Start8 for Windows 8

Well it was bound to happen!

Stardock have created an application that inserts a Window’s start button into the Windows 8 task bar.  Engadget are reporting Stardock have sold ‘tens of thousands’ of copies of the app. So congratulations to Stardock :) The app is only $5 (a very sensible price!) so if you are missing the start button I suggest you go and grab a copy.

Before Stardock Start8

After Stardock Start8

For more information visit Stardock’s official Start8 page.

Bing it on!

I have never really liked Microsoft adverts. Especially when you compare them to Apple and Google adverts. We this new advert by Microsoft to promote Bing might change my mind.

The ‘Bing it on’ challenge advert (below) is very simple but looks, feels and works. It drove me to the site to give it a go and guess what! After 5 rounds I choose Bing (and I am a Google man!).

Check out the advert and give the challenge a go.

Bing it on

Bing it on

Bing it on - Results

Bing it on – Results

Keep it up Microsoft!

jsFiddle.net – simple, fast and very useful!

A tool I have found really useful for throwing together quick examples of HTML5/JavaScript is jsFiddle.net. It was built by Piotr Zalewa and designed by Oskar Krawczyk. It’s a browser based tool that has 4 panes allowing you to enter HTML, CSS, JavaScript and when you run your work it outputs the result in the fourth pane.

You can also select additional frameworks that you would like to include such as jQuery, Mootools, three.js.

Try it out :-)

jsFiddle.net interface

HTML5 Sample jsFiddle.net (Mouse Events)

How to highlight current file in Solution Explorer

To highlight the current open file in Visual Studio’s Solution Explorer you must enable the ‘Track active item in Solution Explorer’. To enable this follow these simple steps:

  1. In Visual Studio 2010 click on the Tools menu
  2. Select Options
  3. Select Projects and Solutions
  4. Select General
  5. Tick ‘Track active item in Solution Explorer’
  6. Click OK

VS2010 File Highlighting in Solution Explorer

Windows 8 Account types

To use Windows 8 you must have an account to log in with. There are 3 types of accounts on Windows 8.

  1. Local Accounts – These are local accounts only accessible on the local device.
  2. Domain Accounts – These are accounts created and controlled by Active Directory.
  3. Microsoft Accounts – Previously known as Windows Live ID. These accounts sync your settings with any machine you log into.

For further details on Microsoft Accounts you will find this post interesting – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/26/signing-in-to-windows-8-with-a-windows-live-id.aspx

Windows 8 Snap View

Windows 8 Snap view is the process by which two apps can be displayed, or docked, side-by-side in Windows 8. These apps can consists of two Metro-style apps or one Metro style app and one legacy Windows app. The Snap View, takes up 320 pixels of the on-screen real estate, while the rightmost app takes up the rest.

When developing a Windows 8 Metro app you are required to cater for Snap view if you wish to submit your app to the Windows 8 app store.