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Learn to Code Windows 10 Apps: Microsoft’s Free Course for Beginners

The Universal Windows Platform from Microsoft is something that allows you to develop cross-platform apps for multiple devices- ranging from Windows Phone, Windows 10 PCs, Xbox to Raspberry Piand HoloLens.

This course is designed for the absolute beginner, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro developer or just a newbie. If you are looking to learn how to code Windows 10 apps, this video series for absolute beginners and the developer’s guide to Windows 10 is must for you. (Links are given in the end).

In this video series of 80 tutorials, Bob Tabor guides you through the concepts of coding Windows 10 apps in C#.

The only pre-requisite for this course is the basic understanding of the C# fundamentals. If you don’t have this with you, first checkout the C# fundamental series. (Link in the end)

The course curriculum revolves around two major parts. The first part teaches you how to code basic apps and the second one deals with an extensive tutorial for building four complete apps: weather, a hero explorer app, soundboard and an album cover matching game.

On the web, there are numerous resources available to teach you C#, but finding a free course with A-Z of the language could be tough. So, Microsoft’s guide is a great place to learn C# and coding Windows 10 apps.

Also, future of Windows 10 depends on the apps in the Windows Store. So, who knows you could become the next big-shot coder at Redmond building the next Xbox app.

Learn to code: Learn Mobile Game Development By Building 15 Games

Here’s the introductory video:

Here are the course links:

C# Programming fundamentals: C# Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners
For absolute beginners: Windows 10 development for absolute beginners
For learning at a faster pace: Developer’s Guide to Windows 10

Use the New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts in Command Prompt

Talking about the Windows 10 features and functionalities, there could be negative arguments like privacy concerns and Microsoft stealing your data. But, the Command Prompt in Windows 10 is a definite improvement compared to the older version of Windows. The Command Prompt in Windows 10 feels smoother and comes with the functionality of using keyboard shortcuts.

With the new shortcuts, you can easily cut and paste things in the Command Prompt window along with other useful ones. Let’s know more about them:

 How to enable Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts in Command Prompt?

In Windows 10 final version, Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts are turned on by default. If you are having the earlier builds, you can check the Propertiesand turn them on.


In the Command Prompt and right-click on the title bar to open the options and click Properties. Under the Options tab, find the section Edit Options and check the box next to Enable Ctrl key shortcuts.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts in Command Prompt:

Here is the list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts in Command Prompt:

Copy selected text to clipboard: Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Paste copied text: Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Select all text in the current line (if there’s no text in the current line, all text in the Command Prompt will be selected): Ctrl + A

Move screen one line up/down (similar to scrolling): Ctrl + Up/Down

Move screen one page up/down: Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down

Open Find window for searching through the Command Prompt: Ctrl + F

Enter Mark Mode (lets you select text with the mouse): Ctrl + M

(In Mark Mode) Move cursor up, down, left, or right: Up/Down/Left/Right

Move cursor up/down one line and select text: Shift + Up/Down

Move cursor left/right one character and select text: Shift + Left/Right

Move cursor left/right one word and select text: Ctrl + Shift + Left/Right

Move cursor up/down screen and select text: Shift + Page Up/Page Down

Move cursor to the beginning/end of current line and select text: Shift + Home/End

Move cursor to the beginning/end of screen buffer and select text and beginning/end of Command Prompt’s output: Ctrl + Shift + Home/End

Close the Command Prompt: Alt + F4



Microsoft Open Sources Windows Bridge for Porting iOS Apps to Windows 10

Back at this year’s Build developer conference, Microsoft announced that developers can now easily fork the existing Android and iOS apps’ codes to convert them into Windows 10 apps. Today, Microsoft has delivered what it promised by open sourcing the Windows Bridge for iOS and you can check out the source code right now on GitHub.

Windows Bridge for porting iOS apps to Windows was previously codenamed Project Islandwood, and it was being called the big plan of Microsoft to steal iOS apps. Redmond will be releasing the Windows Bridge this fall and it’s under preview status right now.

Users hesitate to switch to Windows ecosystem due to lesser apps as compared to iOS and Android store. Taking an aim at those users, Microsoft wants to attract the developers to design more Windows app by porting Android and iOS apps. Microsoft has four versions of porting platforms in development. Project Astoria is the one for porting Android apps to Windows and is running under as an invitation-only technical preview. It will see the daylight as a public beta later this year. Project Centennial is the platform to export the Win32 Windows apps to Windows 10 and Windows Store. It will be available for public testing next year.

Apart from these, Microsoft is also working on Project Westminster- the Widows Bridge for web apps to make Hosted Web Apps and address the common problems.

Talking about the Windows Bridge for porting iOS apps, Project Islandwood supports both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 apps made for x64 and x86 processor architecture. According to Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo, Microsoft will be soon adding compiler optimization and support for the ARM, thus bringing mobile support.

Last week, along with free upgrade release of Windows 10 in more than 190 markets, Microsoft also delivered Windows SDK and other tools to make Universal Windows apps. With adaptive UX, support for cloud-based services and natural user inputs, Windows 10 introduced new APIs to make it most personal.

Developers can check out Windows Bridge for porting iOS apps here and know more about the developer tools.

Source: fossBytes

Forget Windows 10, Windows 93 is Complete and Ready to Use

What if Microsoft released another operating system between Windows 3.X and Windows 95? Windows 95 was around for a long times and it ruled the PCs for a long time. What if Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer released an OS in 1993?

Last night, couple of digital artists from France, Jakenpopp and Zombectro announced that the Windows 93 operating system is finally complete. They released the first version of this bizarre but beautiful art project back in October 2014.

Dear mobile users, Windows 93 works very well on mobile devices too.

When you open the link to use the OS, you’ll be greeted with a boot window and the PlayStation boot up sound. After this step, you’ll be taken to the desktop.


This is an in-browser operating system which is pretty cool if you have a lot of spare time and you want to be lost in your geeky childhood fantasies coupled with some fun. There are games like Castle GAFA 3D, Solitude, and you’ve got the Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII animated version. You’ve got a virtual PC too in Windows 93 where you can run Windows 93 inside the Windows 93.


There’s a voice program on the desktop named Speech where you can type a word and the program will pronounce it in different accents.

To give you some company, the creators have included Lisa, a virtual girl who just stands there at the desktop and there you’ve got a friend.


In case you’re wondering, there’s porn too; for God’s sake it’s the internet. Dig deep in C:/ drive to find images folder and then go to png.

Windows 93 is unstable and you’ll be greeted eventually with the BSD (Blue Screen of Death.) There are a lot other cool applications, just explore the desktop and find out.

In case you are ready for some fun and wasting some useful hours, the way I’ve been doing since morning, Windows 93 deserves a try.

Try it here: Windows 93

Source: fossBytes

Activate God Mode in Windows 10 for Quick Access to Windows Commands

With Windows 10, settings are split between the Control Panel and the Settings app. If you’d like an all-inclusive starting point for Windows commands, enable God Mode.

God Mode is one of our favorite tweaks for previous versions of Windows, and it’s alive and well with Windows 10.

To enable it, you do the same thing as previously: Create a new folder on your Windows desktop (New > Folder) and save it with the text below:


When you open that folder, you’ll have god-like access to 260+ functions and tools, some of them different from previous Windows versions. You can also drag and drop any of the commands to your desktop to create a shortcut for the command, which is especially helpful since the settings that have moved to the Settings app, while pinnable to the Start screen, aren’t able to be drag-and-dropped into shortcuts.