If you have not used MetroTwit for Windows. You know nothing about Long Zheng‘s efforts for creating an awesome Twitter client that uses Windows Presentation Foundation and follows the Metro design paradigm.
I get annoyed by huge fonts, sliding pivots and too much space between text that occupies a lot of useful space in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 Metro apps. I call these Metro apps ‘Conventional Metro apps’ because they follow the design norms of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 design templates. Although Metro is much vast than this. Metro is a design language that has a certain fell of modernism and simplicity. Metro does not necessarily restrict the specifications of UI elements to sliding pivots, panoramas and other stuff we normally find in most of the Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 apps . This is why most apps on Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 look same and it sucks.
MetroTwit for Windows 8 is first good looking app that goes beyond the ‘Conventional Metro’ and it is pretty. There are no pivot controls that waste screen space or other ‘Conventional Metro’ stuff that makes it look like just another Windows 8 app.
At D9 today, Microsoft demoed Windows 8 for the first time. This next version of Windows blends the current Windows UI with Immersive UI. Immersive experience is Metro UI designed specially for Tablets and touch screens. Windows 8’s UI is designed to scale from small to large screens with or without touch support, keyboard or mouse. The immersive experience is much similar to the Metro UI in Windows Phone 7 but enhanced to be suitable for tablets and touch panels.
I wanted to try out iOS development on XCode 4 but I don’t own a Mac. I am a hardcore PC user and there is a way to run Mac OS X Snow Leopard on PCs so I tried it out. Mac OS X 10.6.2 worked fine after following full detailed tutorials around the internet (RedmondPie and LifeHacker have really good ones) but I needed Mac OS X 10.6.6 because it has the App Store and support for XCode 4. There is a combo update available on the official Apple site (and in software update inside Snow Leopard) that allows to update Mac OS X 10.6.2 from Mac OS X 10.6.6 so I updated but the Mac never booted again.
After few hours of tryout, I was able to run Mac OSX 10.6.6 in VMWare on Windows 7 with fully working App Store and XCode 4. Here is the step by step tutorial to install Mac OS X 10.6.6 in VMWare on Windows 7.
Previously leaked by CNBeta, History Vault is a feature in Windows 8 that works like Time Machine in Mac OS X. The previously leaked build of Windows 8 (7955) appears to have History Vault feature in function.
Immersive UI, the idea of Windows Phone 7 like Metro-based UI (for tablets maybe), is leaked to be a key feature in Windows 8. Recently Windows 8 build 7955 got leaked in the wild and shows Immersive UI for the web browser. See the screenshots:
Someone known as ‘Andy’ has posted the details about the leaked Windows 8 build 7955 on BetaArchive. Milestone 2 of Windows 8 ended at build 7 v950 and we can say this this build is an earlier version of Milestone 3. Previously build 7850 was leaked 5 months ago.
The title of the following video might be misleading, this video actually showcases the change in 19 years of IT and productivity at an imaginary company and the implementation of Microsoft productivity solutions. The video glimpses the possibilities and evolution of Microsoft technologies in productivity.
The world’s best selling gadget, Microsoft Kinect, has already started to revolutionize the gaming and user experience. Several hacks have been out demonstrating endless possibilities of this technology.
Recently, the doctors at SunnyBrook hospital in Toronto, Canada have attached Kinect to their medical imaging computer that lets them to manipulate the 3D rendered CT images by waving their hands, watch the video: