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Michael Butler Michael Butler Just a software kind of guy.
  • Just Upgraded to Windows 8 Professional 64bit and ....

    I had a similiar smooth upgrade path. Only two pieces of software had to be uninstalled first, and one of them was Security Essentials. Found a couple of anomolies, including all my Zune Podcast subscriptions being disabled but they were quick to re-enable.

    One of the smoothest upgrades yet.



  • XBOX Music launch tomorrow?

    Looking forward to it. Hopefully my current Zune account can be "upgraded" easily.

    Are Microsoft not risking the wrath of the EU by "bundling" a free ad supported streaming app with Windows 8?


  • MSDN WinPhone and Windows Store developer  a/c offer

    My MSDN account has a Windows Store code. I'm a UK developer but work for a big US corporate, so I've no idea what my country status is with regards to MSDN.

  • The artist formerly known as "Metro"

    I prefer Fast and Fluid. Or FAF as it will become to be known by Enterprise developers. Smiley


  • Microsoft insists: YOU WILL LOVE OUR ALL CAPS ​MENUS!!!!1!!​!

    , DeathByVisualStudio wrote


    Yeah nobody needs tools and menus anymore. We should all memorize every shortcut key VS has to offer. Then there would be no fussing about icon color nor menu casing. I guess that would give us something like this (but without the menu of course). Content is king! Perplexed


    I was only speaking from personal experience. I've been using Visual Studio since it was called Visual C++. Over the years, I've found that the shortcut keys are just more natural especially as most of my time I'm typing rather than mousing. (Maybe a hangover from my DOS days)

    But as for icon colour, yes that was an issue. But the new release candidate seems to have sorted out the issues i had with the colouring (or lack of it)



  • Microsoft insists: YOU WILL LOVE OUR ALL CAPS ​MENUS!!!!1!!​!

    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I can't remember the last time I actually looked at the menu in Visual Studio. What with shortcut-keys and muscle memory, it's very rare that I focus my eyes on anything other than the code editor window or the solution explorer.


  • Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming ...

    Ah. Found it


  • Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming ...

    I'm guessing we are talking May 17th US time. Can't find it on the O'Reilly site yet?

  • Windows 8 CP one month on

    I'm using the Windows 8 CP on both my home desktop and my Samsung Series 7 Slate.As an operating system, it's pretty solid and the keyboard/mouse combination works very well for me, but then again I've been using PC's since the days when they came with CP/M as well as DOS.

    The apps that are available, or should I say 'App Previews' are the weak link. Very few of them are actually functional enough to use properly. The only Metro app that I use regular is IE10.

    From a development stand point, I've built a few prototype applications and have done since the original developer preview. It is a frustrating experience, given the lack of any real decent samples or of any developer documentation. WinRT/XAML is just different enough from WPF/XAML to be incredibly frustrating. Trying to work out which of the new controls is best for certain types of UX and what properties you actually need to set is very annoying. Couple that with the rather bland Visual Studio 11, it's not always a lot of fun to write code on Windows 8.

    The lack of support for things like Xbox Live and other apps in the UK is also annoying. Not giving me a chance to give it a real; consumer test. I'm hoping to see more frequent app updates over the next month or so.

    The OS itself works and does the job well, it's just the applications currently available that leave a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Windows 8: Photo and Music Libraries not working with network locations

    Not got it working. Had to resort to locally copying files from my NAS onto my hard-drive to test Windows 8 libraries. Hopefully it'll be fixed before the final release.