Dell Inspiron N5010 Windows 8 Bluetooth FIX

Windows 8 had great start in previous days, and my Dell Inspiron N5010 didn’t supported Bluetooth drivers, i searched many websites  but everywhere is was mentioned that N5010 doesn’t have a bluetooth drivers support for WIndows 8. But then i found a quick fix. Follow the below steps :

Step 1

Run 15r BTOOTH.exe (your bluetooth driver for Windows 7).

Your files will get extracted in C:DellR273948

Step 2

Goto the path C:delldriversR273948Win64.

Locate BTW.msi and run it in compatibility mode.

compatibility

It will start installing and in the end it will ask did it worked fine well in compatibility mode, Press Yes.

You are done. Enjoy.

Points To Remember While Developing App For Windows 8

Recently I attended Windows 8 AppFest at Banglore and preparing now for Wowzapp (Windows 8 Hackathon) in Agra and learned a lot about developing Windows 8 apps, and I found many folks here are confused about the metro style apps (Windows RT Style). This post is to keep in mind some points what to do and what not to do while developing apps for Windows 8.

Use of Buttons

Use of buttons in Windows 8 apps is strictly prohibited, it’s not that the button control is not present there, but the classic button view is ignored and preferred not to be used, as the Windows 8 UI is completely a new one and these buttons make them look clumsy. There won’t be any issues while getting your app certified but ignoring them are the standard developing rules, you can use the Image element instead and can use the image click events to add events to it or if you want to stick to button control you need to completely customize it, use some background foreground images and color such that it doesn’t look like a classic button.

Color Range

I have seen many developers adding gradient in the background which may look good to them but not to all the users, so try to keep your app simple and don’t add such gradients use a single color in your background and some contrast color for the foreground items.

App Bar

This is located at the bottom of the app and comes up when the app is right clicked, this contains all the actions that can be performed on that particular app page. Your app page is meant to be kept very clean just the data that is to be accessed and all the setting/actions/navigation should come to the charm, app bar or navigation bar.

Navigation Bar

This is located at the top of the application and comes up on right click, this contains all the navigation’s which are possible, like menu items etc. remember menu items can’t be in the app bar, app bar only contains the actions to be performed on a particular page. Having a separate view of AppBar and NavigationBar in mind is very important.

Few other points to be kept in mind are :

  • Your app should be Fast and Fluid
  • Snap and Scale Beautifully
  • Use the right Contracts
  • Invest in a Great Tile
  • Feel Connected and Alive
  • Embrace Metro Principles

Hope you emerge out to be a great app developer, cheers.

Microsoft Accuses Intel for Spreading Wrong Information about Windows 8 for ARM

On 17th May, 2011 Renee James revealed some details about the upcoming version of windows i.e. Windows 8 she said – ARM version won’t run legacy Windows apps (which were designed only to run on Intel’s x86 family of processors). She also said that Microsoft would release four versions of Windows for ARM processors, none of which would run apps for the other versions.

“There will be four Windows 8 SoCs for ARM. Each one will run for that specific ARM environment, and they will run new applications or cloud-based applications….They are neither forward- nor backward-compatible between their own architecture – different generations of a single vendor – nor are they compatible across different vendors. Each one is a unique stack.”
- Renee James

Microsoft was absolutely not pleased by the statement of Renee. Windows President Steven Sinofsky who really don’t like leaks was really annoyed… few day back 2 Microsoft employees were fired for leaking early details of Windows 8.
Microsoft can’t exactly fire Intel as a partner. So instead, it offered the following statement

“Intel’s statements during Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft’s plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading.  From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage.  As such, we have no further details or information at this time.”
- Microsoft Corp.

“No further details or information” means that Microsoft won’t say exactly which parts of James’s statements were inaccurate. The part about legacy apps? The part about four versions of Windows for ARM? Both?
Expecting Microsoft to explain itself more fully at its September conference for developers. ;)