Category Archives: Windows 8

Windows 8 Is Awesome!

A big shout out to my DPE brethren that have been working so hard the past few months to build out the Windows App Store!

This article highlights some really great statistics about our new Windows Store. I’m not saying we don’t still have a long way to go, but both the launch and the momentum is exciting. I, myself, am in the process of building several Windows Store applications. (Unfortunately, the full-time job keeps getting in the way!)

By the way, I’ve recently added Telerik’s controls to one of my apps and I really like how easy they have been to use. (I do hope they continue to add more controls to the suite – why hasn’t anyone built a calendar control yet?)

In other related news:

Considering my profession and my kids are both attending elementary school, I’ve grown quite concerned with the STEM topic of late. This article discusses Microsoft’s commitment to help. I strongly believe that science and math are the future of our country’s economy and I take every opportunity to speak at local schools to deliver this message.

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How I Installed Windows 8 Developer Preview

For me, the best way to get Windows 8 installed was the dual-boot option.

  1. The Windows 8 with Developer Tools download was too big to copy to one of my DVD’s, so I first had to copy it to an 8GB USB thumb drive.
  2. I shrunk my existing Windows 7 partition by 75GB via Windows Disk Management.
  3. I then was able to boot from my thumb drive and install Windows 8.
  4. Once Win8 was booted up, I logged in and could see the new Metro desktop.
  5. Next, I linked my documents, photos, downloads, etc. to my Win7 volume. Drop into the classic desktop by hitting the Windows key on your keyboard. I’m doing most of my exploring via the classic desktop mode since the Metro desktop is geared more toward touch, which I don’t have on this laptop.
  6. Since I’m a Visual Studio enthusiast, I then installed Visual Studio 11 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 11. I had to install the basic edition of TFS since I’m not running SQL, SQL Analysis Services, SQL Reporting Services, or SharePoint. I’ll setup a full-featured TFS instance on a VM later.

Now, I’m up and running. I’ll be in the market for a touch-enabled device next.

Build & Win8

While I didn’t get to attend the Build conference, I was able to watch a few of the recorded sessions. If you are interested in following Windows 8, watching the keynotes is the best place to start.

Note: Day 2 keynote mentions Clint Rutkas, an old friend I worked with here in St. Louis. I can’t wait to see the project he’s doing with West Coast Customs! (I think this is the series.)

This conference wasn’t only debuting Windows 8 and Metro-style apps, but also .NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 11.

If you are interested in playing with Windows 8 yourself, you should go here. Note the various “flavors” you can choose from:

  • Windows Developer Preview, 64-bit
  • Windows Developer Preview, 32-bit
  • Windows Developer Preview with Developer Tools, 64-bit
    • This comes with Visual Studio 11 Express and Expression Blend 5

The developer tools like Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11 are available here:

  • Visual Studio Ultimate 11
  • TFS 11
  • TFS 11 virtual machine – already installed!

At this past week’s St. Louis Visual Studio Users Group, I presented on some of the announcements from the conference with a focus on the new features in Visual Studio 11. I hope to follow this up with some posts that go deeper into specific features.