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Touch keyboard access for Windows* 8 desktop apps

What do you do if your DirectX* desktop game requires keyboard input, but is running on a Windows* 8 platform without a physical keyboard? If your game runs in a window, the user can manually invoke the touch keyboard from the taskbar but that can be unintuitive, and doesn't help at all for full-screen games. You could write a custom keyboard overlay within your game.  That approach can be harder than it seems at first blush, with lots of corner cases to verify with language support, modifier keys, and event handlers to write and debug. 

Applab in Minneapolis draws top developers from Healthcare, Finance, Manufacturing and other industries.....

On May 23rd we held another Intel AppLab at the Microsoft Technology center. We had developers from top Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, banking, materials, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. The event was held in a large classroom style facility. Presentation from local Microsoft and Intel presenters received high marks on our survey from the participants. We also had a presentation from UX/UI specialist Dr.

How GRID 2 and Intel Iris™ Graphics brought me into the fold...

If you ask me, I’m not a gamer.  I happen to work in a team at Intel that helps games run well on our platforms.  But me…I’m not a gamer.


In middle and high school I raced remote controlled cars.  You can’t easily go out and race cars after school or at night after your homework is done, so I played a lot of hours of Gran Turismo.  I had my bedroom set-up with the TV, Playstation and steering and pedals.  I really enjoyed racing, but I wasn’t a gamer. 


Tiling Format for Intel® Iris™ Graphics Extension for Instant Access

Intel® Iris™ Graphics Extension for instant access for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors allows direct access to memory allocated for the GPU. The extension provides a mechanism for specifying which buffers will be shared and locking the memory for reading and writing from CPU side code. This sample demonstrates how to properly access the memory from the CPU to maintain performance with sample code for computing the tiled addressing scheme.

Full-screen DirectX* desktop apps using the Flip Presentation Model

I've been messing around with the new Flip Presentation Model introduced in Windows* 8 (and on Windows* 7, with the Platform Update).  I'll have another post soon explaining my ulterior motives for wanting this, but for now here are a few notes on the Flip model that I collected along the way.

How Intel's Haswell Disrupts the PC Ecosystem for the Better!

          I’m sure most of you have already heard a lot about Intel’s Haswell set of chipsets being publicly named the 4th Generation Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ and Intel® HD Graphics by now.   So I’ll take a slightly different tack than the types of reviews, blogs, or coverage I’m sure most of you have all already been exposed to.  I’ll talk about some actual first hand experiences that have transformed my gaming habits that typically don’t get into the spotlight.

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