I am at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, and have been struck by the number of new Windows 8 tablets on display. Some are hybrid laptop/tablet affairs, but there are also small tablets at keen prices (less than $199) which look superficially similar to Android tablets.
Under the covers though, they
…continue reading Another go at Windows 8 from Microsoft’s hardware partners but strategy puzzles remain
I am about to hand back my Surface Pro 3 after a week or so of use – how is it?
I reviewed the Surface on The Register, where I tried to bring out the changed focus of the device, compared to the first two iterations. Surface RT (the first to be released) was
…continue reading Hands on with Surface Pro 3
I spent some time at the weekend working on a Bridge game for the Windows Store. I am writing it in XAML and C#. The UI is hardly demanding, given that Bridge is a card game, but it has made me take a fresh look at XAML, the markup language for a Windows Store App
…continue reading Entering Microsoft’s XAML labyrinth: is it worth it?
Lukas Mathis has a detailed post on Windows 8, including its advantages over the Apple iPad as a productivity tablet. Mathis switched from the iPad to a Surface Pro:
In general, I really love the Surface, and I use it much more, and for many more things, than I ever used any iPad I ever
…continue reading The problem with backpedalling on Windows 8: it is the wrong direction
Microsoft has improved its browser-based Windows Phone App Studio beta and added the ability to generate Windows Store apps. The changes are described here.
First, a quick tour. App Studio is carefully described as a tool for building “content-based apps”. The personal use case is an app to show off your recent holiday, favourite band,
…continue reading Microsoft improves its web app builder for Windows Phone, but where is it going with this?
David Sobeski, former Microsoft General Manager, has written about Trust, Users and The Developer Division. It is interesting to me since I recall all these changes: the evolution of the Microsoft C++ from Programmer’s Workbench (which few used) to Visual C++ and then Visual Studio; the original Visual Basic, the transition from VBX to OCX;
…continue reading Microsoft and developer trust
…continue reading Figuring out Project Siena: a Windows 8 app to build Windows 8 apps
Windows 8.1 is now released and you can upgrade for free from Windows 8.0.
What is significant about Windows 8.1? This is something I have thought long and hard about. The problem with reviewing Windows 8/8.1 is all to do with its dual personality. You can review the details of the tablet or Metro
…continue reading Windows 8.1: now good enough that it is ready for general use
Software component vendor ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2013 v2.5, the latest in its suite of components, with support for Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.
The piece that caught my eye is the TouchToolkit for Windows Forms.
Here’s the problem. The Windows desktop is poor with touch control, which is why Microsoft
…continue reading ComponentOne’s TouchToolkit for Windows Forms: another approach to the Windows tablet problem
Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to its hardware partners according to VP Antoine Leblond; but developers will be unable to test whether or not their apps work on the updated operating system until it is also in the hands of users:
While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work
…continue reading Microsoft completes Windows 8.1, it says, but developers are unable to test their apps