Windows Store App: LAH!nguage

LAH!nguage Screenshot

LAH!nguage™ is a simple, fun, edu-functional application that aims to serve two purposes.

It helps non-locals and other visitors to Singapore familiarize themselves with the intricacies of our unofficial national language, thereby promoting greater social integration into our multicultural society.

It also empowers local students who are more familiar with Singlish than business English with the ability to codeswitch such that they are able to adapt to using proper business English when required.

The easy-to-navigate categories make this application your best friend in Singapore, when you’re on the go! So enjoy learning, lah.

LAH!nguage is one of the award winning app (4th) in Dream.Build.Launch Hackathon 2012 held by Microsoft Singapore.

LAH!nguage Screenshot (Snapped mode)

Features

  • Allow users to easily share words with their friends using Charm
  • Act as a quick Singlish dictionary for users (for both learning and entertainment)
  • Fast and fluid execution, allow users to use with ease

Privacy Statement

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Windows Store App: Penny A Day

Penny A Day Screenshot

PennyADay is an app that calculates and display the amount of money you could potentially save using time value of money via easy-to-read charts.

Simply set the number of years you wish to save for, enter a daily saved amount and intended rate of interest and you’re all set!

Users can also save the adjusted settings to a CSV file and/or share it with their friends.

Features

  • Calculates the total amount you save, with compound interest
  • Allows user to export the output locally into a comma-separated values (csv) file
  • Allow share contract for users to share the output with their friends in csv file format
  • Custom-made graphs that display bar charts to users to allow better visualisation
  • Exported CSV file consists of compound savings after every year

Privacy Statement

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Privacy Policy for LAH!nguage

Your privacy is important to us. While LAH!nguage™ requires internet connectivity to perform sharing features, LAH!nguage™ does not capture any personal information which identifies you on your device, or on any other types of persistent storage. For more information and enquiries, please contact us at kongwenbin@live.com

Infographic: HTML5 Adoption Fact or Fiction

Here to share another interesting infographic regarding HTML5 with you guys! It is based on a survey which Kendo UI has conducted with over 4000 developers worldwide.

For more details, you guys can read up over here. Also thanks Anita for sharing this interesting infographic with me :)

Till I blog again.

Infographic: HTML5 and Why Developers Need It

Infographic: HTML5 and Why Developers Need It

HTML5 Infographic by Ignite UI Infragistics Jquery Controls

Touch and Mouse Gesture Cheatsheet to Windows 8

Understanding from several new Windows 8 users with regards to its user experience, some of the feedbacks were things like “it is very much optimized for touch, but not ideal for mouse users“.

Personally, when I first started using Windows 8 in May (back then, it was developer preview going consumer preview if I’m not wrong), I was rather pissed by its mouse gesture as well – I had trouble closing an app that I opened. That’s… pretty disastrous.

Well, that’s because I didn’t bother to read up on it before actually jumping in and use it! I always believe in user intuition when it comes to technologies. However, later on I understand that it’s a “change” that we are talking about right now; it is “Windows Reimagined”, perhaps I should make some effort in understanding what changes are being made, and how can it actually benefit me as a user.

Windows Reimagined

I shall not turn this post into a nag and drag you on. Here’s a cheat sheet for touch and mouse gesture for Windows 8, credits totally goes to MakeUseOf.com ; if you haven’t heard of them before, you might want to check them out, I love their articles ;)

Touch & Mouse Gesture Cheatsheet for Windows 8

Go and try them out! Enjoy!

Still confused about different editions of Windows 8 and not sure which one to upgrade to? Don’t worry, An analysis on different versions of Windows 8 will clear your doubt.

Want to be a Windows Store App developer and create apps for your friends, your loved ones, and yourself? Download and try out the hands on lab tutorial, it’s free! ;)

Huge market share on the way! Windows 8 c# hands-on lab tutorial giveaway

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presenting Windows 8 to the world.

I AM SO EXCITED. Yes, according to Mr. Ballmer (2012), Microsoft has sold 4 million copies of Windows 8 operating systems as at the end of October 2012. Just think about the huge amount of market share that is going to reach in time to come. Oh and not forgetting that the Windows Phone 8 SDK is just released few days back! Although the market share of Windows Phone operating systems is pathetic, but I do see potential in the upcoming version in Nokia Lumia 920 and other awesome phones running them. They are beautifully designed, how I wish I could have one of them and play with it.

Currently, there are approximately 670 million machines that are running Windows 7, and all of them can be upgraded to Windows 8. Furthermore, analysts foresee an increased sale of 400 million machine running Windows 8 operating systems to be sold next year.

Want to upgrade to Windows 8 but not sure which edition of Windows 8 to upgrade your machine into? Here is an analysis on the different version of Windows 8 that might help you in your decision making process.

What are you waiting for? Start developing your first Windows Store app! Here’s a series of C# hands-on tutorial for you to get started with.

http://sdrv.ms/Tva56g

Have fun and enjoy yourself :)

Download the Windows Phone 8 SDK now!!

The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.0 provides you with the tools that you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.

Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is a full-featured development environment to use for building apps and games for Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 7.5.  The Windows Phone SDK provides a stand-alone Visual Studio Express 2012 edition for Windows Phone or works as an add-in to Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions. With the SDK, you can use your existing programming skills and code to build managed or native code apps. In addition, the SDK includes multiple emulators and additional tools for profiling and testing your Windows Phone app under real-world conditions.

source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35471

An analysis on different versions of Windows 8

Windows 8 Logo

Unlike past versions of Windows operating systems, Windows 8 only has four different editions, making it less confusing. For instance, Windows 7 has 6 different editions,

  1. Home Premium
  2. Enterprise
  3. Ultimate
  4. Professional
  5. Starter
  6. Home Basic

The four different editions of Windows 8 are the following,

  1. Windows 8
  2. Windows 8 Pro
  3. Windows 8 Enterprise
  4. Windows RT

I’d probably expect the following question from most of you

So, what are their differences?

Allow me to elucidate their differences to you guys, hope that it will make things clearer,

Windows 8 editions box

1. Windows 8

The basic edition of Windows 8 mainly meant for the home users. It provide users with all the basic Windows 8 features, such as the metro style start screen with semantic zoom, Windows Store, live tiles, Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft account integration, and many more. In addition, the Windows desktop programs are all still supported, so not to worry.

For those who are complaining that they cannot get to their “traditional desktop” like Windows 7, simply press the “Windows key” on your keyboard – there, your desktop view! ;)

2. Windows 8 Pro

The equivalent of the “Professional” and “Ultimate” edition of Windows 7 mainly meant for technology enthusiasts and business users. Of course, it contains everything that the basic edition of Windows 8 (as mentioned in the previous paragraph) has.

In addition, it comprises of quite a number of more powerful features such as the group policy support, remote desktop server, encrypting file systems, BitLocker, virtual hard disk booting, as well as the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, and last but not least, the Windows Media Center which is available as a free add-on that is solely meant for this edition of Windows 8.

3. Windows 8 Enterprise

This edition of Windows 8 is mainly meant for organizations that purchase volume licenses. It includes all the features that Windows 8 Pro (as mentioned above) has, other than the Windows Media Center add-on.

4. Windows RT

This special version of Windows 8 is designed for ARM-based devices, such as a tablet. It includes a touch optimized desktop that have the capability of running all Windows Store App (formerly known as metro apps) and Microsoft desktop applications such as Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) just like other editions of Windows 8, however, Windows RT is not allowed to run any third party apps on its desktop.

Microsoft Surface

Yes, I know it is confusing because this edition of Windows 8 is called Windows RT instead of Windows 8 RT or Windows RT 8 or what-so-ever… it is named after Windows Runtime (WinRT), which is a new platform for development that is used by the Windows Store Apps.

What if I accidentally bought a Windows RT operating systems and install it on my computer?

Don’t worry, it will not happen. Windows RT is only available pre-installed in your ARM-based devices; that said, you will not have a chance to accidentally buy a wrong edition and install it in your computer.

That’s all for today, till I blog again.

Evolution of Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft have been the Operating Systems (OS) software giant to date, producing many different versions of OS for different upgrade releases of a new OS. As such, how many versions of Windows Operating Systems (OS) have you used before?

Personally, I have used Windows 98 (yes, I’m not that old), Windows 2000 (used them during secondary school days), Windows XP (for the longest period of time), Windows 7 (yes, I skipped Windows Vista and go straight to Windows 7 after my long years of using Windows XP), and currently, I am using Windows 8. It’s a really awesome piece of OS, fast and fluid – it really live up to its name. The way they capture memory is very special, causing the ‘shutdown’ and ‘bootup’ look like as though you merely ‘hibernate’ your machine rather than shut them down.

Enough about the technical stuffs, let me share an interesting infographic with you, it was created by Freemake.

Evolution of Windows Operating Systems

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