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Setting up Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8 and working with Visual Studio 2010/2012

January 23, 2013 .NET, All, Community, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, XAML 1 comment

Microsoft has just released an update for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and 8.0 to provide support for Windows Phone 7.8 emulators.I have shared the details in my last blog post.

With this article I will walk you through how it would look to work with this update.

The following simple steps will help you with it:

1.) Install Windows Phone SDK 8.0 or Windows Phone SDK 7.1

2.) Install Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 from Microsoft

Click the Download button for ‘WPexpress78_update.exe’

3.) Double Click on ‘WPexpress78_update.exe’ and Click on ‘Install’ to apply this update.

Note: Depending on the network bandwidth, it would take some time to download and install necessary packages.

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Once the update is completed, you will receive the confirmation.

4.) Launch Your Visual Studio 2010 or 2012, and open up/create a Windows Phone project.

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Now go to the device selection drop down and you can see that new set of 7.8 emulators(256MB and 512MB) are added to the list.

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and click on ‘Run’

Now you play with emulator for some time you can see the new tile resizing option to display small tiles for your application. And also you can create Flip, Cycle, and Iconic template based live tiles as well.

Just sharing some screen shots of sample app on emulator with Medium, small application live tile display.

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Why you need this separate set of emulators for 7.8, instead I can use the old 512MB/256MB emulator right?

NO, You require Windows Phone 7.8 emulators to setup and test the new Cycle, Flip, or Iconic – live tiles[small sized] for your application. Also to have the new feature –  ‘Live Tile light up’ ( an easy way for you to add Windows Phone 8 Live Tile functionality to your Windows Phone OS 7.1 app so that when it’s run on a Windows Phone 7.8 or Windows Phone 8 device it “lights up” the new templates! )

the following articles would help you understand this further.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj720574(v=vs.105).aspx

http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2013/01/22/windows-phone-7-8-and-windows-phone-8-live-tile-light-up-for-windows-phone-os-7-1-apps.aspx

Read about Flip, Cycle, and Iconic live tile templates.

Announcing Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8 – for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK 8.0

January 23, 2013 .NET, All, Community, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Microsoft has released an update for Windows Phone SDK for Windows Phone 7.8 support. This SDK adds Windows Phone 7.8 emulator support for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK  8.0.

The Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 adds two new emulator images to your existing Windows Phone SDK installation.

  • New Windows Phone Emulator 7.8
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 7.8 256MB

This update supports both the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and the Windows Phone SDK 8.0.

Using this update, you can provide the Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You can also test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

Note: Windows Phone SDK 8.0 or Windows Phone SDK 7.1 must be installed before you can install Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8.

For more information about Windows Phone 7.8, see Windows Phone developer docs.

[Quote from Microsoft Download Center]

Download Windows Phone SDK update for Windows Phone 7.8

Download TypeScript 0.8.2 for Visual Studio 2012

January 22, 2013 .NET, All, Community, Extensions, JavaScript, JavaScript, Microsoft, MSDN, TypeScript, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web No comments

Microsoft has announced the availability of latest preview release for TypeScript as Version 0.8.2.

Read more about the release from MSDN Typescript Team blog here

You can download the TypeScript 0.8.2 for Visual Studio 2012 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34790

StartW8–a closer, free Windows Aero start menu alternative–for Windows 8

January 18, 2013 All, Community, MSDN, Softwarez, Tips & Tricks, Tools, Tweaks, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 No comments

While searching for Third Party alternative software’s for bringing back windows start menu feel on Windows 8, I came across few interesting tools – and I introduced them in my earlier blog posts – Stardock’s Start8 (licensed version), Classic Shell, Power8 were those.

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[logo courtesy: AreaGuard]

Today I just found another cool alternative that you can try for free – StartW8 – is developed by Area Guard. You can install and use the software free of cost. It gives you start menu closer to the appearance of Windows 8 aero look and feel.

Have a look at the screenshot @ http://www.areaguard.com/startw8-start-menu-for-windows8-screenshots

StartW8 key features

  • Automatically switch to desktop immediately after signing in
  • Added Windows Start menu in Windows 8 design, but Windows 7 functionality
  • Activate menu with Win key
  • Log off, lock and turn off buttons
  • Traditional search field
  • Favourite applications
  • All user configurable
  • Support for silent installation
  • Multilanguage support (18 languages)
  • Option to ignore the lower left Hot corner

[Quoted from AreaGuard StartW8 website]

Download and Try StartW8 from: http://www.areaguard.com/startw8

Power8–yet another replacement to bring back old Windows Start Menu in Windows 8

January 18, 2013 All, Community, MSDN, Softwarez, Tools, Tweaks, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 1 comment

Power8 is a similar windows start menu alternative like ‘Classic Shell’, which I introduced in the last post.

Benefits Power8 includes:

  • No system files patching;
  • No hooks over system objects;
  • No app-init DLLs;
  • No additional services, drivers, etc;
  • No trash in registry;
  • No installation – just unpack and launch;
  • Small, fast and powerful;
  • Open-source;

You can download Power8 from http://code.google.com/p/power8/

Classic Shell – the Free Start Menu alternative for your Windows 8/7

January 10, 2013 All, Community, Microsoft, MSDN, OpenSource, Softwarez, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 2 comments

Being a Windows 8 user you always dreamed of having Start menu back, unfortunately there is no straight work around for having our old Windows 7 kind of start menu back. We have to rely on third part alternative software’s, which provides us the old start menu kind of menu function back to Windows 8. One such best alternative is ‘Classic Shell’.

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Classic Shell is a free Start Menu alternative for Windows 8/7.

It gives you:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Additionally it helps us to bring back the Toolbar, File Copy and status bar styles as well(if you are not happy with Windows 8 style)

  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
  • Classic copy UI
  • Show file size in Explorer status bar

Here are some sample screen shots from my PC:

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It is FREE!!! and Open Source.

You can download it from main website http://www.classicshell.net/ or from source forge http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/