Bluefragments Windows 8 SWAT team

15 Oct

A few weeks back Bluefragments announced the beginning of a new Windows 8 SWAT team. We received several applications from a lot of qualified developers and designers from all over Denmark.

In the previous months, I have talked to a number of companies in Denmark, to find an event that would fit into the first Bluefragments Windows 8 SWAT event. Today I’m thrilled to announce that Bluefragments have made an agreement with a major Danish media company to do a news center for Windows 8.

There are a variety of news apps for Windows 8. However many of them are made ​​with no special focus on the Windows 8 platform. This is an unique opportunity for a news app that dares to stand out and take advantage of all the features the Windows 8 platform offers.

Look forward to an awesome news app coming to the Windows Store really soon.

// thomas

Using the function keys on a Surface type cover

9 Oct

For the last couple of months I have used my Surface Pro as my primary machine – and I love it! Only thing that really have been nagging me was the extreme use of the Fn key to be able to use the function keys.

The use of the Fn key to access the function keys are really well documented at microsoft.com or from surfacetablethelp.com in case you have no idea what the function keys are actually used for.

Well, so yesterday I decided to do the search and find a way to swap the shortcut keys with the function keys  – and the result was almost mind blowing. Almost to simple to understand.

Hold the Fn button and press the CapsLock

Wonder why I didn’t do that search 6 months ago…

// thomas

Talk at Campus Days 2013

9 Oct

Yesterday I did a talk at Campus Days 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The talk was about the new features in Windows 8.1 from a developers perspective.

I chose to speak about 4 areas in Windows 8.1:

  • New control features
  • New UX/UI features
  • New file features
  • New network features

The slides from the talk can be downloaded here and the demo project can be downloaded here. Demo project is developed using Visual Studio 2013 RC and was presented on Windows 8.1 RTM.

Details on the talk are also available on Channel 9 here.

// thomas

Roskilde Festival for Windows Phone

19 Jun

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A few weeks back a handful of awesome developers, designers and volunteers met to build this year’s Roskilde Festival for Windows Phone. Today we pushed the big button and published the app with the 2013 program and a bunch of great features. We build the app in just 72 hours and the result is amazing … well, if you don’t believe, go ahead and check it out yourself! :)

You can download the app from the Windows Phone store here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/roskilde-festival/eec38083-5f16-4f8c-97eb-f8cfabbca937

Give it some love, send some warm thoughts to the developers, designers and volunteers – and see you at Roskilde in a few weeks!

// thomas

Blue Memory Game

17 Jun

Did you know that about 6 months ago, Bluefragments released its first game ever?! We did – and we got some great reviews on it. It’s a memory game for kids (in all ages) and it was developed by our very own Deani Hansen. He even did all of the animals himself (awesome, dude!).

Go check it out at http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/blue-memory-game/fd38f491-e036-46cf-943a-c7b0a21413f0 and give it some love if you like it.

// thomas

BUILD app for Windows Store

17 Jun

In Bluefragments we love to do fun stuff. For the last couple of weeks we have been working on a BUILD app for Windows Store.

We wanted to build an app that is great to navigate through the content of the BUILD 13 conference. At the same time it should work as an archive over the previous BUILD conferences allowing the user to watch recorded sessions and published slides and demos. Last week we published first version. We have got a lot of great feedback and the next version in certification at the moment. We expect it to be public within a few days.

We’re working hard to finish our BUILD app for Windows Phone as well. First version will include the BUILD 13 program. Stay tuned!

If you got any feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at buildapp@bluefragments.com.

// thomas

What’s New in Windows 8.1

16 Jun

Microsoft have released a short article on TechNet about what’s new in Windows 8.1:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dn140266

Windows 8.1 seems to contain lots of interesting new features – especially the new business features sounds like a great update to Windows 8. Personally I’m looking forward to the Broadband Tethering feature.

// thomas

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