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Today we finalized SiteFactory CMS version 5.0.8 which brings full support for the upcoming Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 will be released on October 26. We’ve had access to the final version for about two months now, and we’ve been working on making SiteFactory CMS fully functional with the included browser Internet Explorer 10.

We will begin a controlled distribution of the new version today, using our Update Service. This is the 68th update since we released SiteFactory CMS 5.0 in early November last year.

Closing comments

Mindbite has always been dedicated to testing new technology in its early stages to be able to bring working software to its customers. As with earlier versions of Windows and Internet Explorer we once again deliver working updates before Microsoft’s release to the consumers.

A few weeks ago I blogged about Windows 8 Metro Style App Development. Today almost all functionality in my App is complete and I’m ready to share some information about it.

App UI

The App called Viltolycka has a very simple UI, and all you have to do is enter a From Address and a To Address. The App contacts Bing Maps and asks for the route between the two locations. When a route has been calculated it is drawn on the map. At this point a request is sent to viltolycka.se with information about the entire route. Our API responds with a collection of wildlife accidents that has happened along the route.

Accidents from Vimmerby to Stockholm

Ok, the design is not quite complete.

All accidents are added to the map. A pane on the right side displays data about the route and more interestingly some facts about the accidents along the route.

Accidents around Södertälje

By zooming and moving the map around you can learn about the more dangerous parts of the route.

Accidents around Södertälje

The image above shows a location around Södertälje where a lot of deer and elk accidents has happened in the past. So, what you can learn is that you might want to watch out when driving at that location.

The Next step

I will continue to work on some design elements with my colleague Kim. After that we will send the App to Microsoft Sweden for testing. Our main goal is to ship this app on or before the public release of Windows 8.

In the middle of September 2011 Microsoft released Windows 8 Developer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview. We were (as usual) very quick to begin testing. We deployed the products on Hyper-V and since then we have been testing the new development features on Windows 8 and also a lot of our own product testing on the new platform.

On February 27, 2012, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 Beta. A lot had happened since September and this time we also started developing Windows 8 Metro Style Apps. These apps are very different from the traditional WinForms Applications. They demand more considerations to form factors and capabilities.

My first Metro Style App

My first Metro Style App for Windows 8 is not nearly complete but nevertheless I’d like to share some details about it.

Since last summer we have developed Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and of course Windows Phone 7.5 for our customer Rikspolisstyrelsen (Swedish Police Board). The apps focus on giving the user insights about wildlife accidents in the users’ proximity.

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So with this background I thought I’d develop a Windows 8 App that utilize the same data. The App named Viltolycka contains a large map that is centered on the user’s location, using the Geolocator class. The user can pan the map and when he/she taps on it, a signal is sent, with the tapped location, to our servers that responds with Wildlife Accident data containing the accident location and what kind of wildlife that was hit by the car. All accidents are then rendered as Pushpins on the map.

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As you can see, I haven’t focused on design that much yet. But my fine colleague Kim will most likely be involved in that part.

Closing comments

Developing for Windows 8 is a lovely task. It’s much more straightforward than iOS development, which is kind of a pain sometimes.

We will keep working on this Metro Style App and maybe a few more and we will surely have some cool stuff to show off at the launch of Windows 8 (if not much sooner).

Last week I installed Windows Server 8 Developer Preview on Hyper-V. Installation was smoother than ever, but I can’t say that I liked the UI/UX. When bringing the Home Screen and removing the Start Menu on a server OS, I think you’ve gone to far. I seriously hope Microsoft will reconsider this, at least for the server. Luckily there is Server Core, so you won’t have to see the graphical mess.

One of my main motives for this installation (besides curiosity) was to test IIS 8 and see if SiteFactory CMS works on it.
Test results: It works great!

Screenshots from installation, initialization, management and IIS8 with SiteFactory CMS

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Closing comments

Michael Johansson, if you read this, I guess you just puked all over your keyboard :-)

Just a few days ago Microsoft released Windows Server 8 Developer Preview on MSDN. This morning I installed it on our Hyper-V server. One of the new things in Windows Server 8 is IIS 8 which is a new version of the web server we host all SiteFactory CMS sites on.

Even though Windows Server 8 and IIS 8 hasn’t even gone in to the beta phase yet, SiteFactory CMS works like a charm. We will of course test SiteFactory CMS on every release before RTM, so that we can fix any possible issues in upcoming releases.

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After my failed installation of Windows 8 on Virtual PC, I quickly turned to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2, which worked like a charm. Installation took only a few minutes.

Screenshots from installation, initialization and some apps

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I woke up with a smile this morning, the Windows 8 Developer Preview was released during last night. Once downloaded and configured on Virtual PC, I’m eagerly waiting for the virtual machine to boot. Sadly the developer preview doesn’t work well with Virtual PC (which I should have figured).

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