company Portal app helps you search, browse and install apps made available to you by your company, through the Microsoft Windows Intune online service. Apps can be installed without requiring a connection to your corporate network. You can also enroll your personal computers and devices in the service and locate contact information for your IT team.
Note: This app requires your company to have an active Windows Intune subscription and to have provided you with an organizational ID to sign in.

Learn C# Windows 8 Store App Development in 34 Lessons.

In the “Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with C#” on Channel9  Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development by walking you through building the Contoso Cookbook Hands On Labs over the course of 34 lessons,

The Hands On Lab manual and source code can be found at: http://corti.ch/contosocookbook

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ready for download

Visual Studio 2012 was announced with the promise of a new approach for providing updates to Visual Studio on a regular cadence of shorter intervals.


The promise is kept by delivering “Update 1” today as a download for all Visual Studio 2012 users.

You can install it today from the download page (see “Visual Studio 2012 Update 1” under the “Additional software” section).

See “Somasegar’s Blog” for many details on Update 1.

The updates contained in Update 1 are summarized as:

Windows development

For the release of Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012 added new templates, designers, and testing & debugging tools to support this new platform, including support for Windows Store apps with the Windows 8 Simulator. Update 1 adds support for mixed-mode (managed/native) debugging of Windows Store apps, and support for native ARM dump debugging. This update also includes code analysis support for Windows Phone 8 apps. But Update 1 isn’t just about new Windows platforms. It also enables you to target Windows XP with native C++ applications in Visual Studio 2012.

SharePoint development

With Update 1, we also invested in expanding our lifecycle tools for SharePoint 2010, especially for testing and quality assurance. You can now use unit tests and coded UI tests for simulating user interaction, including the Microsoft Fakes Framework to stub out SharePoint dependencies. Load testing support enables stress testing of SharePoint applications under simulated load and network conditions. In addition, you can now capture SharePoint logging information using IntelliTrace to provide a rich analysis experience for SharePoint applications.

Agile teams

Visual Studio 2012 brought a lot of new features to support the work of agile teams. Update 1 builds upon these advancements with significant usability improvements in Team Foundation Server’s web interface and a much improved source viewing and diffing experience. Update 1 also includes functionality for Team Foundation Server that first appeared in Team Foundation Service, such as Kanban support with a Kanban board and a cumulative flow diagram. In the IDE, Code Maps enable you to create and view dynamic visualizations of relevant code to understand and navigate its relationships faster.

Continuous quality

Enabling continuous quality is a key focus area of Update 1. Code coverage for automated tests is now available for manual testing, which enables you to analyze which areas of a code base are used during manual testing. Update 1 also supports cross-browser testing, with the ability to record web tests in Internet Explorer and then later replay them with most modern browsers. Using Test Explorer, you can group and run tests based on their traits (Test Category, Test Property, Priority, and Owner). You can also pause and resume manual test sessions in Microsoft Test Manager, and automatically create an image log of all actions performed during an exploratory testing session.

Hot: Asus updates touchpad driver for year old Zenbook, adds awesome Windows 8 support.

Asus hasn’t just updated every driver to work properly with Windows 8 for their Zenbook UX31e Ultrabook and updated the BIOS to support UEFI which causes the machine to cold boot into Windows 8 in under 6 seconds in my case, they have also added great gesture support for their glass-touchpad that makes up very well for the lacking touch support:


Swiping over the edges of the touch pad open the charms bar, the app bar and the Windows 8 task/app switcher. It works like a champ, I am very impressed.

Thanks, Asus.

How to make your Flash content work in the new Windows 8 touch UI version of Internet Explorer 10.

Note: The following only applies to the touch optimized Internet Explorer 10 as part of the new touch UI in Windows 8 – not the desktop version of IE10.

Developers can control how their sites work in Windows 8 with Internet Explorer 10 in the the new Windows UI. For websites with Flash content, the site owner has the following options:

  • Detect that the request is coming from Internet Explorer 10 and serve a plug-in free version of your site.
  • Use the registry key described >> here << along with available documentation to verify your Flash content is compatible with Internet Explorer 10. If your Flash content is compatible with Internet Explorer 10, submit the site to Microsoft for evaluation and addition to the CV List for Flash.
  • Add META-tag/header in HTML to prompt the user to switch to Internet Explorer for the desktop to view your site with plug-ins enabled.
  • Do nothing – your site will display in Internet Explorer 10 without Flash.

TypeScript: Making developing JavaScript in Visual Studio 2012 so much more humane!

Have you heard of the TypeScript compiler and the TypeScript for Visual Studio 2012 plugin? Have a look!


TypeScript is aimed at improving the overall JavaScript development experience.  TypeScript, rather than being a completely new and unfamiliar language, is a superset of the ECMAScript standard.  This allows it to closely interop with JavaScript, letting developers continue using existing JavaScript code and libraries. 

TypeScript provides optional typing, ES6-style classes, modules and interfaces.  Optional typing gives developers a way of getting compile-time error detection and improved tooling (including features like refactor/rename) where they want it, without heavy typing requirements.  The TypeScript class syntax, and module syntax, are directly inspired by the ES6 proposals, and give developers a familiar way to structure large projects. 

Visit the TypeScript main site: http://www.typescriptlang.org

The TypeScript open source developer site: http://typescript.codeplex.com/

TypeScript tutorial: http://www.typescriptlang.org/Tutorial/

Hot tool alert: Code Sample Browser for Visual Studio 2012 available for download.

When I write code, I basically live off code samples.  They are the best starting point for me to learn a new technology or tackle a development problem I am facing.  They also provide straightforward solutions and helpful references.

In partnership with Visual Studio Product Team and MSDN Samples Gallery Team, Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework releases Sample Browser for Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2010 (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/4934b087-e6cc-44dd-b992-a71f00a2a6df) an effort to evolve the code sample use experience. 

You can search and download 3500+ Microsoft official code samples and community samples, including over 700 Windows 8 samples and more than 1000 All-In-One Code Framework customer-driven code samples.  With its integrated sample search, flexible sample download and more than ten useful features designed for easier access and management of code samples from within Visual Studio, we hope to put the power of tens of thousands of code samples at developers’ fingertips.



My first two Windows 8 Apps, World Clock 8 and Present-A-URL are submitted to the store.


The submission process is really well done, splitting the work in several, simple steps that can be completed independent of each other.

Windows Store now open for all Developers!


Microsoft reached the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Windows Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in all 120 markets.

Eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. Eligible subscriptions include Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark. We have a program for students—DreamSpark—that similarly waives the subscription fee. And we have an offer for businesses in our BizSpark program, as well.

Getting started is easy—just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up.

he dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and there is a ton of great supporting content to get you started.