Microsoft Releases First Batch of Documentation for Windows 8 Developer Preview

Windows Developer Preview Guide – See what’s new in Windows 8. This downloadable guide shows you new features for developers, consumers and businesses. (PDF & XPS Format)

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8Maximize the potential of your Windows Metro style app with Windows Azure. Building a cloud service to support rich Windows Metro style apps is even easier with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8. This toolkit has all the tools to make it easy to develop a Windows Azure service and deploy it to your users. In addition to documentation, this toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for a sample Metro style app and a Windows Azure cloud project. This tool is designed to accelerate development so that developers can start enabling Windows 8 features, such as notifications, for their app with minimal time and experience. Use this toolkit to start building and customizing your own service to deliver rich Metro style apps.

Script to Enable GPU Debugging in Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview.

Secure development of Metro style apps with HTML5This whitepaper provides information about the secure development of Metro style apps with HTML5 for Windows® operating systems. It provides guidelines for developers to create applications which follow security best practices. It assumes that the reader is familiar with HTML5 development.

Windows and Windows Server Developer Preview Compatibility CookbookThis document builds on the concepts embodied in the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Cookbook and the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook. Like them, this document provides developers with the means to become familiar with how to verify the compatibility of their apps with the new operating system and provides an overview of the few known application incompatibility issues in Windows and Windows Server Developer Preview. The Cookbook contains more than two dozen topics divided into two major sections:

    • General Compatibility
    • New Features and Enhancements

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Release Notes & Windows Assessment Services User’s GuideThe Windows ADK release notes summarize late-breaking information about this release of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows Developer Preview. This includes known issues, workarounds, and other important information.The Windows AS User’s Guide provides information about how to install and configure Windows AS, and how to use the client UI.

Guidelines for developers using background tasks in their appsWindows Developer Preview provides Metro style apps with the ability to run app code, even when the app is suspended, by using background tasks. This paper describes the programming model to create background tasks, resource management policies for background tasks, and built-in user controls that allow the user to control per-app background task activity by using lock screen personalization.

Overview of motion and device orientation for Windows Developer Preview this whitepaper provides information about writing apps that consume accelerometer, inclinometer, compass, and gyrometer input using the Sensor platform for Windows® operating systems. In addition, it describes the use of the Orientation sensor (a fusion of multiple sensors). It assumes that the reader is familiar with the Sensor platform for Windows Developer Preview.

Play To and Media Sharing for Metro style AppsThe Windows Developer Preview introduces a number of new APIs to enable Play To and home media sharing experiences in Metro style apps. This white paper provides an overview of these new APIs along with some examples and guidance on how to enable Play To and media sharing in Metro style apps.


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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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