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.
Microsoft have confirmed the release date for Windows 8 as October 26, 2012. The official announcement is here. There is no news on the Microsoft Surface release date yet. Fingers crossed it is the same day!
Today I reported to Microsoft that there appears to be an issue with the SettingsPane in Metro apps built using the MVVM pattern. The app throws an ‘System.AccessViolationException’ throws when you call SettingsPane.Show();
I have emailed over the code to Matt Small (Microsoft) and hopefully I will hear back shortly.
On the second day of the Microsoft Windows 8 Boot Camp we continued on with the Contoso reference app that we started building on Day 1. This covered aspects like search and share contracts, notifications (tile AKA live tile, badge and toast) and getting the app ready for the Windows 8 app store.
Again the app store lab was the most informative and was the one most people seemed interesting in. Surely Microsoft need to look at the feedback and start addressing this. The other general feel I got was people who had the skill sets to develop apps that Microsoft are crying out for wanted access to tablets. Microsoft can you please send me one?! :-p
The event was held at the awesome Paramount tower in central London. It gives some great views over London’s skyline. These are a few pictures I took on my phone.
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.