Windows 8 Live Tiles – take 2

Monday, January 28, 2013

Quite some time ago I blogged about Live Tiles & Toast Notifications Windows 8 feature. About a week ago I was delivering Windows 8 training and as a part of this course was delivering a sessions about Live Tiles and Windows 8 PLM (PLM = Process Lifetime Management, session which discusses when Windows 8 runs apps and some point about Windows 8 background tasks). The PLM session mentions, that Windows 8 apps are permitted to run background tasks, but they will be executed approximately once in 2 hour and will be getting few seconds of CPU time. I’ve...
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What’s New in Windows Phone 8 (1 out of 8)–Tiles

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

One of the most noticeable feature of Windows Phone 8 is change of main screen with 3 different tile types: Each tile could be one out from 3 types available sizes – small, normal and wide. Also, each type could be form 3 different types – Iconic, Flip and Cycle. All 3 sizes and all 3 types are available for 3rd party developers. Let’s see how to use this interesting feature in the application. So what are the sizes? The sizes are: Small Medium Wide ...

My Session at Sela SDP 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yesterday I delivered a session about live tiles, toasts and push notifications in Windows 8. I like to thank all the participants – you were great and I had a great pleasure to present for such quality audience. I loved the questions and the conversation after the session. The slides deck I used for presentation can be viewed online here.   Thanks and stay tuned for more updates, Alex

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta – Live tiles, toasts, badges and Push Notifications (Part 10/11)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Windows 8 provides interesting way to “interact” with user even when application is not active anymore.   Push Notifications Windows Push Notifications (WNS) in Windows 8 is quite similar to the Windows Phone 7 Push Notification (MPNS) model. It uses cloud-based push notification services to deliver notifications to registered clients. To enable application receiving push notifications developer must register it at Windows Push Notifications & Live Connect site. The process is very simple – developer provides Package display name and publisher found in application manifest: and site provides with updated package...