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C++ Runtime for Windows 8 Store apps

Background If you have shipped software built using Visual C++, you probably have had to think about deploying C++ Runtime DLLs.  If your binaries dynamically link to the C++ Libraries, then your desktop apps probably deploy C++ Runtime using VCRedist, merge modules or by copying C++ Runtime DLLs alongside your own binaries.  ...
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Project Austin Part 2 of 6: Page Curling

Hi, my name is Eric Brumer. I’m a developer on the C++ compiler optimizer, but I’ve spent some time working on Project Code Name Austin to help showcase the power and performance of C++ in a real-world program. For a general overview of the project, please check out the original blog post. The source code for Austin, including the ...

DirectX Graphics Development with Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 includes several new features for developing and debugging applications that use DirectX.  Here are links to references and resources so you can get started with these new features. Getting StartedYou can write and build apps that use DirectX with Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 or Visual Studio ...
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Download Today: Refreshed Casablanca Bits Available

Back, at the end of April, we announced our first release of Casablanca as an incubation project on Devlabs. Since then, we are glad to have received a positive response from the C++ community. At the end of June, we refreshed the bits for support of Visual Studio 2012 RC and Windows 8 RP. Those builds are now rather long in the tooth, and ...
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Project Austin Part 1 of 6: Introduction

My name is Jorge Pereira and I am a developer at Microsoft.  For the past few months I've been working on a Windows 8 app along with a small team of developers from the Visual C++ team, we call it Project Code Name Austin. Austin is a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move ...
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Casablanca at TechEd Australia

A few days ago, our friends and technology enthusiasts John Azariah and Mahesh Krishnan delivered a great presentation on Casablanca at the TechEd Australia. John and Mahesh go deep - PPL tasks, table and blob storage, Metro client, Azure deployment, and of course, lots of great demos. Enjoy: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/...
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C++/CX Part 2 of [n]: Types That Wear Hats

See C++/CX Part 0 of [N]: An Introduction for an introduction to this series. The hat (^) is one of the most prominent features of C++/CX--it's hard not to notice it when one first sees C++/CX code. So, what exactly is a ^ type? A hat type is a smart pointer type that (1) automatically manages the lifetime of a Windows Runtime object and (2) ...

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

As you may have seen, Soma announced today that Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop is now available for download.  For C++ developers, the Express for Windows Desktop includes many of the new C++ investments we made in Visual Studio 2012, including C++ AMP, improvements to C++ 11 Standards conformance, improvements to the ...
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C++/CX Part 1 of [n]: A Simple Class

See C++/CX Part 0 of [N]: An Introduction for an introduction to this series. In this article we'll consider the basics of C++/CX by looking at a simple Windows Runtime class; we'll skim over some of the details, but don't worry: we'll come back and cover them in future posts. The code in this post is complete, though some namespace ...
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