Windows 8

Visual Basic for Windows 8 {2}

by Alexander H
Microsoft has recently announced a new version of Visual Studio, through a venerable programming kit. The beta version offers a new set of tools for building applications on Windows 8. Visual Studio is simplified through a developer environment and streamline collaboration among coders. In this recent update to Visual Studio, Microsoft has initiated a reduction in the number of toolbar commands and a more comprehensive search engine for finding code and projects. The suite will also include consolidated windows for housing disparate pieces of projects otherwise known as “workflow hubs”. The recent beta version offers myriad tools for building “Metro-style” applications — applications that use Windows 8′s new WinRT runtime — using languages such as JavaScript, Visual Basic, C#, and C++” (Garling). read more...

“Visual Basic is not dead, its undead!” {4}

by Bernard T
Wired had a few interesting articles on Visual Basics. One article mentioned its history saying that it was created in the late 1980’s and released by Microsoft for the purposes of giving its users easy access to powerful tools. It mentioned that despite its slow start, it quickly became the favorite of many users and has had a healthy following ever since.  They mentioned that Microsoft officially stopped supporting Visual Basics a few years ago, regardless of this VB is still being adopted and implemented by many users and companies. One of the articles that focused on why this is true mentioned that it’s because of the fact that it boils down to cost.  Many companies are not willing to spend the money to upgrade or change to another system every time something shiny and new comes around the corner. Microsoft then came out with Vb.NET, which did not integrate with the other VB versions. Many people thought that would be the end of VB but they were wrong. No matter how many times they tried to make people abandon VB for .NET it just wouldn’t go away. Now Microsoft has announced that its new OS, Windows 8, which is HTML5 and JavaScript based will also offer tools for building “Metro-Style” applications that use WinRT runtime that uses languages such as Javascript, Visual Basics, C# and C++. So I guess VB is here to stay, or at least an incarnation of it, for now. read more...

Windows 8 Web Upgrade {3}

by Mike Y
As technology becomes more integrated with the web, companies have to invest in features that use the internet. To better the user experience,  Microsoft aims to rely more on internet connectivity to provide services to customers. Windows 7 uses automatic updates to keep the desktop software up to date with minimum interaction from the user. Their goal for Windows 8 is to be able to install the operating system through an internet connection. This completely eliminates the hassle of using a boot disc. read more...

Windows 8 Backup and More {2}

by Jim J
Microsoft recently opened free beta testing for their latest Windows 8 Server feature. Windows 8 Server will include free on-line backup service. Beta testers are allowed 10GB of free storage during this beta phase. According to Tim Greene:

“Uploaded data is compressed and encrypted, with only those data blocks that have changed being sent in order to reduce time and bandwidth. The software runs data integrity checks for corrupted data and any problems are fixed during the next upload.” read more...

Windows 8 and .NET Developers {Comments Off on Windows 8 and .NET Developers}

by Calvin M
Windows 8 is coming out soon, so that means developers have been able to get a first look at the new Windows operating system, and other programs that are getting ready for developers to create new applications for users. This article has a small review of what Windows 8 has to offer, along with quotes of other developers who have reviewed this OS as well. Along with Windows 8, they are adding a new Visual Studio 2011 and .NET Framework 4.5 for developers. According to developer Michael Desmond, the .NET Framework 4.5 isn’t much different than the current version of the .NET Framework because Microsoft didn’t have much to change in the first place. The main focus of the new .NET Framework is to help developers create more mobile web friendly apps. Windows also created a new Windows RunTime language for developers to create more apps that will be Windows 8 friendly. Microsoft created this Windows RunTime language to develop more apps for the Metro UI that will be a part of Windows 8. The language is very similar to C++ and C#, so it won’t be hard for developers to create apps for it. read more...