Windows 8.1 RTM


Spent the weekend installing Windows 8.1 on my two //BUILD/ machines, a Surface Pro and the Acer Iconia W3-810 they gave out at the Microsoft Developer Conference in San Francisco in June. I did a clean install of both machines, using a USB.  Extracted the Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from MSDN to a USB thumb…

Where is Yammer for Windows 8?


Yammer is now my favorite iPad app. I use it more than any other app on my iPad. I also use it heavily on my Android phone.  On Windows 7 and Mac OS, I use the browser version (web based app).  But lately, I’ve been spending much of my free time experimenting with Windows 8,…

Welcome to Windows 8


I’m very excited about the talk I’m giving at Microsoft Cambridge at the Boston Tech Meetup called “Welcome to Windows 8” on Monday, January 16, 2012, where I’ll be talking about installing the pre-beta developer preview. I’ll also be talking about developing Metro style Windows 8 apps and customizing the developer preview. This is a…

What happened to Silverlight?


Now that BUILD2011 is wrapping up, I’m reviewing the talks and watching some of them online via Channel 9.  Unfortunately, I was not able to attend in person.  One big question that has been on my mind, and many other people’s minds too, is what was going to happen to Silverlight.  I have been largely…

Truth about MinWin


At the heart of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is something called MinWin.  No, it is not a new operating system.  It is just a layer of dependencies for the tens of millions of lines of code we call Windows (think the network layer stack like OSI).   Here is a great article describes it in…

MinWin could be just what I’m dreaming of…


Recently I was in the speakers’ room at the MSDN Dev Confernece complaining to my friends who work for Microsoft that the OS is way too bloated.  Windows 7 is an improvement over Vista, but its not enough.  I would like a total rebuild from the ground up with significantly less code.  One rebuttle is…

Windows Server 2008 R2 Core


Wow, just finished 2 weeks of conferences, last week was PDC and this week P&P Summit at Microsoft’s Redmond campus building 33.  I have a ton to blog about, now just need the time!   One thing I wanted to get out before I forgot, when at the "Ask the Experts" last week at the PDC,…