Notes from a dark corner

Debugging anything that uses clock cycles

End of an era for this blog...

Dear readers I've not blogged a lot in recent years but from tomorrow I will officially no longer...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 06/19/2019

RSS and Atom feeds for support content

Thanks to a new service from our content team, you can now get an Atom or RSS feed for a wide...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 04/27/2018

GenGetProcessInfo.Start(0x1234) failed, 0x800700ea

This is rather obscure but seems to come up every so often. Here 0x1234 would be the process ID of...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 04/19/2017

Open the Visual Studio Output windows with the keyboard

I am not great with keyboard shortcuts. I use quite a few but my repertoire is a bit limited. One...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/04/2017

Troubleshooting exceptions in a Windows Phone app

You know the situation – you develop and debug your app, all works well and you deploy it onto the...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/19/2016

File version history for CLR 4.x

In the past I have maintained some blogs posts about version histories of the CLR 2.0 and CLR 4.0....

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 03/17/2016

Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure Marketplace

Exciting announcements yesterday about the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/18/2016

Unable to build a simple Cordova app in Visual Studio? Here’s a possible fix…

It is not so often these days that support cases have a quick solution. With the wealth of forums...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/15/2016

Version history of the CLR 4.0

Following on from my “Version history of the CLR 2.0” post I’ve decided to start one for 4.0. The...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 12/14/2015

PasswordVault.Add may fail on Windows 10

I am slightly embarrassed by the length of time since my last blog post. But never mind, here I am...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 08/28/2015

Upcoming webinars from @WSDevSol

Some upcoming webinars, first one today! Brought to you by members of the Windows Store Developer...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 06/10/2014

TechEd 2014 is underway with LOTS of exciting new stuff announced!

TechEd North America 2014 is underway! You can find an overview of the announcements on Soma and...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/13/2014

Script Browser and Script Analyzer

Microsoft has just released two new resources to ease IT Pros’ lives. · Script Browser – IT Pros can...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/01/2014

InvalidCastException after applying MS14-009

Note that in some situations after applying security bulletin MS14-009, your application that uses...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 03/04/2014

Release: Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 2

A CTP (preview) of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 has been released with lots of interesting new...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/27/2014

Background Transfer API chalk and talk

On February 26th, 6pm – 8pm GMT (10am – 12pm PST) members of our Windows Store apps...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/25/2014

How to REALLY take a screenshot in Windows Phone 8

I thought this might be worth sharing. Windows Phone 8 introduced a built in way to take a...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/17/2014

Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 is released

An update to Visual Studio 2013 has been released.You can read about it here.You can read specifics...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/21/2014

Want to work in the UK for Microsoft Global Business Support?

Microsoft’s Global Business Support (GBS) group is part of our Customer Service and Support...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/17/2014

Top Solutions from Microsoft Support

We have a great new resource available for you called the Top Support Solutions blog with curated...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/16/2014

BizTalk, SQL and other webcasts from the Microsoft MEA Services team

The Microsoft Services team in our Middle East and Africa (MEA) region have put together a series of...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/15/2014

Porting iOS and Android apps to Windows Store

Got an Android or iOS app you want to port to Windows Store?See here on the Microsoft All-In-One...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/15/2014

Developer's Guide to Enterprise Library, 2nd edition

Just published – “Developer's Guide to Enterprise Library, 2nd edition”.Download...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 11/19/2013

Performance tuning guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server Performance Tuning Guidelines have now been updated for version 2012 R2 here. (Update...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 11/13/2013

Windows Store Developer Solutions team blogs and videos

The Windows Store Developer Solutions team is a global team within Microsoft Developer support that...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 11/13/2013

The .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications

A very interesting guide on technology roadmaps, usage patterns and migration paths with 70 pages of...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 11/05/2013

Good post on making your Windows 8.1 apps more accessible

Good...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/31/2013

Windows 8.1 developer roadmap and video series

Ibrahim Kivanc has an excellent Windows 8.1 developer roadmap available here and is also currently...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/30/2013

Windows and Windows Server compatibility cookbook: updated for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

The Windows compatibility cookbook has now been updated for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2....

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/30/2013

DebugDiag 2.0 available

An awesome update to that long staple tool in the IIS and general debugging toolbox has now been...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/04/2013

Microsoft Message Analyzer has been released

Read all about it here. Successor to Netmon. Analyze network traffic and much more.Doug

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 09/26/2013

Why not to rely on User-Agent strings to determine web site behaviour

Great post by Eric Lawrence, the man behind Fiddler, about why you should not use User-Agent strings...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 09/25/2013

Some resources for Windows 8.1 development

Upgrading your app from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview whitepaperWindows 8.1 Preview Product Guide...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 07/12/2013

Sample pack for Windows 8.1 Preview

This could be handy: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-8-Modern-Style-App-Samples...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 06/28/2013

Visual Studio 2012.3 and Team Foundation Server 2012.3 are released

Brian Harry’s blog here:...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 06/26/2013

New! Windows App Builder Blog..

Microsoft has launched a new Windows App Builder blog. You can find it...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 06/21/2013

Upcoming Windows 8 APP Mashup webcasts

If you are developing Windows 8 apps, there are some upcoming webcasts in June that looks...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/29/2013

Windows Store app solutions and tips for certification

Our team within Microsoft Global Business Support that supports developer writing Windows Store apps...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/09/2013

CLRMD: .NET Crash Dump and Live Process Inspection

Lee Culver, a software developer on the .NET Runtime team, has shipped an awesome managed code...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 05/04/2013

Windows Azure Developer Challenge

An exciting competition organised by CodeProject and sponsored by Microsoft is under way with the...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 04/29/2013

Hotfix rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

An important hotfix package has been released:An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 03/13/2013

My colleagues in Ireland raising money for the Microsoft CSS Malawi Citizenship project

My colleagues in Ireland have been stretching their legs raising money for Concern Universal as part...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 03/05/2013

What to do if you have problems with a Windows Store app

If you or one of the users of a Windows Store app you’ve developed are having problems with the app,...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/27/2013

Update: Visual Studio Extensions for the Windows Library for JavaScript

A few days ago the latest update to the Visual Studio Extensions for the Windows Library for...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/18/2013

Building Windows Store apps in the UK?

Our UK Developer and Platform Evangelism team have a great site designed to help get UK developers...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 02/06/2013

Windows Store app crash reports now provided with certification feedback

Great to see that we are now going to provide crash reports to help you certify your Windows Store...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 01/31/2013

What is a Microsoft account?

Useful short, new video here explaining what a Microsoft account is.HTHDoug

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/30/2012

Windows 8 Advertising around the world

Loving watching the different style adverts we are using in different countries and...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/23/2012

Surface videos

I’m enjoying watching the Surface videos.Here is the full set of Surface videos so...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/22/2012

Free – online jump start training for Windows 8 app development – starts today

#MSLearning In case you are looking for some free training – starting today for two days...

Author: Doug Stewart -MSFT Date: 10/10/2012

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