Long-time readers of this site may remember that I did some work on embedding Internet Explorer, and its core rendering component MSHTML, in .NET applications. The code is still online.
I noticed that it does not work properly in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Specifically, plain HTML works but you can no longer apply external CSS
…continue reading A bug in embedded Internet Explorer in Windows 8
Microsoft has announced the range of editions planned for Windows 8, which is now the official name (previously it was a code name).
Here is what I found interesting. Windows on Arm (WOA) is now called Windows RT and ships with Office included. However, Outlook is not included, confirming my suspicion that Outlook may gradually
…continue reading Windows 8 to be called Windows 8, no Outlook on ARM
How difficult is it to build an app for the Windows Runtime (WinRT), which powers Metro-style apps in Windows 8?
Here is how I created a simple calculator app (this is one in an occasional series) using Visual Studio 11 beta. I started with a new Visual C# Windows Metro Style project, choosing a blank
…continue reading Hands on: building an app for Windows 8 Metro
The moment when Nokia is in the midst of the US launch for its Lumia 900 phone, which both Nokia and Microsoft hope will win some market share for Windows Phone 7, is not the best time to talk about Windows Phone 8 from a marketing perspective. Especially when Windows Phone 8 will have a
…continue reading Windows Phone and Windows 8 convergence: a few more hints from Microsoft
I first became aware of NVIDIA’s propaganda war against Intel at the 2012 GPU Technology conference in Beijing. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that CPUs are remarkably inefficient for multicore processing:
The CPU is fast and is terrific at single-threaded performance, but because so much of the electronics inside the CPU is dedicated to out of
…continue reading Multicore processor wars: NVIDIA squares up to Intel
I have been drilling into Visual Studio 11 beta recently. This includes a simulator for debugging Windows 8 Metro style apps and I was surprised by the way it works. Unlike the Windows Phone emulators, which are isolated environments for testing apps, the simulator is actually a window into your own machine.
…continue reading Run Metro apps in a window on Windows 8
Many iOS apps which rely on web storage APIs for persistent data have been broken by the recent upgrade to iOS 5.1. The issue affects apps built with PhoneGap or others which use WebKit APIs to store data. The affect for users is that they lose all their data after the upgrade. For example, it
…continue reading Apple breaks web storage in iOS 5.1, does not care about web apps?
Microsoft is having trouble convincing developers that its new Metro-influenced Visual Studio user interface, in the forthcoming version now in beta, is a good idea.
To be more precise, it is not so much Metro, but the way Microsoft has chosen to use it, with toolbox icons now black and white. The change also affects
…continue reading Developers dislike monochrome Visual Studio 11 beta