Archive for the ‘Windows 8’ category

Google has no plans to write native windows 8 applications.

December 13th, 2012

According to this article,, Google has announced that they have no plans to write any native Windows 8 applications.

“We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8,” he said.
“If that changes, we would invest there, of course.”

I would assume that since they are saying “Windows Apps” that would include the RT apps that run on the surface device.  Microsoft needs google to back them, if they can’t get google on board with apps, then other companies are going to follow suit and not build apps for the Windows 8 platform.  This could be a huge blow to Microsoft and could kill their average commercial sales, I do think its a bit early to tell how well Windows 8 is going to fare, but from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem promising.It’s not like google is singling out Microsoft, they are investing heavily into iOS apps, if you haven’t noticed, they have redesigned all the apps they make for iOS, and I got to admit, they are extremely slick.  Google maps now includes turn by turn directions, which my iPhone 4 couldn’t do but 4s can, so I no longer have a reason to get the 4s, cause I don’t care about Siri.

Microsoft has been climbing the apple hill for years now and its starting to look like that hill is getting steeper by the day.

How to get lost windows back on Windows 8

November 8th, 2012

If you are like me you have at least one monitor hooked up to your work computer or you have dual monitors setup. Either way, in my case I have a monitor hooked up to my work laptop via HDMI connection and I had it launching on the secondary monitor. I took my laptop home tonight and fired it up and Visual studio and lo and behold my applications window was nowhere to be seen, just the icon of it down on the windows 8 taskbar. In windows 7 you could just right click on that icon and then choose “Move” and then depending on where your other display extended, right or left, you could just press the arrow opposite that direction and in a couple of seconds your window would be back where you want it. Well in Windows 8 right clicking on an application in the task bar only give you choices to either close the app or pin it to the taskbar, which does me no good. What I found is if you just simply do an ALT-Tab or ALT-Space it will bring up the menu to choose “Move” and you are back in business, I hope this helps someone.

Cannot delete file in Windows 8

August 30th, 2012

Yesterday I had a file on my desktop that was an ISO that I used to install SQL Server 2008 to my machine with, I was pleased to see that Windows 8 can just open iso’s now and allow you to install out of them, very nice.  But when it came time to delete this 3GB file I had on my desktop, no dice.  I tried giving myself full access to the file using the administrator account, wouldn’t allow it, I tried going the command route (Admistrator Mode), nothing, I finally had to reboot win 8 in “Safe Mode” and that allowed me to delete this file, so if you come across a file that won’t delete, I have outlined the steps below to do this:

1. First reboot your system to safe mode, you can do this by either holding down shift and pressing F8 on boot or you can do a Windows+R and typing in msconfig, then go to the boot screen and check “Safe Boot” like so:

Once you click on apply it will ask you to restart and when it comes up you should be able to delete this file.   I hope that Microsoft comes out with a service pack or an update to fix this issue as its very annoying.  I hope this helps someone.

Another Windows 8 annoyance

August 29th, 2012

If you are a power user like me you do a lot of work with files on your system and here recently in my windows 8 adventures I have noticed a little feature that is turned on by default that I really didn’t appreciate. It cost me a little time today and had me scratching my head and that is that file extensions are hidden by default. For anybody out there wondering where you can show them again, just simply open up file explorer and in the view ribbon you can check the box for “File Name Extensions”, that will show them again and not have you beating your head against the wall wondering why your files are not the types you thought they were :).

Windows Identity Foundation won’t install on Windows 8

August 22nd, 2012

I was trying to install Windows Identity Foundation on my new Windows 8 machine and I was getting a certificate error with Windows Updates with 0x80096002 which apparently is a problem verifying trust signatures.  This error helps none, but what it should say is that Windows Identity Foundation is included in Windows 8 now and all you have to do is go into the control panel and turn if on through ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’, hope this helps.

My take on Windows 8

August 22nd, 2012

Well, in my last post I was pretty hesitant about installing windows 8, especially on my development machine, but my overall initial impression on it at this point is good, although it does have a few little annoyances that I am not particularly fond of.

The installation process was pretty fast I have to admit and so far all of my applications are working just fine, photoshop, dreamweaver, TortoiseSVN, Git, which was really nice to see.

Shutting down is kind of a pain, I will need to look into seeing if there is a shortcut key to shut it down fast, but for now  you have to hover your mouse down in the right hand corner and then click on Settings->Power->and then click on ‘Shut Down’.  That is far too many steps for a desktop, but nothing big to complain about at this point.  The biggest annoyance for me at this point is the weird transitioning between the Live Tile screen and the desktop.  The worst experience for me so far is the Messenger app they have on here, I got full screen with that and I am not sure how to get out of that at  this point, surely there is a way.

The file copy routine was one of my biggest gripes about Windows 7 and from what I am seeing with Windows 8 its at least 40% faster, just from what I am seeing, I haven’t actually clocked it or anything, just what I saw from my backing up on windows 7 and then doing the same backup on windows 8.  Overall I am happy with the new OS, its not the best thing since sliced bread, and I wouldn’t upgrade if it wasn’t free for sure.  Also, a word of advice is to learn the keyboard shortcuts, or print out a list, HERE is a link.  Feel free to ask me questions and I will try to answer them or find an answer for you, hope this helps.

Should I upgrade my laptop to Windows 8??

August 20th, 2012

Well, another windows release is upon us and all the buzz is ablaze again over this new shiny version of Windows.  So I had to ask myself if upgrading my development laptop would be a smart move at this point, currently I am running Windows 7 and I have to admit, it is getting rather clunky at this point (I have yet to do a format since Win 7 came out).  As with any new OS, you have to weigh the pros and cons of making such a move and see if it truly does make sense to make such a move, as this is the foundation of everything you do with your computer.

Pro: Windows 8 works well with the cloud and syncing to Windows mobile devices, too bad I have no windows mobile devices and I don’t plan on getting any either (Who really uses Windows Mobile devices at this point really?  Apple has the majority of the device share out there and then android, I can get a windows phone, but the apps available for it are pretty scarce at this point)

Con: Windows 8 is designed for tablets, I have a laptop, probably wouldn’t be a good idea, for a tablet that is fine, but for my laptop, it would suck.  The immediate first action is to turn it back into Windows 7.

Con: I have a lot of legacy software that I use for various tasks that HAS to work or stuff just won’t get done.  Take SVN for example, I can’t be sure there will be a version available for it for Windows 8 and I am not too fond of running development in a VM myself.

Con: How buggy is Windows 8 going to be?  As with just about every Microsoft product I have ever seen, there will be bugs.

Pro: Windows upgrade is much improved, which is nice, but doesn’t really matter if stuff doesn’t work, lol.

Con:  There are rumors that Windows 8 will block or severely limit 3rd party browsers like google chrome or mozilla firefox, look HERE.  This looks to be only on the ARM version at this point, so that won’t effect what I am doing but can you say ANTITRUST??

Before you make the move to Windows 8, install this to see what software on your machine will/won’t work.  Below is the results of this tool on my machine, the big ones that stand out to me are the issues with SQL server as our company needs to support those for a while so the only answer would be to run those within a VM, here is the link to that issue here:

I believe I will take a “Wait and see” approach on this OS for now, way too many questions for me at this point, especially with my work PC.

UPDATE — It looks like my machine has gotten some malware attached to it recently and has caused the firewall to just stop working as well as the performance has just really been declining to the point of dragging, so I have decided to install Windows 8 instead of reinstalling  7.  I figured I might as well start learning the new OS and it looks like the issuew with SQL server are minimal, all I need is to make sure that I have the latest service pack and I am good to go.

Windows 8 Apps, should I write in XAML or HTML5??

March 12th, 2012

I have been recently doing some research into Javascript and, coming from a .net background, I must admit is a bit daunting due to just my lack of knowledge really.  I have been pondering what road I should stay focused on continuing forward to work on apps to be targeted for future versions of Windows, in particular, Windows 8.

I guess this article should be called, “Is it worth it to learn HTML5 or just stick to what I know in the .Net world?”  I think the answer is pretty simple, I should absolutely continue on and learn all I can about writing apps in HTML5.  I honestly think in the future that “Metro” apps that are written in XAML will only have a very limited market, obviously, cause they are targeted for Windows machines only.  On the other hand, I could write a HTML5 app and it will work virtually work anywhere, that makes too much sense if you ask me.  I also have some years invested in writing WPF/XAML apps so if I am tasked in writing an app in C#/WPF, it won’t be a big deal, I already have those skills, sure I may have to learn a few new libraries, but no big deal.

Javascript has came a long way since I last looked at it several years ago, there are full blown libraries like Backbone.js, that allow you to do MVC programming.  There are literally thousands of libraries to do just about anything you want, with full source to change it however you want.  I don’t want to come across at a Microsoft hater in this post, just posing a question that seems to make too much sense to me.

I am not talking about writing a Javascript app using the WinJS library, which, once again, would tie you to a windows app, I am talking about a full-blown HTML5 app written outside of Visual Studio, so you are sure to not be depending on any kind of Microsoft library.  This whole paradigm is nothing new, I think I am just now getting around to embracing it because its pretty easy to see where things are going, and I think Microsoft is getting behind in this area.  Even still, it never hurts to learn a whole new programming language, and while Javascript is not new to me, I have never taken the time to really learn it and now that there are so many libraries available and it has gotten very powerful, I think its time I gave it a harder look, what are your thoughts?