On March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST, Microsoft will livestream a Windows Developer Day event on the latest news on tools and features for developers that will be coming in the next Windows 10 Update. The livestream will cover a keynote by Kevin Gallo, CVP of the Windows Developers Platform and then be followed by a Q&A session.
No matter what you’re working on, you’ll find plenty of improvements that will make your software even more compelling. You’ll also get inside info on:
- Building for the modern workplace—Learn how Windows is evolving as a platform to make improving and updating your existing Windows code with new functionality as simple as possible.
- Making your software part of the intelligent edge—Give your applications the capability to quickly make complex calculations and inferences, enabling them to become a native part of the intelligent edge.
Windows Developer Day is the only place to find out what’s coming for developers in the next Windows 10 Update, so RSVP today.
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Microsoft’s Garage lab has announced a new Ink to Code app that will take your digital ink sketches and turn them into an actual application. Ink to Code is a UWP app that enables developers to draw a wire frame sketch and then export that sketch into source code for use in Visual Studio.
Urban legend has it that some of the greatest ideas in history started with a napkin. The Gettysburg Address, the poem that gave way to the U.S. National Anthem, and the premise of the Harry Potter series—each were reportedly born into the world through the medium of sketches on scrap paper—and when app creators put pen to paper for their ideas, this is often a canvas of choice. While rapid prototyping with the napkin and the whiteboard holds its charms, less charming is the prospect of translating quick sketches into working code. – Lainie Huston
Ink to Code is supposed to use artificial intelligence and automation to create the code from the wire frame sketches and at this time only supports basic visual elements like labels, text fields, images and buttons. This visual element recognition is similar to what you can find in the Microsoft Whiteboard (Preview) app, which you can download from the Microsoft Store.
This app currently supports Android and Windows UWP apps. At this time the app doesn’t seem to be available on the Microsoft Store, so keep an eye out for it.
Back in the fall of 2017, Microsoft released the Windows Flight Hub. This is a quick dashboard to reference when trying to sort out the many different Windows Insiders build numbers and what is the latest preview release in the Fast, Slow, Server, IoT, ISO and SDK rings.
Each build is called a flight and is associated to one or more editions of Windows 10.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK is now available to download.
Want to catch up on what’s included in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, take a look at the Windows Developer Day keynote or dive deeper with 18 additional videos. The Windows Developer Day videos are now available to view here.
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Windows 10 has some very handy sign-in options for unlocking your computer including using a fingerprint, a picture or a numeric PIN. I’ve used all three and by far my favorite is the PIN option.
Recently I reformatted my Surface Pro 3 and after installing Windows 10 Anniversary edition (build 1607), I noticed that as soon as I joined my work domain, the PIN option for sign-in was disabled. This was strange since hours earlier I was using this sign-in option with Windows 10 Anniversary edition prior to reformatting my device. I decided to try signing in to my device using a local profile and the PIN sign-on option was now available, but strangely on my Windows Domain account it was not.
After doing some research online I found that with Windows 10 Anniversary edition, this feature has reverted back to how it functioned in Windows 8, which requires it to be authorized before you can use it when on a Windows Domain.
Here is what you need to do to enable it.
Steps to Enable PIN Sign-In Option for Windows 10
- Open up regedit.exe
- Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
- Add a new DWORD key named “AllowDomainPINLogon” and set its value to “1”
- Restart your computer
- After logging back in to your computer, go to SETTINGS, ACCOUNTS, SIGN-IN OPTIONS and you should see that the PIN option is now available to be set