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Navigating to a new page from the View Model in Windows Phone 8.1 universal app

I am working on a windows phone 8.1 universal app and want to find the best way of handling page navigations without having large amounts of logic in the code behind. I want to keep the code behind in my View as uncluttered as possible. What is the accepted MVVM way of navigating to a new page in response to a button click?

I currently have to send a RelayComnmand message from the ViewModel to the view with the details of the page to navigate to. This means that the code behind has to be wired up as follows:

This just doesn't seem the best way although it does work. How can I do the page navigations directly from the ViewModel? I am using MVVM-Light in my project.


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The new Microsoft Edge (Chromium based) is NOT compatible for Windows RT 8.1 because it is installed independently by downloading it from a web browser (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge) and not from the Microsoft Store App.

As soon as an RT version becomes available to download from the Microsoft Store App, that is the only time you can download it to an RT 8.1 device but as of now, there is no news about that.

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The new Microsoft Edge (Chromium based) is NOT compatible for Windows RT 8.1 because it is installed independently by downloading it from a web browser (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge) and not from the Microsoft Store App.

As soon as an RT version becomes available to download from the Microsoft Store App, that is the only time you can download it to an RT 8.1 device but as of now, there is no news about that.

Hello, as I actually have a Microsoft Surface RT 8.1, can Microsoft inform when the Microsoft Edge App needed will be available for install on the hardware/software Microsoft product. Many sites are no longer supporting Explorer, so it is absolutely needed!

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I am also using RT 81. I Totally agree with cpdch.

Can Microsoft release edge for this? Many sites already do not support IE.

Will they release for any 3rd party browser?

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The surface RT I use is a fine tool, but shame on you Microsoft! It can't be that difficult to put the link to Microsoft Edge in the Store.

I payed good money fot this device when it came out. So, I deserve good service.

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shame on Microsoft they haven't been providing any updates for windows arm devices for quite a while now and even the IE is not supporting many essential sites. I want Microsoft to atleast provide basic updates to us arm users. It isn't inexpensive so that must a courtesy of them to us

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shame on Microsoft they haven't been providing any updates for windows arm devices for quite a while now and even the IE is not supporting many essential sites. I want Microsoft to atleast provide basic updates to us arm users. It isn't inexpensive so that must a courtesy of them to us

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I love my Microsoft Surface RT with Windows 8.1. But as others have written, I can no longer access various websites with Windows Explorer. Gmail loads very slowly or not at all. We need a new browser or at least and updated browser!

Thanks and please let us know when something is available.

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The new Microsoft Edge (Chromium based) is NOT compatible for Windows RT 8.1 because it is installed independently by downloading it from a web browser (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge) and not from the Microsoft Store App.

As soon as an RT version becomes available to download from the Microsoft Store App, that is the only time you can download it to an RT 8.1 device but as of now, there is no news about that.

Hello, as I actually have a Microsoft Surface RT 8.1, can Microsoft inform when the Microsoft Edge App needed will be available for install on the hardware/software Microsoft product. Many sites are no longer supporting Explorer, so it is absolutely needed!

I am also using RT 81. I Totally agree with cpdch.

Can Microsoft release edge for this? Many sites already do not support IE.

Will they release for any 3rd party browser?

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Yes. please please please. Give the Win 8.1 RT Community a current, decent browser.

Otherwise, this peace of hardware is nothing more than a board for cutting butter or bread. Or unveal a solution for breaking out of the ms universe by opening the boot loader for eg. linux so the 500+ EUR are not simply thrown away.

I never ever bought a piece of hardware I am so disappointed about. And whenever someone asks me whether he should buy hardware from microsoft. i would always ever say "no, please don't do it!". Hardware market is not in focus of microsoft, it is allways more a market analysis, looking after silly people and forget about them after several months.


Calculator

In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has gone above and beyond the basic desktop calculator with this new modern-style app. The basic math functions are still there, but users can also switch to a scientific calculator. With the unit converter, users can calculate volume, length, weight, temperature, energy, area, speed, time, power, and data.

Jared Newman The calculator can switch to scientific mode and snap side-by-side with the desktop.

Although it isn’t the most exotic app around, this might be the one modern-style function that desktop users might fall in love with. It’s especially useful when snapped side-by-side with the desktop, allowing you to calculate without messing around with individual window sizes.


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In WP8.1 Runtime - for Silverlight, the methods used in WP8.0 still should work - you have couple of choces:

the first and probably the easiest way is to use Navigate with parameter - you don't have to convert it to string if it's a serializable type:

you can use some static objects to pass your data along the App

Note that you will also have to handle app suspending/resuming - so it will be suitable to save your data when the app is being suspended and load when it's resumed. You should remember that OnNavigatedTo is not being called when the app is resuming.

The above was about normal navigation (forward). If you want to fill some data in previous Page, then you have a couple of options:

  • pass a handler to a previous Page, so you can access public variables/properties from current Page,
  • use a static variable/property - maybe a singleton
  • again use files/settings

Note that again the first two methods has a disadvantage that the app may crash after being suspended. Saving to files might be better here, thought needs some more work and proper handling.


Windows 10

Primarily intended for Windows Server development. For desktop development, see the release notes for changes you may benefit from by updating.

Released in conjunction with Windows 10, version 2004. Includes servicing updates 10.0.19041.685. Updated 12/16/20

  • Resolved unpredictable and hard to diagnose crashes when linking both umbrella libraries and native OS libraries (for example, onecoreuap.lib and kernel32.lib)
  • Resolved issue that prevented AppVerifier from working
  • Resolved issue that caused WACK to fail with “Task failed to enable HighVersionLie”

Released in conjunction with Windows 10, version 1903.

  • Addressed issue where Windows App Certification Kits crashes for any app that declares more than one Device Family in manifest
  • Addressed issue where Windows App Certification Kit failed to deploy MSIX bundle
  • Addressed issue where UWP projects that used multiple MinTargetPlatformVersions would fail with a build error related to XAML.
  • Addressed issue where deriving from SelectorAutomationPeer in IDL raises MIDL error "Unsupported array pattern detected."
  • Addressed issue where build errors were encountered when including events.h
  • Back ported tests to App Certification Kit
  • Addressed issue where WinAppDeploycmd tool fails to connect to phone via USB
  • Addressed issue where UWP Remote Deployment Pipeline silently swallows SMB exceptions.

This non-security update includes quality improvements.

  • Addressed issue where developers could not build UWP apps on Windows 7 because MRMSupport.dll failed to load.
  • Addressed issue where MidlRT and MDMerge failed to run on Windows 7
  • Addressed issue where SDK setup failed to install on Windows
  • Addressed issue where deploying a legacy Store app to a 8.1 Phone caused Visual Studio to crash
  • Addressed issue where application data was not preserved across remote debugging sessions when apps were getting un-registered.

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Kronos 8.1 Upgrade

Kronos 8.1 is now available! While the new version is very similar to the old version, you may find this Kronos 8.1 Quick Reference Guide (PDF) helpful in navigating the upgraded system.

Kronos 8.1 Upgrade FAQs

The web address did not change. Simply type clemson.kronos.net into a web browser to get to the Kronos login page. (You may need to clear your browser’s history, cache, and cookies and reload the page before logging in.) The preferred web browser for Kronos version 8.1 is Chrome.

Try clearing your browser’s history, cache, and cookies and reloading the page before logging in again.

Although the web address did not change, the servers behind the system did change. You’ll need to delete the old bookmark and create a new one.

Yes. If the time you logged during the upgrade does not appear on your timecard by Monday, June 8, ask your supervisor to log those hours for you.

Yes, it should upload automatically throughout the day on Friday, June 5, as each clock is brought back online. If the time you logged during the upgrade does not appear on your timecard by Monday, June 8, ask your supervisor to log those hours directly into Kronos for you.

Hourly employees :

Send your hours to your supervisor via email. Your supervisor will need to input those hours directly into Kronos for you.

Salaried employees using the Project View timecard :

You may now input the hours you tracked manually directly into your Project View timecard.


Before you begin

On word: Backup. While your folders and files will ideally come with you during the upgrade, if something goes awry, you need to have your pictures, documents, and other important data backed up. Either create a local backup on an external drive, an offsite solution, or better yet, use both options. Also, because you'll need to re-install your desktop programs, make sure you have a list of all of the license keys for purchased software.Another step I recommend is verifying your Windows 7 system is up-to-date. Even if you have automatic Windows Updates enabled, run it manually again just to be sure everything is good to go.

Get the latest updates before upgrading to Windows 8.1


Windows 8.1 review: New version, same mess

Windows 8.1 follows Windows 8 in typical Microsoft "version 2.0" fashion, changing a bit of eye candy and dangling several worthwhile improvements -- but hardly solving the underlying problem. Touch-loving tablet users are still saddled with a touch-hostile Windows desktop, while point-and-clickers who live and breathe the Windows desktop still can't make Metro go away.

Windows 8.1 also installs the worst privacy-busting feature Windows has ever seen, and it nukes several key Windows 7 features in its headlong pursuit of SkyDrive profits. The best improvements for desktop users dismantle Windows 8's pushy ways -- a fact that speaks volumes. The best improvements for developers sweep away some infantile restrictions. And the only reasonable way to use the old-fashioned desktop still requires a third-party Start menu utility.

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This review covers Windows 8.1 as we see it right now -- with the official bits available, as of yesterday, on TechNet and MSDN. You can bet your bottom dollar that the Microsoft devs are working overtime to zap a few outstanding bugs (I've hit a few) and to spiff up the still-laggardly Metro apps. What will happen between now and General Availability on Oct. 18 is anybody's guess, but it's likely that several of the Microsoft-written Metro apps will sprout much-needed features. We'll review the new Microsoft-originated Metro apps as they become available.

Think of Windows 8.1 as a few steps forward and a few steps back. In the forward direction we have a little more flexibility in Metro with live tiles, more "discoverability" for inscrutable settings and actions, and a Metro Photos app that largely eliminates the need for a free photo editing package. Yowza. On the old-fashioned desktop, we have the ersatz Start button that merely dumps you back into Metro, the ability to boot to the desktop, and a way to disable all the infuriating and intrusive hot corners inherited from Metro.

Experienced Windows users who like to run on the Metro side -- all 10 of you -- will also appreciate the migration of settings and options from the legacy Control Panel over to the full-screen Metro PC Settings window. Alas, that migration is not yet complete.

In the backward direction, we have lamentable changes related to Smart Search, Libraries, and SkyDrive. Smart Search is plenty smart for Microsoft and its advertising ambitions, but for Windows customers, it's the worst privacy intrusion in the history of Windows. Libraries, introduced in Windows 7 and extended in Windows 8, have been decapitated -- although several Microsoft apps use them. I guess somebody on the Metro apps team didn't get the memo. And SkyDrive? Baking SkyDrive into Windows is long overdue, but the intrusive way it's implemented by default makes SkyDrive work more like a straitjacket and less like an option.

Improvements to Metro
Microsoft added a few don't-shoot-yourself-in-the-foot improvements to the Metro Start screen, primarily imposing a Customize mode that keeps you from dragging or deleting a tile unless you really want to. Tiles now come in four sizes: The two sizes in Windows 8, regular square and double-wide, are now augmented by a tiny quarter-size and a big four-times size. Not all tiles can appear in all sizes. (See Figure 1.)

Hover your mouse in the lower-left corner, or tap, and you see a down arrow that leads to the All Apps list (shown in Figure 2). The All Apps list is an unwieldy collection of "dead" tiles, organized in a way that mimics the way Windows 7 puts programs in the Start menu. If you install a legacy Windows 7 desktop program in Windows 8.1, this is where its tile appears. The All Apps collection is strictly two-dimensional -- there are no cascading groups -- so the tiles keep going and going.

Figure 2: The All Apps list, loosely organized like the Windows 7 Start Menu, remains stalwartly and sprawlingly two-dimensional.

Microsoft ships some new colors and wallpaper for use on the Metro Start screen, as well as the ability to run a slideshow on your Lock screen (based on pictures in a local folder of your choosing, or on SkyDrive). Note that the wallpaper customization happens on the Metro Start screen's Settings > Personalize menu, while Start screen customization sits in the Settings > Metro PC Settings > PC and Settings > Lock screen section -- no idea why.

With the right setting in Metro PC Settings, you can also get to the computer's camera from the Lock screen without any intervening steps.

Metro Snap no longer confines the snapped pane to a fixed 320-pixel stripe. You can now adjust the width of each snapped pane individually, although the panes tend to disappear when they get too narrow. Instead of limiting the number of panes to two, you can fit as many panes on the display as you like, with the maximum number of panes calculated by dividing the horizontal resolution of the screen by 500. Thus, a 1,920-pixel-wide screen can hold three panes. Metro Snap still doesn't have the overlapping/stacking window capability we've known since, oh, Windows 2.0.

The Metro PC Settings app has bulked up considerably. For example, you can actually add a new user to your PC while staying on the Metro side. But Metro PC Settings still lacks the ability to make the new user an administrator.

The Charms bar has the same old Charms, with a few new tricks. For example, the Devices charm now includes options to Play, Print, and Project (on a projector). Unfortunately, if you click on the Play icon, you invariably get the notice that you can only Play from apps. And when you're in a Metro app that should be able to Play, you may find that the app isn't smart enough to connect to the Charm and will use its own Play button. The Charms themselves do almost nothing on the old-fashioned desktop. For example, choosing Devices > Print while in legacy Word doesn't do a thing.

Improvements to the desktop
I still get ill every time I read reviews about the Windows 8.1 ersatz Start button. "It's back where it belongs on the left side of the taskbar!" Well, yes, there's a Start button on the left side of the taskbar, but it doesn't do anything other than swing you back to the Metro Start screen -- just as you can click in the lower-left corner of the current Windows 8 desktop and get rocketed back to the future. The only difference is the icon.

That said, there are some improvements on the desktop side of the fence -- and they have more to do with getting Metro to back off than any long-sought old-fashioned features. All the significant improvements to the desktop appear in a solitary dialog box, shown in Figure 3.

To bring up the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box, right-click an empty spot on the desktop Taskbar (or tap and hold), choose Properties, then click or tap the Navigation tab. Here's what the settings actually do:

  • Turn off the annoying behavior where, if you hover in the upper-right corner of the screen (you know, where the "X" icon is on any full screen window), Windows 8 decides you want to see the Charms. Pro tip: Use Win-C if you absolutely must see the Charms.
  • Turn off the annoying behavior where, if you hover in the upper-right corner of the screen (say, near Word's File menu), you suddenly see currently running programs. Pro tip: Use Alt-Tab, the "Coolswitch" that's worked for more than a decade.
  • For PowerShell junkies only see the next section.
  • Boot to desktop.
  • Some people find it less jarring to put the desktop wallpaper on the Metro Start screen. I prefer to leave them different. (Details in a forthcoming article on adapting Windows 8.1.)
  • Multimonitor folks only. Debatable.
  • Apps View (see Figure 2) isn't anything at all like the Windows Start menu, but it's the closest substitute available. I let Windows 8.1 search everywhere and have it show the desktop apps first.

Improvements overall
The Win-X menu -- the one that appears when you right-click on the new Start button, either on the desktop or on the Metro Start screen -- now has the ability to log off, shut down, or restart the machine. I have no idea why Microsoft makes you choose between the Windows PowerShell and the Command Prompt entries on the Win-X menu (see Figure 3). I guess the programmers ran out of time. They only had a year.

Searching through the Search Charm used to be completely unpredictable. Some Metro apps supported it, all desktop apps ignored it, and when you ran a search through the Search charm, you had no idea what you'd get back. In Windows 8.1, most apps now have their own Search functions.

Skype is now baked in to Windows 8.1, replacing the tired, old Messenger app that's been hanging around Windows like a sick dog since the supremacy of MSN last century. While the Metro Skype app doesn't have anywhere near the functionality of Internet-based Skype, it isn't bad. It's one of the few Metro apps I use from time to time.

If you sign on to Windows with a Microsoft account, SkyDrive comes along for the ride. In many situations, as long as your needs are simple, SkyDrive is a reasonable alternative to Dropbox, Box, Mega, Mozy, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud, SpiderOak, SugarSync, and a dozen others -- all of which have good and bad points. What I don't like is the way SkyDrive now locks into your system.

The bad news
Two months ago, I complained long and hard about a new Windows 8.1 "feature" called Smart Search. Microsoft didn't listen to me. This RTM version of Windows 8.1 continues to turn on Smart Search by default. Microsoft uses Smart Search as an excuse to track your local searches -- searches you make on your computer or your network -- and gathers your local search terms to sell you things. It's the ultimate desktop Scroogle.

Smart Search is smart for advertisers. For you, it's another unjustified invasion of your privacy -- and one that's not adequately explained, as it's buried in the default settings. Here's how Microsoft puts it:

Bing Ads will be an integral part of the new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo, and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads for their search queries. In addition, Bing Ads will include Web previews of websites and the latest features like site links, location, and call extensions, making it easier for consumers to complete tasks and for advertisers to drive qualified leads.

To turn off Smart Search, from the Settings Charm, choose Change PC Settings, then Search and Apps, and Search, and move the "Get search suggestions and Web results from Bing" slider to Off.

Perhaps sanity will prevail and Smart Search will be turned off by the time Windows 8.1 hits General Availability.

In another slap at experienced Windows users, Windows 8.1 starts to dismantle Libraries. Where Windows 7 and Windows 8 both ship with fully functional Libraries (the Documents Library, for example, contains the <user>Documents folder and the PublicDocuments folder), the Documents Library in Windows 8.1 only contains <user>Documents. The Music, Pictures, and Videos Libraries don't get the Public folders, either.

If you sign on with a Microsoft account, Windows 8.1 activates SkyDrive, the SkyDrive folder gets added to the Documents Library, and it's pegged as the default folder in the Library. Thus, if you save a new file in Word, WordPad, or any other word processor that wants to save to the Documents Library, your new file will go into SkyDrive -- where you get to pay for the privilege if you use enough space.

To make matters worse, where Libraries figured prominently in Windows 7's Windows Explorer and Windows 8's File Explorer, in Windows 8.1 they're hidden. You have to go through the View tab in Explorer to bring them back. And heaven help you if you need to explain to a novice how to find their Public folders.

In Windows 8.1, the treatment of Libraries is all over the place. You can't see them in Windows Explorer unless you find the right switch. But if you go into the Microsoft-made Metro Photos app, you work directly with the Photos Library. The Xbox Metro Music and Metro Video apps use the respective Music and Videos folders, not Libraries -- and it's very difficult to bring in Music and Videos from the Public folders. Windows Media Player works with the Music Library.

One word of warning: If you use a Microsoft account in Windows 8.1 that was also used in Windows 8, you'll see your old Libraries in full force. Running your Microsoft account on Windows 8.1 won't dismantle your Libraries Windows 8.1 just won't build new Libraries for new Microsoft accounts.

The Windows 7 Backup and Restore Center -- a bit hard to find, but nonetheless extant, in Windows 8 -- is now gone. The Windows Experience Index, present in Windows 8, is also nowhere to be seen in Windows 8.1. System Restore Points, which were generated automatically in Windows 8, are now created only if you manually turn them on.


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