Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta – Quick tip: using sensors (Part 6/11)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Windows 8 supports multiple sensors. Some of them could be installed on your device, some of them not. When I planned this series, I had pretty hard choice to make about the sensor – which one to use. Accelerometer/Gyrometer/Compass/Inclinometer/Orientation are cool sensors, but their usage pretty tightly bound to specific scenarios like games (Accelerometer/Gyrometer/Inclinometer), some location aware applications (Compass) or at least orientation-aware apps (Orientation). I had to make a choice either create simple “show-the-values” boring sample or game which using those sensors (at least some of them) or showcase go with non-standard approach presenting LightSensor which...

Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta – What’s New (Part 1/11)

Long awaited Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Win8 CP) just released! It is not come alone, but accompanied with Visual Studio 11 Beta (VS11)! Both products available for download. The links are: Win8 CP download is available here. Visual Studio 11 Express Beta for Windows 8 download available here. So what’s new for developers? First think you will meet right after installing VS11 is facelift. Compare – VS2010 & VS11: VS11 got Metro-ish face lift! The icons are flat and grey, windows got flat look and feel...