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How to open Internet Explorer by code in a Metro style application

Recently I've worked on a Windows 8 application to promote my blog: people can use it to read my posts within the application and to be notified (using both toast and tile notifications) every time a new post is published. The application uses a web view to display the detail of a post: the problem came when I had to manage the snapped view, since there isn't enough space on screen to display a web view.

During the pre certification lab that I've attended in Microsoft Italy the trainer gave me a good tip: in case the application is snapped, the post detail should be opened using Internet Explorer and not inside the application. In fact, in this scenario, Internet Explorer will open in filled mode and the user will be able to read the post without any difficulty.

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Visual Studio 2012 Metro Styles for WPF

Although there are still serious discussions about whether the "Metro" design concept from Microsoft is good or not, WPF developers, who follow the trend, may now write their styles keeping the concept in mind. But despite the fact that many people think about the Tile Wall of Windows 8, when they hear the word "Metro", the concept itself actually means much more than that. The main idea is to keep things simple. No more gradients, no more colorful, blinking, glassy, flashing surfaces. One of the applications demonstrating this concept best is, no doubt, the new Visual Studio 2012. This article will present some Visual Studio like WPF styles.
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How to add a settings menu in a Windows 8 Metro-style app

In Windows 8 development, there are some differences between the Javascript and XAML APIs. Some things are available in JS but not in XAML and vice versa. One example is the SettingsFlyout control. There is no SettingsFlyout control for creating a settings menu item in XAML, although that exists in JS. The de facto solution is to create your own custom page and show/dismiss it according to the settings charm events. As this is something that basically every Metro app (or "Windows 8 style application") has to include, it's fortunate that there's now a bit less tiresome way of doing this.

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Disabling Design Time Data in a WP App

In the previous article, I discussed creating and working with Expression Blend design time data in Windows Phone applications. I'm going to continue this theme by covering how to effectively disable this data at run time. The important thing to remember is that you want to preserve the design time experience so that the designer can continue to use Expression Blend.

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Creating beautiful views for local files in Window 8

Part of Metro style design is building clean views that allow content to shine and help users accomplish their tasks. We explore in particular how you can create beautiful galleries with content from user's files and folders on the local file system. Being able to display local content is a key requirement for many gallery apps that let users browse and consume their content – photos, videos, music, or documents. Windows 8 provides tools to do this in a simple, efficient, and customizable way.

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Metro Applications - FAQ

With the advent of Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013, Microsoft is now all about Metro UI and Metro Apps. And when Windows 8 will be released, everybody will be developing or talking about Metro apps. But what is a Metro app and how to build these apps? There are many questions in the mind of many developers. Let's just find answers for few of them in this blog post.

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Exploring Win8 Metro: The RichEditBox & FilePickers

Win8 provides a number of controls in the XAML toolkit that are easy to use RichEdit-File Pickerand that provide a great deal of flexibility and power. I'll be writing about some of these controls now and then, starting with some simple and easy to use controls that do a lot of work for you.

The RichEdit box allows the user to open and view and edit a Rich Text document. Rich Text refers to all the text attributes you associate with a word processor but not with a text editor (e.g., bold, color, etc.). The RichEditBox control handles all the work of understanding and presenting the rich text.

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You are the controller – a step in to WP7 -> Win8 networking

I couldn't resist, I should be working on my Windows 8 Port of Flipped (which seems to be going swimmingly) and finishing of some other projects but glamour got the better of me as I rolled out of the covers and here we are.

One of my age old dreams with game development (even prior to XNA) was to be able to pick up my mobile device and use it as an alternate display or additional controller, at the time it was my trusty Windows Mobile PPC, times have evolved but my vision is still fresh.

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8 New Platform Features Coming to WP8

Did you miss the Windows Phone 8 Summit? The phone team announced a number of platform features that are coming to Windows Phone 8 when launched later this year that are based from a new Shared Windows Core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Below is a recap of the session delivered by Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone Engineering Director, that provides a great technical overview of the features coming to a Windows Phone 8 near you!

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Positioning Popup Menus in Windows 8 Metro

Often when building Windows 8 apps you'll want to provide a menu of options from the app bar, this may be a list of different ways to sort or filter the data. For these simple menus WinRT provides the PopupMenu control (for more complicated popup user interfaces I recommend the Flyout control from the Callisto library), these menus are very easy to create by creating UI Commands and appending them to the menus Commands collection.

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Ultimate WP About Dialog

What does your app say about you as a developer? The app about page establishes your reputation in the eyes of the app user. It is as important as your interview attire. As you wouldn't wear flip-flops to an interview, you would also not want to have a poorly designed about page in your app.

About page is a great way to show your professionalism in a pretty and engaging way. Furthermore, It also provides an opportunity for you to advertise your other apps.

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