Secrets of Windows Phone 8 Keyboard; Server 2012 Essentials MP for OpsMgr 2012; Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ALM VM

In Windows Phone 8, Microsoft set out to make its critically-acclaimed keyboard even more intuitive, accurate and personal. In a Wednesday Windows Phone Blog post, Windows Phone Program Manager Jason Grieves talks about improvements in the Windows Phone 8 keyboard. For a great all-around overview of the Word Flow keyboard in Window Phone 8 and […]

In Windows Phone 8, Microsoft set out to make its critically-acclaimed keyboard even more intuitive, accurate and personal. In a Wednesday Windows Phone Blog post, Windows Phone Program Manager Jason Grieves talks about improvements in the Windows Phone 8 keyboard.

For a great all-around overview of the Word Flow keyboard in Window Phone 8 and what it can do, check out this how-to article on the Windows Phone website, and Grieves post here.

The two screenshots below show Word Flow keyboard in Windows Phone 8, which is designed to learn your style over time to help improve the accuracy of its suggestions.

Word Flow keyboard in Windows Phone 8 is designed to learn your style over time to help improve the accuracy of its suggestions.Word Flow keyboard in Windows Phone 8

And, the upcoming update to Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo Plus will be called "Portico". Microsoft is expected to add VPN support to Windows Phone 8, via this new update. This will allow corporate users to connect to work systems. There will also be a WiFi connection fix as well as audio enhancements.

"The label is evidently keeping in the Microsoft tradition of Windows Phone OS codenames ending in -o, including NoDo (7.x), Mango (7.5), Tango (7.5 Refresh) and Apollo (8.0). We're unsure if the name was chosen for its meaning, although the concept of a portico being an extension on a house certainly fits the idea behind the update, which is thought to augment the capabilities of Windows Phone 8," the report states.

The update is slated to be announced during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In other Microsoft news, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 ALM Virtual Machine is now available wiht 21 hands-on-labs / demo scripts are now available for download.

"All of the existing hands-on-labs / demo scripts were updated slightly to reflect UI and workflow changes included in Update 1. One new lab / demo script was created focusing on new ALM tooling for SharePoint 2010 developers and testers. Finally, two existing labs / demo scripts were enhanced to include exercises based on new capabilities included with Update 1," Brian Keller posted.

You can download over here.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Management Pack for OpsMgr 2012 is now available.

The System Center Monitoring Pack for Windows Server 2012 Essentials helps you monitor features that are specific to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. It does not monitor features in the Windows Server 2012 operating system.

To monitor features in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you should import the following monitoring packs: "System Center Monitoring Pack for Windows Server 2012 Essentials; and System Center Monitoring Pack for Windows Server 2012 Standard."

Download Windows Server 2012 Essentials Management Pack at Download Center.