Tag Archive | windows8

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.

Full PC implementation of Unreal 3 Engine ported to Windows RT, available to developers

Great news for developers! Even before Windows RT is available, NVIDIA and Epic have teamed to port the full PC implementation of the Unreal Engine 3 to Windows RT (and Windows 8).

Developers can license the engine from Epic and will have a very easy job of making Unreal based games available on Windows RT. This is great news for gamers around the globe.

Check the video to see how nice the engine performs on a Tegra3 based Windows RT system.