Windows Developer Day: October 10, 2017

Windows 10 Developer Day

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM PDT Microsoft will host a Windows Developer Day livestream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, CVP of Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss advances and new features for software development in the Fall Creators Update. Also featured is an informative Q&A panel along with several deep-dive streaming sessions.

Although the agenda has not been set, when registering you can choose to receive updates for your area of interest:

RSVP for Windows Developer Day—Fall Creators Update today!


Enabling Telnet Client in Windows 10

The Telnet Client is a great tool for developers and administrators to help manage and test network connectivity. However, the Telnet Client application is disabled by default in Microsoft Windows 10. Attempts to use it before activation returns the error message ’not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file’.


The following step-by-step shows you how to enable Telnet.

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Quiet Hours in Windows 10

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

Although Quiet Hours was available in Windows 8, Microsoft has made it more prominent within Windows 10 but at the expense of some of its functionality.

Quiet Hours allows you to remove app notifications from your desktop while you are working. Whereas in Windows 8 you could choose certain hours of the day to use Quiet Hours, in Windows 10 it is a manual On/Off feature. When it is on you will not see toast notifications on your screen but they will still queue in your Action Center for later review.

Setting Quiet Hours

Within the taskbar notification area, right click the Action Center icon and toggle Quiet Hours either On or Off from the menu.

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Alternatively, open the Action Center by clicking it. If the Quiet Hours tile is not visible, click Expand to show all tiles.


Within the dialog window toggle the Quiet Hours tile between On and Off. When the tile is highlighted Quiet Hours is on.


Action Center

Once Quiet Hours is on click Action Center to see any received notifications. They will be grouped by app. Click each notification for more info. Dismiss a notification individually (by hovering over it until you see the x), by app group (hover over the app group name until you see the x), or all notifications at once (using the Clear all button).


Command Prompt improvements in Windows 10

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

This article won a gold medal in The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (December 2015).

With Windows 10, the Command Prompt has finally gotten some much needed improvements. The following list details many of the new items.

Enabling The New Features

To enable the new features in the Windows 10 Command Prompt, you must disable the legacy version. First launch the Command prompt by typing Command Prompt into the search box on the menu bar and clicking the app.

Within the Command Prompt, right-click the title bar and select Properties. Select the Options tab and then clear the Use legacy console (requires relaunch) check box. Close the Properties dialog box and then close the Command Prompt Window. Follow the steps above to open it once again.


Once the Command Prompt window is open, open Properties again. You will notice that you now have selections enabled under both Edit Options and Text Selection.


Window Upgrades

The Command Prompt window received some upgrades that allows it to be a first class citizen within Windows.

Windows Resizing

No longer are we restricted to the Windows Size we set in the Layout tab of the Properties dialog. If you click the Maximize button the window will fill the screen. Clicking minimize will restore the window to its previous size. Dragging the Command Prompt window to the top of the screen will also maximize it, as will pressing Alt + Enter.

You can also manually size the window by using the double-ended arrows on each corner to stretch and shrink the window to meet your needs.



The Command Prompt window can now be made transparent using an Opacity slider. Transparency will come into effect when you layer the Command Prompt window over another and when it is less than 100% (the default). The minimum value is 30%.

To set the transparency, open the Properties dialog box and select the Colors tab, The Opacity slider is at the bottom. Use the slider to set the your desired value. You can also use Ctrl+Shift+Plus(+) or Ctrl+Shift+mouse scroll up to increase the transparency. To decrease it, use Ctrl+Shift+Minus(-) or Ctrl+Shift+mouse scroll down.



Edit Upgrades

How you work with text inside the Command Prompt has also been upgraded.

Quick Edit Mode

This feature has been been around for a while but in Windows 10 it is now enabled by default. Quick Edit mode allows you to select text without having to Mark it first before you copy it.


Enable Ctrl Key Shortcuts

The best new enhancement that the Command Prompt has received is the ability to use Copy and Paste (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) right within the command window. This has long been the bane of developers who work a lot with the Command Prompt. Check Enable Ctrl key shortcuts to copy and paste within the window as well as from the Command Prompt into other applications. If you choose to not use Quick Edit Mode then you can also use Ctrl+M to Mark the text within the window so you can begin to edit your code.

Filter Clipboard Contents On Paste

When this is enabled, in conjunction with the Ctrl Key shortcuts option, certain characters like tabs and quotes will be either converted or stripped out when you paste text into the Command Prompt window.

Word Wrap

You can now also enable word wrapping within the window through these new options in the Properties dialog box. Click Enable line wrapping selection within the Text Selection section on the Options tab. This feature comes in handy when you may need to resize your window down during your session.

Extended Text Selection Keys

With this selected, you can use common shortcuts for text selection. Using the Shift plus arrow keys allows for finer grain selection of text within the window. As well, Ctrl+A is also available within the window.


As you can see, there have many improvements to the Command Prompt in Windows 10. Many of them can be used in conjunction so play around to see which combinations work  for you.

Turn off File Explorer Quick Access view in Windows 10

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

When using File Explorer in Windows 10 you will see that it has a new default view. This view is called Quick Access and it allows you to rapidly find frequently used folders and recently accessed files.


However, if you prefer the “This PC” view that was the default in Windows 8 then follow these steps:

  1. Click View on the menu bar and click the Options button.QA_02
  2. The Folder Options dialog box will appear. On the General tab, change the Open File Explorer to: dropdown to This PC from Quick access. Click OK to close the dialog. Then close File Explorer. QA_03
  3. Re-open File Explorer to see that your view has now changed to the Windows 8 default. QA_04

Build Tour Toronto – June 12, 2015

Build Tour Toronto

JUNE 06, 2015 UPDATE: A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been added to the site. The page states that “Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and beverages are provided to all attendees throughout the event.” Conference presentations will be also be available after the event through Channel 9 at As well, a FREE Azure Pass is also being offered to all attendees so they can get up and running with Azure in minutes. The Azure Pass gives you a new account with a $100 credit. More information can be found at

Microsoft recently held two highly successful conferences for developers and IT professionals called Build 2015 and Microsoft Ignite. Both events were attended by thousands of people and during each Microsoft announced exciting new advances for many of its products including Windows 10, Microsoft Azure, and Office 365.

One of the best things that Microsoft does at these events is that they film and then share all of the presentations through their video learning site Channel 9. Many of the videos are available 24-48 hours after each session concludes and viewers can stream or download them in different file qualities. As well, most include the PowerPoint files as well. Click these links to find all the session videos for Build and Ignite.

Microsoft has taken a further step this year by announcing a 26-stop world Build Tour to bring the Build 2015 experience to those who could not attend in person. Each event will showcase highlights from //build/ and include a deep dive for developers into the Windows 10 platform. There will also be coding sessions and demos across multiple devices. Each location will have Partner showcases and Q & A sessions with Microsoft engineers. The best part is that it is FREE!

The only Canadian stop on the tour will be //build/Toronto on June 12, 2015 at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto. Joe Stegman, Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s XAML User Interface (UI) team, will be delivering the day’s keynote address. There will also be sessions by other Microsoft staffers including:

  • Jeff Burtoft, Senior Program Manager for Developer Experience at Microsoft.
  • Nikola Metuleva, a Program Manager in the Engineering Engagement and Evangelism (EEE) group.
  • Vlad Kolesnikov, a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Experience group.

To find more information on the event or to register, visit //build/Toronto.